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

Hitting the road

Kristen, Desmond, and I are taking a week to drive up to Oregon on our family vacation. You’ll be in the talented hands of David Lazarus while I’m gone.

Listeners offer great insights into the nature of monogamy

I had a terrific time Tuesday morning on AirTalk talking about whether it’s harder to be monogamous during this era of social networking, texting, and online relationships. Our listeners came at the topic from multiple angles and contributed very insightful analysis.

Thank you

Our fiscal year-end member drive is a great success. It’s very heartening to see listeners responding generously and sharing such kind comments about our work. It makes a huge difference for us as we read and hear your feedback.

Anthony Weiner admits he lied

I’ve just watched the Congressman’s news conference in which he admitted sending sexually-explicit photos, and engaging in inappropriate online conversations, with several young women.

"sunny" Tim Burton

Last Saturday afternoon I took my wife and son over to LACMA for the huge exhibition of Tim Burton’s work. Most of the exhibit relates to the creative process leading up to shooting one of his features or short films.

Kareem visits KPCC studios

It’s always fun to see the reactions of KPCC employees when admired guests visit our studios. That was certainly the case Wednesday with the appearance of former Laker and Bruin star Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

Coming of age in Hollywoodland

In December of 1971 my parents and I moved from our two-bedroom apartment across from Centinela Park in Inglewood to a stilt home in Beachwood Canyon. It was a culture shock on many levels – trading slower-paced Inglewood for fast-lane Hollywood, and urban apartment for plenty of open space in the hills.

More questions than answers about Schwarzenegger's family life

It’s one thing to carry on affairs outside the home, yet another to father a child with a household employee and cover it up for a decade. The former governor’s admission raises a multitude of questions, all of which raise very hurtful issues for his family.

Early KPCC General Manager passes away

John Gregory was the General Manager of KPCC back in the 1970s and early 80s, when several important events occurred in the station’s history. He oversaw the change of 89.3’s call letters from KPCS to KPCC, established 89.

A Laker fan's lament

It’s not shocking that the Lakers failed to repeat for a third straight year as NBA champions, nor is it a surprise that their players are starting to show the strain of high mileage extended playoff seasons.

A no-holds-barred Steve Soboroff

Thursday morning on AirTalk I had the chance to continue our coverage of the Dodgers saga with team vice-chairman, Steve Soboroff. He’s a familiar figure in Los Angeles from his run for mayor and his leadership of the controversial Playa Vista project.

Osama bin Laden postmortem photos aren't being officially released

However, one has to wonder whether they will be leaked. That would allow the government to distance itself from the photos, but quiet the call for release.

Imam recognizes opportunity to heal rifts among Americans

The man who plans to build a mosque near the former site of New York’s World Trade Center senses a rare, opportune occasion of unity within the United States.

In spite of bin Laden’s death, expert still concerned over al-Qaida Central in Pakistan

Pakistan on Tuesday criticized the American raid that killed Osama bin Laden as an "unauthorized unilateral action" and warned Washington not to launch similar operations in the future.

"AirTalk" listeners have a lot to say about the death of Osama bin Laden

The most common expression was happiness that bin Laden was eliminated, but there were also listeners critical of the spontaneous displays of joy on the streets of New York City and at the White House.