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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: Amanda Rettke, "Homestead Recipes: Midwestern Inspiration, Family Favorites, and Pearls of Wisdom from a Sassy Home Cook"

On this edition of Conversations, Amanda Rettke talks with host Dan Skinner about her latest book,“Homestead Recipes: Midwestern Inspiration, Family Favorites, and Pearls of Wisdom from a Sassy Home Cook.” She is the author of “Surprise-Inside Cakes,” and her recipes have been featured in numerous publications including “Better Homes and Gardens,” “Bon Appétit,” and “Epicurious,” just to name a few.  


Conversations: Riley Redgate, "Alone Out Here"

Her latest novel has been described as "Lord of the Flies" in space, and she's okay with that. On this edition of Conversations, Riley Redgate talks with host Dan Skinner about her latest novel, “Alone Out Here.” Redgate’s previous young adult novels include “Seven Ways We Lie,” “Noteworthy” and “Final Draft.” 

Conversations: Kate Swenson, "Forever Boy: A Mother's Memoir of Autism and Finding Joy"

On this edition of Conversations, Kate Swenson talks with host Dan Skinner about “Forever Boy: A Mother’s Memoir of Autism and Finding Joy.” Swenson is the creator of the blog and Facebook page “Finding Cooper’s Voice,” which provides hope and comfort for parents of children with autism. She speaks regularly about autism, parenting, and motherhood. 


Conversations: Steve Binder, "Elvis '68 Comeback: The Story Behind the Special"

On this edition of Conversations, Steve Binder talks with host Dan Skinner about “Elvis ’68 Comeback: The Story Behind the Special.” Binder, who teamed up with Elvis Presley for the iconic television special, is an Emmy and ACE award-winning producer, director, writer, educator, and Golden Globe nominee. The Los Angeles Times called his first feature film, The T.A.M.I.

Conversations: Vanessa Hua, "Forbidden City"

On this edition of Conversations, Vanessa Hua talks with host Dan Skinner about her latest novel “Forbidden City” which is set during the Cultural Revolution in China. Hua is a columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle and the author of the novel “A River of Stars” and a story collection, “Deceit and Other Possibilities.”


Conversations: Tom Clavin, "To the Uttermost Ends of the Earth"

On this edition of Conversations, Tom Clavin talks with host Dan Skinner about “To the Uttermost Ends of the Earth: The Epic Hunt for the South's Most Feared Ship—and the Greatest Sea Battle of the Civil War,” which he co-authored with Phil Keith. Clavin is a bestselling author of books about history.


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