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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 www.kpcc.org.

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


Published: Fri, 23 Jun 2017 16:55:00 GMT
Summary: 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..


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


Published: Thu, 22 Jun 2017 16:40:00 GMT
Summary: 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 prototype..


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


Published: Wed, 21 Jun 2017 16:39:00 GMT
Summary: 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 discu..


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


Published: Tue, 20 Jun 2017 16:37:00 GMT
Summary: 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 ..


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AirTalk asks: How should sexist workplace comments be handled?


Published: Mon, 19 Jun 2017 16:24:00 GMT
Summary: AirTalk discusses the best ways to address sexism at work after an Uber board member made a disparaging comment that ultimately resulted in his resignation. We also debate a bill that would remove the names of low-level, nonviolent sex offenders from the ..


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What Amazon’s buying Whole Foods means for grocery stores and retail


Published: Fri, 16 Jun 2017 16:51:00 GMT
Summary: AirTalk parses through the effects of Amazon's major acquisition this morning and what it could mean for the company's expansion moving forward. We also check in on the SCOTUS decisions expected by the end of the month; discuss the US relationship with Cu..


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What’s in the new CA budget, and the fight to overhaul the state’s tax board


Published: Thu, 15 Jun 2017 16:49:00 GMT
Summary: AirTalk parses through the budget California lawmakers will vote on tonight, as well as the future of the state tax agency, the Board of Equalization. We also discuss the Clippers' possible move to a stadium of their own; how do you celebrate Father's Day..


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Checking in on regulating recreational cannabis with California’s ‘pot czar’


Published: Wed, 14 Jun 2017 16:41:00 GMT
Summary: AirTalk sits down with Lori Ajax, the chief of California's Bureau of Medical Cannabis Regulation, to discuss the future of marijuana regulation in the state after its legalization last year. We also parse through the opposition to LA’s recently-approve..


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Looking ahead to Sessions open hearing on Russia, obstruction of justice


Published: Tue, 13 Jun 2017 16:30:00 GMT
Summary: AirTalk brings you partisan analysis of what to expect from Attorney General Jeff Sessions' testimony in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee before the open hearing today. We also debate the controversial Cadiz water project, which would pump water..


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What should be the regulations for Airbnb in LA?


Published: Mon, 12 Jun 2017 16:43:00 GMT
Summary: AirTalk debates how long Airbnb properties should be available to rent after concerns the home-sharing giant's success is causing companies to take their apartments off the housing market. We also discuss the legal grounds of a lawsuit against President T..


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Debating Trump’s legal team’s potential move to file complaint about Comey leak


Published: Fri, 09 Jun 2017 15:50:00 GMT
Summary: AirTalk debates whether or not Comey broke the law in leaking his memo after reports that Trump's personal attorney plans to file a complaint against the former FBI director. We also look at the future of Britain after the upset in Thursday's UK election;..


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AirTalk special coverage: James Comey hearing before the Senate Intelligence committee


Published: Thu, 08 Jun 2017 16:35:00 GMT
Summary: Today is Comey Day and all eyes are on Washington. AirTalk's stacked panel of reporters and experts dive into three hours of special coverage of former FBI Director James Comey's testimony before the Senate Intelligence committee this morning. What were t..


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Ranking House Intelligence member Adam Schiff looks ahead to Comey hearing


Published: Wed, 07 Jun 2017 16:35:00 GMT
Summary: Congressman Adam Schiff joins AirTalk today to talk about his close following of former FBI Director James Comey's impending testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee. We'll also dive into Comey's newly released opening statement; debate an upcom..


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How a recent California high court decision may be a harbinger for change on the bench


Published: Tue, 06 Jun 2017 16:41:00 GMT
Summary: AirTalk discusses the future of jury selection in California after the state Supreme Court overturned three convictions because the prosecutor removed 10 prospective jurors who were Latino. We'll also look ahead to ex-FBI Director James Comey's testimony ..


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CA Supreme Court to consider the future of death penalty in the state


Published: Mon, 05 Jun 2017 16:58:00 GMT
Summary: AirTalk debates California's controversial death penalty measure ahead of the state Supreme Court hearing that will decide its fate tomorrow. We'll also parse through the week's political news; look back at the significance of LA's police reform measure o..


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Knowingly exposing others to HIV is a felony – why a new CA bill seeks to reduce that


Published: Fri, 02 Jun 2017 16:29:00 GMT
Summary: AirTalk debates a state bill aiming to bring down the penalty for knowingly exposing others to HIV - regardless of infection - to a misdemeanor. We'll also discuss the Trump administration's petition asking the Supreme Court to reinstate the travel ban. ..


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AirTalk Special Coverage: Trump announces US withdrawal from Paris climate accord


Published: Thu, 01 Jun 2017 16:45:00 GMT
Summary: AirTalk brings extended live coverage and analysis of President Trump's decision to withdraw from the Paris Accord. Plus, debating a bill that would set 8:30 a.m. as the earliest start time for CA schools; a look at new data from the first year of legal p..


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LA’s homelessness shows dramatic rise, as city and county struggle to contain problem


Published: Wed, 31 May 2017 16:45:00 GMT
Summary: LA Homeless Services Authority's annual report was released this morning, with a 23 percent increase in homelessness throughout the county - we analyze the steep incline. We'll also take a look at the risks behind the Pentagon's missile defense system; fo..


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Weighing the real danger of allowing laptops on international flights


Published: Tue, 30 May 2017 16:50:00 GMT
Summary: On Sunday, Homeland Security Secretary John F. Kelly said he would consider expanding the existing ban on laptops in passenger cabins to all aircrafts flying in and out of the United States - we debate the pros and cons. We'll also catch up on the latest ..


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


Published: Fri, 26 May 2017 16:48:00 GMT
Summary: 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..


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


Published: Thu, 25 May 2017 16:38:00 GMT
Summary: 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 partnersh..


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


Published: Wed, 24 May 2017 16:45:00 GMT
Summary: 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..


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


Published: Tue, 23 May 2017 16:44:00 GMT
Summary: 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 s..


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


Published: Mon, 22 May 2017 16:38:00 GMT
Summary: 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..


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New California bill may keep drug companies from giving doctors gifts


Published: Fri, 19 May 2017 16:52:00 GMT
Summary: 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 L..


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


Published: Thu, 18 May 2017 16:36:00 GMT
Summary: 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 Ku..


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Could the Comey memo bring down the presidency?


Published: Wed, 17 May 2017 16:41:00 GMT
Summary: 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 pre..


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


Published: Tue, 16 May 2017 17:05:00 GMT
Summary: 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 p..


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


Published: Mon, 15 May 2017 16:46:00 GMT
Summary: 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 off..


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


Published: Thu, 11 May 2017 16:52:00 GMT
Summary: 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..


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


Published: Wed, 10 May 2017 16:57:00 GMT
Summary: 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 an..


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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


Published: Tue, 09 May 2017 16:33:00 GMT
Summary: 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..


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


Published: Mon, 08 May 2017 16:46:00 GMT
Summary: 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 als..


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


Published: Fri, 05 May 2017 16:42:00 GMT
Summary: 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 - ..


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Two years after Torrance refinery blast, new report blames ExxonMobil


Published: Thu, 04 May 2017 16:45:00 GMT
Summary: 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 i..


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Discussing the psychological toll on reviewers of violent Facebook content


Published: Wed, 03 May 2017 16:50:00 GMT
Summary: 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..


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


Published: Tue, 02 May 2017 16:24:00 GMT
Summary: 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 driver..


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Trump’s 100-day report card


Published: Mon, 01 May 2017 16:47:00 GMT
Summary: 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 disc..


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


Published: Fri, 28 Apr 2017 16:44:00 GMT
Summary: 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


Published: Thu, 27 Apr 2017 16:49:00 GMT
Summary: 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 administrati..


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


Published: Wed, 26 Apr 2017 16:46:00 GMT
Summary: 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 expe..


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Hollywood reacts to the WGA strike authorization


Published: Tue, 25 Apr 2017 16:51:00 GMT
Summary: 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 t..


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For Coachella attendees, how do you approach drug use?


Published: Mon, 24 Apr 2017 16:31:00 GMT
Summary: 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..


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What's the role of politics in science?


Published: Fri, 21 Apr 2017 16:44:00 GMT
Summary: 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 depo..


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


Published: Thu, 20 Apr 2017 16:54:00 GMT
Summary: 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 ab..


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


Published: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 18:45:00 GMT
Summary: 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 cance..


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


Published: Mon, 16 Jan 2017 18:24:00 GMT
Summary: 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 ..


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


Published: Fri, 13 Jan 2017 18:41:00 GMT
Summary: 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 t..


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


Published: Thu, 12 Jan 2017 18:43:00 GMT
Summary: 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 gotte..


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


Published: Wed, 11 Jan 2017 18:54:00 GMT
Summary: 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 sch..


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