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 a.m. on KPCC and Saturday at noon.

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

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.

Saturday night's Golden Mike Awards

KPCC enjoyed a huge night at the Golden Mike Awards in Universal City last Saturday night. All three of our local talk programs garnered wins in various categories, and our reporters were big winners, too.

Shut up about us being rude!!

Were you surprised to find Los Angeles chosen by Travel and Leisure readers as the rudest city in the U. S.? I certainly was. Yes, our traffic congestion can foster bad manners, but, as a rule, I don’t think of us as exemplars of rudeness.

As class sizes rise, will student achievement fall?

Thursday morning on AirTalk, we faced the reality that class sizes will continue to rise in California public schools, as funding drops. That’s led teachers and parents to protest what they see as an inevitable drop in student performance and teacher retention.

Tucson and Gardena High shootings lead some listeners to demand further gun controls

Immediately after the mass shooting in Arizona, we heard from listeners who hoped the tragedy would open the door for passage of more stringent gun controls. The accidental shooting of two high school students less than two weeks later has intensified that call.

Villaraigosa on Los Angeles's budget, potential layoffs

The Los Angeles City Council, heading into the Martin Luther King holiday weekend, voted to cut $18 million. That's a dent in the $63 million deficit for this year, but there's still a ways to go, as well as a projected $360 million deficit for the coming fiscal year. Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa spoke with KPCC's Larry Mantle Tuesday about the budget, layoffs and more, providing a state of the city for 2011.

How do you deal with the mentally ill in your life?

Many of us have contact with someone we suspect struggles with mental illness. Maybe it’s a family member or someone we encounter out in the world. Regardless, it can be difficult to figure out how to interact with or deal with the person.

Reading others' tears

Friday morning on AirTalk, we considered crying and how it’s perceived across gender lines.

The anti-vaccination movement is getting further criticism

The British medical journal BMJ has published its investigation into Dr. Andrew Wakefield’s highly-influential study of a possible link between autism and childhood vaccines. BMJ concluded that Wakefield misrepresented or altered the medical histories of the patients he studied.

The future of the GOP -- clarity vs. inclusiveness

Tuesday morning on AirTalk, we looked at next week’s election for the chairmanship of the Republican National Committee. The committee is charged with fundraising for candidates and get-out-the-vote efforts in close races.

This will be a momentous year for California

For how many years have I been saying this? However, this time I might actually be correct.