A podcast featuring extended interviews and discussions from the Bookwaves and Arts-Waves programs on KPFA, interviews and discussions with KPFA producers and hosts, and extended archive interviews from the Probabilities series over the past thirty years. Literature, theater, film, the visual arts: in-depth interviews from a progressive and artistic viewpoint, with long-time KPFA/Pacifica host Richard Wolinsky. New podcasts are generally weekly, though not always.
Film critic Richard Schickel (1933-2017) in conversation with Richard Wolinsky, recorded in 2003. Richard Schickel, who died on February 18, 2017 at the age of 84, spent forty-five years as film critic for Time Magazine. During his lifetime he wrote 36 books, most of them about film, and produced and directed thirty-four documentaries, all about film.This interview was recorded while he was publicizing his book, ““Good Morning Mr. Zip Zip Zip: Movies, Memory and World War II.”
David Shields, author of “Other People: Takes & Mistakes,” in coversation with Richard Wolinsky.
David Shields ia an essay, novelist, short story writer and film maker.Among his works are “Black Planet,” “How LIterature Saved My Life,” and “I Think You’re Totally Wrong: A Quarrel.: In his latest book, a collection of over thirty essays and stories, he examines what it means to know another person.
Colm Toibin, author of “House of Names,” in conversation with Richard Wolinsky. “House of Names” is a retelling of the story of the House of Atreus, the classic Greek tragedy of Agamemnon, Clytemnestra, Electra and Orestes, which formed the basis of plays by Sophocles, Euripedes and Aeschylus, as well as influenced playwrights from Shakespeare to Eugene O’Neill.
Gore Vidal, in conversation on March 11, 1998 with Richard Wolinsky and Richard A Lupoff while he was on tour for his novel “The Smithsonian Institution.” In the wide ranging interview he talks about the demonization of the Clintons, health care in America, United States history, his own biography and his work in stage and film.
Andrew McCarthy, author of the young adult novel “Just Fly Away,” travel writer and actor/director, in conversation with Richard Wolinsky. Andrew McCarthy has had a long career, starting out as an actor in such films as “Pretty in Pink,” “Less Than Zero” and “Weekend at Bernie’s”, and went on to become a noted travel writer and successful television director,
Radio Wolinsky 3: A Conversation with Gore Vidal, 1990. This encore podcast originally was posted on November 18, 2015; a shorter version aired as a Arts-Waves program/podcast on October 31, 2016. Gore Vidal (1925-2012) was the author of such novels as Burr, 1976, Julian and Myra Breckinridge, as well as one of America’s greatest essayists. On … Continued
Octavia Butler (1947-2006) in conversation with Richard Wolinsky and Richard A. Lupoff, recorded in 1983. Octavia Butler, who died in 2006 at the age of 58, was one of the giants of modern science fiction. Winner of multiple awards for her short fiction and novels, her work explored issues involving gender, race, and power and featured protagonists often at odds with their societies.
Kurt Vonnegut (1922-2007), interviewed in 1991 by Richard Wolinsky and Richard A. Lupoff. In 1991, while on tour for his collection of essays, “Fates Worse Than Death,” Kurt Vonnegut Jr. stopped in the KPFA studios to speak with the hosts of the “Probabilities” program about his work, his career, and his feelings about life and politics.