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Join KPCC's AirTalk with host Larry Mantle weekdays for lively and in-depth discussions of city news, politics, science, the arts, entertainment, and more. Call-in number: 866-893-5722
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    Seth Meyers Visits "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon"

    NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 28: Jimmy Fallon hosts "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon" at Rockefeller Center on January 28, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images); Credit: Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images

    In true late-night tradition, presidential candidates Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton were guests last week on “The Tonight Show.”

    During the separate interviews, host Jimmy Fallon messed-up Trump’s hair and took Clinton’s pulse. As reported in Vulture, Fallon’s “nice-guy” act didn’t win him any points on Twitter, where critics took jabs at the comedian for not giving an edgier interview.

    Late-night is no stranger to injecting comedy into presidential elections. Bill Clinton played his saxophone on “The Arsenio Hall Show” during his 1992 campaign, and as early as 1960, Jack Paar had John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon as guests on “The Tonight Show.”

    But what is the role of comedy in presidential races and should late-night hosts give tougher interviews? Larry weighs in with media and entertainment reporter Joe Flint on Fallon’s performance and how late-night comedy can impact an election.

    What do you think of Jimmy Fallon’s interviews with Trump and Clinton? Do you take any stock in late-night interviews or performances with presidential candidates?


    Joe Flint, media and entertainment reporter for the Wall Street Journal

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    NHS Healthcare Organisation Looks To The Future

    A doctor at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham does his rounds on the wards on June 14, 2006 in Birmingham, England. ; Credit: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

    California’s End of Life Option Act has been in effect since June. And doctors are now legally allowed to prescribe end-of-life medication to adults who have diseases resulting in death within six months.

    While this may be a triumph for those who have been championing the legislation, doctors who offer end-of-life care can be hard to come by.

    As reported in San Jose Mercury News and the Los Angeles Times, the state’s new law doesn’t guarantee that patients seeking end-of-life treatment will find a doctor. This has led some patients to Oregon, which passed its Death With Dignity Act in 1997.

    So how is the law working, and what can be done for patients who want end-of-life care, but can’t find the treatment they need?


    Hilary Fausett M.D., pain management specialist at Foothill Center for Wellness and Pain Management

    Linda Van Zandt, entrepreneur and writer; she is the author of the Los Angeles Times op-ed piece, “My aunt’s struggle with assisted suicide: There was death, but not enough dignity

    Christian Burkin, spokesman for California State Assemblymember Susan Talamantes Eggman; Eggman championed AB 15, California’s End-of-Life Act

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    Wells Fargo Reports Quarterly Earnings

    SAN FRANCISCO - JANUARY 20: Pedestrians walk by a Wells Fargo Bank branch office January 20, 2010 in San Francisco, California. ; Credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

    The head of Wells Fargo got an earful at the Capitol as he apologized to Congress for the bank's aggressive sales practices. Facing US Senators this morning, including Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Wells Fargo CEO John Stumpf was forced to answer for the banks' admitted wrongdoing in creating 2-million accounts without customers' authorization - malfeasance that some believe indicate the bank is too big to manage.

    Sen. Elizabeth Warren flatly told Stumpf he should resign. "You squeezed your employees to the breaking point so they would cheat customers," she said. "You should resign. You should give back the money you took while the scam was going on."

    In a letter to customers last week, Stumpf wrote "You may have seen news recently that some Wells Fargo customers received products and services that they did not want or need. Every day we strive to get things right. In this instance, we did not - and that is simply not acceptable." Earlier this month, California and federal regulators fined the San Francisco-based company a combined $185 million for the allegedly illegal activity - including a $50-million settlement with the City Attorney of Los Angeles. However, no individuals are being held accountable. While falsifying new accounts is illegal, aggressive “cross-selling” of credit cards or savings accounts is a profitable business that helps retain customers and is not illegal.

    Is the practice too susceptible to unethical and illegal activity by bank employees? What consequences should the bank face for the wrongdoing in these cases?

    With files from the Associated Press.


    Lisa Gilbert, Director, Congress Watch Division of Public Citizen - a consumer advocacy organization founded in 1971

    J.W. Verret, Professor of Law, George Mason University; Member with The Mercatus Center at George Mason University - conducting market-oriented research; From May of 2013 through April of 2015, Verret served as chief economist at House Financial Services Committee

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    A newly-installed Kalanchoe, a type of drought-tolerant succulent plant, is seen in the front yard of a residence in the San Fernando Valley area in Los Angeles on July 17, 2014.; Credit: ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images

    The Santa Barbara City Council is considering a complete ban on outdoor watering. The city's known for its beautiful gardens and lawns, but is desperate for water.

    How might the look of Santa Barbara change?


    Joshua Haggmark, water resources manager for the City of Santa Barbara

    Stephen Gregory, KPCC environment and science editor

    Lili Singer, director of special projects and adult education at the Theodore Payne Foundation for Wildflowers & Native Plants


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    John Varvatos 13th Annual Stuart House Benefit Presented By Chrysler With Kids' Tent By Hasbro Studios - Inside

    In-N-Out Burgers are served at the John Varvatos 13th Annual Stuart House benefit presented by Chrysler with Kids' Tent by Hasbro Studios at John Varvatos Boutique on April 17, 2016.; Credit: Tommaso Boddi/Getty Images for John Varvatos

    A petition started last week on calls for the Irvine-based chain to stop “letting its fans down by failing to serve anything that would satisfy a burger-loving customer who wants a healthy, humane, sustainable option.”

    The petition started by The Good Food Institute, a nonprofit dedicated to food sustainability complains “If you want a meat-free meal at In-N-Out, you’re going to be stuck eating multiple orders of French fries or a cheese-slathered bun.” This isn’t the first time people have petitioned In-N-Out to change its menu. In 2012, an LA-area vegan also petitioned the chain to add a veggie burger. At last count this petition has already exceeded the support of that one with 18,338 supporters. In-N-Out hasn't changed its official menu since 1948.

    Do you agree, should In-N-Out adapt to changing times and add a veggie option to its menu? Or would that be a slippery slope to bending to the latest whims of customers?

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    New Rome mayor Virginia Raggi speaks during a press conference at the Romes Campidoglio city hall on September 21, 2016. ; Credit: TIZIANA FABI/AFP/Getty Images

    Rome is withdrawing from the 2024 Olympic bid. Virginia Raggi, mayor of the Italian capital, called the bid financially irresponsible at a news conference this this morning.

    The move still needs to be approved by Rome’s city assembly, which will consider Raggi’s motion Wednesday.

    If approved, the withdrawal would leave Los Angeles, Paris, and Budapest in the running to host the 2024 Games.

    The International Olympic Committee will announce its decision in September 2017.


    Ed Hula, Editor in Chief, Around the Rings, a publication based in Atlanta, Georgia devoted to covering the Olympics

    Mary Hums, Professor of Sports Administration, University of Louisville; Hums has a special interest in women Olympians and the Paralympics; She has worked at a half dozen Games

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    Donald Trump Visits His Golf Course in Aberdeen

    Presumptive Republican nominee for US president Donald Trump visits Trump International Golf Links.; Credit: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

    The Washington Post says Republican candidate for President, Donald Trump, used $258,000 from his charitable foundation for legal settlements involving his Mar-a-Largo resort in Florida and a New York golf course.

    The Post reports that in 2007, Trump used his foundation's money when his Palm Beach, Florida, club was fined $120,000 by the town for having a flagpole that was almost twice the height allowed under local rules.

    As part of a settlement, Trump donated $125,000 to veterans' charities from the Trump Foundation. The foundation's money comes mainly from other donors, not Trump himself.  

    The Post reports that in 2010, a golfer sued when he was denied a $1 million prize for a hole-in-one in a charity tournament at Trump's course outside New York City. A $158,000 settlement also came from Trump's foundation. Speaking on CNN, Trump’s campaign manager Kellyanne Conway says she does not think he broke the law: "I've been talking to the people who are responsible for the Trump Foundation to get some facts and some figures," she said. "It's very important for people to understand what happened in these cases. Donations went to veterans groups ... How did the Mar-a-Lago benefit from him giving $100,000 to veterans? The veterans benefited and I think that's great and I applaud him for doing that."

    Could Trump face charges over these allegations?


    David Farenthold, reporter covering Congress for the Washington Post; his latest piece is titled "Trump used $258,000 from his charity to settle legal problems:" he tweets from @Fahrenthold

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    This combination of file photos shows Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton (L) on June 15, 2016 and Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump on June 13, 2016.; Credit: DSK/AFP/Getty Images

    Only eight years removed from The Great Recession, the United States economy has gotten back on track, at least comparatively.

    Job production is up and despite trailing other countries in wage growth, people are making more money than they were eight years ago. In fact, the middle class just got its first raise in eight years, according to new Census data. With the election in full swing and the economy one of the biggest issues for voters in the election, how are each of the candidates planning to spur economic growth?

    Hillary Clinton’s plan will raise the minimum wage, raise capital gains tax, and cut taxes for small businesses and the middle class. Donald Trump says he wants to simplify the income tax system and turn seven brackets into 3, roll back regulations on American businesses, and repeal Obamacare.

    How will the candidates’ plans impact the U.S. economy positively or negatively? What will the effects be on Southern California? Larry will chat with expert economists to get the lowdown on the two presidential frontrunners’ economic policy plans.

    Series: A Nation Engaged

    Much of the anger and anxiety in the 2016 election are fueled by the sense that economic opportunity is slipping away for many Americans. As part of our collaborative project with NPR called "A Nation Engaged," this week we're asking: What can be done to create economic opportunity for more Americans?

    Read more in this series and let us know your thoughts in the comments section below or on Facebook.


    Douglas Holtz-Eakin, president of the American Action Forum, a Washington, D.C.-based think tank; he is former director of the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (2003-2005), chief economist of the President’s Council of Economic Advisers (2001-2002), and as director of domestic and economic policy for John McCain’s 2008 presidential campaign; he tweets @djheakin

    Tamara Draut, Vice President of Policy at Demos - a public policy organization focused on equity; Author of the brand new book, “Sleeping Giant: How the New Working Class Will Transform America” (Doubleday; April 2016); she tweets from @tamaradraut

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    HIllary Clinton Campaigns In Cleveland

    Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks to supporters at a rally at John Marshall High School on August 17, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio.; Credit: Jeff Swensen/Getty Images

    Tensions are rising this election season over economic opportunity in the U.S. As part of this ongoing conversation, AirTalk joins NPR’s collaborative series, A Nation Engaged, to ask a panel of experts about the impact of Trump and Clinton’s plans on L.A.’s middle class.

    Upon release of his expanded economic plan last Thursday, Trump touted a “Pro-Growth Tax Plan.” As reported by NPR, the plan would have only three individual tax brackets of 12, 25 and 33 percent, and lower the corporate tax rate to 15 percent. Clinton is calling for programs such as subsidized college tuition and a “Fair Share Surcharge” which would impose a 4 percent tax on those making more than $5 million a year.

    But what does this mean for workers, small business owners and industry leaders in Southern California? And what areas are in the most need of a plan to help economic growth? Larry Mantle speaks to a roundtable of local and national economists to give voters the inside track to make their decision this November.

    Series: A Nation Engaged

    Much of the anger and anxiety in the 2016 election are fueled by the sense that economic opportunity is slipping away for many Americans. As part of our collaborative project with NPR called "A Nation Engaged," this week we're asking: What can be done to create economic opportunity for more Americans?

    Read more in this series and let us know your thoughts in the comments section below or on Facebook.


    Kevin Klowden, managing economist at the Milken Institute, where he also directs the California Center               

    Raphael Bostic, Judith and John Bedrosian chair in governance and the public enterprise at USC’s Price School of Public Policy

    Maria Elena Durazo, general vice president for immigration, diversity and civil rights for the nonprofit organization, UNITE HERE

    Lou Baglietto, Los Angeles County Business Federation Advocacy Committee Chair

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    File: LAPD Chief Charlie Beck addresses the media at Police Headquarters in Los Angeles.; Credit: Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty Images

    A day after the city's police commission ruled two officers were out of policy in a police shooting  near downtown, Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck said there was nothing else the officers could have done. 

    “I think that the commission recognizes that at the point where they discharged their weapons, there was really nothing else they could do,” Beck said, speaking to AirTalk on Wednesday. “The commission was critical because of what they saw as a lack of planning prior to their arrival at the call.”

    Last September, officers fatally shot a mentally ill homeless woman carrying an 8-inch knife on a sidewalk south of downtown. 

    The woman was 37-year-old Norma Guzman, and the officers alleged they feared for their safety when she continued moving toward them with the knife, according to a report from the L.A. Board of Police Commissioners. 

    That was apparently not enough to sway LAPD's civilian oversight board Tuesday. It ruled the shooting — and another involving a homeless man in Van Nuys — were out of policy

    Beck had previously found the officers' actions in both incidents to be within policy.

    It was not the first time the police commission has gone against the chief's recommendation, but it was still a relatively rare move.

    Beck stood by the officers, saying Guzman was within 4 to 5 feet when officers fired.

    “In that kind of circumstance, the Taser, which is only effective about two-thirds of the time, would not be an appropriate weapon,” Beck said.

    Additionally, a Taser is not an effective defense against an edged weapon and has a poor range, and other less-lethal options were not available to the officers, Beck said.

    Officers had also alleged that Guzman was saying “Shoot me,” which Beck said might have been an indication of her determination but was not something officers would generally factor into their decision to shoot.

    “You consider everything, but you need much more than that. You have to have a direct action that would have a consequence that could be either fatal or cause great bodily injury, and the officers certainly had that in this case,” Beck said.

    You can read the full commission report below:

    Another fatal police shooting

    The commission on Tuesday disagreed with Beck on another fatal police shooting, this one taking place in October 2015.

    In that incident, 45-year-old James Byrd allegedly threw a bottle at the rear windshield of a police cruiser. The officers, believing they were being ambushed, stepped out of their vehicle, opening fire within 10 seconds and fatally shooting Byrd.

    The commission disagreed with Beck on at least one point, finding one officer’s use of lethal force unjustified, but the chief said he agreed that the second volley of gunfire was out of policy.

    “This was a difficult circumstance for these officers, and it highlights the difficulty of the job once again,” Beck said. “You know, it’s almost midnight, stopped at a red light, and suddenly the rear window explodes in their police car, and you know, when that happens, it’s difficult to tell what happened.”

    Beck pointed out that the officers had been briefed the day before about an online video that depicted a man holding a gun in a car parked immediately behind a black-and-white patrol car.

    Though the video reportedly turned out to be part of a rap promotion, Beck said it could have been perceived as a potential threat and was on officers’ minds when they were on patrol that night.

    Beck defended the decision to alert officers to the video, because “police officers do get ambushed, and that does happen. And when we get something that may be an indicator that somebody’s planning that, then I would be derelict in my duty not to warn them.”

    But he also said it was important to ensure officers “react appropriately to circumstance, and that’s why I was critical also of this particular shooting.”

    Beck said he was legally not allowed to discuss whether or how he might discipline the officers in either case, citing the police officers’ bill of rights.

    Beck’s monthly conversation with AirTalk covered a number of other topics, including fights in the stands and over the financing of policing at L.A. Rams games, the drug abuse and toxicity on Skid Row, the Homeless Outreach and Proactive Engagement — or HOPE — initiative, and a new LAPD commissioner asking for a closer look at racial profiling.

    To listen to the full interview, click the blue player button above.

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    United States Dollar notes exchange hand

    United States Dollar notes exchange hands at a local bank in Beijing 15 May 2006. ; Credit: STR/AFP/Getty Images

    Whether you grew up expecting an inheritance, or had to scrimp for every last penny, chances are that your attitude about money was shaped by how your parents handled their finances.

    Recent research indicates that economic disparity between races is rooted in the disparate ways wealth is accumulated over generations – or not. For many whites, wealth is built over generations and passed on, giving succeeding generations a chance to move up. That’s much less the case for people of color, who are less likely to own homes or retirement accounts, and more likely to be “unbanked.”

    In a census survey released earlier this month, Los Angeles is ranked 5th among America’s poorest major cities, following Detroit, Phoenix, Miami and Riverside.

    Larry speaks to financial planners today about what they’ve learned working face-to-face with a diverse clientele, both in SoCal and nationally.

    What did your parents teach you about money? Was it important to have a bank or retirement account? To own a home? Is that achievable for you? What financial advice do you pass on to your children? And how can these disparities be addressed?


    Delia Fernandez, fee-only certified financial planner and investment advisor with Fernandez Financial Advisory, LLC

    Matthew Murawsky, a fee-only investment advisor at Encino-based Goodstein Wealth Management

    Dorothy Brown, professor of law at Emory University

    Series: A Nation Engaged

    NPR and KPCC's coverage of critical issues facing the nation before November's presidential election. The stories seek to build a nationwide conversation around focusing on a specific question each time.

    Read more in this series and let us know your thoughts in the comments section below or on Facebook.

    Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit

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    Protests Break Out In Charlotte After Police Shooting

    CHARLOTTE, NC - SEPTEMBER during protests in the early hours of September 21, 2016 in Charlotte, North Carolina.; Credit: Sean Rayford/Getty Images

    Charlotte's police chief said Thursday he plans to show video of an officer shooting a black man to the slain man's family, but the video won't be immediately released to the public.

    Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Kerr Putney has said that 43-year-old Keith Lamont Scott refused officers' repeated commands to drop a gun, but he said during a news conference that the video does not definitely show Scott pointing a gun at anyone.

    Putney said he is working to honor the request from the family of Scott to view the video. It's unclear when or if the video might be released publicly.

    Residents say Scott was unarmed,  holding only a book, and disabled by a brain injury. But it's unclear what the body cameras worn by three officers who were present during the shooting may have captured. Police officials say the plainclothes officer who shot Scott, Brently Vinson, was not wearing a camera and is black. He has been placed on leave, standard procedure in such cases.

    As officials tried to quell the unrest, at least three major businesses were asking their employees to stay home for the day as the city remained on edge. Mayor Jennifer Roberts said earlier Thursday the city was considering a curfew.

    The streets were mostly quiet Thursday, but Bank of America, Wells Fargo and Duke Energy all told employees not to venture into North Carolina's largest city after Gov. Pat McCrory declared a state of emergency Wednesday night and called in the National Guard.

    A peaceful prayer vigil Wednesday night turned into an angry march and then a night of violence after a protester was shot and critically wounded as people charged police in riot gear trying to protect an upscale hotel in Charlotte's typically vibrant downtown. Police did not shoot the man, city officials said.

    With files from the Associated Press.


    Litsa Pappas, Reporter with Time Warner Cable News in Charlotte; she tweets @litsapappas

    Ajamu Dillahunt, Longtime worker rights and black liberation activist in Raleigh, North Carolina

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    A pilot model of an Uber self-driving car drives down a street on September 13, 2016 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.; Credit: AFP/AFP/Getty Images

    On Wednesday, Councilman David Ryu introduced a motion in City Council that would make LA driverless car ready in 20 years.

    The proposal would clear the way for agencies and departments like the Los Angeles Department of Transport to devote resources in conceiving how LA could become an autonomous transit city, and how much money it takes to make that a reality.

    Many lofty ideals are attached to the vision of an autonomous transit city. Advocates say that it can lead to everything from the end of car ownership to the elimination of bumper-to-bumper gridlock.

    How true is that vision? Does the city of LA have the resources to make it happen?


    Nicholas Greif, Director of Policy & Legislation for Councilmember David Ryu representing Council District 4, which includes Hancock Park, Hollywood, Los Feliz and other neighborhoods; he tweets @NickGreif

    Ashley Z. Hand, co-founder of CityFi, a company that focuses on the integration of technology in the urban environment. She recently served as the Transportation Technology Strategist for the City of Los Angeles Department of Transportation, and developed public policy for shared mobility, automated vehicles and other technologies; she tweets @azhandkc

    Nidhi Kalra, Senior information scientist at RAND, who has been studying autonomous vehicle policy for the last 10 years; she tweets @FollowNidhi

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    A view of the Los Angeles city skyline as heavy smog shrouds the city in California on May 31, 2015. ; Credit: MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images


    Local smog regulators are considering a major increase in vehicle registration fees.

    The money would be used to fund incentives targeting the region's largest polluters. The increase is just one possibility being considered to raise the money the South Coast Air Quality Management District says it needs to meet mandated emissions cuts. According to Wayne Nastri, acting executive officer for the AQMD, raising registration fees for drivers in Los Angeles, Orange, San Bernardino, and Riverside Counties by $30 would raise $300 million a year for smog-cutting programs.

    The AQMD released a draft of their full plan back in June, and it could be up for a vote in front of the agency board as soon as December. It’s based on finding $1 billion a year to fund incentive programs to cut emissions and puts an emphasis on incentivizing would-be polluters to cut emissions rather than forcing them through regulations. How much more a year would you be willing to pay, if anything, for each of your cars each year?


    Philip Fine, a deputy executive officer for the South Coast Air Quality Management District

    Adrian Martinez, staff attorney at the environmental law firm, EarthJustice

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    Hero Cop - Avendano

    A police officer in uniform.; Credit: Maya Sugarman/KPCC


    We're getting a first look at cell phone video released to the New York Times of the police-involved shooting of Keith Lamont Scott in Charlotte, North Carolina. It was shot by Scott's wife, Rakeyia, who can be heard telling police that her husband does not have a gun and suffers from a traumatic brain injury as officers repeatedly yell for Mr. Scott to drop a weapon.

    Warning: The video linked above contains explicit language and some graphic content.

    Meanwhile, manslaughter charges were filed yesterday against a Tulsa Police Officer.

    Last Friday, she shot and killed an unarmed black man who was outside his vehicle on a two-lane road.

    The officer's attorney claims she thought the man was reaching into his vehicle, failing to follow the command that he place his hands on the car.

    However, the family of Terence Crutcher says the window was up and he couldn't have been reaching inside. Officer Betty Shelby was released after posting bond. Her attorney said he was surprised at how quickly the DA decided to file charges.

    We’ll talk about the legal prospect of those charges and look at the latest emotional rhetoric surrounding police shootings.


    Steve Lurie, 20 year-long LA law enforcement veteran, attorney and adjunct professor of Law at Loyola and Pepperdine law schools

    Jody Armour,  Roy P. Crocker Professor of Law at the University of Southern California’s Gould School of Law and author of “Negrophobia and Reasonable Racism: The Hidden Costs of Being Black in America" (NYU Press)

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