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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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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.

    AMA: US Has Highest Number Of Covid Cases, Best Practices Right Now And More

    AMA: US Has Highest Number Of Covid Cases, Best Practices Right Now And More

    Today on AirTalk, we discuss the state of COVID-19 in the United States. Also on the show, we take a look at the mental health resources available to Angelenos; talk with our FilmWeek critics about what they're streaming; and more.

    • 1 hr 43 min
    COVID-19: US Continues To See Rise, LA County Confirmed Cases Now Top 800

    COVID-19: US Continues To See Rise, LA County Confirmed Cases Now Top 800

    Today on AirTalk, we give the latest on the coronavirus in SoCal and have our daily listener Q&A with our medical expert. Also on the show, we interview LA County Sheriff Alex Villanueva; take a look at how landlords are being impacted by the outbreak; and more.

    • 1 hr 43 min
    The Danger Of Consumer Scams And Phishing Attacks Amid COVID-19

    The Danger Of Consumer Scams And Phishing Attacks Amid COVID-19

    Today on AirTalk, we discuss how the coronavirus pandemic is making consumers vulnerable to scammers. Also on the show, we take a look at the Senate's $2 trillion stimulus bill; get the latest on the virus' spread; and more.

    • 1 hr 44 min
    Coronavirus Latest: 2020 Olympics Postponed, US Congress Pushes Toward Stimulus Deal And More Answers To Your Coronavirus Questions

    Coronavirus Latest: 2020 Olympics Postponed, US Congress Pushes Toward Stimulus Deal And More Answers To Your Coronavirus Questions

    Today on AirTalk, we talk about the latest in coronavirus news, including the Olympics being postponed and progress on the federal government stimulus package. We're also taking a look at what's being done to help the homeless; talk with listeners about how they're trying to maintain normalcy; and more.

    • 1 hr 44 min
    Week In Politics: Economic Rescue Plan Stalls In Senate, White House COVID-19 Response And More

    Week In Politics: Economic Rescue Plan Stalls In Senate, White House COVID-19 Response And More

    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. We're also joined by our medical expert to continue answering listener questions; talk with listeners on how their place of worship has changed amid the outbreak; and more.

    • 1 hr 46 min
    Interview: LA Mayor Garcetti, LA County Supe Barger, LB Mayor Garcia On New ‘Stay At Home’ Order

    Interview: LA Mayor Garcetti, LA County Supe Barger, LB Mayor Garcia On New ‘Stay At Home’ Order

    Today on AirTalk, we talk with local leaders about the "Stay At Home" ordinances. Also on the show, our FilmWeek critics review new digital releases and discuss the best films to cozy up with inside.

    • 1 hr 48 min

Customer Reviews

kaitlinsnowmd ,

Love Larry and the show

But I hate Libby Denkman so much that I’m taking away two stars and cut some of my funding to Kpcc. Bring back Heddy Lynn Herdys and get this clown Denman off the show!

kickintheeye ,

My favorite podcast

I have been listening to AirTalk for over a decade and the show has continued to impress me all these years. Larry is one of the most level-headed, intelligent, and gracious hosts you can find. Larry avoids bias and presses both sides of the issue.

Years ago the time slot changed and I was not able to listen on my commute but I now listen to the podcast everyday and I contribute to KPCC quarterly as my gratitude for the quality programming of AirTalk. -Matthew, Windsor Square, Los Angeles.

Singlestick ,

Essential Listening

Air Talk is consistently entertaining and informative, not only one of the best public radio talk programs, but one of the best interview programs, period. Host Larry Mantle is fair and knowledgeable. The program doesn't just feature famous guests and the usual suspects talking heads, but guests who are actually experts in their fields even if they are not household names.

Because Mantle can easily pull a range of guests from the leading universities, institutions and businesses in the area, from UCLA to JPL to Cal Tech, Air Talk can easily move from local California stories, such as features on the housing crisis, to cutting edge interviews with leading scientists and researchers.

Most of all, I appreciate that Air Talk's political coverage is free of any pre-digested political bias and consistently seeks out the best, most engaging guests and interview topics, not merely the most notorious or popular. Whether you agree or disagree with a speaker, you will rarely come away from an interview thinking that an interview subject did not get a fair hearing.

The Friday programs, featuring a film critic roundtable and interviews with film makers, is a delight, especially film critic Charles Solomon's informed and affectionate discussions of animated film.

Along side Terry Gross' "Fresh Air," Larry Mantle's "Air Talk" is essential listening, never heavy-handed and always engaging.

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