Larry Mantle Host, AirTalk
- Phone: (626) 583-5161
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
There’s no getting around that most of us move through our days without giving much thought to what a large magnitude quake would do to Southern California. The scale of such an event, and resulting destruction, is too unpleasant to ponder, unless you’re paid to do it.
There’s no other way to put it, given the tremendous financial support we’re seeing during this spring member drive. It’s hard to express how gratifying it is to watch this level of response to our requests for listener membership.
Often on AirTalk we begin one or more of the program’s hours with a breaking news story. Usually it’s not something completely out of the blue, but a major development in an ongoing story.
It was looking shaky this morning for making our $5,000 challenge from a Southern California Public Radio board member. We were a long way from the threshold for fulfillment, and it looked like we might miss out for the second time in one morning.
I expected the biggest debate fireworks in the Northeast Los Angeles race between incumbent Jose Huizar and challenger Rudy Martinez. A couple weeks ago the two joined me on AirTalk, and it was clear there was no love lost between the men.
Tuesday morning on AirTalk, we talked about the new Los Angeles city bike plan that includes major investments in making the town more bike-friendly. However, we once again received calls and online messages from listeners angry about the riding practices of some cyclists.
Is there any way to put an end to Academy Award nominees going on and on thanking lists of people who’ve helped them get where they are today? That stands out to me as the biggest problem with the Oscar telecast.
That was clear from our conversation on AirTalk about the blog postings of suburban Philadelphia high school teacher Natalie Munroe. Students of Munroe found her blog aimed at family and friends, in which she blasted the kids.
That was a big part of my conversation Wednesday morning with the co-author of Spousonomics: Using Economics to Master Love, Marriage, and Dirty Dishes. Paula Szuchman explained how economic principles could effectively be used to manage household disagreements – including over the frequency of sex.
Though I was only ten-years-old at the time, I still remember watching portions of the televised coroner’s inquest into the death of Los Angeles Times columnist Ruben Salazar.
City Attorney Carmen Trutanich joined us on AirTalk Monday morning to explain his office’s new policy about prosecuting protestors who block traffic without a permit and who refuse an order to move to the sidewalk.
That was the sentiment of our audience for an AirTalk forum devoted to homeschooling. Our Crawford Family Forum hosted a hundred homeschooled kids and their parents for a program that will air Thursday morning at 11.
I’m a big fan of professional sports, including the NFL, but I’m still amazed at how the Super Bowl has become one of the few mega cultural events of the year. According to a major poll released this week, 78% of us say we’ll watch the game.
Every day in Egypt brings new developments, but the biggest anticipation yet is over what happens Friday. Anti-Mubarak protestors hope to get their largest turnout in Cairo’s Tahrir Square, following Saturday prayers.
Monday morning on AirTalk, we spent our first hour focused on the unfolding uprising in Egypt. Our guests made clear that they thought it would be very difficult for Hosni Mubarak to hold the presidency, given the size of the demonstrations.