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Hearing from LAUSD parents about ongoing labor negotiations between school district and teacher unions

Hearing from LAUSD parents about ongoing labor negotiations between school district and teacher unions

Empty deckchairs in in an empty classroom; Credit: Don Harder/Flickr Creative Commons AirTalk® Negotiations between Los Angeles Unified School District and United Teachers Los Angeles, the union representing 33,000 teachers, continue to unfold. UTLA announced a news conference at 10:00a.m. Wednesday morning. Details of the conference remain unclear and the dispute is still up in […]

Should the federal government be in the business of manufacturing generic drugs? Elizabeth Warren thinks so

Should the federal government be in the business of manufacturing generic drugs? Elizabeth Warren thinks so

Prescribed medications.; Credit: IPGGutenberg UK Ltd/Getty Images/iStockphoto AirTalk® Potential presidential hopeful and Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren introduced a bill today to bring drug prices down by allowing the federal government to become a manufacturer of some generic drugs. The plan is detailed in an op-ed penned by the progressive lawmaker published in the Washington Post. […]

Shepard Fairey, Korean Americans and LA’s art community weigh in on K-town school mural

Shepard Fairey, Korean Americans and LA’s art community weigh in on K-town school mural

The controversial mural of Hollywood legend actress Ava Gardner, by muralist Beau Stanton, situated at the Robert F. Kennedy Community School, that will be removed after local Korean American groups objected to it saying its sun rays bear a resemblance to the rising sun of the imperial Japanese battle flag used in WWII, in Los […]

After CA assemblymember gets in trouble for spanking daughter, we discuss the legalities and psychology of spanking

After CA assemblymember gets in trouble for spanking daughter, we discuss the legalities and psychology of spanking

A mother and her children.; Credit: /Terry Vine/Getty Images AirTalk® On Sunday, Democratic assemblyman Joaquin Arambula was arrested on a misdemeanor child abuse charge for spanking his 7-year-old daughter in order to discipline her. His daughter told a teacher, who reported it to the school. Arambula has said that spanking is a disciplinary tool that […]

Surprise, surprise. Americans are getting less sleep.

Surprise, surprise. Americans are getting less sleep.

Teens’ biological clock drives them to stay up late and sleep in. ; Credit: /Jasper Cole/Getty Images AirTalk® A new study published by researchers at USC, Arizona State and the University of South Carolina discovered a hike in Americans getting six hours or less of sleep a night. Defined as “short” sleep, the data revealed […]

Michael Cohen sentenced to three years in prison

Michael Cohen sentenced to three years in prison

Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s former personal attorney and fixer, arrives at federal court for his sentencing hearing, December 12, 2018 in New York City; Credit: Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/Getty Images AirTalk® Michael Cohen, who as President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer and fixer once vowed he would “take a bullet” for his boss, was sentenced Wednesday […]

How living in an age of ‘peak TV’ is leading some to a binge burnout

How living in an age of ‘peak TV’ is leading some to a binge burnout

Nick Hehn shops for flat-panel wide screen televisions at a Best Buy store January 31, 2006 in Niles, Illinois.; Credit: Tim Boyle/Getty Images AirTalk® In 2013, Netflix rolled out a new original series called “House of Cards” with an idea that might have seemed unorthodox at the time: make every episode from the show’s first […]

Should LA limit vacation rentals to ‘primary’ residences only?

Should LA limit vacation rentals to ‘primary’ residences only?

The Airbnb app logo is displayed on an iPhone on August 3, 2016.; Credit: Carl Court/Getty Images AirTalk® The City of Los Angeles has been trying to enact rules to regulate the home vacation rental market for many years. The latest wrinkle has come in the question of whether homeowners are allowed to rent out […]

Kevin Hart steps down from Oscars hosting gig. We talk the Academy, track records and apologies

Kevin Hart steps down from Oscars hosting gig. We talk the Academy, track records and apologies

US actor/comedian Kevin Hart attends the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall on August 20, 2018 in New York City.; Credit: ANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images AirTalk® Just a few days after being tapped to host the 91st Academy Awards, comedian Kevin Hart is stepping down from the role after backlash to his […]

Kevin Hart steps down from Oscars hosting gig. We talk the Academy, track records and apologies

Kevin Hart steps down from Oscars hosting gig. We talk the Academy, track records and apologies

US actor/comedian Kevin Hart attends the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall on August 20, 2018 in New York City.; Credit: ANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images AirTalk® Just a few days after being tapped to host the 91st Academy Awards, comedian Kevin Hart is stepping down from the role after backlash to his […]