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Conversations

The Doll Funeral
Wed, 09/27/2017 - 06:00

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.

Lawrence Public Library
Mon, 09/25/2017 - 06:00

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.

Fri, 09/22/2017 - 00:00

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.

The Talented Ribkins
Wed, 09/20/2017 - 06:00

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. 

Black Love: A Symposium
Sun, 09/03/2017 - 00:00

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 disciplin

Teeth
Sat, 08/26/2017 - 00:00

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.

Peregrine Island
Wed, 08/23/2017 - 06:00

As a journalist, Diane Saxton wrote for Vanity Fair and the Huffington Post, among publications, before turning her storytelling skills to creating fiction.

Van Go
Mon, 08/21/2017 - 06:00

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.

The One Percent Solution
Fri, 08/18/2017 - 14:00

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.

Book of Summer
Wed, 08/16/2017 - 06:00

On this edition of Conversations, bestselling author, Michelle Gable joins us to talk about her latest novel, The Book of Summ

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