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

I'm sorry I lost my cool, but let me explain...

I couldn’t help myself in responding to the analysis of Steve Cooley campaign consultant, Kevin Spillane. This morning on AirTalk, KPCC political reporter Frank Stoltze played a couple of excerpts of Spillane’s comments in conceding the state Attorney General’s race to Kamala Harris.

Assessing the art and science of teaching

We’re still getting tremendous response to our AirTalk forum on how to assess teacher performance. If you haven’t heard it yet, it’s here on the website.Our AirTalk producers and digital media team also put together this Teachers Speak Interactive, a wonderful web companion to the forum.

KPCC's Fall member drive is an inspiring success

I’m feeling sky-high, thanks to the generosity of KPCC listeners. Our member drive was very successful, with more than 11,700 listeners joining or renewing. Equally important, it looks like we’ve had the highest percentage of new members in KPCC history.

It seems everyone responds well to babies -- even bullies

I enjoyed talking with our two AirTalk guests Wednesday morning about pairing babies with bullies and how it can build empathy in kids. I would’ve expected that many bullies spent considerable time with younger siblings, including babies.

Your support is inspirational

I’m continually impressed by how generous AirTalk listeners are during our KPCC member drives. Though there are many reasons listeners give when supporting KPCC, I’m most struck by what they say about the central role KPCC plays in their lives.

The growth industry in treating sex addiction (or obsession)

Over the weekend, the Los Angeles Times featured a story on how dramatically the field of sex addiction treatment is growing. It’s not surprising that more people would look into it, given the high-profile rehab stints of Tiger Woods and Jesse James (Sandra Bullock’s estranged husband).

Do the ends justify the means with anonymous contributions and earmarks?

Friday morning on AirTalk, we talked about the internal Democratic Party debate over whether to use outside groups to cultivate anonymous contributions reminds me of the battle over earmarks.

"AirTalk" listeners disagree with bans on journalist campaign contributions

On Monday morning's AirTalk, I was surprised to get so much listener reaction against news organizations’ typical bans on employee campaign contributions. I expected many would argue against NBC’s suspension of Keith Olbermann for making such a gift, given that he’s really a commentator and not a traditional journalist.

The GOP is a national powerhouse, but California dud

Several days after the midterm elections, I’m still processing how different the results were between California and the rest of the nation. I wasn’t surprised that Democrats won the statewide races, but the margin was significantly more than I expected.

Does it matter to you that private prison companies were early supporters of Arizona's SB 1070?

I’m still sorting through my reaction to Thursday's Morning Edition story about Arizona state senator Russell Pearce presenting his anti-illegal immigration bill to a national group of business people and legislators before the bill went to the state legislature.

What would the future of public radio hold without federal funding?

Several prominent Republicans have called for public radio’s defunding, following NPR’s decision to fire Juan Williams. Tuesday morning on AirTalk we asked listeners whether they’d prefer KPCC and NPR keep Corporation for Public Broadcasting federal funding or cut the taxpayer cord.

Baby boomers have second thoughts about cannabis

I’m fascinated by the evolution of former pot smoking baby boomers into opponents of marijuana legalization. Monday morning on AirTalk, I asked listeners to talk about that change of heart and the reasons behind it.

The firing of Juan Williams

Wednesday night, as I was doing my usual late-night scouring of the web for news, I was surprised to see that NPR was firing Juan Williams for comments he’d made on Bill O'Reilly’s Fox News Channel show.

Proposition 19 and the drive to legalize marijuana

Thursday morning on AirTalk, we’ll debate the hottest issue on the November 2nd ballot – should marijuana be legalized in California. One of the aspects I love about this issue is that it doesn’t break down along partisan or other predictable lines.

New military recruits might get caught in a "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" flip flop

A Pentagon spokeswoman says recruiters have been told to start accepting openly gay applicants for the military. However, recruits are to be told that “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” could be reinstated at any time.