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Conversations: Dr. David Palma, "Taking Charge of Cancer"

Taking Charge of Cancer

Dr. David Palma is a radiation oncologist and cancer researcher, focusing on the treatment of lung cancer, head and neck cancer and metastatic cancers. After helping a friend navigate his way through cancer treatment, Dr. Palma was urged to write a how-to manual for cancer patients. On this edition of Conversations, I talk with Dr. Palma bout Taking Charge of Cancer: What You Need to Know to Get the Best Treatment.

Conversations: Sales Tax Renewal Proposal

Conversations: Sales Tax Renewal Proposal

On this edition of Conversations, Brandon McGuire, Assistant to the Lawrence City Manager and Porter Arneill, Interim Communications Manager, join me to talk about the Sales Tax Renewal Proposal and how it impacts the City of Lawrence. Three sales tax renewal questions will appear on the November General Election Ballot on November 7, 2017. The proposal calls for .2 percent for public transportation, .3 percent for infrastructure and equipment, and .05 percent for affordable housing.

Conversations: Adriana Mather, "Haunting the Deep"

Haunting the Deep

Adriana Mather has an interesting family history, to say the least. Her ancestor Cotton Mather was an instigator of the Salem Witch Trials, her family members survived the Titanic, and they also lived in Sleepy Hollow. Mather has used her family history as a starting point for young adult novels including the best selling How to Hang a Witch. On this edition of Conversations, she joins us to talk about her latest novel, Haunting the Deep which draws upon the history of the Titanic.

Conversations: Doug Weaver, The Rocky Horror Show at Theatre Lawrence

The Rocky Horror Show at Theatre Lawrence

Are you ready to do the Time Warp again? Theatre Lawrence presents The Rocky Horror Show, October 13 and 14. On this edition of Conversations, I talk with Doug Weaver about the production, what to expect when it comes to audience participation, and the challenge of recreating a well-known show and still making it fresh.

Conversations: Dr. Brent Bauer, "The Integrative Guide to Good Health"

The Integrative Guide to Good Health

The Mayo Clinic's book, The Integrative Guide to Good Health: Home Remedies Meet Alternative Therapies to Transform Well-Being strives to answer questions about alternative health therapies, dietary supplements, stress release and much more. Dr. Brent Bauer joins me on this edition of Conversations to discuss the importance of integrated healthcare that encompasses the body, mind and spirit. 

Conversations: Reshma Saujani, "Girls Who Code" & "The Friendship Code"

Girls Who Code

Reshma Saujani is on a mission to close the gender gap in technology. She is the founder of Girls Who Code, a national non-profit organization with chapters in all 50 states. On this edition of Conversations, she joins me to talk about her organization and two new books for girls, Girls Who Code: Learn to Code and Change the World, and the novel The Friendship Code #1.

Conversations: Kate Hamer, "The Doll Funeral"

The Doll Funeral

Do we have the power to chose our own family? That's one of the questions Kate Hamer asks in her latest novel, The Doll Funeral. The story centers on 13-year-old Ruby, who finds out she is adopted and runs away from home in search of her real parents. What she experience along her journey leaves her uncertain about what is real and what is not. On this edition of Conversations, Hamer talks about how The Doll Funeral crosses genres and has been referred to as a modern fairytale by reviewers.

Conversations: Brad Allen, Lawrence Public Library

Lawrence Public Library

The role of libraries has changed over the years, and The Lawrence Public Library has responded to community needs by offering a wealth of resources and activities both on location and online. On this addition of Conversations, I talk with the library's Executive Director Brad Allen about the growth of the library and the many ways you can benefit from its services.

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