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As LA Zoo Plans Controversial Expansion, We Discuss Potential Outcomes And Alternatives

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People arrive at the entrance of the LA Zoo on it's re-opening day, amid the coronavirus pandemic on February 16, 2021 in Los Angeles, California.

DOC AMA: FDA Approves Booster Shots Of Moderna And Johnson & Johnson, OKs Mixing Vaccines

COVID Update 10.21.2021

In our continuing series looking at the latest medical research and news on COVID-19, Larry Mantle speaks with Dr. Dean Blumberg of UC Davis Children’s Hospital.

Today’s topics include:

  • FDA OKs mixing COVID-19 vaccines; backs Moderna, J&J boosters 
  • More people are getting boosters than new COVID-19 vaccinations. And others could soon become eligible for an additional shot
  • Booster dose of Pfizer/BioNTech coronavirus vaccine shows 95.6% efficacy in Phase 3 trial, companies say
  • LA County urges public to avoid high-risk Halloween activities
  • There's a new mutation of the delta variant in the U.K. What do we know about it?

Women At Los Angeles Fire Department Say Harassment And Retaliation Keep Them Quiet About Abuse

LAFD Women 10.21.21

The women who fight fires for the city of Los Angeles say abuse is part of department culture and reporting it can be “career-ending,” according to recent reporting by KPCC/ LAist reporter Libby Denkmann.

Today on AirTalk, we’re learning more about abuse and harassment inside Los Angeles’ fire department with Libby Denkmann, KPCC politics reporter and author of the recent piece, “Women At Los Angeles Fire Department Say Harassment And Retaliation Keep Them Quiet About Abuse.”

With files from LAist. Read more reporting from Libby Denkmann here.

As LA Zoo Plans Controversial Expansion, We Discuss Potential Outcomes And Alternatives

LA Zoo Expansion 10.21.21

Los Angeles Zoo officials, in an effort to increase its tourism attractions, are planning a $650-million expansion meant to maximize its underutilized and developed areas. The land it plans to use for its expanded operations is currently made up of native trees and endangered shrubs, which currently takes up 23 acres of land.

This has created some controversy, with environmental groups like Friends of Griffith Park voicing their concern about the expansion and supporting a reduced project alternative offered by the plan’s Environmental Impact Report. Today on AirTalk, Larry discusses the proposed plan by the LA Zoo with LA Times reporter Louis Sahagun and president of Friends of Griffith Park Gerry Hans.

On The 150th Anniversary of LA’s Chinatown Massacre, Calls For The City To Erect A Memorial To The History

Chinatown Massacre Anniversary 10.21.21

One hundred and fifty years after racist attacks that killed 19 people in Los Angeles— at the time, 10 percent of the city’s Chinese population— advocates are hoping to commemorate the murders with a permanent memorial.

Today on AirTalk, we’re speaking with Michael Woo, former Los Angeles city councilmember (1985-1993) and co-chair of the steering committee to develop a permanent memorial to the 1871 massacre in L.A.’s Old Chinatown and Hao Huang, professor of music at Scripps College and host of the podcastBlood on Gold Mountain” to learn more about the massacre and how advocates hope to see the city remember this history.

Celebrating The KPCC/LAist “Backbone Staff”

Backbone Staff Melissa Demund and Rick Esparza 10.21.21

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 KPCC/LAist front-end web engineer Melissa DeMund and broadcast engineer Rick Esparza.

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