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Major Water Cutbacks Are Necessary As Colorado River Continues To Diminish

A person rides a personal watercraft during low water levels due to the western drought at the Lake Mead Marina on the Colorado River in Boulder City, Nevada on May 5, 2022.
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A person rides a personal watercraft during low water levels due to the western drought at the Lake Mead Marina on the Colorado River in Boulder City, Nevada on May 5, 2022.

Major Water Cutbacks Are Necessary As Colorado River Continues To Diminish

Colorado River Levels 6.15.22

Top water officials say major water cutbacks are necessary to face drier conditions impacting the Colorado River. According to the LA Times, leaders are pushing for a new emergency deal in order to prevent the river’s reservoirs reducing to “perilously low levels.” California is entitled to 4.4 million acre-feet of Colorado River water per year, and between 2 million and 4 million acre-feet in cuts are needed next year. States including California, Arizona and Nevada already made agreements cut back on taking water out of Lake Mead. The federal government also announced reducing the amount of water taken out of Lake Powell because it’s at risk of dipping so low Glen Canyon Dam could no longer generate electricity. Still, both reservoirs are near record low levels. Janet Wilson, senior environment reporter at the Desert Sun, joins AirTalk to discuss.

To read Janet’s story about this, click here

Primary Election Update: Candidates Karen Bass and Eunisses Hernandez Lead Their Respective Races

Primary Update 6.15.22

Big news for the future of Los Angeles city hall following the latest update on the cities primary election results. Congresswoman Karen Bass takes the lead over real estate developer Rick Caruso as both continue to be the clear top two in the race for Los Angeles city mayor. In city council district 1, incumbent Gil Cedillo trails community activist Eunisses Hernandez by nearly 300 votes in a race that will decide who represents the district for the next four years.

Today on AirTalk, we get the latest on both races with Dakota Smith, Los Angeles City Hall reporter for the Los Angeles Times.

LAPD Chief Michel Moore On Officer Use Of Force, SWAT Team Review, Recruitment Challenges, And More 

Chief Moore 6.15.22

Today on AirTalk, LAPD Chief Michel Moore joins Larry to discuss:

  • LAPD policy regarding the use of less-than-lethal vs. lethal force 
  • The recent violent arrest of someone in attendance at the L.A. Pride Parade, captured on social media
  • Recent mass shootings in L.A., including at a Boyle Heights warehouse party 
  • LAPD budget and recruitment 
  • Poll: Confidence in LAPD has dropped but voters don’t want to cut back on officers 
  • Internal review of SWAT practices following reporting by the Los Angeles Times that a body-cam footage caught a team member saying “happy hunting” before a fatal shooting
  • The death of an LAPD officer during a training exercise 

COVID-19 AMA: Public Health Leaders Warn LA County Residents To Wear Masks Indoors, New Blood Test Could Detail Immunity And More

Covid Update 6.15.22

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.

Today’s topics include:

  • California cases remain elevated
  • The latest on Moderna vaccine recommendations for children six-17
  • Decision expected regarding emergency use of vaccines in young kids 
  • Public health officials warn LA County residents to wear masks indoors 
  • Where we stand a year after California’s reopening
  • New blood test could show how strong your COVID-19 immunity is 
  • President Biden expected to unveil plan for pandemic 

How Should Parents Talk To Their Kids And Others About Gender?

Gender Nonconforming Parents and Kids 6.15.22

More and more these days, parents are facing the question: What happens if your child tells you they aren’t the gender they were assigned at birth? Or maybe instead of telling you, they start expressing themselves differently. Traditionally, gender was thought about as the two distinct categories of male and female, but our understanding of gender has evolved to include a spectrum of gender expressions that don’t comfortably fit within the binary. Much of this new way of thinking has been galvanized by young people who are challenging conventional gender roles. Parents are left with a distinctly different challenge of learning how to affirm their child's gender and deal with the inevitable pushback they’ll experience from the outside world.

Today on AirTalk, we’re joined by professor of developmental psychology at the University of Kentucky Christia Spears Brown, to discuss the challenges of parenting gender non-conforming children and the importance of having conversations about gender early on and often.

If you are a parent of a gender non-conforming child, resources to help understand their experience are available at,, and

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