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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: Michael Baran, "Subtle Acts of Exclusion: How to Understand, Identify, and Stop Microaggressions"

On this edition of Conversations, Michael Baran talks with host Dan Skinner about “Subtle Acts of Exclusion: How to Understand, Identify, and Stop Microaggressions.” Baran holds a PhD in cultural anthropology and has been researching, teaching and practicing around issues related to diversity for more than 20 years. He co-authored the book along with Tiffany Jana.


Conversations: Lynne Cheney, "The Virginia Dynasty: Four Presidents and the Creation of the American Nation"

On this edition of Conversations, Lynne Cheney joins host Dan Skinner to talk about “The Virginia Dynasty: Four Presidents and the Creation of the American Nation.” Cheney is the author or coauthor of 12 books, including six bestsellers about American history for children. Her bestselling biography “James Madison: A Life Reconsidered” was published in 2014.


Conversations: Victoria Phillips, "Martha Graham's Cold War: The Dance of American Diplomacy"

On this edition of Conversations, Victoria Phillips talks with host Dan Skinner about "Martha Graham's Cold War: The Dance of American Diplomacy." Phillips specializes in Cold War Culture and diplomacy. Dr. Philips is a lecturer in History at the European Institute and Department of History at Columbia University in New York. 


Conversations: Colin Dickey, "The Unidentified: Mythical Monsters, Alien Encounters, and Our Obsession With the Unexplained"

On this edition of Conversations, Colin Dickey talks with host Dan Skinner about “The Unidentified: Mythical Monsters, Alien Encounters, and Our Obsession With the Unexplained.” Dickey is a writer, speaker, and academic, and has made a career out of collecting unusual objects and hidden histories all over the country. 


Conversations: Cynthia and Sanford Levinson, "Fault Lines in the Constitution: The Graphic Novel"

Sanford Levinson is a professor both at the University of Texas Law School and the University of Texas at Austin Department of Government. He is the author of many books on the U.S. Constitution and other subjects. Cynthia Levinson is an author of award-winning non-fiction books about social justice for young readers. On this edition of Conversations, they join us to talk about “Fault Lines in the Constitution: The Graphic Novel.


Conversations: Tehlor Kay Mejia, "Paola Santiago and the River of Tears"

On this edition of Conversations, Tehlor Kay Mejia talks with host Dan Skinner about “Paola Santiago and the River of Tears," which is part of the "Rick Riordan Presents Series." Mejia is also the author of the critically acclaimed young adult fantasy novel “We Set the Dark on Fire,” as well as its forthcoming sequel, “We Unleash the Merciless Storm.” 


 

Conversations: Ellyn Lem, "Gray Matters: Finding Meaning in the Stories of Later Life"

On this edition of Conversations, Ellyn Lem talks with host Dan Skinner about “Gray Matters: Finding Meaning in the Stories of Later Life.” Lem is a professor of English and Gender Studies at UW-Milwaukee at Waukesha, where she teaches a variety of composition and literature courses, including a course, Women in Popular Culture.


Conversations: Judith Finlayson, "You Are What Your Grandparents Ate: What You Need to Know About Nutrition, Experience, Epigenetics & the Origins of Chronic Disease"

On this edition of Conversations, Judith Finlayson talks with host Dan Skinner about “You Are What Your Grandparents Ate: What You Need to Know About Nutrition, Experience, Epigenetics & the Origins of Chronic Disease.” Finlayson is a bestselling author who has written books on a variety of subjects from personal well-being and women’s history to food and nutrition.  


Conversations: Bina Venkataraman, "The Optimist's Telescope: Thinking Ahead in a Reckless Age"

On this edition of Conversations, Bina Venkataraman talks with host Dan Skinner about “The Optimists Telescope: Thinking Ahead in a Reckless Age.” Venkataraman is the editorial page editor of The Boston Globe. Before joining the Globe, she served as a senior adviser for climate change innovation in the Obama White House and was the director of global policy initiatives at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard.


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