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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: Deborah Blum, "The Poison Squad: One Chemist's Single-Minded Crusade for Food Safety at the Turn of the Twentieth Century"

On this edition of Conversations, Deborah Blum talks about her latest book, The Poison Squad: One Chemist’s Single-Minded Crusade for Food Safety at the Turn of the Twentieth Century. Blum is the director of the Knight Science Journalism Program at MIT, and editor of Undark magazine.

Conversations: Chris Bailey, "Hyperfocus: How to be More Productive in a World of Distraction"

On this edition of Conversations, Chris Bailey talks about his latest book, Hyperfocus: How to be More Productive in a World of Distraction. To date, he has written hundreds of articles about productivity, which have been published in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Huffington Post, The Harvard Business Review and many others.

Conversations: Deborah Harkness, "Times Convert"

Deborah Harkness talks about her latest novel, Time’s Convert, on this edition of Conversations. Harkness is the bestselling author of the All Souls Trilogy: A Discovery of Witches, Shadow of Night, and The Book of Life. When not writing bestselling novels, she is a history professor at the University of Southern California.


Conversations: Bob Keckeisen, Topeka Symphony Free Spooky Kids Concert

On this edition of Conversations, Bob Keckeisen, Assistant General Manager of the Topeka Symphony talks about their free Spooky Kids Concert. The concert will be 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, October 30, at the Topeka Performing Arts Center. Tickets are not required. The orchestra will be in costume and attendees are encouraged to show up in costume as well. More information is available at topekasymphony.org


Conversations: Vince Beiser, "The World in a Grain: The Story of Sand and How It Transformed Civilization"

The global demand for sand has led to shortages, environmental damage, and black market crime. Where do we go from here? On this edition of Conversations, Vince Beiser joins us to talk about his book, The World in a Grain: The Story of Sand and How It Transformed Civilization.

Conversations: Dr. Harry Parker, KU Theatre's production of "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time"

On this edition of Conversations, Harry Parker talks about the University Theatre’s production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. Dr. Parker is a KU Alum and the chair of the Texas Christian University Department of Theatre. He returned to KU to serve as a guest director for this production, which is told through the eyes of a young man on the Autism Spectrum.


Conversations: Ora Nadrich, "Says Who? How One Simple Question Can Change the Way You Think Forever"

On this edition of Conversations, Ora Nadrich joins us to talk about her book Says Who? How One Simple Question Can Change the Way You Think Forever. Nadrich is the founder and president of the Institute for Transformational Thinking. She is also a certified life coach and mindfulness meditation teacher.


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