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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

Be it ever so humble...

It’s good to be back in Southern California after a week in the hothouse of Tampa. I mean that in both the weather and political senses.Even though we were largely inside from 9 in the morning to 11 at night, every trip outside provided exposure to extreme humidity and more than 90-degree temperatures.

Behind the scenes at the 2012 RNC (photos)

A look back at the 2012 Republican National Convention from the point-of-view of AirTalk producers and KPCC reporter Frank Stoltze.

The RNC in Tampa is closing out

Our trip to the RNC in Tampa is coming to a close, but we’ve spent time with so many interesting people that our memories will stay strong. We hope you’ve enjoyed the photos, tweets, and blog postings that have expanded our coverage beyond what we provide live on the air two hours a day.

On AirTalk today: Fact-checking Paul Ryan's speech, views from the RNC frontlines

Larry Mantle previews what's ahead in the third full day at the Republican National Convention.

Ryan comes to bat tonight, Romney closes out tomorrow evening

Day Three of the GOP convention culminates with VP nominee Paul Ryan’s speech later this evening.

Ann Romney, Chris Christie hope to embolden party with key RNC speeches

Republicans hope tonight's speeches by Ann Romney and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie will invigorate their support base.

RNC: LA Mayor is Democratic lamb in GOP lion's den

L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa was the Democratic lamb in the GOP lion's den on day one of the RNC, along with Republican officials with a free day who took advantage of row after row of broadcasters vying for the chance to interview them.

Off to Tampa for the GOP convention

Monday morning at 10 AirTlk begins their live coverage from the convention. Host Larry Mantle takes a look at what's ahead.

Off to Tampa for the GOP convention

The news seems better on Tropical Storm Isaac and its potential threat to next week's events. However, from network news, you'd never know it mattered much if the storm damaged other countries or American cities outside Tampa.

The Olympic games are becoming even more important

The Olympics have provided great entertainment and drama for many years, but in this fractured media environment it's clear these mass events are growing in importance. There's no denying the London games have had many great story lines, particularly for American fans, but I don't think that's the primary reason viewers are flocking to NBC's prime time coverage and the assorted cable networks' daytime airings.

Learning from twin studies and longtime friends

Cal State Fullerton Professor Nancy Segal is an authority on such studies, having worked for nine years on the famous Minnesota Study of Twins Reared Apart, and now heading CSUF's Twin Studies Center.

The November election seems so far away

We're in the dog days of summer for the Presidential campaigns. I know that's self-defeating of me to say as someone who heavily relies on national events to provide the content for "AirTalk.

Farewell to a man I admired and enjoyed

I was off the air Monday and Tuesday, as my stepfather Dick Morse passed away early Monday morning at the age of 86.

The Roberts surprise on ACA

It seems no one saw this coming. The Chief Justice's agreement with the Supreme Court's liberals on the Affordable Care Act was a stunner. Given how polarizing the court has been, this is a real curveball.

Arizona Sheriff Arpaio on SB 1070: 'It was a good ruling'

Though satisfied with the Supreme Court decision, Arpaio was suspicious of the timing of a recent lawsuit in relation to the decision.