Larry Mantle Host, AirTalk

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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

Iranian-Americans Speak Out

Over the past couple of days, "AirTalk" listeners in our local Persian communities have made great contributions to the program. Hearing the accounts of those who've been in contact with family and friends in Iran significantly widens the coverage beyond news reports from Tehran.

Laker Pride -- Shame of the Vandals

As a 40-year fan of the Lakers, I'm celebrating our city's NBA championship. As a lifelong Angeleno, I'm embarrased and ashamed of the violent and destructive behavior on some on our local streets last night.

Aretha Franklin performs at Hollywood Bowl June 26

Like many popular singers, soul diva Aretha Franklin cultivated her vocal gifts in church. But she told KPCC’s Larry Mantle that it’s taken much of her lifetime to recognize how to maintain her instrument at its best.

The Thrill Of Fast-Breaking News

As a follower of important breaking news, there are few things more exciting to me than having stories unfold as we're on the air and being able to provide details on them immediately.

Elections Still Inspire

I was struck this morning by how surprised our guests, and other Iran experts, have been by the passion over Iran's Presidential election. In this age of hyper-analysis of every international political trend, it's refreshing that observers can be caught off guard.

The Queen of Soul Propels Power Block

I have a short list of people that I've been wanting to interview since starting "AirTalk" 24 years ago, but who have never been available. Aretha Franklin was on that list. Her live appearance with me this morning was the capper to an exciting Power Block half-day of fundraising.

Are Member Drive Challenges for Real?

I headed back to the "AirTalk" production office shortly after noon today, digesting the word that we hadn't reached our 50 listener threshold to fulfill our hour's $5,000 challenge.

Life, Inc. and Member Drives

Social critic Douglas Rushkoff talked this morning about what he sees as the "corporate model" taking over almost every aspect of our lives. Whether you think that's hyperbole or not, it was nice to hear him mention listener support for public radio as a prime example of how people can make decisions that run counter to the pressures of a strictly commercial market.

Silly and Funny

I have to admit to being surprised when our "Film Week" critics, Claudia Puig and Henry Sheehan, praised "The Hangover" as a very funny movie. One of the things I appreciate about our critics is their ability to appreciate "lowbrow" comedy, when well executed.

Obama's Pacing and Formality

I didn’t have a chance to raise this on the air this morning, but I wonder if anyone else noticed the pacing and formality of President Obama’s speech in Cairo. Though it might be trivial to some listeners, I’m always interested in the way in which a message is delivered.

Are lower thresholds the answer?

What do you think of California Superintendent of Schools Jack O’Connell’s proposal to lower the threshold for parcel taxes for public schools? I recall widespread opinion that voters wouldn’t approve large capital bond measures for schools, even with a lower 55% vote requirement.

Where have all the GM's gone?

As much market share as General Motors has lost nationally, you see the impact even more in Southern California. Scanning the streets and parking lots, it’s hard to pick out the GM vehicles amidst overwhelming numbers of Asian and European imports.

Irresponsible horror

The new Pixar animated feature Up has been getting almost univerally excellent reviews. Our Wade Major was the rare dissenter. However, he turned around and hailed the new Sam Raimi horror movie Drag Me to Hell.

Goodbye to a landmark, hello to a familiar voice

I have to admit that I hadn’t been following the story of Hollywood Park’s future closing all that closely. I knew that it had been purchased by a development company, but didn’t realize how far along the proposed $2-billion dollar project is to city approval.

Health care advocate decries proposed cuts to Healthy Families

One of the many programs Governor Schwarzenegger is proposing eliminating is Healthy Families. The $250 million program provides health insurance for kids in low-income families that make too much to qualify for Medi-Cal.