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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.

Wed, 08/02/2017 - 06:00

On this edition of Conversations, I talk with Shelly Westerhausen about her cookbook, Vegetarian Heartland: Recipes for Life's Adventures. Growing up in small town Indiana had a heavy influence on Westerhausen's approach to vegetarian cuisine. Her cookbook features 100 recipes for everything from drinks to desserts, including Kansas Barbeque Tempeh Skewers.


Mon, 07/31/2017 - 06:00

On this edition of Conversations, Steve Burk, Music Director for Grace Cathedral in Topeka, joins me to talk about the upcoming season of concerts for the Great Spaces Music & Arts Series. http://www.greatspaces.org/index.htm


Fri, 07/28/2017 - 06:00

On this edition of Conversations I talk with Simon Sebag Montefiore about his latest book, The Romanovs, 1613 to 1918. Montefiore is a bestselling historian and novelist. He received his PhD from Cambridge University. Dr. Montefiore regularly lectures around the world on history, Russia and the Middle East.


Wed, 07/26/2017 - 06:00

Ronald Rael is Associate Professor in the departments of Architecture and Art Practice at the University of California. On this edition of Conversations, he joins me to talk about his book, Borderwall as Architecture: A manifesto for the US-Mexico Boundry. The book presents a history of the wall and examines how its presence disrupts people and the environment.


Mon, 07/24/2017 - 06:00

Jim Ogle is the Executive Director of the Freedom’s Frontier National Heritage Area. On this edition of Conversations, Jim Ogle joins us to talk about the mission of the organization, visiting the historic sites in the National Heritage Area, and why it is important to preserve our history.


Thu, 07/20/2017 - 00:00

Seth Swirsky a clinical psychologist, songwriter and mixed media artist who lives and practices in California. He’s written a book about alleviating depression through art and creativity.

Wed, 07/19/2017 - 06:00

What happened to Hillary Clinton's campaign?

Mon, 07/17/2017 - 06:00

The Natural History Museum at the University of Kansas serves both the University and the public as a center for learning more about our world. Leonard "Kris" Krishtalka is the director of the Institute of Biodiversity Institute and the Natural History Museum. On this edition of Conversations, he joins us to talk about the museum and what you’ll find there.


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Fri, 07/14/2017 - 06:00

Harry Anslinger was the Commissioner of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics from its establishment in 1930 until he retired in 1962. His long tenure and personal prejudices demonizing racial and immigrant groups had a major impact on drug enforcement policy. On this edition of Conversations, I talk with Alexandra Chasin about her book Assassin of Youth – A Kaleidoscopic History of Harry J. Anslingers’s War on Drugs.


Wed, 07/12/2017 - 06:00

Cyber Warfare is a growing concern. How vulnerable are we? On this edition of Conversations, I talk with novelist Marc Elsberg about his international bestselling thriller, Blackout, which explores what happens when a cyber attack turns off the power in Europe, the United States and beyond.


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