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Los Angeles City Councilman Mark Ridley-Thomas, Former USC Dean Indicted On Federal Corruption Charges

Published October 14, 2021 at 9:29 AM PDT
AMAZING GRACE at New Temple Missionary Baptist Church
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Then Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas speaks onstage at the Los Angeles premiere of AMAZING GRACE on March 31, 2019 in Los Angeles, California.

Los Angeles City Councilman And Former USC Dean Mark Ridley-Thomas Indicted On Federal Corruption Charges

Mark Ridley Thomas Indicted Update 10.14.21

Los Angeles City Councilman Mark Ridley-Thomas and the former dean of the USC School of Social Work have been indicted on federal corruption charges.

Federal prosecutors allege that when Ridley-Thomas was an L.A. County Supervisor he backed county contracts and lucrative contract amendments while one of his relatives got substantial benefits from USC in exchange.

The 20-count indictment was filed in federal court in Los Angeles. It accuses Ridley-Thomas of conspiring with former USC School of Social Work Dean Marilyn Louise Flynn to provide his relative with grad school admission, a full-tuition scholarship and a paid professorship.

Today on AirTalk, Larry breaks down the charges with KPCC/LAist criminal justice correspondent Frank Stoltze, Fernando Guerra, professor of political science and Chicano/Latino studies and director of the Center for the Study of Los Angeles at Loyola Marymount University and Laurie L. Levenson, professor of criminal law at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles and former federal prosecutor.

Triple Play: Dodgers, Giants Square Off In Winner-Take-All Game 5

Triple Play Game 5 10.14.21

It’s often said that the greatest two words in all of sports are “Game 7.” And while Thursday night’s win-or-go-home tilt between the Dodgers and Giants is technically Game 5 of the five-game series, it will no doubt still have that unique energy and urgency that comes along with do-or-die games in sport. The winner will advance to the National League Championship Series against the Atlanta Braves, who closed out their NLDS against the Milwaukee Brewers on Tuesday. The loser will transition from working on their baseball swing to working on their golf swing.

The Dodgers forced a deciding Game 5 after a (insert score here) win last night at Dodger Stadium over their NL West rival the San Francisco Giants. L.A. will have to win on the road, however, with San Francisco holding home field advantage thanks to their better record. The Dodgers will trot out Julio Urias to face off against the Giants’ Logan Webb. First pitch from Oracle Park is at 6:07p PT on TBS.

Today on AirTalk, the Triple Play of Larry Mantle, host of NPR’s “Morning Edition” and its daily news podcast “Up First” A Martinez and KPCC "All Things Considered" Host Nick Roman to preview Game 5.

COVID-19 AMA: J&J Recipients May Benefit From Different Boosters, Families Delay Care & More

Covid Update Pt. 1 and 2 10.14.21

In our continuing series, we have two of our medical experts to look at the latest medical research and news on COVID-19. In part one of our daily COVID update, Larry Mantle speaks with Kimberly Shriner, M.D., Director of Infectious Disease and Prevention at Huntington Hospital in Pasadena and then in Part 2, we're joined by Peter Chin-Hong, M.D., infectious disease specialist and professor of medicine at the UCSF Medical Center.

Topics today include:

  • J&J recipients may benefit from a booster--but data suggests that the second shot may need to be from a different vaccine
  • As hospitals fill up with unvaccinated coronavirus patients,1 in 5 American families delay health care
  • 10% of people who underwent transplants this year had their lungs damaged by COVID-19
  • Over the past week, vaccine boosters are outpacing first doses

Checking In On Afghan Refugee Resettlements In SoCal

Afghan Evacuees SoCal 10.14.21

Last month on AirTalk, we spoke with refugee resettlement agencies about what their efforts with Afghan refugees have looked like.

The providers described uncertainty over housing, the number of refugees they would be charged with aiding and more.

Today on AirTalk, we’re checking in on what those refugee resettlement efforts have looked like withLilian Alba, vice president of immigrant and refugee services at International Institute of Los Angeles, José Serrano, director of Outreach and Immigration at World Relief Southern California, a Christian organization that help immigrants and refugees transition to life in the United States and Miry Whitehill, founder and executive director of Miry's List, a non-profit that helps refugee families through fundraisers, crowdsourcing and social media.

Celebrating the KPCC/LAist “Backbone Staff”

Backbone Staff Hershal & Danny 10.14.21

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 Hershal Shevade and Danny Sway, who work in different roles on KPCC’s membership team.

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