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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: Dan Buettner, "The Blue Zones of Happiness"

Dan Buettner is the bestselling author of three previous books The Blue Zones, Thrive, and The Blue Zones Solution. On this edition of Conversations, he joins us to talk about his latest book, The Blue Zones of Happiness: Lessons From the World's Happiest People. Buettner discusses how the areas of pleasure, purpose and pride combine to increase our level of happiness.


Conversations: Bryce Hoffman, "Red Teaming"

On this edition of Conversations, I talk with Bryce Hoffman about this book, Red Teaming: How Your Business Can Conquer the Competition by Challenging Everything. Hoffman is a bestselling author, speaker and business consultant.  In 2015, he became the first civilian to gradate from the U.S. Army’s famed red team leaders course at Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas.


Conversations: James Gleick, "Time Travel: A History"

Everyone knows what time is, right? Try explaining it to someone. James Gleik is the best-selling author of several books about science and technology. On this edition of Conversations, he joins me to talk about his latest book Time Travel: A History. He discusses its origins in literature and science, and how thinking about time travel influences our understanding of time itself.


Conversations: Carolyn Welch, Lawrence Children's Choir

Carolyn Welch is the Artistic Director of the Lawrence Children’s Choir. On this edition of Conversations, she joins us to talk about the organization, their upcoming fundraising event and concert. The 6th Annual Harvest of Harmony benefit event will be held on Friday November 3rd. The Fall Holiday concert will be on November 19th.

Conversations: Mugambi Jouet, "Exceptional America"

How did Donald Trump follow Barack Obama in the White House? Why is America so polarized? And How does American exceptionalism explain these social changes? On this edition of Conversations, Mugambi Jouet and I talk about how his book, Exceptional America: What Divides Americans from the World and from Each Other, attempts to answer those questions. Jouet teaches at Stanford Law School.

Conversations: Jennifer Egan, "Manhattan Beach"

Jennifer Egan is the author of five books of fiction, including her Pulitzer Prize-winning A Visit from the Goon Squad. She work has also appeared in The New Yorker, Harper’s Magazine, McSweeny’s and other publications. On this edition of Conversations, she joins us to talk about Manhattan Beach. Influenced by the Noir story telling tradition, the novel is set in New York during the 1930's and 1940's.


Conversations: Saralyn Reece Hardy, Spencer Museum of Art's Collection Centennial

The Spencer Museum of Art is celebrating the centennial of its art collection. On this edition of Conversations, I talk with museum director, Saralyn Reece Hardy about the history of the collection, which was gifted to KU in 1917, how the collection has grown, and her crystal ball predictions about how the museum will grow in the future. More information about the 100 Ways to Love Your Spencer is available at the museums website.


Conversations: Joan Brady, "Alger Hiss: Framed"

On this edition of Conversations, Joan Brady talks about her latest book, Alger Hiss: Framed - A New Look at the Case that Made Nixon Famous. In 1948, Alger Hiss was identified along with several other government officials as belonging to a communist network. The others plead the Fifth Amendment, but Hiss chose to publicly deny the claim against him. Richard Nixon pressed the case against Hiss and his victory set him on a course to become President.


 

Conversations: Dr. David Palma, "Taking Charge of Cancer"

Dr. David Palma is a radiation oncologist and cancer researcher, focusing on the treatment of lung cancer, head and neck cancer and metastatic cancers. After helping a friend navigate his way through cancer treatment, Dr. Palma was urged to write a how-to manual for cancer patients. On this edition of Conversations, I talk with Dr. Palma bout Taking Charge of Cancer: What You Need to Know to Get the Best Treatment.


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