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

Tightening safety rules for regional airline pilots

A bipartisan bill is moving through Congress that focuses on improving airline safety, particularly at regional airlines.

New air pilot safety rules under review

Congress is considering new guidelines to help prevent fatigue among airline pilots. A House committee recently passed a bill that would require the Federal Aviation Administration to draft new scheduling rules.

Drive-Ins Barely Hanging On, But Outdoor Movies Live On

Last night, my family and I took part in a summer event that we look forward to each year. Our friends, Mitch and Ellen, and their son Ben, host a large group of friends for an annual backyard "movie night.

Iran Protests and New Techologies

I found it of note that today's large protests in Tehran were much more visible on the Web than the last round. Though the Iranian government has tried to block all transmissions from inside the country, that's only partially succeeded.

Russ Parsns on Organic Produce

Los Angeles Times Food Editor, Russ Parsons, talked with me this morning about his two columns challenging the argument that organic fruits and vegetables are always best. His sees "certified organic" as only one factor to consider when choosing produce, and argues that taste is the most important consideration.

The Politics of a Teen's Death

The killing of 17-year-old Lily Burk is an incomprehensible tragedy for her parents, family, and friends. It's also likely to be referenced in the political debate over how to reform parole and decrease California's prison population.

Future Farmers of America in the New Urban Frontier

This morning's "AirTalk" segment on urban farming sure struck a note with listeners. Our callers included two separate Long Beach highrise residents-- one wanting to know how to get started, the other describing her success at growing watermelons on her balcony.

The Rise of the Goldbergs

That was the title of a popular radio show that debuted in 1929, moved to television as "The Goldbergs" in 1949, and brought fame and fortune to cultural icon Gertrude Berg. Berg was both the star and writer of the show, which brought a sunny view of American immigrant life into millions of homes.

Policy experts discuss focus of health reform plan

The United States needs a healthcare overhaul to help rebuild its economy, President Barack Obama asserted during a news conference Wednesday night.

President Obama Argues His Case

The President's prime time (ET) news conference was designed to give him a large audience for rebutting Republican claims that the healthcare reforms he supports will bust the budget, limit patient choice, and lead small businesses to hire fewer employees.

LA supervisor says state budget takes county revenues

The state budget plan is coming in for harsh criticism from Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky.

Social services officials lament state budget

The details are still emerging, but officials of public welfare agencies are bracing for the repercussions of California’s austerity budget.

Can In-N-Out Learn Anything from the State?

Maybe not, but this morning I couldn't help thinking about the dramatically different mindsets of these local institutions.

California public schools subject to budget cuts

The compromise state budget will inflict cuts on public education throughout California, said state superintendent of public instruction Jack O’Connell.

California’s public instruction superintendent laments budget cuts

Education’s going to take a big hit under the newly approved state budget, said California’s superintendent of public instruction.