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The PBS program League of Denial revealed that the National Football League covered up debilitating, sometimes fatal, brain damage players suffered as a result of multiple concussions in games and practice sessions. High school football players are even more vulnerable than adults. Do modern helmets provide the protection they need? Are there any rules for when young players who suffer concussions can go back into games? Have local high schools learned anything from the NFL?

Also, a mysterious fish appears off the coast of Catalina Island.

Banner image: Matthew

Producers:
Christian Bordal
Kerry Cavanaugh
Evan George

Main Topic How Safe is High School Football? 21 MIN, 14 SEC

The National Football League recently paid 765 million dollars to 4500 former players—without admitting responsibility for the brain damage that can cause depression, increased aggression and lack of impulse control. In later life, it can mean PTSD, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s. We’ll hear what’s being done to protect players at the high school level in Southern California.

Guests:
Steve Fainaru, Reporter for ESPN (@SteveFainaru)
Dr. Christopher Giza, neurologist, UCLA
Jason Negro, St. John Bosco High School
Eric Sondheimer, Los Angeles Times (@latsondheimer)

Reporter's Notebook Eighteen Foot Oar Fish Washes Up on Catalina Island 4 MIN, 45 SEC

Eight days ago, a snorkeler in the waters off Catalina spotted a creature that looked more like a 18-foot snake than a fish. On Friday, another one, 14-feet long, washed up on the beach in Oceanside. 

Jeff Chace is Program Director at the Catalina Island Marine Institute.

Guests:
Jeff Chace, Catalina Island Marine Institute

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