During the lockdown, a new podcast will go live every Sunday afternoon. 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.
Richard Wolinsky talks with Jill Leovy, author of Ghettoside. Leovy, a reporter for the Los Angeles Times, spent many years embedded with police and community members in the part of the city known as South Central. In this book, she focuses on the ongoing issue of homicide involving African American men, and the results of both under-policing and over-policing. This interview was aired in two parts on KPFA, and is heard here in its entirety.
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 June 30, 1990, he sat down with Richard Wolinsky for an illuminating interview about his career as both writer and social critic. The interview was transcribed and published in the San Francisco Bay Guardian on July 11, 1990. It has not been heard for over twenty years.
Bill English is the Artistic Director of San Francisco Playhouse, one of the mid-sized regional theaters in the Bay Area, on Post Street in Union Square. This is a wide-ranging discussion recorded July 28, 2015 about various issues in the theater world, including the past and current seasons of San Francisco Playhouse. A shorter version aired on KPFA’s Arts-Waves program. Hosted by Richard Wolinsky and recorded in the studios of KPFA.
Oscar-winning actress and documentary film-maker Lee Grant discusses her careers in Hollywood and her time on the Hollywood blacklist in this fascinating memoir, which also deals with the nature of acting. This is an extended 47-minute version of a program heard on the Bookwaves radio show, featuring material not heard in that broadcast.