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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 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. 


Conversations: Lindsay Gardner, "Why We Cook: Women on Food, Identity, and Connection"

On this edition of Conversations, Lindsay Gardner talks with host Dan Skinner about “Why We Cook: Women on Food, Identity and Connection.” Gardner is an illustrator and artist. Her illustrations have appeared in cookbook and editorial projects, advertising campaigns, and interior design collaborations, and have been featured on Eatingwell.com and in Flow and Uppercase magazines, among other places. 


Conversations: Neil deGrasse Tyson, "Cosmic Queries: StarTalk's Guide to Who We Are, How We Got Here, and Where We're Going"

On this edition of ConversationsNeil deGrasse Tyson talks with host Dan Skinner about “Cosmic Queries: Star Talk's Guide to Who We Are, How We Got Here, and Where We’re Going.” Tyson is an astrophysicist and Director of the Hayden Planetarium at New York’s American Museum of Natural History. He is the host of the podcast, "StarTalk," and two seasons of the television show, "Cosmos."


Conversations: Crystal Maldonado, "Fat Chance, Charlie Vega"

On this edition of Conversations, Crystal Maldonado talks with host Dan Skinner about her debut Young Adult novel, “Fat Chance, Charlie Vega.” Maldonado is a writer by night and a marketer and social media manager by day. She has been published in “Latina” magazine, “The Hartford Courant,” and “Dogster.” She is also the co-founder of the online magazine “Positively Smitten.” 


Conversations: Kimberly Friedmutter, "Subconscious Power: Use Your Inner Mind to Create the Life You've Always Wanted"

On this edition of Conversations, Kimberly Friedmutter talks with host Dan Skinner about “Subconscious Power: Use Your Inner Mind to Create the Life You’ve Always Wanted.” Friedmutter is an internationally renowned board-certified Master Hypnotist and a Neuro-Linguistic Programming Trainer. Friedmutter is a member-at-large of the UCLA Health System Board and the American Board of Hypnotherapy. 


Conversations: Jon Waterman, "Atlas of the National Parks"

On this edition of Conversations, Jon Waterman talks with host Dan Skinner about his latest book with National Geographic, Atlas of the National Parks. Waterman is an award-winning author, filmmaker and adventurer who has received three grants from the National Geographic Society Expeditions Council. He is also a former ranger for the National Park Service and a longtime wilderness guide. 


Conversations: Mark Greaney, "Relentless"

On this edition of Conversations, Mark Greaney talks with host Dan Skinner about "Relentless," the 10th novel in his bestselling Gray Man series featuring the character Court Gentry. The New York Post named it one of the “15 best books to read in our age of social isolation.” The first book in the series is being turned into a Netflix movie. 


Conversations: Dan Pucci & Graig Cavallo, "American Cider: A Modern Guide to a Historic Beverage"

On this edition of Conversations, Dan Pucci and Graig Cavallo talk with host Dan Skinner about "American Cider: A Modern Guide to a Historic Beverage." Pucci is one of the nation's leading cider experts. He was the founding beverage director at New York City's first cider bar and restaurant, and has since traveled the country in a continued pursuit of cider education, awareness, and research.

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