AirTalk is the longest-running daily
talk show in Southern California, aired for the first time on April, 1985. Starting in 1988,
the talk show hosted by Larry Mantle, was devoted to Caltech and JPL on the third Wednesday
of every month and had the title "AirTalk: The Caltech Edition". The first broadcast of
"AirTalk: The Caltech Edition" took to the airwaves on January 20, 1988. The program was
aired from 6 to 7 PM on KPCC, the National Public Radio affiliate of Pasadena City College
and for a few years (from 1989 to 1992) was also aired on TV channel KPAS. The show included
interviews with Caltech and JPL faculty, staff, students, and alumni; as well as features
such as Caltech Almanac -a detailed look at some of the many interesting people, places and
discoveries in Caltech's history-, Caltech Calendar -a listing of upcoming public events on
campus- and Caltech in the News. Among the guests, many world-renowned scientists were
interviewed: Nobel Prize winners William Fowler, David Baltimore, Rudolph Marcus and David
Politzer; Crafoord Prize winner Don Anderson; and former eminent administrators Caltech
President Thomas Everhart, former JPL Directors Lew Allen and Edward Stone and Caltech
Trustees Shirley Hufsteadler -former U.S. Secretary of Education and former judge of the
Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit- and Peter Fay – judge of the Court of Appeals for
the Eleventh Circuit are also Each of the interviewee shared with the California public and
according to their area of specialty their cutting-edge scientific research, their view on
education and the history of Caltech. The program ended in 2002.
Starting in 1988, the Air Talk show, hosted by Larry Mantle, was devoted to Caltech and JPL
on the third Wednesday of every month and had the title "AirTalk: The Caltech Edition".
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