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In the Antelope Valley, Sheriff’s Deputies Settle Schoolyard Disputes. Black Teens Bear the Brunt

Published October 1, 2021 at 9:20 AM PDT
A Los Angeles Schools Police Officer keeps an eye on students during a nutrional break.
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A Los Angeles Schools Police Officer keeps an eye on Venice Boulevard 11 April in front of Venice High School during a nutritional break at the school.

In the Antelope Valley, Sheriff’s Deputies Settle Schoolyard Disputes. Black Teens Bear the Brunt

AV School Deputies 10.1.21

Sheriff’s deputies in the Antelope Valley have disproportionately detained and issued citations to Black teens on public school campuses, an analysis by KPCC/LAist and ProPublica found.

Reporters analyzed and mapped thousands of contacts between deputies and civilians that took place during the 2019 calendar year, the most recent year not disrupted by the Covid-19 pandemic. The analysis focused on Lancaster, one of two major cities in the region, finding clusters of stops on public school campuses. In the vast majority of those contacts, deputies cited “reasonable suspicion of criminal activity” as the reason for the stops. Our analysis found that during that time, six public high schools accounted for about 300 of the city’s 4,000 stops - or roughly 7%. When we compared the race of teens stopped with the demographics of those schools, the disparity was clear. Black teenagers accounted for 60% of the deputy contacts on campuses but made up only about 20% of the enrollment in those schools.

Today on AirTalk, we speak with KPCC/LAist criminal justice reporter Emily Elena Dugdale about what she found during a year of reporting in the Antelope Valley.

You can read the full story on LAist here

COVID-19 AMA: Merck Develops Experimental Pill, More Parents Willing To Vaccinate Their Children & More

Covid Update 10.1.21

In our continuing series looking at the latest medical research and news on COVID-19, Austin Cross speaks with Sam Torbati, M.D., co-chair of the department of emergency medicine at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.

Topics today include:

  • Merck says itsexperimental pill cuts COVID-19 hospitalizations and deaths by half
  • Am I fully vaccinatedwithout a COVID-19 vaccine booster?
  • Justice Kavanaughtests positive for COVID-19
  • More U.S. parents are willing tovaccinate their children, a survey finds
  • Unvaccinated LA County workers will bereassigned
  • Most California health workersgot vaccinated, but holdouts could be fired 
  • 38% of sanitation workers arereported to be fully or partially vaccinated
    • With extensive encampment cleanups resuming, unhoused advocates worry that infections may occur with approximately 43% of homeless folks being vaccinated

Why Do We Love TV Characters Like Our Own Friends? How ‘Parasocial Relationships’ Shape Our Bonds

Parasocial Relationships 10.1.21

Why dowe cry when a beloved actor dies? Or discuss our favorite reality TV show character as if we know them well?

You may not know the term “parasocial relationship,” but you’ve undoubtedly experienced what it refers to. Sociologists have beenfamiliar with the phenomenon of parasocial relationships since the advent of mass media, when they began observing that people often form emotional bonds with media figures they have never met.

Today on AirTalk, we’re learning more about what our relationships with public figures say about us withDara Greenwood, associate professor of psychological science at Vassar College, where her research centers on individuals’ psychological tendencies and engagement with mass media.

FilmWeek: ‘The Many Saints Of Newark,’ ‘Venom,’ ‘Old Henry,’ And More

FW Reviews 10.1.21

Larry Mantle and KPCC film critics Christy Lemire, Andy Klein, and Charles Solomon review this weekend’s new movie releases on streaming and on-demand platforms.

FilmWeek Flashback: Larry’s Interview With James Gandolfini Of The Hit Series ‘The Sopranos’

FW Flashback 'James Gandolfini'

The acclaimed series “The Sopranos” ran for six seasons on HBO. James Gandolfini starred as the iconic mobster, Tony Soprano. He also starred in other films like “Get Shorty,” “In The Loop'' and “All The King's Men.” He died in 2013. Now, his real-life son Michael Gandolfini stars in the new film “The Many Saints Of Newark,” a prequel of sorts looking at the formative years of Soprano. In honor of the release, we reprise a 2011 conversation with James Gandolfini. “The Many Saints Of Newark” is in theaters and on HBO Max. It’s rated R.

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