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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


The first Clinton-Trump debate, veterans suicide hotline failings & new Snapchat Spectacles

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 17:13:00 GMT

We dive into each candidate's performance during Monday night's presidential debate including moderator Lester Holt's; why veteran suicide hotlines miss more than one third of calls and how to battle compassion fatigue; Snapchat's announcement to release new camcorder sunglasses called Spectacles; plus, we remember the albums and songs that define our youth.

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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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Trump's immigration plan, today's American Dream & Delta Airlines takes heat for censoring lesbian kiss

Thu, 01 Sep 2016 17:58:00 GMT

Trump & Peña Nieto's difference of opinion on his Mexico visit & immigration speech; immigrants share views on today's American Dream and how it's changing; Plus Delta Airlines is taking heat for cutting lesbian kissing scenes from "Carol" - censoring in-flight entertainment is routine, but is it changing now that everyone's on a tablet?

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What's behind Trump's visit to Mexico, should EpiPens be considered a utility & is Cuba ready for an influx of tourists?

Wed, 31 Aug 2016 17:50:00 GMT

Donald Trump is visiting Mexico ahead of his immigration speech tonight --how are Latinos reacting?; USC expert suggests a solution to fluctuating pharmaceutical prices; and today marks the first flight from the U.S. to Cuba in more than half a century.

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FBI investigates voting hack, what does TPP mean for local businesses & the rise of 'post gender' baby names

Tue, 30 Aug 2016 17:53:00 GMT

What does the voting hack mean for the future of electronic voting?; forecasting the future of free trade in California and the potential statewide impact of TPP; and why are more parents choosing gender-neutral names?

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AirTalk politics 2016: Your weekly update, how should the U.S. approach NATO and Russia & the proposed ban on swimming with dolphins

Mon, 29 Aug 2016 17:55:00 GMT

Donald Trump challenged Hillary Clinton to release detailed medical records, meanwhile recent polls show the Republican candidate to be only a few points behind Clinton; as part of NPR's new series, "A Nation Engaged," AirTalk will look at America's role in the world throughout this week’s programming; and swimming with dolphins may soon be a tourist attraction of the past.

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Your alt-right primer, UChicago tells freshmen trigger warnings won't be tolerated & TGI-FilmWeek

Fri, 26 Aug 2016 17:17:00 GMT

An alt-righter and others explain the movement few of us had heard of before this week; college students around the country are reacting to a letter from The University of Chicago warning incoming freshman that so-called "trigger warnings" won't be tolerated; plus, Larry & KPCC film critics Christy Lemire and Wade Major review this week’s new movie releases including a wide release horror called “Don’t Breathe."

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Water on Mars, assessing parental neglect and risk, plus Parliament-Funkadelic's George Clinton

Thu, 25 Aug 2016 17:24:00 GMT

A new, thought provoking study from UCI suggests our fears about leaving children alone are based much more on moral judgement about neglectful parents than on actual dangers faced by an unattended child; JPL scientists now believe there might not be as much flowing water on Mars as we thought; education experts break down the mission and efficacy of LAUSD's expanded magnet program; Plus, funk legend George Clinton stops by ahead of his September 17th concert at the Hollywood Bowl.

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More Clinton Foundation fallout, LAPD's proposed 'Family Liaison Program' & should veganism be illegal for kids?

Wed, 24 Aug 2016 17:17:00 GMT

Hillary Clinton met with Clinton Foundation donors while Secretary of State, and some say that's "pay-to-play" politics; a potential new LAPD program looks to create a dialogue between the department and families of those killed by police; plus, why a proposed law in Italy could make vegan diets a form of child abuse.

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Should Merrick Garland fill the SCOTUS seat, Elizabeth Smart's anti-porn campaign & insomnia tech treatments

Tue, 23 Aug 2016 17:53:00 GMT

Will Republicans conclude that Garland is the best choice to to fill the seat; kidnapping victim Elizabeth Smart says pornography made her "living hell worse" and is now campaigning against the "drug;" and learning to use smartphone and other tech apps to remedy the sleeping disorder.

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Trump immigration plan; new CA bill could eliminate prostitution charges for minors & say goodbye to NPR's comments section

Mon, 22 Aug 2016 17:38:00 GMT

Is Donald Trump rethinking his campaign promise to deport millions of people here illegally and how might such a move play with his core supporters? CA Senate Bill 1322 would change the way underage sex workers are charged; Plus, inside NPR's decision to drop reader comments from its website - have extreme comments made many comments sections unusable? And who benefits in the shift to social media?

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Paul Manafort leaves Trump campaign, how the definition of 'Asian-American' could change in California & TGI-FilmWeek!

Fri, 19 Aug 2016 17:45:00 GMT

After accusations of impropriety in his work with pro-Russian politicians, Trump's former campaign chairman resigned this morning; a bill in Sacramento could require institutions to to collect data on more groups under the label “Asian American,” but not everybody's happy about it; plus, Larry Mantle and KPCC film critics Andy Klein, Justin Chang, and Charles Solomon review this week’s new releases including “War Dogs” with Jonah Hill and Miles Teller. TGI-FilmWeek!

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Agreement could allow for LAX modernization, should witholding evidence be a felony & how Bobby Kennedy became a 'Liberal Icon'

Thu, 18 Aug 2016 17:50:00 GMT

A proposed agreement between a community organization and Los Angeles World Airports could stop years of litigation; after a scandal at the Orange County DA's office, lawmakers in Sacramento are getting closer to passing a bill that could make it a felony for prosecutors to withhold evidence; plus, the author of 'Bobby Kennedy: The Making of a Liberal Icon' traces the political trajectory of the former Senator and presidential candidate.

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Catching an arsonist; should Olympians be taxed for winning a medal & Trump's 'extreme vetting' solution

Tue, 16 Aug 2016 17:12:00 GMT

Authorities have arrested a man they suspect is responsible for the Clayton fire in Northern California --what goes into tracking an arsonist?; Olympians are currently taxed for winning medals and for receiving cash bonuses, but new legislation could change that; and Trump has unveiled a vague plan he says will help shield the United States form terrorists.

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Politics: Trump's embellishment record & more Clinton controversy; will 3D printers revolutionize home cooking & the fate of the Salton Sea

Mon, 15 Aug 2016 17:58:00 GMT

AirTalk’s weekly political roundtable will preview the week ahead on the campaign trail and take a look at the history of Donald Trump’s truthiness; 3D printers combined with infared heat could soon change the way we eat; and a state official and an environmentalist debate the state of the Salton Sea.

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After years of progress, SoCal ozone levels spike, Pitzer students angry after racially-tinged roommate listing & TGI-FilmWeek!

Fri, 12 Aug 2016 17:13:00 GMT

Why ozone levels exceeded federal health standards every day but one in July; racial tensions are high at the Claremont Colleges after a roommate-wanted posting requested "[people of color] only; "plus, Larry Mantle and KPCC film critics Lael Loewenstein, Tim Cogshell, and Charles Solomon review this week’s new movie releases, including Seth Rogen's raunchy animated comedy "Sausage Party." TGI-FilmWeek!

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DEA says pot still a 'Schedule I' drug, massive development fuels South LA gentrification concerns & a Rams preview

Thu, 11 Aug 2016 17:50:00 GMT

The Obama administration plans to allow more marijuana research, but the DEA reaffirmed today that it still sees pot as prone to abuse; 'The Reef' development in South LA has residents concerned about rising rents; and as pro football returns to Southern California Saturday, we preview the team and look at how they'll change the Southland's economy

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"Second Amendment people," LAPD officer fatally shoots 14-year-old Boyle Heights teen, plus the shaming Olympic dopers

Wed, 10 Aug 2016 17:16:00 GMT

A constitutional law professor analyzes Trump's suggestion that the "Second Amendment people" stop Clinton; Boyle Heights reacts to the officer-involved shooting death of a 14-year-old; plus, is shaming dopers unsportsmanlike or justified?

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Should retired military officials endorse candidates, debating the new BLM platform & the best coffee in the Southland

Tue, 09 Aug 2016 17:36:00 GMT

After 50 GOP national security officials denounced Trump yesterday, defense experts debate the role of the military in the presidential election; Jody Armour & Joe Hicks analyze the new policy platform from The Movement for Black Lives; plus, the best brews in Southern California.

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Presidential candidates & their economic policies, proposed CA law raises questions about religious freedom & your favorite eras represented in TV

Mon, 08 Aug 2016 17:58:00 GMT

Our weekly political coverage delves into economic policies outlined by Trump and Clinton; we debate the possibility of a new law that could change anti-discrimination laws for religious institutions; and which TV shows make you feel nostalgic?

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The mechanics of 'dumping' Trump, Siberian anthrax outbreak caused by climate change & TGI-FilmWeek!

Fri, 05 Aug 2016 16:59:00 GMT

Many in the Republican establishment still want Trump out, and party rules just might make that possible; a doctors explains how a reindeer that's been dead since the 1940s caused a recent anthrax crisis; plus, KPCC film critics Amy Nicholson, Charles Solomon, and Peter Rainer review this week’s new movie releases, including the supervillain blockbuster “Suicide Squad.” TGI-FilmWeek!

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NIH lifts ban on 'partly-human' embryos, how the election affects Trump's brand & 'Big Bang Theory' star talks board games

Thu, 04 Aug 2016 17:38:00 GMT

The National Institutes of Health is now able to fund experiments that combine human stem cells and animal embryos - experts outline the ethical debate that's brewing; a marketing professor explains what'll happen to Trump's steaks, water, and wine after November; plus, actor and nerd icon Wil Wheaton lists his top new board games in advance of this weekend's Gen Con.

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CA GOP billionaire Meg Whitman to back Clinton, why the US sent $400 M to Iran & CA's new temporary license plate law

Wed, 03 Aug 2016 17:32:00 GMT

After the former Republican gubernatorial candidate said that she'll back Clinton, you share the tradeoffs you'll be making at the ballot box; the author of a Wall Street Journal report explains why the US sent $400 million in cash to Iran to coincide with the release of four hostages; and the host of KPCC's The Ride explains why new car owners will soon need temporary plates in CA.

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Travel warning issued for Miami after Zika scare, how Silicon Valley is fighting ISIS & what makes you feel 'American'?

Tue, 02 Aug 2016 17:44:00 GMT

The CDC issued its first-ever domestic travel warning for the trendy Miami neighborhood of Wynwood; the co-author of a new report explains how tech companies like Twitter, Facebook & Google are countering extremist propaganda online; plus, how feeling “American” can be a moment and a struggle for those who've emigrated to the U.S.

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