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White House Announces Los Angeles Ports To Operate Around The Clock To Solve Bottleneck Issues

Published October 13, 2021 at 9:22 AM PDT
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Cargo ships queue offshore to enter the docks at the Port of Los Angeles in Long Beach 10 October, 2002.

DOC AMA: Latest on Moderna And J&J Boosters, U.S. To Open Land Borders For Vaccinated & More

COVID Update 10.13.21

In our continuing series looking at the latest medical research and news on COVID-19, Larry Mantle speaks with

Dr. Dean Blumberg,
professor of medicine and chief of Pediatric Infectious Diseases at UC Davis Children’s Hospital

Topics today include:

  • United States to open its land borders in November to those vaccinated
  • J&J submits evidence suggesting boosters bolster immune defense, but FDA analysis says evidence may not be robust enough
  • FDA finds Moderna booster enhances virus vaccine fighting antibodies
  • WHO announces new group to investigate COVID-19 origins
  • White House tells state governors to be prepared to vaccinate children as young as 5 years old once Pfizer vaccine is cleared by FDA

How Climate Change Is Slowly Killing California’s Desert Vegetation

Climate Desert Plants 10.13.21

Beyond the effects of drought, high temperatures and other climate change-induced factors that we see in our daily lives, global warming is also having a devastating impact on desert vegetation in California.

In June, scientists at UC Irvine’s Center for Environmental Biology used satellite imagery to survey a 5,000 square foot area in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park and found that “between 1984 and 2017, vegetation cover in desert ecosystems decreased overall by about 35 percent, with mountains seeing a 13 percent vegetation decline.” What’s equally concerning, the researchers say, is that there are no plants growing to replace the ones dying off.

Today on AirTalk, we’ll speak with Sarah Kimball, assistant director of the Center for Environmental Biology and adjunct professor of ecology and environmental biology at UC Irvine, about the study she worked on and what it found about the specific factors driving the die-off of California’s desert vegetation.

White House Announces Los Angeles Ports To Operate Around The Clock To Solve Bottleneck Issues

LA Ports 10.13.21

The White House said Wednesday it has helped broker an agreement for the Port of Los Angeles to become a 24-hour, seven-days-a-week operation, part of an effort to relieve supply chain bottlenecks and move stranded container ships that are driving prices higher for U.S. consumers.

President Joe Biden planned to discuss the agreement during an afternoon speech about supply chain issues that have hampered the economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic. The supply chain problem is tightly linked with the broader challenge of inflation confronting Biden, as higher prices are creating both economic and political risks.

With files from the Associated Press

As U.S. Census Measures Its Accuracy, We Detail The Process And Its Impact On Californians

NPR POC Census COVID 10.13.21

Following a pandemic-filled 2020 that halted a lot of on-going work and outreach, the U.S. Census Bureau is now making sure the accuracy of its census is consistent with the population through its post-enumeration survey.

The census bureau has looked to maximize this time, with statistical compilation for housing units going from a month-long process to one that will span a 4 months now according to the bureau. Today on AirTalk, Larry talks to former U.S. Census Bureau director John H. Thompson and California Complete Count director Ditas Katague about this final part of the 2020 census and what can be taken out of this effort.

Hollywood Crew Union Threatens To Start Striking Monday If Deal Isn’t Reached

IATSE Strike Monday 10.13.21

The union representing film and television crews says its 60,000 members will begin a nationwide strike on Monday if it does not reach a deal that satisfies demands for fair and safe working conditions. A strike would bring a halt to filming on a broad swath of film and television productions and extend well beyond Hollywood, affecting productions in Georgia, New Mexico and other North American shoots. International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees International President Matthew Loeb said Wednesday that the strike would begin at 12:01 a.m. Monday unless an agreement is reached with the on rest and meal periods and pay for its lowest-paid workers.

Today on AirTalk, KPCC/LAist arts & entertainment host & reporter
John Horn
joins us to share the latest on the ongoing negotiations between IATSE and AMPTP.

With files from the Associated Press

Celebrating the KPCC/LAist “Backbone Staff”

Backbone Staff Millie 10.13.21

While most of you probably know KPCC from the reporters and hosts you hear on the air, our station requires the contributions of so many talented, unique individuals whose names aren’t said at the end of a news story. These are the people who truly make KPCC and LAist: who keep our broadcast equipment running, who put on our pledge drives and help secure sponsorships and donations, who put together the pre-recorded spots you hear between shows, who make sure our facilities at the Mohn Broadcast Center are operating smoothly, who get you the news even if you can’t catch every show, and who keep our websites humming.

This week and next on AirTalk, we’re highlighting some of these amazing people who work at KPCC/LAist, and whose tireless efforts are critical to what you hear and read every day. Today, we’re joined by Mildred Langford, who wears a few professional hats here at KPCC!

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