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

Dick Van Dyke surpassed my expectations

Like many listeners, I've been a fan of Dick Van Dyke's almost my entire life. One of my earliest memories of television was from one of the first seasons of his classic series. I took to him at age four, and I took to him in studio for our interview on Thursday morning.

A new Pew study estimates how many children are born in the U. S. to illegal immigrant parents

Interestingly, it shows that about eight-percent of the current births in this country are to undocumented parents. Nearly 80-percent of the children of illegal immigrants in the U.

That's it. I'm out of here.

Maybe you've wanted to say that to an employer, or know someone who has resigned in such dramatic fashion. Regardless, it's hard not to smile when hearing the story of Jet Blue flight attendant Steven Slater's flamboyant way of quitting Monday afternoon at JFK in New York.

I'm wasting airtime to cover a non-story

That was the claim of several listeners who argued that talking about Michelle Obama's vacation to Spain was unworthy of discussing on Monday morning's program. The listeners thought there were many more important topics we could have covered.

My smartphone's brighter than yours

It seems the ubiquitous smartphone is one of the latest sources of user competition. Of course, tech heads have been sizing up each other's phone hardware for a long time now. However, it seems critical mass is approaching.

"Film Week on AirTalk" will look at the best, worst, and funniest depictions of gay characters in American film

In light of Wednesday's court ruling in favor of same-sex marriage, we thought we'd look at gay characters and relationships in film to see which ones worked, and which ones were lame.

Judge Walker smacked down the defendants' court presentation in Propostion 8 trial

I've read portions of U. S. District Court Judge Vaughn Walker's ruling that Proposition 8 is unconstitutional, violating two clauses of the document. I'm most struck by how thoroughly he criticizes the defense put on by supporters of Prop 8.

The ruling on Proposition 8's constitutionality is due Wednesday

Should the federal judge's decision be released before or during Wednesday's AirTalk, we'll spend considerable time talking about it. Regardless of Judge Vaughn Walker's ruling, the losing side is expected to appeal.

Should a "racist" President lead a dialogue on race?

Now that I have your attention, I confess that I just couldn't resist an inflammatory title.

Perhaps part-time city councilmembers should make more than they do

I asked on Friday morning's "AirTalk" whether the less than $10,000 a year most part-time councilmembers make is sufficient. The outrageous compensation most of Bell's council made has received tremendous attention.

"AirTalk's" On the Road in Arizona gave us the chance to hear the range of opinions about SB1070

Thursday morning's "AirTalk" On the Road in Phoenix gave us a great chance to talk with the movers and shakers at the center of Arizona's anti-illegal immigration law, on the first day of its partial implementation.

"AirTalk" is ready for Thursday's "On the Road" broadcast in Phoenix

I've just checked into my hotel room, after driving across the desert from Los Angeles. It was a beautiful drive, though it reached 107 degrees.

I'm hitting the road for Phoenix

I'm heading out the door to drive to Phoenix for our live broadcast tomorrow (Thursday) morning from the Arizona state capitol complex. I'm sure it'll be plenty hot -- perfect preparation for tomorrow's impassioned comments from supporters and opponents of SB 1070.

Quick-response radio and the risk of gaffes

On Monday morning's "AirTalk" I ran smack on into one of the challenges of getting listener comments on air quickly from our "AirTalk" page at

The genetic advantage

Within most of our lifetimes, it might be possible to determine our genetic programming for how long we're likely to live. If a test for long-life genes existed, would you want to take it? Perhaps more importantly, would you change your life in response to the test results?