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

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.

The USDA might allow New York's mayor to ban food stamp use for sodas

NYC mayor Michael Bloomberg’s request that his city’s food stamp recipients shouldn’t be able to use their benefits for sugary sodas is being debated across the country.

The health risks of condom-free, the business risks of condom-only

For several decades, the San Fernando Valley has been the primary home of the nation’s adult entertainment industry. It employs significant numbers of people behind the video cameras and occupies numerous industrial complexes, out of the public’s view.

Is "whore" an unmentionable?

Tuesday night’s gubernatorial debate continued the theme of Meg Whitman’s housekeeper problem versus Jerry Brown’s “whore” spouting advisor. Yes, the candidates restated their positions on the substantive issues that affect the state.

"AirTalk" debates Proposition 23

The polls I’ve seen indicate it’s a dead heat on Prop 23. California voters are just starting to pay attention to the initiatives, but this one is particularly challenging.

KCET has cut the PBS cord

Like many of you, I grew up watching KCET’s PBS programming and consider it a local institution. Later, it was a pleasure to do our Film Week segments as part of KCET’s local nightly news program, Life and Times.

Scientists, surfers pursue rogue waves

Catch a wave and you’re sitting on top of the world, the Beach Boys sang. It sounds so harmless, but for centuries sailors have told tales of giant waves, 100 feet high or more, coming seemingly from nowhere and swallowing ships.

Food trucks roll up at KPCC

KPCC listeners came out in force for our AirTalk forum on gourmet food trucks, and the tensions they’ve created in some parts of Southern California. Customers for the four trucks we had on site started arriving before 4:00 p.

What forms our sexual orientations?

Simon Le Vay is the author of the highly-publicized 1991 study about brain differences between gay and straight men. Tuesday morning on AirTalk, Le Vay will be on with us to talk about his new book: Gay, Straight, and the Reason Why: The Science of Sexual Orientation.

Does Meg Whitman have a housekeeper problem, or is this just dirty politics?

Thursday morning on AirTalk, we asked listeners how thoroughly they check the legal status of those they employ. The question comes up in response to the latest developments in California’s gubernatorial campaign.

A grieving listener calls-in to talk about his brother's life and death as a teacher

Wednesday morning on AirTalk, we opened the lines for listeners to talk about the apparent suicide of south Los Angeles-area teacher Rigoberto Ruelas, Jr. Ruelas’ colleagues described him as being hard hit emotionally by the Los Angeles Times’ online publication of his “value added” test scores.

We're hunting for jobs of the future

Politicians and pundits talk a lot about the need to spur innovation in the coming “green economy,” but it looks like such a boom is a long way off. Maybe it’s just that we’ve been in this high unemployment economy for so long that it’s hard to see over the top.

Cecil B. DeMille's eye for the epic and memories of Eddie Fisher

Friday morning on Film Week on AirTalk, we talked with Scott Eyman about his new biography of epic director Cecil B. DeMille. Though DeMille might not be considered in the upper-echelon artistically, Eyman’s book makes a terrific case for DeMille’s eye being one of the greatest of all time.

A pledge to an America that might have changed its mind

Central California Congressman Kevin McCarthy is the author of the GOP’s new “Pledge to America,” the party’s positioning document for the November election and a possible Republican majority in the House.

Bell city council meetings will be quiet affairs, with no quorums in sight

L. A. county supervisors are calling for an appointed receiver to run things until the dust settles and new elections can be held. However, the current council members are still in office, pending possible convictions or resignations.