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Join Dan Skinner as he explores his love of books through conversations with authors of fiction and non-fiction. 

Conversations: Julian Smith, "Aloha Rodeo: Three Hawaiian Cowboys, The World's Greatest Rodeo, and a Hidden History of the American West"

On this edition of Conversations, Julian Smith talks about Aloha Rodeo – Three Hawaiian Cowboys, The World’s Greatest Rodeo, and a Hidden History of the American West. He co-authored the book along with David Wolman. Smith also writes about science, adventure, and history for Smithsonian, National Geographic Traveler, Wired, and Outside, among other publications.

Conversations: Karen Auvinen, "Rough Beauty: Forty Seasons of Mountain Living"

On this edition of Conversations, Karen Auvinen talks about her book, Rough Beauty: Forty Seasons of Mountain Living. Auvinen is is an award-wining poet, mountain woman, and writer. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, Real Simple, The Rumpus, and numerous literary journals.

Conversations: Henry Reichman, "The Future of Academic Freedom"

On this edition of Conversations, Henry Reichman talks about his latest book, The Future of Academic Freedom. Reichman is emeritus professor of history at California State University, East Bay, and chair of the AAUP’s Committee on Academic Freedom and Tenure. He is also the author of Censorship and Selection: Issues and Answers for Schools.

Conversations: Graeme Simsion, "The Rosie Result"

On this edition of Conversations, Graeme Simsion talks about the third and final book in the Don Tillman series, The Rosie Result. Simsion is an Australian author and screen writer. His previous novels, The Rosie Project and The Rosie Effect, were international best sellers. The character, Don Tillman, identifies as autistic.

Conversations: Celka Straughn and Joey Orr, "knowledges" exhibit at Spencer Museum of Art

On this edition of Conversations, I talk with Celka Straughn, the Andrew W. Mellon Director of Public Practice, Education and Research, and Joey Orr, the Andrew W. Mellon Curator for Research, at the Spencer Museum of Art, on the KU campus in Lawrence. We discuss the Integrated Arts Research Initiative, the upcoming "knowledges" exhibit, and related events taking place at the museum.


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