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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: Joseph Califano, Jr., "Our Damaged Democracy"

Joseph Califano, Jr. spent 30 years in Washington, serving at the Pentagon, and in the Cabinet as US Secretary of Health, Education and Welfare. Among his many credits, as a lawyer, he represented the Washington Post during Watergate. On this edition of Conversations, he joins us to talk about his book, Our Damaged Democracy – We The People Must Act.


Conversations: Noliwe Rooks, "Cutting School"

Noliwe Rooks is the Director of American Studies and associate Professor of Africana Studies at Cornell University. She was previously the associate director of African American studies at Princeton. She’s written two previous books, and on this edition of Conversations, joins us to talk about her latest, Cutting School: Privatization, Segregation, and the End of Public Education. 


Conversations: Shannon Reilly, Topeka Civic Theatre Summer Camps

Topeka Civic Theatre offers summer theatre camps and classes for children at different times throughout the year. On this edition of Conversations, Shannon Reilly, the Artistic Director of the theatre, joins us to talk about the programs available for children and describes how the experience can help children develop new skills and confidence. More information about the summer camps are available on the Topeka Civic Theatre website.

Conversations: Dr. Bethany Ehlmann, "Dr. E's Super Stellar Solar System"

Bethany Ehlmann is a planetary geologist who studies the earth and other planets in the solar system. She is a participating scientist on the NASA Mars Rover Curiosity mission, a research scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and an assistant professor of planetary science at CalTech. On this edition of Conversations she joins us to talk about her National Geographic Kid's book, Dr.

Conversations: Andrew Lewis, "When The Rain Stops Falling"

Andrew Lewis is the Associate Dean of Performance at The Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts. He‘s in Lawrence to direct the KU University Theatre production of When the Rain Stops Falling. On this edition of Conversations, he joins us to talk the time traveling drama about family, which also raises questions about climate change and sustainability. It opens March 2 in the Crafton-Preyer Theatre.


Conversations: Benjamin Vogt, "A New Garden Ethic"

Benjamin Vogt speaks nationally on sustainable design and wildlife landscapes, in addition to operating a prairie garden design firm. He also writes a native plant gardening column.On this edition of Conversations, he joins us to talk about A New Garden Ethic: Cultivating Defiant Compassion for an Uncertain Future.


Conversations: Helen Thorpe, "The Newcomers"

In her latest book, journalist Helen Thorpe tells the story of refugee teenagers at a Denver public high school. On this edition of Conversations, she joins us to talk about The Newcomers: Finding Refuge, Friendship, and Hope in an American Classroom. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, the New Yorker, and Slate. Her radio stories have aired on This American Life and Soundprint.



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