February 19, 2018
Otessa Moshfegh, author of Homesick for Another World.
Considered one of the finest authors in America under the age of 40, Otess Moshfegh is developing her own cult following with her own iconoclastic style and dark humor. These stories reflect why she's growing in stature. Rebroadcast
February 15, 2018
Trina Robbins, author of the memoir, Last Girl Standing.
A legend in comic book circles, an artist at a time when hardly any women drew comics, Trina Robbins' latest book, a memoir, “Last Girl Standing,” deals with her life as an artist, author, and clothing designer. She was the first woman to edit a comic book created by women, “It Ain’t Me Babe,” the first woman to draw “Wonder Woman,” and the single most influential historian chronicling the women who created comics and cartoons.
February 12, 2018
Joy Carlin, director, Widowers' Houses by George Bernard Shaw at Aurora Theatre through March 4, 2018.
February 5, 2018
Margaret Atwood, 1989.
Interview recorded February 22, 1989, focusing on The Handmaid's Tale and Cat's Eye. Interviewers:
Richard Wolinsky, Richard A. Lupoff and Lisa Goldstein
February 1, 2018
Ursula K. LeGuin (1928-2018)
Ursula K. Le Guin, who broke the artificial wall between science fiction and literature, died on January 22nd, 2018 at the age of 88. An essayist and poet along with being a fiction writer, she transcended all genres with the quality of her prose and the allegorical nature of her work. Among her best known works are The Left Hand of Darkness, The Dispossessed, and her fantasy novels set in Earthsea.
Interview recorded September 29, 2000 while on tour for the novel The Telling. Hosts: Richard Wolinsky & Richard A. Lupoff.
January 29, 2018
George Saunders, author of Lincoln in the Bardo
Known for his short stories, George Saunders tackles the long form in his brilliant first novel, Lincoln in the Bardo. Ghosts prowl a cemetery in Washington DC and Lincoln lays his son to rest in the midst of the Civil War. Told as an "oral history," this original piece of work sits in the mind afterward.
January 25, 2018
Nathan Englander, author of Dinner at the Center of the Earth. Nathan Englander’s second novel concerns the ongoing crisis between Palestinians and Israels in the story of a prisoner, a former Mossad agent, now being held in an Israeli prison. No one knows he is there. Based on the story of “Prisoner X,” the novel deals with the nature of identity, politics, and empathy.
January 22, 2018
John Kolvenbach, playwright, Reel to Reel, at Magic Theatre through February 25, 2018.
January 18, 2018
Douglas Preston, author of Lost City of the Monkey God.
The story of the search for a fabled city in Central America, the book also covers a history of conmen and thieves, a search using modern technology, a trip into an unexplored jungle, and medical horrors in the aftermath. Preston weaves it all together in a way that keeps you turning the pages.
January 15, 2018
The Gershwin Project II: Deena Rosenberg, author of Fascinating Rhythm and Michael Strunsky of the Gershwin Trust, recorded August 14, 1992.
Hosts: Richard Wolinsky & Alex Davis.
January 11, 2018
Sue Grafton (1940-2017)
Program contains excerpts from two interviews
January 8, 2018
Judith Ivey, actress, The Birthday Party by Harold Pinter, directed by Carey Perloff, at ACT Geary Theatre through February 4, 2018.
January 4, 2018
Helen Benedict, author of the novel Wolf Season.
Wolf Season takes place in a small town near Albany, New York, where Iraq war veterans and Iraqi refugees both live and work, and what happens when a natural disaster forces them to interact. How does PTSD and trauma affect those who lived or fought in a war zone, and how does that trauma scar them afterward?
January 1, 2018
Cleve Jones, author of When We Rise.
When We Rise is a memoir about the life of the gay and union activist, dealing with being gay in San Francisco before AIDS, the AIDS crisis and the quilt, and life as union activist years later. The TV show is related to, but very different from the book. The Q&A posted here is almost entirely about activism in the Age of Trump. Rebroadcast