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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: Shawn Askinosie, "Meaningful Work"

Shawn Askinosie left a successful 20-plus year career as a criminal defense lawyer to become the founder and CEO of Askinosie Chocolate in Missouri. He was named by O, The Oprah Magazine as one of “15 guys who are saving the world.” Their business model has been featured in New York Times and the Wall Street Journal, among other publications.

Conversations: Karen Gross, "Lady Lucy's Dragon Quest"

In this elementary school children's book, Lady Lucy's Dragon Quest, Lady Lucy overcomes gender discrimination and stereotypes to save the day by changing a fire breathing dragon into a water spouting dragon. On this edition of Conversations, Karen Gross joins us to talk about her series of books featuring Lady Lucy. Gross is an author, educator, and higher education consultant based in Washington, D.C.


Conversations: Sy Montgomery & Elizabeth Marshall Thomas, "Tamed and Untamed"

Sy Montgomery & Elizabeth Marshall Thomas are best-selling authors and two of the world’s most celebrated animal writers. On this edition of Conversations, they join us to talk about the collection of essays you’ll find in their book, Tamed & Untamed – Close Encounters of the Animal Kind.


 

Conversations: Steve Goddard, Big Botany @ Spencer Museum of Art

"Big Botany: Conversations with the Plant World" gets underway on March 27th at the Spencer Museum of Art. On this edition of Conversations, Steve Goddard, Associate Director and Senior Curator at the museum, talks about the lectures, exhibits and activities that make up the series. "Big Botany" runs through July 15th.


Conversations: Jeremy Lent, "The Patterning Instinct"

Jeremy Lent is the founder and president of the Liology Institute, a nonprofit organization dedicated to fostering a worldview that could enable humanity to thrive sustainably on the earth. On this edition of Conversations, he joins us to talk about his book, The Patterning Instinct: A Cultural History of Humanity’s Search for Meaning. He describes how culture shapes values and values shape history. How we look at the world determines how we interact with the world. 



 

Conversations: Joseph Califano, Jr., "Our Damaged Democracy"

Joseph Califano, Jr. spent 30 years in Washington, serving at the Pentagon, and in the Cabinet as US Secretary of Health, Education and Welfare. Among his many credits, as a lawyer, he represented the Washington Post during Watergate. On this edition of Conversations, he joins us to talk about his book, Our Damaged Democracy – We The People Must Act.


 

Conversations: Noliwe Rooks, "Cutting School"

Noliwe Rooks is the Director of American Studies and associate Professor of Africana Studies at Cornell University. She was previously the associate director of African American studies at Princeton. She’s written two previous books, and on this edition of Conversations, joins us to talk about her latest, Cutting School: Privatization, Segregation, and the End of Public Education. 


 

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