2021 Program Archives & Book Comments

A listing of books discussed and interviews conducted 
on the Bookwaves/Artwaves Hour. All programs can be heard below or at  www.kpfa.org for the podcast. Because archived material is timed to begin exactly on the hour, recorded shows may start seconds or minutes after the link begins playing. All interviews are conducted by Richard Wolinsky, unless otherwise noted.
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May 6, 2021 - Hour show
Kurt Vonnegut (1922-2007)  interviewed September. 1991 by Richard Wolinsky and Richard A. Lupoff. The author of such works as Slaughterhouse-5 and Cat's Cradle, Vonnegut was one of the 20th Century American masters. 
Complete 31-minute interview.

Lidia Yuknavitch, author of Verge.
Verge is a series of short stories which examine the lives of the marginalized in America. Intense and acute, Lidia Yuknavitch has become a master of the form.
Complete 42-minute Radio Wolinsky podcast.

April 29, 2021 - Hour show
David Thomson, author of A Light in the Dark: A History of Movie Directors. The noted critic and film historian discusses the nature of movie direction, with particular attention to how our perception and era changes how we look at films. 
Complete 50-minute Radio Wolinsky podcast.

Johanna Pfaelzer, Artistic Director of Berkeley Rep. A look how the theatre company fared during the pandemic. The Waves in Quarantine runs at the Berkeley Rep website through June 30, 2021.
Complete 48-minute Bay Area Theater podcast

April 22, 2021 - Hour show
 Cherilyn Parsons, founder and Executive Director of the Bay Area Book Festival, streaming May 1-9, 2021.
Complete 29-minute Radio Wolinsky podcast.

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

April 8, 2021 - Hour show
Larry McMurtry (1936-2021), author of Lonesome Dove, co-author (with Diana Ossana) of Pretty Boy Floyd. Larry McMurtry was one of America's greatest regional writers, with novels such as The Last Picture Show and Terms of Endearment, and their sequels. This interview in its complete version features co-author Diana Ossana; the aired version focuses solely on McMurtry. Recorded October 13, 1994. Digitized and remastered by Richard Wolinsky in March, 2021. Interviewers: Richard Wolinsky/Richard A. Lupoff
Complete 52-minute interview.

Nathan Englander, author of the novel, kaddish.com
A short novel that deals with the nature of the internet and its relation to religion, kaddish.com deals with a formerly agnostic religious Jew who goes on-line to find someone who will perform an extended ritual for his late father. Funny and often profound.
Complete 41-minute Radio Wolinsky podcast

April 1, 2021 -  Web Only Hour Show
Paul Kantner (1941-2016) Singer/songwriter with Jefferson Airplane and Jefferson Starship. Recorded February 9, 1984. Interviewers: Richard Wolinsky/Richard A. Lupoff. Digitized and remastered by Richard Wolinsky in 2016.
Complete 23-minute Radio Wolinsky podcast.

Frederik Pohl (1918-2013) author of Man-Plus, Gateway and other novels, science fiction Grandmaster. Recorded October 1978. One of the greats in the science fiction field, Fred Pohl did everything: short stories, collaborative novels (most notably with C.M. Kornbluth), novels, book editor for Bantam Books, pulp magazine editor, digest magazine editor, literary agent. This interview was conducted by Richard Wolinsky, Richard A. Lupoff and Lawrence Davidson the weekend of October 15-16, 1978 at the Octocon Science Fiction convention in Santa Rosa, California. Digitized and remastered in 2021 by Richard Wolinsky.
Complete 40-minute Radio Wolinsky podcast.

March 25, 2021: Sisters in Crime Special Hour
Margaret Maron (1938-2021) noted mystery author of the Sigrid Harald and Deborah Knott series, with over forty books to her credit. Margaret Maron was also one of the leading figures in the Sisters in Crime organization. She died February 23, 2021. Interview recorded June 6, 1994. Interviewers: Richard Wolinsky/Richard A. Lupoff. Digitized and remastered in March, 2021 by Richard Wolinsky.
Complete 40-minute Radio Wolinsky podcast.

Sue Grafton (1940-2017). Best-selling author of the Kinsey Millhone alphabet mysteries, A is for Alibi, etc. Compilation of two interviews recorded August 17, 1989 and April 13, 1992. Interviewers: Richard Wolinsky/Richard A. Lupoff.
Complete 39-minute Radio Wolinsky podcast.

March 18, 2021 - Hour show
Lauren Gunderson, playwright, The Catastrophist, at Marin Theatre Company's website through July 24, 2021, and the most produced living playwright in America today.
Complete 42-minute Bay Area Theater podcast

Katya Cengel , author of a memoir, From Chernobyl with Love: Reporting from the Ruins of the Soviet Union.
A memoir about Katya Cengel's life as a young reporter in Latvia and Ukraine in the period just before and after 9/11, during the transition out of communism.
Complete 42-minute Radio Wolinsky podcast

March 11, 2021 - Hour show
Jane Smiley, author of the novel Perestroika in Paris. Perestroika is a real horse, nicknamed Para, but this is a fantasy about how a horse much like the real one escapes from a racetrack in Paris, France and hides out with other animals in a large mansion near the Eiffel Tower. Escapism that somehow seems necessary during the non-travel era of a world pandemic.
Complete 39-minute Radio Wolinsky podcast.

Jeanette Winterson, author of Frankissstein: A Love Story. A writer specializing in novels and essays about gender, artificial intelligence and technology, Jeanette Winterson's Frankissstein incorporates the story of Mary Shelley and the creation of her novel with a modern day tale of a trans man, AI, and current attempts to play god.
Extended 43-minute Radio Wolinsky podcast


February 4, 2021 - Hour show
Charles Yu, author of Interior Chinatown, winner of the 2020 National Book Award for Fiction. A mix of prose, screenplay, teleplay, and polemic, Interior Chinatown deconstructs the stereotypes of Asian actors and actresses in Hollywood over the course of the past half-century.
Complete 35-minute Radio Wolinsky podcast.

Delroy Lindo, director/actor, discussing his career and the work of playwright August Wilson, recorded November 2008.
Complete 38-minute Radio Wolinsky podcast.

January 28, 2021 - Hour show
Carl Hiaasen, author of the novel Squeeze Me, a satirical look at the Trumpist world of Palm Beach involving elderly fan clubs, giant snakes, and other things Floridian. Very funny and engrossing by the author of Strip Tease, Skinny Dip and other comic thrillers. 
Complete 44-minute Radio Wolinsky podcast.

Alla Kovgan, director of the documentary film Cunningham, about the early work of dancer/choreographer Merce Cunningham, currently streaming on Hulu. Recorded in December, 2019.
Complete 41-minute Radio Wolinsky podcast


January 21, 2021 - Hour show
Chris Hedges, author of Wages of Rebellion, 2015 interview in front of a live audience. Chris Hedges was prophetic in this conversation recorded weeks before Donald Trump declared his candidacy, and the insights from six years ago remain as profound as they were then.

Ralph Steadman, author of Ralph Steadman: A Life in Ink, artist/illustrator best known for his work with Hunter S. Thompson. With a brief memoir at the beginning, this large format collection from Chronicle Books shows his work as artist and satirist.
Complete 40-minute Radio Wolinsky podcast.

January 14, 2021 - Hour show
Neil Sheehan (1936-2021), author of A Bright and Shining Lie and A Fiery Peace in a Cold War, recorded 2009. The journalist who broke the Pentagon Papers in the New York Times went on to write a definitive book about the Vietnam War, and followed it with an examination of the Cold War and how the world avoided nuclear annihilation. He died in early January, 2021.
Complete 42-minute Radio Wolinsky podcast

Extended 38-minute Radio Wolinsky podcast.

January 7, 2021 - Hour show
Eddie Muller, noted film noir scholar and programmer, discusses the restored 1951 film adaptation of Richard Wright's Native Son, starring the author Richard Wright, as well as film noir in general.
Complete 48-minute Radio Wolinsky podcast.

Barry Lopez (1945-2020) Interview recorded in 2000 while on tour for the story collection Light Action in the Caribbean. Barry Lopez split his writing between short fiction and essays on the natural world, and in both cases, brilliantly and intelligently dissected both current events and the past and future of our planet. Interviewers: Richard Wolinsky and Richard A. Lupoff. Digitized and edited in 2021 by Richard Wolinsky.
Complete 58-minute Radio Wolinsky podcast.