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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


What Trump's budget means for California's earthquake early warning system

Fri, 26 May 2017 16:48:00 GMT

Trump's proposed budget doesn't include federal funding for the West Coast earthquake early warning system project - what's the future of the project?; on the eve of Memorial Day weekend, we want to hear your stories of loved ones who served; plus, in the wake of Roger Moore's death, we want to hear about your favorite James Bond iteration; and more.

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The epic battle to extend the 710 freeway could come to an end today

Thu, 25 May 2017 16:38:00 GMT

AirTalk dives into a decades-old debate to extend the 710 freeway before Metro votes today on a proposal that would scrap the idea. We'll also take a look at what Gov. Brown's budget means for the future CalPERS; what makes a successful business partnership?; a refresher on the Paris Accord; and more.

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After a controversial audit, a new proposal suggests limiting UC autonomy

Wed, 24 May 2017 16:45:00 GMT

AirTalk debates an amendment proposed yesterday to diminish the UC system's autonomy, with changes that would allow the Legislature to fund the UC Office of the President and take away the UC president's voting rights. We also discuss new technology being used to test drivers for marijuana use across the state, the uptick in Americans working over 65, and more.

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LA County Sheriff weighs in on recent DC trip, California’s sanctuary state bill, Baca conviction and more

Tue, 23 May 2017 16:44:00 GMT

Los Angeles County Sheriff Jim McDonnell stops by AirTalk's studios for his regular check-in; an update on former CIA director John Brennan's testimony today; a partisan analysis of Trump's new budget plan; debating a new state bill that would implement sliding-scale traffic fines for low-income drivers; and more.

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Implementing Prop 57: Should non-violent sex offenders be eligible for parole?

Mon, 22 May 2017 16:38:00 GMT

Last year, California voters approved a parole process overhaul for the state via Prop 57 after a heated debate about what the bill could mean for sex offenders convicted of non-violent crimes - we dive into the bill's new guidelines. We'll also cover the latest in a busy weekend of politics; what is "stealthing"?; and more.

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New California bill may keep drug companies from giving doctors gifts

Fri, 19 May 2017 16:52:00 GMT

After a long week of being slammed with political news, AirTalk goes D.C. free today! We debate the new CA bill banning drug companies from making payments or sending gifts to doctors; a look at the steep increase in interracial marriages 50 years after Loving v. Virginia; an interview with Hollywood's first female film executive, Sherry Lansing; and more.

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Who is Robert Mueller? And what to expect from the Russian probe in the coming months

Thu, 18 May 2017 16:36:00 GMT

AirTalk looks at former FBI director Robert Mueller's legacy and how special counsels have been used in the past after Mueller was tapped to head the investigation into the Trump campaign's Russia ties. We'll also speak with LA County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl on proposed board changes and LA's new public energy program; what's next for LAUSD after the Board of Education's new pro-charter majority?; and more.

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Could the Comey memo bring down the presidency?

Wed, 17 May 2017 16:41:00 GMT

Yesterday, The New York Times reported that President Trump asked recently fired FBI Director Jim Comey to stop investigating former national security adviser Michael Flynn for his ties to Russia - but will this be the final straw in Trump's turbulent presidency? We'll also discuss the ethics of reporting on sensitive government intelligence; a New York bill intended to combat texting and driving, but may pose some privacy issues; and more.

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AirTalk asks: Does Laguna Beach’s ban on public smoking go too far?

Tue, 16 May 2017 17:05:00 GMT

The smoking ban is an expansion from the current ban in beaches and parks, now to include the vicinity of sidewalks, bike paths and parking structures - will the ban really reduce harmful environmental impacts and second-hand smoke, or is it a fringe on personal freedom? We debate the pros and cons. We'll also cover the latest leaks surrounding the White House; whether or not college campus tours give a false sense of experience; and more.

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Parsing the tech and national security concerns behind the WannaCry ransomware attacks

Mon, 15 May 2017 16:46:00 GMT

We dive into international security concerns behind the WannaCry virus, which infected computers in nearly 150 countries this weekend; Trump's short list for a new FBI director this week; a look into KPCC's investigation with the San Bernardino Sun on officer-involved shootings in the largest county in the United States; and more.

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Day two in the aftermath of Comey firing and next steps for the FBI

Thu, 11 May 2017 16:52:00 GMT

The FBI's Acting Director Andrew McCabe is taking issue with White House claims that Jim Comey lost the confidence of Bureau employees - AirTalk checks in on the latest of the firing aftermath. We'll also cover Gov. Jerry Brown's revised state budget; new reports on the Oroville Dam spill; how to cope on Mother's Day without a mother?; and more.

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AirTalk Special Coverage: James Comey's firing and what comes next

Wed, 10 May 2017 16:57:00 GMT

No question about the water cooler topic of the day – the firing of FBI Director James Comey. Comey has been a Capitol Hill piñata for months, but his firing still came as a shock. Host Larry Mantle and AirTalk's wide panel of experts dive into deep analysis of the move, its implications and what's expected to come next.

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It’s illegal to start crossing the street if the clock is ticking down — a new CA bill would change that

Tue, 09 May 2017 16:33:00 GMT

Two California assemblymen are pushing for a bill that would legalize street crossing against a flashing "Don’t Walk" light (the LAPD has been issuing tickets near $250) - we debate the pros and cons. We'll also talk about SoCal's flawed coyote policies; a possible gondola construction to the Hollywood sign; how to handle negative people and bad vibes; and more.

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CA students sue school district for suspensions over ‘liking’ racist Instagram posts

Mon, 08 May 2017 16:46:00 GMT

Four California students were suspended for “liking” racist Instagram posts, and now they’re suing the school district for punishing them outside of school hours - we debate whether suspension for non-school related activity is acceptable. We'll also cover the latest in politics including the new French president; former interim Attorney General Sally Yates' testimony about Michael Flynn today on the Hill; and more.

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California comes out big winner in $1.2 trillion government funding bill

Fri, 05 May 2017 16:42:00 GMT

Yesterday, the office of Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) sent out a press release detailing the amount of funding the state is to receive from the $1.2 trillion spending bill passed by the House and Senate to keep the government running until September - we dive into the list of projects. We'll also cover the GOP health care bill's move to the Senate; FilmWeek and your favorite song compilations in a movie; and more.

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Two years after Torrance refinery blast, new report blames ExxonMobil

Thu, 04 May 2017 16:45:00 GMT

According to a report released Wednesday by the U.S. Chemical Safety Board, the 2015 Torrance Refinery explosion could have been prevented if then-owner Exxon Mobil had paid more attention to safety - we dive into the report. We'll also cover the latest in politics including President Trump's religious liberty executive order; the L.A. County Board of Supervisors' possible new executive position; and more.

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Discussing the psychological toll on reviewers of violent Facebook content

Wed, 03 May 2017 16:50:00 GMT

After Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced today that his company will add 3,000 contractors to review reported content, AirTalk looks into the effect violent content can make on those policing it. Plus, James Comey's hearing on Capitol Hill; why social awkwardness might not be so bad; an update on the Southern California housing market; and more.

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A report card on the news media 100 days into the Trump presidency

Tue, 02 May 2017 16:24:00 GMT

Analyses abound on President Donald Trump’s first 100 days in office, but how has the media fared? We debate the performance and "fairness" of today's news. We'll also dive into a KPCC investigation on the uptick in big rig crashes and what truck drivers wish general motorists were more aware of; a new California cap and trade proposal; and more.

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Trump’s 100-day report card

Mon, 01 May 2017 16:47:00 GMT

President Donald Trump marked his 100th day in office on Saturday - what have we learned and what does it mean for his remaining days in office?; as the WGA deadline approaches, we discuss the likelihood of a strike; after massive layoffs at ESPN, we discuss the future of its business model; and more.

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AirTalk’s LA Riots special: What happened 25 years ago

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 16:44:00 GMT

AirTalk looks back at the LA Riots and discusses how the city has changed in the last 25 years. Plus, the filmmakers of "LA 92" talk about their new documentary on the riots, and critics review this week's latest movies on FilmWeek.

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‘A Nation Engaged:’ The use of executive orders by presidents

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 16:49:00 GMT

As President Trump approaches his 100th day benchmark, NPR News launches another “A Nation Engaged” conversation on the topic of “Power & the Presidency” - we take a comparative look at the use of executive orders between the last two administrations. We'll also cover Trump's new VOICE office; debate Measure C; how should parents should talk to kids about past drug use?; and more.

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State audit of UC President's Office finds widespread mishandling, hidden funds; UC pushes back

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 16:46:00 GMT

According to a state audit released Tuesday, the University of California Office of the President has kept a $175 million secret reserve - we dive into the findings and pushback surrounding the California State Auditor's report. We'll also debate the expected cuts in President Trump's new tax plan; the latest ruling on protecting funding for sanctuary cities; flying cars; and more.

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Hollywood reacts to the WGA strike authorization

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 16:51:00 GMT

WGA is negotiating with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers today, but if no deal is reached, how would a potential strike impact Angelenos? We'll also cover the NRA's lawsuit over the assault weapons ban and implications surrounding the newest SCOTUS justice; whether California can resume lethal injections by next year; and more.

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For Coachella attendees, how do you approach drug use?

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 16:31:00 GMT

Coachella’s second weekend ended Sunday, and while music festival season has just begun, there have been longstanding questions about how to deal with drug use during these events; a state audit released last Tuesday found that the California Department of Motor Vehicles isn’t adequately preventing abuse of disabled parking permits; we also cover the latest in politics; and more.

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What's the role of politics in science?

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 16:44:00 GMT

Fans and scientists alike will participate on Saturday in a national March for Science - will you participate and why? What is the role of politics in science?; we weigh the veracity of DHS Inspector General report saying ICE can’t handle increased deportations; plus, should the Oscars awards categories go gender neutral?; and more, on FilmWeek.

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Pilot, former police officer explains why we can’t stop watching LA car chases

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 16:54:00 GMT

We’ll talk with KTLA pilot reporter Tim Lynn, who has seen hundreds of car chases, about the appeal of the LA car chase; should selling homemade food be legal in California? We discuss a bill that aims to legalize the practice; plus, we ask listeners about their experiences with domestic violence; and more.

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LAPD Chief Beck on use-of-force and body cam policy changes, plummeting arrests in California and more

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 16:35:00 GMT

LAPD Chief Charlie Beck joins AirTalk for his monthly check-in - we'll talk about the latest law enforcement trends and take your questions; plus, the big SCOTUS case Justice Gorsuch will be hearing on church-state separation; and we also want to hear from AirTalk listeners about forgiveness - what helps you to move on, or what haven't you been able to let go of?; and more.

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H-1B Executive Order: Debating the economic feasibility of ‘Buy American, Hire American’

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 16:31:00 GMT

President Trump is expected to sign an executive order today that calls on the government to 'buy American, hire American' whenever possible - we debate the pros & cons and its impact on the H-1B visa program. We'll also take a look at a new bill attempting to reform California's bail system; whether baseball is too boring; and more.

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Major hiking path to the Hollywood Sign set to close

Mon, 17 Apr 2017 16:38:00 GMT

The Beachwood path, one of the most popular routes to the iconic Hollywood sign, is about to shut down - we take a look at the strife between residents, tourists and City Hall, and why the decision was made. We'll also cover the latest in politics, falling numbers in LA's film and TV production; and more.

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Does President Trump still have the support of his base?

Fri, 14 Apr 2017 16:31:00 GMT

Depending on what you're reading, Trump's core supporters are either happy with his recent reversals or they're abandoning ship - what's going with his base?; we analyze the bombing in Afghanistan and the latest in politics; plus, what are your favorite Mars movies?; and more.

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Should a president be judged by their first 100 days?

Thu, 13 Apr 2017 16:38:00 GMT

As we approach the benchmark of Trump's first 100 days in office, we discuss whether it's fair to judge a president by what is accomplished in their first three months; the first lawsuit against Trump's border wall was filed - does it stand a chance?; plus, we want to hear the craziest thing you've done as a kid; and more.

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How to help homeless people with severe mental illness when they refuse help

Wed, 12 Apr 2017 16:41:00 GMT

L.A. officials are looking into options for getting homeless people with severe mental illnesses off the county's streets - we host a roundtable to discuss potential rule expansions for involuntary hospitalization; plus, opioid and heroin safe spaces may sound counterintuitive, but are they actually a good idea?; we talk to Cheech, of Cheech & Chong fame; and more.

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In wake of another school shooting, what’s campus protocol for suspicious individuals?

Tue, 11 Apr 2017 16:44:00 GMT

In the aftermath of Monday's shooting at North Park Elementary School, questions are being raised about how to identify suspicious individuals on campus and what protocols exist to ensure safety - we hear from two different experts; we also cover why filing taxes in the U.S. is so complicated; the rise of super fandom in business marketing models; and more.

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AirTalk says farewell to 44-year LA Kings announcer Bob Miller

Mon, 10 Apr 2017 16:49:00 GMT

Bob Miller, the legendary broadcaster for the LA Kings, called his final two games for the hockey team - we talk to him about his legacy and farewell; as televangelism wanes, what’s next for political evangelists?; the latest on Syria, Russia, Egypt; and more.

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Justice Gorsuch confirmed: What that means for the next docket of Supreme Court decisions

Fri, 07 Apr 2017 16:49:00 GMT

Today the Senate voted along party lines to confirm Judge Neil Gorsuch to the United States Supreme Court - we discuss what that means for cases in the pipeline; we examine the U.S. airstrike on Syria and implications of foreign policy going forward; plus, Larry and KPCC film critics review the latest movies for FilmWeek; and more.

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YouTube wants you to pay for TV, and why it might work

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 16:42:00 GMT

YouTube TV launched on Wednesday, hoping its brand will revive television audiences, and especially younger generations, to pay for its streaming services. At $35 per month, you can get a bundle of channels including news, sports and entertainment. Would you make the switch? We want to hear form AirTalk listeners. We also cover the latest on the Hill, a recent spike in LA hate crimes; and more.

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We debate whether government intervention can curb drug prices

Wed, 05 Apr 2017 16:44:00 GMT

A bill was introduced by Democratic members of Congress last week to curb prescription drug costs - will the plan create better options for patients or stifle innovation?; plus, SCOTUS will likely take on the question of whether the Civil Rights Act covers LGBTQ people; the latest on Syria; and more.

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AirTalk asks: What should the LA Civic Center look like?

Tue, 04 Apr 2017 16:44:00 GMT

Los Angeles City Councilmembers unanimously approved the construction of a new $483 million office tower. What do Angelenos want it to look like? We also cover the latest on the U.S.-Mexico border wall bids, Vice President Mike Pence's rule to not dine with women alone, why the brain is like a time machine; and more.

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Drought to Deluge: Have you changed your personal water habits?

Mon, 03 Apr 2017 16:49:00 GMT

Today, AirTalk dives into special KPCC coverage on California's "Drought to Deluge" - we want to hear from listeners about how the epic storms have changed, or not changed, your water conservation habits. We also cover the latest in politics, MLB Opening Day; and more.

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Should an employer be able to fire you for having a child out of wedlock?

Fri, 31 Mar 2017 16:29:00 GMT

Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher is putting forth a measure to prevent employers from firing workers for having an abortion or giving birth out of wedlock - we debate the measure; the latest on yesterday's Senate Intel Committee hearing; Larry and film critics review the week's latest movies; and more.

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