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Checking In On Wildlife Rescue Efforts After Orange County Oil Spill

Orange County Oil Spill Bird Flies Over
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A bird flies above a oil containment boom in Talbert Marsh after an oil spill in the Pacific Ocean in Huntington Beach, California on October 5, 2021.

When A Bear Comes to Breakfast

Bear Update Susanne 10.7.21

KPCC’s Morning Edition Host Susanne Whatley had a close encounter, live on the radio this morning: a bear, right outside her window! Today, Susanne joins AirTalk to tell Larry about her unexpected, eventful morning.

DOC AMA: LA County’s Mandate For Large Events, City Council Approves Vaccine Ordinance & More

Covid Update 10.7.21

In our continuing series looking at the latest medical research and news on COVID-19, Larry Mantle speaks with Robert Kim-Farley, M.D., professor of epidemiology and community health sciences at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health.

Topics today include:

  • LA City Council approves ordinance requiring proof of vaccination for indoor venues
  • LA County vaccine mandate for large-scale event starts today
  • White House announces $1 billion investment for increasing at-home rapid test supply
  • Canada to require air, ship and train passengers to be fully vaccinated
  • Study focuses on effectiveness of mRNA COVID-19 vaccine among U.S. Health Care Personnel
  • Why to not get a booster shot if you’re eligible
  • Pfizer seeking vaccine authorization for children ages 5-11
  • Ellume recalls nearly 200,000 of its at-home tests over false positive concerns
  • Study finds Pfizer vaccine immunity weakens faster in men than women
  • How do COVID-19 boosters shots differ from a third dose?

Checking In On Wildlife Rescue Efforts After Orange County Oil Spill

Oil Spill Wildlife Response 10.7.21

After a pipeline spilled crude oil off the coast this weekend, environmentalists and scientists raised immediate concerns about the risks the toxic oil poses to plant and animal life in the region.

Crews with the California’s Oiled Wildlife Care Network have been working to find and care for animals that have come into contact with the oil. Oiled seabirds are often the first affected, while mammals and fish can be affected more in the future.

Today on AirTalk, we’re learning more about what wildlife rescues look like with Michael Ziccardi, executive director of the One Health Institute at UC Davis and director of the Oiled Wildlife Care Network, which is responding to the spill.

Report oiled wildlife to Cal Spill Watch by calling 1-877-UCD-OWCN (877-823-6926). Do not approach or attempt to capture oiled wildlife.

Latest On The Orange County Oil Spill And What We Know About The Cargo Ship Anchored Near Pipeline

Oil Spill Investigation 10.7.21

A massive cargo ship made a series of unusual movements while anchored in the closest spot to a Southern California oil pipeline that ruptured and sent crude washing up on beaches, according to data collected by a marine navigation service.

The Coast Guard is investigating whether a ship anchor might have snagged and bent the pipeline owned by Amplify Energy, a Houston-based company that operates three offshore oil platforms south of Los Angeles.

Today on AirTalk, we’re getting the latest with Jacob Margolis, KPCC/ LAist science reporter.

With files from the Associated Press

Amid Calls For Change, A Question Remains: What Would The New Facebook Actually Look Like?

Big Tech Regulations 10.7.21

Social media giants are facing increasing pressure to change their platforms to make them less harmful to kids. At a Tuesday hearing before the senate, Facebook whistleblower revealed how much psychological harm the company knew its platform could cause, especially for young girls. But out of the many calls for change, very few detail what those changes would actually look like. Today on AirTalk we’re joined by Mehran Sahami, computer science professor at Stanford University and co-author of the book, System Error, and Anjana Susarla, professor of responsible AI at Michigan State University, to take a closer look at how apps like Facebook or Instagram could be different.

Legal Scholars Share What They Would Like To See Come Out Of This Supreme Court Term

SCOTUS Wishlist 10.7.21

This week on AirTalk, we’ve been dedicating daily segments to talk about the October Supreme Court term that started on Monday. There’s a lot on the docket this year, and people across the country will be watching to see how the High Court’s rulings might impact federal law, state law and even their everyday lives. Among those watching closely are legal scholars who write and teach on the Supreme Court, and today on AirTalk we’ll talk with two of them -- Santa Clara Law Professor Pratheepan Gulasekaram and Ilya Somin, professor of law at George Mason University, to talk about what what they’re watching for this term and if there are any cases they hope to see ruled in a particular way or are concerned about the implications of if they’re ruled one way or another.

L.A. County Will Return Bruce’s Beach to the Black Family It Was Stolen From. But How? 

Bruce's Beach Next Steps 10.7.21

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted this week (Tuesday) to take another step toward returning parcels of land in Manhattan Beach back to the Black family they were taken from more than a century ago. Last week, Governor Gavin Newsom signed Senate Bill 796 into law, which gives the county the authority to transfer the land. Willa and Charles Bruce owned and operated a coastal resort on the property in the early 1900s, which became an oasis for Black beachgoers in the Jim Crow era. After an ongoing harassment campaign led by the KKK failed to push the family out, the Manhattan Beach city council took the land in 1924 through eminent domain, allegedly for a public project. The land was sold to the state in 1948, but nothing was done with the land for three decades. Now Los Angeles County operates a lifeguard station there. The return of the land is historic - it’s the first time in U.S. history that a local government will return land stolen from African Americans because of their race - but the process could be complicated.

Today on AirTalk, we talk about the L.A. County’s efforts to return Bruce’s Beach to the Bruce family with Los Angeles County Supervisor Janice Hahn, and former Manhattan Beach city council member and mayor Mitch Ward

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