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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


Women’s March 2.0: A look ahead to the movement’s anniversary

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 17:51:00 GMT

AirTalk wants to hear your thoughts on the state and future of the women’s movement on the anniversary of the groundbreaking women’s march. We also parse through the results of the most recent USC-Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll, which shows decreasing support for Trump; review this week’s movie releases on FilmWeek; and more.

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Should LA sue oil companies over climate change and would the suit stand a chance?

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 17:34:00 GMT

AirTalk debates a new proposal from two LA City Councilmembers to sue oil companies for knowing their business practices contributed to the negative effects of climate change. We also parse through a new study suggesting the DUI limit be moved from .08 to .05; what are the repercussions and boundaries and surveilling your kids in with new technology?; and more.

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Another price hike for CA bullet train, plus potential downsizing of Delta tunnels

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 17:52:00 GMT

AirTalk brings you the latest on Gov. Jerry Brown’s infrastructure projects after the price tag on California’s bullet train rose $2.8 billion. We also dive into LA’s 2017 crime numbers during our monthly check-in with LAPD Chief Charlie Beck; how necessary are annual physical exams?; and more.

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Week in politics: How lawmakers will pass a deal to fund the government, what DACA has to do with it, and more

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 17:24:00 GMT

A lot happened over the long weekend. From DACA to California's gubernatorial race, we discuss the political highlights for the week. We also analyze recent allegations against Aziz Ansari; delve into Hawaii's false nuclear threat alert; and more.

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What Trump’s reported sh*thole comment tells us about WH politics, shifting immigration policy and the state of the media

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 17:53:00 GMT

Various outlets have published leaked comments from President Trump calling impoverished nations “sh*thole countries” during a White House meeting – we dive into the political implications, what this means for immigration policy and how different news outlets are handling the profanity. We also review this week’s movie releases on FilmWeek, and more.

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The Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program may soon lose funding. Should it?

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 17:46:00 GMT

AirTalk debates the merits of the country’s public student loan forgiveness program, which could be unavailable for new enrollees under Trump’s 2018 budget proposal. We also give you the latest on the fatal mudslides resulting from this week’s heavy rainstorms; states can now require some Medicaid recipients to work, but what’s the practical impact?; and more.

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All politics are local: Following Ed Royce, Darrell Issa announces retirement. Plus, DiFi’s release of Fusion GPS dossier

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 17:47:00 GMT

AirTalk parses through the implications of California Rep. Darrel Issa’s retirement announcement just days after fellow Republican Rep. Ed Royce said he will not be seeking re-election in 2018. We also give you the latest on Southern California’s rainstorm; how accurately is your profession depicted in Hollywood?; and more.

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After the fires comes the rain: How burnt areas are dealing with the storm

Tue, 09 Jan 2018 17:48:00 GMT

Rainy weather has sparked severe concern regarding mudslides in fire-affected areas. We update you on how Southern California is fairing through this wet bout. We also debate Apple's responsibility regarding childhood phone addiction; whether or not you still pay your grown children's bills; and more.

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President Oprah? Not so fast. Here are the challenges of a 2020 presidential run

Mon, 08 Jan 2018 17:45:00 GMT

AirTalk dives into the chances of a future presidential run for Oprah after her stirring speech accepting the Golden Globes’ Cecil B. DeMille Award last night. We also look ahead to the future of LAUSD after superintendent Michelle King announced plans to resign; preview this year’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas; and more.

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What can California do in the wake of Trump’s directive to significantly expand offshore drilling?

Fri, 05 Jan 2018 17:50:00 GMT

AirTalk dives into the local impact of the Trump administration’s move to expand offshore drilling yesterday; plus, can California counter it? We also debate a new state bill that would allow for denser and taller housing around major transit routes and stations; review this week’s movie releases on FilmWeek; and more.

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We open up the phones to hear from those most impacted by the Thomas fire

Thu, 04 Jan 2018 17:31:00 GMT

The largest wildfire in state history is 92 percent contained, but the recovery is far from over – for those of you impacted, how are you coping? We also dive into the political and economic implications of a proposal that would allow Californians to work around the new cap on state and local tax deductions; our microprocessors are compromised, so what now?; and more.

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Are panic buttons for hotel workers a needed protection or impractical overreach?

Wed, 03 Jan 2018 17:32:00 GMT

The fight against workplace harassment continues with the introduction of a new California bill requiring that hotels provide panic buttons for employees who work alone in guests' rooms. We debate the pro's and con's. We also examine the efficacy of college interviews; analyze the latest out of North Korea; and more.

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Week in Politics: Looking ahead to 2018

Tue, 02 Jan 2018 17:50:00 GMT

AirTalk previews the year in politics, including what to expect in immigration, infrastructure and the economy. We also take a look at why women may decide not to have a reconstructive surgery after a mastectomy; dive into the legal implications of the prank “swatting” in Kansas that turned fatal; and more.

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We talk to a recreational pot shop that will open for business in 2018

Fri, 29 Dec 2017 16:35:00 GMT

Yes, pot will be legal in California beginning January 1, but Los Angeles isn't accepting business applications to sell weed until January 3. We talk with one of the only 42 licensed marijuana dealers in the city. We also circle back on the #MeToo movement; discuss 2017's best films with our FilmWeek critics; and more.

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IRS issues clarification on whether homeowners should prepay their property taxes

Thu, 28 Dec 2017 18:00:00 GMT

Many homeowners are rushing to prepay their property taxes before the tax overhaul kicks in. But the Internal Revenue Service has just announced that only some prepayments could be deducted. We'll discuss. Plus, a look at the state of talk therapy, and an interview with local band Chicano Batman.

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JAMA study finds an uptick in pregnant women using pot for nausea

Wed, 27 Dec 2017 16:43:00 GMT

A new study finds that more pregnant women are using marijuana to alleviate nausea, aches and pains. We discuss the study's details and implications. We also examine recent criticism that the FDA lags in removing unsafe products off store shelves, and interview renown news anchor Dan Rather on his new book.

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Week in politics: How voters will remember tax bill signing, both parties’ legislative priorities in 2018 and more

Tue, 26 Dec 2017 17:23:00 GMT

With Trump having signed the GOP's tax reform legislation this past Friday, we'll discuss reactions on both sides of the aisle along with what to expect in the coming years. We'll also explore a new project aimed at teens in response to the #MeToo campaign; and invite listeners to share unique holiday traditions on-air.

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Remembering Dick Enberg, sportscaster extraordinaire

Fri, 22 Dec 2017 17:06:00 GMT

AirTalk wants to hear your memories of legendary Southern California sportscaster Dick Enberg, who died Thursday at 82. We also dive into a new age discrimination lawsuit alleging companies like T-Mobile and Amazon are only targeting younger Facebook users with their hiring ads; review this week’s movie releases on FilmWeek; and more.

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AirTalk asks: How do third-, fourth- generations identify with their cultural heritage?

Thu, 21 Dec 2017 17:43:00 GMT

After a Pew study found that many third and fourth generation Latino immigrants consider themselves non-Hispanic, AirTalk wants to know: how do you embrace your racial or ethnic identity? We also dive into how ecommerce has changed the way we live; LaVar Ball is launching his own league for basketball players who want NBA eligibility without attending college?; and more.

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Chief Beck on sexual assault allegations in Hollywood, the department’s new Text 9-1-1 system, LAPD’s partnership with the 49ers and more

Wed, 20 Dec 2017 17:43:00 GMT

Larry sits down with LAPD Chief Charlie Beck for his monthly check in, diving into the influx of high-profile sexual assault investigations, security in LA after terrorist attacks in New York and Sutherland Springs, and a new Text 9-1-1 system. We also discuss the deductions the GOP tax plan will axe next year; bring you tips on how to travel with kids this holiday season; and more.

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AT Debates: Elimination of individual mandate impact on CA health insurance exchange

Tue, 19 Dec 2017 17:32:00 GMT

AirTalk discusses the California effect of repealing the ACA’s individual mandate with the tax plan — plus, will you sign up? We also sit down with California’s pot czar, Lori Ajax, before legal marijuana goes into effect Jan. 1; dive into the history and decline of the power suit; and more.

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Trump’s new foreign policy strategy places ‘America First’

Mon, 18 Dec 2017 17:45:00 GMT

AirTalk brings you President Trump’s national security speech live, plus analysis and a debate with our experts on his position. We also parse through this week’s political news; dive into the future of workplace romances as high-profile sexual misconduct scandals continue to make headlines; and more.

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Should the city make college savings accounts for all LAUSD students?

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 17:51:00 GMT

AirTalk debates creating savings accounts for LAUSD students in hopes of increasing college attendance after the City Council voted to hire a consultant on the idea. We also dive into how the Disney-Fox deal could change how Angelenos watch local sports; review this week’s movie releases on FilmWeek; and more.

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Next for the Disney / 21st Century Fox deal: How to combine the two entities into one

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 17:45:00 GMT

AirTalk dives into the implications and logistics of this morning’s announcement that Disney will be buying a majority of 21st Century Fox for around $52.4 billion. We also parse through the Republican tax bill’s possible effects on California; has the economy reached ‘full employment?’; and more.

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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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