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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.

Join Larry Mantle weekdays for lively and in-depth discussions of Los Angeles and Southern California news, politics, science, entertainment, the arts and more.


Pasadena, CA


Join Larry Mantle weekdays for lively and in-depth discussions of Los Angeles and Southern California news, politics, science, entertainment, the arts and more.






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Coronavirus Updates: What Is California Doing To Prepare For Inevitable Spread?

A worshipper wears a face mask to protect against the coronavirus while sitting in a pew at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels on Ash Wednesday on February 26, 2020 in Los Angeles, California.; Credit: Mario Tama/Getty Images Officials this week confirmed the first case of the coronavirus without a known origin. According to SacBee, officials with the CDC confirmed the case Wednesday in Northern California and say the individual is receiving treatment in Sacramento County. The...


California ‘Facing Fire’ As A New Way Of Life

“Facing Fire: Art, Wildfire, and the End of Nature in the New West” opens at UC Riverside’s California Museum of Photography.; Credit: California Museum of Photography They say art imitates life and the new art exhibition, “Facing Fire: Art, Wildfire, and the End of Nature in the New West” aims to reflect life in California as wildfires become a more frequent and intense reality for the state. The exhibit, hosted by UC Riverside’s California Museum of Photography, explores the...


2020: The Impact Of The Latino Vote

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) greets supporters at his "Get Out the Early Vote" rally at Valley High School on February 21, 2020 in Santa Ana, California.; Credit: David McNew/Getty Images Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders won big in the Nevada caucuses this past Saturday. He established himself as a frontrunner in the first ethnically diverse state to vote in the Democratic presidential primary. Nevada is about a third Latino. And according to recent...


Ransomware For Hire: How The Dark Web Enables Amateur Hackers

Paid services are now available to conduct ransomware attacks. ; Credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images When you imagine a hacker launching a ransomware attack, you probably think: evil genius in a hoodie, writing complex strings of code. But the dark web means that being a cybercriminal isn’t as complicated as it used to be. Now, it’s possible to pay for a service that will coordinate a ransomware attack for you. You’ll even get customer service support. Here to tell us all about it is...


A Pediatrician’s Attempt To Change How We Think And Talk About Puberty With Boys

A group of young boys pose for a photo.; Credit: Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images Mood shifts and drastic changes in behavior. Puberty is a rough time for any young kid going through the developmental period. It’s also difficult for parents. It can be a challenging topic to talk about, but within the last few decades or so girls have been encouraged to do just that. Boys on the other hand, not so much. Dr. Cara Natterson wants to see that change. The pediatrician has found boys often retreat...


Checking In On Impact, Implementation And Response To California’s Two Newest Vaccine Exemption Laws

First partner of California Jennifer Siebel Newsom speaks at the Women's March California 2019 on January 19, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. ; Credit: Sarah Morris/Getty Images On Monday, First Partner Jennifer Siebel Newsom addressed anti-vaccine protesters who had gathered outside her house in Sacramento, saying her husband’s administration is taking their concerns into consideration and that she thought there should be further discussion over the necessity of certain...

From Post To Photo Finish: New Book Uses Portraiture To Chronicle Hollywood Park Racetrack’s Final Weeks

A track worker watches a horse run along the backstretch during morning workouts at Betfair Hollywood Park on December 21, 2013 in Inglewood, California. ; Credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images Hollywood Park Racetrack in Inglewood was home to horse racing royalty over its 75 years in operation. Zenyatta, Seabiscuit, Citation, Secretariat and Seattle Slew, just to name a few, were all stabled at Hollywood Park at some point over their legendary careers. But for so many, the track was so...


2020 Check In: Previewing South Carolina’s Primary And The Role The African American Vote Will Play There And In California

Democratic presidential candidates, former Vice President Joe Biden, left, Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), right, march down Main St. to the King Day at the Dome event on January 20, 2020 in Columbia, South Carolina. ; Credit: Sean Rayford/Getty Images Eyeing a South Carolina victory to rescue his presidential ambitions, Joe Biden claimed one of the state's most coveted endorsements on Wednesday as Democratic front-runner Bernie...


Chatting With One Of NPR’s ‘Founding Mothers’ Susan Stamberg

Susan Stamberg; Credit: Kansas Public Radio With a career in broadcast journalism that spans over fifty years, Susan Stamberg is one of the most respected figures in media today and continues to be a recognizable voice on NPR’s airwaves. Stamberg is considered one of NPR’s “founding mothers”. She began her career with the organization as a co-host on All Things Considered, becoming the first woman to regularly anchor a nightly news cast. Since then, she’s hosted Weekend Edition Sunday,...


How Caregiving Demands Are Intensifying For The ‘Sandwich Generation’

Imogen Robinson, 99, poses for a photograph in her flat in Protheroe House in Tottenham on September 5, 2017 in London, England.; Credit: Jack Taylor/Getty Images For working parents, staying on top of childcare is difficult enough. Yet increasingly, American parents are being squeezed by the pressure of not only caring for their kids, but their aging parents as well. So-called “sandwich caregivers” are the individuals caught looking after two dependent generations simultaneously. An...


Producer Richie Jackson On Life As A Gay Man In America, Then And Now

Andrew Sullivan interviews producer and author Richie Jackson.; Credit: KRISTOFFER TRIPPLAAR/THE ATLANTIC When producer Richie Jackson moved to New York City as a young man in the 1980s, he joined a gay community still fighting for basic rights and recognition under the law. He came of age during the AIDS crisis and found that in order to guarantee his personal freedoms as a gay man, he would have to be political. So when, decades later, Jackson’s son came out as gay, Jackson felt...


Should Patients Diagnosed With Alzheimer’s Or Dementia Be Able To Choose Assisted Suicide?

Youssef Cohen rides to a doctor's appointment with his wife Lindsay Wright on March 16, 2016 in New York City. ; Credit: John Moore/Getty Images A recent op-ed in the L.A. Times titled, “My friend has dementia and wants to end her life. California’s assisted-suicide law excludes her,” shines a light on the complexitites of expanding the state’s law beyond patients with a cancer diagnosis or terminal illness. The law, passed in 2015 and modeled after a 1997 Oregon statute, allows...


Where In The World Is AirTalk’s Larry Mantle?

Max Muncy #13 of the Los Angeles Dodgers hits a ground ball during the first inning of a Cactus League spring training game against the Chicago White Sox at Camelback Ranch on February 24, 2020 in Glendale, Arizona. ; Credit: Ralph Freso/Getty Images The answer: Spring training in Arizona. Die-hard listeners of AirTalk know that every February or March, Larry takes off for his annual pilgrimage to The Grand Canyon State to catch some pre-season baseball. He calls in and chats with guest...


WHO Says Coronavirus Has Pandemic Potential. Here’s What That Means

South Korean President Moon Jae-in (L) talks to a president of Daegu Medical Center, You Wan-sik (R) at the Daegu Medical Center on February 25, 2020 in Daegu, South Korea. ; Credit: Handout Yesterday, it was reported that the White House is readying an urgent budget request to address the coronavirus outbreak. Part of that money is needed to reimburse the Pentagon, which is housing quarantined evacuees from China, at military bases here in California. Meanwhile, the World Health...


Massive Star Betelgeuse Isn’t Ready To Explode, Yet

Supergiant star Betelgeuse, in the Orion constellation. ; Credit: AFP/AFP via Getty Images One of the most well-known stars in the galaxy is safe -- for now. The star Betelgeuse is popular among amateur astronomers for being one of the largest, easiest, and most remarkable stars to spot. In fact, you can see it any night that it’s clear. To spot Betelgeuse, look for a bright reddish star in the constellation Orion, roughly where the left shoulder would be. But starting late last year,...

High Court Watchers Highlight Notable Cases To Be Heard By US Supreme Court In Coming Months

US Supreme Court justices arrive for the State of the Union address at the US Capitol in Washington, DC; Credit: BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP via Getty Images For a Supreme Court that says it has an allergy to politics, the next few months might require a lot of tissues. The court is poised to issue campaign-season decisions in the full bloom of spring in cases dealing with President Donald Trump’s tax and other financial records, abortion, LGBT rights, immigration, guns, church-state...


AirTalk Special: A City’s Final Goodbye To Kobe Bryant

A mural depicting deceased NBA star Kobe Bryant, painted by Jonas Never, is displayed on a building in Los Angeles, California. ; Credit: Mario Tama/Getty Images Family, friends and fans are gathering today in downtown Los Angeles for a special memorial service honoring Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna Bryant. The service at Staples Center serves as a final goodbye for a city that has been in mourning since it was announced the basketball legend, his daughter, and seven others were...


Harvey Weinstein Convicted In Sexual Assault Trial

Harvey Weinstein exits a Manhattan court house as a jury continues with deliberations in his trial on February 20, 2020 in New York City. ; Credit: Spencer Platt/Getty Images Harvey Weinstein was convicted Monday at his sexual assault trial, sealing his dizzying fall from powerful Hollywood studio boss to archvillain of the #MeToo movement. He was found guilty of criminal sex act for assaulting production assistant Mimi Haley at his apartment in 2006 and third-degree rape of a woman in...


‘Gentefied:’ When The Gentrifier Comes From The Community Being Gentrified

America Ferrera and Diane Guerrero at an event for "Gentefied"; Credit: Owen Hoffmann/Getty Images Can someone gentrify their own neighborhood? That’s one of the many facets of gentrification explored by the new Netflix bilingual dramedy “Gentefied,” whose title is a portmanteau of “gente” which means “people” in Spanish and “gentrified.” The show tells the story of three cousins trying to save their grandpa’s taco shop in the rapidly changing L.A. neighborhood of Boyle...


How Are Americans Feeling About Socialism These Days?

2020 Democratic presidential hopeful US Senator Bernie Sanders (D-VT) and representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) wave to a crowd of supporters during a campaign rally.; Credit: JOHANNES EISELE/AFP via Getty Images Sen. Bernie Sanders has a current edge in the field of candidates hoping to be the face of the Democratic party come November. According to NPR News, he’s rising in the polls among Democrats. But other polls show most Americans aren’t that into the idea of socialism,...