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LAUSD District 5 Runoff, Remembering Doris Day, How Feeding Cows Seaweed Can Help The Environment




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We look at the two candidates running for an open seat on the L.A. Unified School District Board in Tuesday's runoff election. Plus, Hafsah Faizel tells us about her young adult novel, "We Hunt the Flame."

Redistricting explained

No fewer than three reports predict that the Golden State will lose at least one congressional representative after the 2020 Census - even if participation is high. Analysts say districts near Downtown and East Los Angeles face the highest risk - many of them have a high population of communities of color. So how does the redistricting process work, and might it affect us here?

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District 5 Runoff

On Tuesday, voters will choose between two candidates for the vacant seat representing LAUSD's Board District 5: former state Assemblywoman Jackie Goldberg and Heather Repenning, a former aide to Mayor Eric Garcetti. We get a preview tomorrow's runoff election.

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Keeling Curve

The concentration of carbon dioxide in our atmosphere hit a record level on Sunday - surpassing 415 parts per million for the first time in human history. It's measured by something called the Keeling Curve, developed at Scripps Institution of Oceanography in 1958 when, as a reference point, carbon levels were 316 parts per million. 

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Cultivating seaweed for the cows

Believe it or not, cattle burps are the No. 2 source of methane in the U.S. But scientists at Scripps Institution of Oceanography are hard at work to find a red algae alternative that can reduce methane created by cow burps and farts dramatically. For more on the efforts to cultivate the special type of seaweed.

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Energy Storage

If you've been listening to the show today, you've heard that the level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere has reached an all-time high. It's because of this carbon build up that Mayor Eric Garcetti wants L.A. to stop burning fossil fuels by 2045 - and rely on alternative power, including solar and wind. But solar panels and windmills produce more power than we need during the day -- and when the sun and wind go away, they don't provide enough. So, finding ways to store this excess energy is key to L.A. moving to cleaner power. KPCC's Sharon McNary reports.

LAX & Pot 

When you fly, it's a good idea to not get high. But that hasn't stopped smugglers. More and more of them have tried to sneak large packages of legal marijuana through LAX. Arrests have jumped 166 percent since last year. Just because recreational pot is legal in California doesn't mean it's also legal to transport large quantities across state lines. So what's with this trend? Plus, advice for flyers with small amounts of recreational pot in their luggage.

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Senior Volunteer

As more and more Californians get older and retire, there's a growing pool of people with time and skills that could be useful to community organizations. But seniors in the state have a relatively low volunteer rate...even if many of them also feel isolated. A 77-year old man in San Francisco has found a way to stay involved. He forgets about his arthritis and his cane to do what he loves best: cook for his community. As part of our "Graying California" series, KQED's Farida Jhabvala Romero has this story.

Doris Day Passing

Finally today, lovers of old Hollywood mourn the death of actress, singer, and animal rights activist Doris Day, who passed away this morning at age 97. Her decades-long film career showcased the breadth of her talent - from the comedy musical Romance on the High Seas in 1948 to the mystery drama The Man Who Knew Too Much in 1956. So, to remember Ms. Day and her contributions, let us take a sentimental journey through some of her classics.