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After 22 years, Staples Center Will Soon Be Arena-- Fans Unsurprisingly Don’t Approve

An exterior view of Staples Center on May 05, 2021 in Los Angeles, California.
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An exterior view of Staples Center on May 05, 2021 in Los Angeles, California.

Overdose Deaths Reach Record High Numbers Under The Weight Of The Pandemic

Overdose Deaths 11.17.21

Research shows that Americans died of drug overdoses at a record rate during the pandemic. According to the New York Times, researchers looked at a 12-month period ending in April. During that time, overdose deaths rose nearly 30% compared to the year prior. Experts say limited access to treatment played a role. Today on AirTalk, Larry talks with Dr. Andrew Kolodny, medical director of opioid policy research at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University. He is also the co-founder of Physicians for Responsible Opioid Prescribing.

Is America Headed For Another Civil War? 

Brian Michael Jenkins and Civil War 11.17.21

Threats against lawmakers. Fights on planes over mask mandates. Heated words and violence at school board meetings and hospitals. Reports of this violent rhetoric - and in some cases just violence - are on the rise and seem to be infiltrating every aspect of our social lives and communities. But could social warfare lead to actual warfare? In a new piece for NBC News, terrorism and homeland security expert Brian Michael Jenkins argues America is headed for another Civil War. Jenkins argues our “uncivic culture,” polarization, and lack of community have combined to lead us down a dangerous path: not the armed military conflict of the previous Civil War, but rather a series of violent clashes, assassination plots, or street violence driven by Americans’ differences. Today on AirTalk, Larry talks with Jenkins about how we got here and how we can avoid the path he thinks we’re on.

After 22 years, Staples Center Will Soon Be Arena-- Fans Unsurprisingly Don’t Approve 

Crypto Center 11.17.21

Staples Center is getting a new name. Starting Christmas Day, it will be Arena. The downtown Los Angeles home of the NBA’s Lakers and Clippers, the NHL’s Kings and the WNBA’s Sparks will change its name after 22 years of operation, arena owner AEG announced Tuesday night.The official change of the stadiums name won’t come until Christmas Day, the same day the Lakers host the Brooklyn Nets.

Today on AirTalk, Larry discusses with associate professor of sport management at the University of San Francisco Michael Goldman about the sponsorship’s significance and why so many have felt disappointed with the name change.

With files from the Associated Press

The Latest On The Oil Spill Off The Coast of Huntington Beach

Oil Spill Investigation 11.17.21

Last month’s oil spill off the shore of Orange County, which dumped roughly 25,000 gallons, is still under investigation and leaving a lot of unanswered questions. On Monday, state officials during an oversight hearing said better communication and detection technologies could be the short-term solution. Meanwhile, experts say the long-term answer is to end offshore oil production altogether. The impact of the spill was less than initially feared, but it killed dozens of birds and animals in the following weeks near local wetlands. Right now, about 645 square miles off the coast are still off limits to fishing as officials wait for testing results.

Today on AirTalk we’re getting the latest from the state’s oversight hearing from Assemblywoman Cottie Petrie-Norris on what regulatory gaps lawmakers are looking into as well as Orange County Supervisor Katrina Foley. Also joining us is Michael Ziccardi from the Oiled Wildlife Network managed by UC Davis and Greg McGowan from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife with new updates on ecological impacts from the spill.

DOC AMA: Pfizer Boosters For All Adults Could Be Coming Soon, Requirements For LAUSD Students In Spring 2022 And More

COVID Update 11.17.21

In our continuing series looking at the latest medical research and news on COVID-19, Larry Mantle speaks with Kristen R. Choi, professor of nursing and public health at UCLA; registered nurse practicing at Gateways Hospital, based in Echo Park.

Topics today include:

  • F.D.A. plans to authorize Pfizer boosters for all adults this week
  • Confusion reigns over who is eligible for boosters, prompting California to take action
  • Here are the COVID-19 requirements for L.A. Unified students coming in Spring 2022
  • Coronavirus spreads in deer and other animals -- scientists worry about what that means for people
  • The definition of ‘fully vaccinated’ is changing to three COVID-19 doses
  • Dr. Fauci says U.S. COVID-19 cases need to fall below 10,000 a day to get to a ‘degree of normality’

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