Arts-Waves on Cover to Cover

April 25, 2016: J.G. Ballard

J. G. Ballard, who died in 2009 at the age of 78, was one of the greatest of all British speculative fiction writers, and one of the major writers of the period known as the British New Wave. His fictionalized memoir Empire of the Sun, was turned into a film by Steven Spielberg, introducing a young actor named Christian Bale. On May 8th, 1988, the Probabilities crew (Lawrence Davidson, Richard A. Lupoff and Richard Wolinsky) had a chance to sit down with J. G. Ballard while he was on tour for his novel, The Day of Creation. Produced in 2016 by Richard Wolinsky.


Muriel Murch discusses her short story collection, The Bell Lap, with host Richard Wolinsky. For several years, Muriel Murch was the host of KPFA’s Cover to Cover program on Fridays, and also contributed to the Morning Reading and radio drama. A nurse by profession, she wrote these stories not only for their literary value but to aid nurses in understanding their role in health care.


Erik Bauersfeld 1922-2016

  Erik Bauersfeld was Drama & Literature Director at KPFA from 1961 to 1991. When I first came to KPFA, Erik and assistant director, Padraigin McGillicuddy, gave Lawrence Davidson and me our first shot at radio, a science fiction interview program called “Probabilities Unlimited.” Over the years, as KPFA Folio Editor, I worked closely with … Continued


Arts-Waves on Cover to Cover

March 21, 2016: Umberto Eco

Umberto Eco, who died on February 19, 2016 at the age of 84, was one of the world’s leading semiologists, studying the relationship of signs and symbols to meaning and language. He was also a well-known and well respected novelist. The Name of the Rose, a detective novel set in the middle ages, became a surprise best-seller, On June 15, 2005, Richard Wolinsky sat down with Umberto Eco in the KPFA studios while the Italian writer was on tour for his latest novel, The Mysterious Flame of Queen Loana. It would be the last time Umberto Eco reached the West Coast to speak about his work.


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