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

For the love of cheese

This is the age of the American connoisseur -- from wine to coffee to craft beers. Add to that specialty cheeses. The passion for cheeses, in all their varieties, is chronicled in the new book, "Immortal Milk: Adventures in Cheese.

Israel's use of force

Talk about lucky, we had scheduled Israel's Consul General for Los Angeles, Jacob Dayan, and the American Task Force on Palestine's Hussein Ibish to talk about the visit of the Israeli Prime Minister to Washington.

Bring back bilingual education!

That's been the call of some education experts who say California's ban on teaching in Spanish has caused many students to fall behind in school. On Friday's "AirTalk" we highlighted a new study that's critical of the academic performance of long-term English learners in the state's public schools.

President Obama's defense

The President's Thursday morning news conference on the Gulf oil disaster was fascinating, as reporters challenged him about the federal government's response. Though Mr. Obama, for the most part, defended his administration, he also owned up to some mistakes.

Legalizing online gambling

Washington-state Congressman Jim McDermott has introduced legislation that would legalize internet gambling. He says it would give the U. S. opportunities to regulate such websites and to collect tax revenue from winnings.

Prop 17 - increased auto insurance competition or hidden surcharges?

It’s not the most scintillating measure on the June 8 ballot, but Proposition 17 is about something many Californians consider fundamental: auto insurance. The proposition would allow insurance companies to offer the same discount they give to customers who’ve stuck with them awhile to new customers who switch from another insurer.

The mess known as California's budget

It's that time of year for competing state budget proposals, and all the exaggerations that come with them. Monday, Senate Democrats released their proposal. That followed the governor's May revision, which proposed serious cuts and elimination of state services.

California Senate Democrats propose budget plan

California Senate Democrats responded to Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's May Revise on Monday, proposing $4.9 billion in new taxes to close the state's $19.1 billion budget shortfall. Over $2 billion in added revenue would come from delaying corporate tax breaks, while $1.4 billion would come from changes to personal income taxes.

Buying votes in California's gubernatorial election

State Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner is closing the gap with fellow GOP gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman. However, he may be setting himself up to lose the general election, even if he gets there.

Public funding for California elections

Tuesday morning on "AirTalk" our guests debated Proposition 15: The California Fair Elections Act. The initiative would set up two pilot, publicly funded elections for California Secretary of State, in 2014 and 2018.

Pour me another malathion, hold the lemon

Monday morning on "AirTalk" we detailed the new study linking kids' exposure to organophosphate pesticides with increased diagnoses of ADHD. It reminded me of the California official who wanted to assure the public of the safety of malathion.

National polling shows strong support for Arizona's anti-illegal immigration bill

Though I didn't find it surprising that the majority of Americans favored Arizona's SB-1070, I was surprised at the majority of Democrats polled who didn't have a problem with having to prove their legal status, if asked to do so by law enforcement officers.

Britain's coalition government vs. American partisanship

Time will tell if Britain's uneasy alliance between the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats will lead to governing success. However, it would be hard to imagine comparable power sharing in the U.

Can UCI's Jewish and Muslim students get along?

That was our topic Tuesday evening, as "AirTalk" was On the Road at South Coast Repertory in Costa Mesa. We had two former leaders of UC Irvine's Muslim Student Union and Anteaters for Israel.

"Stop the World, I Want to Get Off"

was the title of a 1960s musical (no, not an adult film), but might also describe the through-line for Thursday’s “AirTalk.”