Bookwaves & Arts-Waves
November 26, 2015
Arts-Waves: Ayad Akhtar, playwright, Disgraced, at Berkeley Rep thru Dec. 27, 2015; The Invisible Hand at Marin Theatre Company, June 2016.
November 23, 2015
Bookwaves: Mona Simpson, author of Casebook.
November 16, 2015
Arts-Waves: Susi Damilano, co-founder of SF Playhouse and director of Stage Kiss by Sarah Ruhl, through January 9, 2016.
November 12, 2015
Bookwaves: Colum McCann, author of Thirteen Ways of Looking.
November 9, 2015
Arts-Waves: Amy Bloom, author of Lucky Us, now out in trade paper. Rebroadcast
November 5, 2015
Bookwaves: Orhan Pamuk, winner of the 2006 Nobel Prize in Literature, author of A Strangeness in My Mind.
November 2, 2015
Arts-Waves: Judd Winick, author of Hilo: The Boy Who Crashed to Earth.
October 29, 2015
October 26, 2015
John Lahr, author of Joy Ride: Show People and their Shows and Tennessee Williams: Mad Pilgrimage of the Flesh.
October 22, 2015
Bookwaves: Steve Toltz, author of Quicksand.
October 19, 2015
Arts-Waves: Henning Mankell (1948-2015)
Archive 2011 interview with the great Swedish crime novel writer, creator of the Kurt Wallander series.
October 15, 2015
Bookwaves: James Grissom, author of Follies of God: Tennessee Williams and the Women of the Fog.
October 12, 2015
Arts-Waves: Laura Nader, author of What the Rest think of the West. Question/Answer session from the September 17, 2015 KPFA event.
October 8, 2015
Bookwaves: Paula McLain author of the novel Circling The Sun.
October 5, 2015
Arts-Waves: Jasson Minadakis, Artistic Director of Marin Theatre Company
September 18, 2015
Bookwaves Fund Drive Special:
Salman Rushdie, author of Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights.
September 14, 2015
Arts-Waves: Torange Yeghiazarian, Artistic Director of the Re-Orient Festival, through October 4, 2015 at Z Space Below
September 10, 2015
Bookwaves: Richard Flanagan, author of The Narrow Road to the Deep North, now out in trade paperback. Rebroadcast from 2014.
September 7, 2015
Arts-Waves: Craig Lucas, playwright & librettist for Amelie, playing at Berkeley Rep thru October 4.
September 3, 2015
August 31, 2015
Don Winslow, author of The Cartel
August 27, 2015
Bookwaves: Susan Minot, author of Thirty Girls. Rebroadcast from 2014.
August 24, 2015
Arts-Waves: Alan Furst, author of Midnight in Europe. Rebroadcast from 2014
August 20, 2015
Bookwaves: Michael Cunningham, author of The Show Queen. Rebroadcast from 2014.
August 17, 2015
Arts-Waves: Patrick Macnee (1922-2015)
Archive interview with the late actor (The Avengers TV show) from September 29, 1989, hosted by Richard Wolinsky and Richard A. Lupoff.
Remastered and re-edited in 2015.
August 13, 2015
Bookwaves: Lee Grant, author of I Said Yes to Everything, a memoir.
August 10, 2015
Arts-Waves: Colson Whitehead, author of The Noble Hustle and Zone One. (rebroadcast)
August 6, 2015
Bookwaves: Carolina de Robertis, author of the novel. The Gods of Tango.
August 3, 2015
Arts-Waves: Bill English, Artistic Director of SF Playhouse in San Francisco.
July 30, 2015
Bookwaves: Mary Doria Russell, author of the novel, Epitaph: A Novel of the OK Corral.
July 27, 2015
Arts-Waves: Gail Sheehy, author of Daring My Passages, now out in trade paper
July 23, 2015
Tribute to E.L. Doctorow (1931-2015)
Documentary look at the life and career of the author of Ragtime, The March, Loon Lake and other novels.
July 20, 2015
Arts-Waves: Martin Amis, author of The Zone of Interest, now out in trade paper.
July 16, 2015
Bookwaves: Vendela Vida, author of The Diver's Clothes Lie Empty
July 13, 2015
Arts-Waves: Ivan Doig (1938-2015) Noted writer of the American West, who died June 27, 2015
Interview conducted October 28, 1993 by Richard Wolinsky & Richard A. Lupoff
July 9, 2015
Bookwaves: T. Geronimo Johnson, author of Welcome to Braggsville. Recorded before a live audience at Pegasus Bookstore on Solano Avenue in Berkeley.
July 6, 2015
Arts-Waves: Anna Deavere Smith, playwright, performer, Notes from the Field: Doing Time in Education, the California Chapter, at Berkeley Rep through August 2nd.
July 2, 2015
Arts-Waves: Loretta Greco, Artistic Director of the Magic Theatre in San Francisco, and director of Life is a Dream at Cal Shakes. (postponed from Monday's Arts-Waves).
June 29, 2015
Bookwaves: Matthew Thomas, author of We Are Not Ourselves
June 25, 2015
Bookwaves: Neal Stephenson, author of the novel
June 22, 2015
Arts-Waves: Edmund White, author of Inside a Pearl: My Years in Paris
June 18, 2015
Bookwaves: Greg Iles, author of The Bone Tree and Natchez Burning.
June 15, 2015
Arts-Waves: Chris Hedges, author of Wages of Rebellion. Q&A, KPFA event, June 9, 2015.
June 11, 2015
Bookwaves: Erik Larson, author of Dead Wake. Recorded at Dominican College via Book Passage.
June 8, 2015
Arts-Waves: From the Probabilities archives, Ruth Rendell (1930-2015), recorded in 1992, hosted by Richard Wolinsky and Richard A. Lupoff. Digitized and re-edited in 2015 by Richard Wolinsky.
June 4, 2015
Bookwaves: Elizabeth Alexander, poet and author of The Light of the World
June 1, 2015
Arts-Waves: Tony Taccone, Artistic Director of Berkeley Rep
May 28, 2015
Bookwaves: Kazuo Ishiguro, author of The Buried Giant. Recorded at Book Passage in Corte Madera.
May 25, 2015
Arts-Waves: Luz Mena, creator of Andares, Part One, at the San Francisco International Arts Festival in Fort Mason, May 29-31.
Pre-empted May 7-May 21, 2015
May 4, 2015
Arts-Waves: Teju Cole, author of Every
Day is for the Thief
Monday, April 27
Thursday, April 30
Arts-Waves and Bookwaves
Michael Meyer, author of In Manchuria
Thursday, April 23
Bookwaves: Carey Perloff, author of a memoir, Beautiful Chaos: A Live in theTheater.
Monday, April 20
Arts-Waves: Carey Perloff, Artistic Director of American Conservatory Theater (ACT) talks about the past and upcomin seasons.
Thursday, April 16
Bookwaves: Dennis Lehane, author of World Gone By and Live By Night.
Monday, April 13
Arts-Waves: Tarell Alvin McCraney, playwright, Head of Passes, Choir Boy, The Brothers Size.
Thursday, April 9
Bookwaves: Daniel Handler, author of We Are Pirates and the Lemony Snicket books.
Monday, April 6
Arts-Waves: Lawrence Wright ,author of Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood and the Prison of Belief..
Thursday, April 2
Bookwaves: Lynsey Addario, author of It's What I Do: A Photographer's Life of Love and War
Monday, March 30
Arts-Waves: Caitlyn Louchard of The Free Theatre, Romeo and Juliet plays the first two weekends in April at the Omni Commons in Oakland.
Thursday, March 26
Bookwaves: Richard Price, author of The Whites.
Monday, March 23
Arts-Waves: Colleen McCullough (1937-2015)
Recorded on January 27, 1996 on the tour for her novel Caesar's Women. (with Richard A. Lupoff).
Thursday, March 19
Bookwaves: Kelly Link, author of Get in Trouble
Monday, March 16
Bookwaves: Lisa See, author of China Dolls
Monday, March 9, 2015
Thursday, March 12, 2015
Bookwaves: Jill Leovy, author of Ghettoside
Thursday, March 5, 2015
Bookwaves: Stewart O'Nan, author of West of Sunset
Monday, March 2, 2015
Arts-Waves: Leonard Nimoy (1931-2015)
Recorded Oct, 26, 1005 during the book tour for his memoir, I Am Spock.
Thursday, February 26, 2015
Bookwaves: Miranda July, author of the novel The First Bad Man.
Monday, February 23, 2015
Arts-Waves: Bay Area Theatre. Charlie Varon, playwright and performer, Feisty Old Jew.
Thursday, February 19, 2015
Bookwaves: Armistead Maupin, author of The Days of Anna Madrigal
Monday, February 16, 2015
Arts-Waves: David Carr. 2009 interview with the late New York Times columnist and reporter.
Monday, January 26, 2015
Bay Area Theatre: Mona Golabek, star of The Pianist of Willisden Lane, at Berkeley Rep in a return engagement, Feb. 3-22.
Thursday, January 22, 2015
Bookwaves: Tribute to Kent Haruf (1943-2014)
Monday, January 19, 2015
Bay Area Theatre: Neecole Cockerham, playwright and star of I Am Not My Mother at the Osher Theatre Jan. 24-25, 2015.
Thursday, January 15, 2015
Bookwaves: Richard Blanco, author of The Prince of Los Cacuyos.
Monday, January 12, 2015
Film Talk: Richard Wolinsky talks with KPFA film reviewer Reyna Cowan about the year in cinema.
Thursday, January 8, 2015
Bookwaves: Azar Nafisi, author of The Republic of Imagination
Monday, January 5, 2015
Probabilities Archive: P.D. James (1920-2014), British mystery writer. Interview conducted in 1990 by Richard Wolinsky and Richard A. Lupoff.
Thursday, January 1, 2015
Bookwaves: Chang Rae Lee, author of On Such a Full Sea
Monday, December 29, 2014
Bay Area Theater: Terry Baum, playwright and performer of Hick: A Love Story, at Berkeley City Club, Jan 2-25
Thursday, December 25, 2014
Bookwaves: Cheryl Strayed, author of Wild
Rebroadcast from 2012
Monday, December 22, 2014
Bookwaves: Malcolm Margolin, Publisher of The Heyday of Malcom Margolin
Thursday, December 11, 2014
Bookwaves: Steven Pinker Fund Drive Special
Monday, December 8, 2014
Molly Ivins Fund Drive Special
Thursday, December 4, 2014
Bookwaves: Steven Pinker, author of A Sense of Style
Monday, December 1, 2014
Probabilities Archive: Stephen King. Archive interview from 1979
Thursday, November 27, 2014
Bookwaves: Martin Cruz Smith, author of Tatiana
Monday, November 24, 2014
Bay Area Theatre: Kathleen Turner, star of Red Hot Patriot: The Kick-Ass Wit of Molly Ivins at Berkeley Rep.
Thursday, November 20, 2014
Bookwaves: Martin Amis, author of The Zone of Interest
Monday November 17, 2014
Film Talk: Cary Elwes, author of As You Wish
Thursday, November 13, 2014
Bookwaves: Vikram Chandra, author of Geek Sublime.
Monday, November 10
Andrea Martin, two-time Tony Award winner, author of the essay collection, Andrea Martin's Lady Parts
Monday, November 3, 2014
Thursday, November 6, 2014
Colm Toibin, author of Nora Webster, and playwright of Testament at ACT in San Francisco.
Thursday, October 30, 2014
Bookwaves: David Mitchell, author of the novel,
The Bone Clocks.
Monday, October 27, 2014
Cover to Cover: Tribute to KPFA host Denny Smithson (1942-2014).
Thursday, October 23, 2014
Bookwaves: Gail Sheehy, author of the memoir, Daring: My Passages.
Bookwaves pre-empted on KPFA
October 9th, October 16th.
October 2, 2014
Fund Drive: Richard Flanagan (excerpt)
September 25, 2014
Daniel Alarcon, author of At Night We Walk in Circles. (rebroadcast)
September 22, 2014
Bay Area Theater: Loretta Greco, Artistic Director of the Magic Theatre in San Francisco.
September 18, 2014
Richard Flanagan, author of the novel, The Narrow Road to the Deep North.
September 11, 2014
Richard Powers, author of Orfeo (rebroadcast)
September 10, 2014
Open Book: Tony Taccone, Artistic Director of Berkeley Rep in Berkeley.
September 4, 2014
Amy Bloom, author of Lucky Us
August 28, 2014
Previously unaired excerpts from 2014:
Alan Furst and Sue Monk Kidd
August 21, 2014
Alan Furst, author of Midnight in Europe
August 14, 2014
Lisa See, author of China Dolls
August 13, 2014
Open Book: 1999 interview with the late film director Paul Mazursky (1930-2014), with Richard Wolinsky and Richard A. Lupoff.
July 31, 2014
Fund Drive: Seth Rosenfeld, Subversives.
Excerpts from the Q&A session of the KPFA event.
July 24, 2014
Amy Tan, author of The Valley of Amazement
July 17, 2014
Edwidge Danticat, author of Claire of the Sea Light
July 14, 2014
Cover to Cover: Colum McCann
July 10, 2014
Tom Rachman, author of The Rise and Fall of Great Powers
July 9, 2014
Open Book: Bill English, Artistic Director of SF Playhouse.
July 3, 2014
Colson Whitehead, author of The Noble Hustle
June 26, 2014
Mona Simpson, author of Casebook
June 19, 2014
Michael Cunningham, author of The Snow Queen
June 16, 2014
Cover to Cover: Sitting in for Denny Smithson
Archive 1991 interview with George R. R. Martin, author of Game of Thrones. hosted by Richard Wolinsky and Richard A. Lupoff.
June 12, 2014
Susan Minot, author of Thirty Girls
June 11, 2014
Open Book: Tony Kushner, playwright, The Intellligent Homosexual's Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures, at Berkeley Rep through June 29th (live phone interview).
June 5, 2014
Bob Mankoff, cartoon editor of The New Yorker and author of How About Never - Is Never Good for You?
May 29, 2014
Lorrie Moore, author of the collection, Bark.
May 9, 2014
Open Book: One Hour Fund Drive Special
Brian Copeland, playwright and author of Not a Genuine Black Man.
May 8, 2014
One Hour Fund Drive Special
Teju Cole, author of Every Day is for the Thief
May 1, 2014
One Hour Fund Drive Special:
Dinaw Mengestu/Chimimanda Ngozi Adichie
Thursday, April 24, 2014
Helen Oyeyemi, author of Boy Snow Bird
(no extended edit available)
Thursday, April 17, 2014
Dinaw Mengestu, author of All Our Names
Friday, April 11, 2014
Open Book: Carey Perloff, Artistic Director of A.C.T., American Conservatory Theatre in SF.
Thursday, April 10, 2014
Edmund White, author of the memoir, Inside a Pearl.
Thursday, April 3, 2014
Roddy Doyle, author of the novel, The Guts.
Thursday, March 27, 2014
Gary Shteyngart, author of the memoir, Little Failure.
Thursday, March 20, 2014
Yiyun Li, author of the novel, Kinder Than Solitude.
Friday, March 14, 2014
Open Book: Jasson Minidakis, Artistic Director of Marin Theatre Company.
Thursday, March 13, 2014
Sean Strub, author of the memoir, Body Counts.
Thursday, March 6, 2014
Jehane Noujaim, director; and Karim Amer, producer of the Oscar-nominated documentary, The Square.
Thursday, February 27, 2014
Sam Harris, author of Ham: Slices of a Life
Thursday, February 13, 2014
John Schwartz, author of Oddly Normal (one-hour fund drive broadcast)
Thursday, February 6, 2014
Sue Monk Kidd, author of The Invention of Wings (one-hour fund-drive broadcast).
Thursday, January 30, 2014
Alissa Solomon, author of Wonder of Wonders
Thursday, January 23, 2014
Richard Powers, author of Orfeo.
Thursday, January 16, 2014
Chang Rae Lee, author of On Such a Full Sea
Friday, January 10, 2014
Open Book: John Fisher discusses Rhino's production of Stephen Sondheim's Road Show, and in a 2011 interview, Sondheim himself discusses his career, including this particular musical.
Thursday, January 9, 2014
Amy Tan, author of The Valley of Amazement
Thursday, January 2, 2014
Elmore Leonard (1925-2013) Documentary on the life and career of the great thriller writer, based on archive interviews.
Featured Interviews from 2013
George Packer, winner of the 2013 National Book Award for The Unwinding.
Edwidge Danticat, author of Claire of the Sea Light
Jamie Ford, author of Songs of Willow Frost.
Judy Juanita, author of Virgin Soul
Margaret Atwood, author of the novel Maddaddam.
Michael Paterniti, author of The Telling Room
Helen Thomas (1920-2013) 1998 interview conducted by Richard Wolinsky & Richard A. Lupoff
Joyce Carol Oates, author of The Accursed.
Glenn Frankel, author of The Searchers: The Making of an American Legend
Colum McCann, author of Transatlantic
Richard Matheson (1927-2013), author of What Dreams May Come and other novels. Recorded in 1992, hosts: Richard Wolinsky & Richard A. Lupoff.
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, author of Americanah.
David Sedaris, author of
Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls.
Paul Theroux, author of The Last Train to Zona Verde and The Lower River.
Mary Roach, author of Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal.
Walter Mosley, author of LIttle Green
Gerald Shea, author of Song Without Words (
Aired May 2, 2013
Elizabeth Strout, author of The Burgess Boys
Roger Ebert (1942-2013). 2005 Interview
Manil Suri, author of City of Devi
Cory Doctorow, author of Home Land
Dave Barry, author of Insane City.
Lawrence Wright, author of Going Clear. and playwright of Fallaci (50 min)
George Saunders, author of Tenth of December.
Ayana Mathis, author of The Twelve Tribes of Hattie
Amy Wilentz, author of Farewell, Fred Voodoo.
Feastured Interviews from 2012
Sandra Cisneros, author of Have You Seen Marie?
A.M. Homes, author of May We Be Forgiven
Salman Rushdie, author of Joseph Anton
Program aired October 4, 2012.
Ray Bradbury, 1992 interview hosted by Richard Wolinsky and Richard A. Lupoff
Christopher Hayes, author of Twilight of the Elites.
Garry Marshall, author of the memoir, My Happy Days in Hollywood.
Program aired July 12 & 13, 2012
Peter Carey, author of The Chemistry of Tears
Program aired June 28, 2012
Cheryl Strayed, author of Wild
Program aired April 19 & May 20, 2012
Katherine Boo, author of beneath the beautiful forevers. Program aired March 22 & May 3, 2012
Hari Kunzru, author of the novel Gods Without Men.
Program aired April 12th & 13th, 2012
William Gibson, author of Distrust That Particular Flavor. Aired February 9, 2012
Alan Hollinghurst, author of The Stranger's Child.
Featured Interviews from 2011
Tony Horwitz, author of Midnight Rising.
Stephen Greenblatt, author of The Swerve
Neal Stephenson, author of REAMDE
Rita Moreno, star of Rita Moreno: Life Without Makeup at Berkeley Rep through October 30, 2011
Kurt Vonnegut Archive interview from 1991, hosted by Richard Wolinsky and Richard A. Lupoff.
Ashley Judd, author of All That is Bitter and Sweet. Abbreviated Fund Drive rebroadcast.
Henning Mankell, author of The Troubled Man: A Kurt Wallander Book.
Jacques d'Amboise, author of I Was a Dancer
Andre Dubus III, author of Townie
Ann Beattie, author of The New Yorker Stories
Colm Toibin, author of The Empty Family
Roseanne Barr, author of Roseanne-archy.
Featured Interviews from 2010
A.S. Byatt, author of The Children's Book
Michael Cunningham, author of By Nightfall.
Nora Ephron, author of I Remember Nothing.
Mona Simpson, author of My Hollywood.
Gail Collins, author of When Everything Changed and New York Times Op-Ed columnist. Aired October 21 & 28, 2010
David Mitchell, author of The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet
Jane Smiley, author of Private Life
David Grann, author of The Devil and Sherlock Holmes.
Ian McEwan, author of the novel Solar
Clark Blaise & Bharati Mukherjee at Pegasus Bookstore in Berkeley, 2011
All Bookwaves shows that can be heard on-line are listed and linked alphabetically.
Frank M. Robinson (1926-2014)
Century: An Illustrated History; Waiting
Recorded February 9, 2000 (40 min)
Aired September 9, 2004 (34 min)