Anthony Portantino

File Photo: Former California State Assembly member Anthony Portantino delivers the Keynote address to La Canada Girl Scouts receiving their Gold, Silver and Bronze awards during the annual Gold, Silver & Bronze Award Ceremony held at Lanterman Auditorium in La Canada on Sunday, May 19, 2013. Portantino has already filmed two episodes of ¿The Question is with Anthony Portantino.¿ The show is scheduled to air on California Channel 101 8 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays and at 7:30 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. (Photo by Libby Cline / May 19, 2013)

Former state Assemblyman Anthony Portantino will discuss social issues in California on a new talk show.

“Before I go back into politics I want to share as much information on hot topics as I can,” Portantino said in a statement. “Charter gave me the opportunity to probe current issues that I feel passionate about and to ask tough questions.”

Portantino has already filmed two episodes of the program. The first focuses on HIV and AIDS, while the second is a discussion on Gov. Jerry Brown’s prison realignment program.

“The Question is with Anthony Portantino” is scheduled to air on California Channel 101 8 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays and at 7:30 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.

-- Tiffany Kelly, tiffany.kelly@latimes.com

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