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

Are lower thresholds the answer?

What do you think of California Superintendent of Schools Jack O’Connell’s proposal to lower the threshold for parcel taxes for public schools? I recall widespread opinion that voters wouldn’t approve large capital bond measures for schools, even with a lower 55% vote requirement.

Where have all the GM's gone?

As much market share as General Motors has lost nationally, you see the impact even more in Southern California. Scanning the streets and parking lots, it’s hard to pick out the GM vehicles amidst overwhelming numbers of Asian and European imports.

Irresponsible horror

The new Pixar animated feature Up has been getting almost univerally excellent reviews. Our Wade Major was the rare dissenter. However, he turned around and hailed the new Sam Raimi horror movie Drag Me to Hell.

Goodbye to a landmark, hello to a familiar voice

I have to admit that I hadn’t been following the story of Hollywood Park’s future closing all that closely. I knew that it had been purchased by a development company, but didn’t realize how far along the proposed $2-billion dollar project is to city approval.

Health care advocate decries proposed cuts to Healthy Families

One of the many programs Governor Schwarzenegger is proposing eliminating is Healthy Families. The $250 million program provides health insurance for kids in low-income families that make too much to qualify for Medi-Cal.

Hard to imagine

It’s hard to imagine what California’s emergency rooms will look like if the proposed cuts in Medi-Cal and Healthy Families go through. Given what our guests said about the few areas available for the Legislature and Governor to make big cuts, it looks like the Federal government is the only hope for keeping a portion of the healthcare funding.

State Supreme Court upholds gay marriage ban

The state Supreme Court has upheld Proposition 8, the voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage.

Some support same-sex marriage, also support court's decision

The California Supreme Court this morning upheld Proposition 8, the voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage. In response, several callers on KPCC's "AirTalk" said they support same-sex marriage, but they also support the logic of the court's decision. Among them was John of Santa Monica.

Possible Republican response to Supreme Court nominee

Conservative lawmakers responded quickly to President Obama's nomination of federal appeals court judge Sonia Sotomayor to the U.S. Supreme Court. Ron Elving, senior Washington Editor for National Public Radio, told KPCC's Larry Mantle that the opposition reflects differences in judicial philosophy.

Tainted money helps to sink the LA Children's Museum

The dormant Los Angeles Children’s Museum may turn over its new location near Hansen Dam to the city of L.A. The museum hasn’t been open since it vacated its old space downtown almost a decade ago.

Eli Broad says LA Unified can't effectively operate new arts school

A new arts high school is scheduled to open in downtown Los Angeles in less than six months. But the school still doesn’t have a principal. Critics are also voicing concern about its direction. They’re calling for the L.A. Unified School District to turn over its control to a charter organization.

Democratic Convention Switches to Invesco Field

KPCC's Larry Mantle is in Denver covering the Democratic National Convention. He talked with Morning Edition host Steve Julian about the challenges that presidential nominee Barack Obama faces in his speech tonight. Larry also talked about the reaction to the speeches from vice presidential nominee Joe Biden and former President Bill Clinton.

Hillary Clinton Calls for Unity in DNC Speech

Hillary Clinton spoke at the Democratic National Convention Tuesday night and called on her supporters to back the party's presumptive nominee Barack Obama. KPCC's AirTalk host Larry Mantle is in Denver and talked with Morning Edition host Steve Julian about the reaction to the speech. Larry also offered a preview of some of the speeches on Wednesday night.