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AirTalk debates 2018 ballot initiatives: Prop 12 – Farm animal confinement

AirTalk debates 2018 ballot initiatives: Prop 12 – Farm animal confinement

A group of pigs resting at a livestock farm.; Credit: Photo by BAKAEDAR via Flickr Creative Commons AirTalk® Prop 12, the “Farm Animal Confinement Initiative,” requires California farmers to provide a specific minimum square footage for confined animals such as calves raised for veal, breeding pigs, and egg-laying hens. Prop 12 also bans the sale […]

‘I did not have sexual relations with that woman’: How Ken Starr helped burn nine words into US history

‘I did not have sexual relations with that woman’: How Ken Starr helped burn nine words into US history

Former Independent Counsel Ken Starr answers questions during a discussion held at the American Enterprise Institute September 18, 2018 in Washington, DC.; Credit: Win McNamee/Getty Images AirTalk® In 1998, Time magazine committed an unorthodox move and bestowed its prestigious “Man of the Year” award to two people instead of one: Kenneth Starr and Bill Clinton. […]

Master Sommelier exam cheating scandal leaves bad taste in wine world’s mouth

Master Sommelier exam cheating scandal leaves bad taste in wine world’s mouth

Wine is poured during a tasting of the 2016 vintage Bordeaux primeurs at Chateau La Lagune in Ludon-Medoc on April 4, 2017.; Credit: GEORGES GOBET/AFP/Getty Images AirTalk® In the world of wine, the title of Master Sommelier (MS) is a highly-coveted designation only bestowed upon those with the most discerning of palates who have completed […]

Master Sommelier exam cheating scandal leaves bad taste in wine world’s mouth

Master Sommelier exam cheating scandal leaves bad taste in wine world’s mouth

Wine is poured during a tasting of the 2016 vintage Bordeaux primeurs at Chateau La Lagune in Ludon-Medoc on April 4, 2017.; Credit: GEORGES GOBET/AFP/Getty Images AirTalk® In the world of wine, the title of Master Sommelier (MS) is a highly-coveted designation only bestowed upon those with the most discerning of palates who have completed […]

AirTalk debates 2018 ballot initiatives: Prop 10, the so-called ‘Affordable Housing Act’

AirTalk debates 2018 ballot initiatives: Prop 10, the so-called ‘Affordable Housing Act’

A “For Rent” sign is seen on a building Hollywood, California, May 11, 2016. ; Credit: Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images AirTalk® One of the most talked about and contested propositions on California’s November ballot is Proposition 10, the so-called “Affordable Housing Act.” It goes before voters at a time when rents across California are higher than […]

Should LA resume sweeps of homeless encampments?

Should LA resume sweeps of homeless encampments?

A police car stops near homeless people sleeping in their encampments in the early morning hours of downtown sidewalks on April 19, 2006 in Los Angeles, California.; Credit: David McNew/Getty Images AirTalk® The city of Los Angeles launched a crackdown on homeless encampments Wednesday near a new shelter in downtown Los Angeles’ El Pueblo historic […]

‘Nimby or Not’: new KPCC series looks at OC battle to get people off the streets

‘Nimby or Not’: new KPCC series looks at OC battle to get people off the streets

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® The homeless crisis is affecting communities across Southern California. KPCC has been airing a series of stories that is addressing the problem in Orange County. The series focuses on efforts by […]

Sorry, Fido’s just not that smart: New study compares intelligence of dogs to other animals

Sorry, Fido’s just not that smart: New study compares intelligence of dogs to other animals

Wilson, a corgi dressed as a Chia Pet, attends Haute Dog Howl’oween Parade on October 29, 2017 in Long Beach, California.; Credit: Chelsea Guglielmino/Getty Images AirTalk® To the potential dismay of Team Dog, a new study has found that dogs are really no smarter than other animals. The authors of the study compare the cognition […]

AirTalk special: Analysis and reaction on the Newsom / Cox debate from across California

AirTalk special: Analysis and reaction on the Newsom / Cox debate from across California

California gubernatorial candidates John Cox and Gavin Newsom face off in a debate Monday, Oct. 8, 2018. (Photos by Sandy Huffaker/Getty Images (left) and Justin Sullivan/Getty Images) AirTalk® In collaboration with the California Dream project, AirTalk hosts a live statewide call-in show featuring analysis and voter reaction to the debate. The first hour of AirTalk […]

AirTalk Local Elections Interviews: Don Barnes & Duke Nguyen face off for Orange County Sheriff

AirTalk Local Elections Interviews: Don Barnes & Duke Nguyen face off for Orange County Sheriff

A sheriff’s deputy votes at a polling station at the Big Bear Christian Center in Big Bear, California, November 8, 2016.; Credit: BILL WECHTER/AFP/Getty Images AirTalk® Two names will appear on the ballot for Orange County Sheriff this November 6: Don Barnes and Duke Nguyen. Barnes is the current O.C. undersheriff who has the endorsement […]