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Back On Campus: A Look At How Students Are Doing In Their First Semester Back For In-Person Learning

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Students sit behind barriers and use tablets during an in-person English class at St. Anthony Catholic High School during the Covid-19 pandemic on March 24, 2021 in Long Beach, California.

COVID-19 AMA: Study Shows Widely-Available Antidepressant Significantly Reduces COVID Hospitalization And More On Vaccine Doses For Kids

COVID Update 10.28.21

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

Topics today include:

  • Antidepressant fluvoxamine significantly reduces COVID-19 hospitalization
  • Why COVID-19 vaccines for kids would come in smaller doses
  • California plans ambitious effort to vaccinate young children
  • COVID continues to be a leading cause of death in U.S. in September
  • Vaccine eligibility for mood disorders underscores elevated COVID risk
  • California officials fear COVID case decline has stopped as holidays approach

Thrills, Chills, And Costumes To Die For 

Halloween Open Phones 10.28.21

Last year, Halloween was basically canceled, because of the fall surge of Covid-19. But this year, it’s back on. Dr. Anthony Fauci said it’s fine to get the costumes, candy, and treat bags ready - particularly if you’re vaccinated. Vaccines for kids under 12 still haven’t been approved yet: even though the F.D.A. 's emergency use authorization of the Pfizer vaccine for kids 5 to 11 years old is expected within days, shots wouldn’t start being administered until next week.

Today on AirTalk, we want to hear from you: What are your plans for Halloween with your kids? Are you comfortable trick-or-treating? Why or why not? And if not, what do you plan to do instead?

Back On Campus: A Look At How Students Are Doing In Their First Semester Back For In-Person Learning

LAT Learning Loss Analysis 10.28.21

When schools had reopened their doors, educators knew the recovery effort to help students get back on track would come with its challenges. Experts warned for months the pandemic’s toll on kids would impact their scores and key learning assessment benchmarks. A new L.A. Times analysis is giving some preliminary insight into how concerning those assessment scores are this fall, especially for Black, Latino and other vulnerable children. According to the analysis, elementary school reading scores dropped 7 percentage points overall. Plus, gaps between Black and Latino students and white and Asian classmates grew over 26 percentage points or more. Of course, educators caution that these discouraging report cards before winter break don’t give us the full picture of student abilities.

Today on AirTalk, we’re talking with several Southern California school districts on how their students are doing and what changes they’re making to help some students accelerate their learning. We’ll be joined by Santa Ana Unified School District Superintendent Jerry Almendarez, Corona-Norco Unified School Superintendent Dr. Sam Buenrostro, and El Monte Unified School District Superintendent Dr. Maribel Garcia.

Handwritten Letters, Mixtapes, Cursive, Quiet, And Getting Lost: New Book Explores The “100 Things We’ve Lost to the Internet”

100 Things We've Lost to The Internet Book 10.28.21

Nearly every aspect of modern life has become dominated by the Internet. It’s brought with it a lot of innovation and made parts of life easier; but it’s also taken things from us, too. Some are tangible: remember receiving a mixtape? Or a handwritten letter? Others are bigger, like privacy and quiet.

Today on AirTalk, we speak with the editor of the New York Times Book Review Pamela Paul about her new book 100 Things We’ve Lost to the Internet

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