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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


CA bill would prevent companies from firing medical marijuana patients

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 17:33:00 GMT

AirTalk debates a new state bill that would make it illegal for companies to hire or fire employees based on their medical marijuana use. We also review this week’s movie releases on FilmWeek; what do law enforcement agencies do when they receive tips about concerning behaviors like those exhibited by Florida’s school shooter?; and more.

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Should out-of-state online retailers be required to collect sales tax on in-state purchases?

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 17:57:00 GMT

AirTalk debates an upcoming SCOTUS case that will decide whether online retailers have to collect state sales tax, regardless of where the company is based. We also bring you the latest on the Florida high school shooting that took 17 lives yesterday; what memories shaped your view of money?; and more.

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Just how vulnerable are CA’s election systems to Russian interference? An interview with Secretary of State Alex Padilla

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 17:53:00 GMT

The Senate Intelligence Committee's hearing determined that Russian hacking in the U.S. midterm election was inevitable, so how should California prepare for the threat? We speak with Secretary of State Alex Padilla. We also look at Israel's future after the Netanyahu scandal; and more.

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A ballot proposal wants to dramatically expand rent control in California. What are the possible downsides?

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 17:44:00 GMT

The "Affordable Housing Act" aims to repeal the law preventing rent control on buildings built in 1995 or later, but opponents fear this may halt construction of future housing and limit the market even further. We also check-in on SoCal's winter rain (or lack there of); discuss endurance with author Alex Hutchinson; and more.

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LA is considering fast tracking some homeless housing projects, but some community members push back

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 17:40:00 GMT

City Council is considering two measures that would help officials expedite housing solutions by circumventing current protocol, raising concerns from those in government and local communities. We debate the pro's and con's. We also conduct our weekly political roundtable; and more.

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LA County Sheriff on recent deputy-involved shootings, 2017 crime numbers, civilian oversight panel and more

Fri, 09 Feb 2018 17:47:00 GMT

Larry sits down with LA County Sheriff Jim McDonnell for a check in on the department, including three recent deputy-involved shootings that created a contentious emergency town hall meeting in South LA this week. We also break down what’s in the new budget bill; review this week’s movie releases on FilmWeek; and more.

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The California impact if 2020 Census includes question about citizenship status

Thu, 08 Feb 2018 17:52:00 GMT

The DOJ is requesting that the 2020 Census count include citizenship status, but critics say that this would create inaccuracies in the numbers, affecting a multitude of government programs. We also discuss morality clauses in the wake of #MeToo; tomorrow's start to the 2018 Winter Olympics; and more.

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Is Patrick Soon-Shiong the LA Times' Jeff Bezos?

Wed, 07 Feb 2018 17:58:00 GMT

The LA Times will return to local ownership for the first time in 18 years after billionaire Patrick Soon-Shiong purchased the paper and its sister publication, The San Diego Union-Tribune. We also dive into the symbolism behind President Trump’s request for a military parade; where’s the DACA deal in Congress’ budget?; and more.

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Trump administration targets one of DiFi’s biggest legislative accomplishment: protecting the CA desert

Tue, 06 Feb 2018 17:49:00 GMT

AirTalk weighs preserving the Mojave desert against energy development after the Trump administration announced plans to get rid of California’s Desert Renewable Energy Conservation plan. We also dive into what the stock market swings mean for your wallet; what was your experience going to college at an older age?; and more.

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Newly released documents shed light on how CA legislature has dealt with sexual harassment claims

Mon, 05 Feb 2018 17:41:00 GMT

California Legislature released documents outlining a slew of sexual harassment incidents, including the names of accused lawmakers and details into how the cases were handled. We explore the content and impact of these documents. We also look into Amazon's latest patent; the week in politics; and more.

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AirTalk special coverage: the Nunes memo

Fri, 02 Feb 2018 17:36:00 GMT

AirTalk brings you the latest after the Nunes memo dropped this morning: what will its effect be on the FBI, the Mueller investigation into alleged Russian meddling in the election and general politics in DC? We also review this week’s movie releases on FilmWeek – plus, a dive into how much Oscar campaigns really influence Academy voters.

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With House seats up for grabs, will Orange County skew left or right?

Thu, 01 Feb 2018 17:46:00 GMT

With two Republican Representatives eschewing reelection, Democrats in Orange County are pushing hard for a November win, but the question remains whether traditionally conservative O.C. will bite. Today's show also addresses new info on the Russian probe; debates the legitimacy of "fancy tacos"; and more.

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AirTalk analysts break down President Trump’s first State of the Union

Wed, 31 Jan 2018 17:42:00 GMT

AirTalk walks you through Trump’s first State of the Union speech last night – plus, the Democratic rebuttal from Massachusetts Rep. Joe Kennedy. We also dive into new research suggesting repeated hits to the head could be just as dangerous as concussions in developing CTE; should a teacher’s anti-military comments get him fired?; and more.

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Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway, JPMorgan join forces to disrupt health care. Here’s what that could look like

Tue, 30 Jan 2018 17:40:00 GMT

AirTalk looks ahead to the future of the U.S. healthcare industry after news that Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway and JPMorgan are teaming up to create an independent health care company for their employees. We also speak with newly named editor-in-chief of the Los Angeles Times, Jim Kirk; how will Facebook’s new algorithm affect your newsfeed?; and more.

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New editor, allegations of ‘union-busting’ and rumors of a ‘shadow newsroom’: what’s going on at the LA Times?

Mon, 29 Jan 2018 17:38:00 GMT

The LA Times has been making headlines of its own recently, with the development of a new union and lots of shuffling around in its top positions – AirTalk walks you through the latest. We also give you the week’s news in politics ahead of Trump’s State of the Union address tomorrow; what’s a supertaster and how can you tell if you’re one of them?; and more.

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Mueller ordered to be fired? Trump denies it. Here’s the latest

Fri, 26 Jan 2018 17:26:00 GMT

AirTalk brings you the latest on news that Trump wanted to fire Russia investigation special counsel Robert Mueller in June – could this information strengthen an obstruction of justice case? We also dive into the conservative and liberal criticism of Trump’s new immigration proposal; review this week’s movie releases on FilmWeek; and more.

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On the morning of Gov. Brown’s final State of the State, looking back on his legacy

Thu, 25 Jan 2018 17:30:00 GMT

AirTalk brings you four-term California Governor Jerry Brown’s last State of the State live – plus, what will he be remembered for? We also dive into a new bill hoping to make surfing California’s official state sport; did the judge sentencing U.S. Olympic doctor Larry Nassar speak out of line?; and more.

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Etiquette enforcement on Metro flares up in LAPD incident

Wed, 24 Jan 2018 17:54:00 GMT

AirTalk brings you the latest on reinforcing the Metro code of conduct after a video of an LAPD sergeant forcefully removing a teenage girl from a train went viral. We also debate the benefits and drawbacks of universal basic income as Stockton, Calif. moves forward with a project to give select residents $500 monthly; how could an Arizona case change California death penalty laws?; and more.

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New solar panel tariff creates a murky future for California’s industry

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 17:53:00 GMT

AirTalk dives into the impact Trump’s increased tariff on solar panels could have on the industry in California following yesterday’s announcement. We also preview this year’s Oscar race after nominees were announced this morning; are California’s attempts to bring back net neutrality with state legislation a good idea?; and more.

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As Charlie Beck steps down, what to expect from the next LAPD chief

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 17:45:00 GMT

LAPD Chief Beck shocked many when he announced his plans for retirement this past Friday. We discuss his legacy and examine the future of the department. We also address the week in politics and chat with Dr. Michael Sherman on his newest book.

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Women’s March 2.0: A look ahead to the movement’s anniversary

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 17:51:00 GMT

AirTalk wants to hear your thoughts on the state and future of the women’s movement on the anniversary of the groundbreaking women’s march. We also parse through the results of the most recent USC-Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll, which shows decreasing support for Trump; review this week’s movie releases on FilmWeek; and more.

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Should LA sue oil companies over climate change and would the suit stand a chance?

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 17:34:00 GMT

AirTalk debates a new proposal from two LA City Councilmembers to sue oil companies for knowing their business practices contributed to the negative effects of climate change. We also parse through a new study suggesting the DUI limit be moved from .08 to .05; what are the repercussions and boundaries and surveilling your kids in with new technology?; and more.

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Another price hike for CA bullet train, plus potential downsizing of Delta tunnels

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 17:52:00 GMT

AirTalk brings you the latest on Gov. Jerry Brown’s infrastructure projects after the price tag on California’s bullet train rose $2.8 billion. We also dive into LA’s 2017 crime numbers during our monthly check-in with LAPD Chief Charlie Beck; how necessary are annual physical exams?; and more.

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Week in politics: How lawmakers will pass a deal to fund the government, what DACA has to do with it, and more

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 17:24:00 GMT

A lot happened over the long weekend. From DACA to California's gubernatorial race, we discuss the political highlights for the week. We also analyze recent allegations against Aziz Ansari; delve into Hawaii's false nuclear threat alert; and more.

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What Trump’s reported sh*thole comment tells us about WH politics, shifting immigration policy and the state of the media

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 17:53:00 GMT

Various outlets have published leaked comments from President Trump calling impoverished nations “sh*thole countries” during a White House meeting – we dive into the political implications, what this means for immigration policy and how different news outlets are handling the profanity. We also review this week’s movie releases on FilmWeek, and more.

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The Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program may soon lose funding. Should it?

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 17:46:00 GMT

AirTalk debates the merits of the country’s public student loan forgiveness program, which could be unavailable for new enrollees under Trump’s 2018 budget proposal. We also give you the latest on the fatal mudslides resulting from this week’s heavy rainstorms; states can now require some Medicaid recipients to work, but what’s the practical impact?; and more.

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All politics are local: Following Ed Royce, Darrell Issa announces retirement. Plus, DiFi’s release of Fusion GPS dossier

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 17:47:00 GMT

AirTalk parses through the implications of California Rep. Darrel Issa’s retirement announcement just days after fellow Republican Rep. Ed Royce said he will not be seeking re-election in 2018. We also give you the latest on Southern California’s rainstorm; how accurately is your profession depicted in Hollywood?; and more.

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After the fires comes the rain: How burnt areas are dealing with the storm

Tue, 09 Jan 2018 17:48:00 GMT

Rainy weather has sparked severe concern regarding mudslides in fire-affected areas. We update you on how Southern California is fairing through this wet bout. We also debate Apple's responsibility regarding childhood phone addiction; whether or not you still pay your grown children's bills; and more.

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President Oprah? Not so fast. Here are the challenges of a 2020 presidential run

Mon, 08 Jan 2018 17:45:00 GMT

AirTalk dives into the chances of a future presidential run for Oprah after her stirring speech accepting the Golden Globes’ Cecil B. DeMille Award last night. We also look ahead to the future of LAUSD after superintendent Michelle King announced plans to resign; preview this year’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas; and more.

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What can California do in the wake of Trump’s directive to significantly expand offshore drilling?

Fri, 05 Jan 2018 17:50:00 GMT

AirTalk dives into the local impact of the Trump administration’s move to expand offshore drilling yesterday; plus, can California counter it? We also debate a new state bill that would allow for denser and taller housing around major transit routes and stations; review this week’s movie releases on FilmWeek; and more.

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We open up the phones to hear from those most impacted by the Thomas fire

Thu, 04 Jan 2018 17:31:00 GMT

The largest wildfire in state history is 92 percent contained, but the recovery is far from over – for those of you impacted, how are you coping? We also dive into the political and economic implications of a proposal that would allow Californians to work around the new cap on state and local tax deductions; our microprocessors are compromised, so what now?; and more.

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Are panic buttons for hotel workers a needed protection or impractical overreach?

Wed, 03 Jan 2018 17:32:00 GMT

The fight against workplace harassment continues with the introduction of a new California bill requiring that hotels provide panic buttons for employees who work alone in guests' rooms. We debate the pro's and con's. We also examine the efficacy of college interviews; analyze the latest out of North Korea; and more.

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Week in Politics: Looking ahead to 2018

Tue, 02 Jan 2018 17:50:00 GMT

AirTalk previews the year in politics, including what to expect in immigration, infrastructure and the economy. We also take a look at why women may decide not to have a reconstructive surgery after a mastectomy; dive into the legal implications of the prank “swatting” in Kansas that turned fatal; and more.

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We talk to a recreational pot shop that will open for business in 2018

Fri, 29 Dec 2017 16:35:00 GMT

Yes, pot will be legal in California beginning January 1, but Los Angeles isn't accepting business applications to sell weed until January 3. We talk with one of the only 42 licensed marijuana dealers in the city. We also circle back on the #MeToo movement; discuss 2017's best films with our FilmWeek critics; and more.

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IRS issues clarification on whether homeowners should prepay their property taxes

Thu, 28 Dec 2017 18:00:00 GMT

Many homeowners are rushing to prepay their property taxes before the tax overhaul kicks in. But the Internal Revenue Service has just announced that only some prepayments could be deducted. We'll discuss. Plus, a look at the state of talk therapy, and an interview with local band Chicano Batman.

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JAMA study finds an uptick in pregnant women using pot for nausea

Wed, 27 Dec 2017 16:43:00 GMT

A new study finds that more pregnant women are using marijuana to alleviate nausea, aches and pains. We discuss the study's details and implications. We also examine recent criticism that the FDA lags in removing unsafe products off store shelves, and interview renown news anchor Dan Rather on his new book.

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Week in politics: How voters will remember tax bill signing, both parties’ legislative priorities in 2018 and more

Tue, 26 Dec 2017 17:23:00 GMT

With Trump having signed the GOP's tax reform legislation this past Friday, we'll discuss reactions on both sides of the aisle along with what to expect in the coming years. We'll also explore a new project aimed at teens in response to the #MeToo campaign; and invite listeners to share unique holiday traditions on-air.

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Remembering Dick Enberg, sportscaster extraordinaire

Fri, 22 Dec 2017 17:06:00 GMT

AirTalk wants to hear your memories of legendary Southern California sportscaster Dick Enberg, who died Thursday at 82. We also dive into a new age discrimination lawsuit alleging companies like T-Mobile and Amazon are only targeting younger Facebook users with their hiring ads; review this week’s movie releases on FilmWeek; and more.

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AirTalk asks: How do third-, fourth- generations identify with their cultural heritage?

Thu, 21 Dec 2017 17:43:00 GMT

After a Pew study found that many third and fourth generation Latino immigrants consider themselves non-Hispanic, AirTalk wants to know: how do you embrace your racial or ethnic identity? We also dive into how ecommerce has changed the way we live; LaVar Ball is launching his own league for basketball players who want NBA eligibility without attending college?; and more.

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Chief Beck on sexual assault allegations in Hollywood, the department’s new Text 9-1-1 system, LAPD’s partnership with the 49ers and more

Wed, 20 Dec 2017 17:43:00 GMT

Larry sits down with LAPD Chief Charlie Beck for his monthly check in, diving into the influx of high-profile sexual assault investigations, security in LA after terrorist attacks in New York and Sutherland Springs, and a new Text 9-1-1 system. We also discuss the deductions the GOP tax plan will axe next year; bring you tips on how to travel with kids this holiday season; and more.

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