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

These are the good old days

That's the contention of Skeptics Society head Michael Shermer, whose op-ed in last Friday's Los Angeles Times argued that we perceive our time to be more polluted and deprived than it really is -- at least according to historic standards.

Backstage at "AirTalk"

I'm often asked how I prepare for a segment of "AirTalk" related to a major news event that's occurred a short time before we air. It can be a challenge for me, but nothing like what our producers have to deal with in finding guests at the last minute.

Arizona's anti-illegal immigration law and sitting on the tarmac

Wednesday morning on "AirTalk," we opened the phone lines for listeners to weigh in on proposed boycotts of Arizona businesses. Seven members of the Los Angeles City Council, San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom, and Senate President Pro Tem Darryl Steinberg are all calling for studies to look at how to implement such a ban on sending any funds to the Grand Canyon state.

Arizona governor signs anti-illegal immigration bill

Friday morning on "AirTalk," we spoke with Tod Tamberg, spokesman for the Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles, who defended Cardinal Roger Mahony's critical comments about the Arizona measure.

Carol Burnett and Hollywood High School

Friday on "AirTalk," Carol Burnett talks with me about her classic television program, and some of her formative experiences growing up in Hollywood. We're both alums of Hollywood High School and Le Conte Junior High, though I'm sure her class produced far more stars than mine.

Knott's Preserved

Many of us fondly remember childhood visits to Knott's Berry Farm, including panning for gold and trying to stay upright in the haunted shack. This was the Knott's of pre-thrill ride era.

The search for alien intelligence and Knott's Berry Farm's origins

Wednesday on "AirTalk," we'll talk with Arizona State University astrobiologist Paul Davies about his new book, "The Eerie Silence: Renewing Our Search for Alien Intelligence." This is a perennially popular topic, given our fascination with the question of whether we're alone in the universe.

Government funding for journalism (aside from public broadcasting)

Journalists Bob McChesney and John Nichols are co-authors of "The Death and Life of American Journalism: The Media Revolution that Will Begin the World Again." Monday morning on "AirTalk" they spelled out their plan for government subsidies to news organizations, so that media can survive the public's unwillingness to pay for their services.

The Tea Party and President Obama's life story

We were awash in listener calls and postings this morning criticizing us for giving time to covering the tax day Tea Party rallies across the country. The majority of complaints were that Tea Party activists were a small and extreme group created primarily by Fox News Channel.

Immigration reform Town Hall Wednesday evening

I hope to see you Wednesday night at the next "AirTalk" Town Hall in the Forum at our SCPR headquarters in Pasadena. We'll look at proposals for reforming US immigration policy, and whether passage of an immigration bill is possible in this divisive climate.

Enjoying the heat in Washington, DC

I'm just back from a family vacation in DC, during which we enjoyed unseasonably warm temperatures. Highs were in the 80s, and the nights were balmy as well. The District was beautiful, with cherry blossoms and tulips in full bloom.

Not getting enough of government and history, I'm off to DC

I'm off for a week to vacation with my family in Washington, DC. Given all the interviews we do with guests from DC, I feel like I'm connected with the town on an almost daily basis.

On "AirTalk" 25th anniversary, listeners tortured by Jonathan Gold

I now realize it was downright evil to put on Pulitzer-prize-winning food critic Jonathan Gold right before lunch. Wasn't it tough to sit there listening to one great dish after another, knowing lunch was still a ways off? We've had dozens of great listener suggestions for meals that are essential in Southern California.

25 years of "AirTalk"

Thursday morning marks the 25th anniversary of "AirTalk," a marker that I find hard to believe we've reached. I know there aren't many of you who heard one of those first week's broadcasts, but if you did, I wonder if it seems like 25 years ago to you.

Bumper sticker philosophy

Monday morning's conversation with Jack Bowen, author of "If You Can Read This," generated hilarious contributions from listeners recounting their favorite bumper sticker sightings over the years.