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

"True Grit" tops the list of year-end releases

Our Film Week on AirTalk critics have weighed in on the final releases of 2010, producing one of our most contentious programs of the year. We put four critics in a studio and verbal sparring broke out from the first movie on.

Who's rich?

With all the talk about the Bush tax cuts, the term “wealthy Americans” got bandied around a lot. I typically use “higher earning” or “wealthier Americans.

The mortgage interest deduction is coming under challenge

Tuesday morning on AirTalk, we’ll debate whether removing the deduction should be one of the ways to increase revenue for reducing the federal deficit.

Senator Yee and UC's budget VP duke it out on "AirTalk"

The battle is on over whether the University of California should keep its autonomy under the state’s governmental structure.

Armenian-American Laker fans aren't cheering Kobe

Thursday morning on AirTalk, we talked with listeners about Laker star Kobe Bryant’s marketing deal with Turkish Airlines. The two-year agreement includes Bryant’s appearance at an event promoting nonstop flights between Los Angeles and Istanbul, as well as television ads in the U.

Many "AirTalk" listeners are seeing red over intersection cameras

Wednesday morning on AirTalk, we plunked down in the middle of the debate over red light cameras. The city of Los Angeles is considering doing away with them, given the systems high cost and low rate of violator payments.

MOCA's whitewashing of a new mural has generated a wide range of responses

In a Los Angeles Times article written by Jori Finkel, Museum of Contemporary Art Director Jeffrey Deitch decided to have the mural covered after seeing it half-finished on the north exterior wall of the Geffen Contemporary in Little Tokyo.

A new study on "value added" claims the analysis is accurate

The preliminary results of the Gates Foundation study indicate that value added analysis can reliably indicate teacher effectiveness. However, the bigger news may come beneath that headline – that student surveys of teacher effectiveness are highly accurate, even as early as the fourth grade.

There's no middle ground when it comes to WikiLeaks' Julian Assange

Our listener response is split between those who see Assange as a hero, who’s opening up government and other institutions to the level of transparency they should provide, and those who see him as recklessly damaging America’s ability to conduct foreign policy.

The Dodgers' McCourt years may be coming to a close

Tuesday’s ruling in the dispute between Frank and Jamie McCourt apparently puts the team one step closer to being sold. However, according to AirTalk guest Bill Shaiken of the Los Angeles Times, Frank’s lawyers don’t sound like they’re ready to throw in the towel.

President Obama is sideways with his party's left wing

During Tuesday’s news conference, President Obama took the offensive against his critics within the Democratic Party. The President argued that Republicans had made across-the-board tax cut extensions such a centerpiece of their agenda that it would be impossible to get a limited extension through the Senate.

The sub-plots of the Proposition 8 legal challenge provide challenges for intellectual consistency

I find it fascinating when public officials are challenged by issues that put ideology in competition with their desired outcomes. Such appears the case with the three-judge panel’s consideration of Proposition 8.

Does protecting teacher seniority leave students vulnerable?

That’s the gist of an upcoming Los Angeles Times story that’s part of the paper’s series on assessing teacher performance. Reporters Jason Felch and Jason Song analyzed Value Added data for teachers who were laid off in recent years and found that many of them scored well in improving student performance, but lost their jobs due to inexperience.

The federal deficit panel's report looks unlikely to get out of committee

With Wednesday’s release of the Deficit Commission’s recommendations, AirTalk listeners were able to weigh in on what they thought of the drastic proposals. There’s plenty for both parties to hate, which seemed to be part of the charge given by President Obama.

Unemployment insurance runs out Tuesday for two-million Americans

It’s always moving to hear the accounts of AirTalk listeners who’ve been out of work for an extended period of time. Those of us who are fortunate to be employed might not know firsthand the financial and psychological challenges of longtime unemployment, but we certainly know it’s an incredibly difficult position to be in.