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Conversations: Robbin Legere Henderson, "Immigrant Girl, Radical Woman"

Robbin Legere Henderson is an artist, freelance curator and exhibition consultant. On this edition of Conversations, she joins us to talk about Immigrant Girl, Radical Woman – A Memoir from the Early Twentieth Century. The memoir was written by Henderson’s grandmother, Matilda Rabinowitz, a pioneering labor organizer, who passed away in 1963.

Conversations: Michael Collins, "Journey: An Illustrated History of Travel"

What is your favorite form of transportation? On this edition of Conversations, Michael Collins joins us from Dublin to talk about his latest book, Journey: An Illustrated History of Travel. He discusses the history and future of transportation. Collins is a native of Dublin, Ireland, where he currently lives. He is a college professor and the author of several nonfiction books. He also publishes articles about archaeology, ancient cultures, and civilizations.
 

Conversations: Al Gini, "The Importance of Being Funny"

Al Gini is a professor of business ethics and the author of numerous books on issues in contemporary American culture. For over 27-years he has been the “Resident Philosopher” on Chicago’s public radio station, WBEZ and he can also be heard on WGN in Chicago. On this edition of Conversations, he joins me to talk about his latest book, The Importance of Being Funny: Why We Need More Jokes in our Lives.

Conversations: Nancy Koehn, "Forged in Crisis"

What should we demand from our national leaders? Nancy Koehn is a historian at the Harvard Business School. She has coached leaders from many organizations and speaks frequently at the World Economic Forum in Davos, the Aspen Ideas Festival, and the World Business Forum. On this edition of Conversations, she joins us to talk about

Conversations: Kate Hale, "Weird but True Christmas"

Did you know that KU basketball fans set a record for the largest gathering of people wearing holiday themed sweaters? (3,473 people) Kate Hale is a senior editor with National Geographic Kids Books. On this edition of Conversations, she joins us to talk about the book, Weird But True Christmas: 300 Festive Facts to Light Up the Holidays.


 

Conversations: Joan Brady, "Alger Hiss: Framed"

On this edition of Conversations, Joan Brady talks about her latest book, Alger Hiss: Framed - A New Look at the Case that Made Nixon Famous. In 1948, Alger Hiss was identified along with several other government officials as belonging to a communist network. The others plead the Fifth Amendment, but Hiss chose to publicly deny the claim against him. Richard Nixon pressed the case against Hiss and his victory set him on a course to become President.


 

Conversations: Mary Otto, "Teeth"

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. From the invention of the Hollywood Smile to the the racial divide in dental care, the book exposes the extent and meaning of our oral health crisis. Mary Otto is the oral health topic leader for the Association of Health Care Journalists. For eight years, she covered social issues, including health care and poverty for the Washington Post.


Conversations: Lee Berger, "Almost Human"

Lee Berger is a paleoanthropologist and National Geographic explorer-in-residence. He is best known for his discovery of early human ancestors, including Australopithecus sediba in 2008 and Homo naledi in 2013. He is an award-wining author, speaker and research professor at the Evolutionary Studies Institute at South Africa's University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg.

Conversations: Susan Bordo, "The Destruction of Hillary Clinton"

What happened to Hillary Clinton's campaign? In her latest book, Susan Bordo, a media critic, cultural historian and feminist scholar, presents a play-by-play of the political forces and media culture that brought down Hillary Clinton. On this edition of Conversations, I talk with Susan Bordo about her book, The Destruction of Hillary Clinton.

Conversations: Alexandra Chasin, "Assassin of Youth"

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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.


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