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

Chief Bratton Reacts to Possible Successors

I just got home from meeting with Bill Bratton this evening at the new LAPD headquarters. We spent a half-hour talking about the three finalists to succeed him, what he sees as his Los Angeles legacy, local race relations, and why he chose to resign.

AJ Jacobs bases book on series of life experiments

Writer AJ Jacobs practices what you might call “immersion journalism” – he lives a concept in order to write about it. In his latest book, “The Guinea Pig Diaries,” Jacobs writes about outsourcing daily tasks, like arguing with his wife, to India.

Reviews of Bad Films Are Often the Most Entertaining

There's no question that my greatest pleasure in talking with our critics on "Film Week on AirTalk" comes from one of them uncovering a gem of a movie that would otherwise go unnoticed.

Friday's Guests -- Bill Cosby, Mitch Albom, and Mayor Villaraigosa

We have a big morning of "AirTalk" tomorrow, with Bill Cosby, mega-selling author Mitch Albom, and Mayor Villaraigosa all lined up. In addition, our "Film Week" critics have a busy week of releases, including "Amelia," starring Hillary Swank and Richard Gere, Lars von Trier's horrific and stomach-turning "Antichrist," and the animated "Astro Boy.

Childhood Roots of What We Do

Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Berkeley Breathed talked this morning about how he's always been a cultural outsider within the world of cartooning. He never set out to do it, yet established himself as a huge presence in the art form.

Biggest Member Turnout for "AirTalk" Yet

Wow, thank you so much for the extraordinary show of support for our $25,000 Power Block challenge from SCPR Board Member, Jarl Mohn. Our 11:00 a.m. hour saw more than 400 listeners join or renew their memberships.

Where the Disagreeing Critics Are

Spike Jonze's adaption of "Where the Wild Things Are" has opened to superb business, despite its mixed reviews. Our "Film Week" critics were also split on the movie, with Claudia Puig and Henry Sheehan very high on it, and animation critic Charles Solomon not impressed.

I Was Left Speechless

It wasn't anything my guests said, just inadequate water sipping that left me speechless and voiceless in mid-program this morning. I'm sorry for the interuption to a great conversation about the IRS' amnesty program for Americans holding untaxed, offshore, bank accounts.

"AirTalk" Guest Bares Foot as Proof

In "AirTalk's" 25th year we've reached another first -- a guest putting his foot onto the studio console as evidence of a claim.

KPCC Listeners Shorten Member Drive

We received the great news this evening that more than a thousand KPCC listeners became members leading up to tomorrow's first day of our Fall Member Drive. As a result, we're cutting one full day off of our drive.

A Peace Prize President in Time of War

Like just about everyone with whom I've spoken, I was stunned to see President Obama receive the Nobel Peace Prize. Given that the nomination period for the award closed just after the President took office, it was particularly surprising.

L. A.'s Pot Dispensaries Facing Prosecution

According to L. A. County D.A. Steve Cooley, the County's medical marijuana dispensaries are operating illegally and will be prosecuted for selling pot over-the-counter. Cooley and L.

Our Local Underdogs

The Dodgers and Angels are set to begin the postseason with challenging series against St. Louis and Boston, respectively. Though the Dodgers finished with the best regular season record in the National League, they're limping into the playoffs with several hitters slumping.

Which Way Afghanistan? & Nature's Mudflows

This morning on "AirTalk" we talked about President Obama's decision-making process for Afghanistan. The McChrystal report says 40,000 more American troops are needed, but the President clearly isn't sold.

Richard Dawkins and the Chandler Family's Evolution

He's been dubbed "Darwin's Rottweiler" -- evolutionary biologist and author Richard Dawkins. This morning on "AirTalk" he detailed his new book, "The Greatest Show on Earth: the Evidence for Evolution.