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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

The Politics of a Teen's Death

The killing of 17-year-old Lily Burk is an incomprehensible tragedy for her parents, family, and friends. It's also likely to be referenced in the political debate over how to reform parole and decrease California's prison population.

Future Farmers of America in the New Urban Frontier

This morning's "AirTalk" segment on urban farming sure struck a note with listeners. Our callers included two separate Long Beach highrise residents-- one wanting to know how to get started, the other describing her success at growing watermelons on her balcony.

The Rise of the Goldbergs

That was the title of a popular radio show that debuted in 1929, moved to television as "The Goldbergs" in 1949, and brought fame and fortune to cultural icon Gertrude Berg. Berg was both the star and writer of the show, which brought a sunny view of American immigrant life into millions of homes.

Policy experts discuss focus of health reform plan

The United States needs a healthcare overhaul to help rebuild its economy, President Barack Obama asserted during a news conference Wednesday night.

President Obama Argues His Case

The President's prime time (ET) news conference was designed to give him a large audience for rebutting Republican claims that the healthcare reforms he supports will bust the budget, limit patient choice, and lead small businesses to hire fewer employees.

LA supervisor says state budget takes county revenues

The state budget plan is coming in for harsh criticism from Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky.

Social services officials lament state budget

The details are still emerging, but officials of public welfare agencies are bracing for the repercussions of California’s austerity budget.

Can In-N-Out Learn Anything from the State?

Maybe not, but this morning I couldn't help thinking about the dramatically different mindsets of these local institutions.

California public schools subject to budget cuts

The compromise state budget will inflict cuts on public education throughout California, said state superintendent of public instruction Jack O’Connell.

California’s public instruction superintendent laments budget cuts

Education’s going to take a big hit under the newly approved state budget, said California’s superintendent of public instruction.

Are Americans Very Concerned About Those Without Health Insurance?

During this morning's conversation about the public's opinion of President Obama's handling of healthcare reform, I said that most Americans are concerned about the large numbers of uninsured.

LAPD racial profiling persists, critics contend

Officials of the Los Angeles Police Department have expressed relief that the federal government’s lifted a consent decree that governed the department for eight years.

Consent decree end doesn't mean LAPD culture has changed

The recent lifting of a federal consent decree that regulated the Los Angeles Police Department reflects changes in its direction. But a longtime department observer says the changes have yet to eradicate what federal investigators called a pattern and practice of insensitive policing.

Former NASA astronaut speaks about moon landing anniversary

Forty years ago Monday, the Apollo 11 astronauts became the first to set foot on the moon.

Memories of Walter Cronkite

Like many others, I've been thinking a lot this weekend about the death of Walter Cronkite. Cronkite was such a presence for those of us who grew up with him escorting viewers through the major events of the 1960s and 70s.