STATE OF AFFAIRS
In this week's State of Affairs, we recap the latest in the realm of national and statewide politics. With us are KPCC politics reporter Libby Denkmann and Claremont McKenna College professor Jack Pitney.
DACA UNDER A BIDEN ADMINISTRATION
Life under President Trump has been turbulent for young immigrants without legal status. Since 2017 no one new has been allowed to apply for DACA, the program that shields many young immigrants from deportation. Now that Joe Biden is president-elect, how is the DACA community feeling about the future?
Josie Huang, KPCC reporter
A POLICE DEPARTMENT IN TURMOIL
We take a look now at how police are feeling in the wake of the summer protests over the killing of George Floyd. The union that represents rank and file LAPD officers has compiled what appears to be the first survey of cops since the explosion of rage on the streets Southern California.
- Frank Stoltze, KPCC's Criminal Justice Correspondent
IN THE DEFENSE OF BATS...A STUDY
Despite all the negative attention around bats due to the Covid-19 pandemic, they provide a lot of ecological benefits. We speak an expert about the vital role bats play in the LA ecosystem and their surprisingly large presence throughout the city, even in dense, urban areas.
- Miguel Ordeñana, Community Science Manager and leader of the Backyard Bat Survey at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
KPCC's Leo Duran shares some of the best online events to be a part of this weekend.
BASEBALL HISTORY...WOMEN GET ANOTHER FIRST
The sports world got a huge first today when the Florida Marlins announced they’d hired Kim Ng to be their new General Manager. Ng will be the first woman and the first Asian American to hold the GM job for any of the major North American men’s sports leagues (MLB, NFL, NBA, NHL, MLS). In 1998 at the age of 29, Ng was hired as the assistant general manager of the NY Yankees, then in 2001 she became assistant GM and vice-president of the Los Angeles Dodgers.
- Dan Evans, former Dodgers General Manager