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Latest On Ukraine And Diving Into The History of Russia-Ukraine Relations

Published March 17, 2022 at 9:32 AM PDT
Rescuers remove debris from a building damaged by shelling in central Kharkiv on March 16, 2022, amid the ongoing Russia's invasion of Ukraine.
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Rescuers remove debris from a building damaged by shelling in central Kharkiv on March 16, 2022, amid the ongoing Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

Latest On Ukraine And Diving Into The History of Russia-Ukraine Relations

Ukraine Latest And Historical Perspective 3.17.22

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine entered its fourth week today, with Russian forces largely bogged down outside major cities and forced to shell them from a distance.

The governor of the northern city of Chernihiv said the city is experiencing “colossal losses and destruction” from Russian artillery and air strikes. Viacheslav Chaus told Ukrainian TV on Thursday that the bodies of 53 people had arrived at city morgues over the past 24 hours.

In the besieged southern city of Mariupol, a Russian airstrike hit a theater where hundreds of people were sheltering. The word “children” was spelled out in white lettering on two sides of the theater before the bombing, according to satellite images. The strike came as Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy invoked 9/11 during an urgent appeal to the U.S. Congress Wednesday for more weapons to stem the Russian assault. U.S. President Joe Biden announced an additional $800 million for Ukraine’s military and said Russian President Vladimir Putin is a “war criminal.”

Today on AirTalk, we get the latest news coming out of Ukraine with Shane Harris, national security reporter for the Washington Post and explore the historical relationship between Ukraine and Russia with Markian Dobczansky, associate at the Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute and a historian of Russia-Ukraine relations .

With files from the Associated Press

Why California And The City Of Pasadena Are At Odds Over A Housing Ordinance

Pasadena SB9 3.17.22

The city of Pasadena is violating a new California law designed to increase affordable housing, the state attorney general warned Tuesday.

It’s AG Bonta’s second such action after proponents of denser housing said more than a dozen communities across California had been hurrying to adopt restrictions before the law took effect Jan. 1. More than 150 cities opposed the law as it was being considered in the Legislature last year. The law allows homeowners to build up to four residential units on a single-family lot, a measure that Bonta said is needed to address the most populous state's chronic housing and homelessness problems by increasing supply and affordability. Less than a month before the state law took effect, Pasadena passed an ordinance that, among other restrictions, allows officials to exempt eligible areas by declaring them “landmark districts.” But no such exemption exists under the law, Bonta said. Pasadena Mayor Victor Gordo told the Pasadena Star News in an interview that his city and the state appeared to have different interpretations of the state law, and that his office would review the AG’s letter and respond

Today on AirTalk, we’ll speak with Pasadena Mayor Victor Gordo

With files from the Associated Press

We invited California Attorney General Rob Bonta or a representative from his office to join us for today’s interview, but his office told us that they were not able to make our timing work with his schedule. We are working with his office to schedule a future interview with him on this subject.

L.A. Loses A Jazz Legend – Barbara Morrison

Barbara Morrison Obit 3.17.22

The legendary jazz and blues vocalist Barbara Morrison passed away Wednesday at age 72 according to multiple news reports and a statement by her friend, jazz singer Cathy Segal-Garcia. Born and raised in the Detroit suburbs, Morrison grew up with a father who was a doo-wop singer during a time when the sounds of Motown were taking over. She decided she wanted to become a singer as well and drove out to Los Angeles in 1973 at the age of 21. Within days she had joined a rock band. But Morrison would find her voice most welcomed in the world of jazz, earning three Grammy nominations and performing with some of the greatest names in jazz like Ray Charles, Nancy Wilson, Tony Bennett, Etta James, and Dizzy Gillespie. Morrison became, as one of her peers noted, “the lifeblood of L.A. vocal jazz.” For the last couple of years, you could find Morrison hosting a Monday night jazz fete at the California Jazz and Blues Museum in South LA’s Leimert Park, a museum she founded in 2016 along with the Barbara Morrison Performing Arts Center, which provides instruction for burgeoning performers in music, theater, and dance. Morrison was also an adjunct associate professor of jazz vocals at UCLA’s Herb Alpert School of Music. Though Morrison was unquestionably a jazz vocalist, her admirers remark on how at home she seemed in other genres as well, proving that the jazz legend could do it all.

Today on AirTalk, Larry speaks with award-winning composer and director of music programs for the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Mitch Glickman about Barbara Morrison’s musical talents, her commitment to her community, and the legacy she leaves behind.

COVID-19 AMA: Deaths Fall Worldwide But Cases Are Rising, Scientists Propose Rebooting Goal Of Vaccinating 70% Of World, And More

COVID Update 3.17.22

In our continuing series looking at the latest medical research and news on COVID-19, Larry Mantle speaks with Dr. Paul Adamson, infectious diseases physician and assistant clinical professor at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.

Topics today include:

Netflix To Test Limiting Account Freeloading — We Ask Listeners If They’re Cool Or Snitches

Netflix Password Sharing 3.17.22

In a blog post this week, Netflix announced that it would be testing out a feature in three South American countries that would ask users who log in outside the account owner’s household to pay an extra fee for the ability to stream using someone else’s account. It’s not the first time Netflix has tried out the streaming giant has not said whether it ultimately plans to roll out this feature in the U.S. or other countries where it has large subscriber bases, the story has generated a lot of conversation on social media about the potential for and interest of streamers in trying to limit, or profit from, the ubiquitous practice of sharing passwords to streaming services with friends and family members to help defray the cost of the seemingly endless number of platforms to which you can subscribe these days.

Today on AirTalk, we’ll talk with The Verge Staff Reporter Catie Keck and streaming media consultant Dan Rayburn about what’s behind this latest decision by Netflix, whether people who have access to Netflix via a shared password should be worried about losing it, and whether they’d care if they did.

Colburn School Unveils Frank Gehry-Designed Campus Expansion, The Latest Addition To Downtown LA’s Cultural Corridor

Frank Gehry Colburn School 3.17.22

One of Los Angeles’ most prestigious performing arts schools is pulling back the curtain on a 100,000 square foot expansion to its Downtown Los Angeles campus designed by acclaimed architect Frank Gehry, the latest addition to downtown’s cultural corridor which already features the Gehry-designed Walt Disney Concert Hall as well as the Grand, a $1 billion development project that he’s also designing. The Colburn Center, as the school is calling it, will house four professional-sized dance studios as well as a 1000-seat theater and performing space that will be a venue for both student performances and, the school says, for outside artists as well. It will sit just behind the space where the Grand is being built, in a parking lot across the street from Colburn that the school purchased in 2016 for $33 million.

The Colburn School, which focuses on music and dance, revealed Gehry’s designs on Tuesday

Today on AirTalk, we’ll speak with Colburn School President and CEO Sel Kardan and renowned architect Frank Gehry, who designed the campus expansion, about the debut of the design.

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