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During the pandemic, a new podcast will go live every Sunday. A podcast featuring extended interviews and discussions from the Bookwaves and Arts-Waves programs on KPFA, and extended archive interviews from the Probabilities series over the past forty years. Literature, theater, film, the visual arts: in-depth interviews from a progressive and artistic viewpoint, with long-time KPFA/Pacifica host Richard Wolinsky.
 
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Itamar Moses, playwright and librettist for "The Band's Visit," in conversation with host Richard Wolinsky, recorded January 10, 2022. Itamar Moses has written several plays, including "Yellowjackets," which was performed in 2008 at Berkeley Rep, and the books for three musicals. He won a Tony Award for "The Band's Visit," which plays at BroadwaySF…
 
Andrew Vachss (1942-December 27, 2021), author of several noir novels that focus on child abuse and child sexual abuse, in conversation for Probabilities with hosts Richard Wolinsky and Richard A. Lupoff, recorded June 27, 1991 in the KPFA studios while he was on tour for his novel Sacrifice. The nineteen eighties and nineties presented an explosio…
 
Jan Morris (1926-November 20, 2020), in conversation with Richard Wolinsky and Richard A. Lupoff, recorded November 16, 2001 while she was on tour for "Trieste and the Meaning of Nowhere." Jan Morris was a noted travel writer and historian, and a leading figure in the trans world. As James Morris, she accompanied Edmund Hillary on the first expedit…
 
Joan Didion (1934-2021), noted essayist, novelist, screenwriter social critic and journalist, in conversation with Richard Wolinsky, recorded in the KPFA studios on October 21, 2003. Joan Didion died on December 23, 2021 at the age of 87. A chornicler of of the American zeitgeist, she was the author of several novels, including Play It As It Lays a…
 
Susan Hill, author of "The Woman in Black" and other novels, in conversation by phone with host Richard Wolinsky. The Woman in Black, a play by Stephen Mallatrat and directed by Robin Herford is playing in San Francisco at ACT’s Strand Theater [1] through January 16th, and for more information you can go to act-sf.org, in New York through March 13,…
 
[caption id="attachment_251722" align="alignleft" width="354"] Anne Rice & Richard Wolinsky, 2016[/caption] Anne Rice died of a stroke on December 11, 2021. This career-ranging interview was recorded on December 2, 2016 at Books Inc. in Opera Plaza in San Francisco, while she was on tour for her latest novel, "Prince Lestat and the Realms of Atlant…
 
Nancy Opel, Broadway veteran performer, in conversation with host Richard Wolinsky, recorded November 22, 2021. Nancy Opel performs as the Ghost of Christmas Past in the touring production of A Christmas Carol, playing at the BroadwaySF [1] Golden Gate Theatre through December 26, 2021. Nancy Opel has appeared in several Broadway shows, starting wi…
 
Stephen Sondheim (1930 - November 26, 2021) in conversation with Richard Wolinsky, recorded in San Francisco, November 6, 2010. Stephen Sondheim died at the age of 91 on November 26, 2021. A titan of American musical theater whose work both transcended and changed the genre itself, Sondheim was responsible for the lyrics for Gypsy and West Side Sto…
 
Robert Jordan (1948-2003), author of "The Wheel of Time" series of fantasy novels, in conversation with Richard Wolinsky on January 3, 2003 in the KPFA studios, during the tour for book X, "Crossroads of Twilight." ​​​​​Robert Jordan, whose real name was James Oliver Rigny, Jr.n, is today best known for his high fantasy series, "The Wheel of Time".…
 
Robert B. Parker (1932-2010) is known today as one of the most important writers of detective fiction during the final quarter of the 20th Century. His wise cracking Boston private eye, Spenser, Spenser’s sidekick Hawk, and girlfriend Susan Silverman have become iconic figures. When Parker died at the age of 77 in 2010, 38 Spenser novels had been p…
 
Vanessa Veselka, whose latest novel is "The Great Offshore Grounds," in conversation with host Richard Wolinsky. "The Great Offshore Grounds" is an epic novel about two sisters on a quest to find themselves during the upheavals of the current era. It's a detailed examination of feminism, of lives lived on the edge, and of life in the parts of Ameri…
 
P.D. James (1920-2014) was considered, along with Agatha Christie, Josephine Tey and Dorothy L. Sayers, one of the greatest British mystery writers. Most of her books involved a police commander and poet named Adam Dalgliesh, though she wrote several other novels, including the science fiction novel, "Children of Men," which became a much-admired f…
 
Richard Powers, author of "Bewilderment," in conversation with Richard Wolinsky, recorded via zencastr on September 27, 2021. Richard Powers is one of America's most distinguished novelists. In 2006, his novel The Echo Maker, won the National Book Award and was a finmalist for the Pulitzer, and his most recent novel, The Overstory, was short-listed…
 
This podcast was first posted on February 26, 2017. George Saunders, author of the novel Lincoln in the Bardo, in conversation with Richard Wolinsky. George Saunders is the highly acclaimed author of several short story collections, including "Tenth of December," "CivilWarLand in Bad Decline," "In Persuasion Nation" and others, along with political…
 
Daniel Handler, author of "Poison for Breakfast" by Lemony Snicket, in conversation with host Richard Wolinsky. Daniel Handler writes young adult/children's books under the name "Lemony Snicket," along with novels for adults under his own name. Lemony Snicket was narrator for the 13-book "A Series of Unfortunate Events," and "wrote" several other b…
 
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