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Remembering Sidney Poitier, Groundbreaking Hollywood Star And Oscar Winner

Sidney Poitier, the American actor and film director on September 15, 1980. He is sitting in a domicile, with the image cropped to just show his upper body. he has a slight grin, and is gesturing with one hand open in the air, with his arm bent.
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Sidney Poitier, the American actor and film director on September 15, 1980.

COVID-19 AMA: Record Daily Cases in L.A. County, Universities Extend Remote Learning, And More

COVID Update 1.7.22

In our continuing series looking at the latest medical research and news on COVID-19, Larry Mantle speaks with associate professor in the division of infectious diseases at UCLA, Dr. Tara Vijayan.

Topics today include:

  • Can you reuse KN95 and N95 masks? We look at different cleaning methods
  • Possible allergic reactions to vaccines, including rashes and small changes to menstrual cycles 
  • Four U.C. campuses extend remote instruction through January 
  • Orange County reports third COVID-19 death of a child younger than 5 
  • L.A. County reports record 37,000 daily coronavirus cases; what does that mean for the Super Bowl
  • When should you go to the E.R. with COVID symptoms? 
  • Unboosted: California COVID-19 booster rate falls below 40% in most counties 

Checking In With SoCal Hospitals As Omicron Exacerbates Staffing Issues

Hospital Staffing Shortages 1.7.22

This time last year, COVID-19 was running rampant after a post-holiday surge in cases. One year later, vaccines have made a difference, but the highly contagious Omicron variant has led to record numbers of infections - including among hospital staffers, which is causing a crisis at L.A. County hospitals. Large numbers of sick staff have prompted all four of the hospitals run by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health Services to ask the state for help.

Today on AirTalk, Larry talks to KPCC & LAist senior health reporter Jackie Fortiér about her reporting on how hospital staff are faring during this latest holiday surge.We also speak with the director of Infectious Disease and Prevention at Huntington Hospital in Pasadena Kimberly Shriner M.D. and Andrew Goldfrach, chief operating officer of Arrowhead Regional Medical Center in San Bernardino County about how the surge in sick staffers is affecting their hospitals.

You can read Jackie’s article on LAist here

Remembering Sidney Poitier, Groundbreaking Hollywood Star And Oscar Winner

Sidney Poitier Remembrance 1.7.22

Sidney Poitier, the groundbreaking actor and enduring inspiration who transformed how Black people were portrayed on screen, became the first Black actor to win an Academy Award for best lead performance and the first to be a top box-office draw, has died. He was 94. Poitier, winner of the best actor Oscar in 1964 for “Lilies of the Field,” died Thursday in the Bahamas, according to Eugene Torchon-Newry, acting director general of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the Bahamas. Few movie stars, Black or white, had such an influence both on and off the screen. Today on AirTalk, we talk with Peter Rainer, film critic for KPCC and the Christian Science Monitor and Tim Cogshell, film critic for KPCC, Alt-Film Guide and CineGods.com about Poitier’s life and career.

FilmWeek: ‘A Hero,’ ‘Licorice Pizza,’ ‘The 355’ And More 

FW Reviews 1.7.22

Larry Mantle and KPCC film critics Tim Cogshell and Lael Loewenstein review this weekend’s new movie releases on streaming and on demand platforms.

  • A Hero,” Laemmle’s Town Center (Encino), Royal (West LA) & Playhouse (Pasadena); Amazon Prime Video on January 21
  • "Licorice Pizza,” Wide Release
  • "The 355," Wide Release
  • "The Lost Daughter,” The Landmark (West LA); Netflix
  • "Belle," Wide Release on January 14
  • Dawn Raid,” VOD on January 11 (including iTunes)
  • See For Me,” Lumiere Music Hall (Beverly Hills) & Harkins Theatres Chino Hills 18; VOD (including Amazon Prime, Apple TV & VUDU)
  • American Siege,” Galaxy Theatres (Mission Grove); VOD (including iTunes & VUDU)
  • The Legend of La Llorona,” Lumiere Music Hall (Beverly Hills); VOD on January 11
  • Road To Perth,” Laemmle’s Royal (West LA); VOD on January 18 (including iTunes)

Lin-Manuel Miranda On His Personal Connection To ‘Tik, Tik… Boom!’ And How It Helped Shape The Film 

FW Lin-Manuel Miranda Interview 1.7.22

The new film “Tik, Tik… Boom!” is based on the autobiographical musical by playwright Jonathan Larson. Larson created the smash Broadway hit “Rent,” which many say changed the game for musical theater. The film stars Andrew Garfield as Larson, an aspiring composer living in New York City. It’s directed by acclaimed composer Lin-Manuel Miranda in his feature directorial debut. KPCC’s John Horn talked with Miranda about the film, which is streaming now on Netflix. It’s rated PG-13.

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