Member-supported news for Southern California
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
Available On Air Stations

COVID-19 AMA: SF To Lift Mask Mandate For Vaccinated, Natural Immunity & More

Homeowner In San Francisco Displays Massive Face Mask Over House
Justin Sullivan/Getty Images
Getty Images North America
A large custom made surgical mask is displayed on the front of a home on October 23, 2020 in San Francisco, California.

COVID-19 AMA: SF To Lift Mask Mandate For Vaccinated, Natural Immunity & More

Covid Update 10.8.21

In our continuing series looking at the latest medical research and news on COVID-19, guest host Austin Cross speaks with Tara Vijayan, M.D., associate clinical professor in the division of infectious diseases and associate director of medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.

Topics today include:

  • San Francisco set to lift mask mandate for indoor gyms and offices next week, but only for those who are vaccinated
  • Most Americans support vaccine mandates for those aged 12 or older

    • LAist: More LA teens are getting vaccinated against the coronavirus
  • Why do those with natural immunity need to get the vaccine?

  • WaPo: Young, pregnant and unvaccinated: Hospitals confront a wave of severe illness and death
  • The issue with making COVID-19 a morality play
  • Last year’s shutdown led to a low amount of influenza cases, will that change this year with a potential “twindemic?”

A Brief History Of Supreme Court Majorities, The Major Decisions They Shepherded And How They Affected The US

SCOTUS Majorities 10.8.21

If you keep up with the proceedings of the U.S. Supreme Court, you probably know it’s widely said that the court is “conservative” because of the 6-3 majority between conservative and liberal justices. But over the years we’ve heard members of the Supreme Court say that the court is not a political body -- just last month, Justice Coney Barrett said at a speaking event that the justices were “not a bunch of partisan hacks” and that their legal decisions were not motivated by their political view.

Today on AirTalk, guest host Austin Cross speaks with Santa Clara Law Professor Margaret Russell about the history of majorities on the Supreme Court and how the decisions they shepherded impact our lives today.

With guest host Austin Cross

Seeing More Wildlife In Your Neighborhood? You're Not Alone

Wildlife Encounters 10.8.21

Are wildlife encounters becoming more common lately? Just yesterday our own Susanne Whatley discovered a bear in her suburban backyard. How common are these encounters? Is it all fun and games, all dangerous, or somewhere in between? We’re talking to Alex Heeren, a research scientist who studies wildlife and human interaction for the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, to find out more. And we want to hear from you! Have you seen any bears roaming the street lately? Maybe a bobcat in your garden, a coyote in your kids classroom, or an abundance of snakes?

You can read more about Los Angeles wildlife at

FilmWeek: ‘No Time To Die,’ ‘Lamb,’ ‘The Rescue’ And More 

FW Reviews 10.8.21

Larry Mantle and KPCC film critics Lael Loewenstein and Wade Major review this weekend’s new movie releases on streaming and on-demand platforms.

  • No Time to Die,” Wide Release
  • "Lamb,” Wide Release
  • "South of Heaven" In Select Theaters (including Laemmle’s NoHo 7); VOD (including iTunes and Vudu)
  • "The Rescue,” In Select Theaters (including AMC The Grove 14 [La Brea] & The Landmark [Westwood]) 
  • "Jacinta," AMC Burbank 8; VOD (Hulu)
  • Ascension,” Laemmle’s Playhouse 7 (Pasadena) and Monica Film Center (Santa Monica)
  • Mass,” AMC Sunset 5 (West Hollywood) and The Landmark (Westwood)
  • Convergence: Courage in a Crisis,” Laemmle’s Monica Film Center (Santa Monica); VOD (Netflix Oct. 12)
  • Golden Voices,” Laemmle’s Royal Theater (West LA), Town Center 5 (Encino), Playhouse 7 (Pasadena) & Newhall (Santa Clarita)
  • The Cleaner,” VOD (including Google Play)

Directors On Developing ‘The Rescue’ Under Significant Constraints And Why They Had To See The Project Through 

FW Interview 'The Rescue' 10.8.21

You may recall the dramatic rescue mission that took place in northern Thailand in 2018 after 12 junior soccer players and their young coach went missing. Rescuers found the group and ultimately all were safely brought out of the cave system but under daunting circumstances. The new documentary “The Rescue” chronicles the story. KPCC’s John Horn sat down with Directors Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin ahead of the film’s premiere at the Telluride Film Festival. The duo also directed the 2018 Oscar-winning film “Free Solo.” “The Rescue” is available to see in theaters now. It’s rated PG.

Stay Connected