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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


Looking at First Amendment issues, police preparedness as large protests planned for Bay Area

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 16:38:00 GMT

AirTalk continues with analysis of Saturday's events in Charlottesville, looking into how cities can plan for protests and upcoming protests in California. We also check in with city and county officials on homelessness; explore the LA tech firm at the center of a DOJ investigation; and more.

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Violence in Charlottesville: What happened and where do we go from here

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 16:30:00 GMT

A heated protest against the removal of a Robert E. Lee statue in Charlottesville, Va. ended in the death of one counter-protester after a white nationalist drove his car into a crowd. AirTalk dives into how the conflict started; the ethics of publicly identifying the white nationalists photographed at the rally via social media; what is the white nationalist movement?; and more.

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US and North Korea in secret talks, and how South Korea is viewing the escalating crisis

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 16:44:00 GMT

AirTalk explores the possibilities of back-channel diplomacy following news that the U.S. has been secretly in contact with North Korea as tensions continue to rise. We also look at the role of Snapchat in social media as it suffers major losses; review this week's movie releases on FilmWeek; and more.

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As tensions rise, what you need to know about North Korea’s nuclear threat

Thu, 10 Aug 2017 16:45:00 GMT

AirTalk looks into the latest news on North Korea. We also debate whether city contractors should disclose ties to Trump's border wall; discuss Hamilton in LA; and more.

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Debating police use of drones, as LAPD looks to launch pilot drone program

Wed, 09 Aug 2017 16:49:00 GMT

AirTalk dives into the privacy and public safety concerns of using drones in law enforcement after the LAPD proposed a one-year test program Tuesday. We also look at realistic options for President Trump as North Korea's nuclear threats heat up; the possible effect Disney's new streaming service could have on Netflix; and more.

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Teachers, let us know what changes you’d like to see in your schools and districts

Tue, 08 Aug 2017 16:39:00 GMT

AirTalk speaks with teachers about what changes they'd like to see in classrooms, schools and districts this upcoming year. We also discuss Senator Jeff Flake's new book; delve into a leaked Trump administration climate report; and more.

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Week in politics: President Pence? Not so fast. Plus, more sanctions for North Korea and a DOJ crackdown on leaks

Mon, 07 Aug 2017 16:43:00 GMT

AirTalk dives into a full hour of political analysis on the latest news coming out of the White House, including the New York Times reporting Republican shadow campaigns for 2020. We also get updates on the Venezuela crisis; discuss the controversy surrounding HBO's "Confederate" show yet to be filmed; and more.

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Cal State will drop remedial courses and placement tests by fall 2018

Fri, 04 Aug 2017 16:52:00 GMT

Under an executive order signed Wednesday, CSU schools will no longer require freshman who may need extra help to complete remedial courses. Will this lower the overall value of a CSU degree, or prevent students from spending time and money on classes that don't go toward their degree? We also ask doctors and patients to call in about their experiences with Medi-Cal; review this weekend's movie releases on FilmWeek; and more.

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‘I’ll sue him’: CA Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones on Trump’s threat to cut ACA subsidies

Thu, 03 Aug 2017 16:37:00 GMT

Larry sits down with Dave Jones after a whirlwind week in state healthcare, including projections of higher premiums for Covered California and Anthem’s following exit from the SoCal insurance market. We also dive into the published transcripts of President Trump’s phone calls with foreign leaders; speak with “A Prairie Home Companion” creator Garrison Keillor; and more.

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Justice Dept. could look into affirmative action decisions at universities

Wed, 02 Aug 2017 16:20:00 GMT

A document obtained by the New York Times shows plans for the Trump Administration to investigate and sue universities favoring affirmative action laws deemed to marginalize white applicants. We also dive into Trump's major legal immigration overhaul proposal; debate Playa del Rey's controversial "road diet;" why grocery shopping for men is at an all time high; and more.

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Mayor Eric Garcetti on Olympics 2028, plus AirTalk listeners weigh in on games coming to LA

Tue, 01 Aug 2017 16:35:00 GMT

LA will host the 2028 Olympics, the International Committee announced yesterday - we speak with Mayor Eric Garcetti about what this will mean for the city, and to listeners about their thoughts on hosting the games. We also explore a Broadway casting controversy; debate the ethical implications of diagnosing the president; and more.

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Discussing the CA bill looking to restrict how state-licensed cannabis businesses advertise

Mon, 31 Jul 2017 16:35:00 GMT

AirTalk debates SB162, a bill that would prohibit state-licensed businesses from selling branded cannabis merchandise. We also explore a Federal Trade Commission investigation into a google advertising program; consider the implications of Venmo; and more.

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With the GOP ‘skinny repeal’ bill defeat, what’s next for the future of health care?

Fri, 28 Jul 2017 16:40:00 GMT

AirTalk dives into the current state of American health care and what could come next after Arizona Sen. John McCain's shocking ‘no’ vote defeated the Senate's ‘skinny repeal’ bill early this morning. We also discuss Gov. Jerry Brown’s legacy as he terms out in 2018; review this weekend’s movie releases on FilmWeek; and more.

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OC jailbreak: What the new escape video means for security at the prison

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 16:48:00 GMT

NBC 4 obtained a first-person vantage point video taken by the three inmates who escaped from a maximum security Orange County jail last year, contradicting initial reports surrounding how these men escaped. We also cover the latest on the Hill; LA's new agenda for a municipal bank; increasing work obligations outside 9 to 5?; and more.

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After a dramatic vote, what’s next in the Senate health care debate?

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 16:12:00 GMT

AirTalk dives into latest news on the Hill, including Sen. John McCain's comeback to cast his vote for repealing the Affordable Care Act, plus the GOP's move to eliminate a division of the Congressional Budget Office. We also debate the practice of civil asset forfeiture; parse through a stunning report of NFL players' brains showing chronic traumatic encephalopathy; money can buy happiness?; and more.

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Discussing impact on law students, legal profession if CA Supreme Court lowers state bar ‘cut score’

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 16:56:00 GMT

AirTalk debates the pros and cons of lowering the score needed to pass the California bar now that the decision is in the hands of the state Supreme Court. We also delve into the procedure behind the Senate's health care vote today; could gene therapy be the newest cancer treatment?; and more.

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On the heels of USC's med school dean resignation, will the university's brand hold up?

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 16:37:00 GMT

AirTalk explores USC's response to an investigation into the clandestine exploits of the University's former medical school dean. We also get the latest on Kushner's Russia hearing; speak with a stand-up comedian who scored a show on Comedy Central with his killer impersonation of Donald Trump; and more.

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What happens next following reports of Sean Spicer’s resignation as White House press secretary

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 16:48:00 GMT

AirTalk starts with breaking news of Press Secretary Sean Spicer's resignation this morning and the appointment of Anthony Scaramucci as White House communications director. We also ask listeners to share how their views of O.J. Simpson have evolved over the years after being granted parole yesterday; review this week's new releases on FilmWeek; and more.

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Looking at John McCain’s singular role in the Senate and US politics

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 16:45:00 GMT

AirTalk looks at John McCain's history as an important voice in Congress after the senator's diagnosis of brain cancer. We also dive into this year's Clean Air Action Plan for the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach; what makes an ‘ineffective teacher?’; and more.

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A look at the impact of foreign buyers on LA’s housing market

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 16:25:00 GMT

The National Association of Realtors released a survey report showing a surge in foreign home buyers, with 71 percent of California buyers to be from Asia and Oceania this year alone. But other reports contradict these numbers - we dive into analysis. We also check in with LAPD Chief Beck; speak with Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom about his gubernatorial candidacy; and more.

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With kibosh on ACA repeal and replace, what a full-on repeal looks like and how party leaders will respond

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 16:24:00 GMT

Big health care news from Washington - again. After two more GOP senators backed out of the latest repeal and replace ACA bill, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is pushing for a straight repeal vote, no replacement. Would this pass? How would it affect the market? What about California? We also look at potential face scans at the airport; how to be honest about depression; and more.

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Ahead of the vote, the environmental and fiscal impacts of extending CA’s cap-and-trade

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 16:33:00 GMT

AirTalk parses through the pros and cons of extending the state's cap-and-trade program before today's California Senate vote. We also debate a new bill that would eliminate the immigration consultant industry in California; does a politician’s infidelity impact how you vote?; and more.

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City councilmember, Crenshaw stakeholder debate revamping Southwest LA shopping center

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 16:39:00 GMT

AirTalk debates the proposed redevelopment of the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza. We also parse through the politics of passing the Senate healthcare bill; review this week's movie releases on FilmWeek; why is it so hard to make a great rom-com?; and more.

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Challenges of reforming Medi-Cal come to light as lawsuit accuses state system of discrimination

Thu, 13 Jul 2017 16:47:00 GMT

AirTalk speaks with attorney Thomas Saenz, whose group, the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund, is suing the state, arguing that low reimbursements for doctors primarily hurt Medi-Cal patients. We also discuss Trump's visit to Paris and the newest version of the GOP health care bill; debate new admissions requirements for UC schools; and more.

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Metro CEO talks low bus ridership, 710 Freeway shutdown and alternatives

Wed, 12 Jul 2017 16:57:00 GMT

AirTalk sits down with L.A. Metro CEO Phil Washington to check in on transportation updates, including efforts to improve bus service and Metro's decision to kill the 710 Freeway tunnel expansion project. We also get the latest GOP reactions to Trump Jr.'s released Russia emails; explore AT&T's involvement in today's net neutrality protest; and more.

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A primer on two new CA environmental proposals

Tue, 11 Jul 2017 16:44:00 GMT

AirTalk breaks down the implications of two state environmental bills proposed yesterday, including one on California's controversial cap-and-trade program. We also discuss the latest surrounding Donald Trump Jr.'s email chain leading up to a meeting with a Russian government attorney; Mosul after ISIS; how to find love after loss; and more.

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Week in Politics: Trump Jr.’s Russian meeting, G20 postmortem and more

Mon, 10 Jul 2017 16:46:00 GMT

Trump joined world leaders at the G20 summit in Hamburg this past week - AirTalk dives into analysis of the events in our latest politics roundup. We also take a look at a California bill that would mandate a minimum age for child marriage; news outlets pushing Congress for exemption to antitrust laws; the revival of vinyl; and more.

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What June’s job numbers say about the California economy and nationwide employment

Fri, 07 Jul 2017 16:52:00 GMT

Jobs numbers for June were released this morning - AirTalk speaks with experts following the story about what these numbers mean and how California fits into the national story. We also speak with Senator Al Franken about his new book; review this week's movie releases on FilmWeek; and more.

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New state bill reignites debate over release of police body camera footage

Thu, 06 Jul 2017 16:40:00 GMT

The CA bill, introduced by Assemblyman Phil Ting (D-San Francisco), would mandate police body camera footage to be publicly released, but is there a way to standardize releases without compromising investigations? We also take a look at the lack of research and regulations behind therapy animals; economic impacts of historically low U.S. fertility rates; your favorite road trip stories; and more.

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How is LA’s new minimum wage impacting you?

Wed, 05 Jul 2017 16:39:00 GMT

AirTalk wants to know how you think the minimum wage hike will affect employment now that Angelenos are making $12 an hour. We also look at U.S. options after North Korea successfully tested an intercontinental ballistic missile with the capacity to reach Alaska; is online therapy comparable to an in-person session?; and more.

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Week in Politics: Trump’s CNN tweet and Senate health care bill

Mon, 03 Jul 2017 16:21:00 GMT

President Trump set off another Twitter storm this weekend after tweeting out a GIF of himself body-slamming CNN. Was it promoting violence? Or is the president allowed to have a sense of humor? We want AirTalk listeners to weigh in on how they process Trump's tweets. We also get the latest on the Senate health care bill; talk cybersecurity with the company that shut down Wannacry; and more.

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CA Secretary of State Alex Padilla on California’s voting system security

Fri, 30 Jun 2017 16:38:00 GMT

Yesterday, the chair of President Trump’s Election Integrity Commission requested voter-roll data from each state, claiming the information will prevent voter-fraud. AirTalk speaks with California Secretary of State Alex Padilla, who says California will not comply with the request. We also discuss opposition to bike lanes; review this week’s movie releases on FilmWeek; and more.

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What to know about legally entering the US as the revised travel ban moves forward

Thu, 29 Jun 2017 16:28:00 GMT

AirTalk parses through the details of the revised travel ban before it goes into effect this evening, including what a “bona fide relationship” means for immigrants and the effects the ban may have on airport travel. We also look back on KPCC favorite Off-Ramp before its last episode airs this weekend; is the Bachelorette’s racial conversation crossing a line?; and more.

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Ransomware returns: Ukraine-based attack hits companies worldwide

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 16:42:00 GMT

The ransomware attack was reported by Microsoft and has infected businesses across Europe, Asia, South America and the U.S. - what's the impact and how is this different from the WannaCry hack last May? We also take a look at the fine line for doctors when it comes to political activism and their response to heated health care reforms; a scathing ACLU report on O.C. jails; and more.

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Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon on postponing California’s single-payer health plan

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 16:25:00 GMT

California Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon announced Friday that a bill offering single-payer healthcare to the state will be postponed, angering progressive activists across the country. AirTalk speaks with Rendon about his decision. We also dive into the ethics of artificial intelligence; celebrate the 20th anniversary of Harry Potter; and more.

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What’s next for the LAPD Cadets program?

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 16:56:00 GMT

More than 450 LAPD cadets graduated from the youth program over the weekend- AirTalk considers the future of the program amid recent scandal. We also get the latest updates on the Senate health care bill; debate Lyft’s new shuttle service; and more.

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As a possible ouster builds on Capitol Hill, can Pelosi weather the storm?

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 16:55:00 GMT

AirTalk discusses Nancy Pelosi's future as House minority leader after congressional Democrats met to discuss a possible ouster yesterday. We also speak with state Sen. Josh Newman, whose potential recall election has sparked controversy; review this week’s movie releases on FilmWeek; and more.

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How changes to recall elections that benefit Democrats were passed with last week’s CA budget

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 16:40:00 GMT

State Democrats passed a bill that would change recall election rules, angering Republican lawmakers and many political observers in the state - we dive into the implications. We also discuss the latest on the GOP's replacement of Obamacare; new prototypes for a border wall with Mexico; the use of video games in combat training; and more with guest host Libby Denkmann.

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What Uber drivers in LA think of Travis Kalanick’s resignation

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 16:39:00 GMT

Uber CEO Travis Kalanick has resigned after the company's repeated fall outs, including discriminatory work culture toward women and questionable business practices - we want to hear from Uber drivers in LA what you think of his resignation? We also discuss the latest on House Intelligence hearings; veterans who face deportation; and more with guest host Libby Denkmann.

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The Hollywood angle to the Georgia 6th District race everyone’s watching

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 16:37:00 GMT

The race for Georgia’s 6th Congressional District seat between Republican Karen Handel and Democrat Jon Ossoff is the most expensive House race in U.S. history - and drawing big celebrities. We also look at a new SCOTUS case from Wisconsin to decide on partisan gerrymandering; following the heat over "Julius Caesar," when does political commentary in art go too far?; and more.

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