Linea Abierta Programming: WEEK OF JUNE 20, 2022

MONDAY, JUNE 20
PROGRAM #9651 12:00 PM PT

Third Jan 6 Hearing. The House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol held the third in a series of public hearings. Witnesses testified about Donald Trump’s concerted efforts to pressure former Vice President Pence to refuse to count electoral votes despite knowing it was illegal. This is a report on the hearing’s highlights.

Guest: José López Zamorano, Political Reporter, Washington, DC.

Gun Violence: Finally a Deal? A bipartisan gun violence bill is expected to be voted in the US Senate this week. The package, drafted after the massacres in Uvalde and Buffalo, includes a bill to support state “red flag” laws and tougher background checks for gun buyers under 21. After thirty years without major federal gun reform, will Democrats and Republicans finally reach a deal?

Guest: Monsignor Mark J. Seitz, Bishop, Catholic Diocese for El Paso, El Paso, TX.

California: Low Voter Turnout. Voter turnout in the recent primary elections in California was lower than expected because political campaigns and organizations failed to invest in energizing citizen engagement. Civic leaders comment on this and other topics, including the top issues that motivated Latinos to vote, the congressional districts impacted by remapping and the races to watch in November, and the surprising turn in the Los Angeles Mayor’s race.

Guest: Arturo Vargas, Executive Director, National Association of Latino Elected Officials – NALEO, Los Angeles, CA.

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TUESDAY, JUNE 21
PROGRAM #9652 11:00 AM PT

Extra Edition: Heeding the Signs of Prediabetes (Program Repeat.) People with prediabetes, a health condition in which you have a higher than normal blood sugar level, have a higher risk of heart disease, stroke and diabetes. But not everyone with prediabetes will go on to get diabetes. It can often be prevented and controlled. People in rural communities are among the most at risk. How can they take care of themselves to prevent the onset and avoid complications? Health educators discuss the ABC of prediabetes, the Do’s and Don’ts, the ways to make healthy lifestyle changes, and the National Diabetes Prevention Program. Listeners called in to share comments, including one deploring how immigrants from Mexico’s countryside become obese after acculturating and losing their traditional diet, another one advising healthy eating and exercise to ensure quality of life during the elder years, and another one wondering how to eat healthy when you are too busy to cook.

Guests: Vicky Reyes Acosta, Registered Dietitian, Certified Diabetes Care and Educator Specialist, Center for Healthy Living, Memorial Hospital, Bakersfield, CA; Oliva Hernández Maruri, Health Educator, Seamar Monroe Clinic, Yakima, WA.

PROGRAM #9653 12:00 PM PT

Immigration Edition. In the Nevada primaries, a number of Republicans who are trying to flip seats held by Democrats got their nominations for the midterms with a message heavy on “border invasion” warnings and promises of mass deportations. Also, the week after DACA’s tenth anniversary, a coalition of business, religious and law enforcement leaders renew efforts to get Congress to pass a permanent solution for the undocumented immigrants who came to the US as children. Finally, in recent news, a federal judge in Texas blocked the Biden administration’s immigration enforcement priority guidelines, which limited arrests to only immigrants who were a public safety threat.

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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 22
PROGRAM #9654 12:00 PM PT

Combating Deadly Heat Threat in the Fields. Millions are under heat watches as a dangerous heat wave is warming the fields throughout the US South and Southwest. Exacerbated by climate change, temperatures for this summer season are expected to be worse than last one and outdoor workers are at extreme risk. Leading community health educators talk about the deadly effects of heat stress, who is most at risk of dying from heat stress, how to identify “danger days” and unsafe working conditions. They also discuss practical tips on how to deal with the heat and be aware of early signs of dehydration and heat stroke, and how to tell between symptoms of Covid-19 and heatstroke.

Guests: Catharina (Ineke) Wesseling, Senior Epidemiologist, La Isla Network, Washington, DC; Nezahualcoyotl “Neza” Xiuhtecutli, General Coordinator/Executive Director, Farmworker Association of Florida, Apopka, FL; Andrés Villegas, Community Health Promoter, WeCount!, Homestead, FL.

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THURSDAY, JUNE 23
PROGRAM #9655 11:00 AM PT

Extra Edition: Dealing with the Nursing Home Crisis. At the beginning of the pandemic, nursing homes became the epicenter of Covid-19 deaths. This crisis had a disproportionate impact on facilities that serve predominantly Latinos and African Americans. Nursing home workers are feeling demoralized and burned out and thousands are quitting, impacting the quality of care for the elderly. In response, California lawmakers included in the current state budget a fund to establish minimum quality standards and an equity plan for nursing homes. The budget passed by the legislature is now on Gov. Newsom’s desk but the negotiations continue.

Guests: Arnulfo de la Cruz, SEIU, Los Angeles, CA; Others TBA.

PROGRAM #9656 12:00 PM PT

Coronavirus News Update. The FDA authorized Covid shots for the nation’s youngest kids and the first vaccination efforts are scheduled for this week. What are the risks from the virus to children? Also, who is being urged to get a second booster shot? Finally, California was the first state in the nation to move from a pandemic to an endemic virus policy. How is it working? Public health experts discuss these and other news developments.

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FRIDAY, JUNE 24
PROGRAM #9657 12:00 PM PT

Mexico Edition. In response to a worsening drought, cities in Central and Northern Mexico are taking emergency rationing measures to deal with the water shortage crisis. Angry residents in Mexico’s northern areas are going out to the streets to protest water grabbing by private companies and developments that drain the water supply. Political analysts discuss this and other stories.

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