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Former Joint Chiefs Chairman Colin Powell Dies Of COVID-19 Complications

President George H.W. Bush Lies In State At U.S. Capitol
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Former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and former Secretary of State Colin Powell arrives to pay his respects at the casket of the late former President George H.W. Bush as he lies in state at the U.S. Capitol, December 4, 2018 in Washington, DC.

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COVID Update 10.18.21

In our continuing series looking at the latest medical research and news on COVID-19, we speak with UCSF’s Dr. Peter Chin-Hong.

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Former Joint Chiefs Chairman Colin Powell Dies Of COVID-19 Complications

Colin Powell Death 10.18.21

Colin Powell, who served Democratic and Republican presidents in war and peace but whose sterling reputation was forever stained when he went before the U.N. and made faulty claims to justify the U.S. war in Iraq, died Monday of COVID-19 complications. He was 84.

A veteran of the Vietnam War, Powell rose to the rank of four-star general and in 1989 became the first Black chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. In that role he oversaw the U.S. invasion of Panama and later the U.S. invasion of Kuwait to oust the Iraqi army in 1991.But his legacy was marred when, in 2003, he went before the U.N. Security Council as secretary of state and made the case for U.S. war against Iraq at a moment of great international skepticism. He cited faulty information claiming Saddam Hussein had secretly stashed away weapons of mass destruction. Iraq’s claims that it had no such weapons represented “a web of lies,” he told the world body. Today on AirTalk, we’re asking listeners to share their thoughts on Powell’s career and legacy.

With files from the Associated Press

Hollywood Unions Reach Deal To Avert Strike That Would Have Ground Film & TV Production To A Halt

IATSE Bargaining Update 10.18.21

An 11th-hour deal was reached Saturday, averting a strike of film and television crews that would have seen some 60,000 behind-the-scenes workers walk off their jobs and would have frozen productions in Hollywood and across the U.S. After days of marathon negotiations, representatives from the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees and from the studios and entertainment companies who employ them reached the three-year contract agreement before a Monday strike deadline, avoiding a serious setback for an industry that had just gotten back to work after long pandemic shutdowns. The workers still must vote to approve it, but the strike has been called off with the tentative deal. IATSE'S statement Saturday said the agreement “addresses core issues, including reasonable rest periods; meal breaks; a living wage for those on the bottom of the pay scale; and significant increases in compensation to be paid by new-media companies.”

The effects of the strike would have been immediate, with crews not only on long-term productions but daily series including network talk shows walking off their jobs. Shows with short turnarounds like soap operas would also have felt immediate effects. The union represents cinematographers, camera operators, set designers, carpenters, hair and makeup artists and many others.

Today on AirTalk, KPCC arts & entertainment reporter & host John Horn explains how the deal was reached, what was negotiated and how members of both unions are reacting to the news.

The Potential Benefits (And Drawbacks) Of Using Telematics To Determine Car Insurance Premiums

Car Insurance Telematics 10.18.21

California is one of three states that don’t allow auto insurance companies to use your credit score to determine your insurance premium. However, for drivers in the other 47 states, auto insurers can factor your credit score into what you pay each month for car insurance. Many consumer groups argue this is unfair to low-income and minority consumers who might have clean driving records but subpar credit scores for reasons completely unrelated to how safely they drive. But recently, the auto insurance industry’s use of what’s called telematics -- data gathered about customers’ driving habits -- is gaining steam and visibility as an alternative factor to a credit score that might more accurately help determine a customer’s risk to the insurance pool. One example of this is Progressive’s “Snapshot” tool, which uses either an app or a device you plug into your car to track things like braking, speed and what time of day you drive. But, as with any kind of technology that can track your activity, some are concerned about what auto insurance companies really do with the data they collect and the privacy issues that raises.

Today on AirTalk, we speak with Consumer Federation of American insurance expert Douglas Heller and Neil Alldredge, president and CEO of the National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies (NAMIC), to talk about why the auto insurance industry is trending away from using credit scores, how insurance companies would actually use telematics and how companies are addressing consumers’ privacy concerns.

Celebrating the KPCC/LAist “Backbone Staff"

Backbone Staff Ashley Alvarado & Brianna Lee 10.18.21

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 Vice President of Community Engagement and Strategic Initiatives Ashley Alvarado, and college pathways engagement producer Brianna Lee.

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