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
Richard Wolinsky co-hosted and produced “Probabilities,” a program devoted to science fiction, mystery and mainstream fiction, from 1977 to 1995 on KPFA-FM. From 1995 through 2001, he co-hosted and produced the Thursday edition of “Cover to Cover,” taking the program solo in early 2002, and renaming the show “Bookwaves”. More recently, he has hosted programs on Bay Area theater, first on “Open Book” once a month and since October 2014 on “Arts-Waves” on Mondays at 3 pm on KPFA. He also hosts the “Bay Area Theater” podcast on kpfa.org
Along the way, he has spoken with most of the English speaking world’s leading authors, including Peter Carey, Joseph Heller, William Kennedy, Margaret Atwood, Anne Rice, Gore Vidal, James Ellroy, Joyce Carol Oates, Norman Mailer, Salman Rushdie, E.L. Doctorow, and many others.
Richard Wolinsky has a BA from Binghamton University (formerly SUNY Binghamton) and an MA in Philosophy from the New School for Social Research. from 1978 to 1992 he was editor of the KPFA Folio magazine/program guide. Since then he has worked as a commercial and free-lance writer, elections expert, and graphic designer. He has two unpublished books to his name (and don’t hold your breath).
Richard Wolinsky’s interviews have been published in numerous venues, including the San Francisco Bay Guardian, Heavy Metal magazine, and Mystery Scene, Magazine, and such books as Feast of Fear: Conversations with Stephen King, The Louis L’Amour Companion, and Macabre II: Stephen King & Clive Barker. “Bookwaves” is now syndicated through Pacifica’s Audioport website and can be heard on several stations across the country.