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

Excellent turnout for our 8th annual Film Week Academy Awards preview

I had so much fun at Sunday afternoon's "Film Week" on the road event at the Egyptian Theater. If you attended, thanks for coming and being part of the event. Though I have a great time with the critics each week, it's even more fun to have listeners participate in the program.

"Film Week" 8th annual Oscar preview at the Egyptian

I'm sure looking forward to our annual Academy Awards preview at the Egyptian Theater in Hollywood. I hope you can join all of our "Film Week" critics and me Sunday at 1:30 p.m. We'll watch clips from the nominated films, hear our critics' pointed opinions, and talk with some members of the audience, as well.

Will the healthcare summit amount to much?

I was able to watch and listen to some of the Blair House summit before Thursday morning's "AirTalk," and actually enjoyed the experience. Regardless of whether this summit was largely political theater or not, I'd like to see more such debates and public negotiations over big public policy questions.

Can politicians agree on healthcare reform that's "good enough?"

Thursday morning, Congressional leaders and President Obama will meet in a televised summit to debate how to address rising healthcare costs and the high numbers of uninsured. On "AirTalk," we'll talk about how the first few hours of the summit go.

President Obama's healthcare plan unveiled

Monday morning, the President's plan was announced as the starting point for negotiations with Congress at this Thursday's televised summit at Blair House in Washington. GOP leaders are already labeling it a massive tax increase on the middle class and small businesses.

An excellent weekend for new movies

If you're like me, you might still be catching up on the Oscar nominated films. However, it's great to have several options for brand new releases.

Can't UCI students just get along?

Undoubtedly, most of them can. However, members of the Muslim and Jewish groups on campus have found it much tougher to do. The latest skirmish was early last week when eleven students of UCI and UCR were arrested after repeatedly trying to shout down a speech by Israel's ambassador to the United States.

Lefty auto critic Dan Neil takes right turn to WSJ

It's safe to say that Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Dan Neil won't be asked to join the editorial board of the Wall Street Journal. However, Dan is making the move from the Los Angeles Times to become the Journal's automotive columnist.

Do you care if "they" know where you are?

Wednesday morning on "AirTalk," we'll talk about whether the federal government should have the right, without probable cause, to use cellphone information to track the location of a person.

KCRW's retiring GM, Ruth Seymour, joins us Tuesday

KCRW's Ruth Seymour is in her final days as General Manager. Tuesday we'll talk with her about how public radio has evolved during her years bringing KCRW from a small, college laboratory station, to prominence across the country.

The Final "AirTalk" from PCC

This morning marked our final live, local, broadcast from studios at Pasadena City College. For me, this brings to a close 27 years of coming to work here. Beginning tomorrow morning, "AirTalk" and other KPCC programming will originate from the new Mohn Broadcast Center on south Raymond Avenue in Pasadena.

Packing up 27 years of great memories

With our upcoming move to the new SCPR/Mohn Broadcast Center in southwest Pasadena I'm packing up 27 years worth of books, files, and mementos of my years at KPCC. We're just days away from the move and I'm being constantly reminded of some of my favorite interviews.

L. A. City Council struggles with budget gap and the phantom dream of bipartisanship

Wednesday's decision by the L. A. City Council to delay laying off 1,000 city workers wasn't a political surprise, but left a lot of folks scratching their heads. In this morning's conversation with councilmembers Bernard Parks and Jose Huizar, it still wasn't clear to me what the alternative will be.

Darjeeling or Earl Grey? -- Tea Party disagrees about its convention

The Tea Party movement open its first-ever national conference in Nashville on Thursday and, just like a formal political party, there's passionate internal debate. Some Tea Party advocates see the gathering as an important step in better organizing the push towards lower taxes and smaller government.

Don't Ask, Don't Tell, but do call in

Tuesday morning on "AirTalk," I want to talk with veterans of military service to find out their opinions about DADT and whether the policy should be abolished. President Obama said in his State of the Union address last week that he'd move to do with away with the ban on gays and lesbians serving openly.