2022 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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June 9, 2022 - Hour Show
Christine Dwyer, actress, Ragtime at TheatreWorks Silicon Valley Mountain View Center for the Arts.
Complete 42-minute Radio Wolinsky podcast.
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​​​​Flynn Berry, author of the novel Northern Spy. Set in the near future during a revival of the Northern Ireland troubles, Northern Spy focuses on a young radio producer who gets involved with both the IRA and British intelligence.
​Complete 36-minute Radio Wolinsky podcast.

Theatre Review: The Sound Inside at Marin Theatre Company.

June 2, 2022 - Hour Show
Jasson Minadakis, Artistic Director, Marin Theatre Company, and director of The Sound Inside by Adam Rapp, which plays through June 19, 2022. 
Complete 33-minute Radio Wolinsky podcast.

KJ Sanchez, director/co-adaptor, Romeo y Juliet at California Shakespeare Theatre (Cal Shakes) through June 19, 2022.
Complete 36-minute Radio Wolinsky podcast.

Theatre Review: The Paper Dreams of Harry Chin, at San Francisco Playhouse.

May 5, 2022 - Hour Show
Don Winslow, author of City on Firefirst of a trilogy based on the Trojan War epics of The Iliad, The Odyssey and The Aeneid, set in a 1980s Rhode Island gang war. The author has said these will be his final novels as he concentrates on political videos for Twitter which warn of oncoming fascism in the United States.
Complete 33-minute Radio Wolinsky podcast.

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.

Theatre Review: Octet at Berkeley Rep's Peets Theatre through May 29, 2022.

April 28, 2022 - Hour Show
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. A.O. Scott is one of America’s foremost film critics. Since 2002, he’s shared the chief movie review slot at the New York Times with Mahnola Dargis. His book, Better Living Through Criticism: How to Think about Art, Pleasure, Beauty and Truth, takes a look at reviewing and criticism, at some of the challenges critics face, and at some of the issues that roll across his mind every time he writes a review. Recorded April 2016.
Complete 42-minute Radio Wolinsky podcast

Max Von Sydow (1929-2020). Short interview with the actor, recorded December 1980, with Richard Wolinsky and Lawrence Davidson.

Theatre Review: Gem of the Ocean, at TheatreWorks Mountain View through May 1, 2022.

April 21, 2022 - Hour Show
The April 21, 2022 show that aired was a repeat of the April 14  program due to technical issues. This program was prepared for April 21 and was inserted into the KPFA website the following week.

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.
Complete 53-minute Radio Wolinsky podcast.

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 November 1982.
Complete 29-minute Radio Wolinsky podcast.

April 14, 2022 - Hour Show
Jane Smiley, author of 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.

Brian Garfield (1939-2018), author of western fiction, Death Wish and Hopscotch. Brian Garfield, who died on December 29, 2018 wrote westerns under several pseudonyms, worked in Hollywood, wrote thrillers and cautionary tales, and wrote non-fiction as well. This interview was recorded in 1983. Interviewers are Richard Wolinsky, Richard A. Lupoff and Lawrence Davidson. Remastered & re-edited in 2019 by Richard Wolinsky.

April 7, 2022 - Hour Show
Robert Macfarlane, author of Ghostways: Two Journeys in Unquiet Places, written in collaboration with artist Stanley Donwood and writer Dan Richards. The noted naturalist writer examines two disquieting places in England, Orford Ness, a spit of land near Cambridge, and the Holloways of Dorset, in images, prose and poetry.
Complete 40-minute Radio Wolinsky podcast.

Miranda July, author of The First Bad Man, recorded in November 2015. Known as a film-maker, Miranda July has also published this one novel, which to date is still her most recent, about a strange relationship between two women.
Complete 44-minute Radio Wolinsky podcast.

March 31, 2022 - Hour Show
Margo Hall, Artistic Director, Lorraine Hansberry Theatre, noted actor and director
Complete 36-minute interview.

Jan Hunter, director, Intimate Apparel by Lynn Nottage, Lorraine Hansberry Theater at the Magic in Fort Mason through April 16, 2022.
Complete 33-minute interview

March 24, 2022 - Hour Show
Wayne Wang, film director, Chan is Missing, The Joy Luck Club, Smoke (Part Two) A retrospective of his work is now at BAMPFA. Second of two parts.
Complete 64-minute interview

Susan Oxtoby, curator, Fellini at 100 Retrospective conclusion at BAMPFA (the retrospective began in 2020 but was discontinued due to the Covid shutdown).
Complete 30-minute interview

Theatre Review: Passing Strange, at Shotgun Players through April 23, 2022.

March 17, 2022  - Hour Show
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.

Wayne Wang, film director, Chan is Missing, The Joy Luck Club, Smoke. (Part One) A retrospective of his work is now at BAMPFA. First of two parts, concludes March 24, 2022.
Complete 64-minute interview

Theatre Review: Dot, at New Conservatory Theatre Center through April 3, 2022.

February 17, 2022 - Hour Show
Wil Haygood, author of Colorization: One Hundred Years of Black Films in a White World, an in-depth look at how the black community viewed Hollywood and the way Hollywood's view of race evolved, and did not evolve.
Complete 60-minute Interview..

Bill English, Artistic Director, San Francisco Playhouse. Director, Heroes of the Fourth Turning. In the interview he discusses this play, and looks forward to the rest of the Playhouse season.
Complete Interview

February 10, 2022 - Hour Show
Joseph Hansen (1923-2004), author of the Dave Brandstetter mystery series, the first featuring a gay detective. Recorded June 14, 1990 recorded while he was on tour for the penultimate Brandstetter novel, The Boy Who Was Buried This Morning. Interviewers: Richard Wolinsky/Richard A. Lupoff.
Complete 40-minute Radio Wolinsky podcast.

Janis Ian, singer/songwriter. Recorded June 14, 2008 while on tour for her memoir, Society's Child, an excellent look at the impact of early success and coming to terms with adulthood and maintaining balance.
Complete 42-minute interview

Theatre Review: Heroes of the Fourth Turning, at San Francisco Playhouse.

February 3, 2022 - Hour Show
Art Spiegelman, author of Maus, aired originally on December 7, 2000. Legendary comic book artist whose graphic memoir about his parents was banned from classrooms in a school district in Tennessee in January, 2022. Interviewer: Richard A. Lupoff.
Complete Interview.

Theatre Review: Swept Away, at Berkeley Rep

Octavia Butler (1947-2006), noted science fiction author. Interviewed by Richard Wolinsky/Richard. A. Lupoff. Recorded 1983. At the time of the interview, Octavia Butler was still an unknown writer, though Kindred had been making waves.
Complete Interview

Theatre Review: Freestyle Love Supreme, at ACT Geary 

January 27, 2022 -  Hour Show
Andrew Vachss (1942-2021), noted noir author and child abuse activist, recorded June 22, 199, while on tour for the novel Sacrifice. His early books featured a protagonist named Burke, who ran outside the law and focused his efforts on crimes against children. Excellent and fast-paced novels, a bit over the top.
 Interviewers: Richard Wolinsky/Richard A. Lupoff.
Complete 40-minute Interview

Charles Yu, author of the novel 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 interview

January 20, 2022 - Hour Show
Kathy Geritz, film curator at BAM/PFA discussing the films of Senegalese director Djibril Diop Mambety.
Complete 36-minute interview.

Joan Didion (1934-2021), noted novelist and essayist, recorded October 23, 2003, while she was on tour for her memoir/essay collection, Where I Was From.
Complete Interview
Bookwaves/Artwaves Hour, January 20, 2022

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

January 6, 2022 - Hour Show
Anne Rice (1941-2021) author of The Vampire Chronicles , the Mayfair Witches series, and other novels, recorded December 2, 2016.
Complete 57-minute interview

December 30, 2021  - Hour Show
Steven Sondheim (1930--2021) Legendary Broadway composer/lyricist. Recorded in San Francisco, November 10, 2010, following the publication of the first volume of his two volume memoir/collection of lyrics, Finishing The Hat, 
Complete 52-minute Radio Wolinsky podcast..

Theatre Review:  The Woman in Black, at ACT Strand, 

December 23, 2021 - Hour Show
Susan Hill, author of The Woman in Black and other Gothic novels. The stage version of The Woman in Black is the second longest running show on the West End since 1989. 
Dame Susan Hill specializes in gothics and detective novels
Complete 48-minute Radio Wolinsky podcast.
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Rita Moreno, noted actress, recorded September 16, 2011 while performing Rita Moreno: Life Without Make-up. Winner of the Oscar for West Side Story in 1961, she received good reviews in her new role in Steven Spielberg's remake of the musical.
Complete Interview.

December 2, 2021 - Hour Show
Stephen Sondheim (1930-2021), Legendary Broadway composer/lyricist. Recorded in his townhouse in New York, November 24, 2011, following the publication of Look! I Made a Hat, the second volume of his two volume memoir/collection of lyrics. 
Complete 28-minute Radio Wolinsky podcast.

Nancy Opel, Broadway performer, The Ghost of Christmas Past in A Christmas Carol at BroadwaySF Golden Gate Theater through December 26, 2021. Nancy Opel has appeared in several shows on Broadway, including Wicked, Memphis and the original productions of Evita and Sunday in the Park with George.

Theatre Review: Georgiana and Kitty: Christmas at Pemberley at Marin Theatre Company.