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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: 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: 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: 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.

Conversations: Michael Callahan, "The Night She Won Miss America"

On this edition of Conversations, I talk with Michael Callahan about his latest novel, The Night She Won Miss America. Based on a true story, the novel centers around the 1950 Miss America pageant. When the winner abandons the pageant to escape with her boyfriend, they find themselves on the run from the police and a reporter. The resulting chase that takes them from the Atlantic City Boardwalk to the shadowy streets of Manhattan to a cliffside mansion in Newport.

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