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Global Supply Chains Are Limited, We Breakdown How It Will Affect 2021 Holiday Shopping

U.S. Postal Service Processes Packages At Los Angeles Distribution Center During Holiday Season
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U.S. Postal Service workers scan parcels at the Los Angeles Processing and Distribution Center on December 11, 2019 in Los Angeles, California.

DOC AMA: CA COVID-19 Deaths Tops 70,000, Celebrating Halloween Safely & More

COVID Update 10.12.21

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

Topics today include:

  • How to celebrate a COVID-19 safe Halloween
  • Report finds that Britain’s delay of a lockdown had cost thousands of lives
  • After reviewing Moderna’s application for booster authorization, FDA staff doesn’t take a stance
  • As cases fall, California coronavirus deaths top 70,000
  • COVID-19 rapid testing is promising but has limitations 
  • FDA releases briefing documents on Moderna and J&J booster shots

Global Supply Chains Are Limited, We Breakdown How It Will Affect 2021 Holiday Shopping

Supply Chain Holiday Shopping 10.12.21

Some say that having the holiday shopping season start the day after Thanksgiving is too early, but this year it may not be early enough. Global backlog and labor shortages have led to everyday items like new cars and fast food bags being in limited supply. With few signs pointing to supply chains speeding back up any time soon, retailers and consumers are having to rethink their shopping season preparations as demand for goods reaches its peak.

Today on AirTalk, Larry speaks with California Retailers Association president, Rachel Michelin and Bloomberg’s Checkout section editor Matt Townsend about these issues with consumers who can expect to see this holiday season.

As Southwest Tries To Get Flights Back on Track, What’s The Impact To Air Travel?

Airlines and Air Travel 10.12.21

Southwest Airlines is experiencing continued widespread cancelations and delays following a weekend of major disruptions. According to CBS News, more than 2,000 Southwest flights have been cancelled since late last week.

The widespread disruptions began shortly after the Southwest Airlines Pilots Association, representing 9,000 pilots, asked a federal court on Friday to block the airline’s order that all employees get vaccinated. The union argued that Southwest must negotiate over the issue because it could involve sick leave or disability if pilots have a reaction to the vaccine. Southwest’s CEO said Tuesday he doesn’t believe businesses should implement COVID-19 vaccine mandates, but the company is attempting to adhere to federal regulations. Today on AirTalk, we talk with Leslie Josephs, reporter covering the airline industry for CNBC, and Ron Reeves, operations and maintenance bureau manager for Long Beach Airport about the latest with Southwest and air travel.

With files from the Associated Press

Sex Toys Can Now Get A Stamp Of Approval If They Meet Safety Standards. Why Has It Taken So Long?

Sex Toy Standards 10.12.21

If sex toy companies want to set themselves apart from the pack when it comes to safety, they’ll have to meet the International Organization for Standarization’s (ISO) regulations. According to reporting from Vice’s Motherboard, until now, the industry has been exempt from safety protocols. Although the safety standards are voluntary, some experts believe it’s a huge step toward legitimizing a taboo sector that can sometimes send clients to the hospital. Today on AirTalk, we talk with Samantha Cole, senior staff writer at Motherboard and Hallie Lieberman, author of “Buzz: A Stimulating History of the Sex Toy,” about what the new standards mean for companies, customers and the industry as a whole.

In Her New Book “On Animals,” Author Susan Orlean Explores How We Interact With Our Furry Friends

On Animals Book 10.12.21

Author and New Yorker staff writer Susan Orlean has a knack for finding unique characters for her work, whether it’s an orchid thief , public librarians, or a ten-year-old boy. This time, her focus turns to animals. As Orlean writes, “I am endlessly curious about what their lives are like and how we live with them, and I’m fascinated by how we navigate the fuzzy, puzzling divide between wild and tame.” On Animals is a collection of Orlean’s favorite pieces over the years, with stories that include - you guessed it - lions, tigers, bears, and many more.

Today on AirTalk, author Susan Orlean joins Larry to talk about her new book, her love of animals, and her life in Los Angeles.

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