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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.

Mon, 10/09/2017 - 06:00

Are you ready to do the Time Warp again? Theatre Lawrence presents The Rocky Horror Show, October 13 and 14.

Fri, 10/06/2017 - 14:00

The Mayo Clinic's book, The Integrative Guide to Good Health: Home Remedies Meet Alternative Therapies to Transform Well-Being strives to answer questions about alternative health therapies, dietary supplements, stress release and much more. Dr. Brent Bauer joins me on this edition of Conversations to discuss the importance of integrated healthcare that encompasses the body, mind and spirit. 


Wed, 10/04/2017 - 06:00

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.


Fri, 09/29/2017 - 14:00

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.


Wed, 09/27/2017 - 06:00

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.


Mon, 09/25/2017 - 06:00

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.

Fri, 09/22/2017 - 00:00

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.


Wed, 09/20/2017 - 06:00

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. 


Sun, 09/03/2017 - 00:00

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 disciplin

Sat, 08/26/2017 - 00:00

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.

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