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

Are Americans Very Concerned About Those Without Health Insurance?

During this morning's conversation about the public's opinion of President Obama's handling of healthcare reform, I said that most Americans are concerned about the large numbers of uninsured.

LAPD racial profiling persists, critics contend

Officials of the Los Angeles Police Department have expressed relief that the federal government’s lifted a consent decree that governed the department for eight years.

Consent decree end doesn't mean LAPD culture has changed

The recent lifting of a federal consent decree that regulated the Los Angeles Police Department reflects changes in its direction. But a longtime department observer says the changes have yet to eradicate what federal investigators called a pattern and practice of insensitive policing.

Former NASA astronaut speaks about moon landing anniversary

Forty years ago Monday, the Apollo 11 astronauts became the first to set foot on the moon.

Memories of Walter Cronkite

Like many others, I've been thinking a lot this weekend about the death of Walter Cronkite. Cronkite was such a presence for those of us who grew up with him escorting viewers through the major events of the 1960s and 70s.

Social networking risks losing cool when parents sign on

One of the joys of growing up is claiming your own social territory. That’s harder to do when mom and dad want in, says Erika Brooks Adickman.

Orange County continues to develop Great Park

The Orange County Great Park Conservancy is hosting its fourthannual fundraising event Friday. The money will go toward building new project on the 6-square-mile site on the former El Toro Marine Corps base.

Excitement Over Apollo 11 Lasts 40 Years

"AirTalk" went On the Road Wednesday evening to the Jet Propulsion Lab in La Canada-Flintridge for a program devoted to the 40th anniversary of Apollo 11. To our surprise, we had a packed house and had to turn listeners away who wanted to attend.

UC regents likely to approve major budget cuts

The University of California will likely approve severe budget cuts Thursday.

Healthcare Reform By the Numbers

For the 24 years I've hosted "AirTalk," complex public policy issues have been our bread-and-butter discussion. I'm coming to the conclusion that getting a handle on the finances of our healthcare system, and comparing them to a modified model that hasn't been tried before, is about as challenging as any topic we've done.

Lawmakers vote along party lines on health care reform bill

Support for a national health care reform bill is shaping up as strictly partisan. Democrats on a U.S. Senate committee approved the measure.

Democrats maintain that health care reform plan could cut costs

The health care reform bill that cleared a key U.S. Senate committee would emphasize preventive care, Los Angeles Congressman Xavier Becerra told KPCC’s Larry Mantle.

Episcopal Church to accept openly gay men, lesbians as bishops

This week’s Episcopal Church decision to ordain openly gay men and lesbians as priests and bishops marked a significant milestone for activists like Reverend Susan Russell.

Republicans line up against federal health care reform proposal

Lawmakers in Washington, D.C. have voted on a health care reform bill along party lines. Enough Democrats supported the measure for it to move beyond the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee.

Lawmakers discuss new federal health care proposal

A key U.S. Senate committee today approved a bill that would overhaul the nation’s health care system. The vote broke down along party lines. Republicans opposed it, saying it would cost too much and ration medical care. Democrats say it will broaden access and affordability.