Readers' Choice: Kevin Ryder and Gene "Bean" Baxter
Some people have unparalleled patience. They are able to listen to rants and anger, arguments and fluff yet still derive a clear, concise meaning from all of the static. Larry Mantle, host of Southern California's longest continuously airing, daily talk program, KPCC's Air Talk, is one of those people. We are constantly surprised and impressed at the level to which he can mediate discussions and debate from staunch conservatives ranting about Obama's birth certificate to liberal yahoos spouting off about legalizing marijuana. Plus, he has our own ¡Ask a Mexican! columnist, Gustavo Arellano, on the show every two weeks. Which brings us back to the whole patience thing. . . .