2020 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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May 10, 2020
Tony Kushner: Two Interviews (2006, 2016)
Both interviews: 65 minute podcast.

May 7, 2020 - Hour program
Andrew Altschul, author of the novel The Gringa. The Gringa tells the story of a radicalized American coming to Peru and getting involved with militant revolutionaries, loosely based on the Lori Berenson story, which Altschul uses as a jumping off point for a look at American foreign involvement and American exceptionalism. 
Complete 50-minute Radio Wolinsky podcast.

Suzan-Lori Parks, playwright, Topdog/Underdog, Pulitzer Prize winner, three time Obie award winner, recorded May 20, 2003 while on tour for the novel Getting Mother's Body.
Complete 35-minute Bay Area Theater podcast.
Bookwaves/Artswaves Hour May 7, 2020

April 30, 2020 - Hour program
Ann Beattie, author of the novel A Wonderful Stroke of Luck.
Known primarily as a short story writer, Ann Beattie has a long career as a novelist. This particular novel tells the story of Ben, a millennial who must cope with creating a life for himself in the 21st Century.
Complete 43-minute Radio Wolinsky podcast

Peter Carey, author of True History of the Kelly Gang.
The two-time Booker Prize winner's novel about Ned Kelly, the romanticized Australian outlaw became a major film in 2020. Here Carey discusses the history of Ned Kelly in the context of Australian culture. Recorded March 7, 2001.
Complete Radio Wolinsky podcast TBA.

April 23, 2020 - Hour program
Tope Folarin, author of the novel A Particular Kind of Black Man. Tope Folarin is the son of Nigerian immigrants to America, and grew up in Utah and Texas, as a fish out of water, black but not part of the African-American culture. This novel reflects his journey to find himself and his roots. 
Extended Radio Wolinsky podcast TBA

Michael Crichton (1942-2008), recorded on tour for Jurassic Park, discussing his career including The Andromeda Strain and the original film of Westworld. Interviewers: Richard Wolinsky & Richard A. Lupoff.
Complete 35-minute Radio Wolinsky podcast.

April 16, 2020 - Hour program
Tribute to E.L. Doctorow (1931-2015)
Documentary look at the life and career of the author of Ragtime, The March, Homer & Langley and other novels.
Program as originally heard on KPFA
Both interviews: 70-minute Radio Wolinsky podcast.

Margaret Atwood, recorded while on tour for Cats Eye, February 22, 1989. Interviewers: Richard Wolinsky, Richard A. Lupoff, Lisa Goldstein.
Complete 31-minute interview.

April 9, 2020 - Hour program
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.
Complete 41-minute Radio Wolinsky podcast.

Mary Higgins Clark (1927-2020) Recorded during her tour for While My Pretty One Sleeps. With an output that totaled over fifty best-selling novels, Mary Higgins Clark was the queen of women-in-jeopardy suspense novels. She died on January 31, 2020 at the age of 92. Interviewers: Richard Wolinsky & Richard A. Lupoff. Recorded May 24, 1989.
Complete 40-minute Radio Wolinsky podcast.

April 2, 2020 - Hour program
Colum McCann, author of Apeirogon.
Titled "A Novel," Apeirogon is the slightly fictionalized account of two men, Rami Elhanon, an Israeli, and Bassam Aframin, best of friends, who both lost daughters to the violence in Israel and the Occupied Territories, who now lecture on the need for understanding and peace in the region. The book reads like a mosaic, with multiple viewpoints and histories.
Complete 41-minute Radio Wolinsky podcast 

Terrence McNally (1938-2020)
Playwright, Lisbon Traviata, Master Class; Librettist, Ragtime, The Full Monty. Recorded March 18, 2004 at New Conservatory Theatre in San Francsico.
Complete 47-minute Radio Wolinsky podcast

March 26, 2020 - Hour program
Lisa See, author of Island of Sea Women, now out in trade paper. Jeju Island, off the coast of South Korea, is the site of Lisa See's latest novel, which examines the relationship of two women set inside a matrifocal culture of women divers through the course of the 20th Century.
Complete 41-minute Radio Wolinsky podcast

Clive Cussler (1931-2020) Adventure novelist, Dirk Pitt series, etc. Clive Cussler wrote over 80 novels in the vein of the adventure pulps. He was also a noted deep sea explorer. In this interview from 1994, he talks with Richard Wolinsky and Richard A. Lupoff about his career, and about the creation of his hero, Dirk Pitt. 
Complete Radio Wolinsky podcast (TBA)

March 19, 2020 - Hour program
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.

Stephen Sondheim at 90. Interview conducted in 2011 for volume 2 of his collection of lyrics,  Look! I Made a Hat.
Complete 28-minute Bay Area Theater podcast.
Bookwaves/ArtsWaves Hour March 19, 2020

March 12, 2020 - Hour program
Salman Rushdie, author of Quichotte. In Salman Rushdie's latest novel, which takes off on themes by Cervantes, a retired Big Pharma salesman takes off on a road trip across America, accompanied by a imaginary turned real son named Sancho, as he contemplates his life in India and his love for an Indian actress who serves as his Dulcinea.
Complete 43-minute Radio Wolinsky podcast

Ricardo Perez Gonzalez, playwright, Don't Eat the Mangos at the Magic Theatre (run ended early)
Complete Bay Area Theater podcast (TBA)

March 5, 2020
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.
Program as heard on KPFA
Extended 47-minute Radio Wolinsky podcast.

March 2, 2020
Sting, creator and star, The Last Ship at the Golden Gate Theatre (run ended early)
Eric Ting, Artistic Director California Shakespeare Theatre, director of Gloria at ACT Strand (run ended early).
Review: Culture Clash (Still) in America at Berkeley Rep's Peets Theatre (run ended early.
Program as heard on KPFA
Sting interview, Radio Wolinsky podcast
Eric Ting interview, Bay Area Theater podcast

February 10, 2020
Jim Lehrer (1934-2020). Host, PBS NewHour, 1975-2009. Recorded on tour for his novel Purple Dots, October 19, 1998. Interviewers: Richard Wolinsky/Richard A. Lupoff. Also: Review of Tiny Beautiful Things at SF Playhouse.
Program as heard on KPFA
Complete 40-minute Radio Wolinsky podcast

February 6, 2020
Will Eno, playwright, Wakey Wakey, at ACT Geary Theatre through February 16, 2020.
Program as heard on KPFA
Complete 38-minute Bay Area Theater podcast

February 3, 2020
Susan Oxtoby, curator of the Federico Fellini at 100 retrospective at BAM/PFA in Berkeley. Also: Review of How to Transcend a Happy Marriage at Custom Made Theatre.
Program as heard on KPFA
Complete 30-minute Radio Wolinsky podcast 

January 20, 2020
Donna Seaman, author of Identity Unknown: Rediscovering Seven American Women Artists. An examination of seven twentieth century women artists, all deceased and now mostly forgotten, whose contribution to the world of art in various disciplines should be remembered alongside their male counterparts. The seven artists: Louise Nevelson, Gertrude Abercrombie, Lois Madou Jones, Ree Morton, Joan Brown, Lenore Tawney and Christina Ramberg.
Also: Review of Noura at Marin Theatre Company.
Program as heard on KPFA
Extended 38-minute Radio Wolinsky podcast

January 16, 2020
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.
Program as heard on KPFA
Extended 43-minute Radio Wolinsky podcast.

January 13, 2020
Mona Golabek, performer, The Pianist of Willesden Lane, at TheatreWorks Mountain View through Feb. 16, 2020. Also: Review of Becky Nurse of Salem at Berkeley Rep.
Program as heard on KPFA
Complete 32-minute Bay Area Theater podcast 

January 9, 2020
Michael Nava, author of the novel, Carved in Bone, a Henry Rios mystery. One of the first writers with a gay detective, Michael Nava went back to his series after nearly two decades to write a powerful novel set during the AIDS crisis.
Program as heard on KPFA
Extended 37-minute Radio Wolinsky podcast.

January 6,2020
Alla Kovgan, director of the film Cunningham, about the life and work of dancer/choreographer Merce Cunningham.
Also: Review of "Groundhog Day: The Musical" at San Francisco Playhouse.
Program as heard on KPFA
Extended 41-minute Radio Wolinsky podcast

January 2, 2020
A.E. Van Vogt (1912-2000) author of several science fiction novels including The World of Null-A, Slan and Voyage of the Space Beagle, recorded in 1980, interviewed by Richard A. Lupoff & Lawrence Davidson. One of the masters of science fiction during the era of the pulps into the 1950s, writing for John W. Campbell and Astounding, Van Vogt is mostly forgotten today, though his stories served as inspiration for several movies and TV shows, most particularly Alien. Digitized, remastered & re-edited by Richard Wolinsky, December 2019.
Program as heard on KPFA
Extended 41-minute Radio Wolinsky podcast