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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


Stakeholders weigh in on who pays for California’s multibillion-dollar water project

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 16:37:00 GMT

The cost of Gov. Jerry Brown’s $17 billion plan to build two water tunnels to central and Southern California continues to spark debate, and AirTalk gives a comprehensive review of the plan, its supporters, and its critics. We also provide updates on the Mexico earthquake and Hurricane Maria; speak with LA’s Chief of Police Charlie Beck; and more.

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Trump addresses UN: ‘Rocket Man is on a Suicide Mission’

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 16:46:00 GMT

AirTalk provides a recap of Trump's speech at the U.N. this morning, where he expressed noteably aggressive rhetoric regarding North Korea and Iran. We also dive into the details of LA Metro's plan to launch its own ridesharing service; talk to a psychologist whose new study shows teenagers are in no rush to grow up; and more.

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CA Legislative Session: What passed? What didn't? What stalled?

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 16:46:00 GMT

AirTalk parses through the state's newest legislature after the 2017 session ended in Sacramento Friday. We also analyze Trump's first UN appearance among other political news; debate the delicacy of foie gras after an appeals court upheld California's right to impose a state ban; and more.

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Where can you expect to find a pot shop in LA next year

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 16:53:00 GMT

AirTalk parses through the city Planning Commission’s newest guidelines for where marijuana can be sold in Los Angeles ahead of its legalization next year. We also get an update from Sacramento on the bills to be voted on before tonight’s deadline; review this week’s movie releases on FilmWeek; and more.

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Poll: close to half surveyed wants to see ‘hate’ speech regulated

Thu, 14 Sep 2017 16:49:00 GMT

AirTalk debates the ever-present conflict between restricting hate speech and protecting free speech after UC Berkeley reported 46 percent of California voters think the state has gone too far in allowing white nationalist demonstrations. We also dive into the controversy surrounding ESPN’s handling of an anchor’s anti-Trump tweet; what happened when President Trump met with Democratic leaders about DACA last night?; and more.

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The Bernie Sanders solution: Is universal health care the best plan for the US?

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 16:41:00 GMT

Bernie Sanders unveils "Medicare for All" today in Washington - AirTalk dives into a full hour of analysis with economists and policy experts. We also take a look at the push to move California's primary date; Diane Feinstein's skepticism of a Catholic judge's neutrality; and more.

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Sacramento bill pileup: The pressing proposals that need a vote this week

Tue, 12 Sep 2017 16:40:00 GMT

With a Friday deadline looming over California's state legislature, the pressure to push last minute bills through congress is rising - AirTalk rounds up a few of the Senate bills. We also take a look at the turmoil in John Kelly's West Wing; the launch of the new $1K iPhone; why are the Dodger's losing?; and more.

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Week in politics coming out of Hurricane Irma

Mon, 11 Sep 2017 16:54:00 GMT

AirTalk gets the latest on the damage done by Hurricane Irma as the now Tropical Storm continues to batter the Florida peninsula, followed by an hour dive into the week in politics. We also debate AB 23, which would prompt new single-gender schools to open around the state; take a look at music artist reinvention; and more.

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In light of the Equifax hack, a look at better alternatives to social security numbers

Fri, 08 Sep 2017 16:51:00 GMT

Equifax, one of three big credit report companies, revealed that stored user data had been hacked, compromising up to 143 million American consumers - what does that mean for protecting personal information and the efficacy of social security numbers? We also get the latest on Hurricane Irma as it heads towards Florida; review this week's movies on FilmWeek; and more.

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LA County Sheriff on body cam plan, use of drones, preparing for protests in LA and more

Thu, 07 Sep 2017 16:33:00 GMT

AirTalk sits down with Jim McDonnell to hear the latest from the LA County Sherrif's Department as the summer comes to a close. We also dive into how disaster relief funds move through the government as Harvey victims wait for aid and Hurricane Irma approaches Florida; should the left leave behind identity politics?; and more.

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DREAMers, when (and how) did you find out you are an undocumented immigrant?

Wed, 06 Sep 2017 16:42:00 GMT

AirTalk asks DACA recipients to share the stories of when they found out they entered the country illegally. We also debate the legal ground of potential lawsuits challenging the end of DACA; dive into the benefits of being bored; and more.

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Week in politics: Breaking down what DACA rollback means for DREAMers, Congress and everyone in between

Tue, 05 Sep 2017 16:42:00 GMT

A whirlwind of politics to dive into after the Labor Day weekend, starting first with President Trump's decision to officially terminate DACA, announced by Attorney General Jeff Sessions this morning. How will Congress react, and what does this mean for current DACA recipients? We also get the latest on North Korea's hydrogen bomb test on Sunday; speak with Rabbi Naomi Levy; and more.

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Ahead of potential DACA decision next week, we talk to ‘Dreamers’ about their fears

Thu, 31 Aug 2017 16:47:00 GMT

AirTalk dives into the ramifications of rescinding DACA from legal and personal perspectives before Trump’s upcoming decision. We also learn more about the national shortage of construction workers as the damage from Harvey becomes more obvious; how will a bill to cut red tape on housing projects affect Angelenos?; and more.

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Engineering, conservation experts assess status of CA flood management infrastructure

Wed, 30 Aug 2017 16:46:00 GMT

AirTalk dives into the status of California's own flood infrastructure as Tropical Storm Harvey makes landfall in Louisiana. We also parse through the controversy around LA City Council's upcoming vote on changing the name of Columbus Day; hear from Angelenos on how they weigh commute with size and affordability when looking for a place to live; and more.

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CA Supreme Court decision could make it easier for local governments to raise taxes

Tue, 29 Aug 2017 16:42:00 GMT

AirTalk parses through the implications of Monday’s state Supreme Court ruling, which said ballot initiatives sponsored by citizens are not subject to the same restrictions as proposals from elected officials. We also debate a state Senate bill that would charge a fee on real-estate transactions to support affordable housing projects; explore what we know about ‘magic mushrooms’ in the wake of a proposal to legalize the psychedelic drug in California; and more.

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Updates on Harvey from on the ground in Houston, plus the week ahead in politics

Mon, 28 Aug 2017 16:46:00 GMT

AirTalk hears the latest from Houston as Tropical Storm Harvey continues to flood Texas, forcing an estimated 30,000 residents into shelters. We also dive into the possible ramifications of ending DACA ahead of President Trump's coming decision; look at why young brides and grooms choose to tie the knot despite criticisms; and more.

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As expected, the Amazon-Whole Foods deal is causing havoc in the grocery industry

Fri, 25 Aug 2017 16:55:00 GMT

AirTalk dives into the effects Whole Foods will have on the grocery industry after new owner Amazon announced it would reduce Whole Foods' prices while maintaining the quality of its products. We also preview the rallies being held in the Bay Area this weekend in the aftermath of Charlottesville; review this week's movie releases on FilmWeek; and more.

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State bill could make it easier for cities to capture stormwater, so why are taxpayer advocates not happy?

Thu, 24 Aug 2017 16:51:00 GMT

AirTalk debates a state bill that would allow local governments to charge fees to finance efforts to capture stormwater in the midst of the California drought. We also analyze the politics of Trump's probe into China's intellectual property laws; are your family heirlooms trash or treasure?; and more.

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City Attorney Mike Feuer files suit against DOJ over ‘sanctuary’ city funding, and more

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 16:51:00 GMT

Larry sits down with Mike Feuer after the City of Los Angeles joined legal action against the DOJ Tuesday for withholding funds from “sanctuary cities.” We also hear from listeners about their most influential teachers before school goes back in session; debate the environmental and economic tradeoffs of Trump’s infrastructure executive order; and more.

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The future of the LA Times after major shake-up

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 16:44:00 GMT

AirTalk looks ahead after LA Times Executive Editor and Publisher Davan Maharaj and his second-in-command Marc Duvoisin, among other top editors, were fired Monday. We also debate a proposal that would charge property developers in LA a linkage fee per square foot; how hackers can wreck havoc using only your cell phone number; and more.

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AirTalk’s live coverage of the Great North American Eclipse

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 16:39:00 GMT

Larry Mantle broadcasts live from outside the Mohn Broadcast Center as the Great American Eclipse moves through Southern California, hearing from listeners all over the country as they watched the eclipse. We also parse through the week’s news in politics; explore why Jerry Lewis was such a polarizing comedian; and more.

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A look at the latest after vehicles plow through crowds in Barcelona, Cambrils

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 16:52:00 GMT

AirTalk dives into the newest information from Barcelona after Spain was hit with two vehicular attacks Thursday. We also look into tech companies’ new role in drawing the line between free speech and hate speech after GoDaddy, Google and more stopped servicing a neo-Nazi website; review this weekend’s new movie releases on FilmWeek; and more.

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Across the Divide 2: Clinton and Trump supporters reconvene, seven months into Trump presidency

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 16:49:00 GMT

Seven months into Trump's presidency, AirTalk checks in with supporters of 2016's two presidential candidates. We also debate the ACLU's role in protecting hate speech.

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Parsing political strategies after Trump’s latest Charlottesville comments

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 16:45:00 GMT

Larry sits down with republican and democratic strategists to analyze party responses after President Trump backtracked his criticism of the white nationalists in Charlottesville by condemning violence "on many sides." We also dive into what each country wants to get out of the NAFTA renegotiations starting today; what is the alt-left?; and more.

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Looking at First Amendment issues, police preparedness as large protests planned for Bay Area

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 16:38:00 GMT

AirTalk continues with analysis of Saturday's events in Charlottesville, looking into how cities can plan for protests and upcoming protests in California. We also check in with city and county officials on homelessness; explore the LA tech firm at the center of a DOJ investigation; and more.

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Violence in Charlottesville: What happened and where do we go from here

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 16:30:00 GMT

A heated protest against the removal of a Robert E. Lee statue in Charlottesville, Va. ended in the death of one counter-protester after a white nationalist drove his car into a crowd. AirTalk dives into how the conflict started; the ethics of publicly identifying the white nationalists photographed at the rally via social media; what is the white nationalist movement?; and more.

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US and North Korea in secret talks, and how South Korea is viewing the escalating crisis

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 16:44:00 GMT

AirTalk explores the possibilities of back-channel diplomacy following news that the U.S. has been secretly in contact with North Korea as tensions continue to rise. We also look at the role of Snapchat in social media as it suffers major losses; review this week's movie releases on FilmWeek; and more.

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As tensions rise, what you need to know about North Korea’s nuclear threat

Thu, 10 Aug 2017 16:45:00 GMT

AirTalk looks into the latest news on North Korea. We also debate whether city contractors should disclose ties to Trump's border wall; discuss Hamilton in LA; and more.

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Debating police use of drones, as LAPD looks to launch pilot drone program

Wed, 09 Aug 2017 16:49:00 GMT

AirTalk dives into the privacy and public safety concerns of using drones in law enforcement after the LAPD proposed a one-year test program Tuesday. We also look at realistic options for President Trump as North Korea's nuclear threats heat up; the possible effect Disney's new streaming service could have on Netflix; and more.

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Teachers, let us know what changes you’d like to see in your schools and districts

Tue, 08 Aug 2017 16:39:00 GMT

AirTalk speaks with teachers about what changes they'd like to see in classrooms, schools and districts this upcoming year. We also discuss Senator Jeff Flake's new book; delve into a leaked Trump administration climate report; and more.

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Week in politics: President Pence? Not so fast. Plus, more sanctions for North Korea and a DOJ crackdown on leaks

Mon, 07 Aug 2017 16:43:00 GMT

AirTalk dives into a full hour of political analysis on the latest news coming out of the White House, including the New York Times reporting Republican shadow campaigns for 2020. We also get updates on the Venezuela crisis; discuss the controversy surrounding HBO's "Confederate" show yet to be filmed; and more.

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Cal State will drop remedial courses and placement tests by fall 2018

Fri, 04 Aug 2017 16:52:00 GMT

Under an executive order signed Wednesday, CSU schools will no longer require freshman who may need extra help to complete remedial courses. Will this lower the overall value of a CSU degree, or prevent students from spending time and money on classes that don't go toward their degree? We also ask doctors and patients to call in about their experiences with Medi-Cal; review this weekend's movie releases on FilmWeek; and more.

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‘I’ll sue him’: CA Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones on Trump’s threat to cut ACA subsidies

Thu, 03 Aug 2017 16:37:00 GMT

Larry sits down with Dave Jones after a whirlwind week in state healthcare, including projections of higher premiums for Covered California and Anthem’s following exit from the SoCal insurance market. We also dive into the published transcripts of President Trump’s phone calls with foreign leaders; speak with “A Prairie Home Companion” creator Garrison Keillor; and more.

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Justice Dept. could look into affirmative action decisions at universities

Wed, 02 Aug 2017 16:20:00 GMT

A document obtained by the New York Times shows plans for the Trump Administration to investigate and sue universities favoring affirmative action laws deemed to marginalize white applicants. We also dive into Trump's major legal immigration overhaul proposal; debate Playa del Rey's controversial "road diet;" why grocery shopping for men is at an all time high; and more.

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Mayor Eric Garcetti on Olympics 2028, plus AirTalk listeners weigh in on games coming to LA

Tue, 01 Aug 2017 16:35:00 GMT

LA will host the 2028 Olympics, the International Committee announced yesterday - we speak with Mayor Eric Garcetti about what this will mean for the city, and to listeners about their thoughts on hosting the games. We also explore a Broadway casting controversy; debate the ethical implications of diagnosing the president; and more.

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Discussing the CA bill looking to restrict how state-licensed cannabis businesses advertise

Mon, 31 Jul 2017 16:35:00 GMT

AirTalk debates SB162, a bill that would prohibit state-licensed businesses from selling branded cannabis merchandise. We also explore a Federal Trade Commission investigation into a google advertising program; consider the implications of Venmo; and more.

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With the GOP ‘skinny repeal’ bill defeat, what’s next for the future of health care?

Fri, 28 Jul 2017 16:40:00 GMT

AirTalk dives into the current state of American health care and what could come next after Arizona Sen. John McCain's shocking ‘no’ vote defeated the Senate's ‘skinny repeal’ bill early this morning. We also discuss Gov. Jerry Brown’s legacy as he terms out in 2018; review this weekend’s movie releases on FilmWeek; and more.

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OC jailbreak: What the new escape video means for security at the prison

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 16:48:00 GMT

NBC 4 obtained a first-person vantage point video taken by the three inmates who escaped from a maximum security Orange County jail last year, contradicting initial reports surrounding how these men escaped. We also cover the latest on the Hill; LA's new agenda for a municipal bank; increasing work obligations outside 9 to 5?; and more.

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After a dramatic vote, what’s next in the Senate health care debate?

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 16:12:00 GMT

AirTalk dives into latest news on the Hill, including Sen. John McCain's comeback to cast his vote for repealing the Affordable Care Act, plus the GOP's move to eliminate a division of the Congressional Budget Office. We also debate the practice of civil asset forfeiture; parse through a stunning report of NFL players' brains showing chronic traumatic encephalopathy; money can buy happiness?; and more.

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Discussing impact on law students, legal profession if CA Supreme Court lowers state bar ‘cut score’

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 16:56:00 GMT

AirTalk debates the pros and cons of lowering the score needed to pass the California bar now that the decision is in the hands of the state Supreme Court. We also delve into the procedure behind the Senate's health care vote today; could gene therapy be the newest cancer treatment?; and more.

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