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Conversations

Conversations: Lee Berger, "Almost Human"

Almost Human

Lee Berger is a paleoanthropologist and National Geographic explorer-in-residence. He is best known for his discovery of early human ancestors, including Australopithecus sediba in 2008 and Homo naledi in 2013. He is an award-wining author, speaker and research professor at the Evolutionary Studies Institute at South Africa's University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg.

Conversations: Shelly Westerhausen, "Vegetarian Heartland"

Vegetarian Heartland

On this edition of Conversations, I talk with Shelly Westerhausen about her cookbook, Vegetarian Heartland: Recipes for Life's Adventures. Growing up in small town Indiana had a heavy influence on Westerhausen's approach to vegetarian cuisine. Her cookbook features 100 recipes for everything from drinks to desserts, including Kansas Barbeque Tempeh Skewers.

Conversations: Ronald Rael, "Borderwall as Architecture"

Borderwall as Architecture

Ronald Rael is Associate Professor in the departments of Architecture and Art Practice at the University of California. On this edition of Conversations, he joins me to talk about his book, Borderwall as Architecture: A manifesto for the US-Mexico Boundry. The book presents a history of the wall and examines how its presence disrupts people and the environment.

Conversations: Jim Ogle, Freedom's Frontier National Heritage Area

Freedom's Frontier National Heritage Area

Jim Ogle is the Executive Director of the Freedom’s Frontier National Heritage Area. On this edition of Conversations, Jim Ogle joins us to talk about the mission of the organization, visiting the historic sites in the National Heritage Area, and why it is important to preserve our history.

Conversations: Seth Swirsky, "21 Ways to a Happier Depression"

21 Ways to a Happier Depression

Seth Swirsky a clinical psychologist, songwriter and mixed media artist who lives and practices in California. He’s written a book about alleviating depression through art and creativity. On this edition of Conversations, I talk with Swirsky about 21 Ways to a Happier Depression: A Creative Guide to Getting Unstuck, from Anxiety, Setbacks, and Stress.
 

Conversations: Susan Bordo, "The Destruction of Hillary Clinton"

The Destruction of Hillary Clinton

What happened to Hillary Clinton's campaign? In her latest book, Susan Bordo, a media critic, cultural historian and feminist scholar, presents a play-by-play of the political forces and media culture that brought down Hillary Clinton. On this edition of Conversations, I talk with Susan Bordo about her book, The Destruction of Hillary Clinton.

Conversations: Kris Krishtalka, KU Museum of Natural History

Kris Krishtalka, KU Museum of Natural History

The Natural History Museum at the University of Kansas serves both the University and the public as a center for learning more about our world. Leonard "Kris" Krishtalka is the director of the Institute of Biodiversity Institute and the Natural History Museum. On this edition of Conversations, he joins us to talk about the museum and what you’ll find there.

Conversations: Alexandra Chasin, "Assassin of Youth"

Assassin of Youth

Harry Anslinger was the Commissioner of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics from its establishment in 1930 until he retired in 1962. His long tenure and personal prejudices demonizing racial and immigrant groups had a major impact on drug enforcement policy. He was known for his promotion of harsh penalties for drug use and the criminalization of marijuana. On this edition of Conversations, I talk with Alexandra Chasin about her book Assassin of Youth – A Kaleidoscopic History of Harry J. Anslingers’s War on Drugs.

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