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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


White House indicates potential suppression of recreational marijuana & our 2017 Oscar Preview

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 17:34:00 GMT

Press Secretary Sean Spicer said Trump would not follow Obama’s permissive approach to marijuana, alarming the pot industry – we look at what that means for CA; plus, our annual Oscar preview ahead of Sunday’s award show. TGI-FilmWeek!

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ICE impersonating LAPD officers, meet the DNC Chair candidates & your favorite coffee shop space

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 17:41:00 GMT

The ACLU sent a letter Thursday asking law enforcement to stop ICE from using ruses when investigating undocumented immigrants; we dispel some common misconceptions about the Constitution; a look at the race for DNC Chair; we want to hear about which LA coffee shops have the coolest spaces; and more.

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CA’s proposed universal health plan, breaking down the ballot measures & why aren’t millennials moving?

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 17:39:00 GMT

We look at a CA bill that proposes universal state healthcare, as well as Rep. Issa’s repeal plan; LA’s March 7th elections are approaching – we do a primer on Measures S, H, M and N; according to a new report, millennials aren’t migrating as much as previous generations – we explore the trend; and more.

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AirTalk politics round-up, why you should stop charging your phone in public & the life of singer Wilson Pickett

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 17:49:00 GMT

We round up the latest in politics - President Trump's extensive plan on immigration enforcement, his new pick for National Security Advisor, SCOTUS hearings and more; how hackers can steal personal data while you charge your phone in public; we talk to Tony Fletcher about the life of singer Wilson Pickett; and more.

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Trump’s strategy on DACA, 75th anniversary of Japanese Internment Executive Order & TGI-FilmWeek!

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 17:51:00 GMT

The Trump administration is reportedly contemplating ways to repeal DACA; with the 75th anniversary of the signing of the Japanese Internment Executive Order coming up on Sunday, we look back and remember; plus, Larry and film critics review the week’s latest releases, including “A Cure for Wellness” and “The Great Wall.” TGI-FilmWeek!

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Latest on Trump Cabinet plus White House leaks, #DayWithoutImmigrants & new guidelines on human gene editing

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 17:42:00 GMT

We discuss the new Labor Secretary choice, as well as the latest leaks coming from D.C.; whether you're participating or intentionally not participating in the #DayWithoutImmigrants, we want to hear from you; plus, limited endorsement and new guidelines on human gene editing; and more.

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The Flynn/Russia controversy, the assassination of Kim Jung-un’s half-brother & we check in with LAPD Chief Beck

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 17:45:00 GMT

Almost 24 hours after Gen. Flynn’s resignation, it was alleged that Trump’s campaign had repeated contact with senior Russian intelligence - we dive into what's going on; police have detained a woman for the alleged assassination of Kim Jong-nam, half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jung-un; we check in with LAPD Chief Beck on policing undocumented immigrants; and more.

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Michael Flynn’s resignation, a brief history of dam failure & what proverbs have you been saying incorrectly?

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 17:52:00 GMT

National Security Advisor General Michael Flynn resigned Monday – what happened and who will fill his position?; the Oroville dam incident begs a look at the history of dam failures in SoCal; and whether it’s the statue of limitations or curling up in the feeble position, we want to hear your uses and misuses of common phrases; and more.

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Politics roundup, Trump affirms ‘One China’ & controlling LA’s climate

Mon, 13 Feb 2017 17:43:00 GMT

We check in on the weekend’s latest politics, including White House National Security Adviser Michael Flynn’s potential sanction discussions with Russia; Trump affirms “One China” policy – what that means for U.S.-China relations; how can scientists lower the temperature of L.A. by three degrees?; and more.

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Ninth Circuit ruling: what it means and what’s next & TGI-FilmWeek!

Fri, 10 Feb 2017 17:23:00 GMT

Legal scholars explain the 9th circuit ruling on Trump’s executive order and discuss next steps; a potential law intends to break up the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals – what would this mean for California?; plus, Larry and KPCC film critics discuss the week’s newest releases, including sequels to “John Wick” and “Fifty Shades.” TGI-FilmWeek!

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AirTalk answers your immigration questions, how student protests are changing & a crash course on Sunday's Grammy Awards

Thu, 09 Feb 2017 17:56:00 GMT

AirTalk's panel of experts are here to answer your questions about immigration under the Trump administration; following recent protests at UC Berkeley, how have campuses evolved in their balance between free speech and student safety?; we get a Grammy Awards preview for Sunday; and more.

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Recap on 9th Circuit arguments, the sixth-year anniversary of Arab Spring & how Darwin's theory of evolution changed America

Wed, 08 Feb 2017 17:29:00 GMT

We review yesterday's arguments at the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals over President Trump's travel ban; roughly six years ago, revolutions erupted across the Middle East and became famously known as the Arab Spring - we take a look at what's changed over the years, and what hasn't; how Charles Darwin's "On the Origins of Species" reads differently in today's America; and more.

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Appeals court arguments on travel ban, forecasting Russia’s 2017 aspirations & an app for heartbreak

Tue, 07 Feb 2017 17:49:00 GMT

Trump’s travel ban goes before the 9th circuit – what will the three-judge panel decide?; we analyze Russia’s aspirations and motivations in 2017; an interview with the creator of an app that guides users through heartbreak; and more.

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Politics roundup, restrictions on sleeping in your car & what is desire?

Mon, 06 Feb 2017 17:41:00 GMT

We bring you up to date on the travel ban and other weekend developments; new city of L.A. restrictions on where homeless people can and can’t sleep in their cars; a psychologist explores the evolution and meaning of desire; and more.

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New smog rules, sanctions on Iran explained & TGI-FilmWeek!

Fri, 03 Feb 2017 17:42:00 GMT

A new pollution reduction plan is expected to be approved today – what that means for business and smog in SoCal; Trump issues new sanctions on Iran in response to their recent ballistic missile test – we bring you the latest; plus, Larry and KPCC film critics discuss ‘The Comedian,’ ‘The Space Between Us’ and other movie releases. TGI-FilmWeek!

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Legal challenges to Trump’s travel ban, Iran ‘on notice’ & new youth football rules

Thu, 02 Feb 2017 17:52:00 GMT

We look at the legal challenges to Trump’s immigration executive order, including that of L.A. federal judge Birotte; what putting Iran “on notice” means for foreign policy and security; new youth footballs rules to make the sport safer; and more.

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We debate SCOTUS nominee, how is the Muslim community coping with Quebec shooting & businesses strategize in divisive political times

Wed, 01 Feb 2017 17:40:00 GMT

On Tuesday, Trump tapped Neil Gorsuch for Scalia’s vacant SCOTUS seat – we debate the pick; in the wake of the Quebec shooting, how are Muslim leaders and communities coping?; plus, in divided times, some businesses are choosing to embrace politics, while other stay away – how should businesses position themselves?

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Debating the firing of Sally Yates, arts and public broadcasting under Trump & we check in on LA’s 2024 Olympic bid

Tue, 31 Jan 2017 17:47:00 GMT

On Monday, Acting Attorney General Sally Yates said she would not defend Trump’s immigration executive order, and was subsequently – we debate the move; the Trump transition team staff reportedly planned to privatize the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and cut arts funding – how would this affect us?; will the Trump administration impact LA’s Olympic bid?; and more.

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Trump's immigration executive order: the why, the who, the how, plus ISIS' recruitment of American John Georgelas

Mon, 30 Jan 2017 17:33:00 GMT

Chaos has ensued at airports around the country following President Trump's executive order on immigration - is this constitutional? Will it keep Americans safe? Which nations were banned and why? We debate the impact; plus, we talk to writer Graeme Wood about a rising and ranking ISIS member whom he discovered to be an American from Texas: John Georgelas.

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Trump meets with British Prime Minister, we chat with Terry Gross & TGI-FilmWeek!

Fri, 27 Jan 2017 18:35:00 GMT

Trump and British Prime Minister Theresa May hold a joint press conference – we bring you the latest on their statements, as well as the Mexican President’s meeting cancellation; AirTalk will be moving to 10am, starting Monday – we chat with Terry Gross, who will be taking the noon slot; plus Larry and film critics review the week’s latest releases. TGI-FilmWeek!

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Trump on refugees and immigration, we debate DeVos & what are your guilty food pleasures?

Thu, 26 Jan 2017 18:32:00 GMT

We dive into Trump’s executive orders on immigration and refugees; we debate Betsy Devos’ education plan; a look at Trump’s SCOTUS shortlist; what are your disgusting, delicious guilty food pleasures?; and more.

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The logistics of Trump’s wall, the CDC’s new quarantine rule & how behavioral economics came to be

Wed, 25 Jan 2017 18:47:00 GMT

Trump signed an executive order to build the Mexico-U.S. wall Wednesday – we dive into the logistics and funding, as well as his executive actions on sanctuary cities; a new CDC quarantine rule has critics fearful for civil liberties; plus, author Michael Lewis explores the friendship behind behavioral economics.

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Keystone XL & Dakota Access back on track under President Trump, Gov Brown's CA address & the newly appointed FCC chief

Tue, 24 Jan 2017 18:47:00 GMT

President Trump signed executive actions to advance construction of the Keystone XL and Dakota Access oil pipelines; California Gov. Jerry Brown delivers a defiant State of the State address; how net neutrality and Netflix might change under newly tapped FCC Chief Ajit Pai; and more.

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AirTalk politics roundup, including now-President Trump's first moves in office, & the Women's March that rocked the world

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 18:34:00 GMT

We bring you the latest on the Trump administration - rising tensions with media, the executive order on ACA, withdrawing from TPP and more; plus, a look at the Women's March that rocked not only Washington, D.C., but all 50 states across America and over 30 countries worldwide.

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It's Inauguration Day: Trump sworn in as 45th POTUS & TGI-FilmWeek!

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 18:49:00 GMT

Donald Trump became the 45th president of the U.S. today – we take a look at the latest inauguration day news, as well as Trump's speech; we hear from Californians who are currently in D.C., either for the inauguration or the Women's March; plus, Larry and film critics review the week’s latest releases, including ‘Split’ and ‘The Red Turtle.’ TGI-Filmweek!

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Scott Pruitt faces questions about CA's tough auto emissions, debating Chelsea Manning's sentence & remembering President Obama on his final day

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 18:42:00 GMT

President-elect Trump's EPA nominee Scott Pruitt faced questions about California's right to tougher auto emission regulations during his confirmation hearing; we debate President Obama's decision to commute Chelsea Manning’s prison sentence; and we remember the 44th President of the United States on his final day in office.

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Obama's final press conference, Tom Price's confirmation hearings & lessons from George Washington's farewell address

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 18:30:00 GMT

We bring you Obama's final presidential press conference; analysis and updates on Tom Price's confirmation hearings for secretary of the Health and Human Services Department; and what we can learn from George Washington's 1796 farewell address in the current political climate.

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Stark drop in abortion rates, Samsung claimed by South Korea's scandal & Ringling Bros. close their final curtain

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 18:45:00 GMT

Abortion rates are at an all time low since Roe v. Wade - advocates debate why; investigators of South Korea's presidential scandal are requesting a warrant to arrest Samsung heir - we discuss the latest details; after 146 years, Ringling Bros. will cancel "The Greatest Show On Earth" this year; and more.

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AirTalk politics roundup, who's heading to Inauguration Day & looking back on President Barack Obama's legacy

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 18:24:00 GMT

On MLK day, AirTalk is here to round up the latest in politics, including a preview of what's set to take place at Friday's much anticipated inauguration; we'll also hear from Southern Californians heading to D.C. with tickets for the big day - will they be supporting or protesting President-elect Trump?; and we look back on our debate about outgoing President Barack Obama's legacy.

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The Justice Dept launches investigation over Clinton emails, what all this rain means for the drought & TGI-FilmWeek!

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 18:41:00 GMT

The Justice Department is investigating the FBI and DoJ’s handling of the Clinton email server; what recent storms mean for SoCal in terms of mudslides and the drought; plus, Larry and KPCC film critics discuss the week’s latest releases, as well as the backlash to ‘La La Land’ and the purpose of art house film. TGI-FilmWeek!

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What you missed from yesterday’s Tillerson hearing, debating BuzzFeed’s dossier decision & are police jobs getting tougher?

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 18:43:00 GMT

Amidst the Trump press conference yesterday, you may have missed Tillerson’s confirmation hearing – we do a recap; we debate BuzzFeed’s decision to publish the unverified Trump-Russia dossier; a new study shows that police feel their jobs have gotten tougher; and more.

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Trump's first post-election press conference, FBI's paid Best Buy tech informants, & SCOTUS to decide on special education

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 18:54:00 GMT

We unpack Donald Trump's first press conference as President-elect; what are the legalities of the FBI’s paid Best Buy technician informants?; plus a look at SCOTUS hearing on Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District - which may change how public schools provide education for disabled students.

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Jeff Sessions confirmation hearing, gender neutral parenting & CA's 2017 budget

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 18:44:00 GMT

Senator Jeff Sessions faces a Senate confirmation hearing today - so far he's been questioned about abortion, same-sex marriage and more - we bring you the latest; a neuroscientist's take on gender neutral parenting - is it futile?; California Governor Jerry Brown unveils his 2017 budget proposal; and more.

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AirTalk politics roundup, should a provisional driver's license be raised to age 21 & your share-economy horror stories

Mon, 09 Jan 2017 18:47:00 GMT

We dive into the latest in politics, including the declassified version of the intel report on Russia hackings released Friday; the newly introduced bill AB 63 would raise the provisional driver's license age from 18 to 21; AirTalk listeners share horror stories from the sharing economy, like Uber and Airbnb; and more.

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What happens if ACA is repealed without a replacement, Gitmo under Trump & TGI-FilmWeek!

Fri, 06 Jan 2017 18:51:00 GMT

What will happen if ACA is repealed before a replacement is rolled out?; four detainees from Guantanamo were released to Saudi Arabia in a potential rush of transfers in the weeks before Trump’s inauguration – what's expected for Gitmo under Trump?; plus, Larry and KPCC film critics review ‘Underworld,’ ‘Railroad Tigers,’ and more; TGI-FilmWeek!

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Latest moves on Russia hacks, KPCC launches new series 'Broke,' and the legacy of the 44th President, Barack Obama

Thu, 05 Jan 2017 18:23:00 GMT

Congress' leadership is still divided on how to respond to Russian cyberhacks - we debate and analyze their options; KPCC's new "Broke" series reports on why more California families are ending up homeless - is the government responsible?; and with the next Inauguration Day ahead, how will you remember President Obama's legacy?

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CA legislature hires Eric Holder, new Congress far more Christian than rest of the country & slang to stay in 2017

Wed, 04 Jan 2017 18:55:00 GMT

Former Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. will represent California in any legal fights against Trump's incoming administration; the Pew Research Center found the 115th Congress to be overwhelmingly Christian, despite fewer adults identifying as Christian in the United States; will words like "woke," "lit" and "on fleek" survive in 2017?; and more.

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AirTalk politics roundup, Megyn Kelly announces move to NBC & the controversial governance of Philippines President Duterte

Tue, 03 Jan 2017 18:53:00 GMT

House Republicans voted to gut the Office of Congressional ethics, then backtracked; Megyn Kelly is leaving Fox News for NBC - we discuss what her move means and why; we analyze the unconventional Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte and what his influence means for the U.S.; and more.

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The sanctions against Russia, can we make ‘the cloud’ more green & TGI-FilmWeek!

Fri, 30 Dec 2016 18:27:00 GMT

The White House is imposing sanctions against Russia for cyberhacking – we look at the historical context of this move; ‘the cloud’ has an environmental footprint – what can tech companies do to make it more green in 2017?; plus, guest host Patt Morrison and KPCC film critics review new releases, including ‘20th Century Women,’ as well as the best underrated movies of 2016. TGI-FilmWeek!

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CA congressional retirements on the rise, increased security for 2017's Rose Parade & how to think like a futurist

Thu, 29 Dec 2016 18:37:00 GMT

A number of California's state legislators are expected to soon retire - we take a look at how that might impact regional and national politics; the LA Times reports Pasadena will heighten security at the 2017 Tournament of Roses Parade in response to recent attacks in Nice and Berlin; what does it mean to be a futurist, and why should everyone think like one?; and more.

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