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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: Diane Rehm, "When My Time Comes"

On this edition of Conversations, Diane Rehm talks with host Dan Skinner about "When My Time Comes: Conversations about Whether Those Who Are Dying Should Have the Right to Determine When Life Should End." Rehm hosted "The Diane Rehm Show" from 1979 to 2016 and had an audience of nearly three million. She now hosts the podcast "On My Mind."


 

Conversations: Margaret Weisbrod Morris, Re-Opening the Lawrence Art Center

On this edition of Conversations, Margaret Weisbrod Morris, Chief Executive Officer of the Lawrence Arts Center, talks with host Dan Skinner about plans to re-open the the building after closing due to the COVID-19 outbreak. More information about their on-line offerings and plans for re-opening are available on Lawrence Arts Center website.


 

Conversations: Elizabeth Schneider, "Wine For Normal People: A Guide for Real People Who Like Wine, But Not The Snobbery That Goes With It"

On this edition of Conversations, Elizabeth Schneider talks with host Dan Skinner about "Wine for Normal People: A Guide for Real People Who Like Wine, But Not the Snobbery That Goes With It." Schneider is a certified sommelier, a certified specialist of wine, and the creator of the podcast Wine for Normal People.


Conversations: Gene Luen Yang, "Dragon Hoops"

On this edition of Conversations, Gene Luen Yang talks with host Dan Skinner about his latest graphic novel, “Dragon Hoops.” His first graphic novel, “American Born Chinese,” was a National Book Award finalist. His other works include a two-volume graphic novel, "Boxers & Saints," the “Secret Coders” series, and the new “Superman” series for DC Comics.


 

Conversations: Shannon Reilly, Topeka Civic Theatre Season Preview

Looking ahead on this edition of Conversations, Shannon Reilly talks with host Dan Skinner about the new season of performances at the Topeka Civic Theatre, scheduled to begin in September. Reilly is the Artistic Director of the theatre. Presently, performances are canceled due to concerns about the coronavirus until further notice. 

Conversations: Rachel Friedman, "And Then We Grew Up: On Creativity, Potential, and the Imperfect Art of Adulthood"

On this edition of Conversations, Rachel Friedman talks with host Dan Skinner about her latest book, "And Then We Grew Up: On Creativity, Potential and the Imperfect Art of Adulthood." Friedman’s previous book is The Good Girl’s Guide to Getting Lost. Her work has also appeared in The New York Times and The McSweeney’s Book of Politics and Musicals, among others. 


Conversations: Trudi Trueit, "Explorer Academy: The Star Dunes"

On this edition of Conversations, Trudi Trueit talks with host Dan Skinner about "The Star Dunes," another installment in The Explorer Academy series from National Geographic Kids. Trueit has authored more than 100 books — both fiction and nonfiction — for young readers, including “The Sister Solution,” “Stealing Popular” and the “Secrets of a Lab Rat” series. 


Conversations: Andy Greene, The Office: The Untold Story of the Greatest Sitcom of the 2000s

On this edition of Conversations, Andy Greene talks with host Dan Skinner about about “The Office: The Untold Story of the Greatest Sitcom of the 2000s.” Greene is a senior writer for Rolling Stone, where he's worked for the past 15 years.


Conversations: Amy Evans, "A Good Meal Is Hard to Find: Storied Recipes from the Deep South"

On this edition of Conversations, Amy Evans talks with host Dan Skinner about “A Good Meal Is Hard to Find: Storied Recipes from the Deep South.” She co-authored the book with Martha Hall Foose. Evans is an artist and a storyteller. She spent more than a decade documenting Southern food culture through oral history fieldwork.


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