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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: Alan Gratz, "Ground Zero: A Novel of 9/11"

On this edition of Conversations, Alan Gratz talks with host Dan Skinner about “Ground Zero: A Novel of 9/11.” Gratz is the bestselling author of several highly acclaimed books for young readers, including, among others “Allies,” “Grenade,” and “Code of Honor.” His novel “Refugee” is often referred to as a modern classic and has remained on The New York Times bestseller list for over two years. 


Conversations: Kimberly Nicholas, "Under the Sky We Make: How to be Human in a Warming World"

On this edition of Conversations, Dr. Kimberly Nicholas talks with host Dan Skinner about “Under the Sky We Make: How to Be Human in a Warming World.” Nicholas is Associate Professor of Sustainability Science at Lund, Sweden's highest-ranked university. She discusses steps we need to take globally and individual to stop climate change and create positive changes in industry and government.


Conversations: Angeline Boulley, "Firekeeper's Daughter"

On this edition of Conversations, Angeline Boulley talks with host Dan Skinner about her debut novel, “Firekeeper's Daughter.” Boulley is a storyteller who writes about her Ojibwe community in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. She is a former Director of the Office of Indian Education at the U.S. Department of Education. 


Conversations: Tim Shriver, "The Call to Unite: Voices of Hope and Awakening"

On this edition of Conversations, Tim Shriver talks with host Dan Skinner about “The Call to Unite: Voices of Hope and Awakening.” Among his many credits, Tim Shriver is the founder of UNITE, the long-time Chair of Special Olympics, a bestselling author, a film producer, a former teacher, and a founding force of the social and emotional learning movement. The book is an inspirational collection of essays. 


Conversations: Lisa Scottoline, "Eternal"

On this edition of Conversations, Lisa Scottoline talks with host Dan Skinner about her first historical novel, "Eternal." Set in Rome during the 20-year rise and fall of Mussolini, the novel follows the lives of Elisabetta, Marco, and Sandro, who grew up as best friends despite their differences. Scottoline is the #1 bestselling and Edgar Award–winning author of thirty-three novels.  


Conversations: Kate Hope Day, "In the Quick"

On this edition of Conversations, Kate Hope Day talks with host Dan Skinner about her latest novel, “In the Quick.” It's the story of a young woman astronaut striving to find her place in the world, working to save a lost crew, and dealing with the complications of falling in love with a fellow astronaut. Her previous novel, “If, Then” has been optioned for the Apple Plus video streaming service. 


Conversations: Michael J. Gerhardt, "Lincoln's Mentors: The Education of a Leader"

On this edition of Conversations, Michael J. Gerhardt talks with host Dan Skinner about “Lincoln’s Mentors: The Education of a Leader.” Gerhardt is a professor of Jurisprudence at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Among his many credits, he has testified more than 20 times before Congress.

Conversations: Arik Kershenbaum, "The Zoologist's Guide to the Galaxy: What Animals on Earth Reveal About Aliens - and Ourselves"

On this edition of Conversations, Dr. Arik Kershenbaum talks with host Dan Skinner about “The Zoologist’s Guide to the Galaxy: What Animals on Earth Reveal About Aliens – and Ourselves.” Dr. Kershenbaum is a zoologist who has done extensive field work on animal communication.

Sharon G. Flake, "The Life I'm In"

On this edition of Conversations, Sharon G. Flake talks with host Dan Skinner about “The Life I’m In,” a sister novel to the bestselling “The Skin I’m In.” This second novel takes place a year later and deals with human trafficking. Flake is a multiple Coretta Scott King Author Honor Award winner. Many of her novels have received ALA Notable and Best Books for Young Adults citations from the American Library Association. 


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