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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 […]

What makes a good president? Pulitzer Prize-winning author has the checklist

What makes a good president? Pulitzer Prize-winning author has the checklist

Biographer Doris Kearns Goodwin speaks onstage at the 2012 New York Film Critics Circle Awards at Crimson on January 7, 2013 in New York City.; Credit: Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images AirTalk® It’s a timely question for an uncertain time. Pulitzer Prize-winning author Doris Kearns Goodwin focuses on the lives and political careers of four presidents—Abraham Lincoln, […]

Azusa Pacific University trustee, students address debate over same-sex relationships on Evangelical Christian college campuses

Azusa Pacific University trustee, students address debate over same-sex relationships on Evangelical Christian college campuses

Rainbow Flag at Women’s March LA 2018; Credit: Becca Murray/KPCC AirTalk® Students at Azusa Pacific University protested on campus Monday in response to an ongoing discussion over romantic LGBTQ relationships on campus. The school’s student handbook contains language prohibiting students from engaging in “a romanticized same-sex relationship,” but students and administrators had reached an agreement […]

Kavanaugh tick-tock: Confirmation vote looms this week as Senate Dems & a few Republicans hold out for FBI inquiry results

Kavanaugh tick-tock: Confirmation vote looms this week as Senate Dems & a few Republicans hold out for FBI inquiry results

Judge Brett Kavanaugh testifies during the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on his nomination be an associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, focusing on allegations of sexual assault by Kavanaugh against Christine Blasey Ford in the early 1980s; Credit: Tom Williams-Pool/Getty Images AirTalk® As the F.B.I investigation into allegations of sexual assault […]