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

Kareem visits KPCC studios

It’s always fun to see the reactions of KPCC employees when admired guests visit our studios. That was certainly the case Wednesday with the appearance of former Laker and Bruin star Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

Coming of age in Hollywoodland

In December of 1971 my parents and I moved from our two-bedroom apartment across from Centinela Park in Inglewood to a stilt home in Beachwood Canyon. It was a culture shock on many levels – trading slower-paced Inglewood for fast-lane Hollywood, and urban apartment for plenty of open space in the hills.

More questions than answers about Schwarzenegger's family life

It’s one thing to carry on affairs outside the home, yet another to father a child with a household employee and cover it up for a decade. The former governor’s admission raises a multitude of questions, all of which raise very hurtful issues for his family.

Early KPCC General Manager passes away

John Gregory was the General Manager of KPCC back in the 1970s and early 80s, when several important events occurred in the station’s history. He oversaw the change of 89.3’s call letters from KPCS to KPCC, established 89.

A Laker fan's lament

It’s not shocking that the Lakers failed to repeat for a third straight year as NBA champions, nor is it a surprise that their players are starting to show the strain of high mileage extended playoff seasons.

A no-holds-barred Steve Soboroff

Thursday morning on AirTalk I had the chance to continue our coverage of the Dodgers saga with team vice-chairman, Steve Soboroff. He’s a familiar figure in Los Angeles from his run for mayor and his leadership of the controversial Playa Vista project.

Osama bin Laden postmortem photos aren't being officially released

However, one has to wonder whether they will be leaked. That would allow the government to distance itself from the photos, but quiet the call for release.

Imam recognizes opportunity to heal rifts among Americans

The man who plans to build a mosque near the former site of New York’s World Trade Center senses a rare, opportune occasion of unity within the United States.

In spite of bin Laden’s death, expert still concerned over al-Qaida Central in Pakistan

Pakistan on Tuesday criticized the American raid that killed Osama bin Laden as an "unauthorized unilateral action" and warned Washington not to launch similar operations in the future.

"AirTalk" listeners have a lot to say about the death of Osama bin Laden

The most common expression was happiness that bin Laden was eliminated, but there were also listeners critical of the spontaneous displays of joy on the streets of New York City and at the White House.

An American President

What a morning! Like you, I awoke to news that President Obama was releasing the long form of his birth certificate. Though “birthers” have been questioning the President’s eligibility for office since he was first elected, it seems Donald Trump’s embrace of the issue gave the final push to Mr.

L. A. Times/USC poll shows voters take issue with both parties

I was struck by how strongly California voters feel about getting a chance to vote on Governor Brown’s proposed extension of selected tax increases. Though support for passing the extension looks iffy, voters want their say, regardless of political party.

Will more Dodger fans turn out at the Stadium now that McCourt is sidelined?

Wednesday’s stunning news that Major League Baseball will take over operation of the Dodgers was greeted with joy by longtime fans frustrated by the McCourt regime. From putting their kids on the payroll in imaginary jobs, to charging the team rent to use their stadium, the McCourts have been perceived by many fans as using the team to enrich themselves rather than investing in the franchise.

The power of distinct voices

Wednesday morning on AirTalk, we spent our second hour looking at the aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon blowout in the Gulf. Our guests included the former Incident Commander for the BP spill, Admiral Thad Allen, and NPR reporter Eileen Fleming.