Susan Oxtoby, curator of a retrospective of filmmaker Agnes Varda (1928-2019) at BAMPFA through May 5th, discusses the career of the great Belgian-French director, focusing in on her most important films as well as a new documentary about Varda, “Viva Varda”. Photo of Susan Oxtoby and Agnes Varda in Berkeley, 2013, by Mariana Lopez, courtesy BAMPFA.

Roz Chast, New Yorker cartoonist, in conversation with Richard Wolinsky. A regular cartoonist for the New Yorker since 1978, Roz Chast has developed a following for her quirky, strange and funny cartoons.. She talks about her career and and her book “Going into Town: A Love Letter to New York” in this interview recorded October 26, 2017 and first posted November 16, 2017.

Burton Lane, Broadway and Hollywood composer and sometime lyricist, in conversation with Richard Wolinsky, August 17, 1992 in New York. Burton Lane wrote the music for the hit Broadway shows Finian’s Rainbow and On A Clear Day You Can See Forever, as well as songs for several films in the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s, including Royal Wedding. Fifth in a series of interviews created for an unproduced radio documentary on George and Ira Gershwin. This interview has never seen the light of day until now. Photo: WNYC.

David Thomson, film critic and historian, discusses his latest book, “The Fatal Alliance: A Century of War on Film” with host Richard Wolinsky. Author of over forty books, most of which deal with film and film history, David Thomson here discusses how movies have influenced how our society sees and understands war. He is hosting war films at Pacific Film Archive on March 13 (Paths of Glory), March 20 (They Shall Not Grow Old) and March 27 (1917). Photo from”1917″ courtesy Pacific Film Archive.

Robert Stone (1937-2015), author of “Dog Soldiers,” “A Flag for Sunrise” and “Damascus Gate,” in conversation with Richard Wolinsky, recorded in the KPFA studios on January 25, 2007 during the book tour for  his memoir, “Prime Green: Remembering the Sixties,” in which he discusses his time with Kerouac and Cassidy, and what the sixties mean in the current era.

Tony Hillerman (1925-2008) in conversation with Richard Wolinsky and Richard A. Lupoff, recorded November 8, 1993 while on tour for the novel “Sacred Clowns.” This is the second of four interviews.Digitized, remastered and edited in February 2024 by Richard Wolinsky. This interview has not been heard in three decades. Photo: Copyright 1993 Harper Collins.

Walter Mosley in conversation with Richard Woinsky and Richard A. Lupoff, recorded October 25, 1992 in the KPFA studios while on tour for the novel, “White Butterfly.” This interview was recorded at the start of his career and has not been heard in thirty years. Digitized, remastered and edited in 2024. Photo: David Shankbone, Creative Commons.

Kate Wilhelm (1928-2018) , award winning science fiction and detective novelist, in conversation with Richard A. Lupoff and Richard Wolinsky, recorded in the KPFA studios, August 5, 1996. while on tour for her novel, “Malice Prepense,” (later renamed “For The Defense”). While a noted science fiction fantasy author in her early career, she later switched to the mystery and courtroom field with her Barbara Holloway series. She was also a well-known writing teacher at the Clarion Workshop