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The Latest With Russia’s Invasion Into Ukraine, Plus We Discuss The Impacts Of Misinformation

Published March 1, 2022 at 9:18 AM PST
Volunteers unload products and food at the train station on March 1, 2022 in Kyiv, Ukraine.
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Volunteers unload products and food at the train station on March 1, 2022 in Kyiv, Ukraine.

The Latest With Russia’s Invasion Into Ukraine, Plus We Discuss The Impacts Of Misinformation

Ukraine Latest And Russian Disinformation 3.1.22

Russian forces bombarded the central square in Ukraine’s second-largest city and other civilian sites Tuesday in what the country’s president condemned as a blatant campaign of terror by Moscow. In Kyiv, the TV tower in the capital was hit, according to Ukraine’s parliament, which posted a photo of clouds of smoke around it. Local media reported that there were several explosions and that Ukrainian TV channels stopped broadcasting shortly afterward.

Today on AirTalk, we talk with Middle East bureau chief for the Los Angeles Times Nabih Bulos about the latest and Bret Schafer, senior fellow and head of the Alliance for Securing Democracy’s information manipulation team, about the impacts of Russian disinformation campaigns.

With files from the Associated Press

The Impacts Of Climate Change Are Irreversible, New Study Finds

UN Climate Report 3.1.22

The Intergovernmental Panel of Climate Change (IPCC) released a report Monday based on 34,000 studies and produced by more than 1,000 physical and social scientists detailing the disastrous effects of a rapidly warming planet. The comprehensive study, which was approved by 195 governments, lays out what’s at stake for both humans and the natural world if global warming continues to go unchecked. The report details threats from coastal flooding and our ability to feed ourselves. Researchers found that even with food production increasing, warming temperatures threaten to make less land arable and reduce crop production, making the future of food sustainability more uncertain. In California, we’re entering our third year of extreme drought conditions, causing growers to leave nearly 400,000 acres of cropland dry and unplanted because of water shortages.

The report says 3.5 billion people are already immediately impacted by climate change and future effects will continue to highlight inequalities around the globe.

Today on AirTalk, we discuss the IPCC report’s main takeaways and what it means for California’s future with our own climate energy reporter for KPCC, Erin Stone and forest ecologist and climate change scientist at UC Berkeley, Patrick Gonzalez.

Read Erin’s LAist piece here.

MLB Lockout Has Postponed Spring Training -- Is Opening Day in Jeopardy Too?

MLB Lockout 3.1.22

Major League Baseball gave itself and the players' association six hours to salvage opening day.

After a marathon of 13 bargaining sessions over 16 1/2 hours produced progress toward a labor deal but left the sides still far apart, MLB extended its deadline to Tuesday at 5 p.m. The sides planned to resume talks at 11 a.m. on the ninth straight day of bargaining. Commissioner Rob Manfred had said Monday was the last possible day to reach an agreement that would allow the minimum time needed for spring training in order to play openers as scheduled on March 31. The union said it didn’t necessarily agree to the timeframe and just as the sides agreed to recess at 2:30 a.m., MLB gave players the new deadline. Today on AirTalk, we’ll get the latest on where both sides stand in negotiations, what the sticking points are and what it means for the MLB regular season with New York Times national baseball writer James Wagner and sportswriter and author Molly Knight.

With files from the Associated Press

COVID-19 AMA: School Mask Requirement To Disappear In California, Strategies For One-Way Masking, And More

Covid Update 3.1.22

In our continuing series looking at the latest medical research and news on COVID-19, Larry Mantle speaks with Dr. Kimberly Shriner, director of Infectious Disease and Prevention at Huntington Hospital in Pasadena.

Topics today include:

  • California will end the school mask requirement after March 11 – and L.A. County will, too 
  • Starting today, masks are no longer required indoors for unvaccinated workers in California
  • Coronavirus FAQ: I’m a one-way masker. What strategy will give me optimal protection? 
  • A new poll finds Americans’ fears about the virus are waning 
  • Data out of New York finds Pfizer’s shot is far less effective in 5-to-11-year-olds than in older kids 

As L.A. County And California Prepare To Lift School Mask Mandates, We Ask Parents What They Think

Open Phones School Mask Requirements 3.1.22

Starting March 12, children in K-12 schools and child care facilities across much of California will be able to attend classes without wearing masks, Gov. Gavin Newsom said Monday.The change marks a major relaxation of California's approach to managing the COVID-19 pandemic in settings where adults and young children interact, which has been among the most cautious in the nation. Local cities and counties can continue to require masks in schools – but on Monday, L.A. County Department of Public Health officials also announced they will align with the state's new guidance and drop a local health order requiring masks inside schools and child care facilities starting on March 12. However, the Los Angeles Unified School District has formally agreed with its teachers union to require mask use through the end of the school year. Changing that agreement would require negotiations with United Teachers Los Angeles. In a statement on Monday, union leaders said it would be “premature” to end the district's mask requirement. Today on AirTalk, we want to hear from parents around Southern California: how do you feel about the state’s decision to end mask requirements at schools and childcare facilities? Will you and your family change masking practices for your kids? What communication have you received from your school or district about the upcoming changes?

With files from the Associated Press and LAist  

New Book Brings The Pioneering Female Architect Who Designed Hearst Castle To Life

Julia Morgan Architect Book 3.1.22

Architect Julia Morgan achieved a lot of “firsts”: first woman admitted to the prestigious Ecole des Beaux-Arts to study architecture, the first woman to graduate from the school, and the first licensed female architect in California. She also designed the Hearst Castle at San Simeon, one of hundreds of projects in her lifetime — many before women even received the right to vote in this country. But many aren’t familiar with her work outside of that iconic project, something former Hearst Castle historian Victoria Kastner set out to change with her new book “Julia Morgan: An Intimate Biography of the Trailblazing Architect.” With photographs by Alexander Vertikoff, the book dives into newly discovered diaries and papers belonging to Morgan to reveal what made her such an extraordinary architect at a time when women in the upper echelons of the field were virtually unheard of. Today on AirTalk, Larry speaks with Kastner about her book and what she wants the world to know about Julia Morgan.

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