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

"AirTalk" listeners are debating the verdict in the BART shooting trial

The Los Angeles jury's decision to convict former BART officer Johannes Mehserle of involuntary manslaughter led to a range of listener reactions. Some felt the killing of unarmed Oscar Grant deserved a second-degree murder conviction, which was what the prosecution sought.

LeBron James is commanding the center ring spotlight

Even non-sports fans have been inundated with coverage of LeBron James' decision on where he'll play next season. Those of us who follow the NBA knew there'd be great interest in his announcement, but likely never anticipated this level of hype.

The reported spy swap is getting more and more entertaining

I love this story about the eleven alleged Russian agents living the suburban American dream in pursuit of insider information that could be shared back home. It's got heartwarming families, a seductively photographed femme fatale, and plenty of questions about the competency of the supposed agents.

It's challenging to juggle vacation with work

We're all aware of the trends toward shorter, more plugged in, vacations in America. While many industrialized countries offer a month of vacation a year, 30 percent of Americans aren't taking any vacation this year.

Lakers coach Phil Jackson makes my evening

Perhaps you've heard the great news that the NBA's most successful coach in history will return for another season here in Los Angeles. Laker fans have reason to celebrate, as Jackson will lead the team toward a third straight NBA title.

Oliver Stone and foreign affairs

Oliver Stone, director of South of the Border

The essential vacation

My family and I are back from a week-long vacation to visit the national parks of southern Utah. Our trip was largely inspired by Ken Burns' superb documentary series on the founding of the parks system.

Riding the Lakers roller coaster is quite a trip

Whether it's Ron Artest thanking his psychiatrist, Kobe Bryant admitting that he wanted to win Game 7 so badly that he couldn't get untracked offensively, or destructive fans taking to the streets -- the Lakers are never short on drama.

Effects of proposed California marijuana measure debatable

California voters will decide this November whether the state should legalize the growth and sale of marijuana, with profits going to help local municipalities balance their budgets. Supporters say the proposition would allow for better regulation of the drug, while opponents say it would increase usage.

Sheriff Baca's moral argument against marijuana legalization

During our "AirTalk" town hall on the November marijuana legalization initiative, Sheriff Baca argued that the human body is such a precious creation that we shouldn't do anything to encourage its pollution with non-medically necessary substances.

Legalize marijuana!

That's the cry of those supporting the state ballot proposition this November. Supporters argue that pot is far less harmful than booze and provides numerous benefits for its users.

Muslim Student Union at UCI suspended

Tuesday morning on "AirTalk," we'll talk about whether UCI's punishment of the student group is just. The university reportedly found that members of the MSU planned to disrupt the speaking engagement of Israeli ambassador to the U.

The success of lesbian parents

On Friday morning's "AirTalk" we talked with the lead author of a longitudinal study on the kids of lesbian parents. The kids, now 17-years-old, were assessed on how well-adjusted they are.

California primary election surprises

I wasn't surprised by any of the candidate results, except the margin of victory for Meg Whitman over Steve Poizner. However, I did expect the two industry-backed propositions to prevail.

Few Californians likely to vote

The sad truth is that low turnout is expected for Tuesday's California Primary. Part of that is historic, with state voters never turning out for primaries in large numbers. However, the particularly low turnout expected Tuesday could also be an indicator of voter frustration.