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Coronavirus: Where California Went Wrong, How the State is Preparing for Wildfires, Race In LA Series




LA MESA, CALIFORNIA - MAY 05: (EDITORIAL USE ONLY) Nurse  Kristyna Saja (L) and nurse Amanda Miller care for a COVID-19 patient in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at Sharp Grossmont Hospital amidst the coronavirus pandemic on May 5, 2020 in La Mesa, California. The patient is being treated in a RotoProne bed which rotates the patient to improve ventilation. Sharp HealthCare is the largest health system in San Diego County and is currently treating more than 120 COVID-19 patients at its four hospitals. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
LA MESA, CALIFORNIA - MAY 05: (EDITORIAL USE ONLY) Nurse Kristyna Saja (L) and nurse Amanda Miller care for a COVID-19 patient in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at Sharp Grossmont Hospital amidst the coronavirus pandemic on May 5, 2020 in La Mesa, California. The patient is being treated in a RotoProne bed which rotates the patient to improve ventilation. Sharp HealthCare is the largest health system in San Diego County and is currently treating more than 120 COVID-19 patients at its four hospitals. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
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Coronavirus: Where California Went Wrong

California was very aggressive at the outset of the pandemic in order to limit the virus's spread. But after making initial gains, the state's infection rates have skyrocketed recently. We examine how and where California went wrong.

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Firefighting Preparedness 

We turn our attention to wildfires ...cause on top of everything else, we are now getting into the height of the season. The Soledad Fire that started yesterday near Santa Clarita has sharpened our focus on this fact. That blaze is now is 30 percent contained after burning more than 1300 acres, but its only one of many concerning brush fires that've broken out across California in recent weeks as the weather has remained hot and dry. And with coronavirus numbers getting worse and worse, there's concern about the impact to firefighting resources. 

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The OC Update

Coronavirus cases are on the rise in Orange County despite some misleading optimism from elected officials. Hospitals are struggling to manage new patients and getting close to reaching crisis procedures—like surge tents and treatment beds in waiting areas. We discuss the latest in the county. 

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American Homefront Project: LGBTQ Military 

The Supreme Court's recent decision protecting many LGBTQ employees from discrimination doesn't directly affect the military. Still, opponents of the Trump Administration's ban on transgender service members say they're encouraged by the ruling. Stephanie Colombini reports for the American Homefront Project.

Race in LA: Dana Amihere

Today we start a new series in collaboration with LAist. It's called Race In LA, and with we ask Angelenos how race and identity shape their day-to-day lives. The essays, written by both community contributors and LAist staffers, are published each week. The stories told are aimed at fueling meaningful conversations about lived experiences as a certain race or ethnicity.This week, LAist data editor Dana Amihere shares her experience as Black woman from a law enforcement family married to a white man amid unrest and protests stemming from the death of George Floyd and others at the hands of police.

Hollywood, The Sequel Part Three

Every Monday, Take Two is joined by John Horn, host of the new LAist Studios podcast Hollywood: The Sequel. This week he discusses his new episode with Kenya Barris. The multi-talented producer, writer, director and actor shares his commitment to continue telling stories about Black Americans on screen and his anxiety about how the pandemic is delaying a return to work.