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Conversations: Helen Thorpe, "The Newcomers"

The Newcomers

In her latest book, journalist Helen Thorpe tells the story of refugee teenagers at a Denver public high school. On this edition of Conversations, she joins us to talk about The Newcomers: Finding Refuge, Friendship, and Hope in an American Classroom. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, the New Yorker, and Slate. Her radio stories have aired on This American Life and Soundprint.

Conversations: Dr. Daphne de Marneffe, "The Rough Patch"

The Rough Patch

Dr. Daphne de Marneffe is a psychologist who teaches and lectures widely on marriage, couple therapy, adult development and parenthood. In her clinical practice, she offers psychotherapy to couples and individuals. On this edition of Conversations, she joins us to talk about her latest book, The Rough Patch – Marriage and the Art of Living Together.

Conversations: Karen Crouse, "Norwich, One Tiny Vermont Town's Secret to Happiness and Excellence"


Why has a small town in Vermont had such big success in sending athletes to the Winter Olympics? Karen Crouse is an award-wining sportswriter for the New York Times. On this edition of Conversations, she joins us to talk about Norwich: One Tiny Vermont Town's Secret to Happiness and Excellence.

Conversations: Robbin Legere Henderson, "Immigrant Girl, Radical Woman"

Immigrant Girl, Radical Woman

Robbin Legere Henderson is an artist, freelance curator and exhibition consultant. On this edition of Conversations, she joins us to talk about Immigrant Girl, Radical Woman – A Memoir from the Early Twentieth Century. The memoir was written by Henderson’s grandmother, Matilda Rabinowitz, a pioneering labor organizer, who passed away in 1963.

Conversations: Frank Billingsley, "Swabbed and Found"

Swabbed and Found

Frank Billingsley has been a Houston, Texas Weatherman for almost 30 years. Billingsley is adopted and became curious about his birth parents. He’s written a memoir about his experiences using genetic testing and genealogical programs to piece together his family history. On this edition of Conversations, he joins us to talk about Swabbed and Found: An Adopted Man’s DNA Journey to Discover his Family Tree.

Conversations: Frances Moore Lappe' & Adam Eichen, "Daring Democracy"

Daring Democracy

On this edition of Conversations, Francis Moore Lappe' and Adam Eichen join us to talk about their book  Daring Democracy - Igniting Power, Meaning and Connection for the America We Want. Lappe' is best known for her book Diet for a Small Planet. Adam Eichen is a political researcher and organizer. They discuss what they see as the Anti-Democracy movement and how a growing Democracy Movement can counteract negative trends in government.

Conversations: Justin Marable, "Time-Shift Paradox"

Time-Shift Paradox

On this edition of Conversations, artist Justin Marable joins us to talk about his immersive and interactive art instillation at the Lawrence Arts Center. Marable built the experience around a narrative he created about time traveling activists who work to alter the course history for the benefit of our future. The exhibit will be on display through February 24th.


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