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

Made it by that much

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.

The Southwest Los Angeles council district race turns rancorous on AirTalk

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.

Bicyclists vs. drivers

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.

I'd like to thank my agent, publicist, acting coach, therapist, and fish monger

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.

Teachers are fed up

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.

The joys of bartering sex

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.

The Ruben Salazar incident lives on 40 years later

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.

Los Angeles protestors be warned

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.

There's no place like home (for schooling)

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.

When the Super Bowl became more than a championship

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.

What will Friday bring?

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.

Childhood goofing off got us our jobs

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.

The case against "Irvine 11" being reviewed by grand jury

Thursday morning on AirTalk, we heard from attorney Carole Sobel and UC Irvine Law School dean Erwin Chemerinsky about the likelihood of criminal charges resulting from the students’ disruption of Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren’s talk at the school.

OC grand jury investigates protest at UC Irvine of Israeli diplomat's speech

KPCC has learned that the Orange County grand jury is investigating the Feb. 2010 disruption of an Israeli diplomat's speech at UC Irvine.

Bridging the fundamental differences

The distinctly different world views of Democrats and Republicans were on view following Tuesday night’s State of the Union address.