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

The State of the Union

You've had a chance to hear President Obama's first State of the Union address. Many political analysts saw this as an extremely important opportunity for Mr. Obama to improve his standing with independent voters.

The Los Angeles City Council decides on how it wants to regulate medical marijuana

After a lengthy back-and-forth, Los Angeles wil apparently soon have its ordinance to regulate the locations of medicinal pot. What stands out to me is how hard it will be to locate a dispensary on a typical commercial street.

Listeners sound off on "The Trauma Myth"

This morning's debate on child sexual abuse, and whether such abuse is inherently traumatic for a child, was one of the most heated we've hosted in some time. Psychologists Susan Clancy, author of "The Trauma Myth," and Gail Wyatt of UCLA, squared off over how best to treat victims of such abuse.

The Trauma Myth

Research psychologist Susan Clancy is used to controversy, given the subjects she chooses to study and write about. While teaching at Harvard she wrote "Abducted," which studies cases of alleged kidnappings of humans by space aliens.

The psychology of Presidential candidates

The new book "Game Change" describes the behavior of many players on the periphery, and in the center, of the 2008 presidential election. It's no surprise that each campaign attempts to put its best foot forward and to minimize the personal weaknesses of its candidate.

Is college necessary?

This morning on "AirTalk," in addition to learning why women have sex, we also asked whether too much emphasis is being placed on going to college for kids better suited to careers where they work with their hands.

The crisis in Haiti & Tom Campbell tries somthing completely different

The horror in Haiti continues to unfold with reporters doing their best to describe what they're seeing. It's clear that journalists and aid workers are also going to have a difficult time dealing with the aftermath of all the tragedy they've witnessed.

Bad movies we love

Friday morning on "Film Week on AirTalk," our critics will share with us their choices for the worst movies ever made. I can't tell you how much I'm looking forward to this conversation.

Earthquake in Haiti & Google in China

Watching and hearing the accounts of the devastation produced by yesterday's quake, it's hard for me to get my head around it. The scale of loss is overwhelming. Our hearts go out to members of our local Haitian-American community, and to their loved ones on the island.

Harry Reid, Pete Carroll, and Chick Hearn

Listeners this morning on "AirTalk" generally came to the defense of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, following the disclosure of his comments in 2008 about Barak Obama's light skin color and lack of "Negro" dialect making him a strong candidate for the Presidency.

Anti-depressant drugs may not help Californians deal with state budget

This morning on "AirTalk," we talked with the author of a new University of Pennsylvania study on the effectiveness of anti-depressants. Unfortunately, the study found that the drugs work well only for those with serious depression.

Governor Schwarzenegger's last State of the State and the arrival of the BCS Championship Game

This morning we aired the governor's final State of the State speech, and heard the responses of leading legislators. From proposed ballot initiatives to pension reform, Schwarzenegger didn't shy away from huge political battles during his final lame-duck year.

Race to the Top, childless couples, and 3-D TV

I hope you're having a wonderful start to 2010. We certainly couldn't ask for a more beautiful week than this one.

The Southland's hidden food gems

This morning, we talked with three contributors to "Eat: Los Angeles -- 2010," a fun book that shares some of the new, overlooked, or unusual treasures in local restaurants and shops.

"Film Week on AirTalk" reviews Christmas Day movies

This morning we provided a special edition of "Film Week on AirTalk" devoted to the movies released this coming Friday. Christmas Day has become one of the biggest box office days of year.