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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 […]

California Supreme Court declines review of public access to police records law

California Supreme Court declines review of public access to police records law

Police stand at a roadblock near Salvadore Castro Middle School in Los Angeles, California on February 1, 2018, ; Credit: FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images AirTalk® The California Supreme Court yesterday denied to review a police transparency law that allows internal police records to be released to the public. On January 1st of this year, California […]

‘SimCity’ inspired a whole cohort of urban planners — what inspired your career?

‘SimCity’ inspired a whole cohort of urban planners — what inspired your career?

A visitor looks at a demonstration of the video game SimCity (2000) during an exhibition preview featuring 14 video games acquired by The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York, March 1, 2013. ; Credit: EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images AirTalk® Has a childhood game or seemingly trivial experience become the starting point to your eventual […]

‘SimCity’ inspired a whole cohort of urban planners — what inspired your career?

‘SimCity’ inspired a whole cohort of urban planners — what inspired your career?

A visitor looks at a demonstration of the video game SimCity (2000) during an exhibition preview featuring 14 video games acquired by The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York, March 1, 2013. ; Credit: EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images AirTalk® Has a childhood game or seemingly trivial experience become the starting point to your eventual […]

As US & China trade deal framework becomes clearer, we explain the economic and diplomatic sticking points that remain on each side

As US & China trade deal framework becomes clearer, we explain the economic and diplomatic sticking points that remain on each side

A man rests as he keeps an eye on stock price movements displayed on a screen at a securities company in Beijing on March 23, 2018. ; Credit: Nicolas Asfouri/AFP/Getty Images AirTalk® As trade representatives for the United States and China appear to be nearing a deal that would lift tariffs that both sides have […]

‘Leaving Neverland’ and the troubled legacy of Michael Jackson

‘Leaving Neverland’ and the troubled legacy of Michael Jackson

An aerial photo shows a Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s vehicle in front of singer Michael Jackson’s Neverland Ranch November 18, 2003 outside of Santa Barbara, California.; Credit: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images AirTalk® The new HBO two-part documentary series “Leaving Neverland” is forcing a re-examination of the child molestation allegations against Michael Jackson. Airing March 3 and […]

San Bernardino County has voted to restrict development of large solar energy projects

San Bernardino County has voted to restrict development of large solar energy projects

Solar panels at the Mars Petcare San Bernardino Solar Garden Unveiling on December 12, 2017 in San Bernardino, California. ; Credit: Joshua Blanchard/Getty Images for Mars Petcare AirTalk® San Bernardino’s County Board of Supervisors voted yesterday to prohibit construction of large renewable energy projects in certain private areas. The ban was approved with a 4-1 […]