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“That social milieu, as we call it, on the playground, it's a very dynamic place for children to be able to express themselves creatively, practice their negotiation skills, practice…

“That social milieu, as we call it, on the playground, it's a very dynamic place for children to be able to express themselves creatively, practice their negotiation skills, practice setting boundaries,” says psychiatry professor Tara Niendam.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

Latinos in San Fernando Valley have high COVID rates due to essential jobs, overcrowding and more

“We have residents in the area that ... work at grocery stores, perform industrial jobs that increase their exposure to the coronavirus.

Years after Aliso Canyon gas leak, residents say they face chronic health issues and want the facility closed

Kelly Browne never knew she grew up near the second-largest gas storage facility in the country. But after it suffered a blowout, she began seeing its effects everywhere.

COVID-19 in California prisons: Who gets to go home early?

Between March and July, California released 3,500 incarcerated people in response to the pandemic.

Rep. Katie Porter on economic relief during pandemic, CDC’s performance, health care and Biden

Katie Porter talks about the prospect of another coronavirus relief package, the CDC’s performance, what President-elect Biden must do about health care, and why many of her Democratic…

WarnerMedia announced all 17 of its 2021 Warner Bros. movies would debut in theaters and stream on HBOMax at the same time.

from Hollywood Breakdown

Californians will soon be under yet another series of strict restrictions limiting travel, in-person shopping and other business activities — this time it all hinges on the level of…

from KCRW Features

LA Mayor Eric Garcetti on Wednesday night announced a new citywide stay-at-home order. It mirrors the county order that went into effect earlier this week.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

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Fires are raging in Orange County today, already scorching more than 3500 acres.

Wildfire smoke is poisoning the Central Valley air. Some kids are paying a high price

Fires are raging in Orange County today, already scorching more than 3500 acres.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

With a spike in COVID-19 infections, hospitals in California's San Joaquin Valley are suffering from a staffing shortage. It's made worse because hundreds of health care workers are quarantined.

Quarantined health workers compound staffing shortages at California hospitals

With a spike in COVID-19 infections, hospitals in California's San Joaquin Valley are suffering from a staffing shortage. It's made worse because hundreds of health care workers are quarantined.

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KCRW’s Warren Olney talks with Harvard law professor Jody Freeman and Princeton international affairs professor Michael Oppenheimer about Biden’s climate plans and what it means to…

What’s next for Biden, climate change and Trump’s big lie?

KCRW’s Warren Olney talks with Harvard law professor Jody Freeman and Princeton international affairs professor Michael Oppenheimer about Biden’s climate plans and what it means to…

from To the Point

The gift-giving season is officially here. For many retailers right now, strong holiday sales could be a lifeline after a year ravaged by the coronavirus pandemic.

The future of shopping: Which retailers will likely survive and which may not?

The gift-giving season is officially here. For many retailers right now, strong holiday sales could be a lifeline after a year ravaged by the coronavirus pandemic.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

This election was a big year for drugs.

Oregon legalizes hard drugs and the active ingredient in magic mushrooms. Will California follow suit?

This election was a big year for drugs.

from Greater LA

Ken White and Josh Barro talk about the pardon for Michael Flynn.

Pardon season

Ken White and Josh Barro talk about the pardon for Michael Flynn.

from LRC Presents: All the President's Lawyers

We’re hearing a lot about the progress made on a much-needed coronavirus vaccine. But not all communities are clamoring to get in line.

How to build African American trust in a COVID vaccine? Empower Black nurses and doctors, says LA Times’ Erika Smith

We’re hearing a lot about the progress made on a much-needed coronavirus vaccine. But not all communities are clamoring to get in line.

from KCRW Features

Every morning for more than a week, protesters have been making noise outside Getty House, where LA Mayor Eric Garcetti lives.

Eric Garcetti as Transportation Secretary? LA protestors say no thanks and question his qualifications

Every morning for more than a week, protesters have been making noise outside Getty House, where LA Mayor Eric Garcetti lives.

from Greater LA

New coronavirus restrictions are now in effect in LA County for at least three weeks, until December 20.

LA County’s new coronavirus restrictions are now in effect. Here’s what you need to know

New coronavirus restrictions are now in effect in LA County for at least three weeks, until December 20.

from KCRW Features

Nearly nine months into this pandemic, many Californians are desperate for financial help.

CA EDD paid out $400 million in fraudulent claims while denying benefits to people who need them

Nearly nine months into this pandemic, many Californians are desperate for financial help.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

While waiting for the COVID-19 vaccine, picture this: You’re scrolling through your social media on your phone, and suddenly a notification pops up that says you have been exposed to…

iPhones and Androids can send COVID exposure alerts. But that tech isn’t being used everywhere

While waiting for the COVID-19 vaccine, picture this: You’re scrolling through your social media on your phone, and suddenly a notification pops up that says you have been exposed to…

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

Now that the Black Friday and Cyber Monday sale emails have trickled off, inboxes are probably now filled with another reminder.

On this Giving Tuesday, a look at how generosity helps people cope with their own anxiety

Now that the Black Friday and Cyber Monday sale emails have trickled off, inboxes are probably now filled with another reminder.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

Mid-December is when the first round of vaccines could be available. California is expected to have about 327,000 doses of Pfizer's vaccine. Gov.

COVID vaccines are expected in a few weeks. Who will get the first shots?

Mid-December is when the first round of vaccines could be available. California is expected to have about 327,000 doses of Pfizer's vaccine. Gov.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

Can undocumented immigrants be excluded from the Census? That’s the question before the Supreme Court today. The Trump administration is arguing they should be.

Supreme Court hears a big immigration case, Amy Coney Barrett swings the court to the right

Can undocumented immigrants be excluded from the Census? That’s the question before the Supreme Court today. The Trump administration is arguing they should be.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand