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A Look Into Retail And Property Crime Trends And How Recent Incidents Are Impacting Consumers And Industry Workers

Published December 7, 2021 at 9:13 AM PST
Businesses In San Francisco Board Up In Response To Recent String Of Robberies
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A security guard who identified himself only as Mario keeps watch outside The Real Real store, which has had its windows boarded near Union Square on November 30, 2021 in San Francisco, California.

A Look Into Retail And Property Crime Trends And How Recent Incidents Are Impacting Consumers And Industry Workers

AT Property Crimes 12.7.21

Recent organized smash and grab robberies have garnered the attention of Californians in the last few weeks. More than two dozen burglarized high end retail stores in the San Francisco area. The Los Angeles Police Department arrested several in connection to burglaries in LA, but officials said none of them remain in custody, according to the LA Times. The incidents, which have spanned beyond California, have left shoppers and industry workers on edge. Today on AirTalk, we go through the various trends we’re seeing with retail crime and discuss potential contributing factors and solutions.

UC San Diego Unveils An Ocean Simulator To Answer One Of Climate Change’s Biggest Questions.

UCSD Ocean Simulator 12.7.21

What happens at the point where the ocean meets the atmosphere? Maybe you’ve never thought about it, but it’s a question that scientists know is critical to better understanding rising sea levels, the impact of burning fossil fuels, and how clouds cool the earth’s surface. Scientists at UC San Diego’s Scripps Institute of Oceanography will look at those issues and more with their first-of-its-kind ocean simulator. The $4 million apparatus is expansive, at 120 feet in length and 18 feet tall, holding up to 36,000 gallons of water with the ability to generate near hurricane-force winds.

Today on AirTalk, Larry is joined by distinguished professor in Atmospheric Chemistry at UC San Diego Kimberly Prather to discuss how this new simulator can help us understand the way the ocean affects our climate.

NASA Prepares to Launch It’s Most Complicated Telescope To Date: The James Webb

NASA Telescope 12.7.21

Later this month, NASA will launch a project that’s been in the works for decades: The James Webb Space telescope will search for answers to some big questions: how do galaxies, stars, and planets form? The $10 billion dollar telescope will launch December 22nd from French Guiana, soar into space, spend weeks unfolding its intricate mirrors, then months testing its instruments before it’s finally ready to start probing into the depths of space for information on some of the oldest known galaxies. Today on AirTalk, Larry discusses the work that went into the Webb and what we hope to learn from it with NASA research scientistNatasha Batalha and NASA astrophysicist and the Project Scientist for Operations for the James Webb Space Telescope, Jane Rigby.

COVID-19 AMA: CA Preps For Winter Surge, How Omicron Compares To Other Strains & More

COVID Update 12.7.21

In our continuing series looking at the latest medical research and news on COVID-19, Larry Mantle speaks with Dr. Sam Torbati, co-chair of the department of emergency medicine at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. 

Topics today include:

  • Opinion: Covid-19 vaccine efforts can’t let up because of new pills
  • California preps for winter COVID-19 surge due to either Omicron or Delta 
  • Safely socializing in the pandemic’s booster era
  • NYT: What is Omicron's contagiousness, severity and its risk to those vaccinated?
  • Surgeon General warns of mental health crisis emerging in U.S. youth

80 Years After Pearl Harbor, How Do Our Memories Of The Day “Which Will Live In Infamy” Evolve?

Pearl Harbor 80 Years 12.7.21

Tuesday, December 7th, is National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, marking the day Japanese forces launched a surprise attack on Pearl Harbor, and bringing the United States into World War II. More than 2,400 service members and civilians were killed. The fear the attack generated also led to the imprisonment of Japanese Americans along the West Coast, when President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066 on February 19, 1942. President Roosevelt declared December 7, 1941 “A Date Which Will Live In Infamy” in his address to the American people following the attack. Now - 80 years after the attack - how has the way we think about the events of December 7 and its aftermath evolved? And when do events move from becoming memory to being a part of history? Today on AirTalk, Larry is joined by Geoffrey White, emeritus professor of anthropology at the University of Hawaii and author of the book “Memorializing Pearl Harbor: Unfinished Histories and the Work of Remembrance” and Susan Kamei, lecturer in the USC Dornsife department of history and author of the book “When Can We Go Back to America? Voices of Japanese American Incarceration During World War II.”

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