Lively and in-depth discussions of city news, politics, science, entertainment, the arts, and more. Hosted by Larry Mantle

AirTalk for

AirTalk for January 8, 2002

Segments From This Episode

Access to Presidential Historical Records

On November 1st, President Bush issued an executive order that would all but block access to the Regan White House and potentially that of all other recent presidents. The Bush administration contends that the order is necessary to protect national security, but presidential historian and Boston University professor Robert Dallek suggests that Bush is trying to protect members of his own administration and possibly his father from embarrassing revelations. Larry Mantle discusses the executive order and who will lose out when access to historical records is reduced.

Should the Trial of Zacarias Moussaoui Be Televised?

Larry Mantle takes listeners¡ calls about the debate surrounding the alleged 20th hijacker in the September 11th terrorist attacks and his pending trial.


The smallpox virus killed half a billion people in the last century, three times the number of those killed in all the wars during that period of time. Larry Mantle discusses the history of smallpox, from its infection rates of the eighteenth century to its status as the "ultimate weapon" today. Jonathan Tucker, author of Scourge (Atlantic Monthly Press), joins the conversation and contends that smallpox is not an illness of the past because of its palpable threat as a military weapon, and what could happen if the virus fell into the wrong hands.

Recent Episodes from AirTalk

AirTalk for July 3

AirTalk is away for Independence Day weekend! Please stay tuned for previous content, and tune in today, July 3, 2015 from 12:00-1:00 PM PST to hear Filmweek. Also, remember to check out our Facebook and Twitter pages. Happy Independence Day from Larry Mantle and the entire AirTalk Team!

AirTalk for July 2, 2014

The U.S. government is investigating possible collusion among major airlines to limit available seats, which keeps airfares high. Also, the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals reset the stakes and created a new test for whether interns should be paid. Then, the long 4th of July weekend is upon us. There’s no better time to get in your car and go somewhere. But where?

AirTalk for July 1, 2015

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti says he will block enforcement of new measures that make it easier to dismantle homeless encampments. Also, Covered California will collect data on prescriptions, doctor visits and hospital stays, a move that has stirred serious concerns about data protection and privacy. Then, has hitchhiking become obsolete in today’s America?

AirTalk for June 30, 2015

The Supreme Court is now slated to revisit the issue of mandatory union fees for non-union members. Also, Gov. Jerry Brown today signed into law one of the toughest school vaccine restrictions in the country. Then, the Los Angeles district attorney announced Monday that a team of veteran prosecutors will begin reviewing wrongful conviction claims from state prisoners who present new evidence of their innocence.

Browse the AirTalk Archives

    Enjoy AirTalk? Try KPCC’s other programs.