Fifth & Mission
Fifth & Mission
Jan 19, 2021
Virus Mutation and a Bad Vaccine Batch
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Just as California tries to turn the corner on the coronavirus pandemic, a new variant is spreading, and it might be even more contagious. Meanwhile, thousands of vaccine doses are shelved after several people who were inoculated at a site in San Diego report serious allergic reactions. Reporters Catherine Ho and Erin Allday have details. | Unlimited Chronicle access:

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KQED's The California Report
KQED's The California Report
Warehouse Industry Booming in Inland Empire Despite Concerns
Southern California’s Inland Empire has been transformed in recent years by the growth of the warehouse and logistics industry. While many argue it's a job creator, those living in the region have major environmental concerns.  Guest: Orlando Mayorquin, Journalism Student, Report for CalMatters The L.A. City Council voted 14 to 1 to approve a hazard pay ordinance requiring workers at supermarkets and drug stores to be paid an extra $5 an hour. Several other cities and counties have passed similar legislation. Reporter: Matt Guilhem, KCRW Officials with the San Diego Unified School District have unveiled a plan to reopen schools for classroom instruction starting in April. But not all parents are impressed. Reporter: Joe Hong, KPBS Kaiser Permanente is using the mountains of health data it has on millions of Californians to help figure out who’s at higher risk of getting COVID-19. It's also helping the health provider pinpoint who should get vaccinated first. Reporter: Polly Stryker, KQED Many have been targets of people who don't agree with health orders or think the pandemic is a hoax. While the problems were elevated during the height of the pandemic, some are still taking added precautions to this day. Reporter: Laura Klivans, KQED The new lawsuit has been filed by a trust for survivors of wildfires started by Pacific Gas & Electric equipment. They claim these officials were negligent when it comes to ensuring the public's safety. Guest: Lily Jamali, The California Report
18 min
Commonwealth Club of California Podcast
Commonwealth Club of California Podcast
Commonwealth Club of California
The Man Who Ate Too Much: The Life of James Beard
After World War II, a newly affluent United States searched for its own gourmet culture. In James Beard, whose larger-than-life presence would rule over kitchens and dinner tables for the next 35 years, America found its culinary maestro. How did this secretly queer failed opera singer from the epicurean backwater of Oregon become America’s first food celebrity? John Birdsall tells the tale in his new book The Man Who Ate Too Much: The Life of James Beard, bringing to life a towering figure, a man who still represents the best in eating and yet has never been fully understood—until now. Join us for an in-depth conversation with Birdsall, who will look beyond the public image of the celebrated cean of American cooking to find a man who battled depression, self-doubt, loneliness, and the complex rules of the closet to become a beloved household name synonymous with fine cooking and the good life. Producing nearly two dozen cookbooks in his lifetime, Beard was staunchly unfussy and proudly anti-elitist, embracing the elegance and pleasures of pure, local food and “humble, everyday cooking that aims for simplicity, honors flavor over dubious thrift, and achieves perfection using fine ingredients.” His influence on American food culture cannot be overstated: he was the definitive source of knowledge and inspiration for American home cooks in the 20th century, and the inspiration for a new generation of restaurant chefs in the 1970s, including Larry Forgione, Jeremiah Tower, and Alice Waters. Our special guest, John Birdsall, is himself a two-time James Beard Award-winning author, a former food critic and a longtime restaurant cook. He co-authored (with James Syhabout) the cookbook Hawker Fare. SPEAKERS John Birdsall Author, The Man Who Ate Too Much: The Life of James Beard; Former Food Critic; Restaurant Cook; Co-Author, Hawker Fare; Twitter @John_Birdsall Michelle Meow Producer and Host, "The Michelle Meow Show" on KBCW/KPIX TV and Podcast; Member, Commonwealth Club Board of Governors; Twitter @msmichellemeow—Co-Host John Zipperer Producer and Host, Week to Week Political Roundtable; Vice President of Media & Editorial, The Commonwealth Club—Co-host In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are currently hosting all of our live programming via YouTube live stream. This program was recorded via video conference on February 23rd, 2021 by the Commonwealth Club of California.
1 hr 6 min
Our Body Politic
Our Body Politic
Lantigua Williams & Co.
February 19, 2021: Examining a provocative way to build Black voting power, why Covid-19 vaccination must be a global effort, and facing up to the limits of inclusion at the Golden Globes.
This week, Farai Chideya talks to Charles Blow, New York Times opinion columnist and author of “The Devil You Know: A Black Power Manifesto,” about his proposal for building Black political power in the South. Dr. Ashish Jha of Brown University explains why vaccinating against Covid-19 must be a global effort, and Dr. Debra Furr-Holden of Michigan State University says getting Black Americans vaccinated is a key part of that effort. Our business of entertainment contributor Casey Mendoza breaks down who was nominated, who was snubbed, and who might be miscategorized at the Golden Globes. And political roundtable regulars Errin Haines and Jess Morales Rocketto explain why it’s important to keep trying to hold former President Trump accountable for his actions, despite his acquittal by the Senate. EPISODE RUNDOWN 0:55 Writer and columnist Charles Blow explains how moving en masse can change the political dynamics of a state. 7:04 A central argument in his book, Blow dispels the myth that racism only exists in the South. 10:34 Blow says that because of implicit bias, multi-racial coalitions can be limiting for building Black power. 14:16 Dr. Ashish Jha explains how herd immunity works in the vaccination process. 16:26 Dr. Jha says there is promising research that current vaccines can fight against most variants of Covid-19. 17:54 Dr. Jha says that vaccination efforts must be global in order to eliminate the threat of Covid-19 variants that prolong the pandemic. 19:58 Casey Mendoza looks at past controversies addressing the lack of diversity in entertainment awards shows. 22:38 Mendoza reflects on the role of white creators in the conversation about diversity and inclusion in Hollywood. 24:38 Mendoza explains why the Golden Globes were highly criticized for the categorization of “Minari” as a foreign language film. 25:53 Categorizing international or foreign-language films still proves to be problematic, Mendoza explains. 30:00 Errin Haines reflects on her interview with Vice President Kamala Harris. 33:28 Farai Chideya discusses Charles Blow’s idea for obtaining Black political power with Errin Haines. 36:02 After the impeachment acquittal of former President Donald Trump, Jess Morales Rocketto says that the threat of Trump and Trumpism is still very real. 39:00 Chideya tries to make sense of the conflicting positions from Senator Mitch McConnell regarding Trump’s role in the January 6th insurrection. 41:27 Sippin’ the Political Tea’s experts discuss other ways people are trying to hold Trump accountable for the events of January 6th, and why voting to convict on an impeachment charge would have had different consequences.
48 min
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