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.

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How well does Larry Mantle know pot?

We quizzed him in preparation for the rise of the recreational marijuana business in California.

Larry Mantle remembers Steve Julian: A warm voice, a beloved friend

To many thousands of Southern Californians he was the friendly and authoritative voice of the morning. A predictable, warm presence to help Angelenos start the day.

Update on KPCC Morning Edition host Steve Julian

Dear KPCC supporters, listeners and community members,

4 reasons to take the Fourth of July terror threat seriously

A terror warning was recently issued by the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI for the Fourth of July holiday. Here's what experts say is behind the threat.

Updated: Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa: 'I want to run for governor'

Outgoing Mayor Villaraigosa tells Larry Mantle what's next for him in his career, and he hints at a future run for governor of California.

Santa Monica shooting: 4 victims and 1 suspect dead, gunman acted alone (updated)

Police said Friday night four people died in a shooting rampage that started at a small home in Santa Monica and spilled onto the campus of Santa Monica College, where police exchanged gunfire with the suspected gunman, who died in the library. Earlier they said six were dead.

Archived video: AirTalk's 2013 LA mayoral debate

Watch archived video of Wednesday night's debate, hosted by Airtalk's Larry Mantle, among the five front-running candidates for Los Angeles's next mayor.

Rooting for the 49ers taps into California's rivalries

After the San Francisco 49ers beat the Atlanta Falcons for the right to go to the Super Bowl, I tweeted my appreciation of a California team going to the game. If no local team is in the running (or exists), I'm always glad to root for a Bay Area team that makes it.

What the "Up" series of documentaries tells us about stages of life

This past Wednesday on "AirTalk," film director Michael Apted came in to talk with us about his eighth documentary in the series that's followed the lives of 13 people, beginning in 1964 when the kids were seven.

The "amazing" list of banished words is "literally" "awesome"

When "Offramp" host John Rabe's father, Bill, created the list at Lake Superior State University in Michigan he likely didn't know it would thrive nearly 40 years later. As language evolves there should never be a shortage of words and phrases we want to "kick to the curb.

It was a remarkable show of listener generosity and commitment

His expression said it all. KPCC Director of On-Air Fundraising Rob Risko walked into my studio about 10:45 a.m. to update me on where we stood with our Fall member drive. I knew we had a $10,000 challenge that had started first thing in the morning, but didn't have any idea how far behind we had fallen in reaching the required 1,000 member threshold.

Are we there yet?

Yes, we've finally reached the culminating day that we've been pointing to for the past 18 months -- Election Day! However, it's quite different from those of the past. An estimated 40% of voters have already cast ballots, so it makes the actual day a bit less climactic.

The challenges of debate moderating have grown along with partisan differences

As someone who has moderated hundreds of debates, Larry Mantle shares his thoughts on what we’ve seen so far in this election.

The challenges of being a debate moderator have grown along with partisan differences

As someone who has moderated hundreds of debates, Larry Mantle shares his thoughts on what we’ve seen so far in this election.