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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: Peter T. Coleman, "The Way Out: How to Overcome Toxic Polarization"

On this edition of Conversations, Peter T. Coleman talks with host Dan Skinner about “The Way Out: How to Overcome Toxic Polarization.” Coleman is professor of psychology and education at Columbia University. He is the author of “Making Conflict Work: Harnessing the Power of Disagreement” and “The Five Percent: Finding Solutions to Seemingly Impossible Conflicts” among other books.


 

Conversations: Jenny Elder Moke, "Curse of the Specter Queen"

On this edition of Conversations, Jenny Elder Moke talks with host Dan Skinner about her latest novel, “Curse of the Specter Queen.” Her previous novel is "Hood," a re-imagining of the Robin Hood tale. She is a member of the Texas Writer’s League and was a finalist in the 2017 Austin Film Festival Fiction Podcast Script Competition.


Conversations: Anita Silvey, "Unforgotten: The Wild Life of Dian Fossey and Her Relentless Quest to Save Mountain Gorillas"

On this edition of Conversations, Anita Silvey talks with host Dan Skinner about “Unforgotten: The Wild Life of Dian Fossey and Her Relentless Quest to Save Mountain Gorillas.” With her latest book for National Geographic Kids, Anita Silvey completes a trilogy of biographies about female researchers who chose to study primates.

Conversations: Jonathan Balcombe, "Super Fly: The Unexpected Lives of the World's Most Sucessful Insects"

On this edition of Conversations, Jonathan Balcombe talks with host Dan Skinner about “Super Fly: The Unexpected Lives of the World’s Most Successful Insects.” Balcombe is a biologist with a PhD in ethology, the study of animal behavior, and is the author of four popular science books on the inner lives of animals including the bestselling “What a Fish Knows.”


Conversations: Elysaa Friedland, "Last Summer at the Golden Hotel"

On this edition of Conversations, Elyssa Friedland talks with host Dan Skinner about her latest novel, “Last Summer at the Golden Hotel.” Friedland is the author of four novels, and her work has also been published in The Washington Post, McSweeney’s, POPSUGAR, and New York magazine, just to name a few. When she is not writing, she is teaching creative writing a Yale University.


Conversations: Maxine Bédat, "Unraveled: The Life and Death of a Garment"

On this edition of Conversations, Maxine Bédat talks with host Dan Sinner about “Unraveled: The Life and Death of a Garment.” Bédat is the founder and director of “New Standard Institute,” a think and do tank dedicated to turning industry into a force for good. She is a former lawyer, an ambassador at the Rainforest Alliance, and has spoken at the World Economic Forum, the United Nations, and the Clinton Global Initiative. 


Conversations: Michelle Miller-Adams, "The Path to Free College: In Pursuit of Access, Equity, and Prosperity"

On this edition of Conversations, Michelle Miller-Adams talks with host Dan Skinner about “The Path to Free College: In Pursuit of Access, Equity, and Prosperity.” Miller-Adams is a researcher and professor of political science, the author of two previous books, and a consultant for states and cities about the Promise College Movement.


Conversations: Pam Jenoff, "The Woman with the Blue Star"

On this edition of Conversations, Pam Jenoff talks with host Dan Skinner about her latest work of historical fiction, “The Woman with the Blue Star.” Jenoff is the author of several books of historical fiction, including the bestsellers “The Orphan’s Tale” and “The Lost Girls of Paris.” She is an authority on World War II history and the Holocaust.


Conversations: Jennifer Weiner, "That Summer"

On this edition of Conversations, Jennifer Weiner talks with host Dan Skinner about her latest novel, "That Summer." Weiner is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of seventeen books, including “Big Summer,” “Mrs. Everything,” and the children’s book “The Littlest Bigfoot.” In total, she has over 15 million books in print, published in 39 countries.


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