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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


California's quest to save the Salton Sea

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 16:50:00 GMT

The largest lake in CA might be on its way to recovery, now that the California Natural Resources Agency announced a 10 year, $383 million plan; House Republicans are scheduled to vote on the GOP’s proposal to replace the Affordable Care Act today; plus, Larry and film critics review the week's newest films, including "Power Rangers;" and more.

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New bill calls for California to be a 'sanctuary state' for the cannabis industry

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 16:50:00 GMT

Six California legislators introduced a bill that would prohibit law enforcement from helping federal drug agents arrest and investigate marijuana license holders in the state - we hear the debate from proposing and opposing sides. We also cover the latest on today's healthcare vote, yesterday's special education SCOTUS ruling; and more.

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Mayor Garcetti expands illegal immigration executive order for the city of Los Angeles

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 16:44:00 GMT

On Tuesday Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti expanded Special Order 40, the LAPD's ban on stopping people suspected of living in the country illegally, to now apply to the Fire Department, Airport Police and Port Police. How has Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) responded? We also cover the Sierra snowpack overload and concerns of flooding; and more.

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Allowing the terminally ill the 'right to try' non-FDA approved drugs as a last hope

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 16:48:00 GMT

This year, California adopted the ‘right-to-try’ law, which lets terminally ill patients access experimental therapies that haven’t been fully approved by the FDA - we debate the pros and cons. We also cover day two of Judge Neil Gorsuch's confirmation hearings; the impact of video games on male adolescent careers; and more.

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Will Democrats push back on SCOTUS nominee Neil Gorsuch?

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 16:49:00 GMT

Senate confirmation hearings are underway for President Trump's pick to fill the late Justice Antonin Scalia's seat, which has been vacant for more than a year. Will partisan politics block Judge Neil Gorsuch's nomination? We also cover the latest on FBI Director James Comey's Russia investigations statements; how to handle bullying as a parent; and more.

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Are we prepared for a nuclear threat from North Korea?

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 16:32:00 GMT

During his official trip to Asia, Rex Tillerson has said all options are on the table in terms of dealing with a nuclear threat from North Korea - how serious is that threat? Are we unprepared?; ex-convicts want their felonies off job applications; plus, we discuss the latest films and the coming barrage of Disney live-action remakes.

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Is California ready for driverless cars in 2018?

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 16:47:00 GMT

The DMV issued proposed rules last week giving the go-ahead to road-test self-driving cars - would you feel comfortable with driverless cars on CA roads as soon as 2018?; plus, we look at Trump's "America First" budget proposal, as well as the H-1B visa under Trump; and more.

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Conservatives split three ways: 'Never Trumpers,' 'Ever Trumpers' and 'Safe Space'

Wed, 15 Mar 2017 16:49:00 GMT

This is how Tevi Troy describes the new GOP landscape under the Trump administration - we take a deeper look at the evolution of the right, along with updates on the Yahoo mega-hack, the latest on the travel ban, our monthly check-in with LAPD Chief Beck; and more.

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A liberal and a conservative analyze the CBO's review of the GOP health care plan

Tue, 14 Mar 2017 16:48:00 GMT

The nonpartisan CBO weighed in with its review of the effects of the American Health Care Act - we get a conservative and liberal to analyze the analysis and discuss the future of healthcare in America; plus, dating after the death of a spouse; and more.

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Would 'debt-free' college really work in California?

Mon, 13 Mar 2017 16:54:00 GMT

A group of Democrats in the CA assembly thinks nearly 400,000 UC and Cal State students should get public funds to help pay their living expenses. They say it would cost around $1.6 billion a year, but critics don't believe free tuition allows aid to go where it's most needed. Plus, the Congressional Budget Office releases its analysis of the proposed ACA replacement today; and more.

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End-of-the-week politics round-up, Uber’s 2017 & TGI-FilmWeek!

Fri, 10 Mar 2017 17:10:00 GMT

Jobs numbers, the drop in border crossings, Trump’s pick for ambassador to Russia and more - we round up the latest in politics; will Uber rebound from its 2017 scandals and what is the brand’s holding power with millennials?; plus, Larry and KPCC film critics review new films, such as “Kong: Skull Island” and “Personal Shopper.” TGI-FilmWeek!

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Tuesday election apathy, what the Obamacare replacement means for CA & how voice assistants shape kids

Thu, 09 Mar 2017 17:50:00 GMT

At just 11.45 percent, the March 7 Los Angeles election turnout was historically low – what happened?; we look at how the House GOP’s plan to replace the Affordable Care Act could impact enrollees in California; how does using voice assistants like Siri and Alexa in the home impact child development?; and more.

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Garcetti discusses reelection, making sense of the WikiLeaks cyberhacking dump & logical fallacies

Wed, 08 Mar 2017 17:44:00 GMT

Eric Garcetti was overwhelmingly reelected as mayor – we talk to him about his win and what’s next for LA; WikiLeaks released information about the CIA’s strategies for hacking personal devices – we discuss the implications of the info dump; you’ve encountered logical fallacies when arguing with friends and family – now we want you to share them with AirTalk; and more.

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GOP unveils ACA replacement plan, why is Metro ridership on a decline & Wendy's new self-serving kiosks

Tue, 07 Mar 2017 17:35:00 GMT

House Republicans have finally revealed their legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act - we dive into the "American Health Care Act;" we check in with Metro CEO Phil Washington on the latest measures and changes; Wendy's is replacing workers with self-serving kiosks - pros and cons?; and more.

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Trump’s new executive order on immigration, a check-in on the CA high-speed rail & the history of sleep

Mon, 06 Mar 2017 17:43:00 GMT

President Trump just signed a new executive order regarding immigration – will this version of the travel ban withstand legal challenge?; what’s the future of the CA high-speed rail after Trump’s blocked key funding?; plus, we look at the history of sleep and insomnia.

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What's next for Sessions, Trump praises merit-based immigration system & TGI-FilmWeek!

Fri, 03 Mar 2017 17:55:00 GMT

Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself yesterday - but some are calling for the use of a special prosecutor; Trump signaled he might shift to merit-based immigration - how that would be reflected in an executive order; plus Larry and KPCC critics review the week's latest films, including "Logan" and "Before I Fall," as well as the best social thrillers. TGI-FilmWeek!

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New Russia allegations surrounding Sessions & AirTalk's #VoterCramSession for LA

Thu, 02 Mar 2017 17:45:00 GMT

We bring you the latest on Attorney General Jeff Sessions' Russia allegations; plus, AirTalk's voter cram session is here to prep you on L.A.'s March 7 primary and May 16 general election, including a deep dive on Measure S and Measure H.

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Recapping Trump's joint address, LA mayoral candidate Mitchell Schwartz & how to teach your kids to be smart with money

Wed, 01 Mar 2017 17:48:00 GMT

It wasn't a "State of the Union," but a joint Congress heard President Trump's address Tuesday night - we recap and breakdown the highlights; Mitchell Schwartz is LA Mayor Eric Garcetti's biggest contender for the upcoming election - what is his vision for LA and how would he accomplish it?; you can teach your kids to be financially savvy, even if you're not; and more.

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Previewing President Trump's joint address to Congress, LA Mayor Garcetti's first term & checking in with Sheriff McDonnell

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 17:34:00 GMT

President Trump will address his first joint session of Congress tonight; LA Mayor Eric Garcetti is campaigning for reelection - what has his tenure achieved for Angelenos so far? He stops by AirTalk's studio; we check in with Sheriff McDonnell on the latest issues LASD is tackling, including Metro's new security plan; and more.

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Monday politics roundup, the ethics of anonymous sources & your Oscars reactions

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 17:44:00 GMT

We update you on the latest in politics, including the new head of the DNC and the upcoming State of the Union; last week, Trump blasted the media's use of anonymous sources - we debate the ethics of the practice; what were your reactions to the 2017 Oscars?; and more.

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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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