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The Rittenhouse Trial Is Over But Its Implications Are Just Beginning

Kyle Rittenhouse enters the courtroom to hear the verdicts in his trial prior to being found not guilty on all counts at the Kenosha County Courthouse on November 19, 2021 in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Rittenhouse was found not guilty of all charges in the shooting of three demonstrators, killing two of them, during a night of unrest that erupted in Kenosha after a police officer shot Jacob Blake seven times in the back while being arrested in August 2020. Rittenhouse, from Antioch, Illinois, claimed self-defense who at the time of the shooting was armed with an assault rifle.  (Photo by Sean Krajacic - Pool/Getty Images)
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Kyle Rittenhouse enters the courtroom to hear the verdicts in his trial prior to being found not guilty on all counts at the Kenosha County Courthouse on November 19, 2021 in Kenosha, Wisconsin.

The Rittenhouse Trial Is Over But Its Implications Are Just Beginning

Rittenhouse Verdict Next 11.23.21

In August 2020, a 29-year-old Black man named Jacob Blake was shot seven times in the back by a white police officer outside of an apartment complex in Kenosha, Wisconsin. The shooting, which was caught on camera by a neighbor, sparked an outrage and rekindled nationwide protests against police brutality. Protesters poured into Kenosha, including a 17-year-old boy named Kyle Rittenhouse who was armed with an AR-15 and ended up shooting three people, two fatally. Last week, Rittenhouse’s contentious two-week trial came to an end when he was acquitted on all counts and walked free. The trial’s results pull behind it a wake of emotional turmoil and unanswered questions for many people across the country who hoped to see Rittenhouse held accountable for his actions, which his lawyers successfully argued were in self-defense. Questions like, what kind of precedent does this case set for self-defense cases? And what does justice really look like when two people are dead?

Today on AirTalk, we are joined by national correspondent for the Los Angeles Times, Kurtis Lee, and criminal justice professor at Harvard Law School, Ronald Sullivan.

Adele’s Tears During A Surprise Reunion With Her Teacher Got Us Thinking: Who Is Your Favorite Teacher And Why?

Open Phones Favorite Teachers 11.23.21

Over the weekend, a video of Adele’s tearful reunion with her favorite teacher took off on social media, and that got us thinking about our favorite teachers. So today on AirTalk, guest host Sharon McNary wants to hear from you: who was your favorite teacher, and what made them so special?

The Tournament Of Roses Is Back In 2022, What Will Next Year’s Festivities Look Like?

Rose Parade Lookahead 11.23.21

In July 2020, organizers of the Tournament of Roses had announced that this year’s events would be cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, substituting the festivities with a two-hour television special--but this coming year the event returns.

Guest host Sharon McNary speaks to Tournament of Roses executive director David Eads about next year’s parade and game.

Best Spots for Thanksgiving Takeout in Southern California

Thanksgiving Takeout 11.23.21

Let’s be real for a second: not all of us are willing or able to cook an extravagant Thanksgiving feast. After nearly two years of the pandemic, many of us are just trying to get through this holiday - which may be our first one together with our family in quite a while. So if you don’t want to spend your whole day in the kitchen, we’ve got you covered. Today on AirTalk, guest host Sharon McNary talks about Southern California’s best Thanksgiving takeout spots with LAist food editor Elina Shatkin.

You can read more at LAist.com here

COVID-19 AMA: Cases Up About 30% This Month, Vaccine Immunity More Consistent Than Infection Immunity, And More

COVID Update 11.23.21

In our continuing series looking at the latest medical research and news on COVID-19, guest host Sharon McNary speaks with director of Infectious Disease and Prevention at Pasadena’s Huntington Hospital, Dr. Kimberly Shriner

Topics today include:

  • Many seemingly worrying COVID-19 vaccine reactions are common and harmless
  • CDC finds that vaccine immunity is more consistent than immunity gained from infection
  • About 44,000 LAUSD students missed their first vaccine deadline
  • COVID-19 booster shot uptake is lower in the hardest-hit LA County ZIP codes
  • COVID-19 cases up 32% in kids from two weeks ago
  • What you should make of the latest COVID-19 surge 

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