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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


‘A Nation Engaged:’ The use of executive orders by presidents

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 16:49:00 GMT

As President Trump approaches his 100th day benchmark, NPR News launches another “A Nation Engaged” conversation on the topic of “Power & the Presidency” - we take a comparative look at the use of executive orders between the last two administrations. We'll also cover Trump's new VOICE office; debate Measure C; how should parents should talk to kids about past drug use?; and more.

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State audit of UC President's Office finds widespread mishandling, hidden funds; UC pushes back

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 16:46:00 GMT

According to a state audit released Tuesday, the University of California Office of the President has kept a $175 million secret reserve - we dive into the findings and pushback surrounding the California State Auditor's report. We'll also debate the expected cuts in President Trump's new tax plan; the latest ruling on protecting funding for sanctuary cities; flying cars; and more.

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Hollywood reacts to the WGA strike authorization

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 16:51:00 GMT

WGA is negotiating with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers today, but if no deal is reached, how would a potential strike impact Angelenos? We'll also cover the NRA's lawsuit over the assault weapons ban and implications surrounding the newest SCOTUS justice; whether California can resume lethal injections by next year; and more.

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For Coachella attendees, how do you approach drug use?

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 16:31:00 GMT

Coachella’s second weekend ended Sunday, and while music festival season has just begun, there have been longstanding questions about how to deal with drug use during these events; a state audit released last Tuesday found that the California Department of Motor Vehicles isn’t adequately preventing abuse of disabled parking permits; we also cover the latest in politics; and more.

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What's the role of politics in science?

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 16:44:00 GMT

Fans and scientists alike will participate on Saturday in a national March for Science - will you participate and why? What is the role of politics in science?; we weigh the veracity of DHS Inspector General report saying ICE can’t handle increased deportations; plus, should the Oscars awards categories go gender neutral?; and more, on FilmWeek.

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Pilot, former police officer explains why we can’t stop watching LA car chases

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 16:54:00 GMT

We’ll talk with KTLA pilot reporter Tim Lynn, who has seen hundreds of car chases, about the appeal of the LA car chase; should selling homemade food be legal in California? We discuss a bill that aims to legalize the practice; plus, we ask listeners about their experiences with domestic violence; and more.

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LAPD Chief Beck on use-of-force and body cam policy changes, plummeting arrests in California and more

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 16:35:00 GMT

LAPD Chief Charlie Beck joins AirTalk for his monthly check-in - we'll talk about the latest law enforcement trends and take your questions; plus, the big SCOTUS case Justice Gorsuch will be hearing on church-state separation; and we also want to hear from AirTalk listeners about forgiveness - what helps you to move on, or what haven't you been able to let go of?; and more.

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H-1B Executive Order: Debating the economic feasibility of ‘Buy American, Hire American’

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 16:31:00 GMT

President Trump is expected to sign an executive order today that calls on the government to 'buy American, hire American' whenever possible - we debate the pros & cons and its impact on the H-1B visa program. We'll also take a look at a new bill attempting to reform California's bail system; whether baseball is too boring; and more.

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Major hiking path to the Hollywood Sign set to close

Mon, 17 Apr 2017 16:38:00 GMT

The Beachwood path, one of the most popular routes to the iconic Hollywood sign, is about to shut down - we take a look at the strife between residents, tourists and City Hall, and why the decision was made. We'll also cover the latest in politics, falling numbers in LA's film and TV production; and more.

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Does President Trump still have the support of his base?

Fri, 14 Apr 2017 16:31:00 GMT

Depending on what you're reading, Trump's core supporters are either happy with his recent reversals or they're abandoning ship - what's going with his base?; we analyze the bombing in Afghanistan and the latest in politics; plus, what are your favorite Mars movies?; and more.

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Should a president be judged by their first 100 days?

Thu, 13 Apr 2017 16:38:00 GMT

As we approach the benchmark of Trump's first 100 days in office, we discuss whether it's fair to judge a president by what is accomplished in their first three months; the first lawsuit against Trump's border wall was filed - does it stand a chance?; plus, we want to hear the craziest thing you've done as a kid; and more.

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How to help homeless people with severe mental illness when they refuse help

Wed, 12 Apr 2017 16:41:00 GMT

L.A. officials are looking into options for getting homeless people with severe mental illnesses off the county's streets - we host a roundtable to discuss potential rule expansions for involuntary hospitalization; plus, opioid and heroin safe spaces may sound counterintuitive, but are they actually a good idea?; we talk to Cheech, of Cheech & Chong fame; and more.

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In wake of another school shooting, what’s campus protocol for suspicious individuals?

Tue, 11 Apr 2017 16:44:00 GMT

In the aftermath of Monday's shooting at North Park Elementary School, questions are being raised about how to identify suspicious individuals on campus and what protocols exist to ensure safety - we hear from two different experts; we also cover why filing taxes in the U.S. is so complicated; the rise of super fandom in business marketing models; and more.

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AirTalk says farewell to 44-year LA Kings announcer Bob Miller

Mon, 10 Apr 2017 16:49:00 GMT

Bob Miller, the legendary broadcaster for the LA Kings, called his final two games for the hockey team - we talk to him about his legacy and farewell; as televangelism wanes, what’s next for political evangelists?; the latest on Syria, Russia, Egypt; and more.

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Justice Gorsuch confirmed: What that means for the next docket of Supreme Court decisions

Fri, 07 Apr 2017 16:49:00 GMT

Today the Senate voted along party lines to confirm Judge Neil Gorsuch to the United States Supreme Court - we discuss what that means for cases in the pipeline; we examine the U.S. airstrike on Syria and implications of foreign policy going forward; plus, Larry and KPCC film critics review the latest movies for FilmWeek; and more.

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YouTube wants you to pay for TV, and why it might work

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 16:42:00 GMT

YouTube TV launched on Wednesday, hoping its brand will revive television audiences, and especially younger generations, to pay for its streaming services. At $35 per month, you can get a bundle of channels including news, sports and entertainment. Would you make the switch? We want to hear form AirTalk listeners. We also cover the latest on the Hill, a recent spike in LA hate crimes; and more.

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We debate whether government intervention can curb drug prices

Wed, 05 Apr 2017 16:44:00 GMT

A bill was introduced by Democratic members of Congress last week to curb prescription drug costs - will the plan create better options for patients or stifle innovation?; plus, SCOTUS will likely take on the question of whether the Civil Rights Act covers LGBTQ people; the latest on Syria; and more.

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AirTalk asks: What should the LA Civic Center look like?

Tue, 04 Apr 2017 16:44:00 GMT

Los Angeles City Councilmembers unanimously approved the construction of a new $483 million office tower. What do Angelenos want it to look like? We also cover the latest on the U.S.-Mexico border wall bids, Vice President Mike Pence's rule to not dine with women alone, why the brain is like a time machine; and more.

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Drought to Deluge: Have you changed your personal water habits?

Mon, 03 Apr 2017 16:49:00 GMT

Today, AirTalk dives into special KPCC coverage on California's "Drought to Deluge" - we want to hear from listeners about how the epic storms have changed, or not changed, your water conservation habits. We also cover the latest in politics, MLB Opening Day; and more.

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Should an employer be able to fire you for having a child out of wedlock?

Fri, 31 Mar 2017 16:29:00 GMT

Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher is putting forth a measure to prevent employers from firing workers for having an abortion or giving birth out of wedlock - we debate the measure; the latest on yesterday's Senate Intel Committee hearing; Larry and film critics review the week's latest movies; and more.

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Campus free speech zones: censorship or safety?

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 16:38:00 GMT

A student filed a lawsuit this week against Pierce College after he was restricted from handing out copies of the U.S. Constitution outside of a “free speech zone;" Governor Jerry Brown puts forth a proposal that would raise taxes to repairs roads in California; will grants from Prop 47 keep former inmates off the streets?; and more.

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Debating the ethics of charging anti-Planned Parenthood activists with felonies

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 16:46:00 GMT

The two anti-abortion activists responsible for taping and releasing videos inside Planned Parenthood have been charged with 15 felony counts - we debate the ethics and implications of the charges; we discuss what's next for Brexit; most SoCal beaches could be gone by 2100 - what can we do about it?; and more.

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The House votes on whether Internet service providers should be allowed to sell your browsing data

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 16:51:00 GMT

Today the House votes on whether to rollback Obama-era Federal Communication Commission rules that would require internet service providers to get users’ consent before sharing or selling sensitive data; plus, we bring you the latest on Trump's climate change executive order; an interview with an "asteroid hunter;" and more.

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GOP healthcare replacement plan fails: what does that mean for Covered California?

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 16:50:00 GMT

On Friday President Donald Trump retracted the American Health Care Act after a contentious week in Washington - where does that leave Covered California? We also talk about the Huntington Beach pro-Trump rally that escalated to violence over the weekend, whether California's bars should serve alcohol past 2 a.m.; and more.

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California's quest to save the Salton Sea

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 16:50:00 GMT

The largest lake in CA might be on its way to recovery, now that the California Natural Resources Agency announced a 10 year, $383 million plan; House Republicans are scheduled to vote on the GOP’s proposal to replace the Affordable Care Act today; plus, Larry and film critics review the week's newest films, including "Power Rangers;" and more.

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New bill calls for California to be a 'sanctuary state' for the cannabis industry

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 16:50:00 GMT

Six California legislators introduced a bill that would prohibit law enforcement from helping federal drug agents arrest and investigate marijuana license holders in the state - we hear the debate from proposing and opposing sides. We also cover the latest on today's healthcare vote, yesterday's special education SCOTUS ruling; and more.

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Mayor Garcetti expands illegal immigration executive order for the city of Los Angeles

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 16:44:00 GMT

On Tuesday Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti expanded Special Order 40, the LAPD's ban on stopping people suspected of living in the country illegally, to now apply to the Fire Department, Airport Police and Port Police. How has Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) responded? We also cover the Sierra snowpack overload and concerns of flooding; and more.

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Allowing the terminally ill the 'right to try' non-FDA approved drugs as a last hope

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 16:48:00 GMT

This year, California adopted the ‘right-to-try’ law, which lets terminally ill patients access experimental therapies that haven’t been fully approved by the FDA - we debate the pros and cons. We also cover day two of Judge Neil Gorsuch's confirmation hearings; the impact of video games on male adolescent careers; and more.

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Will Democrats push back on SCOTUS nominee Neil Gorsuch?

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 16:49:00 GMT

Senate confirmation hearings are underway for President Trump's pick to fill the late Justice Antonin Scalia's seat, which has been vacant for more than a year. Will partisan politics block Judge Neil Gorsuch's nomination? We also cover the latest on FBI Director James Comey's Russia investigations statements; how to handle bullying as a parent; and more.

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Are we prepared for a nuclear threat from North Korea?

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 16:32:00 GMT

During his official trip to Asia, Rex Tillerson has said all options are on the table in terms of dealing with a nuclear threat from North Korea - how serious is that threat? Are we unprepared?; ex-convicts want their felonies off job applications; plus, we discuss the latest films and the coming barrage of Disney live-action remakes.

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Is California ready for driverless cars in 2018?

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 16:47:00 GMT

The DMV issued proposed rules last week giving the go-ahead to road-test self-driving cars - would you feel comfortable with driverless cars on CA roads as soon as 2018?; plus, we look at Trump's "America First" budget proposal, as well as the H-1B visa under Trump; and more.

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Conservatives split three ways: 'Never Trumpers,' 'Ever Trumpers' and 'Safe Space'

Wed, 15 Mar 2017 16:49:00 GMT

This is how Tevi Troy describes the new GOP landscape under the Trump administration - we take a deeper look at the evolution of the right, along with updates on the Yahoo mega-hack, the latest on the travel ban, our monthly check-in with LAPD Chief Beck; and more.

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A liberal and a conservative analyze the CBO's review of the GOP health care plan

Tue, 14 Mar 2017 16:48:00 GMT

The nonpartisan CBO weighed in with its review of the effects of the American Health Care Act - we get a conservative and liberal to analyze the analysis and discuss the future of healthcare in America; plus, dating after the death of a spouse; and more.

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Would 'debt-free' college really work in California?

Mon, 13 Mar 2017 16:54:00 GMT

A group of Democrats in the CA assembly thinks nearly 400,000 UC and Cal State students should get public funds to help pay their living expenses. They say it would cost around $1.6 billion a year, but critics don't believe free tuition allows aid to go where it's most needed. Plus, the Congressional Budget Office releases its analysis of the proposed ACA replacement today; and more.

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End-of-the-week politics round-up, Uber’s 2017 & TGI-FilmWeek!

Fri, 10 Mar 2017 17:10:00 GMT

Jobs numbers, the drop in border crossings, Trump’s pick for ambassador to Russia and more - we round up the latest in politics; will Uber rebound from its 2017 scandals and what is the brand’s holding power with millennials?; plus, Larry and KPCC film critics review new films, such as “Kong: Skull Island” and “Personal Shopper.” TGI-FilmWeek!

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Tuesday election apathy, what the Obamacare replacement means for CA & how voice assistants shape kids

Thu, 09 Mar 2017 17:50:00 GMT

At just 11.45 percent, the March 7 Los Angeles election turnout was historically low – what happened?; we look at how the House GOP’s plan to replace the Affordable Care Act could impact enrollees in California; how does using voice assistants like Siri and Alexa in the home impact child development?; and more.

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Garcetti discusses reelection, making sense of the WikiLeaks cyberhacking dump & logical fallacies

Wed, 08 Mar 2017 17:44:00 GMT

Eric Garcetti was overwhelmingly reelected as mayor – we talk to him about his win and what’s next for LA; WikiLeaks released information about the CIA’s strategies for hacking personal devices – we discuss the implications of the info dump; you’ve encountered logical fallacies when arguing with friends and family – now we want you to share them with AirTalk; and more.

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GOP unveils ACA replacement plan, why is Metro ridership on a decline & Wendy's new self-serving kiosks

Tue, 07 Mar 2017 17:35:00 GMT

House Republicans have finally revealed their legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act - we dive into the "American Health Care Act;" we check in with Metro CEO Phil Washington on the latest measures and changes; Wendy's is replacing workers with self-serving kiosks - pros and cons?; and more.

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Trump’s new executive order on immigration, a check-in on the CA high-speed rail & the history of sleep

Mon, 06 Mar 2017 17:43:00 GMT

President Trump just signed a new executive order regarding immigration – will this version of the travel ban withstand legal challenge?; what’s the future of the CA high-speed rail after Trump’s blocked key funding?; plus, we look at the history of sleep and insomnia.

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What's next for Sessions, Trump praises merit-based immigration system & TGI-FilmWeek!

Fri, 03 Mar 2017 17:55:00 GMT

Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself yesterday - but some are calling for the use of a special prosecutor; Trump signaled he might shift to merit-based immigration - how that would be reflected in an executive order; plus Larry and KPCC critics review the week's latest films, including "Logan" and "Before I Fall," as well as the best social thrillers. TGI-FilmWeek!

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