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

Station Fire's erratic behavior heightens threat to homeowners

Steve Whitmore of the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department says there’s little rhyme or reason in the behavior of the Station Fire. He says that’s one reason it’s very important for people to heed mandatory evacuation orders.

No Escape from California Reality

It's good to be back with you after a week's vacation that served as a reminder of how the nature of California is inescapable. My family and I headed up US-395 to visit the ghost town of Bodie, Lake Tahoe, parts of Gold Rush country, and Yosemite.

Broadcasters hope Mt. Wilson survives Station Fire

Radio and TV broadcasters are hoping the out-of-control Station Fire doesn’t do too much damage to transmitter sites on Mt. Wilson. Firefighters expect the flames to sweep over the top of the ridge sometime today.

Businessman proposes renting California's public properties

A Southland businessman says he has a plan to solve California’s budget crisis. William Mundell says the state should rent out its prisons, ports, and other assets to private investors, and use the proceeds to pay down the debt and build up a rainy day fund.

Quentin Tarantino's Basterds

Tarantino's new film, "Inglorious Basterds," opens this weekend, giving "Film Week on AirTalk" a chance to talk about the director's body of work. Listeners were split in their opinions, with the amount of violence in his movies coming in for the most criticism.

Health Insurance Co-Ops Take Center Stage

Now that the public option for health insurance looks less likely, the debate over non-profits co-ops has taken off. Neither of this morning's "AirTalk" guests were in favor of them, but for very different reasons.

Religion and Porn the Earliest Adopters

Rabbi Brad Hirschfield pointed out this morning on "AirTalk" that conservative religious movements are the most eager users of new technologies like social networks. I added that pornographers were also at the front of the line.

Is a Public Employee Pension Showdown Looming?

Governor Schwarzenegger says one of his priorities is cutting public employee pensions for new state workers. If he sticks to that plan, he has a huge political fight ahead. State employee unions have a lot of juice with the Legislature and a lot of money to spend fighting two-tiered retirement plans.

New book explores California’s Imperial County

Author William Vollmann explores a forgotten corner of the Southland in his new book “Imperial.” It addresses the dynamics between agribusiness, development, and immigration in Imperial County, California.

Finally -- A Great Weekend for Movies

I could tell from our critics' strides into the studio that it was going to be a good week. It was the body language of reviewers with good movies to talk about. During the summer, our "Film Week on AirTalk" critics have to work hard to find movies they can strongly recommend.

NFL gives convicted dogfighter Michael Vick another opportunity

The Philadelphia Eagles have signed former Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick after his release from prison on felonies related to dogfighting. The Humane Society of the United States has also signed Vick to speak up against cruelty to animals.

A Night with Les Paul

Electric guitar and recording innovator Les Paul's death this morning at age 94 brings an incredible life to an end. My family and I had the pleasure of seeing Paul perform his weekly set at Iridium in New York just four months ago.

Guitar Magazine writer discusses Les Paul's legacy

Musicians are honoring an original guitar hero, Les Paul. He was 94 years old when he died Thursday. The versatile guitarist, producer and broadcaster helped to popularize the solid-body electric guitar and practically invented multi-track music recording.

Our California Constitutional Convention

Wednesday evening at 7:00 p.m., "AirTalk" will be On the Road at the National Center for the Preservation of Democracy in Downtown Los Angeles. Given that we almost solved the conflict in the Middle East our last time out, we decided to try something that's perhaps tougher -- fix California's crisis in governance.

Advocates debate timing of new same-sex marriage initiative

Advocates for same-sex marriage in California are divided over strategies to advance their cause on the statewide ballot.