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Conversations: Kelefa Sanneh, "Major Labels: A History of Popular Music in Seven Genres"

On this edition of Conversations, Kelefa Sanneh talks with host Dan Skinner about “Major Labels: A History of Popular Music in Seven Genres.” Sanneh has been a New Yorker staff writer since 2008, before which he spent six years as a pop-music critic at “The New York Times.” He is also a contributor to “CBS Sunday Morning.”


Conversations: Marta McDowell, "Unearthing the Secret Garden - The Plants and Places that Inspired Frances Hodgson Burnett"

On this edition of Conversations, Marta McDowell talks with host Dan Skinner about “Unearthing The Secret Garden – The Plants and Places that Inspired Frances Hodgson Burnett.” McDowell consults for public gardens and private clients, writes and lectures on gardening topics, and teaches landscape history and horticulture at the New York Botanical Garden.


Conversations: Claude A. Clegg III, "The Black President - Hope and Fury in the Age of Obama"

On this edition of Conversations, Claude A. Clegg III talks with host Dan Skinner about “The Black President – Hope and Fury in the Age of Obama.” Clegg III is the Lyle V. Jones Professor of History and African American Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His previous books include “An Original Man: The Life and Times of Elijah Muhammad” and “Troubled Ground: A Tale of Murder, Lynching, and Reckoning in the New South.”


Conversations: Mark Piesing, "N-4 Down: The Hunt for the Arctic Airship Italia"

Who was Umberto Nobile? On this edition of Conversations, Mark Piesing talks with host Dan Skinner about “N-4 Down: The Hunt for the Arctic Airship Italia.” Piesing has written for the BBC, “The Guardian,” “The Economist” and “Wired.” The crash of the Airship Italia led to the largest polar rescue mission in history.


Conversations: Arthur Levine, "The Great Upheaval: Higher Education's Past, Present, and Uncertain Future"

What is the future of Higher Education? On this edition of Conversations, Arthur Levine talks with host Dan Skinner about “The Great Upheaval: Higher Education’s Past, Present, and Uncertain Future.” Levine is a distinguished scholar of higher education at NYU and president emeritus of Teachers College, Columbia University and the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation. 


Conversations: Martin Dugard, "Taking Paris: The Epic Battle for the City of Lights"

On this edition of Conversations, Martin Dugard talks with host Dan Skinner about “Taking Paris: The Epic Battle for the City of Lights.” Dugard is a bestselling author and historian who has written on topics ranging from presidents to Egyptian pharaohs. He is the coauthor of the popular “Killing” series as well as the author of “Into Africa,” “The Explorers” and “The Murder of King Tut."


Conversations: John Rhodehamel, "America's Original Sin: White Supremacy, John Wilkes Booth and the Lincoln Assassination"

On this edition of Conversations, historian John Rhodehamel talks with host Dan Skinner about “America’s Original Sin: White Supremacy, John Wilkes Booth and the Lincoln Assassination.” Rhodehamel is the former archivist of George Washington's Mount Vernon and the former curator of American historical manuscripts at the Huntington Library.


Conversations: Lauren Tarshis, "I Survived: The Attacks of September 11, 2001"

On this edition of Conversations, Lauren Tarshis talks with host Dan Skinner about the graphic novel adaptation of her bestselling “I Survived: The Attacks of September 11, 2001.” This new edition of the book was released to mark the 20th anniversary of 9/11. Tarshis is the New York Times bestselling author of the “I Survived” series which tells stories of young people and their resilience and strength during times of disaster and turmoil.


Conversations: Dorothy Wickenden, "The Agitators: Three Friends Who Fought for Abolition and Women's Rights"

On this edition of Conversations, Dorothy Wickenden talks with host Dan Skinner about “The Agitators: Three Friends Who Fought for Abolition and Women’s Rights.” Wickenden has served as the executive editor of The New Yorker since January 1996.

Conversations: Andrew H. Knoll, “A Brief History of Earth: Four Billion Years in Eight Chapters.”

On this edition of Conversations, Andrew H. Knoll, talks with host Dan Skinner about “A Brief History of Earth: Four Billion Years in Eight Chapters.” Knoll is the Fisher Professor of Natural History at Harvard University. Professor Knoll’s research focuses on the early evolution of life, Earth’s environmental history, and the interconnections between the two.  


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