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

"The Help" as movie and real life

The new movie The Help is based on a popular novel highlighting relationships between African-American domestics, their families, and their employers in the Jim Crow south. It’s a great topic for dramatic treatment, but also a nice prompter for people to share their own childhood stories about both sides of the household employee/employer relationship.

A recent "AirTalk" guest's argument for the leadership benefits of mental illness

Monday morning on Air Talk, I spoke with Tufts Medical School psychiatry professor Nassir Graeme about his fascinating new book, A First-Rate Madness: Uncovering the Links Between Leadership and Mental Illness.

Marvin Hamlisch has a way with more than music

Hamlisch joined me in studio Thursday morning on AirTalk, and was it a treat! His love of music is infectious.

The debt ceiling and its huge ideological chasm

With our continuing coverage of the debt ceiling debate, I’m struck by how convinced each side seems to be that its economic conclusions should be obvious to everyone else. One side states that the other is carrying water for special interests, instead of recognizing that true belief runs deep.

Juan Williams on NPR and speaking openly

Tuesday morning on AirTalk, Fox News’ Juan Williams talked about his new book, Muzzled: the Assault on Honest Debate. He used his firing from NPR as a springboard for his argument that political correctness on the Left and moral judgments on the Right have shut down honest conversation.

Rebuilding the Dodgers

My family and I took in the Dodger game last Friday night, along with a surprisingly respectable crowd for a losing team with players better suited to being reserves or minor leaguers.

Prison hunger strike over, prison official says

The head of the state corrections department said Thursday that a three-week hunger strike by hundreds of California inmates has come to an end, although a group that has been suppporting the prisoners said they couldn't confirm that.

The extreme call of duty

The defense attorney for Michael Jackson physician Conrad Murray has asked the judge about sequestering the jury 24/7 during the doctor’s trial on manslaughter charges. J. Michael Flanagan added, presumably tongue in cheek, “…or at least during the hours Nancy Grace in on TV.

Ethics vs. the law at News Corp.

News Corporation top executives Rupert and James Murdoch have testified before a Parliamentary committee in England that’s investigating allegations that the company knowingly hired private investigators who illegally hacked into cell phone voicemail accounts of kidnapping and terrorism victims.

The talents of Anna Deavere Smith

There are times that I look forward to an interview and it doesn’t pan out the way I’d hoped. This seems more prone to happening with performers and artists whose communication comes out in their work, but not necessarily in words.

Shutting kids out

Thursday morning on AirTalk, we asked listeners what they thought of the growing trend of restaurants and airlines excluding young kids altogether, or limiting where they can be. Malaysian Airlines bars infants from first-class, while a Pennsylvania restaurant has decided to ban kids under the age of six.

Democrat Janice Hahn wins 36th District US House race

Democrat Janice Hahn has defeated Republican Craig Huey in a bitter contest for a Southern California House seat. Her victory preserves her party's hold on the district as she survives an unusually tough race in the longtime Democratic stronghold. Hahn spoke Wednesday morning with KPCC's AirTalk.

The state of "South California"

Riverside County Supervisor Jeff Stone is proposing the creation of “South California,” a new state consisting of inland, conservative-majority, counties. The 51st state would include the counties of Riverside, Orange, San Bernardino, San Diego, Imperial, Kern, Fresno, Kings, Inyo, Madera, Mariposa, Tulare, and Mono.

Discovering Southland history through silent movies

Friday morning on Film Week on AirTalk, I’ll be talking with movie historian John Bengston about his three-book series on silent film locations. The large-format books are terrific compilations of movie stills, maps, and current photos of locations used in films by Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, and Harold Lloyd.

Memories of Peter Falk

I learned of Peter Falk’s death while vacationing in Oregon and northern California last week. Over the years I’ve seen the passing of many AirTalk guests, but Falk’s hit me harder than most.