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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


The impact of Roy Moore’s loss and what’s the latest on the GOP tax plan?

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 17:47:00 GMT

AirTalk parses through the implications of Roy Moore’s loss last night, making Doug Jones the first Democratic senator elected in Alabama since the early 1990s. We also sit down with Tom Steyer, the billionaire and environmentalist leading the “impeach Trump” movement; what has your experience been sharing custody with a former spouse?; and more.

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Lee’s Legacy: Remembering the late San Francisco mayor

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 17:50:00 GMT

AirTalk wants to hear your thoughts and memories of Ed Lee, the first Asian-American mayor of San Francisco, who passed away unexpectedly early this morning. We also parse through a study that shows a connection between teen depression and increased screen time; how should the money donated for victims of the Las Vegas shooting be distributed?; and more.

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Check in on Thomas fire, the 5th largest in Calif. history, and NY subway attack

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 17:28:00 GMT

Early this morning, a man detonated a pipe bomb strapped to his chest in a New York City subway terminal. We check in with an NYC reporter for updates. We also update listeners on the Thomas Fire in Ventura County; host our weekly round table discussion on politics; and more.

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Update on Thomas fire: Over 130,000 acres burned, 10 percent contained

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 17:52:00 GMT

AirTalk brings you the latest on the Thomas fire, the biggest of many wildfires raging across Southern California this week. We also debate whether the infamous cryptocurrency Bitcoin is a good investment or a bubble waiting to burst as prices continue to rise; review this week’s new releases on FilmWeek; and more.

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SoCal fires continue: emergency alert systems, price gouging and latest on Ventura, Skirball

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 17:46:00 GMT

AirTalk brings you the latest on the SoCal fires, including how the state is using smartphone emergency alerts to keep locals up to date. We also discuss Senator Al Franken’s resignation this morning after eight women accused him of sexual misconduct; what California can learn from pioneering states Colorado and Washington about legalizing recreational cannabis?; and more.

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SoCal fires: Updates on Skirball, Thomas, Creek and other fires

Wed, 06 Dec 2017 17:28:00 GMT

AirTalk brings you the latest on all of the fires raging in Southern California, including road closures, evacuation zones and damage. We also debate President Trump's announcement this morning recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital, changing a longstanding U.S. foreign policy position; and more.

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The latest on Ventura and Sylmar fires

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 17:35:00 GMT

Dry, Santa Ana winds have sparked two large fires in Ventura County and the Sylmar area. Both blazes have grown substantially and evacuation orders have been issued. We give you the latest on those areas. We also dive into SCOTUS' oral arguments on the high profile-Masterpiece Cakeshop vs. Colorado Civil Rights Commission case; and more.

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Week in politics: Tax reform, Flynn and the Russian probe, can a president obstruct justice, and more

Mon, 04 Dec 2017 17:45:00 GMT

AirTalk walks you through this week’s political news, including the passage of the Republican Senate tax plan early Saturday and next steps after Michael Flynn pled guilty. We also preview today’s SCOTUS case that could legalize sports betting across the country; after legalization, how should you talk to your kids about pot?; and more.

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Is Michael Flynn’s guilty plea the missing link in the Russian probe?

Fri, 01 Dec 2017 17:50:00 GMT

AirTalk dives into the implications Michael Flynn’s guilty plea could have on the Russia probe. We look at how the Senate tax bill would affect California ahead of today’s vote; review this week’s movie releases on FilmWeek; and more.

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How a new bill could affect whether people carry concealed weapons across state lines

Thu, 30 Nov 2017 17:36:00 GMT

On Wednesday a House committee approved the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act, a law that allows individuals with concealed carry permits to carry their weapons across state lines regardless of how strict a particular state's gun laws are. We dive into the the political dilemma Democratic politicians face when voting on this bill. We also discuss the economic impact of driverless trucks; and more.

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Matt Lauer, Garrison Keillor fired for sexual misconduct

Wed, 29 Nov 2017 17:40:00 GMT

Matt Lauer, host of NBC's "The Today Show," and Garrison Keillor, creator of NPR's "A Prairie Home Companion" have both been fired amid allegations of inappropriate behavior. We discuss the latest details along with the business and cultural effects of the firings. We also get a transportation update from LA Metro's CEO, Phil Washington; look into today's SCOTUS hearings; and more.

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Sexual harassment in the CA Capitol: Latest on Bocanegra resignation, Mendoza suspension and Assembly hearing

Tue, 28 Nov 2017 17:52:00 GMT

The California legislature is reviewing its sexual harassment policies today on the heels of state Senator Mendoza’s removal from his leadership position and Assemblyman Bocanegra’s resignation. We also preview this month’s SCOTUS calendar; should California’s last operating nuclear power plant remain open?; and more.

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Taxing higher ed: How will the GOP tax plan impact graduate students?

Mon, 27 Nov 2017 17:44:00 GMT

The House Republican tax plan aims to tax tuition waivers as income for graduate students, raising questions about how it could affect the viability of higher education. We also round up this week’s political news; dive into the economics of major apparel deals in college sports after UCLA hired head coach Chip Kelly for $23.3 million; and more.

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AirTalk Thanksgiving Weekend Special!

Fri, 24 Nov 2017 18:00:00 GMT

For our post-Thanksgiving Friday episode, we talk about the science of sleep, Joseph Lister's transformation of Victorian medicine, the unlikely friendship between Buffalo Bill and Sitting Bull, plus a rerun of our last FilmWeek critics' reviews and conversation with the Oscar-winning composer of "Coco." Happy holidays!

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Uber finds itself in damage control mode, again, after mega data theft admission

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 17:45:00 GMT

AirTalk dives into the basics of damage control after Uber revealed it paid $100,000 to hackers who stole 57 million users’ private information in 2016. We also look at how small businesses handle sexual harassment claims as more high-profile accusations come out; review this week’s movie releases on FilmWeek; and more.

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Pasadena, Inglewood want to implement rent control. But is that the best way to control high rent prices?

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 17:36:00 GMT

Activists in Pasadena and Inglewood are pushing rent control initiatives in order to quell LA's persistent rent spikes. KPCC's Josie Huang lays out the story as AirTalk guests debate its pro's and con's. We also examine popular dating app Bumble's foray into online business networking; delve into why the DOJ believes Harvard University to be discriminating against Asian-Americans; and more.

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Week in Politics: North Korea, sexual harassment claims in DC and Sacramento, more

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 17:37:00 GMT

AirTalk walks you through this week’s political news, including President Trump’s intention to declare North Korea a state sponsor of terror and Al Franken’s second accuser of sexual misconduct. We also speak with a Manson family member after the murderous cult leader died Sunday; what would you do if a close friend or longtime colleague is accused of sexual misconduct?; and more.

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Should Franken and Moore be ousted? Accountability, personal values and the most pragmatic path forward

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 17:47:00 GMT

After Sen. Al Franken was accused of sexual harassment, many Democrats are struggling with the same dilemma Republicans face regarding Roy Moore: follow ethics and call for his resignation, or support him because he’ll vouch for their values in office? We also review this week’s releases on FilmWeek; are smart toys changing how children interact with humans?; and more.

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New regulations for CA law enforcement to prevent racial profiling – but are they practical?

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 17:41:00 GMT

In an attempt to curb racial profiling, California law enforcement officers will begin to collect demographic data from all drivers and pedestrians they pull over. We debate the pro's and con's, as well as the practicalities, of the endeavor. We also look into the current challenges the NFL faces; update listeners on the House's tax plan, set to come to a vote today; and more.

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Is the NorCal shooting a textbook case for how schools should handle similar incidents?

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 17:31:00 GMT

When a gunman opened fire on a Rancho Tehama elementary school, the school's lockdown and classroom protocol helped prevent extensive injuries and loss of lives. We discuss the influence of the security measures used. We also mull over the proposal of an all-online community college in California; consider future discipline the UCLA basketball players arrested in China may face; and more.

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As Weinstein, Spacey seek treatment post-scandals, examining the efficacy of sex rehab

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 17:50:00 GMT

AirTalk debates the effectiveness of sex addiction treatment after Harvey Weinstein and Kevin Spacey entered the same rehab facility following multiple allegations of sexual assault. We also dive into the latest news out of D.C.; what are your questions for Scott Kelly, who has spent the most time of any astronauts living in space? and more.

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SCOTUS to hear challenge to CA law that requires pregnancy centers to post abortion information

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 17:42:00 GMT

This morning, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear a case challenging a California law that requires anti-abortion crisis pregnancy centers to provide information about abortion and other services. We also parse through the week’s political news; on World Kindness Day, what is the kindest thing a stranger has done for you?; and more.

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The Roy Moore allegations and the GOP response

Fri, 10 Nov 2017 17:55:00 GMT

AirTalk analyzes the Republican response to the Washington Post’s interview with a woman who said Alabama senate candidate Roy Moore initiated a sexual encounter when she was 14 and he was 32. We also check in on California standardized testing after last year’s scores flatlined; review this weekend's movie releases on FilmWeek; and more.

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Flying ambulances, space robots and AI ethics: we go inside Caltech’s new drone center

Thu, 09 Nov 2017 17:39:00 GMT

AirTalk fill-in host John Rabe takes a tour of Caltech's Center for Autonomous Systems and Technolgies (CAST), where scientists develop and test drones and machines equipped with artificial intelligence. We also explore the corporatization of pop-up shops; discuss USC's upcoming speaker series on underground Los Angeles; and more.

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West Hollywood, Pasadena approve divergent new regs on marijuana

Wed, 08 Nov 2017 17:52:00 GMT

AirTalk sits down with the mayor pro tempore of West Hollywood and the mayor of Pasadena as both cities move forward in regulating recreational marijuana. We also parse through a new Pew Research Center report on the vast divides between and inside the major U.S. political parties; is there a correct way to correct others?; and more.

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Tipping point? Labor Department may rollback Obama-era rule mandating that tips are property of servers, not employers

Tue, 07 Nov 2017 17:52:00 GMT

AirTalk debates pooling tips between wait and kitchen staff at restaurants as the Trump administration looks to overturn a rule keeping the two separate. We also look at the future of hyperlocal news after the LAist shut down and LA Weekly was sold; what makes a good diverse ad?; and more.

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New details emerge from Texas’ deadliest mass shooting in history

Mon, 06 Nov 2017 17:56:00 GMT

AirTalk dives into the latest on yesterday’s mass shooting at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, including the threatening messages gunman Devin Kelley sent his mother-in-law, who attended the targeted church. We also parse through the political news you need to know this week and more.

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Local economists break down impact of GOP tax plan on Southern Californians and LA housing market

Fri, 03 Nov 2017 16:56:00 GMT

What will the new tax plan mean for California? We discuss its local implications and effects. We also dive into new research on heart stents; review the latest movies coming out this weekend on FilmWeek; and more.

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Debating the newly unveiled GOP tax plan and its chance at passage

Thu, 02 Nov 2017 16:44:00 GMT

AirTalk brings you three analysts across the political spectrum to parse through the details of the House tax plan; plus, what are its chances of passing? We also mourn last night’s painful Dodger loss, resulting in the Astros’ first World Series win in franchise history; has the #MeToo hashtag gone too far?; and more.

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Security, diversity lottery, vetting: The latest on the NYC attack

Wed, 01 Nov 2017 16:40:00 GMT

Yesterday's terror attack was the first in New York since 9/11, and suspected culprit Sayfullo Saipov has claimed influence from ISIS as a motive. We update you with the latest from the city and shed insight on the aftermath. In light of Nov. 1, we also outline the basics on Covered CA; bid "adieu" to the millennial generation as the youngest Gen Z-er's turn 18; and more.

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What’s being done to change the ‘pervasive’ culture of sexual harassment at California’s Capitol

Tue, 31 Oct 2017 16:47:00 GMT

More than 300 women working in Sacramento have signed a letter denouncing the culture of sexual harassment in state politics – AirTalk dives into the latest on the complaint, including the Senate hearings coming up next month. We also ask callers to share the most offensive Halloween costumes they’ve ever seen ahead of tonight’s festivities; should CA prisoners be allowed to vote?; and more.

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The latest on the Manafort indictment, plus the timeline of the now infamous dossier

Mon, 30 Oct 2017 16:38:00 GMT

AirTalk dives into the latest on the Russia probe, including this morning’s indictment of former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort and revelations of Democratic ties to the company behind the Trump dossier. We also reflect on last night’s heart-stopping Dodger loss; what did you think of Kevin Spacey’s response to the allegations of sexual misconduct?; and more.

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JFK assassination files released. So...what’s in there?

Fri, 27 Oct 2017 16:21:00 GMT

AirTalk dives into the latest on JFK after the federal government released thousands of previously classified files on the 1963 assassination. We also parse through the possible effects of CVS’ plans to buy health insurance company Aetna; review this week’s movie releases on FilmWeek; and more.

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University of California launches center to study the 1st amendment

Thu, 26 Oct 2017 16:30:00 GMT

In response to recent student protests and reactions against campus Republicans, the UC system has developed the National Center for Free Speech and Civic Engagement to better define student attitudes towards the 1st amendment. We discuss the controversies and origins of this venture; we also tease out the 49er's announcement that they are advocating against gun accessories; and more.

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With Flake, Corker’s criticism of Trump, what’s next for the GOP

Wed, 25 Oct 2017 16:32:00 GMT

AirTalk looks ahead after Arizona senator Jeff Flake announced his retirement yesterday in a speech clearly denouncing Trump’s leadership of the GOP. We also discuss Iran’s recent nuclear decertification with a former U.S. ambassador; dive into a potentially groundbreaking lawsuit that could make street art legally protected from destruction; and more.

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AirTalk asks: what are your extravagant plans to watch the World Series?

Tue, 24 Oct 2017 16:46:00 GMT

T minus 7 hours until Game 1 of the World Series and the pressure is on to find that perfect viewing situation. No plans yet? No problem. Get inspired as we open the phones to hear how listeners will be watching the Dodgers (or, okay, the Astros) tonight. We also speak with renown restaurant critic Jonathan Gold regarding his latest "101 Best Restaurants" list; debate the methods used in gun violence studies; and more.

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How an earthquake could affect the Aliso Canyon gas storage field

Mon, 23 Oct 2017 16:49:00 GMT

It's been two years since Aliso Canyon's devastating gas leak, and concerns have come to the fore regarding the facility's ability to safely withstand an earthquake. KPCC reporter Sharon McNary joins AirTalk to discuss the details of these concerns and how Porter Ranch has been fairing these last couple of years. We also discuss the week in politics; dive into details of the JFK documents Trump is threatening to release; and more.

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Dodgers, baby, Dodgers

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 16:39:00 GMT

AirTalk takes your calls after the Dodgers clinched the National League Championship Series last night, sending them to the World Series for the first time since 1988. We also debate a new bill Gov. Brown signed this week that will allow Californians to get a gender-neutral birth certificate as soon as 2018; review this week’s movie releases on FilmWeek; and more.

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Adam Schiff on re-introducing the Rim of the Valley Preservation Act

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 16:41:00 GMT

As of yesterday, the Rim of the Valley Corridor Preservation Act has seen renewed life. We delve into details of the bill, which hopes to add 191,000 acres to the Santa Monica Mountains, and inquire into the potential pushback from local communities. We also explain tips for earthquake preparedness; converse with author Jessica Bruder on her latest book "Nomadland"; and more.

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LAPD Chief Beck: LAPD’s new drone program, event security post-Las Vegas, and more

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 16:42:00 GMT

LAPD Chief Charlie Beck joins Larry for his monthly check-in with the next steps regarding the LAPD’s drone policies after its one-year pilot program was approved yesterday. We also debate a proposal to ban items like pepper spray and gas masks at Los Angeles protests; sit down with the Lakers General Manager Rob Pelinka ahead of tomorrow’s season opener against the Clippers; and more.

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