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Larry Mantle has been the host of AirTalk on KPCC since April 1st, 1985. It is now the longest continuously running daily talk program in the Los Angeles radio market. Mantle also hosts the movie review and interview program FilmWeek on AirTalk, heard every Friday at 11:00 a.m. on KPCC.

A fourth-generation Angeleno, Larry has interviewed thousands of prominent guests on an extraordinary array of topics, and received many journalistic awards in the process. Larry grew up in southwest Los Angeles, Inglewood, and Hollywood. He's a graduate of Hollywood High School and Vanguard University of Southern California. Larry and his wife Kristen are the parents of Desmond.


Stories by Larry Mantle

Updated: Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa: 'I want to run for governor'

Outgoing Mayor Villaraigosa tells Larry Mantle what's next for him in his career, and he hints at a future run for governor of California.

Santa Monica shooting: 4 victims and 1 suspect dead, gunman acted alone (updated)

Police said Friday night four people died in a shooting rampage that started at a small home in Santa Monica and spilled onto the campus of Santa Monica College, where police exchanged gunfire with the suspected gunman, who died in the library. Earlier they said six were dead.

Archived video: AirTalk's 2013 LA mayoral debate

Watch archived video of Wednesday night's debate, hosted by Airtalk's Larry Mantle, among the five front-running candidates for Los Angeles's next mayor.

Rooting for the 49ers taps into California's rivalries

After the San Francisco 49ers beat the Atlanta Falcons for the right to go to the Super Bowl, I tweeted my appreciation of a California team going to the game. If no local team is in the running (or exists), I'm always glad to root for a Bay Area team that makes it.

What the "Up" series of documentaries tells us about stages of life

This past Wednesday on "AirTalk," film director Michael Apted came in to talk with us about his eighth documentary in the series that's followed the lives of 13 people, beginning in 1964 when the kids were seven.

The "amazing" list of banished words is "literally" "awesome"

When "Offramp" host John Rabe's father, Bill, created the list at Lake Superior State University in Michigan he likely didn't know it would thrive nearly 40 years later. As language evolves there should never be a shortage of words and phrases we want to "kick to the curb.

It was a remarkable show of listener generosity and commitment

His expression said it all. KPCC Director of On-Air Fundraising Rob Risko walked into my studio about 10:45 a.m. to update me on where we stood with our Fall member drive. I knew we had a $10,000 challenge that had started first thing in the morning, but didn't have any idea how far behind we had fallen in reaching the required 1,000 member threshold.

Are we there yet?

Yes, we've finally reached the culminating day that we've been pointing to for the past 18 months -- Election Day! However, it's quite different from those of the past. An estimated 40% of voters have already cast ballots, so it makes the actual day a bit less climactic.

The challenges of debate moderating have grown along with partisan differences

As someone who has moderated hundreds of debates, Larry Mantle shares his thoughts on what we’ve seen so far in this election.

The challenges of being a debate moderator have grown along with partisan differences

As someone who has moderated hundreds of debates, Larry Mantle shares his thoughts on what we’ve seen so far in this election.

Obama strong, rubber match awaits

In the second of the three Presidential debates, President Obama displayed the passion he lacked the first time around. He also made his arguments more concisely, and didn't shy away from direct engagement with Mitt Romney.

The debate awaits

I’ll be live tweeting @AirTalk tonight during the debate. Of greatest interest to me about President Obama is whether he’ll be able to crisply make his arguments and maintain a high level of energy for the full 90-minutes.

A great debate

I thoroughly enjoyed the VP debate and its fast paced back-and-forth. Democrats had to love Joe Biden's energy and willingness to challenge Paul Ryan on almost every point. Republicans had to love Ryan's poise and discipline in how he handled himself, even as Biden was dismissing him throughout the 90-minutes.

Looking forward to this evening's debate

I know these Presidential debates aren’t debates in the historical sense. Regardless, I’m looking forward to seeing how both men do on a topic of immense complexity. Is Mitt Romney going to be more forthcoming about what tax deductions he’d want cut to keep his tax reform plan from ballooning the deficit? Will President Obama give more detail about how he would improve the economy, short of a government stimulus that could never get through a GOP Congress?I’ll be live tweeting during the debate.

Starting later, but not sleeping in

We started our new schedule for "AirTalk" this week. With the expansion of "Brand & Martinez" to two hours, we're now on from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday's Film Week on AirTalk moves into the noon hour.