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After Dick Dale’s death, we discuss the king of the surf guitar’s legacy in SoCal

After Dick Dale’s death, we discuss the king of the surf guitar’s legacy in SoCal

A photo of surf guitarist Dick Dale (with guitar) and his band, the Del-Tones.; Credit: Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images AirTalk® Dick Dale, whose pounding, blaringly loud power-chord instrumentals on songs like “Miserlou” and “Let’s Go Trippin’” earned him the title King of the Surf Guitar, has died at age 81. His former bassist Sam Bolle […]

‘One of New Zealand’s darkest days’: The Christchurch mosque attack and what we know so far

‘One of New Zealand’s darkest days’: The Christchurch mosque attack and what we know so far

Police corden off the areas close to the mosque after a gunman filmed himself firing at worshippers inside in Christchurch on March 15, 2019. ; Credit: FLYNN FOLEY/AFP/Getty Images AirTalk® At least 49 people were killed in mass shootings at two mosques full of worshippers attending Friday prayers in an attack broadcast in horrifying, live […]

‘One of New Zealand’s darkest days’: The Christchurch mosque attack and what we know so far

‘One of New Zealand’s darkest days’: The Christchurch mosque attack and what we know so far

Police corden off the areas close to the mosque after a gunman filmed himself firing at worshippers inside in Christchurch on March 15, 2019. ; Credit: FLYNN FOLEY/AFP/Getty Images AirTalk® At least 49 people were killed in mass shootings at two mosques full of worshippers attending Friday prayers in an attack broadcast in horrifying, live […]

‘One of New Zealand’s darkest days’: The Christchurch mosque attack and what we know so far

‘One of New Zealand’s darkest days’: The Christchurch mosque attack and what we know so far

Police corden off the areas close to the mosque after a gunman filmed himself firing at worshippers inside in Christchurch on March 15, 2019. ; Credit: FLYNN FOLEY/AFP/Getty Images AirTalk® At least 49 people were killed in mass shootings at two mosques full of worshippers attending Friday prayers in an attack broadcast in horrifying, live […]

‘One of New Zealand’s darkest days’: The Christchurch mosque attack and what we know so far

‘One of New Zealand’s darkest days’: The Christchurch mosque attack and what we know so far

Police corden off the areas close to the mosque after a gunman filmed himself firing at worshippers inside in Christchurch on March 15, 2019. ; Credit: FLYNN FOLEY/AFP/Getty Images AirTalk® At least 49 people were killed in mass shootings at two mosques full of worshippers attending Friday prayers in an attack broadcast in horrifying, live […]

California bill to ease pathway for former inmates to become firefighters

California bill to ease pathway for former inmates to become firefighters

California’s Volunteer Inmate Firefighters work as a group in West Hills, California on November 11, 2018, as they continue their battle to control the Woolsey Fire.; Credit: FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images AirTalk® A bill introduced by Assemblywoman Eloise Reyes (D-San Bernardino) last month is looking to help former inmate firefighters pursue the career after their […]

Robots calling balls and strikes? MLB has inked a deal with an independent league to be a testing ground for rule changes

Robots calling balls and strikes? MLB has inked a deal with an independent league to be a testing ground for rule changes

A bucket of baseballs for batting practice is seen before the Texas Rangers play the Houston Astros on Opening Day at Minute Maid Park on March 31, 2013 in Houston, Texas. ; Credit: Bob Levey/Getty Images AirTalk® Imagine going to a baseball game where balls and strikes are tracked completely by computer instead of an […]

Why your dad cracks bad jokes

Why your dad cracks bad jokes

Seven-year-old Abed Rahman Kanjou, left, plays with his father, Abdul Maman Kanjou, in their temporary housing in Pomona on Monday afternoon, Aug. 29, 2016. ; Credit: Maya Sugarman/KPCC AirTalk® We’ve all experienced them. And yes, some of us are known to crack a few of them. Dad jokes, as Urban Dictionary defines it, are incredibly […]

What we know so far about Boeing passenger jet that has crashed twice in five months

What we know so far about Boeing passenger jet that has crashed twice in five months

File: A Boeing company sign. ; Credit: AFP/AFP/Getty Images AirTalk® Authorities in Ethiopia, China and Indonesia grounded all Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft Monday following the crash of an Ethiopian Airlines jetliner that killed 157 people, and investigators found the flight recorders from the field where the plane went down. The new plane crashed shortly […]

Where is the most politically tolerant place in America?

Where is the most politically tolerant place in America?

Attendees experiment with an electoral map during the “Full Frontal With Samantha Bee” Presents “This Is Not A Game: The Game” press junket on September 5, 2018 in New York City; Credit: Paul Zimmerman/Getty Images for Turner AirTalk® Where is the least politically prejudiced place in America? According to an analysis conducted for The Atlantic […]