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Join Larry Mantle weekdays for lively and in-depth discussions of Los Angeles and Southern California news, politics, science, entertainment, the arts and more. More AirTalk at


DNC files lawsuit against Russia, the Trump campaign and WikiLeaks, alleging conspiracy to influence elections

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 16:41:00 GMT

AirTalk brings you the latest on the DNC’s lawsuit alleging that Trump campaign associates conspired with the Russian government and hacked the Democratic Party’s computer networks. We also dive into the new study on NorCal’s Hayward Fault; review this week’s movie releases on FilmWeek; and more.

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CA lawmaker is trying an unusual strategy for circumventing an NDA: a subpoena

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 16:44:00 GMT

The woman Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher wants to testify in support of her bill is bound to an NDA, so Gonzalez Fletcher is asking the Assembly to issue a subpoena – if they do, what are the larger implications? We also bring you the latest on the Southwest engine explosion; as the Castro era ends, what’s next for Cuba?; and more.

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Chief Beck on the CA bills seeking to change use-of-force standards and increase access to officer misconduct-related records

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 16:49:00 GMT

LAPD Chief Charlie Beck returns for his monthly check-in, weighing in on various issue such as a new CA bill redefining "deadly force," muting body cam mic's and the spike in pedestrian deaths. We also dive into the racially charged incident that occurred at a Philadelphia Starbucks; Barbara Bush's passing; and more.

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New proposal wants to give businesses a chance to appeal but not prohibit sidewalks vendors

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 16:53:00 GMT

AirTalk debates a city proposal that would alert businesses when sidewalk sellers seek permits to sell outside their door. We also dive into the the legal battle between a church using cannabis for worship and the city that says it’s an illegal dispensary; should transitional kindergarten be available to all 4-year-olds in California?; and more.

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Limited strike on Syria: Is it legal, or wise?

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 16:36:00 GMT

AirTalk dives into the legal ramifications of President Trump’s airstrike against Syria on Friday. We also bring you the week’s news in politics; why are less U.S. college students enrolling in foreign language classes?; and more.

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After judge rules federal funds for local police can’t be tied to help on immigration, we look at California’s 29 lawsuits against the Trump administration

Fri, 13 Apr 2018 16:22:00 GMT

AirTalk brings you the latest on a new ruling that the DoJ cannot require local police departments to help ICE in order to receive federal funding – a victory for California in its ongoing challenge to the federal government. We also dive into which areas of California agriculture China’s tariffs would hit the hardest; review this week’s movie releases on FilmWeek; and more.

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LA County Sheriff check-in: a new proposed standard for use of force, the civilian oversight commission, crime rates and more

Thu, 12 Apr 2018 16:58:00 GMT

Larry checks in with Sheriff Jim McDonnell on a variety of issues, including decreased crime rates and the status of mental health and medical programs for prison inmates. We also discuss the LA Times' lawsuit demanding transparency in the state's execution processes; explore the launch of a new car rental program; and more.

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Zuckerberg testifies in day 2 before Congress on Cambridge Analytica and how Facebook collects data

Wed, 11 Apr 2018 16:42:00 GMT

AirTalk brings you the latest on the second day of Mark Zuckerberg’s testimony before Congress – plus, did Ted Cruz’s assertion yesterday that Facebook is politically biased have any merit? We also dive into the implications of a possible U.S. strike on Syria; can federal election campaign funds be used for childcare?; and more.

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AirTalk coverage: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on your data and Cambridge Analytica

Tue, 10 Apr 2018 16:52:00 GMT

For the eleven o'clock hour, AirTalk provides live coverage and reporting of Mark Zuckerberg's testimony before the Senate. We also dig deep into the FBI's raid of Michael Cohen's offices; debate whether the voting age should be lowered; and more.

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California bill takes on high healthcare costs – by setting prices for medical services

Mon, 09 Apr 2018 16:48:00 GMT

AirTalk debates a new state bill that would set market rates for commercial healthcare to bring down costs. We also bring you the latest in political news this week; debate the pros and cons of Gov. Brown’s major water tunnel project ahead of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California’s vote tomorrow; and more.

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Social workers on the subway: LA Metro trying new approach to dealing with homelessness

Fri, 06 Apr 2018 16:45:00 GMT

AirTalk brings you the latest on LA Metro’s methods of addressing homelessness on its trains after the Metro Board of Directors voted to expand its outreach programs. We also review this week’s movie releases on FilmWeek; and more.

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Trump wants to send the National Guard to CA’s border, but will the state consent? We talk state versus federal legal powers

Thu, 05 Apr 2018 16:51:00 GMT

We dive into President Trump’s directing the National Guard to the U.S.-Mexico border. We also examine a new Pew study on how attitudes toward sexual assault have changed post-#MeToo; debate whether Ivy League schools are discriminatory toward Asian American college applicants; and more.

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AirTalk debates: CA measures that seek to increase police accountability, change use-of-force standards

Wed, 04 Apr 2018 16:49:00 GMT

Larry sits down with experts to debate two proposed California bills intended to increase transparency in officer shooting investigations and decrease use of force. We also check in with California’s ‘pot czar’ four months after the legalization of recreational cannabis took effect; 50 years later, what are your memories of MLK’s assassination?: and more.

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The Trump administration is suing California again, but this time it’s over federal land transfers

Tue, 03 Apr 2018 16:54:00 GMT

The Justice Department filed a lawsuit against California on Monday, arguing a state law limiting transfers of federal lands interferes with Congress’ right to control the sale of federal property. We also dive into how Spotify rocked the music industry as the streaming service goes public today; are the new Sinclair TV station promos warning against ‘false news’ ethical?; and more.

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Week in politics: The tense state of U.S.-Russia relations, what’s next after Trump says DACA deal is off and more

Mon, 02 Apr 2018 16:45:00 GMT

AirTalk brings you the latest in political news, including reports that Trump invited Vladimir Putin to the White House in March. We also dive into the results of the independent autopsy of Stephon Clark; have you kept up with your water conservation efforts?; and more.

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The California response to Trump administration’s expected move to roll back CAFE standards

Fri, 30 Mar 2018 16:33:00 GMT

AirTalk dives into the possible local impact of the Trump administration’s expected move to dismiss fuel economy targets the Obama administration developed with California to fight global warming. We also review this week’s movie releases on FilmWeek; is Elon Musk’s Tesla in trouble?; and more.

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On the heels of Veterans Affairs Secretary firing, we discuss the possibility of privatizing the VA

Thu, 29 Mar 2018 16:25:00 GMT

Yesterday, Trump fired VA Secretary David Shulkin, a decision that follows an unflattering IG's report accusing Shulkin of misusing government funds. We discuss the latest. We also celebrate Opening Day with an MLB preview; debate whether science has found a loophole for kosher foods; and more.

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Medicare to issue limit on opioid prescriptions

Wed, 28 Mar 2018 16:27:00 GMT

AirTalk weighs the advantages Medicare's attempt to curb the opioid epidemic with the impact it may have on chronic pain patients. We also examine the latest on the Uber's fatal driverless car crash; debate the EPA’s recent ‘secret science’ ban proposal; and more.

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After clearing of Santa Ana River homeless encampment, Orange County and its cities fight over where to put new shelters

Tue, 27 Mar 2018 16:54:00 GMT

AirTalk dives into what’s next after two Orange County cities sue the County to prevent the creation of certain homeless shelters. We also look into issues involved with selling legal pot on California tribal lands; explain the OC Sheriff's new loophole in the state's sanctuary status; and more.

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Week in politics: What’s next following the weekend’s 'March for our Lives,' an update on POTUS’ legal team, the U.S. expulsion of Russian diplomats and more

Mon, 26 Mar 2018 16:27:00 GMT

AirTalk brings you the latest after millions took to the streets this weekend in the gun control-focused March for Our Lives. We also dive into 14 state bills looking to make affordable healthcare alternatives to single payer; and talk March Madness' Final Four was determined yesterday.

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Trump’s veto threat, China responds to US tariffs and more

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 16:51:00 GMT

AirTalk takes you through this morning’s budget saga, from President Trump’s early morning tweet threatening to veto the spending bill — which would have caused another government shutdown — to his press conference announcing he will sign it, despite being unhappy with some items it didn’t fund. We also review this week’s movie releases on FilmWeek.

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Live updates: SoCal storm and impact on fire-ravaged areas

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 16:30:00 GMT

AirTalk brings you the latest on the first 24 hours of SoCal’s storm, including new evacuation orders and flood warnings. We also dive into a new study on the promises of a male birth control pill; as SF becomes latest California city to ban fur sale, what was the impact of WeHo’s fur ban?; and more.

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What will change after LA Police Commission approves release policy for LAPD body, dashcam video

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 16:38:00 GMT

AirTalk dives into the implications of the LAPD’s new rules on releasing officer body and dash camera recordings. We also bring you the latest on Austin bombing suspect Mark Anthony Conditt, who killed himself as police closed in this morning; what Paula Jones’ lawsuit against then-President Bill Clinton can tell us about Zervos v. Trump; and more.

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In Supreme Court case, anti-abortion pregnancy centers challenge California notice law

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 16:30:00 GMT

AirTalk debates whether pregnancy centers should be required to tell patrons about abortion, contraception and prenatal care as SCOTUS arguments challenging a state law start today. We also dive into Uber’s self-driving car program after one of its driverless vehicles killed a pedestrian yesterday; do you vacation alone?; and more.

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Week in politics: What led to Andrew McCabe’s firing, why the president is lashing out (again) at the Mueller probe, and more

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 16:45:00 GMT

There's much to discuss during AirTalk's weekly political roundtable, and our guests Ange-Marie Hancock-Alfaro and Jack Pitney join us with the latest. We also look into new allegations against Facebook regarding misuse of user data; check-in on the fourth Austin bombing to occur in less than a month; and more.

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California takes on the federal government again – this time it’s over net neutrality

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 16:45:00 GMT

AirTalk debates a new state bill that would implement stricter regulations to preserve net neutrality than the Obama administration’s rules. We also dive into whether standardized tests like the SAT and ACT can be valuable indicators of future success in college; review this week’s movie releases on FilmWeek; and more.

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AT&T/Time Warner vs. DOJ: preview of arguably the decade’s biggest antitrust case

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 16:45:00 GMT

We preview legal arguments in the Department of Justice's lawsuit against AT&T and Time Warner Inc.'s proposed merger. We also examine the Spanish nickname drama that has overtaken Ted Cruz and Beto O'Rourke's Senate race; reflect on the five year anniversary of Sheryl Sandberg's "Lean In" movement; and more.

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SoCal students and the National School Walkout

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 16:47:00 GMT

Students across the U.S. are staging walkouts today in protest of gun violence and policies. The 17-minute walkouts are set to begin at 10 a.m. in Los Angeles. Listen in as AirTalk provides live coverage. We also dive into Connor Lamb's surprising congressional win in Pennsylvania; and more.

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Looking ahead to President Trump’s CA visit today

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 16:29:00 GMT

Trump is scheduled to land in San Diego at 11:30 a.m. today, in his first ever presidential visit to the golden state. The whirlwind, 24-hour visit includes an official review of a border wall prototype and a Republican National Committee roundtable. We analyze his agenda and the response from California residents.

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What are the challenges combat veterans face as they integrate back into society

Mon, 12 Mar 2018 16:33:00 GMT

Army veteran Albert Wong shot and killed three hostages this past Friday at the Veterans Home of California-Yountville. In light of the tragedy, we examine the challenges of reintegrating combat veterans into civilian society. We also conduct our weekly political roundtable; chat with Robert Reich on his new book; and more.

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The Trump-Kim summit: What to expect? And what deal could be made?

Fri, 09 Mar 2018 17:49:00 GMT

AirTalk brings you a panel of experts on international diplomacy and North Korea after news that Trump has agreed to meet with North Korean President Kim Jong Un. We also dive into why smartphone sales have declined for the first time ever; review this week’s movie releases on FilmWeek; and more.

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Can California gain from Trump tax bill’s investor perks?

Thu, 08 Mar 2018 17:40:00 GMT

The federal tax bill allows states to create “opportunity zones” where investors can get some tax relief... but would they help or hurt the targeted low-income communities? We also dive into the latest in trade after Trump said Canada and Mexico would receive temporary exemptions from steel tariffs; Uber and Lyft drivers, do you feel like you make a good living?; and more.

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DoJ v. CA over the state’s sanctuary policies. Who’ll win?

Wed, 07 Mar 2018 17:34:00 GMT

AirTalk dives into the Department of Justice’s new lawsuit against California, targeting three laws intended to limit federal immigration enforcement. We also walk you through the rise and fall of the Thomas Guide, which helped Angelenos get around long before smartphones; where is the line between poverty and child abuse?; and more.

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Should it be easier to wipe out student debt in bankruptcy?

Tue, 06 Mar 2018 18:00:00 GMT

AirTalk debates allowing Americans to discharge their student loans in bankruptcy after new Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell questioned the current policy, which does not allow it. We also dive into the world of nonbinary gender pronouns; how serious is North Korea about taking to the U.S. and what’s in it for them?; and more.

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Forget about the winners and losers, how was the Oscars broadcast as a media event?

Mon, 05 Mar 2018 17:55:00 GMT

A look into the less than ideal broadcast numbers for the biggest award show of the year, as well as an analysis of Frances McDormand's "inclusion rider" speech. We also conduct our weekly political roundtable; examine if an app has the ability to determine sexual consent; and more.

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We discuss potential impact of steel tariffs on manufacturing and construction, and the potential for a trade war

Fri, 02 Mar 2018 17:39:00 GMT

AirTalk dives into how Trump’s steep steel tariffs could affect manufacturing, construction and U.S. exports after international backlash. We also bring you the latest on evacuations and road closures as rains hits Southern California; weigh in on this year’s Oscar nominees with FilmWeek’s 2018 Academy Awards preview; and more.

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As major retailers raise the age requirement to buy guns, a look at possible impacts on the industry

Thu, 01 Mar 2018 17:46:00 GMT

Dick’s Sporting Goods, Walmart and Kroger will no longer sell guns to buyers under 21 – but how many people buy their guns in major stores anyway? We also dive into how a Minnesota SCOTUS case could effect what you can wear to the polls; is Google’s Al-powered smart camera convenient or creepy?; and more.

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LAUSD’s stance on March 14 student walkout against gun violence

Wed, 28 Feb 2018 17:44:00 GMT

The LAUSD released a statement today discouraging students from participating in an organized walkout in response to the Parkland shooting. We examine their reasoning and its implications. Alex Padilla also joins the show to discuss news that California votes were compromised by Russia before 2016; and more.

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Dude, where’s my car’s driver? New DMV rules on driverless cars raise the question: How would you react to a car with no driver?

Tue, 27 Feb 2018 17:31:00 GMT

The California DMV announced Monday autonomous vehicles without safety drivers will be allowed to test on public roads as soon as April – are you ready to run into them on the streets? We also debate a new bill that would require yearly inspections of all home schools; Angelenos, how has the city’s worsening traffic changed your life?; and more.

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Supreme Court justices appear split along ideological lines in oral arguments on public employee unions case, so what’s next?

Mon, 26 Feb 2018 17:48:00 GMT

We examine the latest on Janus v. AFSCME, a SCOTUS case which debates the constitutionality of public employee unions forcing those who don't want to be members to pay collective bargaining costs. We also conduct our weekly politics discussion and review gendered coverage of the Olympics.

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