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

Internet dependency

If you’re like me, you’ve asked yourself many times how we functioned before the Internet. It’s true that some things were better before we became tethered to the online world.

What social safety net would Jesus construct?

That’s the gist of a conversation we’re planning for Tuesday morning’s "AirTalk." As a former Biblical Studies major in college (before getting my degree in psychology), I’m particularly interested in this topic.

Jerry West opens up on "AirTalk"

I wasn’t a child who actively looked for heroes. I was enamored enough with my parents and friends that I didn’t feel the need to put my hopes and dreams onto a public figure.

What will we miss without Steve Jobs?

The strong and in-depth response to Jobs’ death isn’t surprising, but the emotions elicited by his passing are stronger than I expected.

The Klitschko brothers visit KPCC

This afternoon we welcomed heavyweight boxing champions Vitali and Wladimir Klitschko to our studios for an interview to be aired in a few weeks. The brothers are doing interviews in advance of the opening of the new documentary, Klitschko, which features the back-story of how the pair became the first brothers to ever simultaneously capture all the heavyweight titles available.

The battle between humans and computers at the heart of "Moneyball"

As a sports fan, I’m always glad for movies and books that relate the intricacies of professional sports. My interest began in the 1970s with Jim Bouton’s inside-the-locker-room classic, Ball Four.

Criminal charges in the death of homeless Fullerton resident Kelly Thomas

Orange County D. A. Tony Rackauckas took the big step of filing second-degree murder charges against one of the officers involved in the beating death of homeless Fullerton resident Kelly Thomas.

Grooving to the sounds of Black affirmation

If you’ve been listening to AirTalk for even a few months, you’ve probably heard me talk about my love of jazz and soul. When you combine either with creative political commentary -- so much the better.

Back home from NYC

It’s good to be home, but I’m very glad we broadcast AirTalk from Manhattan last Thursday and Friday.

AirTalk on the road in NYC

Thursday and Friday mornings, September 8th and 9th, we’ll broadcast live from Manhattan in observance of the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. Our guests will include survivors, family members of victims, first responders, journalists, and religious leaders.

Should the private life of Apple's new CEO stay private?

Tuesday morning on AirTalk, we talked with Reuters finance blogger Felix Salmon about his contention that new Apple CEO Tim Cook’s supposed sexuality should be referenced by journalists.

Overscheduled kids one of the most popular topics we do on AirTalk, with seemingly everyone having a strong opinion about whether “enriching” children’s lives can harm childhood.

The guilty pleasure of vacation

As I leave on a one-week vacation, I can’t help thinking about how much rarer such breaks are becoming for Americans. Plenty of people are getting time off, but from job loss, not paid vacation.

Being mean pays off for employees, but not businesses

A newly published study finds a wide pay disparity between those who self-report being disagreeable and the more go-along, get-along among us.

The ambitions of younger Americans slam into economic uncertainty

Rioting in England and flash mob violence in Philly have prompted the usual questions about why people are taking to the streets. Regardless of whether you consider it a response to political neglect or simply a display of anti-social opportunism, there is an interesting psychological dynamic that might be at play among teens and young adults.