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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: Judy Stone, MD, "Resilience: One Family's Story of Hope and Triumph over Evil"

On this edition of Conversations, Dr. Judy Stone talks about Resilience: One Family’s Story of Hope and Triumph over Evil. Dr. Stone is the daughter of Hungarian Holocaust survivors and a physician specializing in infectious diseases. Along with her commitment to physical healing, she has an avid interest in oral history and Holocaust education.

Conversations: Kristen Meinzer, "So You Want to Start a Podcast"

On this edition of Conversations, Kristen Meinzer talks about her book, So You Want to Start a Podcast: Finding Your Voice, Telling Your Story, and Building a Community That Will Listen. Meinzer is an award-winning podcast host, producer, commentator, speaker, and author specializing in contemporary social issues and popular culture.

Conversations: Rod Pyle, "First on the Moon: The Apollo 11 - 50th Anniversary Experience"

On this edition of Conversations, Rod Pyle talks about First on the Moon: The Apollo 11 – 50th Anniversary Experience. Pyle has written extensively on the US space program. He works as a writer for the NASA Jet propulsion Laboratory and is a frequent speaker at science and technology conferences. He has also written and produced numerous science documentaries.

Conversations: Shannon Reilly, Topeka Civic Theatre Season Preview

On this edition of Conversations, Shannon Reilly, Artistic Director of the Topeka Civic Theatre, talks about upcoming performances. Shows include "We Will Rock You," featuring the music of Queen; Shakespeare's "As You Like It," set in the 1960s; "Miracle on South Division Street"; Roald Dahl's "Matilda - The Musical" and many more.

Conversations: Anita Silvey, "Undaunted: The Wild Life of Birute Gadikas and Her Fearless Quest to Save Orangutans"

On this edition of Conversations, Anita Silvey talks about her latest book, Undaunted: The Wild Life of Biruté Mary Galdikas and Her Fearless Quest to Save Orangutans. In a unique 40-year career in the children's book field, Silvey has divided her time equally between publishing, evaluating children's books, and writing. This latest book is published by National Geographic kids.

Conversations: John Kenney, "Love Poems for People with Children"

On this edition of Conversations, John Kenney talks about Love Poems for People with Children. Kenney is the New York Times bestselling author of the humorous poetry collection Love Poems for Married People, and the novels Talk to Me and Truth in Advertising, which won the Thurber Prize for American Humor.

Conversations: Widge Yager, Theatre Lawrence Presents "Matilda"

On this edition of Conversations, Widge Yager talks about directing the Theatre Lawrence production of Matilda. The musical has been described as the story of an extraordinary girl armed with a sharp mind and extraordinary powers, who dares to take a stand and change her destiny. The musical opens on December 6 and runs through the 22nd. Information about tickets and show times is available at the Theatre Lawrence website.

Conversations: Ellen Winner, "How Art Works - A Pyschological Exploration"

On this edition of Conversations, Ellen Winner talks about How Art Works: A Psychological Exploration. Winner is a professor of psychology at Boston College and Senior Research Associate at Project Zero, Harvard Graduate School of Education. She directs the Arts and Mind Lab, which focuses on cognition in the arts in typical and gifted children as well as adults.

Conversations: David Baldacci, "A Minute to Midnight"

On this edition of Conversations, Best selling author David Baldacci talks about his latest novel, A Minute to Midnight. It's the second novel to feature FBI agent Atlee Pine. Baldcacci has over 130 million in worldwide sales. He is also the cofounder, along with his wife, of the Wish You Well Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting literacy efforts across America.


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