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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: Reshma Saujani, "Girls Who Code" & "The Friendship Code"

Reshma Saujani is on a mission to close the gender gap in technology. She is the founder of Girls Who Code, a national non-profit organization with chapters in all 50 states. On this edition of Conversations, she joins me to talk about her organization and two new books for girls, Girls Who Code: Learn to Code and Change the World, and the novel The Friendship Code #1.


Conversations: Andrew Solomon, "Far From The Tree"

On this edition of Conversations, I talk with Andrew Solomon, the author Far from the Tree: How Children and their Parents Learn to Accept One Another… Our Differences Unite Us. The book explores the impact of extreme differences between children and parents. Solomon is a professor of clinical psychology at Columbia University.


Conversations: Kate Hamer, "The Doll Funeral"

Do we have the power to chose our own family? That's one of the questions Kate Hamer asks in her latest novel, The Doll Funeral. The story centers on 13-year-old Ruby, who finds out she is adopted and runs away from home in search of her real parents. What she experience along her journey leaves her uncertain about what is real and what is not. On this edition of Conversations, Hamer talks about how The Doll Funeral crosses genres and has been referred to as a modern fairytale by reviewers.


Conversations: Brad Allen, Lawrence Public Library

The role of libraries has changed over the years, and The Lawrence Public Library has responded to community needs by offering a wealth of resources and activities both on location and online. On this addition of Conversations, I talk with the library's Executive Director Brad Allen about the growth of the library and the many ways you can benefit from its services.


Conversations: Edward Hess, "Humility is the New Smart"

Are you ready for the Smart Machine Age? Business professor Edward D. Hess, from the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia, points to research showing that over the next two decades technological advances will displace as many as 80 million jobs or 47 percent of the U.S. workforce. On this edition of Conversations, I talk with Ed Hess about his book Humility is the New Smart: Rethinking Human Excellence in the Smart Machine Age.


Conversations: Ladee Hubbard, "The Talented Ribkins"

On this edition of Conversations, Ladee Hubbard joins me to talk about her debut novel, The Talented Ribkins. Hubbard weaves the tale of the Ribkins family, who are each blessed with a special, but peculiar talent. The story centers on 72-year-old Johnny Ribkin and the road trip he takes with Eloise, the 13-year-old daughter of his deceased half-brother. Along the way she learns about her family heritage, and Johnny reevaluates his past. 


Conversations: KU's Black Love Symposium - Ayesha Hardison and Randal Maurice Jelks

On the 80th Anniversary of Zora Neale Hurston's novel, Their Eyes Were Watching God, KU will hold a symposium that explores themes of black love in literature, culture and other disciplines. On this edition of Conversations, KU professors Ayesha Hardison and Randal Maurice Jelks join me to talk about the Black Love Symposium which will be held September 11-18 and is open to the public free of charge. More information and registration for the symposium is at bls.ku.edu.


Conversations: Mary Otto, "Teeth"

On this edition of Conversations, I talk with Mary Otto about Teeth: The Story of Beauty, Inequality, and the Struggle for Oral Health in America. From the invention of the Hollywood Smile to the the racial divide in dental care, the book exposes the extent and meaning of our oral health crisis. Mary Otto is the oral health topic leader for the Association of Health Care Journalists. For eight years, she covered social issues, including health care and poverty for the Washington Post.


Conversations: Lynne Green, Executive Director of Van Go

You've seen the Van Go art benches around town, but the Van Go programs encompass much more. On this edition of Conversations, I talk with Lynne Green, the founder and Executive Director of Van Go. Green talks about the history of the organization, the services they offer to young people in Douglas County, and yes, we'll talk about those beautiful benches as well.


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