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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


Election Stress Disorder 101, new Catholic guidelines for cremation & the debate on Prop 61

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 17:32:00 GMT

It's been a stressful cycle of 2016 presidential election news - how have you been coping? We hear from listeners about how they've handled the inundation of campaign scandals and vitriol from candidates, and ways to combat unhealthy fatigue; the Vatican released new cremation regulations on how the ashes of loved ones shouldn't be kept in home or scattered; and we dive into Prop 61 over prescription drug coverage reform, one of the most highly debated measures in California.

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What’s the deal with ballot box selfies, STI hikes in CA & the LA Supervisors District 4 Debate

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 17:54:00 GMT

Justin Timberlake’s selfie at a Tennessee voting booth raised concerns over vote buying and legality – we dive into the issue; the CDC’s new report shows a spike in CA’s STI numbers; why women choose to change or keep their surnames; plus, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors has two seat openings – we host debates for the candidates.

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We check in with Metro CEO, should babies sleep in the same room as parents & why Obamacare will face hikes this year

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 17:44:00 GMT

We talk to Metro CEO Phil Washington about the expo line, bike share programs and more; should infants sleep in the same room as parents? According to a new recommendation released yesterday, it significantly reduces chances of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome; we analyze Obamacare’s double-digit premium hikes; plus, what is ‘speaking American?’ A look at dialect variations and colloquialisms.

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AirTalk politics roundup, what the big AT&T-Time Warner merge means for you & should journalists contribute $ to campaigns?

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 17:28:00 GMT

We roundup the latest election news, including where key national congressional races are currently at, what Clinton's surging poll numbers mean and more WikiLeaks documents released; should journalists have the right to donate to political campaigns as private citizens, or are they obligated to neutrally refrain?; and what AT&T's $85.4 billion buyout for Time Warner means for everyday consumers.

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Philippine president wants to cut ties with US, should LAUSD permit after-school Satan club & TGI-FilmWeek!

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 17:47:00 GMT

Philippine President Duterte announced that he wants to sever ties with the U.S. – but what, exactly, does that mean?; potential flooding could spell bad news for L.A. River restoration plans; LAUSD rejected an after-school Satan club in an elementary school – was this the right decision?; plus, Larry and KPCC film critics review ‘Jack Reacher,’ ‘Moonlight’ and more. TGI-FilmWeek!

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The final presidential debate, Prop 60's controversy over condoms & a window into Jewish humor

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 17:45:00 GMT

We dive into analysis of the third and final presidential debate - the candidates who began the evening without a handshake were asked about SCOTUS, immigration reform, their latest campaign scandals, and more - and what exactly did Trump mean about Florida?; the controversy over Prop 60's mandate to use condoms in adult films; and a chat with KQED's FORUM host Michael Krasny, a veteran of Jewish wit and humor.

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Should police be on school campuses, the fight against robocalls & how Ang Lee's movie-making experiment might change cinema

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 17:47:00 GMT

According to a new ACLU study, many CA school districts outsource disciplinary action to police, to negative effect – is there value to police presence on campus?; we check in with LAPD Chief Beck on reforms and transparency demands; the latest on the FCC’s task force to fight robocalls; and Ang Lee's new film was shot at 120 frames-per-second - what that means for movie storytelling.

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Police chief apologizes for mistreating minorities, plus the ethics behind addictive tech-devices

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 17:36:00 GMT

The president of the International Association of Chiefs of Police issued a public apology for historical mistreatment of minorities at the IACP's annual conference in San Diego; why are tech-devices so addictive and do product designers have an ethical obligation to take the Hippocratic oath; and, what's it like to travel to space not once, but twice?

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Rigged election claims and groping allegations, the latest on the fight for Mosul & the neuroscience behind cursing

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 17:49:00 GMT

The latest election news, including Trump's rigged election claims and how both campaigns are spinning Trump’s sexual assault allegations; the operation to retake Mosul from the Islamic State group; and why do we curse? We dive into what expletives reveal about language and our brains.

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DOJ will track police killings, how do you define ‘freedom’ & TGI-FilmWeek!

Fri, 14 Oct 2016 17:45:00 GMT

Attorney General Loretta Lynch said the DOJ will gather data on police use of fatal force – is this a step in the right direction? Does it go far enough?; as part of our ‘Nation Engaged’ series, we explore what ‘freedom’ means in 2016 America; Larry and KPCC film critics review the latest releases, including ‘The Accountant’ and ‘Certain Women; plus, we look at fictional portrayals of the afterlife. TGI-FilmWeek!

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What La Niña means for SoCal's drought, new Trump groping allegations & the LA BOS 5th District debate

Thu, 13 Oct 2016 17:45:00 GMT

We examine the impact of La Niña's upcoming arrival during Southern California's ongoing drought and why weather patterns are hard to predict; New York Times just released two testimonials from women who allege Trump sexually violated them years ago; Plus, the race for the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors' open seats and a recap of last night's 5th District debate at the Crawford Family Forum with Larry Mantle.

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Officer reactions to new LAPD reforms, Mars by 2030s & the shortlist for CA's next Attorney General

Wed, 12 Oct 2016 17:50:00 GMT

We discuss yesterday's sweeping reform decisions from the L.A. Police Commission, including a faster response for releasing body-cam footage and more de-escalation trainings; President Obama writes about an ambitious but continued desire for the U.S. to reach Mars in the next 20 years; and the new pick for California's Attorney General may solely be in the hands of Gov. Jerry Brown.

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The GOP fallout, Apple and Samsung go to court & we debate Prop 58

Tue, 11 Oct 2016 17:52:00 GMT

Trump’s tape instigated a wave of GOP defections – what this means for down ballot races; amidst a divisive political season, how to settle (or set aside) political arguments with loved ones; Samsung was found guilty of infringing on Apple’s intellectual property – now the SCOTUS will decide how much Samsung has to pay; and should schools teach students in their native language? We look at the pros and cons of Prop 58.

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The second presidential debate, NBC's stall to release Trump tape & what is 'locker room talk'?

Mon, 10 Oct 2016 17:45:00 GMT

We round up a full weekend of breaking news surrounding the 2016 presidential election with analysis of last night's Clinton-Trump debate; How Washington Post was able to beat out NBC's "Access Hollywood" footage release of Trump's vulgar, sexual comments about women; Plus, what exactly defines "locker room talk"?

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What’s going on with Hurricane Matthew, how legal recreational pot will affect driving & TGI-FilmWeek!

Fri, 07 Oct 2016 17:51:00 GMT

We bring you the latest on Hurricane Matthew as it hurtles past Florida’s Atlantic coast; Prop 64 may legalize recreational pot this November, but how will California deal with driving under the influence of marijuana?; plus, Larry and KPCC film critics review this week’s releases, including ‘The Birth of a Nation,’ ‘The Girl on the Train’ and more. TGI-FilmWeek!

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CA’s Senate race debate, the pros and cons of Prop 59 & is craft beer in trouble?

Thu, 06 Oct 2016 17:49:00 GMT

We recap the one and only debate between U.S. Senate candidates Kamala Harris and Loretta Sanchez; is it worth it for California homeowners to install solar panels?; the pros and cons of Prop 59; and craft breweries are enjoying popularity, but are there enough specialty hops to keep them afloat?

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Recap of the VP debate, the link between the pill and depression & top TV shows of all time

Wed, 05 Oct 2016 17:51:00 GMT

We analyze last night’s Pence-Kaine VP debate and what it means for both campaigns; a new study links hormonal birth control to depression – we dive into the implications; an update on California's controversial bullet train proposals; and Rolling Stone released their top 100 TV show picks – do you agree with their list?

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SCOTUS in 2016, the debate over anonymity for rape accusers' names & CA's ballot breakdown

Tue, 04 Oct 2016 17:30:00 GMT

We take a look at the Supreme Court's 2016 term - high profile criminal cases, questions about racial bias and the still empty seat after the late Justice Antonin Scalia; two lawyers discuss the ethics and legality behind releasing rape accusers' names in court; what Prop 65, 67 and 57 mean for California's ballot; Plus, why we don't talk to strangers on the subway and one group campaigning for a change.

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Trump’s taxes go public, analysis of CA's latest officer-involved fatalities & our tribute to Vin Scully

Mon, 03 Oct 2016 17:47:00 GMT

The New York Times published Trump’s tax documents from 1995 on Saturday – we discuss what that means for the campaign, as well as the ethical and legal implications of media releasing information; California's recent string of officer-involved fatalities in El Cajon, South LA, Pasadena and Sacramento spur more protests statewide; Plus, a special tribute to legendary Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully.

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Inside USA Today’s decision to anti-endorse Trump, earthquake swarms & TGI-FilmWeek!

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 17:46:00 GMT

USA Today’s editorial board made an unprecedented move to advise the public against voting for Trump – we take a look at how they came to the decision; A geologist explains how the Salton Sea quake swarm could have triggered ‘the big one’; Colombian citizens vote Sunday on a peace treaty to end the FARC conflict – can the treaty be effective? Plus KPCC film critics join Larry Mantle to talk about this week’s releases.

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North Hollywood man kidnaps in broad daylight, nightmare airline passengers on the rise & the debate on Prop HHH

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 17:45:00 GMT

We discuss the disturbing video footage of a North Hollywood man kidnapping a woman in broad daylight and potential bystander apathy; the year-to-year increase in unruly passenger behavior on airplanes; what Prop HHH would mean for LA's homeless; plus, maybe the secret to marriage is not marriage at all - but cohabiting?

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Kerry's ultimatum to Russia, the gender linguistics of Monday's debate and re-imagining LA's historical buildings

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 18:00:00 GMT

Today on AirTalk, the impact of U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry's threat to cut ties with Russia on ending Syrian civil war; a look at the dynamic of Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton interrupting one another in Monday's debate; and how historical buildings in Los Angeles can keep pace with the march of progress.

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Post-debate analysis, how to solve veteran suicide hotline shortcomings & Snapchat's new glasses

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 18:00:00 GMT

We host a roundtable to recap and analyze Monday's Clinton-Trump debate; more than a third of calls to the Veteran Affairs suicide hotline go unanswered - we dive into why and what can be done about it; plus, Snapchat unveils a pair of specs - will they go the way of google glass?

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Your pre-debate prep, service animals on planes & how pot might be taxed if Prop 64 passes

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 17:56:00 GMT

We take a look at each candidate's strategy and prep as they gear up for tonight's debate; airlines are seeking to limit the types of service animals allowed on planes but disability rights advocates are pushing back; Long Beach has proposed a new general tax to local businesses that distribute marijuana - some wonder if it could be a bellwether; Plus, we dive into the new venues added to L.A.'s Olympic bid.

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Tulsa and the rhetoric surrounding recent police shootings, SoCal’s plan to reduce smog & TGI-FilmWeek!

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 17:52:00 GMT

We talk about the charges facing the Tulsa Police Officer who shot and killed an unarmed black man last Friday, as well as the rhetoric surrounding recent police shootings; SoCal vehicle registration fees may be hiked in an effort to pay for smog reduction programs – how much are you willing to pay to meet mandated emission cuts?; plus KPCC film critics join Larry Mantle to talk about the week’s newest releases, and we pay tribute to the late Curtis Hanson.

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Latest on Charlotte, the proposal for a driverless LA & the intersection of race and wealth in SoCal

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 17:49:00 GMT

Protests have continued in Charlotte over the police shooting of a black man on Tuesday – the police chief said he plans to show the video of the shooting to the man’s family but not to the public – we bring you the latest developments; a new proposal to make L.A. an autonomous transit city by 2035 – what will it take?; and we look at how race and class are intertwined, and the implications for SoCal.

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Rome’s out – what that means for LA’s Olympic bid, Trump’s charity scandal & the impact of presidential candidates' economic plans for SoCal

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 17:51:00 GMT

Rome is withdrawing for the 2024 Olympic bid after mayor Raggi called the bid financially irresponsible – what does that mean for L.A.?; according to the Washington Post, Trump used his foundation’s funds for a personal legal settlement – we take a closer look; plus, we host an economic roundtable to analyze the presidential candidates’ economic plans and their implications for SoCal.

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Wells Fargo CEO in the hot seat, Santa Barbara considers total ban on lawn watering & should In-N-Out add a veggie burger??

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 17:58:00 GMT

Wells Fargo CEO John Stumpf testifies before the Senate about the 2-million accounts opened on behalf of unknowing customers – we debate, is the bank too big to manage? Santa Barbara will vote on an outdoor watering ban today – a first in California – a landscaper describes what that would look like; and should In-N-Out adapt to changing times and add a veggie option to its menu, or would that be a slippery slope of bending to the latest whims of customers?

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Candidates respond to weekend terrorist attacks; tracking the money behind CA props & what should be the role of late night hosts in a presidential election?

Mon, 19 Sep 2016 17:48:00 GMT

How Clinton & Trump are responding to the weekend terrorist attacks; a look at where the money for California's many propositions are coming from; the latest on the Syrian non-ceasefire and what went wrong; Plus, listeners weigh in on the controversy over Jimmy Fallon’s soft treatment of Donald Trump.

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What you should know about the Samsung recall, is the Academy ageist & TGI-FilmWeek!

Fri, 16 Sep 2016 17:44:00 GMT

2.5 million Samsung Galaxy Note 7 phones were called back after users said their devices caught fire while charging, but the recall has faced stumbling blocks – we dive into what happened and what went wrong; post #OscarsSoWhite, the Academy is stripping inactive members of Oscar voting rights, but one 91-year-old man wants to fight back; and KPCC film critics join Larry Mantle to talk about the week’s newest releases, as well as ageism in Hollywood.

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Debating prostate cancer options, new college rankings & making a No.1 album in the streaming age

Thu, 15 Sep 2016 18:02:00 GMT

A new study shows that men with early prostate cancer who closely monitor their disease are as likely to survive 10 years as those who choose treatment - we delve into the debate: to treat or not to treat?; U.S. News and World Report released its 2017 college rankings, but are they still relevant?; and what does it take to make a No.1 album in the streaming age?

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How news leaks change media, generational clashes & is Islam ‘exceptional?’

Wed, 14 Sep 2016 17:50:00 GMT

We explore the flood of recent news leaks, from Powell’s emails to the medical records of U.S. Olympic athletes, and their role in media and public perception; a look at the tensions between baby boomers, Gen Xers and millennials; plus, is Islam uniquely different from other major religions? And if so, what does that mean for geopolitics?

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The renewable energy plan for CA's desert, the middle class gets a raise & the household chore gender gap is closing

Tue, 13 Sep 2016 17:41:00 GMT

Tomorrow, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell will announce the plan to open California desert land to renewable energy projects - but why is there so much backlash?; we discuss new Census Bureau data that shows U.S. household incomes rose by 5.2 percent in 2015; and it looks like men are doing more of the housework, though women are still doing more.

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AirTalk weekly political roundup; Dr. Bob Sears & the right age for a cell phone

Mon, 12 Sep 2016 17:45:00 GMT

Clinton's health, Gary Johnson's Aleppo gaffe & a record-long voter guide in CA; The state medical board accuses prominent OC pediatrician Dr. Bob Sears of "gross negligence" for improperly excusing a 2-year-old from immunizations; Plus kids & grown-ups judge best age for first job, first kiss, and more.

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What to know about new CA climate change law, the role of debate moderators & TGI-FilmWeek!

Fri, 09 Sep 2016 17:39:00 GMT

Gov. Brown signed a sweeping law this week requiring California by 2030 to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 40% below 1990 levels - it sets a precedent in the country, but business isn't happy - we hear from both sides; then Matt Lauer's widely criticized performance at NBC's "Commander-in-Chief Forum" inspires a discussion over the role of debate moderators; Plus, Larry & KPCC film critics unpack ‘Sully,’ ‘The Wild Life,’ ‘Other People,’ and more.

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CA Counts poll reveals where voters stand on statewide issues & the pros and cons of repealing the death penalty

Thu, 08 Sep 2016 16:30:00 GMT

KPCC, along with KPBS, KQED and Capital Public Radio, surveyed more than 900 Californians to find out where they stand on state propositions and other topics such as the attainability of the California dream; and Larry Mantle was joined by a panel of guests at San Diego State University for a CA Counts Town Hall to discuss the effects of passing Proposition 66, "The Death Penalty Reform and Savings Act."

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Most Californians are in favor of passing Prop. 64, fraudulent data used at Duke U & handling sexual harassment on airlines

Wed, 07 Sep 2016 17:53:00 GMT

The poll, which was administered by a collaboration of four public media organizations, shows 71 percent approval of Prop 64. The measure would allow certain sales of marijuana, as well as cultivation taxes; a whistleblower has accused Duke U of using fraudulent data in more than 60 federal grant applications --we'll talk about the findings and the consequences; and are flight attendants equipped to deal with sexual harassment?

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Your weekly political roundup, Georgetown reparations & sending uninformed voters to the polls

Tue, 06 Sep 2016 17:47:00 GMT

Larry Mantle and political guests Pilar Marrero, Bill Whalen & Mary Plummer unpack this week in the election; How Georgetown tracked the descendants of 272 slaves sold by the university - and how their preferential admission offer is being received; Plus, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar argues we shouldn’t encourage uninformed voters to head to the polls - others disagree

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AirTalk observes Labor Day

Mon, 05 Sep 2016 17:55:00 GMT

The AirTalk team is off Monday, September 5 in observance of Labor Day. Enjoy listening to a special CA Counts broadcast about the pros and cons of legalizing marijuana.

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Kaepernick refuses to stand for the national anthem --again, regulating advertising on social media & TGI-FilmWeek!

Fri, 02 Sep 2016 17:59:00 GMT

If you owned the 49ers, what would you do about Kaepernick?, we look at the grey area in social media advertising and KPCC film critics join Larry Mantle to review this week's newest releases!

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