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Is McDonald’s investment into AI tech for its drive-thrus a bellwether for retail?

Is McDonald’s investment into AI tech for its drive-thrus a bellwether for retail?

The McDonald’s logo appears on the side of a McDonald’s location.; Credit: Yichuan Cao/NurPhoto via Getty Images AirTalk® It’s a sunny day outside, you pull up to the drive through window at your local McDonalds and see a milkshake advertised on the drive-thru menu. You didn’t want a milkshake initially, but it sounds good on […]

Southwest Museum searching for new owner who will give it some TLC while preserving its history

Southwest Museum searching for new owner who will give it some TLC while preserving its history

The Southwest Museum near Mount Washington; Credit: theautry.org AirTalk® Los Angeles’ oldest museum is in the market for a makeover. On Tuesday, the Autry Museum of the West  put out a request for organizations to propose original and cost-effective ideas to revitalize the Southwest Museum, which it has owned and overseen since 2003. In a […]

Receipts would go all-digital under proposed California bill that would toss out paper ones for good

Receipts would go all-digital under proposed California bill that would toss out paper ones for good

A receipt rests on top of a credit card.; Credit: Photo by Brad Montgomery via Flickr Creative Commons AirTalk® If you love those two-foot long receipts with tons of coupons on them, you’ll be disappointed to hear that a bill making its way through the California legislature would require businesses to go paperless when it […]

AirTalk special on Mueller report: Can Attorney General Barr exonerate Trump?

AirTalk special on Mueller report: Can Attorney General Barr exonerate Trump?

U.S. President Donald Trump returns to the White House after spending the weekend in Florida March 24, 2019 in Washington, DC. Trump returns to Washington as Special Counsel Robert Mueller has concluded his investigation into allegations of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election; Credit: Alex Wong/Getty Images AirTalk® The Justice Department said Sunday that […]

Forever alone? New survey shows decline of romantic partners

Forever alone? New survey shows decline of romantic partners

A couple shares a romantic moment as the full moon rises in the background on February 22, 2016. ; Credit: BULENT KILIC/AFP/Getty Images AirTalk® It’s no secret that young adults today are waiting longer than previous generations to get married and have children. New data from the University of Chicago-based General Social Survey (GSS) shows […]

From the Golden State to the Lone Star State: California’s affordable housing crisis and its effect on the job market

From the Golden State to the Lone Star State: California’s affordable housing crisis and its effect on the job market

The PATH Metro Villas, in Hollywood, are part of L.A.’s big push to ramp up affordable housing construction. ; Credit: Rina Palta, KPCC AirTalk® California’s economy may be booming, but if it doesn’t solve its affordable housing crisis soon, some employers could leave the state altogether. According to a recent article in the Wall Street […]

Interview with new USC president Carol Folt

Interview with new USC president Carol Folt

USC Village will open in fall 2017. ; Credit: USC AirTalk® The University of Southern California on Wednesday announced a new school president to usher “a new era” following a series of high-profile scandals that culminated last week with a massive college admissions bribery case. Carol Folt, former chancellor of the University of North Carolina […]

After MySpace accidentally loses 12 years of music uploads, we look back at the former giant’s significance

After MySpace accidentally loses 12 years of music uploads, we look back at the former giant’s significance

The Myspace logo appears on the side of a building at the South by Southwest Festival in Austin, Texas; Credit: Paul Hudson/Flickr.com AirTalk® The last time many of us thought about MySpace was the first time we logged into Facebook. But yesterday, the former social networking giant made headlines for losing over a decade’s worth […]

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 […]