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Whether And How A ‘Right To Shelter’ Policy Would Work In California, And What The State Can Learn From New York City

Whether And How A ‘Right To Shelter’ Policy Would Work In California, And What The State Can Learn From New York City

Tents and belongings of the homeless line a street in downtown Los Angeles, California on June 25, 2018.; Credit: FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images AirTalk® In a recent op-ed in the Los Angeles Times, Sacramento Mayor and co-chair of Governor Gavin Newsom’s Homeless and Supportive Housing Advisory Task Force Darrell Steinberg floats the idea that California […]

AirTalk Special Event: Apollo 11 — One Small Step, 50 Years Later

AirTalk Special Event: Apollo 11 — One Small Step, 50 Years Later

Picture taken on July 20, 1969 shows astronaut Edwin E. Aldrin Jr., lunar module pilot, walking on the surface of the moon during the Apollo 11 extravehicular activity (EVA). Astronaut Neil A. Armstrong took this photograph with a 70mm lunar surface camera. ; Credit: AFP/AFP/Getty Images Jacklyn Kim | AirTalk® Fifty years ago on July […]

Kill Or No Kill? What Is The Best Way To Deal With SoCal’s Rising Coyote Population

Kill Or No Kill? What Is The Best Way To Deal With SoCal’s Rising Coyote Population

Urban coyote walking through a parking lot; Credit: Flickr user Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife AirTalk® Coyotes are back in Southern California and seemingly more aggressive than ever. If you’ve checked the Nextdoor app or even just chatted with your neighbors recently, chances are they’ve mentioned a coyote sighting. Plus, just yesterday there was […]

Will New Development In Skid Row Help Or Hurt Locals? LA City Officials And Residents Disagree On The Answer

Will New Development In Skid Row Help Or Hurt Locals? LA City Officials And Residents Disagree On The Answer

Trash lies beside the Skid Row City Limit mural as the city begins its annual homeless count in Los Angeles, California on January 26, 2018.; Credit: MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images AirTalk® A plan to rezone LA’s skid row looks to create 100,000 new housing units by 2040 – but who will that new housing be accessible […]

Is Ignorance Really Bliss When It Comes To Knowing Your Risk of Alzheimer’s? Medical Experts Are Split

Is Ignorance Really Bliss When It Comes To Knowing Your Risk of Alzheimer’s? Medical Experts Are Split

Researchers have only recently been able to use brain scans to detect Alzheimer’s risk factors in living people.; Credit: /iStockphoto AirTalk® The rise of direct-to-consumer genetic testing companies has given us a closer look into the makeup of our DNA than ever before, and beyond finding out your family heritage, these tests also give consumers […]

Immigration Round-Up: New Asylum Policy And Update On Expected ICE Raids

Immigration Round-Up: New Asylum Policy And Update On Expected ICE Raids

US Immigration Rally at the Border; Credit: JAVIER TOVAR/AFP/Getty Images AirTalk® The Trump administration said Monday it will end asylum protections for most migrants who arrive at the U.S.-Mexico border in a major escalation of the president’s battle to tamp down immigration. According to a new rule published in the Federal Register, asylum seekers who […]

Netflix To Snuff Out (Some) Smoking In Original Programming Aimed At Younger Viewers

Netflix To Snuff Out (Some) Smoking In Original Programming Aimed At Younger Viewers

Netflix Original Series “Stranger Things” AirTalk® Netflix has decided to nix depictions of smoking from original content rated TV-14 or PG-13 and under.  The announcement comes after the release of a report from an anti-tobacco group that found that imagery of smoking in Netflix content had tripled last year, when compared to the year prior. […]

The CA Bill That Could Significantly Limit New Charter Schools In State

The CA Bill That Could Significantly Limit New Charter Schools In State

Principal Carla McCullough teaches the College Readiness class in her charter school’s one-week 9th grade summer bridge program.; Credit: Adolfo Guzman-Lopez/KPCC AirTalk® A controversial charter school regulation has been moving through the California legislature and was heard yesterday at the Senate Education Committee’s public hearing yesterday.  The competition charter schools have presented to public schools […]

Why Two Earthquakes Of A Similar Magnitude Can Feel So Different

Why Two Earthquakes Of A Similar Magnitude Can Feel So Different

A 6.4 magnitude quake near Ridgecrest Thursday, July 4 caused a crack to open up in the desert, crossing Highway 178 near Trona Road.; Credit: Emily Guerin/KPCC/LAist AirTalk® On July 4th, Southern California was hit by an earthquake with a 6.4 magnitude, which was quickly followed by a magnitude 7.1 a day later.  These were […]

Production Of The Iconic And Controversial VW Beetle, Already Once-Resurrected, To Halt This Week

Production Of The Iconic And Controversial VW Beetle, Already Once-Resurrected, To Halt This Week

Volkswagen logo; Credit: Brennan Linsley/AP AirTalk® Volkswagen is halting production of the last version of its Beetle model this week at its plant in Puebla, Mexico. It’s the end of the road for a vehicle that has symbolized many things over a history spanning eight decades since 1938. It has been: a part of Germany’s […]