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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: Gordon Javna, "Uncle John's Truth, Trivia, and the Pursuit of Factiness' and "Strange History"

On this edition of Conversations, Gordon Javna talks with host Dan Skinner about two books, “Uncle John’s Truth, Trivia, and the Pursuit of Factiness” and “Strange History.” Javna is the editor-in-chief and publisher of the Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader series.

Conversations: Akiko Busch, "How to Disappear: Notes on Invisibility in a Time of Transparency"

On this edition of Conversations, Akiko Busch talks with host Dan Skinner about “How to Disappear: Notes on Invisibility in a Time of Transparency.” Busch writes about design, culture and nature for a variety of publications. She is also the author of five previous books. 


Conversations: Harriet Shugarman, "How to Talk to Your Kids about Climate Change"

On this edition of Conversations, Harriet Shugarman talks with host Dan Skinner about “How to Talk to Your Kids about Climate Change: Turning Angst into Action.” Shugarman is Executive Director of ClimateMama… professor of Global Climate Change Policy and World Sustainability… and Chair of the Climate Reality Project, NYC Metro Chapter. 


Conversations: Larry Tye, "Demagogue: The Life and Long Shadow of Senator Joe McCarthy"

On this edition of Conversations, Larry Tye talks with host Dan Skinner about “Demagogue: The Life and Long Shadow of Senator Joe McCarthy.” Tye is an author and journalist known for his biographies of notable Americans including Edward Bernays, Satchel Paige, Robert F. Kennedy and the creators of the Superman Comic. 


Conversations: J. Chester Johnson, "Damaged Heritage: The 1919 Elaine Race Massacre and a Story of Reconciliation"

On this edition of Conversations, J. Chester Johnson talks with host Dan Skinner about “Damaged Heritage: The Elaine Race Massacre and a Story of Reconciliation.” Johnson is a poet, essayist and translator. He also served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Treasury Department under President Jimmy Carter. He has written extensively on race and civil rights. 


Conversations: Ingrid Newkirk, "animalkind: Remarkable Discoveries about Animals and Revolutionary New Ways to Show Them Compassion"

On this edition of Conversations, Ingrid Newkirk talks with host Dan Skinner about “animalkind: Remarkable Discoveries About Animals and Revolutionary New Ways to Show Them Compassion.” Newkirk founded People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, the largest animal rights organization in the world. She co-authored the book along Gene Stone.


Conversations: Elizabeth Marshall Thomas, "Growing Old: Notes on Aging With Something Like Grace"

On this edition of Conversations, Elizabeth Marshall Thomas talks with host Dan Skinner about “Growing Old: Notes on Aging With Something Like Grace.” Thomas has written 16 books during her half-century-long career. Her fifth book, “The Hidden Life of Dogs,” spent a year on the New York Times bestseller list, and her book on cats, “Tribe of Tiger,” was an international bestseller. At age 88, she decided it was time to write about getting old.


Conversations: James Nestor, "Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art"

On this edition of Conversations, James Nestor talks with host Dan Skinner about “Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art.” Nestor has written for “Outside,” “Scientific American,” “The New York Times,” and many other publications. His book “Deep: Freediving, Renegade Science, and What the Ocean Tells Us About Ourselves” was a finalist for the 2015 PEN/ESPN Award for Literary Sports Writing.


Conversations: Charles Johnson, "GRAND: A Grandparent's Advice for a Happy Life"

On this edition of Conversations, Charles Johnson joins host Dan Skinner to talk about “GRAND: A Grandparent’s Wisdom for a Happy Life.” Johnson is a novelist, essayist, literary scholar, philosopher, cartoonist, screenwriter, and professor emeritus at the University of Washington in Seattle.

Conversations: Pawan Dhingra, "Hyper Education: Why Good Schools, Good Grades, and Good Behavior are Not Enough"

On this edition of ConversationsPawan Dhingra talks with host Dan Skinner about “Hyper Education: Why Good Schools, Good Grades, and Good Behavior Are Not Enough.” Dhingra is a sociologist and Professor of American Studies at Amherst College, a former curator at the Smithsonian Institution, and the author many award-winning books.


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