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

Rebuilding the Dodgers

My family and I took in the Dodger game last Friday night, along with a surprisingly respectable crowd for a losing team with players better suited to being reserves or minor leaguers.

Prison hunger strike over, prison official says

The head of the state corrections department said Thursday that a three-week hunger strike by hundreds of California inmates has come to an end, although a group that has been suppporting the prisoners said they couldn't confirm that.

The extreme call of duty

The defense attorney for Michael Jackson physician Conrad Murray has asked the judge about sequestering the jury 24/7 during the doctor’s trial on manslaughter charges. J. Michael Flanagan added, presumably tongue in cheek, “…or at least during the hours Nancy Grace in on TV.

Ethics vs. the law at News Corp.

News Corporation top executives Rupert and James Murdoch have testified before a Parliamentary committee in England that’s investigating allegations that the company knowingly hired private investigators who illegally hacked into cell phone voicemail accounts of kidnapping and terrorism victims.

The talents of Anna Deavere Smith

There are times that I look forward to an interview and it doesn’t pan out the way I’d hoped. This seems more prone to happening with performers and artists whose communication comes out in their work, but not necessarily in words.

Shutting kids out

Thursday morning on AirTalk, we asked listeners what they thought of the growing trend of restaurants and airlines excluding young kids altogether, or limiting where they can be. Malaysian Airlines bars infants from first-class, while a Pennsylvania restaurant has decided to ban kids under the age of six.

Democrat Janice Hahn wins 36th District US House race

Democrat Janice Hahn has defeated Republican Craig Huey in a bitter contest for a Southern California House seat. Her victory preserves her party's hold on the district as she survives an unusually tough race in the longtime Democratic stronghold. Hahn spoke Wednesday morning with KPCC's AirTalk.

The state of "South California"

Riverside County Supervisor Jeff Stone is proposing the creation of “South California,” a new state consisting of inland, conservative-majority, counties. The 51st state would include the counties of Riverside, Orange, San Bernardino, San Diego, Imperial, Kern, Fresno, Kings, Inyo, Madera, Mariposa, Tulare, and Mono.

Discovering Southland history through silent movies

Friday morning on Film Week on AirTalk, I’ll be talking with movie historian John Bengston about his three-book series on silent film locations. The large-format books are terrific compilations of movie stills, maps, and current photos of locations used in films by Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, and Harold Lloyd.

Memories of Peter Falk

I learned of Peter Falk’s death while vacationing in Oregon and northern California last week. Over the years I’ve seen the passing of many AirTalk guests, but Falk’s hit me harder than most.

Hitting the road

Kristen, Desmond, and I are taking a week to drive up to Oregon on our family vacation. You’ll be in the talented hands of David Lazarus while I’m gone.

Listeners offer great insights into the nature of monogamy

I had a terrific time Tuesday morning on AirTalk talking about whether it’s harder to be monogamous during this era of social networking, texting, and online relationships. Our listeners came at the topic from multiple angles and contributed very insightful analysis.

Thank you

Our fiscal year-end member drive is a great success. It’s very heartening to see listeners responding generously and sharing such kind comments about our work. It makes a huge difference for us as we read and hear your feedback.

Anthony Weiner admits he lied

I’ve just watched the Congressman’s news conference in which he admitted sending sexually-explicit photos, and engaging in inappropriate online conversations, with several young women.

"sunny" Tim Burton

Last Saturday afternoon I took my wife and son over to LACMA for the huge exhibition of Tim Burton’s work. Most of the exhibit relates to the creative process leading up to shooting one of his features or short films.