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Jury Finds Kyle Rittenhouse Not Guilty On All Charges

Kyle Rittenhouse puts his hand over his face as he is found not guilty on all counts at the Kenosha County Courthouse on November 19, 2021 in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
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Kyle Rittenhouse puts his hand over his face as he is found not guilty on all counts at the Kenosha County Courthouse on November 19, 2021 in Kenosha, Wisconsin.

House Democrats Pass President Biden’s Social Spending Bill After Delay. Now What? 

Biden Spending Bill 11.19.21

Democrats brushed aside months-long divisions and pushed their expansive social and environment bill through a sharply divided House on Friday. The “Build Back Better” bill includes far-reaching changes to taxation, health care, energy, climate change, family services, education, and housing. The House approved the legislation on a near party-line 220-213 vote, and now the bill goes to the Senate where moderate Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia could force significant changes. Today on AirTalk, Larry is joined by Politico congressional reporter Anthony Adragna to discuss what’s in the bill, the road Democrats took to get here, and the road ahead.

California, Arizona, and Nevada Prepare For More Cuts As Colorado River Water Dries Up

New Colorado River Plan 11.19.21

The situation on the Colorado River, a primary source of water for Southern California, is growing increasingly dire. Lake Mead is now at its lowest level since the 1930s, and forecasters now fear it could fall to dangerously low levels if something isn't done immediately. Now water officials from California, Arizona, and Nevada are working on a new deal with additional cuts to use that would leave an additional 500,000 acre-feet of water in the reservoir next year. The states had previously agreed to mandatory cutbacks in 2019, but Lake Mead’s water level had fallen much faster than anticipated just two years ago.

Today on AirTalk, Larry talks with Los Angeles Times reporter Ian James and director of research for the Kyl Center for Water Policy at Arizona State University Kathryn Sorensen about the current state of the Colorado River and Lake Mead, what the proposed deal means for the lower basin states, and what the future of water supplies on “the hardest working river” in the U.S.

Jury Finds Kyle Rittenhouse Not Guilty On All Charges

Rittenhouse Verdict Breaking 11.19.21

Kyle Rittenhouse was acquitted of all charges Friday after pleading self-defense in the deadly Kenosha shootings that became a flashpoint in the debate over guns, vigilantism and racial injustice in the U.S. Rittenhouse, 18, began to choke up, fell to the floor and then hugged one of his attorneys upon hearing the verdict. He had been charged with homicide, attempted homicide and reckless endangering after killing two men and wounding a third with an AR-style semi-automatic rifle during a tumultuous night of protests over police violence against Black people in the summer of 2020. The former police youth cadet is white, as were those he shot. The jury, which appeared to be overwhelmingly white, deliberated for close to 3 1/2 days. Rittenhouse could have gotten life in prison if found guilty on the most serious charge, first-degree intentional homicide, or what some other states call first-degree murder.

Today on AirTalk, Larry speaks with criminal defense attorney at The Rodriguez Law Group Ambrosio Rodriguez, professor of criminal law at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles Laurie L. Levenson, and civil rights attorney and managing partner at The Cochran Firm California Brian Dunn about the verdict.

With files from the AP.

FilmWeek: ‘King Richard,’ ‘Ghostbusters: Afterlife,’ ‘Kurt Vonnegut: Unstuck in Time’ And More

FW Reviews 11.19.21

Larry Mantle and KPCC film critics Peter Rainer and Andy Klein review this weekend’s new movie releases on streaming and on demand platforms.

  • The Feast,” Nuart Theater (West LA); VOD (including Apple TV and Amazon Prime Video)
  • King Richard,” Wide Release; HBO Max until December 19
  • "Ghostbusters: Afterlife,” Wide Release
  • "Kurt Vonnegut: Unstuck in Time," Laemmle’s Royal (West LA), Town Center (Encino) & Playhouse (Pasadena); VOD (including Amazon Prime Video & Apple TV)
  • "C’mon C’mon,”  AMC Burbank, AMC Town Center (Burbank), AMC The Grove; The Landmark (West LA); Laemmle’s Playhouse (Pasadena) & NoHo on November 24
  • "Boiling Point," Lumiere Cinema (Beverly Hills); VOD (including iTunes and Amazon Prime Video) on November 23
  • Procession,” Laemmle’s Glendale; The Bay Theater (Pacific Palisades); Netflix
  • The Real Charlie Chaplin,” Laemmle’s Monica Film Center (Santa Monica); Showtime VOD on December 11

Director Kenneth Branagh Gets Personal In His New Movie “Belfast”

FW Kenneth Branagh Interview 11.19.21

Kenneth Branagh is probably best known as a director for his productions of Shakespeare's works, both on stage and on the big screen, but he’s described his latest movie "Belfast" as his most personal. Loosely autobiographical, the film centers on a young boy (Jude Hill) and his working-class family during the late 1960s in Belfast, Ireland, just as the conflict known as "The Troubles" between Irish nationalists and U.K. loyalists touched off in Northern Ireland. Branagh was just nine when his family left Belfast to resettle outside London in southern England and escape the Troubles, around the same age as Belfast's protagonist, Buddy.

Today on FilmWeek, we’ll hear Branagh speaking with KPCC’s John Horn in an interview at the Middleburg Film Festival in Virginia last month about how closely it follows his own life, how he was able to recall specific events 50 years after they’d taken place and what the city of Belfast still represents to him today.

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