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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


Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon on postponing California’s single-payer health plan

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 16:25:00 GMT

California Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon announced Friday that a bill offering single-payer healthcare to the state will be postponed, angering progressive activists across the country. AirTalk speaks with Rendon about his decision. We also dive into the ethics of artificial intelligence; celebrate the 20th anniversary of Harry Potter; and more.

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What’s next for the LAPD Cadets program?

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 16:56:00 GMT

More than 450 LAPD cadets graduated from the youth program over the weekend- AirTalk considers the future of the program amid recent scandal. We also get the latest updates on the Senate health care bill; debate Lyft’s new shuttle service; and more.

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As a possible ouster builds on Capitol Hill, can Pelosi weather the storm?

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 16:55:00 GMT

AirTalk discusses Nancy Pelosi's future as House minority leader after congressional Democrats met to discuss a possible ouster yesterday. We also speak with state Sen. Josh Newman, whose potential recall election has sparked controversy; review this week’s movie releases on FilmWeek; and more.

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How changes to recall elections that benefit Democrats were passed with last week’s CA budget

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 16:40:00 GMT

State Democrats passed a bill that would change recall election rules, angering Republican lawmakers and many political observers in the state - we dive into the implications. We also discuss the latest on the GOP's replacement of Obamacare; new prototypes for a border wall with Mexico; the use of video games in combat training; and more with guest host Libby Denkmann.

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What Uber drivers in LA think of Travis Kalanick’s resignation

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 16:39:00 GMT

Uber CEO Travis Kalanick has resigned after the company's repeated fall outs, including discriminatory work culture toward women and questionable business practices - we want to hear from Uber drivers in LA what you think of his resignation? We also discuss the latest on House Intelligence hearings; veterans who face deportation; and more with guest host Libby Denkmann.

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The Hollywood angle to the Georgia 6th District race everyone’s watching

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 16:37:00 GMT

The race for Georgia’s 6th Congressional District seat between Republican Karen Handel and Democrat Jon Ossoff is the most expensive House race in U.S. history - and drawing big celebrities. We also look at a new SCOTUS case from Wisconsin to decide on partisan gerrymandering; following the heat over "Julius Caesar," when does political commentary in art go too far?; and more.

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AirTalk asks: How should sexist workplace comments be handled?

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 16:24:00 GMT

AirTalk discusses the best ways to address sexism at work after an Uber board member made a disparaging comment that ultimately resulted in his resignation. We also debate a bill that would remove the names of low-level, nonviolent sex offenders from the state registry after 10 or 20 years; parse through the week's biggest news in politics; and more with guest host Libby Denkmann.

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What Amazon’s buying Whole Foods means for grocery stores and retail

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 16:51:00 GMT

AirTalk parses through the effects of Amazon's major acquisition this morning and what it could mean for the company's expansion moving forward. We also check in on the SCOTUS decisions expected by the end of the month; discuss the US relationship with Cuba after President Trump's announcement today; review this week's movie releases on FilmWeek; and more.

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What’s in the new CA budget, and the fight to overhaul the state’s tax board

Thu, 15 Jun 2017 16:49:00 GMT

AirTalk parses through the budget California lawmakers will vote on tonight, as well as the future of the state tax agency, the Board of Equalization. We also discuss the Clippers' possible move to a stadium of their own; how do you celebrate Father's Day if you don't have a dad?; and more.

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Checking in on regulating recreational cannabis with California’s ‘pot czar’

Wed, 14 Jun 2017 16:41:00 GMT

AirTalk sits down with Lori Ajax, the chief of California's Bureau of Medical Cannabis Regulation, to discuss the future of marijuana regulation in the state after its legalization last year. We also parse through the opposition to LA’s recently-approved $1 billion plan to fight homelessness; pros and cons of family vlogging for children; and more.

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Looking ahead to Sessions open hearing on Russia, obstruction of justice

Tue, 13 Jun 2017 16:30:00 GMT

AirTalk brings you partisan analysis of what to expect from Attorney General Jeff Sessions' testimony in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee before the open hearing today. We also debate the controversial Cadiz water project, which would pump water from the Mojave Desert for Southern California; discuss the reason ER visits in California increased under Obamacare; and more.

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What should be the regulations for Airbnb in LA?

Mon, 12 Jun 2017 16:43:00 GMT

AirTalk debates how long Airbnb properties should be available to rent after concerns the home-sharing giant's success is causing companies to take their apartments off the housing market. We also discuss the legal grounds of a lawsuit against President Trump for conflicts of interest overseas; why are fewer teens working summer jobs?; and more.

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Debating Trump’s legal team’s potential move to file complaint about Comey leak

Fri, 09 Jun 2017 15:50:00 GMT

AirTalk debates whether or not Comey broke the law in leaking his memo after reports that Trump's personal attorney plans to file a complaint against the former FBI director. We also look at the future of Britain after the upset in Thursday's UK election; chat with film historian Leonard Maltin on FilmWeek; and more.

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AirTalk special coverage: James Comey hearing before the Senate Intelligence committee

Thu, 08 Jun 2017 16:35:00 GMT

Today is Comey Day and all eyes are on Washington. AirTalk's stacked panel of reporters and experts dive into three hours of special coverage of former FBI Director James Comey's testimony before the Senate Intelligence committee this morning. What were the biggest revelations? And what questions still remain? We'll bring you deep, smart analysis from all sides.

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Ranking House Intelligence member Adam Schiff looks ahead to Comey hearing

Wed, 07 Jun 2017 16:35:00 GMT

Congressman Adam Schiff joins AirTalk today to talk about his close following of former FBI Director James Comey's impending testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee. We'll also dive into Comey's newly released opening statement; debate an upcoming SCOTUS case on law enforcement's access to cell phone records; and more.

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How a recent California high court decision may be a harbinger for change on the bench

Tue, 06 Jun 2017 16:41:00 GMT

AirTalk discusses the future of jury selection in California after the state Supreme Court overturned three convictions because the prosecutor removed 10 prospective jurors who were Latino. We'll also look ahead to ex-FBI Director James Comey's testimony Thursday; what exactly is Bitcoin?; a one-on-one interview with two-time GRAMMY Award winning jazz musician Marcus Miller; and more.

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CA Supreme Court to consider the future of death penalty in the state

Mon, 05 Jun 2017 16:58:00 GMT

AirTalk debates California's controversial death penalty measure ahead of the state Supreme Court hearing that will decide its fate tomorrow. We'll also parse through the week's political news; look back at the significance of LA's police reform measure on its 25th anniversary; and more.

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Knowingly exposing others to HIV is a felony – why a new CA bill seeks to reduce that

Fri, 02 Jun 2017 16:29:00 GMT

AirTalk debates a state bill aiming to bring down the penalty for knowingly exposing others to HIV - regardless of infection - to a misdemeanor. We'll also discuss the Trump administration's petition asking the Supreme Court to reinstate the travel ban. Plus, reviews of this week's new movie releases on FilmWeek!

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AirTalk Special Coverage: Trump announces US withdrawal from Paris climate accord

Thu, 01 Jun 2017 16:45:00 GMT

AirTalk brings extended live coverage and analysis of President Trump's decision to withdraw from the Paris Accord. Plus, debating a bill that would set 8:30 a.m. as the earliest start time for CA schools; a look at new data from the first year of legal physician-assisted suicide in the state; how the decline of the business lunch is affecting the restaurant industry; and more.

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LA’s homelessness shows dramatic rise, as city and county struggle to contain problem

Wed, 31 May 2017 16:45:00 GMT

LA Homeless Services Authority's annual report was released this morning, with a 23 percent increase in homelessness throughout the county - we analyze the steep incline. We'll also take a look at the risks behind the Pentagon's missile defense system; former mayor and 2018 gubernatorial candidate Antonio Villaraigosa; and more.

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Weighing the real danger of allowing laptops on international flights

Tue, 30 May 2017 16:50:00 GMT

On Sunday, Homeland Security Secretary John F. Kelly said he would consider expanding the existing ban on laptops in passenger cabins to all aircrafts flying in and out of the United States - we debate the pros and cons. We'll also catch up on the latest from the White House; what to do when witnessing public harassment; mining asteroids in space?; and more.

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What Trump's budget means for California's earthquake early warning system

Fri, 26 May 2017 16:48:00 GMT

Trump's proposed budget doesn't include federal funding for the West Coast earthquake early warning system project - what's the future of the project?; on the eve of Memorial Day weekend, we want to hear your stories of loved ones who served; plus, in the wake of Roger Moore's death, we want to hear about your favorite James Bond iteration; and more.

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The epic battle to extend the 710 freeway could come to an end today

Thu, 25 May 2017 16:38:00 GMT

AirTalk dives into a decades-old debate to extend the 710 freeway before Metro votes today on a proposal that would scrap the idea. We'll also take a look at what Gov. Brown's budget means for the future CalPERS; what makes a successful business partnership?; a refresher on the Paris Accord; and more.

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After a controversial audit, a new proposal suggests limiting UC autonomy

Wed, 24 May 2017 16:45:00 GMT

AirTalk debates an amendment proposed yesterday to diminish the UC system's autonomy, with changes that would allow the Legislature to fund the UC Office of the President and take away the UC president's voting rights. We also discuss new technology being used to test drivers for marijuana use across the state, the uptick in Americans working over 65, and more.

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LA County Sheriff weighs in on recent DC trip, California’s sanctuary state bill, Baca conviction and more

Tue, 23 May 2017 16:44:00 GMT

Los Angeles County Sheriff Jim McDonnell stops by AirTalk's studios for his regular check-in; an update on former CIA director John Brennan's testimony today; a partisan analysis of Trump's new budget plan; debating a new state bill that would implement sliding-scale traffic fines for low-income drivers; and more.

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Implementing Prop 57: Should non-violent sex offenders be eligible for parole?

Mon, 22 May 2017 16:38:00 GMT

Last year, California voters approved a parole process overhaul for the state via Prop 57 after a heated debate about what the bill could mean for sex offenders convicted of non-violent crimes - we dive into the bill's new guidelines. We'll also cover the latest in a busy weekend of politics; what is "stealthing"?; and more.

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New California bill may keep drug companies from giving doctors gifts

Fri, 19 May 2017 16:52:00 GMT

After a long week of being slammed with political news, AirTalk goes D.C. free today! We debate the new CA bill banning drug companies from making payments or sending gifts to doctors; a look at the steep increase in interracial marriages 50 years after Loving v. Virginia; an interview with Hollywood's first female film executive, Sherry Lansing; and more.

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Who is Robert Mueller? And what to expect from the Russian probe in the coming months

Thu, 18 May 2017 16:36:00 GMT

AirTalk looks at former FBI director Robert Mueller's legacy and how special counsels have been used in the past after Mueller was tapped to head the investigation into the Trump campaign's Russia ties. We'll also speak with LA County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl on proposed board changes and LA's new public energy program; what's next for LAUSD after the Board of Education's new pro-charter majority?; and more.

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Could the Comey memo bring down the presidency?

Wed, 17 May 2017 16:41:00 GMT

Yesterday, The New York Times reported that President Trump asked recently fired FBI Director Jim Comey to stop investigating former national security adviser Michael Flynn for his ties to Russia - but will this be the final straw in Trump's turbulent presidency? We'll also discuss the ethics of reporting on sensitive government intelligence; a New York bill intended to combat texting and driving, but may pose some privacy issues; and more.

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AirTalk asks: Does Laguna Beach’s ban on public smoking go too far?

Tue, 16 May 2017 17:05:00 GMT

The smoking ban is an expansion from the current ban in beaches and parks, now to include the vicinity of sidewalks, bike paths and parking structures - will the ban really reduce harmful environmental impacts and second-hand smoke, or is it a fringe on personal freedom? We debate the pros and cons. We'll also cover the latest leaks surrounding the White House; whether or not college campus tours give a false sense of experience; and more.

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Parsing the tech and national security concerns behind the WannaCry ransomware attacks

Mon, 15 May 2017 16:46:00 GMT

We dive into international security concerns behind the WannaCry virus, which infected computers in nearly 150 countries this weekend; Trump's short list for a new FBI director this week; a look into KPCC's investigation with the San Bernardino Sun on officer-involved shootings in the largest county in the United States; and more.

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Day two in the aftermath of Comey firing and next steps for the FBI

Thu, 11 May 2017 16:52:00 GMT

The FBI's Acting Director Andrew McCabe is taking issue with White House claims that Jim Comey lost the confidence of Bureau employees - AirTalk checks in on the latest of the firing aftermath. We'll also cover Gov. Jerry Brown's revised state budget; new reports on the Oroville Dam spill; how to cope on Mother's Day without a mother?; and more.

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AirTalk Special Coverage: James Comey's firing and what comes next

Wed, 10 May 2017 16:57:00 GMT

No question about the water cooler topic of the day – the firing of FBI Director James Comey. Comey has been a Capitol Hill piñata for months, but his firing still came as a shock. Host Larry Mantle and AirTalk's wide panel of experts dive into deep analysis of the move, its implications and what's expected to come next.

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It’s illegal to start crossing the street if the clock is ticking down — a new CA bill would change that

Tue, 09 May 2017 16:33:00 GMT

Two California assemblymen are pushing for a bill that would legalize street crossing against a flashing "Don’t Walk" light (the LAPD has been issuing tickets near $250) - we debate the pros and cons. We'll also talk about SoCal's flawed coyote policies; a possible gondola construction to the Hollywood sign; how to handle negative people and bad vibes; and more.

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CA students sue school district for suspensions over ‘liking’ racist Instagram posts

Mon, 08 May 2017 16:46:00 GMT

Four California students were suspended for “liking” racist Instagram posts, and now they’re suing the school district for punishing them outside of school hours - we debate whether suspension for non-school related activity is acceptable. We'll also cover the latest in politics including the new French president; former interim Attorney General Sally Yates' testimony about Michael Flynn today on the Hill; and more.

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California comes out big winner in $1.2 trillion government funding bill

Fri, 05 May 2017 16:42:00 GMT

Yesterday, the office of Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) sent out a press release detailing the amount of funding the state is to receive from the $1.2 trillion spending bill passed by the House and Senate to keep the government running until September - we dive into the list of projects. We'll also cover the GOP health care bill's move to the Senate; FilmWeek and your favorite song compilations in a movie; and more.

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Two years after Torrance refinery blast, new report blames ExxonMobil

Thu, 04 May 2017 16:45:00 GMT

According to a report released Wednesday by the U.S. Chemical Safety Board, the 2015 Torrance Refinery explosion could have been prevented if then-owner Exxon Mobil had paid more attention to safety - we dive into the report. We'll also cover the latest in politics including President Trump's religious liberty executive order; the L.A. County Board of Supervisors' possible new executive position; and more.

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Discussing the psychological toll on reviewers of violent Facebook content

Wed, 03 May 2017 16:50:00 GMT

After Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced today that his company will add 3,000 contractors to review reported content, AirTalk looks into the effect violent content can make on those policing it. Plus, James Comey's hearing on Capitol Hill; why social awkwardness might not be so bad; an update on the Southern California housing market; and more.

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A report card on the news media 100 days into the Trump presidency

Tue, 02 May 2017 16:24:00 GMT

Analyses abound on President Donald Trump’s first 100 days in office, but how has the media fared? We debate the performance and "fairness" of today's news. We'll also dive into a KPCC investigation on the uptick in big rig crashes and what truck drivers wish general motorists were more aware of; a new California cap and trade proposal; and more.

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Trump’s 100-day report card

Mon, 01 May 2017 16:47:00 GMT

President Donald Trump marked his 100th day in office on Saturday - what have we learned and what does it mean for his remaining days in office?; as the WGA deadline approaches, we discuss the likelihood of a strike; after massive layoffs at ESPN, we discuss the future of its business model; and more.

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