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

Bumper sticker philosophy

Monday morning's conversation with Jack Bowen, author of "If You Can Read This," generated hilarious contributions from listeners recounting their favorite bumper sticker sightings over the years.

A beautiful weekend in Arizona

Steve Julian and I are continuing our extended weekend of spring training baseball games. Saturday afternoon, the Dodgers defeated Seattle 3-1 at the Dodgers' spring training field, Camelback Ranch in Glendale, Arizona.

"AirTalk" isn't on the road, but I am

"Morning Edition" host Steve Julian and I are in Arizona for our annual trip to watch spring training baseball featuring the Dodgers and Angels. Friday afternoon we watched the Angels lose to the San Francisco Giants 5-3 at Scottsdale Stadium.

LAUSD to review, and maybe deny, thousands of student transfers

The Los Angeles Unified School District is changing a long-standing policy that allowed 12,000 L.A. students attend schools outside the district.

Ripping school gardens and a colorful VP

Tuesday morning's "AirTalk" featured a debate over whether students benefit from growing food at their schools. Caitlan Flanagan wrote a piece in last month's "Atlantic" that was critical of the gardens.

Will the health insurance mandate work?

With Sunday's House passage of the modified healthcare reform, many questions remain about how the plan will be implemented. Of course, the Senate still has to vote on the House's changes to the Senate bill.

Healthcare reform vote looking likely

President Obama's delayed his trip, the Congressional Budget Office gave Democrats good news, and it appears Nancy Pelosi is rounding up support from some fiscally conservative members.

Hillary Clinton talks tough with Israel

I'm finding fascinating the critical comments toward Israel coming from members of the Obama administration, particularly the Secretary of State. It seems a pretty significant tonal change from what we've heard in the recent past.

KPCC marks 10 years of news/talk format

I find it almost impossible to believe that Saturday marked a decade of KPCC being a consistent format NPR news/talk broadcaster. It seems like nowhere near that long.

Joe Biden Goes to Israel

The Vice-President's visit to Israel has produced plenty of interesting side stories, including Mr. Biden's criticism of Israel's plans to build 1,600 new apartment units in east Jerusalem.

California's greenhouse gas law targeted by proposed ballot initiative

Monday morning's "AirTalk" featured a debate on the greenhouse gas emissions rollback (AB 32) signed into law four years ago. AB 32's supporters claim it will not only set an example for the rest of country, but spur the in-state development of green technologies that could create jobs and expand our local economic base.

8th annual "Film Week" Academy Awards preview airs Friday

Last Sunday, February 28th, about 400 “Film Week” listeners attended our yearly Academy Award preview. Not only was the turnout a thrill, but the back-and-forth between our critics was particularly spirited.

8th annual 'Film Week' Oscars preview tapes at the Egyptian

Last Sunday, February 28th, about 400 “Film Week” listeners attended our yearly Academy Award preview. Not only was the turnout a thrill, but the back-and-forth between our critics was particularly spirited. The show airs Friday at 10:30 a.m. on KPCC.

Statewide Day of Action protestors expected to call for higher taxes

Students, teachers, and professors are planning protests at numerous schools throughout the state, arguing that planned cuts to public education will decimate instruction. Some of the flyers I've seen have specifically called for increasing taxes on California corporations and higher-level earners.

Is "hyper-sexuality" hype?

Tuesday morning we heard contrasting opinions from a pair of eminent psychiatrists over whether sexual addiction should be considered a psychiatric classification, or a misguided effort at pathologizing relationally-damaging behavior.