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Conversations: Daniel Connolly, "The Book of Isaias"

For over a decade, award-winning journalist Daniel Connolly has covered Mexican immigration to the U.S. South for news organizations including The Associated Press in Little Rock and The (Memphis) Commercial Appeal. On this edition of Conversations, I talk with him about his book The Book of Isaias – A Child of Hispanic Immigrants Seeks His Own America. Connolly shares the story of 18 year-old student Isaias Ramos and his peers.

Conversations: Audrey Coleman, Robert J. Dole Archive and Special Collections

On this edition of Conversations, I talk with Audrey Coleman about the Robert J. Dole Archive and Special Collections at KU. Coleman is the Senior Archivist and an Assistant Director of the Dole Institute of Politics. We discuss the exhibits about the life and service of Bob Dole that are on display in the main hall, plus the wealth of archival documents and other objects that can be found in the archive.


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: Shelly Westerhausen, "Vegetarian Heartland"

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.


Conversations: Ronald Rael, "Borderwall as Architecture"

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.


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.


 

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