2019 Program Archives & Book Comments

A listing of books discussed and interviews conducted 
on Bookwaves and Arts-Waves. 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/half 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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April 15, 2019
Pre-empted for KPFA 70th Anniversary.

April 11, 2019
John Lanchester, author of the novel, The Wall. Taking place in a future where climate catastrophe has destroyed the world's beaches and refugees are seeking safety, a wall has been built, presumably around England, to safeguard against both the sea and human incursion. A frightening, plausible dystopia by the noted British essayist.
Program as heard on KPFA
Extended podcast to be posted.

April 8, 2019
Tayari Jones, author of An American Marriage, now out in paperback. An American Marriage deals with a marriage torn apart by the unjust arrest and imprisonment of the husband after an accusation by a white woman at a motel, and how both spouses deal with the following few years.
Program as heard on KPFA
Extended 44-minute Radio Wolinsky podcast

April 4, 2019
Tommy Orange, author of the novel, There, There. Set in Oakland, this acclaimed first novel novel focuses on the lives of urban Native Americans as they converge on a pow-wow in the Oakland Coliseum.
Program as heard on KPFA
Extended 33-minute Radio Wolinsky podcast

April 1, 2019
The Jungle. Co-director Justin Martin and actor Amman Haj Ahmad discuss the play, The Jungle, at the Curran through May 18, 2019.
Program as heard on KPFA
Extended 42-minute Bay Area Theatre podcast.

March 28, 2019
Kurt Vonnegut, recorded1991. Rebroadcast in honor of the 50th anniversary of the publication of Slaughterhouse-5. Interviewers: Richard Wolinsky & Richard A. Lupoff
Program as heard on KPFA
Complete 31-minute Radio Wolinsky podcast

March 25, 2019
FalsettosInterviews with James Lapine, director; William Finn, composer/lyricist; Spencer Liff, choreographer; and Jordan Roth, producer of the musical Falsettos, now at SHN Golden Gate through April 14, 2019
Program as heard on KPFA
Complete James Lapine/William Finn interview

March 21, 2019
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.
Program as heard on KPFA
Extended 58-minute Radio Wolinsky podcast.

March 18, 2019
Mfoniso Udofia, playwright, The Ufot Cycle. Her Portmanteau at ACT Strand Theatre through March 31, 2010. In Old Age World Premiere at the Magic  starting March 27, 2019.
Program as heard on KPFA
26-minute Bay Area Theatre podcast

March 14, 2019
Barry Eisler, author of The Killer Collective.
Barry Eisler spent three years in the CIA before leaving to become a lawyer and novelist. Bringing together his protagonists, an assassin named John Rain and a detective named Livia Lone in one book, he examines the relationship of government to mercenary outsourcing, along with governmental cover-ups.
Program as heard on KPFA
Extended 52-minute Radio Wolinsky podcast

March 11, 2019
Don Reed, comedian, writer/performer That Don Reed Show at the Marsh, Berkeley through April 28, 2019.
Program as heard on KPFA
Extended 50-minute Bay Area Theatre podcast

February 18, 2019
Josh Costello, Artistic Director of Aurora Theatre Company starting July 2019.
Program as heard on KPFA
Extended 41-minute Bay Area Theatre podcast

February 14, 2019
Wes Craven (1930-2015). 
The noted director of the Nightmare on Elm Street and Scream series, and other films, and author of the novel Fountain Society. Recorded October, 1999. Interviewers: Richard Wolinsky & Richard A. Lupoff
Program as heard on KPFA
Extended 38-minute Radio Wolinsky podcast

February 11, 2019
Francine du Plessix Gray (1930-2019)
Author of Them, a family memoir, and contributor to the New Yorker magazine. Them is a fascinating memoir of parents, set against the backdrop of the mid-part of the 20th Century, from World War II through life with the New York intelligentsia in the '50s through '70s. Recorded May, 2005.
Program as heard on KPFA
Extended 40-minute Radio Wolinsky podcast

February 7, 2019
Ursula K. Le Guin (1929-2018). 
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.
Program as heard on KPFA
Extended 53-minute Radio Wolinsky podcast

February 4, 2019
Michael David Lukas, author of The Last Watchman of Old Cairo. The Last Watchman of Old Cairo” tells the story of a family hired a thousand years ago to guard a synagogue in Cairo, and of a secret scroll that may or may not exist. Michael David Lukas is also the author of the novel The Oracle of Stamboul.
Program as heard on KPFA
Extended 35-minute Radio Wolinsky podcast

January 31, 2019
Joyce Maynard, author of a memoir, The Best of Us.
The author of several novels and multiple memoirs, Joyce Maynard’s latest book deals with her unexpected relationship and marriage in her late fifties, followed shortly thereafter with her husband’s diagnosis of pancreatic cancer. It’s both a love story and a harrowing tale of coping with a fatal disease.
Program as heard on KPFA
Extended 48-minute Radio Wolinsky podcast

January 28, 2019
Tim Kreider, author of I Wrote This Book Because I Love You. Tim Kreider gained a reputation as a cartoonist in the style of B. Kliban before turning political following the stolen election of 2000 and 9/11. His series, “The Pain — When Will It End?” ran for twelve years in the Baltimore City Paper and other alternative weeklies. His latest collection of essays deals with the personal and the political, and examines such topics as the war on terror, atheism, the circus and other themes.
Program as heard on KPFA
Extended 51-minute Radio Wolinsky podcast

January 24, 2019
Peter Carey, author of the novel A Long Way from Home.
A Long Way From Home delves into the story of racism in Australia and the oppression of the indigenous aboriginal peoples who inhabited the continent for two centuries before the white man and colonialism arrived. The novel does this by focusing on the Redex, an auto trial which featured a voyage around Australia starting in Sydney.
Program as heard on KPFA
Extended 35-minute Radio Wolinsky podcast

January 21, 2019
Pam McKinnon, Artistic Director of American Conservatory Theatre (ACT)
Program as heard on KPFA
Extended 28-minute Bay Area Theatre podcast

January 17, 2019
Carol Channing (1921-2019) 
Noted Broadway performer and the iconic star of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and Hello, Dolly! on Broadway, and TV personality, and author of Just Lucky I Guess, a memoir. Recorded 2002.
Program as heard on KPFA
Extended 64-minute Radio Wolinsky podcast

January 14, 2019
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.
Program as heard on KPFA
Extended 41-minute Radio Wolinsky podcast

January 10, 2019
Amos Oz (1939-2018), noted Israeli novelist and peace activist, recorded November 2004, author of A Tale of Love and Darkness and forty other books, and perennial Nobel Prize candidate. He died December 28, 2018. 
Program as heard on KPFA
Extended 45-minute Radio Wolinsky podcast

January 7, 2019
Larry Kirwan, creator of the musical Paradise Square, at Berkeley Rep through Feb. 24, 2019. Co-founder of the Irish American band Black 47 and author of five books.
Program as heard on KPFA
Extended 42-minute Radio Wolinsky podcast

January 3, 2019
Katya Cengel, author of Exiled, From the Killing Fields of Cambodia to California and Back. A look at  the plight of Southeast Asian refugees, from their lives under the genocidal watch of the Khmer Rouge to their difficult times in the United States, to the fear and possibility of deportation under ICE.
Program as heard on KPFA
Extended 43-minute Radio Wolinsky podcast