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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. 

Conversations: Seth Swirsky, "21 Ways to a Happier Depression"

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. On this edition of Conversations, I talk with Swirsky about 21 Ways to a Happier Depression: A Creative Guide to Getting Unstuck, from Anxiety, Setbacks, and Stress.


 

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: Kris Krishtalka, KU Museum of Natural History

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.


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.


Conversations: "Spin-glish: The Definitive Dictionary of Deliberately Deceptive Language"

On this edition of Conversations, I talk with Henry Beard about How to Succeed in Business (and politics and everything else) without really lying with Spin-glish: The Definitive Dictionary of Deliberately Deceptive Language. He co-authored the book with Christopher Cerf, who is an author, composer-lyricist, and record and television producer.

Conversations: Benjamin Ludwig, "Ginny Moon"

The title character of the novel Ginny Moon, is an autistic teenaged girl and the story that unfolds is told from her perspective. Recently adopted, Ginny plots her own kidnapping in order to retrieve an item that was left behind when she was removed from her birth mother's custody. She tries to explain why the item is important, but do people understand what she is really saying?

Conversations: Ron Powers, "No One Cares about Crazy People"

Ron Powers is a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and bestselling author. On this edition of Conversations, we’ll talk about his research into mental health care. Ron Powers has written a book that is a blend of history, biography, memoir, and current affairs … it’s called No One Cares about Crazy People. Be advised that some of the descriptions you will hear in this discussion are graphic and disturbing.

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