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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


Looking at John McCain’s singular role in the Senate and US politics

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 16:45:00 GMT

AirTalk looks at John McCain's history as an important voice in Congress after the senator's diagnosis of brain cancer. We also dive into this year's Clean Air Action Plan for the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach; what makes an ‘ineffective teacher?’; and more.

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A look at the impact of foreign buyers on LA’s housing market

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 16:25:00 GMT

The National Association of Realtors released a survey report showing a surge in foreign home buyers, with 71 percent of California buyers to be from Asia and Oceania this year alone. But other reports contradict these numbers - we dive into analysis. We also check in with LAPD Chief Beck; speak with Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom about his gubernatorial candidacy; and more.

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With kibosh on ACA repeal and replace, what a full-on repeal looks like and how party leaders will respond

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 16:24:00 GMT

Big health care news from Washington - again. After two more GOP senators backed out of the latest repeal and replace ACA bill, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is pushing for a straight repeal vote, no replacement. Would this pass? How would it affect the market? What about California? We also look at potential face scans at the airport; how to be honest about depression; and more.

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Ahead of the vote, the environmental and fiscal impacts of extending CA’s cap-and-trade

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 16:33:00 GMT

AirTalk parses through the pros and cons of extending the state's cap-and-trade program before today's California Senate vote. We also debate a new bill that would eliminate the immigration consultant industry in California; does a politician’s infidelity impact how you vote?; and more.

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City councilmember, Crenshaw stakeholder debate revamping Southwest LA shopping center

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 16:39:00 GMT

AirTalk debates the proposed redevelopment of the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza. We also parse through the politics of passing the Senate healthcare bill; review this week's movie releases on FilmWeek; why is it so hard to make a great rom-com?; and more.

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Challenges of reforming Medi-Cal come to light as lawsuit accuses state system of discrimination

Thu, 13 Jul 2017 16:47:00 GMT

AirTalk speaks with attorney Thomas Saenz, whose group, the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund, is suing the state, arguing that low reimbursements for doctors primarily hurt Medi-Cal patients. We also discuss Trump's visit to Paris and the newest version of the GOP health care bill; debate new admissions requirements for UC schools; and more.

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Metro CEO talks low bus ridership, 710 Freeway shutdown and alternatives

Wed, 12 Jul 2017 16:57:00 GMT

AirTalk sits down with L.A. Metro CEO Phil Washington to check in on transportation updates, including efforts to improve bus service and Metro's decision to kill the 710 Freeway tunnel expansion project. We also get the latest GOP reactions to Trump Jr.'s released Russia emails; explore AT&T's involvement in today's net neutrality protest; and more.

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A primer on two new CA environmental proposals

Tue, 11 Jul 2017 16:44:00 GMT

AirTalk breaks down the implications of two state environmental bills proposed yesterday, including one on California's controversial cap-and-trade program. We also discuss the latest surrounding Donald Trump Jr.'s email chain leading up to a meeting with a Russian government attorney; Mosul after ISIS; how to find love after loss; and more.

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Week in Politics: Trump Jr.’s Russian meeting, G20 postmortem and more

Mon, 10 Jul 2017 16:46:00 GMT

Trump joined world leaders at the G20 summit in Hamburg this past week - AirTalk dives into analysis of the events in our latest politics roundup. We also take a look at a California bill that would mandate a minimum age for child marriage; news outlets pushing Congress for exemption to antitrust laws; the revival of vinyl; and more.

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What June’s job numbers say about the California economy and nationwide employment

Fri, 07 Jul 2017 16:52:00 GMT

Jobs numbers for June were released this morning - AirTalk speaks with experts following the story about what these numbers mean and how California fits into the national story. We also speak with Senator Al Franken about his new book; review this week's movie releases on FilmWeek; and more.

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New state bill reignites debate over release of police body camera footage

Thu, 06 Jul 2017 16:40:00 GMT

The CA bill, introduced by Assemblyman Phil Ting (D-San Francisco), would mandate police body camera footage to be publicly released, but is there a way to standardize releases without compromising investigations? We also take a look at the lack of research and regulations behind therapy animals; economic impacts of historically low U.S. fertility rates; your favorite road trip stories; and more.

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How is LA’s new minimum wage impacting you?

Wed, 05 Jul 2017 16:39:00 GMT

AirTalk wants to know how you think the minimum wage hike will affect employment now that Angelenos are making $12 an hour. We also look at U.S. options after North Korea successfully tested an intercontinental ballistic missile with the capacity to reach Alaska; is online therapy comparable to an in-person session?; and more.

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Week in Politics: Trump’s CNN tweet and Senate health care bill

Mon, 03 Jul 2017 16:21:00 GMT

President Trump set off another Twitter storm this weekend after tweeting out a GIF of himself body-slamming CNN. Was it promoting violence? Or is the president allowed to have a sense of humor? We want AirTalk listeners to weigh in on how they process Trump's tweets. We also get the latest on the Senate health care bill; talk cybersecurity with the company that shut down Wannacry; and more.

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CA Secretary of State Alex Padilla on California’s voting system security

Fri, 30 Jun 2017 16:38:00 GMT

Yesterday, the chair of President Trump’s Election Integrity Commission requested voter-roll data from each state, claiming the information will prevent voter-fraud. AirTalk speaks with California Secretary of State Alex Padilla, who says California will not comply with the request. We also discuss opposition to bike lanes; review this week’s movie releases on FilmWeek; and more.

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What to know about legally entering the US as the revised travel ban moves forward

Thu, 29 Jun 2017 16:28:00 GMT

AirTalk parses through the details of the revised travel ban before it goes into effect this evening, including what a “bona fide relationship” means for immigrants and the effects the ban may have on airport travel. We also look back on KPCC favorite Off-Ramp before its last episode airs this weekend; is the Bachelorette’s racial conversation crossing a line?; and more.

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Ransomware returns: Ukraine-based attack hits companies worldwide

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 16:42:00 GMT

The ransomware attack was reported by Microsoft and has infected businesses across Europe, Asia, South America and the U.S. - what's the impact and how is this different from the WannaCry hack last May? We also take a look at the fine line for doctors when it comes to political activism and their response to heated health care reforms; a scathing ACLU report on O.C. jails; and more.

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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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