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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


How an earthquake could affect the Aliso Canyon gas storage field

Mon, 23 Oct 2017 16:49:00 GMT

It's been two years since Aliso Canyon's devastating gas leak, and concerns have come to the fore regarding the facility's ability to safely withstand an earthquake. KPCC reporter Sharon McNary joins AirTalk to discuss the details of these concerns and how Porter Ranch has been fairing these last couple of years. We also discuss the week in politics; dive into details of the JFK documents Trump is threatening to release; and more.

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Dodgers, baby, Dodgers

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 16:39:00 GMT

AirTalk takes your calls after the Dodgers clinched the National League Championship Series last night, sending them to the World Series for the first time since 1988. We also debate a new bill Gov. Brown signed this week that will allow Californians to get a gender-neutral birth certificate as soon as 2018; review this week’s movie releases on FilmWeek; and more.

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Adam Schiff on re-introducing the Rim of the Valley Preservation Act

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 16:41:00 GMT

As of yesterday, the Rim of the Valley Corridor Preservation Act has seen renewed life. We delve into details of the bill, which hopes to add 191,000 acres to the Santa Monica Mountains, and inquire into the potential pushback from local communities. We also explain tips for earthquake preparedness; converse with author Jessica Bruder on her latest book "Nomadland"; and more.

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LAPD Chief Beck: LAPD’s new drone program, event security post-Las Vegas, and more

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 16:42:00 GMT

LAPD Chief Charlie Beck joins Larry for his monthly check-in with the next steps regarding the LAPD’s drone policies after its one-year pilot program was approved yesterday. We also debate a proposal to ban items like pepper spray and gas masks at Los Angeles protests; sit down with the Lakers General Manager Rob Pelinka ahead of tomorrow’s season opener against the Clippers; and more.

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Should California spur on the shift to electric vehicles or follow the industry?

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 16:35:00 GMT

San Francisco assemblyman Phil Ting has proposed a bill that would ban gas or diesel-fueled cars by 2040. Though Ting's bill sounds extreme, auto makers have long expressed a decreased interest in diesel cars, sparking a debate on whether lawmakers are falling behind on industry trends. We also get the latest on Raqqa and its political future; explore the roles of power lines in California wildfires; and more.

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Week in Politics: Divisions within the GOP, Iran nuclear deal gets decertified, NAFTA is being renegotiated and more

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 16:24:00 GMT

The start of the week brings a whole new list of political happenings that need mulling over: a battle of the IQ's between Trump and Rex Tillerson, Steve Bannon declaring internal "war" on the GOP, the decertification of the Iran nuclear deal, and more. We also look into the realities actors face in speaking out against major studio heads; discuss Ron Chernow's new biography with the author himself; and more.

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Following executive order undoing ACA insurance rules, Trump goes after key subsidies

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 16:49:00 GMT

AirTalk parses through the impact on California healthcare after President Trump announced he will stop paying subsidies to health insurance companies that help pay medical costs for low-income patients. We also preview the Dodgers’s National League Championship Series opener against the Chicago Cubs Saturday; review this week’s new releases on FilmWeek; and more.

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What Trump’s new executive order means for the ACA and Covered CA

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 16:36:00 GMT

AirTalk dives into the local implications of Trump’s executive order, which allows small businesses to buy plans that are cheaper – but provide less coverage – than plans under the ACA. We also debate the state’s revised regulations aimed to get self-driving cars on the road by June 2018; how will admitting girls to some Boy Scouts programs change both organizations?; and more.

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‘Zero percent contained’: Latest on Sonoma and Napa fires

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 16:54:00 GMT

AirTalk gets the latest from Northern California as wildfires continue to burn for a third day, leaving 17 dead and scorching more than 100,000 acres. We also explore crazy or unlikely start-up ideas after reports that Amazon is in talks to deliver packages inside your home while you are gone; where do you stand on NFL commissioner’s anthem demands?; and more.

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What’s the future of Gov. Jerry Brown’s delta tunnel project?

Tue, 10 Oct 2017 16:25:00 GMT

AirTalk debates funding Gov. Brown’s $17-million plan to build tunnels under the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta ahead of the Metropolitan Water District’s vote this afternoon. We also dive into a new report that the LASD has been allowing ICE to access information on soon-to-be-released inmates; who is the LA Times’s new editor in chief?; and more.

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How Dianne Feinstein’s re-election bid encapsulates the divide within the Democratic Party

Mon, 09 Oct 2017 16:48:00 GMT

Senator Feinstein announced this morning that she would be running for re-election, sprouting debate within her party on whether or not she's fit for a fifth term. We examine the arguments for and against, while also discussing the weekend's politics, including the latest on DACA, Trump vs. Corker, and the EPA's decision to ease up on coal-fired power plants; we also dive into the history of sexism in Hollywood; and more.

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GOP and NRA turn on the bump stock: the politics and mechanics of gun modifications

Fri, 06 Oct 2017 16:53:00 GMT

AirTalk dives into the implications of unexpected support from the GOP and NRA in regulating gun modifications, like the bump stock Las Vegas gunman Stephen Paddock used Sunday night. We also look into the concept of rehabilitation after USC’s new medical dean resigned over a 14-year-old sexual assault lawsuit; review this week’s new releases on FilmWeek; and more.

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In wake of Sunday’s shooting, stories from Las Vegas

Thu, 05 Oct 2017 16:33:00 GMT

AirTalk teams up with sister affiliate KNPR to bring you stories from the Las Vegas community as the country attempts to cope with the largest mass shooting in U.S. history. We also debate new state regulations that will not require Uber and Lyft drivers to submit their fingerprints, as taxi drivers do; preview the Dodgers’ postseason before it kicks off against the Diamondbacks tomorrow; and more.

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The latest on Vegas as city prepares for Trump visit

Wed, 04 Oct 2017 16:49:00 GMT

In the wake of Trump's visit to Las Vegas, we check in with local reporter Michael Scott Davidson for updates on the president's visit and how the city is handling. We also discuss LAX renovations; speak with author Lenora Chu; and more.

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After Las Vegas shooting, a look at the controversy over gun modifications

Tue, 03 Oct 2017 16:51:00 GMT

As the mass shooting in Las Vegas lends a new urgency to the gun control debate, AirTalk discusses the legality and arguments surrounding the types of gun modifications allegedly used by Stephen Paddock on Sunday. We also dive into 37 new bills signed by Governor Brown; take a moment to remember the great Tom Petty; and more.

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AirTalk special coverage: Las Vegas shooting

Mon, 02 Oct 2017 16:59:00 GMT

Last night, a lone gunman opened fire on country music fans at the Route 91 Festival in Las Vegas, killing more than 50 people and injuring hundreds more in the deadliest shooting in U.S. history. AirTalk parses through what this means for the country’s ongoing gun control debate; the effect this has on you as a concert-goer; what makes an attack domestic terrorism?; and more.

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Should CA textbooks highlight that certain historical figures had same-sex partners?

Fri, 29 Sep 2017 16:49:00 GMT

Gay rights groups are recommending that textbooks highlight when historical figures had same-sex partners, but could the use of such markers backfire by further alienating LGBTQ figures from the “norm”? We also discuss homeland security’s monitoring of immigrants’ social media accounts; review this week’s movie releases on FilmWeek; and more.

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Remembering Hugh Hefner, the original playboy

Thu, 28 Sep 2017 16:44:00 GMT

It's the end of a cultural era with the Death of Hugh Hefner. We discuss the mogul's legacy and take calls from people who were affected by the man and his work. We also check-in on the SCOTUS agenda for what’s shaping up to be legendary term in October 2017; and more.

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A look ahead on the economic impact of Trump’s tax plan

Wed, 27 Sep 2017 16:47:00 GMT

In anticipation of Trump unveiling his new tax plan this afternoon, AirTalk discusses the potential political and economic impacts of the proposal. We also examine the decline in U.S. entrepreneurship; receive updates on Puerto Rico and the territory's need for hurricane relief; and more.

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Would congestion pricing work to reduce traffic in Los Angeles?

Tue, 26 Sep 2017 16:49:00 GMT

AirTalk debates a resurfacing proposal that would charge drivers to use congested areas during peak traffic hours to reduce commutes for Angelenos. We also dive into new fraud charges against an assistant basketball coach at USC; where will recreational pot users in LA be allowed to consume as the industry grows?; and more.

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After protests across NFL in response to Trump comments, gauging fan reactions and how far free speech extends in private sector

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 16:34:00 GMT

AirTalk asks football fans to weigh in after Sunday’s NFL games brought a wave of protests against President Trump, starkly politicizing a social tradition that has long been a refuge from politics. We also parse through the week’s political headlines, including the latest on the ACA repeal; hear from one of Obama’s former speechwriters on his time in the White House; and more.

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AirTalk asks: Would you support a Garcetti presidential bid?

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 16:35:00 GMT

Is LA Mayor Eric Garcetti looking at a presidential run in 2020? AirTalk parses through the speculations and hears how Angelenos react to the idea. We also debate CVS’ new policy limiting opioid prescriptions for certain conditions in the midst of the national opioid crisis; review this week’s movie releases on FilmWeek; and more.

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As Berkeley welcomes Free Speech Week, a look at role of the school throughout history of protest

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 16:47:00 GMT

This Sunday marks the beginning of UC Berkeley's "Free Speech Week," and the conservative line-up of speakers is straining campus tensions. We explore the history of Berkeley's relationship with free speech as well as how its administrators are responding to the current climate. We also check in on the status of the Affordable Care Act; discuss Cal State's retraction of remedial courses; and more.

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Stakeholders weigh in on who pays for California’s multibillion-dollar water project

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 16:37:00 GMT

The cost of Gov. Jerry Brown’s $17 billion plan to build two water tunnels to central and Southern California continues to spark debate, and AirTalk gives a comprehensive review of the plan, its supporters, and its critics. We also provide updates on the Mexico earthquake and Hurricane Maria; speak with LA’s Chief of Police Charlie Beck; and more.

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Trump addresses UN: ‘Rocket Man is on a Suicide Mission’

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 16:46:00 GMT

AirTalk provides a recap of Trump's speech at the U.N. this morning, where he expressed noteably aggressive rhetoric regarding North Korea and Iran. We also dive into the details of LA Metro's plan to launch its own ridesharing service; talk to a psychologist whose new study shows teenagers are in no rush to grow up; and more.

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CA Legislative Session: What passed? What didn't? What stalled?

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 16:46:00 GMT

AirTalk parses through the state's newest legislature after the 2017 session ended in Sacramento Friday. We also analyze Trump's first UN appearance among other political news; debate the delicacy of foie gras after an appeals court upheld California's right to impose a state ban; and more.

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Where can you expect to find a pot shop in LA next year

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 16:53:00 GMT

AirTalk parses through the city Planning Commission’s newest guidelines for where marijuana can be sold in Los Angeles ahead of its legalization next year. We also get an update from Sacramento on the bills to be voted on before tonight’s deadline; review this week’s movie releases on FilmWeek; and more.

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Poll: close to half surveyed wants to see ‘hate’ speech regulated

Thu, 14 Sep 2017 16:49:00 GMT

AirTalk debates the ever-present conflict between restricting hate speech and protecting free speech after UC Berkeley reported 46 percent of California voters think the state has gone too far in allowing white nationalist demonstrations. We also dive into the controversy surrounding ESPN’s handling of an anchor’s anti-Trump tweet; what happened when President Trump met with Democratic leaders about DACA last night?; and more.

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The Bernie Sanders solution: Is universal health care the best plan for the US?

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 16:41:00 GMT

Bernie Sanders unveils "Medicare for All" today in Washington - AirTalk dives into a full hour of analysis with economists and policy experts. We also take a look at the push to move California's primary date; Diane Feinstein's skepticism of a Catholic judge's neutrality; and more.

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Sacramento bill pileup: The pressing proposals that need a vote this week

Tue, 12 Sep 2017 16:40:00 GMT

With a Friday deadline looming over California's state legislature, the pressure to push last minute bills through congress is rising - AirTalk rounds up a few of the Senate bills. We also take a look at the turmoil in John Kelly's West Wing; the launch of the new $1K iPhone; why are the Dodger's losing?; and more.

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Week in politics coming out of Hurricane Irma

Mon, 11 Sep 2017 16:54:00 GMT

AirTalk gets the latest on the damage done by Hurricane Irma as the now Tropical Storm continues to batter the Florida peninsula, followed by an hour dive into the week in politics. We also debate AB 23, which would prompt new single-gender schools to open around the state; take a look at music artist reinvention; and more.

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In light of the Equifax hack, a look at better alternatives to social security numbers

Fri, 08 Sep 2017 16:51:00 GMT

Equifax, one of three big credit report companies, revealed that stored user data had been hacked, compromising up to 143 million American consumers - what does that mean for protecting personal information and the efficacy of social security numbers? We also get the latest on Hurricane Irma as it heads towards Florida; review this week's movies on FilmWeek; and more.

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LA County Sheriff on body cam plan, use of drones, preparing for protests in LA and more

Thu, 07 Sep 2017 16:33:00 GMT

AirTalk sits down with Jim McDonnell to hear the latest from the LA County Sherrif's Department as the summer comes to a close. We also dive into how disaster relief funds move through the government as Harvey victims wait for aid and Hurricane Irma approaches Florida; should the left leave behind identity politics?; and more.

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DREAMers, when (and how) did you find out you are an undocumented immigrant?

Wed, 06 Sep 2017 16:42:00 GMT

AirTalk asks DACA recipients to share the stories of when they found out they entered the country illegally. We also debate the legal ground of potential lawsuits challenging the end of DACA; dive into the benefits of being bored; and more.

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Week in politics: Breaking down what DACA rollback means for DREAMers, Congress and everyone in between

Tue, 05 Sep 2017 16:42:00 GMT

A whirlwind of politics to dive into after the Labor Day weekend, starting first with President Trump's decision to officially terminate DACA, announced by Attorney General Jeff Sessions this morning. How will Congress react, and what does this mean for current DACA recipients? We also get the latest on North Korea's hydrogen bomb test on Sunday; speak with Rabbi Naomi Levy; and more.

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Ahead of potential DACA decision next week, we talk to ‘Dreamers’ about their fears

Thu, 31 Aug 2017 16:47:00 GMT

AirTalk dives into the ramifications of rescinding DACA from legal and personal perspectives before Trump’s upcoming decision. We also learn more about the national shortage of construction workers as the damage from Harvey becomes more obvious; how will a bill to cut red tape on housing projects affect Angelenos?; and more.

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Engineering, conservation experts assess status of CA flood management infrastructure

Wed, 30 Aug 2017 16:46:00 GMT

AirTalk dives into the status of California's own flood infrastructure as Tropical Storm Harvey makes landfall in Louisiana. We also parse through the controversy around LA City Council's upcoming vote on changing the name of Columbus Day; hear from Angelenos on how they weigh commute with size and affordability when looking for a place to live; and more.

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CA Supreme Court decision could make it easier for local governments to raise taxes

Tue, 29 Aug 2017 16:42:00 GMT

AirTalk parses through the implications of Monday’s state Supreme Court ruling, which said ballot initiatives sponsored by citizens are not subject to the same restrictions as proposals from elected officials. We also debate a state Senate bill that would charge a fee on real-estate transactions to support affordable housing projects; explore what we know about ‘magic mushrooms’ in the wake of a proposal to legalize the psychedelic drug in California; and more.

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Updates on Harvey from on the ground in Houston, plus the week ahead in politics

Mon, 28 Aug 2017 16:46:00 GMT

AirTalk hears the latest from Houston as Tropical Storm Harvey continues to flood Texas, forcing an estimated 30,000 residents into shelters. We also dive into the possible ramifications of ending DACA ahead of President Trump's coming decision; look at why young brides and grooms choose to tie the knot despite criticisms; and more.

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As expected, the Amazon-Whole Foods deal is causing havoc in the grocery industry

Fri, 25 Aug 2017 16:55:00 GMT

AirTalk dives into the effects Whole Foods will have on the grocery industry after new owner Amazon announced it would reduce Whole Foods' prices while maintaining the quality of its products. We also preview the rallies being held in the Bay Area this weekend in the aftermath of Charlottesville; review this week's movie releases on FilmWeek; and more.

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