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 Autry Drops its Expansion Plans

Autry director John Gray sent a letter to the Los Angeles City Council late today, saying the museum was dropping its plans for a $175-million expansion. The Autry had hoped to display much more of the Southwest Museum's local American Indian collection than had every been shown before.

Southland congressman hosts town hall on health care reform

Democratic Congressman Adam Schiff is convening a town hall meeting in Alhambra tonight to discuss overhauling health care.

My Dog Shorted Out My Digital Textbook

It doesn't quite have the same ring as the original homework excuse, but students will certainly come up with something. This morning we talked about Governor Schwarzeneggar's request that California move toward online, open-source, texts to replace today's physical books.

Hancock to direct jazz programming for LA Phil

Award-winning musician Herbie Hancock will take over next year as the creative chair for jazz at the L.A. Philharmonic.

Public health officials gearing up for swine flu season

Public health officials and scientists are preparing for a possible swine flu outbreak during the coming school year.

Historian remembers when California symbolized abundance

Recent cuts to Cal State and University of California budgets offer a sharp contrast to the vision that built those institutions into the country’s largest and most prestigious public university systems.

Let's Expand Expunging

As we discussed this morning on "AirTalk," the California Assembly decided to expunge from its official record how Members voted on the expansion of offshore oil drilling off the Santa Barbara County coast.

Actress remembers late movie director/writer John Hughes

An actress who appeared in five of John Hughes’ films has fond memories of the late writer-director.

Jobless rate signals slight relief

The national unemployment rate for last month dropped to just under 9.5 percent. That’s about a tenth of a percent decrease from June’s numbers. Some experts suggest this may be a good sign the recession is ending.

Bill Bratton's Chief Skill

It's the day after the LAPD Chief's blindsiding news of his departure with three years left in his term. Though the surprise is starting to wear off, civic leaders are still trying to process what it will take to replace the popular leader.

Police commissioner says next LAPD chief should come from within

The head of the Los Angeles Police Commission says the city’s next police chief should come from within the police department.

Chief Bratton Catches L. A. Off-Guard

Most Los Angeles leaders weren't surprised that Bill Bratton would leave the LAPD before finishing his second five-year term, but they sure seemed shocked by the timing.

LAPD chief resigns; observers describe his impact on LAPD

During a noon-hour news conference Los Angeles Police Chief Bill Bratton is describing the details of his resignation.

Should people earn compensation when they donate organs?

The ethical debate about cash incentives for organ donors has re-surfaced after last month’s arrests over alleged human kidney trafficking in New Jersey.

The Wireless Life

We heard this morning from listeners who rarely work from an office building, choosing instead to work from home, the coffee house, or car. Our guest from the London School of Economics was particularly interesting, as he noted that the big generational difference in work location expectations makes this an irreversible trend.