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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

Social networking risks losing cool when parents sign on

One of the joys of growing up is claiming your own social territory. That’s harder to do when mom and dad want in, says Erika Brooks Adickman.

Orange County continues to develop Great Park

The Orange County Great Park Conservancy is hosting its fourthannual fundraising event Friday. The money will go toward building new project on the 6-square-mile site on the former El Toro Marine Corps base.

Excitement Over Apollo 11 Lasts 40 Years

"AirTalk" went On the Road Wednesday evening to the Jet Propulsion Lab in La Canada-Flintridge for a program devoted to the 40th anniversary of Apollo 11. To our surprise, we had a packed house and had to turn listeners away who wanted to attend.

UC regents likely to approve major budget cuts

The University of California will likely approve severe budget cuts Thursday.

Healthcare Reform By the Numbers

For the 24 years I've hosted "AirTalk," complex public policy issues have been our bread-and-butter discussion. I'm coming to the conclusion that getting a handle on the finances of our healthcare system, and comparing them to a modified model that hasn't been tried before, is about as challenging as any topic we've done.

Lawmakers vote along party lines on health care reform bill

Support for a national health care reform bill is shaping up as strictly partisan. Democrats on a U.S. Senate committee approved the measure.

Democrats maintain that health care reform plan could cut costs

The health care reform bill that cleared a key U.S. Senate committee would emphasize preventive care, Los Angeles Congressman Xavier Becerra told KPCC’s Larry Mantle.

Episcopal Church to accept openly gay men, lesbians as bishops

This week’s Episcopal Church decision to ordain openly gay men and lesbians as priests and bishops marked a significant milestone for activists like Reverend Susan Russell.

Republicans line up against federal health care reform proposal

Lawmakers in Washington, D.C. have voted on a health care reform bill along party lines. Enough Democrats supported the measure for it to move beyond the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee.

Lawmakers discuss new federal health care proposal

A key U.S. Senate committee today approved a bill that would overhaul the nation’s health care system. The vote broke down along party lines. Republicans opposed it, saying it would cost too much and ration medical care. Democrats say it will broaden access and affordability.

Competing Health Overhauls Head for a Showdown

President Obama’s push to get healthcare insurance bills through committees in Congress is getting results in the House, but several Senators are skeptical that their body can pass legislation by August.

Upheaval on state nursing board follows investigative report

The door is revolving – fast – at the state board that monitors registered nurses. Governor Schwarzenegger replaced most of its members Monday after an investigation published in the Los Angeles Times revealed that the board took more than three years on average to discipline nurses who’d generated complaints.

The Challenge of Talking About Secret Programs

The recent disclosure by CIA Director Leon Panetta that he had cancelled a secret Agency program begun after the 9/11 attacks has raised another important question about the level of Congressional oversight of government covert operations.

Is the Stimulus Stimulating Enough?

On Friday morning's program we asked whether the five-month-old $787-billion stimulus plan was far enough along that it could be fairly critiqued. Many conservatives have been arguing that the plan is ineffective for anything other than increasing longterm Federal debt, while a number of liberal commentators have been arguing that a bigger plan is needed.

Seismologist explains connection between deep tremors, earthquakes

UC Berkeley seismologists have detected a series of mysterious tremors on a section of the San Andreas Fault. These unusual vibrations, typically connected to volcanoes, occur deep below the earth’s surface.