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The Vanishing: In conversation with War Reporter and Author Janine di Giovanni

Jan. 19, 2022

Ancient Christian communities of Iraq, Syria, Gaza and Egypt are threatened by terrorism, persecution, war and emigration. Some say they will be extinct in 50 years. War correspondent Janine di Giovanni alerts us to the thre…

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Her Secret War: In conversation with author Pam Lecky

Dec. 29, 2021

Her Secret War is Pam Lecky's fifth novel published in the United States. It's a great historical novel set in WWII. A twisty tale of intrigue and deception, Irish author Pam Lecky weaves many different genres into the story…

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Safe Enough Spaces: A pragmatist's approach to Inclusion, Free Speech, and Political Correctness. In conversation with Michael S. Roth, President of Wesleyan University.

Dec. 21, 2021

Safe spaces, trigger warnings, political correctness - we hear these terms so often in the context of the College experience today. Often we wonder what has happened to the classic college experience. But President Roth give…

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Collateral Damage is Optioned as a Documentary: an update conversation with author Mark Shaw

Nov. 19, 2021

Mark Wahlberg's "Unreasonable Ideas" production company has optioned Collateral Damage for a Documentary. Mark Shaw's book connects the dots between the 1962 death of Marilyn Monroe, the 1963 assassination of JFK and the 196…

Guest: Mark Shaw
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Carol Lynley: Her Hollywood Career. Talking with author Tom Lisanti, author of Carol Lynley her films and TV career and along for the discussion Shaun Chang, of the Movie and TV Blog, "Hill Place."

Oct. 21, 2021

Carol Lynley had a remarkable 40 year career in films, TV and on the stage. And who could ever forget The Poseidon Adventure ? She was a hardworking actress who graduated from model to teen actress to adult roles during the…

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King Richard. Nixon and Watergate: an American Tragedy. In conversation with author Michael Dobbs.

Oct. 6, 2021

Michael Dobbs was Moscow Bureau Chief for the Washington Post. He has written seven books. King Richard and several others deal with presidential crises. For King Richard he listened to the Nixon tapes at the presidential l…

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Mexican American Moxie: Talking with author, Professor Frank P. Barajas

Oct. 1, 2021

The rise of the Mexican American community in California is notable in many fields. But back in the middle of the 20th Century until the 1970s, The future was littered with struggle, poverty and lack of opportunity. Frank Ba…

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Migrations: In conversation with author J.L. Torres

Sept. 22, 2021

Award winning author J.L. Torres, discusses his critically acclaimed collection of short stories, Migrations. The Puerto Rican journey back and forth between the island and New York is the locus of the strong women and men …

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Christians Against Christianity: How Right Wing Evangelicals are destroying our Nation and our Faith. In conversation with Dr. Obery Hendricks.

Sept. 15, 2021

The Evangelical Right has played a prominent role ensuring its agenda is part of the national debate especially during the presidential elections of 2016 and 2020. But is that agenda soundly based in scripture as they would …

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Escape to the Stars: Talking with author Mark T. Sneed

Sept. 10, 2021

Escape to the Stars is a work of science fiction, but with an African American protagonist and hero. All too often the science fiction genre and space travel/adventure stories leave out people of color, and author Mark Sneed…

Guest: Mark T. Sneed
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Station: In conversation with author Jarrett Brandon Early.

Aug. 27, 2021

In his debut novel - which is an ambitious trilogy - Jarrett has written a work about life's second chances. But a second chance is not always guaranteed to be better than your first chance: it all depends what you make of …

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The Retreat: Talking to author Elisabeth de Mariaffi

Aug. 12, 2021

A closed circle mystery set in the Canadian Rockies as an early Winter sets in, Maeve Martin has come to this mountain top artists' retreat center to focus on the next chapter of her career. At 34 being a lead dancer is fadi…

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Collateral Damage: the mysterious deaths of Marilyn Monroe, Dorothy Kilgallen and the ties that bind them to the JFK assassination and Bobby Kennedy. In conversation with author Mark Shaw.

July 27, 2021

Linking the 1962 death of Hollywood star Marilyn Monroe and the 1965 death of ace investigative reporter Dorothy Kilgallen with the assassination of JFK might seem like a stretch at first blush. But that is exactly what inve…

Guest: Mark Shaw
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Social Media Profiles: the real, the fake and the extreme. In conversation with Professor Chris Bail of Duke University

July 20, 2021

Chris Bail's new book " Breaking the Social Prism - How to make our platforms less Polarizing," analyzes how we got to this crisis point and steps to defuse the situation. The echo chambers, social prisms that distort users …

Guest: Chris Bail
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Money Matters: The poor and naive meet the rich and dangerous. In conversation with author Brian Finney

July 7, 2021

Money Matters is a story of two sisters on two different trajectories of life, money, men and personal values. The plot plays out against the seedier side of life in Southern California with major themes of Surveillance Tech…

Guest: Brian Finney