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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: BJ Gallagher, "The Leadership Secrets of Oz"

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is a beloved story that has delighted generations and created indelible memories. BJ Gallagher has written a book that takes a new look at Dorothy’s adventures and what they can teach us about leadership. Gallagher is the author of numerous books, and among other things, conducts seminars for women’s groups, professional organizations and corporations. On this edition of Conversations, we'll talk about The Leadership Secrets of Oz.


Conversations: Paula Martinac, "The Ada Decades"

Paula Martinack is an author, playwright, historian and professor at the University of North Carolina. Her debut novel Out of Time, won the 1990 Lambda Literary Ward for Lesbian Fiction. On this edition of Conversations, I talk with her about her latest novel, The Ada Decades. The title of the novel refers to the central character, Ada Shook. The story spans seven decades and opens with a 12-year-old Ada in 1947.


Conversations: Hope Jahren, "Lab Girl"

Hope Jahren has dedicated her life studying trees, flowers, seeds and soil. Among her many accomplishments, Hope Jahren is the recipient of three Fulbright awards and is one of four scientists, and the only woman, to have been awarded both of the Young Investigator Medals given within the Earth Sciences. She currently holds a professorship at the University of Oslo, Norway.

Conversations: Carl Hiaasen, "Razor Girl"

On this edition of Conversations, I’ll talk with Carl Hiaasen about his novel, Razor Girl, which is now out in paperback. NPR Books referred to Razor Girl as “Vintage Hiaasen, in the very best way: darkly funny, unapologetically crazy, and more Florida than a flamingo eating a Cuban sandwich while singing a Jimmy Buffet song.” Hiaason is the best-selling author of 13 previous novels and 5 best-selling children’s books. He’s also a columnist for The Miami Herald.


Conversations: Steve Nowak, Watkins Museum of History

On this edition of Conversations, Steve Nowak, Executive Director of the Watkins Museum of History joins me to discuss the history and mission of the organization. Nowak talks about the long history of the Watkins building and how it eventually became the home of the museum. He also discusses the current projects underway and future exhibits visitors will see.


Conversations: Paula Poundstone, "The Totally Unscientific Study of the Search for Human Happiness"

Have you discovered the secret to happiness? If not, Paula Poundstone might be able to help with her audio book, The Totally Unscientific Study of the Search for Human Happiness. On this edition of Conversations I talk with Paula Poundstone about searching for happiness, her love of audio books, her new podcast, and being a panelist on NPR's Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! Paula's new podcast Live from the Poundstone Institute, produced in association with NPR, will premier in July.

Conversations: Mary Doveton, Theatre Lawrence

You may have attended a performance at Theatre Lawrence, but you might not be aware of the theatre’s backstory. On this edition of Conversations, I talk with Mary Doveton, the Executive Director and one of the founders of Theatre Lawrence, about the history and mission of theatre. More information is available at the Theatre Lawrence website.


 

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