These podcasts contain extended interviews from Bookwaves, Arts-Waves, and the Bookwaves/Artwaves Hour. Bay Area Theater also contains reviews, commentaries, and interviews.
Bookwaves/Artwaves resumes March 16, 2023.
March 16, 2023
Artwaves: Joe Ngo, performer, Cambodian Rock Band, at Berkeley Rep through April 2, 2023.
Theatre Review: Fannie: The Music and Life of Fannie Lou Hamer at TheatreWorks Palo Alto through April 2, 2023.
February 16, 2023
Artwaves: Luis Alfaro, playwright, The Travelers, at Magic Theatre through March 5, 2023.
February 9, 2023
Bookwaves: Jane Smiley, author of the novel, A Dangerous Business.
Bookwaves: Fay Weldon (1931-2023) noted author of The Life and Loves of a She Devil, recorded March 1990 while on tour for her novel The Cloning of Joanna May. Interviewers: Richard Wolinsky/Richard A. Lupoff
February 2, 2023
Bookwaves: Wil Haygood, author of Colorization: One Hundred Years of Black Films in a White World.
Bookwaves/Artwaves: Dennis Lim, Part Two, discussing his career as a critic.
Theatre Review: In Every Generation at TheatreWorks Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts.
January 26, 2023
Bookwaves/Artwaves: Dennis Lim, author of Tale of Cinema, which focuses on the work of South Korean film director Hong Sang-soo.
Bookwaves: Russell Banks (1940-2023) noted novelist and short story writer, recorded June 7, 2000 while on tour for his collection, The Angel on the Roof. Interviewers: Richard Wolinsky/Richard A. Lupoff.
January 19, 2023
Bookwaves/Artwaves: Jack O'Brien, author of Jack in the Box, or How to Goddam Direct, and theatre director, winner of three Tony Awards and nominated seven times.
January 12, 2023
Bookwaves: Suzy McKee Charnas (1939-2023), science fiction and fantasy author of The Vampire Tapestry, Motherlines, and other novels, recorded Halloween Weekend, 1981.
Artwaves: Frank Galati (1943-2023), noted stage director, director of Ionesco's Rhinoceros at ACT in 2019. Tony and Oscar nominated director and screenwriter.
Both artists died January 2, 2023.
January 5, 2023
Bookwaves: Vanessa Veselka, author of The Great Offshore Grounds and Zazen.
Bookwaves: Robert B. Parker (1932-2010), author of the Spenser novels, recorded Spring, 1981 while on tour for Early Autumn. Interviewers: Richard Wolinsky/Lawrence Davidson.
December 29, 2022
Bookwaves: Shelley Singer (1939-2022), mystery author, Jake Samson mysteries; Barrett Lake mysteries. Former book reviewer on KPFA's Probabilities radio show. Interview recorded November 19, 1986, Interviewers: Richard Wolinsky/Richard A. Lupoff.
Bookwaves: Philip Pullman, author of the His Dark Materials trilogy and The Book of Dust trilogy. Recorded November 30, 2000 while on tour for The Amber Spyglass.
December 22, 2022
Bookwaves: Helen Benedict,co-author (with Eyad Awwadawnon) of Map of Hope and Sorrow: Stories of Refugees Trapped in Greece.
Review: Little Shop of Horrors, at Theatreworks Lucie Stern Theater.
December 1, 2022
Artwaves: Derek Goldman, co-playwright/
director, Remember This: The Lesson of Jan Karski, at Berkeley Rep's Peets Theatre thru Dec. 18, 2022.
Bookwaves: William Gibson, master of cyberpunk, interviewed while on tour for Pattern Recognition, recorded February 4, 2003.
Theatre Review: Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812 at Shotgun Players Ashby Stage.
November 24, 2022
Masters of Science Fiction
Bookwaves: Ray Bradbury (1920-2012), recorded at his home in Los Angeles, 1992. Interviewed by Richard Wolinsky & Richard A. Lupoff.
November 17, 2022
Artwaves: Emma Rice, adaptation and
direction, Wuthering Heights, at Berkeley Rep's Roda Theatre, November 18 - January 1.
Bookwaves: Julie Powell (1973-2022), author of Julie & Julia and Cleaving: A Story of Marriage, Meat and Obsession. Recorded Dec. 16, 2009.
Theatre Review: Colonialism is Terrible but Pho is Delicious, at Aurora Theatre.
November 10, 2022
Bookwaves: Richard Powers, author of Bewilderment, now out in trade paperback.
Artwaves: Lisa Ramirez, Part Two.
November 3, 2022
Bookwaves: George Saunders, author of the short story collection, Liberation Day.
Artwaves: Lisa Ramirez, playwright, The Book of Sand at the Oakland Theatre Project, November 11 - December 4, 2022. Part One.
October 27, 2022
Bookwaves: Jesse Green, NY Times theatre critic, co-author (with the late Mary Rodgers) of Shy: The Alarmingly Outspoken Memoirs of Mary Rodgers. Complete 48-minute interview.
Bookwaves: Clive Barker, noted horror writer, archive interview recorded September 1987 while on tour for his novel Weaveworld. Co-interviewers: Richard Wolinsky/Richard A. Lupoff.
October 20, 2022
Bookwaves: Vauhini Vara, author of the novel,
The Immortal King Rao
Artwaves: Bill Irwin, creator/performer, On Beckett, at ACT Toni Rembe (Geary) Theatre, October 19-23, 2022. Recorded January 9, 2017
September 15, 2022
Masters of Horror
Bookwaves: Peter Straub (1943-2022), author of The Throat and Ghost Story. Recorded April 4, 1993. Interviewers: Richard Wolinsky/Richard A. Lupoff. Digitized & Edited September, 2022.
Bookwaves: Stephen King, author of The Dead Zone (at the time of the interview). Recorded September 8, 1979. Interviewers: Richard Wolinsky/Laurence Davidson
September 8, 2022
Bookwaves: Roz Chast, author of Going Into Town: A Love Letter to New York, and New Yorker cartoonist, recorded October 26, 2017.
Bookwaves: Roz Chast and Patricia Marx, co-authors of Why Don’t You Write My Eulogy Now So I Can Correct It?: A Mother’s Suggestions, recorded April 8, 2019.
September 1, 2022
Bookwaves: Mary Roach, author of Fuzz: When Nature Breaks The Law.
Bookwaves: Stuart Woods (1938-2022), author of Chiefs, L.A. Times, New York Dead.
August 25, 2022
Bookwaves: Joyce Carol Oates, author of 'Blonde," recorded May 3, 2000. Interviewers: Richard Wolinsky/Richard A. Lupoff. Digitized & edited August 2022.
Artwaves: Jasson Minadakis, Artistic Director, Marin Theatre Company on the upcoming 2022-2023 season.
August 18, 2022
Bookwaves: Salman Rushdie, author of Quichotte.
Artwaves: Hershey Felder, creator/performer, Chopin in Paris, at TheatreWorks Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts through September 11, 2022.
August 11, 2022
Bookwaves: Paul Rudnick, author of the novel Playing The Palace.
August 4, 2022
Bookwaves: Christopher Moore, author of Razzmatazz.
Bookwaves: Martin Amis, author of The Zone of Interest, recorded 2014. interview excerpt.
July 14, 2022
Bookwaves: Susan Faludi, author of In The Darkroom. Interview recorded October 5, 2016.
Bookwaves: James Salter (1925-2015) Literary critic, novelist, interview recored for his memoir, Burning the Days, October 7, 1997.
Interviewers: Richard Wolinsky/Richard A. Lupoff.
July 7, 2022
Artwaves: Peter Brook (1925-2022) Legendary theatre director, recorded April, 2017 while co-directing Battlefield at ACT.
Bookwaves: Tess Gerritsen, co-author (with Gary Braver) of Choose Me.
June 30, 2022
Bookwaves: David Sedaris, author of the essay collection, Happy Go Lucky.
June 9, 2022
Artwaves: Christine Dwyer, actress, Ragtime at TheatreWorks Silicon Valley Mountain View Center for the Arts.
Bookwaves: Flynn Berry, author of the novel Northern Spy.
June 2, 2022
Artwaves: Jasson Minadakis, Artistic Director, Marin Theatre Company; director, The Sound Inside.
Artwaves: KJ Sanchez, director/co-adaptor, Romeo y Juliet at California Shakespeare Theatre (Cal Shakes)
Theatre Review: The Paper Dreams of Harry Chin, at San Francisco Playhouse.
May 5, 2022
Bookwaves: Don Winslow, author of City on Fire, political writer/video producer.
Bookwaves: David Thomson, author of A Light in the Dark: A History of Movie Directors.
April 28, 2022
Bookwaves: A.O. Scott, film critic for the New York Times, author of Better Living Through Criticism: How to Think about Art, Pleasure, Beauty and Truth. Recorded April 2016.
Artwaves: Max Von Sydow (1929-2020). Short interview with the actor, recorded December 1980. with Richard Wolinsky and Lawrence Davidson.
April 21, 2022
(this program did not air as scheduled but appears as a podcast).
Two Science Fiction Masters
Ursula K. LeGuin (1929-2018), author of The Earthsea Trilogy, The Dispossessed, The Left Hand of Darkness and other novels.
Interviewers: Richard Wolinsky/Richard A. Lupoff. Recorded in 1983 and 2000.
Gene Wolfe (1931-2019), author of The Book of the New Sun trilogy and other novels.
interviewers: Richard Wolinsky/Richard A. Lupoff/Lawrence Davidson. Recorded Nov. 1982.
April 14, 2022
Bookwaves: Brian Garfield (1939-2018), author of Wild Times, Death Wish and other novels. Interviewers: Richard A. Lupoff/Richard Wolinsky/Lawrence Davidson. Recorded in 1983.
April 7, 2022
Bookwaves: Robert Macfarlane, author of Ghostways: Two Journeys in Unquiet Places.
Bookwaves: Miranda July, author of The First Bad Man, recorded in November 2015.
March 31, 2022
Lorraine Hansberry Theatre
Artwaves: Margo Hall, Artistic Director, Lorraine Hansberry Theatre, actor and director.
Artwaves: Jan Hunter, director, Intimate Apparel by Lynn Nottage, Lorraine Hansberry Theatre at the Magic in Fort Mason through April 16, 2022.
March 24, 2022
Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archives
Artwaves: Wayne Wang, film director, Part Two
Artwaves: Susan Oxtoby, curator, Federico Fellini retrospective at BAMPFA
Theatre Review: Passing Strange, at Shotgun Players through April 23, 2022.
March 17, 2022
Artwaves: Paul Gordon, composer/lyricist/librettist, Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility: A New Musical, at TheatreWorks Palo Alto Lucie Stern Theater through April 3, 2022.
Artwaves: Wayne Wang, film director, Chan is Missing, The Joy Luck Club, Smoke. A retrospective of his work is now at BAMPFA. First of two parts, concludes next week.
Theatre Review: Dot by Colman Domingo, at New Conservatory Theatre Center through April 3, 2022.
February 17, 2022
Bookwaves: Wil Haygood, author of Colorization: One Hundred Years of Black Films in a White World
Artwaves: Bill English, Artistic Director, San Francisco Playhouse. Director, Heroes of the Fourth Turning, through March 5, 2022.
February 10, 2022
Bookwaves: Joseph Hansen (1923-2004), author of the Dave Brandstetter mystery series, the first featuring a gay detective. Recorded June 14, 1990. Interviewers: Richard Wolinsky/Richard A. Lupoff.
Artwaves: Janis Ian, singer/songwriter. Recorded June 14, 2008 while on tour for her memoir, Society's Child.
Theatre Review: Heroes of the Fourth Turning, At SF Playhouse through March 5, 2022.
February 3, 2022
Bookwaves: Art Spiegelman, author of Maus, aired originally on December 7, 2000. Interviewer: Richard A. Lupoff.
Bookwaves: Octavia Butler (1947-2006), noted science fiction author. Interviewed by Richard Wolinsky/Richard. A. Lupoff. Recorded 1983.
Theatre Review: Freestyle Love Supreme, at ACT Geary through February 13, 2022.
January 27, 2022
Bookwaves: Andrew Vachss (1942-2021), noted noir author and child abuse activist, recorded June 22, 1991. Interviewers: Richard Wolinsky/Richard A. Lupoff.
Bookwaves: Charles Yu, author of Interior Chinatown.
January 20, 2022
Artwaves: Kathy Geritz, film curator at BAM/PFA discussing the films of Senegalese director Djibril Diop Mambety.
Bookwaves: Joan Didion (1934-2021), noted novelist and essayist, recorded October 23, 2003.
January 13, 2022
Artwaves: Itamar Moses, librettist, The Band's Visit, at BroadwaySF Geary Theater through February 6, 2022.
January 6, 2022
Bookwaves: Anne Rice (1941-2021) author of The Vampire Chronicles and other novels, recorded December 2, 2016.
December 30, 2021
Artwaves: Steven Sondheim (1930--2021) Interview conducted for Finishing The Hat, recorded in San Francisco November 10, 2010.
Theatre Review: The Woman in Black, at ACT Strant through January 16, 2022.
December 23, 2021
Bookwaves: Susan Hill, author of The Woman in Black and other Gothic novels.
Artwaves: Rita Moreno, noted actress, recorded September 16, 2011 while performing Rita Moreno: Life Without Make-up.
December 2, 2021
Artwaves: Stephen Sondheim (1930-2021), Legendary Broadway composer/lyricist. Recorded in San Francisco, November 24, 2011.
Artwaves: Nancy Opel, Broadway performer, The Ghost of Christmas Past in A Christmas Carol at BroadwaySF Golden Gate Theater through December 26, 2021
Theatre Review: Georgiana and Kitty: Christmas at Pemberley at Marin Theatre Company.
November 25, 2021
Bookwaves: Jan Morris (1926-2020), travel writer and historian.
1999 Interview. Career retrospective, recorded August 8, 1999. Interviewers: Richard Wolinsky/Richard A. Lupoff.
2001 Interview. Trieste and the Meaning of Nowhere, recorded November 16, 2001. Interviewers: Richard Wolinsky/Richard A. Lupoff.
Complete interview to be posted.
November 18, 2021
Artwaves: Ralph Steadman, frequent artistic collaborator with Hunter S. Thompson, author of Ralph Steadman: A Life in Ink.
Bookwaves: Robert Jordan, author of The Wheel of Time series of novels, now an Amazon Prime TV series. Recorded January 3, 2003.
November 11, 2021
Bookwaves: Vanessa Veselka, author of the novels Zazen and The Great Offshore Grounds.
Bookwaves: Robert B. Parker (1932-2010), author of the Spenser novels and other detective fiction, recorded spring, 1981. Interviewers: Richard Wolinsky/Lawrence Davidson
November 4 2021
Bookwaves: Carl Hiaasen, author of the novel Squeeze Me!
Bookwaves: P.D. James (1920-2014) Noted noir and detective fiction writer, interview recorded February 1, 1990. Interviewers: Richard Wolinsky/Richard A. Lupoff
October 28, 2021
Bookwaves: Richard Powers, author of the novel Bewilderment.
Artwaves: Michael Gene Sullivan, playwright,
The Great Khan, at SF Playhouse through November 13, 2021.
October 21, 2021
Bookwaves: Daniel Handler, writing as Lemony Snicket, author of Poison for Breakfast.
Artwaves: Tim Bond, Artistic Director, TheaterWorks Silicon Valley.
October 14, 2021
Bookwaves: Mary Roach, author of Fuzz: When Nature Breaks The Law
Bookwaves: Frank Herbert (1920-1986), author of Dune, Dune Messiah, Children of Dune. Recorded July 4, 2021. Interviewers: Richard Wolinsky, Richard A. Lupoff, Lawrence Davidson.
September 16, 2021
Bookwaves: Mick LaSalle, author of Dream State: California in the Movies.
Bookwaves: Stephen Greenblatt, author of Will in the World: How Shakespeare Became Shakespeare, recorded 2005.
September 9, 2021
Artwaves: Eric Ting, Artistic Director, California Shakespeare Theater (Cal Shakes).
Artwaves: The Gershwin Project III: Kitty Carlisle Hart (1910-2007), recorded 2002.
September 2, 2021
Bookwaves: Andrew Altschul, author of the novel, The Gringa.
Bookwaves: Margaret Atwood, author of The Penelopeiad and Moral Disorder: Writing with Intent, recorded December, 2006.
August 26, 2021
Bookwaves: Masters of Science Fiction:
Isaac Asimov (1920-1992) author of the Foundation series, I Robot, The Gods Themselves. Recorded August 10, 1983.
Ray Bradbury (1920-2021) author of The Martian Chronicles, Something Wicked This Way Comes, Farenheit 451, The Illustrated Man. Recorded 1992. Interviewers: Richard Wolinsky and Richard A. Lupoff.
August 19, 2021
Bookwaves: Erik Larson, author of The Splendid and the Vile: A Saga of Churchill, Family, and Defiance During the Blitz.
Bookwaves: W. P. Kinsella (1935-2016) author of Shoeless Joe (Field of Dreams). Interviewers: Richard Wolinsky and Richard A. Lupoff.
August 12, 2021
Artwaves: Jack Arnold (1916-1992), film director, Creature from the Black Lagoon, It Came from Outer Space, The Incredible Shrinking Man, The Mouse That Roared. Recorded at Universal Studios, 1980. Interviewers: Richard Wolinsky, Lawrence Davidson, Richard A. Lupoff.
August 5, 2021
Artwaves: Sean San Jose, artistic director, Magic Theater, San Francisco
Bookwaves: Tony Horwitz (1958-2019) author of Midnight Rising: John Brown and the Raid That Sparked the Civil War, recorded in 2011
July 15, 2021
Bookwaves: Richard Powers, winner of the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award
2003 interview: The Time of Our Singing
2018 Interview: The Overstory
July 7, 2021
Bookwaves: Tess Gerritsen, author of the Rizzoli & Isles novels, mystery and thriller author.
2004 Interview: Body Double, a Rizzoli and Isles novel.
2021 Interview: Choose Me, co-authored by Gary Braver.
July 1, 2021
Bookwaves: Bonnie Tsui, author of Why We Swim.
Bookwaves: Jim Obergefell, co-author of Love Wins: The Lovers and Lawyers Who Fought the Landmark Case for Marriage Equality. Recorded in June, 2016.
June 24, 2021
Bookwaves: Armistead Maupin, author of the Tales of the City series of novels.
2007 Interview: Michael Tolliver Lives
2015 Interview: The Days of Anna Madrigal
June 17, 2021
Bookwaves: Paul Rudnick, author of the novel Playing the Palace and the HBO film Coastal Elites.
June 10, 2021
Art-Waves: Kate MacKay, curator of a retrospective of the "Four Seasons" films by Eric Rohmer at BAM/PFA through July 28, 2021.
Art-Waves: Jeanne Sakata, playwright, Hold These Truths, at SF Playhouse through July 3, 2021.
June 3, 2021
Bookwaves: Flynn Berry, author of the novel Northern Spy.
Art-Waves: Jacques D'Amboise (1934-2021)
2011 interview recorded while he was on tour for his memoir I Was a Dancer.
For older interviews, links to previous years can be found by going to last year's archive.
Damon Knight (1922-2002), science fiction novelist and editor, author of the classic short story, "To Serve Man." Recorded July 3, 1983. Interviewers: Richard Wolinsky/Richard A. Lupoff.
Posted May 2, 2021,
Margaret Atwood, author of The Blind Assassin, recorded September 14, 2000. Interviewers: Richard Wolinsky/Richard A. Lupoff.
Posted April 4, 2021.
May 6, 2021
Bookwaves: Kurt Vonnegut (1922-2007) interviewed September. 1991 by Richard Wolinsky and Richard A. Lupoff.
Bookwaves: Lidia Yuknavitch, author of Verge
April 29, 2021
Bookwaves: David Thomson, author of A Light in the Dark: A History of Movie Directors.
Art-Waves: Johanna Pfaelzer, Artistic Director of Berkeley Rep. The Waves in Quarantine runs at the Berkeley Rep website through May 28, 2021.
April 22, 2021
Bookwaves: Cherilyn Parsons, founder and Executive Director of the Bay Area Book Festival, streaming May 1-9, 2021.
Art-Waves: Jason Graae, performer, Perfect Hermany, the songs of Jerry Herman, streaming through the 42nd Street Moon website, April 10 - May 2, 2021.
April 8, 2021
Bookwaves: Larry McMurtry (1936-2021), author of Lonesome Dove, co-author (with Diana Ossana) of Pretty Boy Floyd. Recorded October 13, 1994. Interviewers: Richard Wolinsky/Richard A. Lupoff
Bookwaves: Nathan Englander, atuhor of the novel kaddish.com
April 1, 2021: Web Only program
Art-Waves: Paul Kantner (1941-2016) Singer/songwriter with Jefferson Airplane and Jefferson Starship. Recorded February 9, 1984. Interviewers: Richard Wolinsky/Richard A. Lupoff.
Bookwaves: Frederik Pohl (1918-2013) author of Man-Plus, Gateway and other novels, science fiction Grandmaster. Recorded October 1978. Interviewers: Richard Wolinsky/Richard A. Lupoff/Lawrence Davidson
March 25, 2021: Sisters in Crime Special
Bookwaves: Margaret Maron (1938-2021) noted mystery author of the Sigrid Harald and Deborah Knott series, died February 23, 2021. Interview recorded June 6, 1994. Interviewers: Richard Wolinsky/Richard A. Lupoff
Bookwaves: Sue Grafton (1940-2017). Author of the Kinsey Millhone alphabet mysteries. Compilation of two interviews recorded August 17, 1989 and April 13, 1992. Interviewers: Richard Wolinsky/Richard A. Lupoff.
March 18, 2021
Art-Waves: Lauren Gunderson, playwright, The Catastrophist, at Marin Theatre Company's website through July 24, 2021.
Bookwaves: Katya Cengel author of From Chernobyl with Love: Reporting from the Ruins of the Soviet Union.
March 11, 2021
Bookwaves: Jane Smiley, author of the novel Perestroika in Paris.
Bookwaves: Jeanette Winterson, author of the novel Frankissstein.
Clark Blaise & Bharati Mukherjee at Pegasus Bookstore in Berkeley, 2011
Frank M. Robinson (1926-2014)
Century: An Illustrated History; Waiting
Recorded February 9, 2000 (40 min)
Aired September 9, 2004 (34 min)