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Conversations: Edward Hess, "Humility is the New Smart"

Are you ready for the Smart Machine Age? Business professor Edward D. Hess, from the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia, points to research showing that over the next two decades technological advances will displace as many as 80 million jobs or 47 percent of the U.S. workforce. On this edition of Conversations, I talk with Ed Hess about his book Humility is the New Smart: Rethinking Human Excellence in the Smart Machine Age.

Conversations: Ladee Hubbard, "The Talented Ribkins"

The Talented Ribkins

On this edition of Conversations, Ladee Hubbard joins me to talk about her debut novel, The Talented Ribkins. Hubbard weaves the tale of the Ribkins family, who are each blessed with a special, but peculiar talent. The story centers on 72-year-old Johnny Ribkin and the road trip he takes with Eloise, the 13-year-old daughter of his deceased half-brother. Along the way she learns about her family heritage, and Johnny reevaluates his past. 

Conversations: KU's Black Love Symposium - Ayesha Hardison and Randal Maurice Jelks

Black Love: A Symposium

On the 80th Anniversary of Zora Neale Hurston's novel, Their Eyes Were Watching God, KU will hold a symposium that explores themes of black love in literature, culture and other disciplines. On this edition of Conversations, KU professors Ayesha Hardison and Randal Maurice Jelks join me to talk about the Black Love Symposium which will be held September 11-18 and is open to the public free of charge. More information and registration for the symposium is at bls.ku.edu.

Conversations: Mary Otto, "Teeth"

Teeth

On this edition of Conversations, I talk with Mary Otto about Teeth: The Story of Beauty, Inequality, and the Struggle for Oral Health in America. From the invention of the Hollywood Smile to the the racial divide in dental care, the book exposes the extent and meaning of our oral health crisis. Mary Otto is the oral health topic leader for the Association of Health Care Journalists. For eight years, she covered social issues, including health care and poverty for the Washington Post.

Conversations: Lynne Green, Executive Director of Van Go

Van Go

You've seen the Van Go art benches around town, but the Van Go programs encompass much more. On this edition of Conversations, I talk with Lynne Green, the founder and Executive Director of Van Go. Green talks about the history of the organization, the services they offer to young people in Douglas County, and yes, we'll talk about those beautiful benches as well.

Conversations: Gordon Lafer, "The One Percent Solution"

The One Percent Solution

Gordon Lafer is an Associate Professor at the Labor Education and Research Center at the University of Oregon. He has also served as a senior policy advisor for the U.S. Congress. On this edition of Conversations, I talk with him about The One Percent Solution: How Corporations Are Remaking America One State at a Time.

Conversations: Michelle Gable, "Book of Summer"

Book of Summer

On this edition of Conversations, bestselling author, Michelle Gable joins us to talk about her latest novel, The Book of Summer. It blends fact and fiction; and past and present; to tell the story of those who, over time, inhabited a century old house in Nantucket. The house is now facing destruction due to erosion of the shoreline and the matriarch of the family is fighting to save it. Gable’s previous novels include A Paris Apartment and I’ll See You in Paris.
 

Conversations: Daniel Connolly, "The Book of Isaias"

The Book of Isaias

For over a decade, award-winning journalist Daniel Connolly has covered Mexican immigration to the U.S. South for news organizations including The Associated Press in Little Rock and The (Memphis) Commercial Appeal. On this edition of Conversations, I talk with him about his book The Book of Isaias – A Child of Hispanic Immigrants Seeks His Own America. Connolly shares the story of 18 year-old student Isaias Ramos and his peers.

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