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Where the locals go: touring LA’s best and favorite neighborhood bars as popular Los Feliz dive closes after a quarter century

Where the locals go: touring LA’s best and favorite neighborhood bars as popular Los Feliz dive closes after a quarter century

The Interior of The Good Luck Bar AirTalk® A Los Feliz institution is closing after 25 years. The Good Luck Bar is a Chinese themed bar, inspired by the Yee Mee Loo Bar in Chinatown which closed in 1989. It’s the latest of the “neighborhood” bars that have closed in the last few years. Elina […]

1AQSTN: does the DMV have the right to reject vanity plates?

1AQSTN: does the DMV have the right to reject vanity plates?

The license plate reading “OC MUSHR” (Orange County Musher) is seen on a car in Fairview Park during a morning workout of the Southern California Working Snow Dogs urban mushing group, in Costa Mesa, California, in Orange County; Credit: ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images AirTalk® Want a specialized license plate to commemorate your birthday? Your first love? […]

Is it time to rethink homework?

Is it time to rethink homework?

Tonia McMillian helps 7-year-old Jayden with his homework after school on Feb. 12.; Credit: Maya Sugarman/KPCC AirTalk® The debate over homework continues to surface as parents and educators alike contemplate its efficacy in the 21st century. On average, American teenagers now spend about twice as much time on homework each day compared to students in […]

Are far-right extremist attacks on the rise? Analysts say it depends on where you look

Are far-right extremist attacks on the rise? Analysts say it depends on where you look

Virginia State Police block chanting protestors from the make-shift memorial to Heather Heyer August 12, 2018 in Charlottesville on the one year anniversary of her death at the hands of a white supremacist in a speeding car.; Credit: LOGAN CYRUS/AFP/Getty Images AirTalk® The national and international debate on extremism has been a prominent topic of […]

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 […]