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AirTalk® FOR January 18, 2018

Should LA sue oil companies over climate change and would the suit stand a chance?

AirTalk debates a new proposal from two LA City Councilmembers to sue oil companies for knowing their business practices contributed to the negative effects of climate change. We also parse through a new study suggesting the DUI limit be moved from .08 to .05; what are the repercussions and boundaries and surveilling your kids in with new technology?; and more. See full episode >
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