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 Cases For and Against the Effectiveness of Medical Maijuana

Stepping back from the debate over Los Angeles' proposed dispensary ordinance, we talked this morning about what studies indicate about the effectiveness of marijuana in treating various conditions.

Magic and Bird Rekindle Our Memories

The new book on Magic Johnson and Larry Bird, "When the Game Was Ours," brings back so many great memories of the Laker-Celtic rivalry. With all the attention on last season's Laker championship, it was nice this morning to step back in time.

Controversial Views of China and Anti-Semitism

Friday morning, British author Martin Jacques talked about his new book, "When China Rules the World: The End of the Western World and the Birth of a New Global Order." As one listener noted, it's a great title for getting attention for the book.

Listeners Disagree Over Curfew Sweeps and My Latest Visit to Our New Home

Thursday morning we talked about last week's Orange County curfew sweeps targeting minor teens who were out after 10:00 p.m. Some listeners supported the action, citing crime and public loitering as problems that the sweeps could address.

Sports Day on "AirTalk"

This morning we talked with Andre Agassi about his new autobiography, "Open." He was a big hit with KPCC staff members who came up to welcome him to our studios. I was impressed with his candor, both in writing and in person.

The Power of Positive Thinking

This morning, bestselling writer Barbara Ehrenreich talked with us about her new book, "Bright-Sided: How the Relentless Promotion of Positive Thinking is Undermining America." Ehrenreich argued that proponents of positive thinking have encouraged vulnerable Americans to spend beyond their means and deny the reality of their lives.

Can Medical Marijuana Legally Be Sold?

This morning's spirited debate on what the law says about medical marijuana got to the heart of this dispute between dispensaries and the L. A. City Attorney's office. It's clear that the courts will ultimately decide the limits on how medical marijuana can be sold to patients.

Afghanistan's Future and Southland Medical Marijuana

Last night's "AirTalk" On the Road taping at the Autry was an eye-opener, as our outstanding guests looked at the tough prospects for American success in Afghanistan. I was very impressed by the analysis of our panelists, as well our live audience's questions.

Healthcare Reform and Abortion Rights

Though Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid tried hard to avoid a battle over abortion rights, it looks like that's what he's now facing in his house's version of healthcare reform. Given the strong protest from abortion rights advocates over the House's Stupak ammendment, it looks like the Senate is in a tough spot.

Obama Campaign Manager David Plouffe and new LAPD Chief Charlie Beck

Plouffe's new campaign memoir, "The Audacity to Win," is a very engrossing look at the challenge Team Obama faced in introducing its candidate to the nation. I'm so focused on what's going on now between Congress and the President that it was fun to take some time to look back on the whirlwind year-and-a-half leading up to the election.

The Rise and Fall of Starbucks

I'm fascinated by what Starbucks says about us as Americans -- at least those of us who can afford to go there and choose to do so. How did the company take hold so quickly, and what does it offer above and beyond its beverages? That's one of our topics tomorrow, as we talk with the author of, "Everything but the Coffee: Learning About America from Starbucks.

Sharing the Road Brings Out the Passion

Our segment this morning on how to help cars and bikes share the road was one of our more passionate in weeks. Monday's conviction of a motorist who intentionally caused serious injuries to two cyclists was seen by many of our riding listeners as an important step in supporting their rights.

Gavin Newsom Drops Out

It was about a month ago that "AirTalk" callers and I talked with the San Francisco mayor. He was high energy in pitching the changes he said he'd bring to California, including an emphasis on building a green economy.

Do Survey Respondents Lie About Lying?

The Josephson Institute of Ethics in Los Angeles released a survey this morning claiming to show that those who lie as teenagers are far more likely to lie as adults, and that many more teens today think that dishonesty is a requirement for success.

What Works in Law Enforcement

This morning we aired our conversation with exiting LAPD Chief Bill Bratton, followed by an interview with UCLA Public Policy Professor Mark Kleiman. In both, we talked about what the best methods are for detering criminals and assuring a higher level of public safety.