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Conversations

Conversations is sometimes serious and sometimes humorous, but always informative. Host Dan Skinner shares interviews with writers about recent works of fiction and non-fiction, featuring internationally known best-selling authors as well as new voices in literature. Conversations also shares updates on the area art scene through discussions about upcoming performances and exhibits. 

Conversations: "The Ultimate Stay-at-Home Dad: Your Essential Manual for Being an Awesome Full-Time Father"

On this edition of Conversations, Shannon Carpenter talks with host Dan Skinner about “The Ultimate Stay-at-Home Dad: Your Essential Manual for Being an Awesome Full-Time Father.” Living near Kansas City, Shannon Carpenter has been a stay-at-home dad since 2008. He writes social satire and parenting essays, as well as teaching through At-Home Dad Network.


Conversations: Duff McDonald, "Tickled: A Commonsense Guide to the Present Moment."

On this edition of Conversations, Duff McDonald talks with host Dan Skinner about “tickled: A Commonsense Guide to the Present Moment.” McDonald is the author of the New York Times bestseller “The Firm: The Story of McKinsey and Its Secret Influence on American Business.” His other books include “Last Man Standing,” and “The Golden Passport.”


Conversations: Mary Doveton, Theatre Lawrence Presents "Elf: The Musical"

On this edition of Conversations, Mary Doveton talks with host Dan Skinner about the Theatre Lawrence production of “Elf: The Musical.” Doveton is directing the musical, which is based on the movie "Elf." The show runs December 3rd through the 19th with both live performances and streamed performances. Tickets and more information are available at theatrelawrence.com.


Conversations: Dylan Thuras, "Gastro Obscura: A Food Adventurer's Guide"

On this edition of Conversations, Dylan Thuras talks with host Dan Skinner about “Gastro Obscura: A Food Adventurer’s Guide” which he co-authored along with Cecily Wong. Thuras is the cofounder and creative director of Atlas Obscura and co-author of the #1 New York Times bestseller “Atlas Obscura: An Explorer’s Guide to the World’s Hidden Wonders.”


Conversations: Kelefa Sanneh, "Major Labels: A History of Popular Music in Seven Genres"

On this edition of Conversations, Kelefa Sanneh talks with host Dan Skinner about “Major Labels: A History of Popular Music in Seven Genres.” Sanneh has been a New Yorker staff writer since 2008, before which he spent six years as a pop-music critic at “The New York Times.” He is also a contributor to “CBS Sunday Morning.”


Conversations: Todd Doughty, "Little Pieces of Hope: Happy-Making Things in a Difficult World"

On this edition of Conversations, Todd Doughty talks with host Dan Skinner about his debut book, “Little Pieces of Hope: Happy-Making Things in a Difficult World.” Doughty is currently the Senior Vice President and deputy publisher of Doubleday. He has worked at Penguin Random House for more than two decades.


 

Conversations: Anthony Doerr, "Cloud Cuckoo Land"

On this edition of Conversations, Anthony Doerr talks with host Dan Skinner about “Cloud Cuckoo Land.” Doerr is the author of numerous novels including “About Grace,” “For Seasons in Rome,” “The Shell Collector” and “All the Light We Cannot See,” which was a #1 New York Times Bestseller and winner of the Pulitzer Prize.


Conversations: Marta McDowell, "Unearthing the Secret Garden - The Plants and Places that Inspired Frances Hodgson Burnett"

On this edition of Conversations, Marta McDowell talks with host Dan Skinner about “Unearthing The Secret Garden – The Plants and Places that Inspired Frances Hodgson Burnett.” McDowell consults for public gardens and private clients, writes and lectures on gardening topics, and teaches landscape history and horticulture at the New York Botanical Garden.


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