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Climate Week: Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti And The “Race To Zero”

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Children play in a swimming pool placed outside a house in South Los Angeles, to celebrate a birthday on the second day of the Labor Day weekend amid a heatwave in California on September 6, 2020.

COVID-19 AMA: CDC Recommends Vaccine For 5-11 Year-Olds, What It Will Take For LA's Mask Mandate To End, And More

COVID Update 11.3.21

In our continuing series looking at the latest medical research and news on COVID-19, Larry Mantle speaks with Dr. Paul Adamson, M.D., infectious diseases physician and clinical instructor of medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA

Topics today include:

  • CDC panel strongly endorses COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5 to 11 

  • Parents proving to be a tough sell on COVID-19 vaccines for teens 
  • L.A. County says these criteria need to be met before Covid mask mandate can be lifted 
  • Not all the unvaccinated are diehards, but the “wait and see” crowd is shrinking 
  • UCSF doctors call for state health officials to lift some school Covid requirements as vaccines for kids become available
  • An unsolved mystery: Why do more men die of COVID-19? 
  • Entire Bay Area is back in CDC’s orange and red tiers for Covid spread 

Big Takeaways From Oral Arguments In Supreme Court Gun Carry Case With Major Implications For California

SCOTUS Gun Permit Law 11.3.21

Several Supreme Court justices appeared concerned Wednesday that a broad ruling in favor of gun rights could threaten restrictions on firearms in subways, bars, stadiums and other places where people gather.

The court was hearing arguments in its biggest guns case in more than a decade, a dispute over whether New York's restrictive gun permit law violates the Second Amendment right to “keep and bear arms.”

The court's 6-3 conservative majority gives gun rights advocates hope that the justices will use this case to expand gun rights. But New York and its allies have focused on the prospect of more guns on the streets of New York and Los Angeles if the court strikes down the state law.

The court last issued major gun rights decisions in 2008 and 2010. Those decisions established a nationwide right to keep a gun at home for self-defense. The question for the court now has to do with carrying a gun in public for self-defense. In most of the country gun owners have little difficulty legally carrying their weapons when they go out. But about half a dozen states, including populous California and several Eastern states, restrict the carrying of guns to those who can demonstrate a particular need for doing so. The justices could decide whether those laws, known as “may issue” laws, can stand.

Today on AirTalk, we’ll get responses to and analysis of this morning’s oral arguments with law professors Joseph Blocher and Eugene Volokh.

With files from the Associated Press

Climate Week: Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti And The “Race To Zero”

Climate Week Garcetti 11.3.21

In Glasgow this week for the United Nations Climate Change Summit - also known as COP26 - Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti announced a commitment from more than 1,000 cities and local governments to reach net zero carbon emissions by 2050. The Race to Zero campaign includes a pledge by participants to cut their share of global emissions in half by 2030. Mayor Garcetti is chair of the C40 Cities, a global network of mayors dedicated to confronting the climate emergency. Because while the crisis may be a global issue, it’s felt locally, with looming increases in temperatures, instances of sea level rise, and frequency of large wildfires.

Today on AirTalk, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti joins Larry to discuss the climate conference, his role in confronting the emergency, and the climate crises facing Los Angeles.

With files from

Climate Week: Extreme Heat Is Killing Californians, Some More Than Others

Climate Week Heat 11.3.21

This past August was the hottest on record in California with temperatures soaring to 121 degrees in places like Woodland Hills. As excessive heat waves sweep through Los Angeles county with more regularity, experts and community activists are pointing to the disproportionate impact on poor communities and communities of color who often live in the hottest parts of the city and lack access to air conditioning or shade. They say the history of environmental racism is evident, with policies like redlining pushing these communities closer to freeways and away from parks or green space. With extreme heat starting to show with more frequency in urban areas, scientists and non-profit organizations are coming up with innovative solutions to the problem.

Today on AirTalk, we are joined by Edith de Guzman, director and co-founder of the Los Angeles Urban Cooling Collective, along with Ariel Lew Ai Le Whitson, director of education and community at TreePeople, an organization addressing urban heat by planting trees in the communities most impacted. 

Journalist Steven Roberts Remembers His Wife Cokie and Her “Life Well Lived”

Cokie Roberts Book 11.3.21

Pioneering journalist Cokie Roberts helped shape NPR into what it is today. Roberts was not only a best-selling author, Emmy winner, and daughter of a politically powerful family, she was also - along with Nina Totenberg, Linda Wertheimer and Susan Stamberg - one of the “Founding Mothers” of NPR, and a trailblazer for women journalists. When Cokie Roberts died of breast cancer in 2019, her death left a hole in journalism, but it left an even bigger hole in the lives of those who knew and loved her. In “Cokie: A Life Well Lived,” her husband of 53 years - the journalist Steven V. Roberts - captures Cokie’s life through anecdotes of her family, friendships, and work. Today on AirTalk, journalist Steven V. Roberts joins Larry to talk about Cokie’s life and legacy.

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