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 President's Olympic Bid

President Obama will go to Copenhagen later this week to back Chicago's bid for the 2016 summer Olympic games. I asked listeners this morning whether they supported the President's decision, or thought he should stay in the U.

Controversial Legal Cases Highlight Today's First Hour

Our 10:00 a.m. hour this morning included listeners weighing in on the arrest of Roman Polanski in Switzerland, and an interview with recently released Bruce Lisker.

Bruce Lisker Talks With Us Monday

He was convicted of murdering his mother and spent more than 26 years in prison for the crime. After having his conviction overturned, he was released. The DA's office has declined to refile charges, citing the loss of evidence from the earlier prosecution.

Annette Bening Guests on "Film Week"

Friday's "Film Week on AirTalk" includes reviews of several films, but I'm particularly looking forward to talking with Annette Bening. She's on stage as "Medea" in UCLA Live's first original production.

Two Major Documentaries Debut Within Days

Opening today was Michael Moore's "Capitalism: A Love Story," with Ken Burns' "The National Parks: America's Best Idea" starting this Sunday evening on PBS. The close proximity of the two reminds us of how robust and varied our choices of non-fiction films are these days.

Latest Census data indicates immigrants leaving California

Newly released census data indicates that the number of foreign-born people in California is declining.

Hey, What Happened to the Other Candidates?

That was the essence of several comments we received in response to our debate featuring three of the candidates for the San Fernando Valley's Second District City Council race. Ten candidates are running in today's election.

Good Deed of Water Conservation Might Be Getting Punished

Is Los Angeles' mandatory water conservation program responsible for the recent series of main line breaks the City's been experiencing? A couple of engineers quoted recently in the Los Angeles Times say the link is worth exploring.

California prepares new TV energy efficiency standards

The California Energy Commission wants television manufacturers to take after the auto industry, at least when it comes to boosting energy efficiency. As soon as November the commission may require electronics retailers to sell TV sets that consume less power.

Would You Trade a DNA Sample for Guaranteed Freedom?

This morning we talked about Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas' new policy that's designed to build up his office's DNA database. For lower level misdemeanor arrests, the DA's office is offering not to prosecute people who agree to provide a DNA sample.

Is the Rise in Uncivil Behavior Primarily Narcissism?

That was one of the questions I posed this morning on our segment devoted to the rude behavior of Joe Wilson, Serena Williams, and Kanye West. In each case it seems the person's impulse control was overridden by a sense of entitlement and grandiosity.

When it Rains...

We've just come through the dog days of summer with some news days slower than molasses. That poses a real challenge for our team to come up with new angles on ongoing stories -- like healthcare reform -- or to find new issues that are worthy of airtime.

The Future of Not-for-Profit Journalism

Given that I work in public radio, I obviously see an important role for journalism that doesn't have to turn a profit. However, it's unclear to me whether non-profits like ProPublica and special interest journalism sites will be able to fill the gap left by the downsizing of newspapers.

New book counters conventional wisdom about childrearing

If you have kids and they’re sleeping late this morning, let ‘em. That’s one snippet of advice from a new book that examines new research about child development.

Can Parental Intuition Be Trusted?

As I was talking with the co-author of "Natureshock: New Thinking About Children," I couldn't help wondering if there was such a thing as "natural" or "intuitive" parenting. For many of us, I suspect we think of child-rearing as having a strong instinctive component.