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

"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.

Tarmac waits may shorten & memories of Ed Sullivan

The U. S. Department of Transportation is cracking down on airlines that hold passengers inside jets on tarmacs and runways. The new regulation, announced today, calls for a three-hour maximum limit on how long passengers can be kept on the ground in a jet.

Copenhagen climate deal, Senate healthcare deal, and 'Crazy Heart'

Monday morning on "AirTalk," we'll hear the pros-and-cons of the loose agreement reached at the UN climate summit in Copenhagen. Environmentalists are angrily split over whether the targets are anywhere near necessary to slow down the earth's heating.

James Cameron, Avatar, and company holiday parties gone awry

Writer/director James Cameron was with us this morning to talk about his new movie, "Avatar." Among other things, Cameron's well-known for his all-consuming efforts in getting his films just how he wants them.

The Taboo of Religious Christmas Carols at Public Schools

It was a great exchange of listener opinions this morning on whether explicitly Christian Christmas carols should be allowed at public schools. A schoolteacher who recently moved from Riverside to Redding has announced a ballot initiative seeking to reinstate the singing of such carols at tax supported schools.

Sexting on the Job & If Scrooge Were An Economist

This morning on "AirTalk," I asked what listeners thought about whether personal text messages sent over an employer’s wireless service were private communications, or subject to the review of the employer.

Surprise Segment of the Week: KPCC Listeners and Food Stamps

I'm not surprised by the outpouring of listener response we receive to controversial issues. However, the feedback from our food stamp conversation on Thursday has been amazing. We had listeners who are getting food aid, have received it in the past, or are eligible but haven't taken it.

L. A. City Council Holds Off on Pot Ordinance

Our segment this morning on L. A.'s proposed medical marijuana dispensary ordinance made clear that the most controversial part of the plan was banning dispensaries from within 1,000 feet of residences.

Creator of Twitter and Tyranny of E-Mail

Twitter creator Jack Dorsey talked with us this morning about the surprising growth of social media and the launch of his new venture, Square. Dorsey is in Paris at the "Le Web - 2009" conference to announce additional details about Square, a pocket-size credit card scanner that attaches to an iPhone.

Why We Shop

Tomorrow on "AirTalk," we'll examine the various reasons why people shop and whether our patterns of shopping have changed so dramatically that we won't return to previous patterns anytime soon.

San Fernando Valley Council Race is Heated (by L. A. standards)

Monday morning on "AirTalk," we'll host a pre-election day debate between Los Angeles City Council candidates Christine Essel and Paul Krekorian. I've never lived in Chicago or New York, so I can't compare the vitriol of our local races with theirs.

Does Tiger Woods Owe You an Apology?

It never fails that when we produce an "AirTalk" segment about what's first a tabloid story, a portion of our listeners is unhappy. This morning's conversation on Tiger Woods was no exception.

Safer Sex and Safer Voting

We opened this morning's program by acknowledging World AIDS Day and the progress made in medications for those who're HIV-positive. However, Dr. Michael Gottlieb also talked about the difficulties many HIV/AIDS patients have with side effects from the drugs and the virus.

The President's Afghanistan Plan & The Death of Sportswriter Mike Penner

This morning on "AirTalk," we talked with listeners about what they'd do about Afghanistan if they were President Obama. Most of the calls argued for an American withdrawal, but several made it clear they thought leaving in the near future would be a bad move.

Travel Horror Stories (Have a Great Thanksgiving)

This morning we opened the lines for listeners to share their worst holiday air travel experiences -- from constantly crying babies to drunken seatmates. As we prepare to enjoy our national day of thanks, please take a moment to vent your worst holiday travel experiences here on the "AirTalk" page.