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Offshore Drilling 101, And The Push For Decommissioning

Orange County Oil Spill With Rig In Background
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An oil platform and cargo container ships are seen on the horizon as environmental response crews clean the beach after an oil spill in the Pacific Ocean in Huntington Beach, California on October 4, 2021.

COVID-19 AMA: LA To Enact Stricter Vaccine Mandate, Why Are Americans Still Wearing Cloth Masks & More

Covid Update 10.6.21

In our continuing series looking at the latest medical research and news on COVID-19, Larry Mantle speaks with Kimberly Shriner, M.D., Director of Infectious Disease and Prevention at Huntington Hospital in Pasadena.

Topics today include:

  • Associated Press: LA poised to enact stricter vaccine mandate
  • The Atlantic: Why are Americans still wearing cloth masks?
  • UC Davis and San Francisco researchers’ study sheds light on the viral loads of vaccinated
  • Kaiser suspends 2,000 workers who chose not to be vaccinated
  • Could falling infection rate stop the need for a mask mandate?
  • Sweden & Denmark pause use of Moderna vaccine for its younger age groups following rare cases of myocarditis as side effect
  • FDA says rapid at-home COVID-19 tests will soon become more widely available 
  • WHO recommends widespread deployment of malaria vaccine to young children in at-risks regions

Offshore Drilling 101, And The Push For Decommissioning

Offshore Drilling 10.6.21

California lawmakers are renewing calls to decommission offshore oil drilling operations on the Pacific coast. This week’s spill of over 130,000 gallons of oil outside of Orange County is a reminder that many of the wells, platforms and pipelines are aging and unstable. But if the state did move to decommission these rigs – what would that process look like? Today on AirTalk, we’re talking to Jared Huffman, U.S. Representative for California's 2nd congressional district, and KPCC’s Sharon McNary, who covers infrastructure. We’ll also talk to Jerry Schubel, president emeritus at the Aquarium of the Pacific, and Ben Oakley, California Coastal Region Manager for the Western States Petroleum Association, to get a sense of the costs and benefits of decommissioning.

A New CDC Study Finds Elevated Depression And Anxiety Rates Among Americans During Pandemic

Depression and Anxiety 10.6.21

A new CDC study has found that Americans have dealt with heightened levels of anxiety in the months since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, even as anxiety levels have decreased since last winter.

The severest increase was between August and December of 2020, when anxiety severity increased 13%. Although rates have declined since, they’ve maintained at higher levels since 2019.

Today on AirTalk, we’re learning more about the results and what it means for mental health care for Americans. We’re joined by Susana O. Salgado, Ph.D., licensed psychologist in private practice in Los Angeles. She’s also adjunct faculty at Aliento, The Center for Latinx Communities at Pepperdine University, which addresses the mental health needs of Latinx communities

Why One Former Reagan, Bush Administration Attorney Says The US Supreme Court Has ‘Gone Off The Rails’

SCOTUS Donald Ayer Op 10.6.21

Donald Ayer is no stranger to the U.S. Supreme Court. In his various roles in the public and private sector over a span of decades, he has argued 19 cases before the High Court. But in a recent New York Times op-ed, Ayer says this Supreme Court has come full circle on a phenomenon he observed during his time in the Department of Justice -- a trend of what he calls “activist” judges who are more interested in bending the law to fit their own personal beliefs or upend long-established precedents they dislike than making decisions in the interest of the public good and advancement of fairly-established democracy.

Today on AirTalk, Donald Ayer joins Larry to talk about his op-ed, and why he’s concerned that we’ve entered another era of “activist” judges with the conservative majority on the current Supreme Court.

Triple Play: It’s Time For (Playoff) Dodger Baseball

Triple Play 10.6.21

The MLB playoffs are here and while the Dodgers weren’t able to secure their ninth straight NL West title, they still won more than 100 games and earned themselves a spot in the postseason. And for better or worse, baseball’s playoff format means that the Dodgers’ entire 162 game season gets boiled down to just nine innings of baseball tonight when the St. Louis Cardinals come to town for a survive-and-advance playoff game at Dodger Stadium. The winner goes on to face the San Francisco Giants in the National League Division Series.

Today on AirTalk, the Triple Play of Larry, A Martinez and Nick Roman grab some pine to talk about tonight’s wildcard game, preview the Dodgers path to a World Series return and talk about the obstacles they’ll need to overcome to win a second straight Fall Classic.

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