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Hollywood Union Members Narrowly Approve New IATSE Contract. We Hear Members’ Reactions

A car's back window that is painting with various sigils and signs of their local IATSE union group.
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A driver displays their support for the IATSE union on October 07, 2021 in Los Angeles, California.

Hollywood Union Members Narrowly Approve New IATSE Contract. We Hear Members’ Reactions

IATSE Vote Reactions 11.16.21

Hollywood loves nail-biters in movies and television series. When it comes to contract voting, though, it’s far less comfortable with a close call. By a very narrow margin, members of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees ratified a new deal with producers in weekend voting results announced Monday. The three-year agreement--which includes longer rest times, guaranteed meal breaks and higher wages--was approved by just 50.3% of IATSE’s members. IATSE jobs include below-the-line positions such as costume designers, cinematographers, editors and makeup artists. More than 45,000 guild members cast ballots. Today on AirTalk, Larry talks with Anousha Sakoui, entertainment industry reporter at the LA Times and John Horn, KPCC/LAist arts and entertainment reporter and host.

Why Stereotypes About Generational Differences Might Be Doing More To Widen The Gap Than Connect Generations

Generational Talk 11.16.21

Generational stereotypes make for great fodder on social media, whether it’s mocking Millennials for their supposed entitlement and laziness or thanking Baby Boomers and other older generations for “ruining everything: for the younger generations, but what if these stereotypes are actually driving people of different generations farther apart and making it even more difficult to understand each other?

In a recent essay published in The Wall Street Journal and adapted from his new book “The Generation Myth: Why When You’re Born Matters Less Than You Think,” King's College London Professor Bobby Duffy says while these kinds of assertions may be good for a laugh or two, they might also be making it harder for different generations to understand and make sense of each other’s differences. “Our wrongheaded thinking about generations leads us to focus on the wrong problems,” he writes.” “Headlines about spendthrift young people, for example, distract us from the huge shift in economic policy in recent decades toward the interests of older people. We avoid facing up to a challenge like climate change by laying the blame on older generations while placing our expectations for salvation on the coming generation.”

The Camp Fire Destroyed The Town Of Paradise. The Football Team Helped Inspire Survivors To Go On 

Paradise Found Book 11.16.21

In the early morning of November 8, 2019 a wildfire sparked in the forests surrounding the town of Paradise. High winds drove the Camp Fire’s flames into the town of Paradise, and by the next morning much of the town was in ruins and more than 80 people were dead. The town’s population plummeted. Out of the destruction rose a symbol of hope: the Paradise High School football team. The Bobcats lost about a quarter of their varsity squad and nearly every football player lost their home. But today on AirTalk, Larry speaks with Los Angeles Times columnist Bill Plaschke about his new book “Paradise Found: A High School Football Team’s Rise from the Ashes,” and how the players rebuilt their lives - and the community’s spirits.

NASA “Outraged” By Russian Weapons Test That Sent Space Debris Hurtling Toward International Space Station

Space Junk 11.16.21

Monday, astronauts on the International Space Station retreated to their docked capsules for two hours in case they had to escape the station, as space debris hurtled toward them. Now, U.S. officials say the Russian government’s test of an anti-satellite missile was the cause of all that junk. NASA administrator Bill Nelson called the test “unconscionable” because the debris the test generated put the lives of the astronauts on board the station at risk. There’s already a lot of space junk in orbit, and it poses real dangers to not only the International Space Station, but also the thousands of satellites orbiting above the Earth, and it can take decades for the junk to fall back to Earth. Today on AirTalk, Larry speaks with space junk specialist Carolin Frueh, associate professor in the School of Aeronautics and Astronautics at Purdue University about the Russian test and the dangers posed by space debris.

With files from the Associated Press

DOC AMA: 70% Of Californians Have Gotten Vaccine, Other Manufacturers Allowed To Make Pfizer’s COVID-19 Pill & More

COVID Update 11.16.21

In our continuing series looking at the latest medical research and news on COVID-19, Larry Mantle speaks with Timothy Brewer, M.D., epidemiologist and professor of medicine at UCLA’s school of public health.

Topics today include:

  • 70% of Californians have received at least one vaccine dose
  • Pfizer to allow other companies to make its COVID-19 pill in developing countries

  • L.A. officials worry that those vaccinated earlier this year could be hit in winter surge
  • CDC adds Hungary, Iceland, the Czech Republic and Guernsey to its level 4 warning list

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