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KPCC Year In Review: The Pandemic and Distance Learning, Plus a 'Battle Royale' Across LA Courts Over New DA's Policies

Drivers line up for COVID-19 testing in the Sherman Oaks neighborhood of Los Angeles in May.
Drivers line up for COVID-19 testing in the Sherman Oaks neighborhood of Los Angeles in May.
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Year In Review 2020: The Rise of COVID-19

Across the state, health officials reported Monday a 38 percent increase in the number of people testing positive for COVID-19 over a two week period, putting more pressure on area hospitals, which, as we've told you, have very little space in their intensive care units, if any. It's expected that the stay -at- home order issued by the Governor earlier this month will be extended. KPCC health reporter Jackie Fortier has been all over this story for months as we review the year in news - and look ahead to what 2021 will bring with the pandemic  - she is the first person we turn to.


What It Feels Like to Have COVID-19

As we leave 2020 behind, the arrival of the coronavirus vaccine has brought hope that things will get better in the new year. But there's no denying that the pandemic has hit many of us hard. It's been a difficult time, especially for those who've become ill with COVID-19, or have taken care of someone who did. So this week we will hear from Take Two listeners who've been diagnosed with COVID-19 to give everyone a sense of how it's affected them physically and emotionally. First up is Tonia McMillian, a long time family child care provider from the Bellflower area in Los Angeles.  She tested positive for COVID-19 on July 14th, and she shares her story. 

A 'Battle Royale' Across LA Courts Over New DA's Policies 

The election of LA DA George Gascon has pricked up battle royale in criminal courts across the county. Some judges and more than a few of his own  prosecutors are apparently seeking to block his progressive agenda, which includes dramatically reducing prison sentences for thousands of criminal defendants. KPCC's Frank Stoltze reports.

Year In Review: What Remote Learning Brought During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Here’s a wacky idea:  what if we had a place … where all children under 18 would go every day … and in this place, they could interact with others their age … mingling in groups … inside a building … learning the building blocks of literacy, numeracy and citizenship? Well, such a place actually existed in ancient times … circa 2019.  Many referred to this place as a “school.” And all kidding aside, it’s been almost a full year since millions of California public school students have seen the inside of one. We look back at the last year in education and what’s in store for schools in 2021.