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23 minutes | Oct 3, 2022
150: Preparing for fire season
Hal discusses how Southern California prepares for fire season, the health effects of living near fire areas, and more.
23 minutes | Sep 18, 2022
149: In Depth: Alternate Endings
Hal is joined by Return Home CEO Micah Truman to talk about human composting. Then, Pisces Aquamation CEO Christopher Taktak talks to Hal about the Aquamation process. Also, Celestis CEO Charles Chafer joins Hal to talk about the company which launches ashes, DNA or other mementos into space.
23 minutes | Sep 11, 2022
148: In Depth: Cannabis
Hal is joined by Dr. Ziva Cooper to talk about the UCLA Center for Cannabis and Cannabinoids. Also, Hal speaks to Lauren Fontein, the founder of The Artist Tree Studio Lounge.
23 minutes | Sep 4, 2022
147: In Depth: Old Los Angeles
Hal is joined by Author Mimi Slawoff, who wrote the book "Oldest Los Angeles." They discuss some of LA's oldest treasured spaces such as the oldest sanitarium and the oldest pharmacy in LA County.
23 minutes | Aug 28, 2022
146: In Depth: Lightning
Hal is joined by filmmaker Zoey Tur and CalFire Battalion Chief Isaac Sanchez to discuss Tur’s upcoming documentary on the 2020 August Complex fire in Northern California and the lightning storm that sparked it. Then, KTTV Meteorologist Rick Dickert talks with Hal about the causes and types of lightning. Also, Dr. Meg Haworth joins Hal to talk about her personal experience as a lightning strike victim.
23 minutes | Aug 21, 2022
145: In Depth: Student Loan Crisis
Alan Collinge, the founder of Student Loan Justice, joins Hal to talk about the growing problem of student loans in the U.S. Then, Lisa Ansell with the USC Casden Institute alks to Hal about the impact of student loans on California students. Finally, hear from Dr. Liz Maines, a psychotherapist who finds herself crippled by student loan debt.
23 minutes | Aug 14, 2022
144: In Depth: Monkeypox, AI and Imaging, Medical Corps in Ukraine
Hal is joined by UCLA Emergency Medicine Physician Dr. Matt Waxman to talk about Monkeypox. Then, Dr. Gregory Sorensen, Founder and CEO of DeepHealth Radnet, Inc. joins Hal to talk about new Artificial Intelligence software that helps doctors read screening images more accurately and identify abnormalities more effectively. Also, Todd Bernhardt, Senior Director of Global Communications for International Medical Corps, describes what the situation is like on the ground in Ukraine.
21 minutes | Aug 7, 2022
143: In Depth: California and the Space Race
Hal is joined by Peter Beck, the CEO of Long Beach based Rocket Lab. They talk about how the recent “space race” is affecting Southern California, which used to be the base of the aerospace industry during the boomtimes of the 1940’s thorough the 1970’s. Also, Dr. Tiffany Kataria, with Exoplanet Discovery and Science at JPL joins Hal to talk about the recent images sent from the James Webb telescope back to Earth.
23 minutes | Jul 31, 2022
142: In Depth: COVID therapies and transplants
Hal is joined by Dr. Anthony Cardillo, the CEO and owner of the Mend Urgent Care Centers. He and Hal discuss Hal’s bout with COVID-19. Also, Dr. Cardillo is back with Hal to talk about some of the new vaccines and treatments for COVID-19. Then, Dr. Abbas Ardehali, the Director of the UCLA Heart, Lung Transplant Program joins Hal to talk about the impact the pandemic has had on transplantation.
23 minutes | Jul 24, 2022
141: In Depth: Parks and butterflies
Bob DeCastro guest hosts for Hal. Joining him is Cat Darst, an Assistant Field Supervisor for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Ventura, and Antonio Sanchez, with the Santa Monica Mountains Fund. Also, Christina Angeles with the Regional Park and Open Space District joins Bob to talk about Measure A. Then, Mercy Santoro, the Deputy Director of L.A. County Department of Parks and Recreation joins Bob to discuss the programs that are available at County parks this summer.
23 minutes | Jul 17, 2022
140: In Depth: Beat the Heat
Marla Tellez guest hosts for Hal. She is joined by Los Angeles' first-ever City Heat Officer Marta Segura. Then, California Chief Service Officer Josh Fryday joins Marla to talk about the open applications for California Climate Action Corps. Also, hear from pediatrician Dr. Lauren Crosby on how to keep kids safe during dangerous heat waves.
23 minutes | Jul 10, 2022
139: In Depth: Travel woes
In this week's In Depth, Marla Tellez guest hosts for Hal. She talks with experts about travel woes amid the summer vacation season.
23 minutes | Jul 3, 2022
138: In Depth: Therapy dogs, Press Club awards, and JBay
Guest host Christine Devine fills in for Hal Eisner. She is joined by Retired LAPD Detective Gil Escontrias and his therapy dog Scout. Then, Christine shares video of the L.A. Press Club awards where she was awarded the President's Award for Impact on Media. Merwin returns along with Jessica Petrass, an Associate Director of Education for John Burton Advocates for Youth – or JBay. Lastly, Christine promotes the “What the Hal” podcast and we close with more photos from the Press Club awards featuring Tae and Tray Thompson.
22 minutes | Jun 26, 2022
137: The Future of Food and the Restaurant Revolution
Guest host Bob DeCastro talks to guests about the future of the food service industry, from what's changed in restaurants since the COVID-19 pandemic, to restaurants selling their wares, and more.
23 minutes | Jun 19, 2022
136: In Depth: Inflation, Pride Parade, Summer Movies
Guest host Bob DeCastro fills in for Hal Eisner. He is joined by Certified Financial Planner David Rae. Then, author and Professor Lillian Faderman talks to Bob about coming out as a lesbian back in the 1950’s. Also joining Bob is Film Critic and “Dish Nation” host Andrew Freund to talk about the summer film season.
23 minutes | Jun 5, 2022
135: In Depth: Entrepreneurs, Comfort Cases, Brian Banks
Guest host Christine Devine takes over for Hal Eisner. Rob Scheer, the Founder of Comfort Cases joins Christine to discuss how he came up with the idea for the program. Then, Brian Banks joins to talk about the ten years since he was exonerated after having been convicted of a crime he didn’t commit.
23 minutes | May 29, 2022
134: In Depth: Water Woes
Guest host Bob De Castro takes over for Hal Eisner. Mandy Sackett, Surfrider Foundation's California Policy Coordinator, joins Bob to talk about the potential of desalination to alleviate the worst threat of drought in California. MWD General Manager Adel Hagekhalil joins Bob to talk about the drought crisis, which he calls the worst drought ever. Bob speaks to Emily Parker, a water quality scientist with Heal the Bay, about the problem of microplastics.
23 minutes | May 22, 2022
133: In Depth: Saving LA's Gems
Hal talks to 1933 group Co-owner Bobby Green about the designer group that has renovated many of L.A.’s historic eateries and bars. Also, Andrew Meieran, the Owner of Clifton’s and Founder of The Neverlands joins Hal to discuss the renovation and re-launch of Clifton’s Republic. Nick Griffin, Executive Director of Downtown Center Business Improvement District joins Hal to talk about the function of the BID.
23 minutes | May 15, 2022
132: In Depth: Mental Health Awareness Month
Hal talks with Dr. Anil Sharma, Psychiatrist and vice president of the psychiatry department of Dignity Health Northridge; Dr. Laurel Bear, the founder of Gateway to Success; Dr. Suman Radhakrishna, with Dignity Health California Hospital.
23 minutes | May 8, 2022
131: Helicopter News Coverage, 25 Years of the Melrose Trading Post, Descanso Art Garden
Hal talks with SkyFox reporter Stu Mundel about advances in helicopter reporting over the years; the founders of the Melrose Trading post as it celebrates its 25th anniversary; and leaders from Descanso Gardens about their new art exhibit.
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