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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

Go, Kings, go!

As a long-suffering Kings fan, I can only hope that our long wait ends tonight.

The end of an "AirTalk" era

Friday was the last day at SCPR for our “AirTalk” Senior Producer, Linda Othenin-Girard.

Remembering Donna Summer and the age of disco

The preeminent woman of disco made a great mark on popular culture.

What is the story behind President Obama's statement supporting same-sex marriage?

Like everyone else, I've been wondering what was behind Vice-President Joe Biden's recently stated support, as well as that of Education Secretary Arne Duncan. Was it strategically designed to pave the way for the President's public support? Did Biden make the comment truly off the cuff and thereby pressure Obama into having to move beyond his "evolving" position on gay marriage?

The collective trauma of the Los Angeles riots

This morning on “AirTalk,” we spoke with contributors to our Public Insight Journalism program about the riots 20 years later. We’ve been hearing a lot from academics and civic leaders, each of whom has an institutional reason for why the city exploded and why rioters and looters behaved as they did.

When all hell breaks loose behind the scenes on "AirTalk," we ask ourselves if listeners have been harmed

I’m sure it’s true at your work that sometimes everything falls into place -- you have time to grab a cup of coffee and to think a bit more deeply about what you’re doing.

Shorter member drive pays off

As both a listener and host, I was very happy to see our five-day on air member drive succeed in raising as much money as our typical ten-day drive. It was a risky move by our fundraising department, but one that’s established a new model for how we can reduce the time of drives.

A great time visiting the Cactus League

KPCC “Morning Edition” Host Steve Julian and I had a terrific time in Arizona late last week watching the Angels and Dodgers play spring training games. As I wrote in my last posting, the Cactus League fans are particularly knowledgeable about the game and truly dedicated to their teams.

Steve Julian's and my annual spring training roadtrip is underway

“Morning Edition” host Steve Julian and I are off to Arizona for our annual trip to indulge in spring training baseball. Every March for more than a decade, we’ve taken a few days to watch the Dodgers and Angels field combinations of established major leaguers who’re getting into shape, and promising minor leaguers trying to make an impression.

When aging family members can no longer drive safely, how do we tell them?

That’s one of the questions we asked listeners this morning about aging drivers. We had a terrific range of comments, including older listeners who described how they’ve adapted their driving habits to deal with the realities of diminished reflexes and vision.

Discord on the Coliseum commission can be heard loud and clear on "AirTalk"

Two members of the commission, Councilman Bernard Parks and Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky, got into a heated argument on this morning’s program. There were several points of disagreement, including whether Parks owes the commission $40,000 for a Coliseum fireworks show.

A wild morning at KPCC

I got the first word of a problem from “AirTalk” senior producer Linda Othenin-Girard shortly after 7 this morning. Her text message alerted me to the likelihood that we wouldn’t be able to do a live show today.

Film Week on AirTalk sells-out the Egyptian Theater

Friday morning on “AirTalk,” we’ll broadcast our 10th annual “Film Week on AirTalk Academy Awards Preview.” All eight of our critics were in fine form, alternately bashing and championing nominees in the major categories.

US Supreme Court takes on college affirmative action

The Supreme Court has agreed to hear a white student’s challenge to affirmative action at the University of Texas. California state schools already prohibit considering race.

Martin Scorsese sounds like a kid

That’s what I discovered when interviewing him for an “AirTalk” segment that airs Wednesday morning in our first hour. It was infectious to hear his excitement about movies and what he’s continuing to learn about the art form.