Black Lives Matter: Judy Juanita, former member of the Black Panthers, discusses her novel, “Virgin Soul,” a fictionalization of her life with the Panthers in the 1960s, recorded in April, 2013. Then, Bonnie Tsui, author of “Why We Swim,” talks about the nature of swimming in a post-p;andemic interview. Hosted by Richard Wolinsky.
Bookwaves/Artwaves presents in-depth interviews with authors of fiction and narrative non-fiction, delving deeply into political and social issues, literary technique, and the life of the author, along with interviews devoted to theatre and film, and archive interviews from Bookwaves and Probabilities. Hosted by Richard Wolinsky.
This program features two recent interviews that resonate with the week’s protests and with the push toward fascism in Washington. Tayari Jones, author of “An American Marriage,” about an African American family torn apart by a false accusation and incarceration, talks about her work and her life. Theatre director Frank Galati discusses “Rhinoceros” by Eugene Ionesco, a parable about the rise of fascism, which played at ACT last June. Hosted by Richard Wolinsky.
A program in solidarity with protestors for social justice, and with the fight against fascism in America and overseas. First, Erik Larson looks at the rise of fascism in Germany in his book, “In The Garden of Beasts,” recorded in 2011, and the resonance with America today is uncanny. And then, an interview with the Oscar winning screenwriter and acclaimed African American playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney, recorded in 2014, discussing two of his plays, along with his career. Hosted by Richard Wolinsky.
Bookwaves: Andrew Altschul dsicusses his latest novel, “The Gringa,” the story of an American’s involvement in Peruvian politics in the 1990s, and the aftermath of her involvement; a look at the modern effects of American exceptionalism.
Arts-Waves: A 2003 interview with Pulitzer and Obie prize winning playwright Suzan-Lori Park.
Hosted by Richard Wolinsky.
Bookwaves: An interview with Ann Beattie, author of the novel,” A Wonderful Stroke of Luck,” just released in trade paperback. Arts-Waves: Peter Carey, discussing his novel “True History of the Kelly Gang,” recorded March, 2001. Hosted by Richard Wolinsky.
Tope Folarin, author of the novel “A Particular Kind of Black Man,” is interviewed by Richard Wolinsky. From the Probabilities Archive, the late novelist Michael Crichton while on tour for his novel “Jurassic Park,” interviewed by Richard A. Lupoff and Richard Wolinsky on December 5, 1990.
A special KPFA 71st Birthday edition featuring two popular programs from the recent past. A documentary tribute to E. L. Doctorow, based on two Bookwaves interviews; 1089 interview with Margaret Atwood about “Cat’s Eye” and “The Handmaid’s Tale.” Hosted by Richard Wolinsky.
Bookwaves: John Lanchester is interviewed about his latest novel, “The Wall,” just out in trade paperback, by host Richard Wolinsky.
ArtWaves: Mary Higgins Clark (1927-2020) died January 31, 2020 at the age of 92. Best-selling author of 51 novels, many of which were adapted into theatrical and made-for-television films, she was interviewed by Richard Wolinsky and Richard A. Lupoff on May 24, 1989 in San Francisco. From the Probabilities archive.
Colum McCann, whose latest book is “Apeirogon,” is interviewed by Richard Wolinsky, followed by a 2004 interview with playwright Terrence McNally, who died on March 24, 2020 at the age of 81.
Bookwaves: Lisa See discusses her latest novel, “Island of Sea Women,” now out in trade paperback, with host Richard Wolinsky.
Arts-Waves: Clive Cussler (1931-2020) The best-selling author of the Dirk Pitt series, and several other adventure novels, died at the age of 88 on Feb. 24, 2020. This interview was recorded in 1994 on the publication of his novel, “Inca Gold” for the Probabilities radio series, he is interviewed by Richard Wolinsky & Richard A. Lupoff.