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Join KPCC's AirTalk with host Larry Mantle weekdays for lively and in-depth discussions of city news, politics, science, the arts, entertainment, and more. Call-in number: 866-893-5722

Join KPCC's AirTalk with host Larry Mantle weekdays for lively and in-depth discussions of city news, politics, science, the arts, entertainment, and more. Call-in number: 866-893-5722


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Join KPCC's AirTalk with host Larry Mantle weekdays for lively and in-depth discussions of city news, politics, science, the arts, entertainment, and more. Call-in number: 866-893-5722






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Marathons, Triathlons And More: What Motivates Us To Undertake Physical Feats?

Athletes compete during the cycling portion of the IRONMAN 70.3 Steelhead on June 27, 2021 in Benton Harbor, Michigan. ; Credit: Patrick McDermott/Getty Images for IRONMAN Whether you’re new to running or you’ve finished your tenth triathlon, we want to hear from you about what motivates you and how that translates into pushing yourself physically. Guests: Mark Remy, longtime runner and writer in Portland, Oregon; creator of humor website; he is the author of many books,...


With Newsom Recall Election Date Set, We Check In On The Challengers

California Gov. Gavin Newsom looks on during a news conference after he toured the newly reopened Ruby Bridges Elementary School on March 16, 2021 in Alameda, California. ; Credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images California on Thursday scheduled a Sept. 14 recall election that could drive Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom from office, the result of a political uprising largely driven by angst over state coronavirus orders that shuttered schools and businesses and upended life for millions of...


COVID-19 AMA: J&J Says Its Vaccine Is Effective Against Delta Variant, WHO Says All Authorized Vaccines Should Be Recognized By The West And More

Detail of boxes with the U.S. donated Johnson & Johnson vaccine against Covid-19 at Universidad de Baja California on June 17, 2021 in Tijuana, Baja California. ; Credit: Francisco Vega/Getty Images In our continuing series looking at the latest medical research and news on COVID-19, Larry Mantle speaks with Dr. Annabelle De St. Maurice from University of California Los Angeles/Mattel Children’s hospital. Topics today include: J&J says its vaccine is effective against Delta variant J&J...


Domestic Violence Is The Number One Driver Of Homelessness For Women In LA County— Why Is It Rarely Addressed In Policy?

A homeless encampment is pictured at Venice Beach, on June 30, 2021 in Venice, California, where an initiative began this week offering people in homeless encampments a voluntary path to permanent housing.; Credit: FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP via Getty Images The majority of unhoused women across the nation — 57% according to recent data — say domestic violence is the direct cause of losing their permanent home. In L.A, almost 40% of women who are homeless say they’ve experienced abuse in the...


COVID-19 AMA: LA County’s New COVID-19 Cases Have Doubled, Vaccinated People Who Got Infected Carry Less Virus, CDC Researchers Say And More

Facemasks remain worn as firefighter paramedic Jorge Miranda, holding syringe, speaks with Eduardo Vasquez, who has lived homeless on the streets of Los Angeles since 1992, before administering the one-shot Johnson and Johnson' Janssen Covid-19 vaccine as part of outreach to the homeless by members of the Los Angeles Fire Department's Covid Outreach unit on June 14, 2021 in Los Angeles.; Credit: FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP via Getty Images In our continuing series looking at the latest medical...


The History And Present Of American Indian Boarding Schools, Including In SoCal

Sherman Institute, built in the Mission Revival architectural style, enrolled its first students on Sept. 9, 1902.; Credit: SHERMAN INDIAN MUSEUM Earlier this month, Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland announced an effort to search federal boarding schools for burial sites of Native American kids. The effort is similar to the one in Canada, which found the remains of up to 751 people, likely mostly children, at an unmarked grave in a defunct school in the province of Saskatchewan. We...


The Supreme Court’s Final Rulings Of The Spring 2021 Term, Plus A Retrospective On Some Of Its Biggest Cases

The US Supreme Court is seen in Washington, DC on July 1, 2021.; Credit: MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images The U.S. Supreme Court ends its spring term today with two final decisions expected to come down, one involving a pivotal voting rights case out of Arizona and the other involving so-called “dark money” and campaign finance. Today on AirTalk, we’ll get a summary of the arguments that each side in the two cases will be making, and we’ll look back on the Spring 2021 term overall, as...


LA City Council to Vote on New Measure to Restrict Homeless Encampments

Tents housing the homeless at an encampment in Echo Lake Park in Los Angeles, California on March 24, 2021.; Credit: FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP via Getty Images The Los Angeles City Council votes Thursday on a proposal to ban sleeping or camping in certain parts of the city, including near schools, parks, libraries, and other “sensitive” facilities like daycares. It would also ban tents and encampments from blocking sidewalks if wheelchair users cannot access them. The motion is a departure...


How And Why Was Bill Cosby’s Sex Assault Conviction Overturned?

Bill Cosby exits the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa., Saturday, June 17, 2017. ; Credit: Matt Rourke/AP Pennsylvania’s highest court overturned. Bill Cosby’s sex assault conviction Wednesday after finding an agreement with a previous prosecutor prevented him from being charged in the case. Cosby has served more than two years of a three- to 10-year sentence at a state prison near Philadelphia. He had vowed to serve all 10 years rather than acknowledge any remorse over the...


Frank Sinatra’s Life From His Manager’s Point Of View

Frank Sinatra, American singer and film actor, rehearsing in London for a London Palladium Concert. ; Credit: Express Newspapers/Getty Images Tony Oppedisano was Frank Sinatra’s friend and manager, and now he’s also an author of “Sinatra and Me: In the Wee Small Hours,” which dives into Sinatra’s life. We sit down with Oppedisano to discuss the book. Guest: Tony Oppedisano, author of “Sinatra and Me: In the Wee Small Hours” (Scribner, June 2021); he is a musician, producer and Frank...


Newsom Facing Criticism As He Meets With President Biden To Talk Wildfire Prevention Efforts, Higher Pay For Firefighters

US President Joe Biden holds a briefing on wildfires ahead of the wildfire season with cabinet members, government officials, as well as governors of several western states including California Governor Gavin Newsom (on screen), in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in Washington, DC, June 30, 2021. ; Credit: SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images President Joe Biden wants to boost firefighter pay to $15 an hour. It’s one of the things he and his administration are discussing with west...


Your Brain On Our Shaky Post-Pandemic Re-Opening

The first visitors enjoy breakfast at the Getty Museum on it's reopening day, May 25, 2021, in Los Angeles. ; Credit: VALERIE MACON/AFP via Getty Images If you’ve been to an unmasked party after California’s reopening, you may have experienced a feeling of transgression and social anxiety. A sense of relearning how to interact with large groups of people, in person no less! How have our brains changed during the restrictions of the pandemic, and what’s happening to them...


COVID-19 AMA: State Masking Guidelines Conflict With LA County Recommendation; Delta Variant Accounts For 26% Of U.S. COVID Cases And More

Masked and unmasked people make their way through Grand Central Market in Los Angeles, California on June 29, 2021.; Credit: FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP via Getty Images In our continuing series looking at the latest medical research and news on COVID-19, Larry Mantle speaks with Dr. Kimberly Shriner of Huntington Hospital in Pasadena. Topics today include: California mask guidance conflicts with LA County recommendation Delta variant now accounts for 26% of COVID-19 cases in the...


An Exit Interview With Outgoing LAUSD Superintendent Austin Beutner

Los Angeles Unified School District Superintendent Austin Beutner at Belmont High School on Weds., May 2, 2018.; Credit: Kyle Stokes/KPCC It’s safe to say LAUSD Superintendent Austin Beutner’s time in office was unlike any of his predecessors’. The former investment banker, deputy mayor of Los Angeles and L.A. Times publisher announced earlier this year that he’d be stepping down from his position at the end of June after three years which included bargaining through a teacher strike and...


COVID-19 AMA: Indoor Masking, The Delta Variant And More

A customer wears a face mask as they lift weights while working out inside a Planet Fitness Inc. gym as the location reopens after being closed due to the Covid-19 pandemic, on March 16, 2021 in Inglewood, California.; Credit: PATRICK T. FALLON/AFP via Getty Images In our continuing series looking at the latest medical research and news on COVID-19, Larry Mantle speaks with UCLA’s Dr. Kim-Farley. Topics today include: WHO encourages people to wear masks indoors to prevent transmission...


CA Extends Rent Protections, Plans To Pay Past-Due Rent For Low-Income Residents. What Does This Mean For Tenants And Landlords?

Renters and housing advocates attend a protest to cancel rent and avoid evictions amid Coronavirus pandemic on August 21, 2020, in Los Angeles, California. ; Credit: VALERIE MACON/AFP via Getty Images Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a bill Monday that extends an eviction moratorium for three more months and means some residents will see all their past-due rent paid for by the state. Original protections were set to expire this Wednesday, but the extension now will last through Sept. 30. The...


A New Government UFO Report Finds No Sign Of Alien Life, Cannot Explain Over Hundred Object Sightings

US plastic artist Peter Coffin's "Flying Saucer" --a 7-meter, LED-studded, SMS-controlled flying saucer and lifted by a helicopter-- overflies Ipanema beach, on May 23, 2009, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.; Credit: ANTONIO SCORZA/AFP via Getty Images A long-awaited U.S. government report on UFOs released Friday makes at least one thing clear: The truth is still out there. Investigators did not find extraterrestrial links in reviewing 144 sightings of aircraft or other devices apparently...


How Has Your Culture Impacted Your Relationship Or Lack Thereof With Mental Health?

A Japanese girl sits on her fathers shoulders during the annual Sanja Festival at Tokyo's Sensoji Temple on May 22, 2005 in Tokyo, Japan.; Credit: Koichi Kamoshida/Getty Images Mental health has long been stigmatized across the board, but within some cultures the challenges involved in seeking help can be intensified. LA Times Columnist Frank Shyong recently pinned a letter to his parents in a column that pulls back the curtain on some of his own struggles, and it’s starting a...


New Report Finds Alien Solar System Looking For Other Planets Could Soon Spot Earth

A photo illustration of the Earth moving around the sun.; Credit: OpenSpace/American Museum of Natural History A new report published in the journal Nature found that a solar system of Earth-sized planets orbiting a dim star could soon have the proper vantage point to view Earth. However, if there is life on those planets, and if they have the same capabilities as humans do to peek into the stars, they are still about three decades away from viewing us. But after that time, the stars...


Haven’t Gotten Your CA Real ID? Here’s What You Need To Know

What a California "Real ID" driver's license will look like.; Credit: California DMV Deadlines, documents and everything else you need to know to finally get your Real ID. Guest: Steve Gordon, director of the California Department of Motor Vehicles This content is from Southern California Public Radio. View the original story at