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

Competing Health Overhauls Head for a Showdown

President Obama’s push to get healthcare insurance bills through committees in Congress is getting results in the House, but several Senators are skeptical that their body can pass legislation by August.

Upheaval on state nursing board follows investigative report

The door is revolving – fast – at the state board that monitors registered nurses. Governor Schwarzenegger replaced most of its members Monday after an investigation published in the Los Angeles Times revealed that the board took more than three years on average to discipline nurses who’d generated complaints.

The Challenge of Talking About Secret Programs

The recent disclosure by CIA Director Leon Panetta that he had cancelled a secret Agency program begun after the 9/11 attacks has raised another important question about the level of Congressional oversight of government covert operations.

Is the Stimulus Stimulating Enough?

On Friday morning's program we asked whether the five-month-old $787-billion stimulus plan was far enough along that it could be fairly critiqued. Many conservatives have been arguing that the plan is ineffective for anything other than increasing longterm Federal debt, while a number of liberal commentators have been arguing that a bigger plan is needed.

Seismologist explains connection between deep tremors, earthquakes

UC Berkeley seismologists have detected a series of mysterious tremors on a section of the San Andreas Fault. These unusual vibrations, typically connected to volcanoes, occur deep below the earth’s surface.

Social worker admits defrauding In-Home Supportive Services program

Governor Schwarzenegger is targeting fraud in the In-Home Supportive Services program. That program pays people to help take care of seniors or disabled people at home. The governor met with county district attorneys about the program earlier this week and said the state could save hundreds of millions of dollars by eliminating fraud in the program. On KPCC’s "AirTalk," a listener from Silverlake named Jessie said she knows firsthand about fraud in the program.

Callers Admit They Defrauded In-Home Health Program

To say I was surprised is an understatement. I was amazed that several of this morning's callers admitted to taking money from California's In-Home Supportive Services program in exchange for doing little or no work.

Officials respond to alleged Medi-Cal fraud

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has pledged to impose stricter regulations on a state-sponsored home health care program. The governor said that limiting alleged fraud and abuse could save the state up to $5 billion a year.

Life in Reloville

Talking with author Peter Kilborn of "Next Stop, Reloville," I thought about the reasons I resisted going into radio when I graduated from college. Chief among them was my belief that it would be impossible to progress in broadcasting without moving from city to city.

AirTalk Page Seared By Angry Listeners

I’m not surprised that some "AirTalk" listeners had no interest in hearing Michael Jackson's memorial event this morning. But I am taken aback at the tone of many of the comments about our decision that were made on the "AirTalk" page.

Is Michael Jackson's Memorial News?

This morning we tapped into a passionate debate on whether the coverage of Michael Jackson's death is commensurate with his artistic and cultural importance. Some listeners have been critical of how we, and other media, have spent time looking at Jackson's legacy.

LA Democrat attacks Republicans over health care

Lawmakers on Capitol Hill are debating the health care issue again.

Paying By the Mile

My family and I recently returned from a vacation that included time on the Navajo reservation in the Four Corners are of the Southwest. It's spectacularly beautiful country, juxtaposed with the serious economic challenges that reservation residents face.

New high speed rail cooperation between California and Nevada

Federal transportation secretary Ray LaHood is meeting in Las Vegas Thursday afternoon with US Senate majority leader Harry Reid of Nevada. La Hood told KPCC’s AirTalk that the two will formally announce a project Southland travelers may welcome.

Good Looks Net Center Court

Like many of our listeners, I was surprised to hear that Wimbledon's All England Club has taken to putting what it considers more attractive women players on its prestigious center court, regardless of ranking.