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Roundtable: Women Become Marines In San Diego

First female recruits wait on top of the Reaper, the highest point in Camp Pendleton, to receive their Eagle Globe and Anchor, the symbol that they are now Marines, April 22, 2021.
Steve Walsh
First female recruits wait on top of the Reaper, the highest point in Camp Pendleton, to receive their Eagle Globe and Anchor, the symbol that they are now Marines, April 22, 2021.
The U.S. Marine Corps graduates its first class of female recruits trained in San Diego, the challenge of fighting COVID-19 misinformation in Spanish-language social media, and the Port of Entry podcast dives into the world of cross-border medical tourism.

A New Class Of Marines Make History

San Diego is home to the first female marine recruits to go through boot camp on the west coast. KPBS News has followed their journey from arrival to the daunting crucible completion at Camp Pendleton. KPBS North County multimedia producer Alexander Nguyen attended this week's graduation ceremony. He joins us to talk about what it’s like to cover this historic group of new marines.

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Vaccine Hesitancy Among Spanish Speakers

California is making significant progress when it comes to the COVID-19 vaccine rollout and blunting case numbers. However, lingering hesitation will be an issue in the nation’s push toward achieving herd immunity. Investigative reporter and author Jean Guerrero tells us about the challenge of misinformation shared on social media among Spanish-speaking audiences and the resources available for people looking to persuade hesitant family members.

RELATED: County Making Changes To Address Slowing COVID-19 Vaccine Demand

Cross-Border Medical Tourism

The COVID-19 pandemic hasn’t slowed the demand for a wide range of medical services south of the border. From cheaper prescription drugs to greater access to cancer treatment, medical tourism is a phenomenon that continues to surge. The Port of Entry podcast is exploring the reasons why people make the trip and how it goes beyond the usual examples of dental work and cosmetic surgery. Producer/writer Kinsee Morlan is our guest.

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