A.E. Van Vogt, born April 26th, 1912, died January 28, 2000 at the age of 87, was a science fiction writer who had his heyday from the mid 1940s through the 1960s. In this rare radio interview from the Probabilities archive, Richard A. Lupoff and Lawrence Davidson talk with Van Vogt about his career and his writing process, recorded on Feb. 23, 1980. Digitized, remastered & re-edited by Richard Wolinsky, December 2019.

Tea Obreht, author of the magic realist western “Inland,” in conversation with Richard Wolinsky. The author of “The Tiger’s Wife” turns her attention to the American west in a tale that encompasses ghosts and camels, and the hardscrabble life of frontier families.

KPFA theatre critic Richard Wolinsky reviews “Cloud 9” by Caryl Churchill, at Custom Made Theatre in San Francisco through December 15, 2019. Custom Made website Text of review: During the Victorian era, the tyranny of colonialism went unchecked, as did sexual and gender-based oppression. Straitjacketed in their roles through patriarchy, the power disparity between men … Continued

Marc Bruni, co-director of “The Tale of Despereaux,” a new musical, at Berkeley Rep through January 54, 2019, is interviewed by KPFA theatre critic Richard Wolinsky. “The Tale of Despereaux” is based on the Newberry winning children’s book by Kate Di Camillo and the animated film released in 2008, and concerns a mouse intent on rescuing a human princess kidnapped by the castle rats.

Pam MacKinnon, Artistic Director of A.C.T., American Conservatory Theatre, in conversation with Richard Wolinsky.

In this wide-ranging interview, Pam talks about some of the challenges she faced coming to San Francisco a year ago, and how she’s working in partnership with other companies. She also discusses the previous seasons, and presents the shows in this 2019-2020 theatrical season, and concludes by discussing Market Street and the Strand.