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 toll on Bell is heavy

Tuesday morning’s arrest of eight current and former city of Bell officials was greeted with pleasure by listeners who called in or commented online during our program. Though one listener called the arrests inevitable, I’m sure some thought the L.

Frankenfish, otherwise known as genetically-modified salmon

Tuesday on AirTalk, we’ll hear from experts and listeners about the current FDA hearing into the new species of salmon that grows twice the natural rate. The agency has already determined that the modified salmon isn’t substantially different than conventional, meaning that approval for sale probably wouldn’t require special labeling for consumers.

Sexual harrassment in Hollywood and the appeal of sex work in a bleak economy

On Wednesday’s AirTalk, we talked about sexual harassment in Hollywood and whether the industry has made significant strides in combating it. Fortunately, we heard several positive accounts from women who’ve been in the business for years who said things were far better now than in the past.

Now I lay me down to sleep, I pray the Lord my clients to keep

The “Protestant work ethic” has historically been cited as one of America’s competitive advantages. We supposedly outwork our counterparts and increase productivity.

The good doctors. How do you find them?

Tuesday morning on AirTalk, we talked with a Rand researcher about his new study on physician ratings. The study’s release Monday was particularly timely, as the California Medical Association had just filed suit against Blue Shield's program that lists performance data on the state's doctors.

Political death and taxes

The next few weeks in Congress will apparently focus on the Bush tax cuts, and whether any of them will be extended beyond the end of this year. President Obama wants them continued for middle-class taxpayers, but not for those with a taxable income above $250,000 a year.

The Westlake District police shooting has ignited passionate debate

On Thursday morning’s AirTalk, we talked about the several nights of street protests against Sunday night’s killing of a drunken man who was allegedly waving a knife and threatening passersby.

I quickly waved my hands to keep our guest from using even more colorful language, but...

In 25 years of hosting AirTalk, you would think I would’ve heard it all from guests. However, it’s good to know we can still break new ground.

Liberation theology and sexual subjugation

I hadn’t heard much about liberation theology since my college days. However, the term’s been revived in a couple of recent cases.

A 'one-strike' law against violent sex offenders has passed with no dissent

It seems that whenever a bill is proposed that would crack down on sex crimes against kids, state legislators line up to support it. The latest is “Chelsea’s Law,” named for 17-year-old San Diego County resident Chelsea King.

Smoking pariahs

The number of Californians who smoke continues to decline, largely as a result of health concerns and the costs of cigarettes. However, the larger force at work could be public shaming.

Corporations can now come fully out of the political closet, but at a potentially high price

That seems the likely lesson Target and Best Buy learned after making large donations to a political consortium created to support pro-business candidates for office. One of those candidates was Minnesota’s GOP candidate for governor, a man who critics say has consistently worked against gay and lesbian civil rights.

The President's trip to L. A. goes south

We’ve had a huge listener response to President Obama’s fundraising visit to Los Angeles. There’s nothing like a three-hour unexpected delay in getting home for raising driver ire.

Value Added Assessments and LAUSD

The Los Angeles Times has started a multi-part series on L. A. Unified, focusing on the divergent outcomes individual teachers get when working with the same pool of students. The numbers are fascinating and in sharp contrast to what many educational observers claim.

The California Chamber of Commerce says Proposition 19 would allow workers to smoke pot on the job

The legal analysis from the Chamber is the latest claim about what would happen if marijuana was legalized in California. The Chamber claims that Prop 19 carves out a special exception for marijuana that would keep employers from mandating bans on toking in the workplace.