Now that California's primary election is underway, Take Two checks in with KPCC reporter Sharon McNary to see what's happening on the ground. We also speak with a professor at UC-Davis about a new report that shows many Californians do not have access to clean drinking water. And, on the 50 anniversary of the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy at the Ambassador Hotel in L.A., we talk to Paul Schrade. He was at the Ambassador Hotel that night, and has been fighting to preserve RFK's legacy since.
A quick check-in at the polls
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Happy primary day! As everyone heads out to vote, we check-in with KPCC’s Sharon McNary to find out what things are going at the polls.
How to ensure safe drinking water for all Californians
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About 360,000 Californians are served by water systems with unsafe drinking water, according to new analysis of State Water Resources Control Board data. Clean water is a basic human necessity, so it's obviously a problem that many Californians are struggling to get it. The real question is how do we solve that problem.
As our expert explained, many rural, underserved communities are faced with the "triple threat of drinking water," facing:
- Unsafe drinking water that can have serious health consequences
- Higher than normal water rates to pay for fixes to their water system's crumbling infrastructure
- The cost of buying bottled water because their tap water isn't safe to drink
- Jonathan London, UC Davis is a professor who studies drinking water cleanliness
The new LAPD Chief
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Mayor Eric Garcetti named Michel Moore the new chief of the Los Angeles Police Department, succeeding Charlie Beck. Moore is a 37-year veteran of the force and has been around for many of the major shifts that the department has been through from Rampart to the Consent Decree to the L.A. Riots to the more recent complaints of Officer Involved Shootings, all as crime rates rose and then fell, then bumped up again slightly. We explore the future of the LAPD under Moore as we look back at the department's past.
- Frank Stoltze, KPCC’s criminal justice and public safety issues reporter
- Jill Leovy, Reporter
- Joe Domanick, Police historian
Preserving Robert F. Kennedy's legacy, 50 years after he was assassinated
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Tuesday is the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy in the Ambassador Hotel. It happened the night of the California presidential primary in 1968. Kennedy won the primary and was in a good position to win the Democratic nomination. Five other people were wounded that night, including Paul Schrade, a union official active in Kennedy's campaign. Jon Kalish reports now on Schrade's life in the decades following the assassination.
Get some soul on your trip to the polls
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Every week, Take Two gets the low-down on the hottest music from SoCal artists. This week, Oliver Wang from Soul-Sides.com shares tracks from artist Pusha T, Junglepussy, and a collaboration from Diplo, French Montana, Lil Pump and Zhavia Ward.
Plus: Oliver Wang weighs in on the Pusha T, Drake beef.