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Conversations

Haunting the Deep
Dan Skinner Wed, 10/11/2017 - 06:00

Adriana Mather has an interesting family history, to say the least.

The Rocky Horror Show at Theatre Lawrence
Dan Skinner Mon, 10/09/2017 - 06:00

Are you ready to do the Time Warp again? Theatre Lawrence presents The Rocky Horror Show, October 13 and 14.

The Integrative Guide to Good Health
Dan Skinner Fri, 10/06/2017 - 14:00

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. 

Girls Who Code
Dan Skinner Wed, 10/04/2017 - 06:00

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.

Far From The Tree
Dan Skinner Fri, 09/29/2017 - 14:00

On this edition of Conversations, I talk with Andrew Solomon, the author Far from the Tree: How Children and their Parents Learn to Accept One Another… Our Differences Unite Us. The book explores the impact of extreme differences between children and parents. Solomon is a professor of clinical psychology at Columbia University.

The Doll Funeral
Dan Skinner 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
Dan Skinner 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.

Dan Skinner 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
Dan Skinner 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
Dan Skinner 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
Dan Skinner 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
Dan Skinner 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
Dan Skinner 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
Dan Skinner 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
Dan Skinner 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

The Book of Isaias
Dan Skinner Fri, 08/11/2017 - 14:00

For over a decade, award-winning journalist Daniel Connolly has covered Mexican immigration to the U.S.

My Lovely Wife in the Psych Ward
Dan Skinner Wed, 08/09/2017 - 06:00

How does a marriage survive in the face of severe mental illness? On this edition of Conversations, Mark Lukach joins me to talk about his memoir, My Lovely Wife in the Psych Ward.

Robert J. Dole Archive and Special Collections
Dan Skinner Mon, 08/07/2017 - 06:00

On this edition of Conversations, I talk with Audrey Coleman about the Robert J. Dole Archive and Special Collections at KU. Coleman is the Senior Archivist and an Assistant Director of the Dole Institute of Politics. We discuss the exhibits about the life and service of Bob Dole that are on display in the main hall, plus the wealth of archival documents and other objects that can be found in the archive.

Almost Human
Dan Skinner Fri, 08/04/2017 - 06:00

Lee Berger is a paleoanthropologist and National Geographic explorer-in-residence.

Vegetarian Heartland
Dan Skinner Wed, 08/02/2017 - 06:00

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.

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