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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


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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Should California spur on the shift to electric vehicles or follow the industry?

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 16:35:00 GMT

San Francisco assemblyman Phil Ting has proposed a bill that would ban gas or diesel-fueled cars by 2040. Though Ting's bill sounds extreme, auto makers have long expressed a decreased interest in diesel cars, sparking a debate on whether lawmakers are falling behind on industry trends. We also get the latest on Raqqa and its political future; explore the roles of power lines in California wildfires; and more.

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Week in Politics: Divisions within the GOP, Iran nuclear deal gets decertified, NAFTA is being renegotiated and more

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 16:24:00 GMT

The start of the week brings a whole new list of political happenings that need mulling over: a battle of the IQ's between Trump and Rex Tillerson, Steve Bannon declaring internal "war" on the GOP, the decertification of the Iran nuclear deal, and more. We also look into the realities actors face in speaking out against major studio heads; discuss Ron Chernow's new biography with the author himself; and more.

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Following executive order undoing ACA insurance rules, Trump goes after key subsidies

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 16:49:00 GMT

AirTalk parses through the impact on California healthcare after President Trump announced he will stop paying subsidies to health insurance companies that help pay medical costs for low-income patients. We also preview the Dodgers’s National League Championship Series opener against the Chicago Cubs Saturday; review this week’s new releases on FilmWeek; and more.

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What Trump’s new executive order means for the ACA and Covered CA

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 16:36:00 GMT

AirTalk dives into the local implications of Trump’s executive order, which allows small businesses to buy plans that are cheaper – but provide less coverage – than plans under the ACA. We also debate the state’s revised regulations aimed to get self-driving cars on the road by June 2018; how will admitting girls to some Boy Scouts programs change both organizations?; and more.

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‘Zero percent contained’: Latest on Sonoma and Napa fires

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 16:54:00 GMT

AirTalk gets the latest from Northern California as wildfires continue to burn for a third day, leaving 17 dead and scorching more than 100,000 acres. We also explore crazy or unlikely start-up ideas after reports that Amazon is in talks to deliver packages inside your home while you are gone; where do you stand on NFL commissioner’s anthem demands?; and more.

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What’s the future of Gov. Jerry Brown’s delta tunnel project?

Tue, 10 Oct 2017 16:25:00 GMT

AirTalk debates funding Gov. Brown’s $17-million plan to build tunnels under the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta ahead of the Metropolitan Water District’s vote this afternoon. We also dive into a new report that the LASD has been allowing ICE to access information on soon-to-be-released inmates; who is the LA Times’s new editor in chief?; and more.

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How Dianne Feinstein’s re-election bid encapsulates the divide within the Democratic Party

Mon, 09 Oct 2017 16:48:00 GMT

Senator Feinstein announced this morning that she would be running for re-election, sprouting debate within her party on whether or not she's fit for a fifth term. We examine the arguments for and against, while also discussing the weekend's politics, including the latest on DACA, Trump vs. Corker, and the EPA's decision to ease up on coal-fired power plants; we also dive into the history of sexism in Hollywood; and more.

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GOP and NRA turn on the bump stock: the politics and mechanics of gun modifications

Fri, 06 Oct 2017 16:53:00 GMT

AirTalk dives into the implications of unexpected support from the GOP and NRA in regulating gun modifications, like the bump stock Las Vegas gunman Stephen Paddock used Sunday night. We also look into the concept of rehabilitation after USC’s new medical dean resigned over a 14-year-old sexual assault lawsuit; review this week’s new releases on FilmWeek; and more.

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In wake of Sunday’s shooting, stories from Las Vegas

Thu, 05 Oct 2017 16:33:00 GMT

AirTalk teams up with sister affiliate KNPR to bring you stories from the Las Vegas community as the country attempts to cope with the largest mass shooting in U.S. history. We also debate new state regulations that will not require Uber and Lyft drivers to submit their fingerprints, as taxi drivers do; preview the Dodgers’ postseason before it kicks off against the Diamondbacks tomorrow; and more.

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The latest on Vegas as city prepares for Trump visit

Wed, 04 Oct 2017 16:49:00 GMT

In the wake of Trump's visit to Las Vegas, we check in with local reporter Michael Scott Davidson for updates on the president's visit and how the city is handling. We also discuss LAX renovations; speak with author Lenora Chu; and more.

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After Las Vegas shooting, a look at the controversy over gun modifications

Tue, 03 Oct 2017 16:51:00 GMT

As the mass shooting in Las Vegas lends a new urgency to the gun control debate, AirTalk discusses the legality and arguments surrounding the types of gun modifications allegedly used by Stephen Paddock on Sunday. We also dive into 37 new bills signed by Governor Brown; take a moment to remember the great Tom Petty; and more.

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AirTalk special coverage: Las Vegas shooting

Mon, 02 Oct 2017 16:59:00 GMT

Last night, a lone gunman opened fire on country music fans at the Route 91 Festival in Las Vegas, killing more than 50 people and injuring hundreds more in the deadliest shooting in U.S. history. AirTalk parses through what this means for the country’s ongoing gun control debate; the effect this has on you as a concert-goer; what makes an attack domestic terrorism?; and more.

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Should CA textbooks highlight that certain historical figures had same-sex partners?

Fri, 29 Sep 2017 16:49:00 GMT

Gay rights groups are recommending that textbooks highlight when historical figures had same-sex partners, but could the use of such markers backfire by further alienating LGBTQ figures from the “norm”? We also discuss homeland security’s monitoring of immigrants’ social media accounts; review this week’s movie releases on FilmWeek; and more.

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Remembering Hugh Hefner, the original playboy

Thu, 28 Sep 2017 16:44:00 GMT

It's the end of a cultural era with the Death of Hugh Hefner. We discuss the mogul's legacy and take calls from people who were affected by the man and his work. We also check-in on the SCOTUS agenda for what’s shaping up to be legendary term in October 2017; and more.

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A look ahead on the economic impact of Trump’s tax plan

Wed, 27 Sep 2017 16:47:00 GMT

In anticipation of Trump unveiling his new tax plan this afternoon, AirTalk discusses the potential political and economic impacts of the proposal. We also examine the decline in U.S. entrepreneurship; receive updates on Puerto Rico and the territory's need for hurricane relief; and more.

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