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COVID-19 AMA: Larry Vs. COVID, Case Numbers Level Out In LA County And More

Published August 15, 2022 at 9:48 AM PDT
US President Joe Biden disembarks from Marine One upon arrival at Cape Henlopen State Park in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, on August 7, 2022, for a trip to his beach home following his recovery from Covid.
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US President Joe Biden disembarks from Marine One upon arrival at Cape Henlopen State Park in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, on August 7, 2022, for a trip to his beach home following his recovery from Covid.

COVID-19 AMA: Larry Vs. COVID, Case Numbers Level Out In LA County And More

Covid Update 8.15.22

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.

Topics today include:

  • COVID concerns as LAUSD students head back to school
    • With new guidance, CDC ends test-to-stay for schools and relaxes COVID rules
    • U.S. schools put Covid-19 safety measures in rearview, dividing some parents
  • L.A. County drops out of high COVID-19 level as surge eases
  • Striking drop in stress hormone predicts long COVID in study
  • MIT researchers create test to predict COVID immunity, Harvard scientists develop test for both virus and antibodies 
  • People exposed to COVID may need to take as many as three at home tests, F.D.A. says
  • U.K.Approves Moderna’s Covid-19 booster vaccine targeting Omicron
  • How toassess COVID risks as CDC guidelines ease

Drought Update: State Releases New Water-Supply Strategy While Colorado River Cuts Are Still Needed

Newsom Water Plan 8.15.22

California governor Gavin Newsom released a 19-page plan in which they laid out four strategies to adapt to the state’s drying climate. The state plans to focus its investments on developing new water supplies, expanding its water capacity, reducing demand from state residents, and improving current climate forecasting. The document’s research also notes that the state could lose 10% of its water supply in the next 20 years. Although the plan does show some level of urgency there has been difficulties in California’s work with other Western states, currently having no solidified plan to cut use of the Colorado River ahead of a Tuesday deadline set by the Bureau of Reclamation.

Today on AirTalk, we discuss the current situation California and other Western states are facing in this increasingly dry climate with LAist & KPCC climate emergency reporter Erin Stone, California Department of Water Resources director Karla Nemeth, and Felicia Marcus, visiting fellow at Stanford University’s Water in the West Program.

New UCLA Study Notes California’s Increased Risk Of Severe Floods Due To Climate Change

Flooding Study 8.15.22

Climate change could make catastrophic storms and flooding twice as likely, according to a UCLA study released Friday in the journal “Science Advances.” Researchers used modeling to predict increased storm runoff that could lead to devastating landslides and debris flows, especially in hilly areas burned by wildfires. According to projections, Stockton, Fresno and Los Angeles would be underwater in these projections. The researchers call it the "the Other Big One". They hope the data can inform statewide plans to minimize these risks.

Today on AirTalk, we dig into this increased flooding risks in the golden state with professor of earth system science at Stanford University, Noah Diffenbaugh and professor of civil and environmental engineering and co-director of the Center for Watershed Sciences at UC Davis Jay Lund.

New Study Shows Latino Representation In Newsom’s Administration Is Lacking

Latino Govt Appointments 8.15.22

A key finding from a recent study out of UCLA’s Latino Policy and & Politics Institute reveals that Latino’s have the largest representational gap among racial and ethnic groups in California’s executive appointees. Despite making up around 40% of the state’s population, Latino’s are only 18.4% of the executive appointees. Latino women remain the most underrepresented. This absence in voices has consequences. Appointed positions play a critical role in advising the state’s administration, developing equitable policies, reforming the criminal justice system, and improving educational standards. There has been progress under the Newsom administration, with 70% of Latino appointees coming in just the last four years. Most recently, last week Governor Newsom nominated Patricia Guerrero has chief justice on California’s highest court, which would make her the high court’s first Latina chief justice.

Joining us today on Airtalk, we have Paul Barragan-Monge, director of mobilization at UCLA’s Latino Policy & Politics Institute and Arturo Vargas, CEO of the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials to discuss the disparity in Latino representation in Governor Newsom’s administration and how the gap can be closed.

With files from LAist

Aunts And Uncles Play Pivotal Roles In Families. How Do You Create That Special Bond?

How To Be A Good Aunt And Uncle 8.15.22

Aunts and uncles can be influential figures in families. They provide a special kind of support for both their siblings and their siblings’ kids, and as a result, can become a trusted safe space for said kids. But these relationships don’t just develop out of thin air. Today on AirTalk, we hear from listeners! What specifics went into creating this bond? Starting early? Affinity because of your similarities? What makes these relationships particularly special? Elizabeth Bernstein, reporter for the Wall Street Journal who writes the “Bonds” column about social psychology and relationships, joins Larry to discuss her latest column, “Be the Favorite Aunt or Uncle You Were Destined to Become.”

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