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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.


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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.






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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,...


After KPCC Investigation ‘Stuck,’ CA Rental Data Tracking Bill Reintroduced

Mother clutching child illustration. ; Credit: Dan Carino/LAist A state assemblywoman wants to collect new data on rental housing in California. Introduced Tuesday, the new bill from Oakland lawmaker Buffy Wicks, AB 2406, would track rents, vacancies, ownership and more for landlords with at least 5 units. Wicks pledged to re-introduce the bill after KPCC broadcast our special report, "Deceit, Disrepair and Death Inside a Southern California Rental Empire", which shined a light on the...

Looking Back At the Negro Leagues Centennial

Negro league baseball team Newark Eagles.; Credit: Negro Leagues Baseball Museum This February, Black History Month coincides with an milestone for the history of baseball: the centennial of the Negro National League. In the 1910s, African-American baseball teams often drew huge crowds, but white bookers controlled the profits and dictated when teams could play. That changed when pitcher Rube Foster organized the Negro National League in February 1920. Beginning then, African-American...


The Denkmann Report: City Council Races, Bloomberg Pays Californians To Post About Him, Vote Centers Set To Open And More

Councilmember David Ryu, who is running for reelection in LA's 4th District, speaks on stage.; Credit: Rich Fury/Getty Images California’s primary is rapidly approaching. Each week, Larry is checking in with KPCC politics reporter Libby Denkmann as she follows all things voting in SoCal. Here are some of the headlines she’s watching this week: City Council races: CD 14 (Lee-Lundquist rematch), CD 4 (Ryu reelection with several challengers), and Kevin De Leon/Mark Ridley Thomas likely...


Dem Candidates Come Out Swinging During Las Vegas Debate. How Does The Rhetoric Sit With Voters?

Democratic presidential hopefuls Former New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg and Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren speak during a break in the ninth Democratic primary debate of the 2020 presidential campaign season co-hosted by NBC News, MSNBC, Noticias Telemundo and The Nevada Independent at the Paris Theater in Las Vegas, Nevada, on February 19, 2020. ; Credit: MARK RALSTON/AFP via Getty Images Six Democratic candidates took the stage during Wednesday night’s debate in Las Vegas. Former...


Should Nurse Practitioners Be Given More Autonomy?

Madison Tolchin visits Paula Glass, an advanced registered nurse practitioner, for a health checkup at a Planned Parenthood clinic on April 14, 2017 in Wellington, Florida. ; Credit: Joe Raedle/Getty Images In an effort to address California’s dire physician shortage, legislation that is working its way through the state legislature would allow nurse practitioners who receive special training and certification to practice on their own and without needing the agreement that is currently...


Driving While Black In The Pre-Civil Rights Era

Migrant workers from Florida stop in North Carolina in 1940. African-Americans traveling by open road during Jim Crow endured inconvenience, discrimination and harassment.Credit...; Credit: Corbis via Getty Images America was forever changed by the automobile. With the production of affordable cars in the early 20th century, people could travel the country on their own time. But for African Americans, traveling by car was especially meaningful -- and challenging, writes historian and...


2020: Dem Candidates’ Campaigning Strategies In Nevada And Beyond, Post Debate

Democratic presidential candidate, former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg speaks at a press conference to discuss his presidential run on November 25, 2019 in Norfolk, Virginia. ; Credit: Drew Angerer/Getty Images From the opening bell, Democrats savaged New York billionaire Mike Bloomberg and raised pointed questions about Bernie Sanders’ take-no-prisoners politics during a contentious debate Wednesday night that threatened to further muddy the party’s urgent quest to defeat President...

Should Public Transit Users Be Able To Jump Security Checkpoint Lines At LAX?

Buses pick up arriving travelers at LAX as people travel to Thanksgiving holiday destinations on November 26, 2014 in Los Angeles, California.; Credit: David McNew/Getty Images The city of Los Angeles is considering giving public transit riders priority access at LAX’s security lines. L.A. City Councilmember Bob Blumenfield authored the motion, which points to similar programs launched by the Massachusetts Port Authority and the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART). Passengers who arrive at LAX...


Governor Newsom’s State of the State

California Gov. Gavin Newsom speaks during a news conference at the California State Capitol in Sacramento, California; Credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images California's governor is calling for better mental health care to help the state's huge homeless population, addressing one of the state's most pressing problems in his second State of the State speech. The number of people living on California's streets jumped 16% last year. Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom recently said he wants to...


LAPD Chief Moore: AG Investigation, Hate Crimes Up, Kobe Memorial, And More

LAPD chief Michel Moore.; Credit: Signe Larsen/KPCC Los Angeles Police Department Chief Michel Moore joins Larry Mantle for his monthly check-in on AirTalk. Topics discussed include: California AG investigation into gang-framing incident LA law enforcement refuse to work with ICE Concerns over automatic license plate readers pose privacy risk ‘Use-of-force’ incidents involving homeless people are up LAPD reports rise in hate crimes Vision Zero program efforts to decrease traffic...


Should Voting Be Compulsory? One California Lawmaker Thinks So

Democratic Congressional candidate Katie Hill fills out her ballot in a polling place in California's 25th Congressional district on November 6, 2018 in Agua Dulce, California. ; Credit: Mario Tama/Getty Images A newly introduced California bill would make it a requirement that all registered voters cast a ballot, even if that ballot is unmarked. If passed, AB 2070 would go into effect in 2022. Should California have compulsory voting? How would it affect our elections? Might the...


Local, National And International Impact Of Coronavirus On China-U.S. Business Relations

Air China employees wear medical masks for protection against the novel coronavirus outbreak at LAX Tom Bradley International Terminal on February 2, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. ; Credit: David McNew/Getty Images Apple Inc. is warning investors that it won't meet its second-quarter financial guidance because the viral outbreak in China has cut production of iPhones. The Cupertino, California-based company said Monday that all of its iPhone manufacturing facilities are outside Hubei...


Week In Politics: Bloomberg Qualifies For Debate, The Stone Intervention And More

Democratic presidential candidate former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg delivers remarks during a campaign rally on February 12, 2020 in Nashville, Tennessee.; Credit: Brett Carlsen/Getty Images AirTalk’s weekly political roundtable recaps the major headlines you might’ve missed in politics news over the weekend and looks ahead to the week to come. Here are the headlines that we’re following this week: 2020 We look ahead to South Carolina and Nevada The ninth Democratic debate is...


Lack Of Toilets For Homeless Causes Public Health Crisis in L.A.

A homeless man spulls a cart with his belongings on November 25, 2019. ; Credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images There’s an urgent public health risk here in Los Angeles -- the lack of toilets available to the roughly 36,000 homeless people in the city. NBC4 investigative reporter Joel Grover has a new report out on this health risk. Most homeless encampments in the city do not have access to a nearby toilet, leaving residents to use the streets rather than a restroom. Even passersby are at...


Boy Scouts Of America Files For Bankruptcy -- What’s Next For The Organization

Uniformed members of Trail Life USA present the colors during the opening ceremony for the Family Research Council's Value Voters Summit at the Omni Shoreham Hotel September 21, 2018 in Washington, DC. ; Credit: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images Barraged by hundreds of sex-abuse lawsuits, the Boy Scouts of America filed for bankruptcy protection Tuesday in hopes of working out a potentially mammoth victim compensation plan that will allow the 110-year-old organization to carry on. The...


The Latest On Homelessness Talks Between L.A. And The Trump Administration

A homeless encampment on a freeway overpass near the Federal Building in downtown Los Angeles, California on December 1, 2015. ; Credit: MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images L.A. Mayor Eric Garcettti and HUD Secretary Ben Carson are continuing talks of a deal to address homelessness in the city. The two officials met Thursday at an event on homelessness at USC. According to the L.A. Times, Garcetti said he expects more information on the collaboration will be revealed in the next couple weeks....


New Bill Proposes Longer Sentences For Porch Pirates

Packages stand on a conveyor for delivery.; Credit: Michele Tantussi/Getty Images Porch pirates -- they’re the thieves who go onto someone’s porch and steal their unopened packages. And the number of porch pirates has only increased in recent years with the rise of online shopping. Senator Brian Jones (R-Santee) sees porch piracy as an “epidemic,” is trying to solve the problem by imposing harsher sentences. Senate Bill 979, which Jones introduced this week, would allow judges to...


Should There Be A Car-Free Zone On Broadway In Downtown LA?

City Councilman José Huizar is spearheading the "Bringing Back Broadway" initiative.; Credit: Nuran Alteir/KPCC L.A. City Councilman Jose Huizar proposed a motion for the city to study the possibility of making Broadway car-free between First and 12th streets downtown. Huizar’s Bringing Back Broadway plan has already improved the pedestrian experience by widening sidewalks and adding landscaping, lighting and street furniture to walkways. This would take it a step further by closing off...


Sheriff Alex Villanueva Responds To Measure R Debate

Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva speaks on January 27, 2020 in Calabasas, California. ; Credit: Josh Lefkowitz/Getty Images Los Angeles County will vote on Measure R on March 3. The measure would give the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department’s civilian oversight board increased subpoena power, and it would also require the county to research and publish a plan to implement effective mental health treatment in order to lower the jail population. Today on AirTalk, LA County Sheriff...