Interviews conducted by Richard Wolinsky

Featuring stimulating conversations with the world's leading authors. along with artists in other fields.
Produced in the studios of 
KPFA-FM, Berkeley California

A Radio Program About Books
Bookwaves Heard on:
KPFA, 94.1 FM Berkeley California, Thursdays 3:00 pm. 
WRFA, 107.9 FM, Jamestown, NY
Wednesdays, 10:30 am
WERU, 89.9 FM Blue Hill and 102.9 FM,    Bangor, Maine
Fridays, 5:00 am
KGHI, 91.5 FM, Westport, Washington
Sundays, 1 pm
WRFI, 91.1 FM, Watkins Glen; 88.1 FM, Ithaca; 89.9 FM, Odessa, NY
Wednesday 5:30 am
WOOL, 95.1 FM Southern VT & NH
Saturdays, 7:00 am
KRFI, 88.5 FM, Idaho Panhandle
Wednesdays, 6:00 pm
KYAQ, 91.7FM, Lincoln County Oregon
5undays, 5:30 pm.
KXCR, 90.7 FM Florence Oregon
Fridays, 11:30 am
Global Community Radio Network
Tursdays, 2:00 pm
WPHX, 101.9 Ruskin Florida
Saturdays, 11:30 am
KPPQ, 104.1 FM Venura California
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KPSQ, 97.3, Fayetteville, Arkansas
Sundays 10 am, 
KURU, 89.1 FM Gila NM
Fridays, 4;:00 pm
CHMR, 93.5FM St. Johns, NL, Canada
Saturdays, 9:00 am

Selected Programs:
KBOO, 90.7 FM, Portland, Oregon
Between The Covers, Thursdays, 11 am
KOWA, 106.5 FM. Olympia, Wash.
KCEI, 90.1 FM, Taos, NM, Wednesdays

Bookwaves/Arts-Waves Hour:
KFCF, 88.1 FM, Fresno, California
Thursdays, 1:00 pm

On Line:, 
Thursdays 1:00 pm Pacific

On Line: see individual station listings.

On Line archive: KPFA Cover to Cover Archives

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June 18, 1924-September 17, 2013

Dedicated to the memory of

Denny Smithson, Andrea Lewis, Arlan Wendland, Wesley Burton,  Denise Foret, Dr. Steve Davis, Grania Davis, Kathi Kamen Goldmark,  Molly Ivins, Melvin Wolinsky, Stephanie Harolde, Mary Berg, Frank M. Robinson
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Special thanks to: Jack Foley, Jennifer Stone, the legendary Susan Stone, Jim Bennett, Antonio Ortiz, Mike Biggs, members and graduates of the KPFA Apprentice Training Program, and many other KPFA staff members.

Also special thanks to all previous Cover to Cover Thursday & Probabilities former co-hosts and reviewers: Richard A Lupoff, Lawrence Davidson, Lisa Goldstein and Shelley Singer..

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Special thanks to Richard Lavin at Compass Digital for his assistance on this website.

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Arts-Waves programs
Bookwaves /  Bookwaves Artwaves Hour
Up Front Bay Area Theatre reviews

Radio Wolinsky podcast
Bay Area Theater podcast
These podcasts contain extended interviews from BookwavesArts-Waves, and the Bookwaves/Artwaves Hour. Bay Area Theater also contains reviews, commentaries, and guest interviews hosted by CS Soong.

March 31, 2022
Lorraine Hansberry Theatre
Artwaves: Margo Hall, Artistic Director, Lorraine Hansberry Theatre, actor and director.
Complete 36-minute interview
Artwaves: Jan Hunter, director, Intimate Apparel by Lynn Nottage, Lorraine Hansberry Theatre at the Magic in Fort Mason through April 16, 2022.
Complete 33-minute interview
Bookwaves/Artwaves Hour, March 31, 2022

March 24, 2022
Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archives
ArtwavesWayne Wang, film director, Part Two
Complete 64-minute interview
Artwaves: Susan Oxtoby, curator, Federico Fellini retrospective at BAMPFA
Complete 30-minute interview
Theatre Review: Passing Strange, at Shotgun Players through April 23, 2022.
Bookwaves/Artwaves Hour, March 24, 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.
Complete 45-minute interview.
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.
Complete 64-minute interview
Theatre Review: Dot by Colman Domingo, at New Conservatory Theatre Center through April 3, 2022.
Bookwaves/Artwaves Hour, March 17, 2022

February 17, 2022
Bookwaves: Wil Haygood, author of Colorization: One Hundred Years of Black Films in a White World
Complete 60-minute Interview
Artwaves: Bill English, Artistic Director, San Francisco Playhouse. Director, Heroes of the Fourth Turning, through March 5, 2022.
Complete Interview
Bookwaves/Artwaves Hour, February 17, 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.
Complete 40-minute interview
Artwaves: Janis Ian, singer/songwriter. Recorded June 14, 2008 while on tour for her memoir, Society's Child.
Complete 42-minute interview
Theatre Review: Heroes of the Fourth Turning, At SF Playhouse through March 5, 2022.
Bookwaves/Artwaves Hour, February 10, 2022

February 3, 2022
Bookwaves: Art Spiegelman, author of Maus, aired originally on December 7, 2000. Interviewer: Richard A. Lupoff.
Complete Interview 
Theatre Review: Swept Away, at Berkeley Rep through March 13, 2022.
Bookwaves: Octavia Butler (1947-2006), noted science fiction author. Interviewed by Richard Wolinsky/Richard. A. Lupoff. Recorded 1983.
Complete Interview
Theatre Review: Freestyle Love Supreme, at ACT Geary through February 13, 2022.
Bookwaves/Artwaves Hour, February 3, 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.
Complete 40-minute Interview
Bookwaves: Charles Yu, author of Interior Chinatown. 
Complete 35-minute interview
Bookwaves/Artwaves Hour, January 27, 2022

January 20, 2022
Artwaves: Kathy Geritz, film curator at BAM/PFA discussing the films of Senegalese director Djibril Diop Mambety.
Complete 36-minute interview
Bookwaves: Joan Didion (1934-2021), noted novelist and essayist, recorded October 23, 2003.
Complete Interview
Bookwaves/Artwaves Hour, January 20, 2022

January 13, 2022
Artwaves: Itamar Moses, librettist, The Band's Visit, at BroadwaySF Geary Theater through February 6, 2022.
Complete 60-minute Radio Wolinsky podcast
Bookwaves/Artwaves Hour, January 13, 2022

January 6, 2022
Bookwaves: Anne Rice (1941-2021) author of The Vampire Chronicles and other novels, recorded December 2, 2016.
Complete 57-minute interview
Bookwaves/Artwaves Hour, January 6, 2022

December 30, 2021
Artwaves: Steven Sondheim (1930--2021) Interview conducted for Finishing The Hat, recorded in San Francisco November 10, 2010.
Complete 52-minute Interview
Theatre Review:  The Woman in Black, at ACT Strant through January 16, 2022.
Bookwaves/Artwaves Hour, December 30, 2021

December 23, 2021
Bookwaves: Susan Hill, author of The Woman in Black and other Gothic novels.
Complete 48-minute Interview
Artwaves: Rita Moreno, noted actress, recorded September 16, 2011 while performing Rita Moreno: Life Without Make-up.
Complete 34-minute interview.
Bookwaves/Artwaves Hour, December 23, 2021

December 2, 2021
Artwaves: Stephen Sondheim (1930-2021), Legendary Broadway composer/lyricist. Recorded in San Francisco, November 24, 2011.
Complete 28-minute Radio Wolinsky podcast.
Artwaves: Nancy Opel, Broadway performer, The Ghost of Christmas Past in A Christmas Carol at BroadwaySF Golden Gate Theater through December 26, 2021
Complete 28-minute Radio Wolinsky podcast
Theatre Review: Georgiana and Kitty: Christmas at Pemberley at Marin Theatre Company.
Bookwaves/Artwaves Hour, December 2, 2021

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.
Complete 38-minute Radio Wolinsky podcast.
2001 Interview. Trieste and the Meaning of Nowhere, recorded November 16, 2001. Interviewers: Richard Wolinsky/Richard A. Lupoff.
Complete interview to be posted.
Theatre Review: Wintertime, at Berkeley Rep.
Bookwaves/Artwaves Hour, November 25, 2021

November 18, 2021
ArtwavesRalph Steadman, frequent artistic collaborator with Hunter S. Thompson, author of Ralph Steadman: A Life in Ink.
Complete 40-minute Radio Wolinsky podcast.
Bookwaves: Robert Jordan, author of The Wheel of Time series of novels, now an Amazon Prime TV series. Recorded January 3, 2003.
Complete 43-minute Radio Wolinsky podcast.
Bookwaves/Artwaves Hour, November 18, 2021

November 11, 2021
Bookwaves: Vanessa Veselka, author of the novels Zazen and The Great Offshore Grounds.
Complete 51-minute Radio Wolinsky podcast.
Bookwaves: Robert B. Parker (1932-2010), author of the Spenser novels and other detective fiction, recorded spring, 1981. Interviewers: Richard Wolinsky/Lawrence Davidson
Complete 40-minute Radio Wolinsky podcast
Theatre Review: My Fair Lady at BroadwaySF Golden Gate Theater.
Bookwaves/Artwaves Hour, November 11, 2021.

November 4 2021
Bookwaves: Carl Hiaasen, author of the novel Squeeze Me!
Complete44-minute Radio Wolinsky podcast.
Bookwaves: P.D. James (1920-2014) Noted noir and detective fiction writer, interview recorded February 1, 1990. Interviewers: Richard Wolinsky/Richard A. Lupoff
Complete 44-minute Radio Wolinsky podcast
Theatre Review: The Great Kahn, at San Francisco Playhouse.
Bookwaves/Artwaves Hour, November 4, 2021.

October 28, 2021
Bookwaves: Richard Powers, author of the novel Bewilderment.
Complete 43-minute Radio Wolinsky podcast.
Artwaves: Michael Gene Sullivan, playwright, 
The Great Khan, at SF Playhouse through November 13, 2021.
Complete 31-minute Bay Area Theater podcast
Theatre Review: Jesus Christ Superstar, at the Golden Gate, BroadwaySF.
Bookwaves/Artwaves Hour, October 28, 2021

October 21, 2021
Bookwaves: Daniel Handler, writing as Lemony Snicket, author of Poison for Breakfast.
Complete 43-minute Radio Wolinsky podcast
Artwaves: Tim Bond, Artistic Director, TheaterWorks Silicon Valley.
Complete 30-minute Bay Area Theater podcast
Theatre Review: The Claim, at Shotgun Players
Bookwaves/Artwaves Hour, October 21, 2021

October 14, 2021
Bookwaves: Mary Roach, author of Fuzz: When Nature Breaks The Law
Complete 47-minute Radio Wolinsky podcast
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.
Complete 20-minute interview
Bookwaves/Artwaves Hour, October 14, 2021

September 16, 2021
Bookwaves: Mick LaSalle, author of  Dream State: California in the Movies.
Complete 63-minute edited audio podcast
Complete 81-minute video interview
Theatre Review: The Winter's Tale at Cal Shakes.
Bookwaves: Stephen Greenblatt, author of Will in the World: How Shakespeare Became Shakespeare, recorded 2005.
Complete 40-minute Radio Wolinsky podcast.
Bookwaves/Artwaves Hour, September 16, 2021

September 9, 2021
Artwaves: Eric Ting, Artistic Director, California Shakespeare Theater (Cal Shakes).
Complete 44-minute Bay Area Theater podcast
Artwaves: The Gershwin Project III: Kitty Carlisle Hart (1910-2007), recorded 2002.
Complete 17-minute interview
Bookwaves/Artwaves Hour, September 9. 2021

September 2, 2021
Bookwaves: Andrew Altschul, author of the novel, The Gringa.
Complete 50-minute Radio Wolinsky podcast.
Bookwaves: Margaret Atwood, author of The Penelopeiad and Moral Disorder: Writing with Intent, recorded December, 2006.
Complete 35-minute Radio Wolinsky podcast
Bookwaves/Artwaves Hour, September 2, 2021.

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. 
Complete 47-minute Radio Wolinsky podcast.
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.
Complete 38-minute Radio Wolinsky podcast
Bookwaves/Artwaves Hour, August 26, 2021

August 19, 2021
Bookwaves: Erik Larson, author of The Splendid and the Vile: A Saga of Churchill, Family, and Defiance During the Blitz.
Complete 46-minute Radio Wolinsky podcast
Bookwaves: W. P. Kinsella (1935-2016) author of Shoeless Joe (Field of Dreams). Interviewers: Richard Wolinsky and Richard A. Lupoff.
Complete 28-minute Interview
Bookwaves/Artwaves Hour, August 19, 2021

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.
Complete 75-minute Radio Wolinsky podcast.
Bookwaves/Artwaves Hour, August 12, 2021.

August 5, 2021
Artwaves: Sean San Jose, artistic director, Magic Theater, San Francisco
Complete 44-minute Bay Area Theater podcast
Theatre Review:  The Song of Summer, at San Francisco Playhouse.
Bookwaves: Tony Horwitz (1958-2019) author of Midnight Rising: John Brown and the Raid That Sparked the Civil War, recorded in 2011
Complete 45-minute Radio Wolinsky podcast.
Bookwaves/Artwaves Hour, August 5, 2021.

July 15, 2021
Bookwaves: Richard Powers, winner of the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award
2003 interview: The Time of Our Singing
Complete 41-minute Radio Wolinsky podcast
2018 Interview: The Overstory
Complete 46-minute Radio Wolinsky podcast
Bookwaves/Artwaves Hour, July 15, 2021

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.
Original 2004 broadcast
2021 Interview: Choose Me, co-authored by Gary Braver.
Complete 41-minute Radio Wolinsky podcast
Bookwaves/Artwaves Hour, July 8, 2021

July 1, 2021
Bookwaves: Bonnie Tsui, author of Why We Swim.
Complete 34-minute Radio Wolinsky podcast
Bookwaves: Jim Obergefell, co-author of Love Wins: The Lovers and Lawyers Who Fought the Landmark Case for Marriage Equality. Recorded in June, 2016.
Complete 44-minute Radio Wolinsky podcast
Bookwaves/Artwaves Hour, July 1, 2021

June 24, 2021
Bookwaves: Armistead Maupin, author of the Tales of the City series of novels.
2007 Interview: Michael Tolliver Lives
Complete 40-minute Radio Wolinsky podcast
2015 Interview: The Days of Anna Madrigal
Complete Radio Wolinsky podcast
Bookwaves/Artwaves Hour, June 24, 2021

June 17, 2021
Bookwaves: Paul Rudnick, author of the novel Playing the Palace and the HBO film Coastal Elites.
Complete 57-minute Radio Wolinsky podcast
Bookwaves/Artwaves Hour, June 17, 2021

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.
Complete 41-minute Radio Wolinsky podcast
Art-Waves: Jeanne Sakata, playwright, Hold These Truths, at SF Playhouse through July 3, 2021.
Complete 41-minute Bay Area Theater podcast
Bookwaves/Artwaves Hour, June 10, 2021

June 3, 2021
Bookwaves: Flynn Berry, author of the novel Northern Spy.
Complete 36-minute Radio Wolinsky podcast
Art-Waves: Jacques D'Amboise (1934-2021)
2011 interview recorded while he was on tour for his memoir I Was a Dancer.
Complete 46-minute Radio Wolinsky podcast
Bookwaves/Artwaves Hour, June 3, 2021

For older interviews, links to previous years can be found by going to last year's archive.

Podcast only
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,
Complete 36-minute interview

Podcast only
Margaret Atwood, author of The Blind Assassin, recorded September 14, 2000. Interviewers: Richard Wolinsky/Richard A. Lupoff.
Posted April 4, 2021.
Complete 48-minute interview

May 6, 2021
Bookwaves: Kurt Vonnegut (1922-2007)  interviewed September. 1991 by Richard Wolinsky and Richard A. Lupoff.
Complete 31-minute interview
Bookwaves: Lidia Yuknavitch, author of Verge
Complete 42-minute Radio Wolinsky podcast.
Bookwaves/Artwaves Hour, May 6, 2021

April 29, 2021
Bookwaves: David Thomson, author of A Light in the Dark: A History of Movie Directors.
Complete 50-minute Radio Wolinsky podcast.
Art-Waves: Johanna Pfaelzer, Artistic Director of Berkeley Rep. The Waves in Quarantine runs at the Berkeley Rep website through May 28, 2021.
Complete 48-minute Bay Area Theater podcast
Bookwaves/Artwaves Hour, April 29, 2021

April 22, 2021
Bookwaves: Cherilyn Parsons, founder and Executive Director of the Bay Area Book Festival, streaming May 1-9, 2021.
Complete 29-minute Radio Wolinsky podcast.
Art-Waves: Jason Graae, performer, Perfect Hermany, the songs of Jerry Herman, streaming through the 42nd Street Moon website, April 10 - May 2, 2021.
Complete 50-minute Bay Area Theater podcast
Bookwaves/Artwaves Hour, April 22, 2021

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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
Complete 52-minute interview.
Bookwaves: Nathan Englander, atuhor of the novel
Complete 41-minute Radio Wolinsky podcast
Bookwaves/Artwaves Hour, April 8, 2021

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.
Complete 23-minute Radio Wolinsky podcast.
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
Complete 40-minute Radio Wolinsky podcast
Bookwaves/Artwaves Hour, April 1, 2021

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
Complete 40-minute Radio Wolinsky podcast.
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.
Complete 39-minute Radio Wolinsky podcast.
Bookwaves/Artwaves Hour, March 25, 2021

March 18, 2021
Art-Waves: Lauren Gunderson, playwright, The Catastrophist, at Marin Theatre Company's website through July 24, 2021.
Complete 42-minute Bay Area Theater podcast
Bookwaves: Katya Cengel author of From Chernobyl with Love: Reporting from the Ruins of the Soviet Union.
Complete 42-minute Radio Wolinsky podcast
Bookwaves/Artwaves Hour, March 18, 2021

March 11, 2021
Bookwaves: Jane Smiley, author of the novel Perestroika in Paris.
Complete 39-minute Radio Wolinsky podcast.
Bookwaves: Jeanette Winterson, author of the novel Frankissstein.
Complete 43-minute Radio Wolinsky podcast.
Bookwaves/Artwaves Hour, March 11, 2021

YOU TUBE Excerpt:
Clark Blaise & Bharati Mukherjee at Pegasus Bookstore in Berkeley, 2011

Special Salman Rushdie Video Interview
Richard Wolinsky talks with Salman Rushdie at Montalvo Arts Center, May 20, 2007
Old Photos

In Memoriam
Frank M. Robinson (1926-2014)  
2000 Interview  Science Fiction of the 20th
    Century: An Illustrated History; Waiting
    Recorded February 9, 2000   (40 min)
2004 Interview The Donor
   Aired September 9, 2004 (34 min)