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

The battle between humans and computers at the heart of "Moneyball"

As a sports fan, I’m always glad for movies and books that relate the intricacies of professional sports. My interest began in the 1970s with Jim Bouton’s inside-the-locker-room classic, Ball Four.

Criminal charges in the death of homeless Fullerton resident Kelly Thomas

Orange County D. A. Tony Rackauckas took the big step of filing second-degree murder charges against one of the officers involved in the beating death of homeless Fullerton resident Kelly Thomas.

Grooving to the sounds of Black affirmation

If you’ve been listening to AirTalk for even a few months, you’ve probably heard me talk about my love of jazz and soul. When you combine either with creative political commentary -- so much the better.

Back home from NYC

It’s good to be home, but I’m very glad we broadcast AirTalk from Manhattan last Thursday and Friday.

AirTalk on the road in NYC

Thursday and Friday mornings, September 8th and 9th, we’ll broadcast live from Manhattan in observance of the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. Our guests will include survivors, family members of victims, first responders, journalists, and religious leaders.

Should the private life of Apple's new CEO stay private?

Tuesday morning on AirTalk, we talked with Reuters finance blogger Felix Salmon about his contention that new Apple CEO Tim Cook’s supposed sexuality should be referenced by journalists.

Overscheduled kids

...is one of the most popular topics we do on AirTalk, with seemingly everyone having a strong opinion about whether “enriching” children’s lives can harm childhood.

The guilty pleasure of vacation

As I leave on a one-week vacation, I can’t help thinking about how much rarer such breaks are becoming for Americans. Plenty of people are getting time off, but from job loss, not paid vacation.

Being mean pays off for employees, but not businesses

A newly published study finds a wide pay disparity between those who self-report being disagreeable and the more go-along, get-along among us.

The ambitions of younger Americans slam into economic uncertainty

Rioting in England and flash mob violence in Philly have prompted the usual questions about why people are taking to the streets. Regardless of whether you consider it a response to political neglect or simply a display of anti-social opportunism, there is an interesting psychological dynamic that might be at play among teens and young adults.

"The Help" as movie and real life

The new movie The Help is based on a popular novel highlighting relationships between African-American domestics, their families, and their employers in the Jim Crow south. It’s a great topic for dramatic treatment, but also a nice prompter for people to share their own childhood stories about both sides of the household employee/employer relationship.

A recent "AirTalk" guest's argument for the leadership benefits of mental illness

Monday morning on Air Talk, I spoke with Tufts Medical School psychiatry professor Nassir Graeme about his fascinating new book, A First-Rate Madness: Uncovering the Links Between Leadership and Mental Illness.

Marvin Hamlisch has a way with more than music

Hamlisch joined me in studio Thursday morning on AirTalk, and was it a treat! His love of music is infectious.

The debt ceiling and its huge ideological chasm

With our continuing coverage of the debt ceiling debate, I’m struck by how convinced each side seems to be that its economic conclusions should be obvious to everyone else. One side states that the other is carrying water for special interests, instead of recognizing that true belief runs deep.

Juan Williams on NPR and speaking openly

Tuesday morning on AirTalk, Fox News’ Juan Williams talked about his new book, Muzzled: the Assault on Honest Debate. He used his firing from NPR as a springboard for his argument that political correctness on the Left and moral judgments on the Right have shut down honest conversation.