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Say it ain’t so! Federal government urges California to enact total ban on cellphone use in cars

Say it ain’t so! Federal government urges California to enact total ban on cellphone use in cars

A driver uses a phone while behind the wheel of a car on April 30, 2016 in New York City; Credit: Spencer Platt/Getty Images AirTalk® Since 2017, California prohibits drivers from holding a smartphone in their cars, even at traffic stops. But the National Transportation Safety Board wants more from the Golden State. April is […]

Should liability for wage violations fall on large companies or locally owned franchisees?

Should liability for wage violations fall on large companies or locally owned franchisees?

A sign stands outside of a McDonald’s restaurant February 9, 2009 in San Francisco, California; Credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images AirTalk® On Monday, the US Labor Department released a proposal that would define the claims workers, franchisees, or contractors can make against big companies. If the proposal is successful after a 60-day public comment period, it […]

Should restaurants reduce their portion sizes?

Should restaurants reduce their portion sizes?

A man cooks eggs on a grill at a dinner on March 15, 2010 in the Bronx borough of New York; Credit: Spencer Platt/Getty Images AirTalk® In a recent piece for The Washington Post, food critic Tom Sietsema is asking restaurants to cut down their portion sizes. Instead, he suggests that restaurants offer half-portions, medium-sized […]

As the curtains are drawn for Netflix’s ‘One Day At A Time,’ we examine Latinx representation in TV

As the curtains are drawn for Netflix’s ‘One Day At A Time,’ we examine Latinx representation in TV

The cast of Netflix’s remake of Norman Lear’s “One Day at a Time.”; Credit: Courtesy of Netflix AirTalk® Last month, Netflix announced its decision to end “One Day at a Time,” a TV show about the lives of a Cuban-American family in Los Angeles as they face issues of mental illness, divorce, LGBTQ rights, and […]

‘Cat’astrophe on Capitol Hill: Former congressional reporter Kitty Felde welcomes readers to Washington, DC

‘Cat’astrophe on Capitol Hill: Former congressional reporter Kitty Felde welcomes readers to Washington, DC

The dome of the U.S. Capitol provides a backdrop for blooming tulips April 25, 2007 on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.; Credit: Karen Bleier/AFP/Getty Images AirTalk® A ghostly cat, a dog named Senator Something and 10-year old Fina Mendoza dive into the inner workings of Congress in Kitty Felde’s debut novel, “Welcome to Washington, Fina […]

Goodbye to ‘legacies’? A new CA bill takes aim at one form of preferential admissions

Goodbye to ‘legacies’? A new CA bill takes aim at one form of preferential admissions

A student walks near Royce Hall on the campus of UCLA on April 23, 2012.; Credit: Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images AirTalk® Yesterday, California lawmakers introduced a package of bills meant to reform the college admissions process and close backdoors for the kids of rich or connected parents. This comes on the heels of the college admissions […]

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 […]