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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


AirTalk politics roundup, including now-President Trump's first moves in office, & the Women's March that rocked the world

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 18:34:00 GMT

We bring you the latest on the Trump administration - rising tensions with media, the executive order on ACA, withdrawing from TPP and more; plus, a look at the Women's March that rocked not only Washington, D.C., but all 50 states across America and over 30 countries worldwide.

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It's Inauguration Day: Trump sworn in as 45th POTUS & TGI-FilmWeek!

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 18:49:00 GMT

Donald Trump became the 45th president of the U.S. today – we take a look at the latest inauguration day news, as well as Trump's speech; we hear from Californians who are currently in D.C., either for the inauguration or the Women's March; plus, Larry and film critics review the week’s latest releases, including ‘Split’ and ‘The Red Turtle.’ TGI-Filmweek!

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Scott Pruitt faces questions about CA's tough auto emissions, debating Chelsea Manning's sentence & remembering President Obama on his final day

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 18:42:00 GMT

President-elect Trump's EPA nominee Scott Pruitt faced questions about California's right to tougher auto emission regulations during his confirmation hearing; we debate President Obama's decision to commute Chelsea Manning’s prison sentence; and we remember the 44th President of the United States on his final day in office.

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Obama's final press conference, Tom Price's confirmation hearings & lessons from George Washington's farewell address

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 18:30:00 GMT

We bring you Obama's final presidential press conference; analysis and updates on Tom Price's confirmation hearings for secretary of the Health and Human Services Department; and what we can learn from George Washington's 1796 farewell address in the current political climate.

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Stark drop in abortion rates, Samsung claimed by South Korea's scandal & Ringling Bros. close their final curtain

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 18:45:00 GMT

Abortion rates are at an all time low since Roe v. Wade - advocates debate why; investigators of South Korea's presidential scandal are requesting a warrant to arrest Samsung heir - we discuss the latest details; after 146 years, Ringling Bros. will cancel "The Greatest Show On Earth" this year; and more.

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AirTalk politics roundup, who's heading to Inauguration Day & looking back on President Barack Obama's legacy

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 18:24:00 GMT

On MLK day, AirTalk is here to round up the latest in politics, including a preview of what's set to take place at Friday's much anticipated inauguration; we'll also hear from Southern Californians heading to D.C. with tickets for the big day - will they be supporting or protesting President-elect Trump?; and we look back on our debate about outgoing President Barack Obama's legacy.

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The Justice Dept launches investigation over Clinton emails, what all this rain means for the drought & TGI-FilmWeek!

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 18:41:00 GMT

The Justice Department is investigating the FBI and DoJ’s handling of the Clinton email server; what recent storms mean for SoCal in terms of mudslides and the drought; plus, Larry and KPCC film critics discuss the week’s latest releases, as well as the backlash to ‘La La Land’ and the purpose of art house film. TGI-FilmWeek!

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What you missed from yesterday’s Tillerson hearing, debating BuzzFeed’s dossier decision & are police jobs getting tougher?

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 18:43:00 GMT

Amidst the Trump press conference yesterday, you may have missed Tillerson’s confirmation hearing – we do a recap; we debate BuzzFeed’s decision to publish the unverified Trump-Russia dossier; a new study shows that police feel their jobs have gotten tougher; and more.

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Trump's first post-election press conference, FBI's paid Best Buy tech informants, & SCOTUS to decide on special education

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 18:54:00 GMT

We unpack Donald Trump's first press conference as President-elect; what are the legalities of the FBI’s paid Best Buy technician informants?; plus a look at SCOTUS hearing on Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District - which may change how public schools provide education for disabled students.

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Jeff Sessions confirmation hearing, gender neutral parenting & CA's 2017 budget

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 18:44:00 GMT

Senator Jeff Sessions faces a Senate confirmation hearing today - so far he's been questioned about abortion, same-sex marriage and more - we bring you the latest; a neuroscientist's take on gender neutral parenting - is it futile?; California Governor Jerry Brown unveils his 2017 budget proposal; and more.

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AirTalk politics roundup, should a provisional driver's license be raised to age 21 & your share-economy horror stories

Mon, 09 Jan 2017 18:47:00 GMT

We dive into the latest in politics, including the declassified version of the intel report on Russia hackings released Friday; the newly introduced bill AB 63 would raise the provisional driver's license age from 18 to 21; AirTalk listeners share horror stories from the sharing economy, like Uber and Airbnb; and more.

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What happens if ACA is repealed without a replacement, Gitmo under Trump & TGI-FilmWeek!

Fri, 06 Jan 2017 18:51:00 GMT

What will happen if ACA is repealed before a replacement is rolled out?; four detainees from Guantanamo were released to Saudi Arabia in a potential rush of transfers in the weeks before Trump’s inauguration – what's expected for Gitmo under Trump?; plus, Larry and KPCC film critics review ‘Underworld,’ ‘Railroad Tigers,’ and more; TGI-FilmWeek!

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Latest moves on Russia hacks, KPCC launches new series 'Broke,' and the legacy of the 44th President, Barack Obama

Thu, 05 Jan 2017 18:23:00 GMT

Congress' leadership is still divided on how to respond to Russian cyberhacks - we debate and analyze their options; KPCC's new "Broke" series reports on why more California families are ending up homeless - is the government responsible?; and with the next Inauguration Day ahead, how will you remember President Obama's legacy?

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CA legislature hires Eric Holder, new Congress far more Christian than rest of the country & slang to stay in 2017

Wed, 04 Jan 2017 18:55:00 GMT

Former Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. will represent California in any legal fights against Trump's incoming administration; the Pew Research Center found the 115th Congress to be overwhelmingly Christian, despite fewer adults identifying as Christian in the United States; will words like "woke," "lit" and "on fleek" survive in 2017?; and more.

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AirTalk politics roundup, Megyn Kelly announces move to NBC & the controversial governance of Philippines President Duterte

Tue, 03 Jan 2017 18:53:00 GMT

House Republicans voted to gut the Office of Congressional ethics, then backtracked; Megyn Kelly is leaving Fox News for NBC - we discuss what her move means and why; we analyze the unconventional Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte and what his influence means for the U.S.; and more.

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The sanctions against Russia, can we make ‘the cloud’ more green & TGI-FilmWeek!

Fri, 30 Dec 2016 18:27:00 GMT

The White House is imposing sanctions against Russia for cyberhacking – we look at the historical context of this move; ‘the cloud’ has an environmental footprint – what can tech companies do to make it more green in 2017?; plus, guest host Patt Morrison and KPCC film critics review new releases, including ‘20th Century Women,’ as well as the best underrated movies of 2016. TGI-FilmWeek!

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CA congressional retirements on the rise, increased security for 2017's Rose Parade & how to think like a futurist

Thu, 29 Dec 2016 18:37:00 GMT

A number of California's state legislators are expected to soon retire - we take a look at how that might impact regional and national politics; the LA Times reports Pasadena will heighten security at the 2017 Tournament of Roses Parade in response to recent attacks in Nice and Berlin; what does it mean to be a futurist, and why should everyone think like one?; and more.

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John Kerry’s Middle East plan, why artists’ brains are different & how rest makes you more productive

Wed, 28 Dec 2016 18:41:00 GMT

Just weeks before the new administration takes office, John Kerry gives a speech outlining Obama’s plan for peace in the Middle East; artists have different brains – but is their creativity innate or learned?; we look at research suggesting that leisure time makes for a more productive and fulfilling life; and more.

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Is TSA’s PreCheck a security risk, holiday horror stories & CA’s new 2017 laws

Tue, 27 Dec 2016 18:42:00 GMT

TSA’s PreCheck program allows certain passengers to forego long lines, but are the security oversights worth the risk?; whether you celebrated at home, in the office or at a restaurant, we want to hear your holiday weekend horror stories; an overview of new laws coming to California in 2017; plus, an interview with Gothic fiction author Anne Rice.

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We discuss the twin tunnels water plan for CA, vetting Trump’s $14 billion cabinet & TGI-FilmWeek!

Fri, 23 Dec 2016 18:51:00 GMT

Governor Brown’s $15.5 billion water tunnels plan just got the green light from the state’s environmental impact report – we debate the project; Trump’s cabinet has been called the wealthiest in modern U.S. history – we look at the cabinet, as well as the vetting process; plus, Larry and KPCC film critics review this week’s latest releases, including ‘Sing,’ ‘Passengers’ and more. TGI-FilmWeek!

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AirTalk politics roundup, BAFTA's new diversity mandate & what's the weirdest holiday gift you've ever received?

Thu, 22 Dec 2016 18:43:00 GMT

We bring you the latest in politics, including Congress' year-end defense bill that's sparked controversy over starting a possible nuclear and space arms race; the British Academy of Film and Television Arts announced it will only nominate films meeting a new diversity threshold for two of its major categories; we want to hear about how you've survived through the holiday season's weirdest gifts; and more.

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President Obama bans drilling in the Atlantic and Arctic, should teachers be armed with guns & holiday food therapy to finish 2016

Wed, 21 Dec 2016 18:34:00 GMT

President Obama announced a ban on offshore gas and oil drilling in swaths of the Arctic and Atlantic – how necessary is the ban, and is it truly permanent?; two school districts recently voted to let teachers carry guns on campus – we debate the move and analyze implications and alternatives; plus, the holidays are upon us, and we'll share some delicious and therapeutic recipes to end the year; and more.

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LA's $10M fund to protect immigrants from deportation, debating the US's role in Syria & the art of bragging vs humility

Tue, 20 Dec 2016 18:38:00 GMT

In response to President-elect Trump's expected immigration policies, the city of Los Angeles has created a $10 million defense fund to provide legal help for immigrants facing deportation; is it too late for the U.S. to intervene in Syria? The latest in Aleppo and responsibilities of the international community; finding the right balance between bragging and humility at a job interview or first date; and more.

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Assassination of Russia's ambassador to Turkey, more on Russia hackings & the inspiration behind 'La La Land's' songs & sets

Mon, 19 Dec 2016 18:28:00 GMT

The latest on the assassination of Russia's ambassador to Turkey in Ankara; the 538-member Electoral College officially casts ballots for the president of the United States today - how likely are faithless electors able to change the outcome?; a much needed recap on Russia's hacking scandals in 2016's political climate; we speak with 'La La Land's' score composer and location scout; and more.

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Debating the legal ethics of jailhouse informants, President Obama's final press conference & TGI-FilmWeek!

Fri, 16 Dec 2016 18:20:00 GMT

The U.S. Justice Department launched an investigation of the O.C. district attorney's office over its use of jailhouse informants - are these 'snitches' legally ethical?; President Obama hosts his final press conference; plus Larry and KPCC film critics review the week's newest releases, including 'Rogue One,' 'Collateral Beauty' and more.

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We answer your Covered CA questions, taking care of older adults with dementia & are dating apps exhausting?

Thu, 15 Dec 2016 18:46:00 GMT

Covered California is extending its enrollment deadline until Saturday, December 17th – we sit down with the head of Covered CA to answer your questions; Bakersfield police shot and killed a 73-year-old man with dementia – we look at the challenges of taking care of older adults with cognitive decline, as well as early signs to watch out for; plus, do dating apps make courtship easier or more exhausting?

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The cost of 'Made in the USA,' what's next for the Iran nuclear deal & how do you handle holiday booze?

Wed, 14 Dec 2016 18:39:00 GMT

The U.S. Department of Labor has found evidence that clothing factories in Los Angeles, who supply companies like Ross, TJ Maxx and Forever 21, pay workers as little as $4 an hour; with President-elect Donald Trump vowing to dismantle the Iran nuclear deal, what's next for U.S.-Middle East relations?; we want to hear from AirTalk listeners on how you handle - or forgo - drinking through the holidays; and more.

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Fresh cabinet picks, Trump cancels press conference & Trump and Clinton supporters #AirTalkItOut

Tue, 13 Dec 2016 18:35:00 GMT

Trump has chosen Rex Tillerson for Secretary of State and Rick Perry for Energy Secretary – we examine the picks, as well as their likelihood to stand the test of a Senate confirmation; Trump cancelled his Thursday press conference – we look at the precedent and implications of this decision; plus, we bring together Clinton and Trump supporters to #AirTalkItOut.

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CIA says Russia interfered with presidential election, are gadgets on their way out & legalizing street vendors in LA

Mon, 12 Dec 2016 18:51:00 GMT

A CIA report concluded that the Russian government interfered with the 2016 presidential election – we look at the evidence, as well as reactions from Trump, Democrats and the GOP; considering the wide-ranging capabilities of smart phones, will gadgets become obsolete?; Los Angeles is considering legalizing street vendors – we debate the specifics of the plan; and more.

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Russian doping scandal, do warning labels matter & TGI-FilmWeek!

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 18:52:00 GMT

A new report reveals that Russian officials were systematically doping over 1,000 athletes for the Olympic Games; the latest on the impeachment of South Korea’s president; 30 years later, we revisit CA’s warning labels – do they actually make a difference?; plus, Larry and KPCC film critics review ‘La La Land,’ ‘Office Christmas Party’ and other recent movie releases. TGI-FilmWeek!

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How to label attacks against police officers, LA to sue big-name retailers & a closer look at the life of Pope Francis

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 18:51:00 GMT

A new bill calls for attacks against law enforcement to be under the purview of California's hate crime statute; the Los Angeles city attorney's office is expected to file suit against Macy's, Sears, Kohl's and J.C. Penney for false reference pricing in their marketing strategies; Mark Shriver's intimate portrayal of Pope Francis in his latest book; and more.

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Latest Trump tweets go viral, Pentagon report finds $125 billion in waste & living inside of Facebook bubbles

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 18:45:00 GMT

After President-elect Donald Trump tweeted about the cost of Air Force One, Boeing's stock went down as much as 1 percent - we take a look at how journalists and news outlets should report on the future president's Twitter platform; the Pentagon killed an internal report that found $125 billion in administrative waste; bursting through Facebook bubbles in a heated and contentious election cycle; and more.

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Mutiny among Electoral College members, the future of grocery shopping with Amazon Go & tech-privacy vs. counterterrorism

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 18:37:00 GMT

Intense debates have sparked among the 538 members of the Electoral College, who are set to cast their votes on December 19 - are they bound to support their state's candidate, or should they be free to vote their conscience?; Amazon launches a new market shopping experience without cash registers or lines; and we take a look at how counterterrorism efforts continue to impact personal privacy and tech concerns one year after the San Bernardino shooting.

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AirTalk politics round-up, Oakland fire death toll climbs & the psychology behind buying into conspiracy theories

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 18:52:00 GMT

Two more Cabinet members have been appointed by President-elect Donald Trump: retired Marine General James Mattis as Secretary of Defense, and former GOP presidential rival Dr. Ben Carson as Secretary of Housing; we take a closer look at the Oakland fire and its implications for what could be a larger housing problem in California; plus, how and why conspiracy theories are feeding into the 2016 political climate.

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San Bernardino one year later: analyzing police response, checking in on the community & life for Muslims since

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 18:41:00 GMT

One year has passed since 14 people were killed in the San Bernardino terrorist attack – we look at the tactical response, the community one year later and what life’s been like for Muslims since; plus, Larry and KPCC film critics review the week’s latest releases, including ‘Jackie,’ ‘Man Down’ and more on FilmWeek.

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CA's new Attorney General, the long battle over DAPL at Standing Rock & the politics of Black Republicans

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 18:38:00 GMT

Governor Jerry Brown has appointed Xavier Becerra as California’s next Attorney general – we look at the implications, as well as who will fill Becerra’s seat in the House; North Dakota’s governor has set Dec. 5 as the eviction date for Access Pipeline protesters – we dive into the competing interests and historical context of the land; what is the future of the death penalty in CA?; plus, we analyze the politics of Black Republicans.

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The hunt for mountain lion 'P45,' what to do with CA's 102 million dead trees, & a vaccine for stress?

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 18:56:00 GMT

We analyze the pros and cons of hunting mountain lion P45 after it slaughtered 10 pet alpacas belonging to a Malibu resident; why Pasadena City College Trustees might ban themselves from speaking to media without permission from the board president; the debate on what to do with California's massive number of dead trees; plus, could a stress vaccine actually work?

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What Trump’s Health Secretary pick means for Obamacare, libel lawsuits against the media & the proposed ban on lawyers having sex with clients

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 18:20:00 GMT

Critic of the Affordable Care Act and Georgia Rep. Tom Price is Trump’s pick to lead the Dept. of Health and Human Services – we look at what that means for Obamacare; how libel lawsuits can be weaponized against the media in the age of Trump; plus, the CA State Bar has proposed a ban on lawyers having sex with clients – we debate the proposal.

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GOP divided over Trump's next Cabinet pick, Jill Stein raises millions for election recount & the death, legacy of Fidel Castro

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 18:42:00 GMT

Among the names being pushed for Trump's Secretary of State are former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney and former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani - both names have generated sharp criticisms in the GOP; the Green Party's Jill Stein reached historic levels of fundraising over the holiday weekend in the demand for voter recounts in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Michigan; we speak on the death and legacy of Cuba's former leader Fidel Castro; and more.

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AirTalk recaps on your Thanksgiving dinner politics-talks, reasons for volunteering & TGI-FilmWeek!

Fri, 25 Nov 2016 17:54:00 GMT

AirTalk has been here to guide you throughout the 2016 election season with more than just in depth coverage and analysis - we're also here to help you stay sane, with tips like how to handle election stress disorder, or on mending political rifts between families. Today we want to hear from listeners on how they survived politically-charged discussions over Thanksgiving dinner; we also take a look at the surge in U.S. volunteerism over the past 14 years; and TGI-FilmWeek!

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