Interviews conducted by Richard Wolinsky

Featuring stimulating conversations with the world's leading authors. along with artists in other fields.
Produced in the studios of 
KPFA-FM, Berkeley California

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Wednesdays, 6:00 pm
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5undays, 5:30 pm.
KXCR, 90.7 FM Florence Oregon
Fridays, 11:30 am
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Tursdays, 2:00 pm
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Saturdays, 11:30 am
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Saturdays, 9:00 am

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Thursdays, 1:00 pm

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June 18, 1924-September 17, 2013

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These podcasts contain extended interviews from BookwavesArts-Waves, and the Bookwaves/Artwaves Hour. Bay Area Theater also contains reviews, commentaries, and interviews.

November 16, 2023
Tim O'Brien, author of America Fantastica.
Complete 58 minute interview.
Theatre Review: Hedwig and the Angry Inch at Shotgun Players through December 30, 2023.
Bookwaves/Artwaves Hour, November 16, 2023.

November 9, 2023
Kazuo Ishiguro, Nobel Prize winning novelist, recorded October 6, 2000 while on tour for the novel When We Were Orphans
Complete 43-minute Interview
Mick Herron, author of The Secret Hours, part two of a two part interview. Complete interview
Theatre Review: Bulrusher, at Berkeley Rep's Peets Theatre Through December 3, 2023.
Bookwaves/Artwaves Hour, November 9, 2023

November 2, 2023
Bookwaves: Ben Fountain, author of the novel Devil Makes Three. 
Complete 59-minute Interview
Bookwaves/Artwaves Hour, November 2, 2023

Podcast posted October 29, 2023
Margaret Atwood, recorded June 10, 2003 while on tour for her novel Oryx and Crake.
Complete 50-minute podcast.

October 26, 2023
Bookwaves: Mick Herron, author of The Secret Hours and the Slough House spy novel series.
Complete 47-minute interview.
Bookwaves: Vauhini Vara, author of The Immortal King Rao.
Complete 45-minute Interview.
Bookwaves/Artwaves Hour, October 26, 2023

October 19, 2023
Bookwaves: John Scalzi, author of Starter VillainComplete 65-minute interview.
Bookwaves/Artwaves Hour, October 19, 2023

October 12, 2023
Bookwaves: Heather Cox Richardson, author of Democracy Awakening: Notes on the State of America and the daily newsletter, Letters from an American. Complete 52-minute interview.
Theatre Review: Nollywood Dreams at SF Playhouse through November 5, 2023.
Bookwaves/Artwaves Hour, October 12, 2023

September 14, 2023
Documentary Filmmakers
Artwaves: Dawn Porter, documentary film-maker, The Lady Bird Diaries, John Lewis Big Trouble and other films.
Complete 30-minute interview
Artwaves: Errol Morris, documentary film-maker, The Fog of War and other films.
Complete 33-minute interview
Theatre Review: The Hippest Trip: The Soul Train Musical, at ACT Toni Rembe Theatre through October 8, 2023.
Bookwaves/Artwaves Hour, September 14, 2023

September 7, 2023
Artwaves: Giovanna Sardelli, Artistic Director of TheatreWorks Silicon Valley.
Complete 33-minute Interview.
Artwaves: Stephen Sondheim (1930-2021), discussing the second volume of his selected lyrics, "Look i Made A Hat," recorded November, 24, 2011.
Complete 28-minute interview.
Bookwaves/Artwaves Hour, September 7, 2023.

August 31, 2023
Bookwaves: Martin Amis (1949-2023) discussing his novels NIght Train and The Information. Recorded January 27, 1998. Co-interviewers: Richard A. Lupoff/Richard Wolinsky.
Complete 33-minute interview.
Bookwaves: Jacqueline Woodson, author of Another Brooklyn, recorded Sept. 20, 2016.
Complete 37-minute interview
Bookwaves/Artwaves Hour, August 31, 2023.

August 24, 2023
Artwaves: Wayne Wang, film director, Career Retrospective: Chan is Missing, The Joy Luck Club, etc.
Complete 64-minute interview
Theatre Review: A Chorus Line at SF Playhouse through September 16, 2023.
Bookwaves/Artwaves Hour, August 24, 2023.

August 17, 2023
The Probabilities Archive: Two Interviews 
conducted by Richard A. Lupoff.
Bookwaves: Fritz Leiber (1910-1992, science fiction, fantasy and horror writer, recorded September, 1977.
Complete 39-minute interview
Bookwaves: Tony Hillerman (1925-2008), mystery novelist focused on the Navajo reservation, recorded January 14, 1987.
Complete 35-minute interview
Theatre Review:  Mahabharata at Z Space through August 20, 2023.
Bookwaves/Artwaves Hour, August 17, 2023.

August 10, 2023
Bookwaves: Christopher Moore, author of Razzmatazz.
Complete 48-minute interview.
Bookwaves: Lillian Ross (1918-2017) New Yorker staff writer, one of the founders of the New Journalism. Recorded June 4, 2002.
Complete 41-minute interview
Theatre Review: Josephine's Feast at the Magic through August 20, 2023.
Bookwaves/Artwaves Hour, August 10, 2023

August 3, 2023
Bookwaves: Lisa See, author of Lady Tan's Circle of Women. Recorded July 2023.
Complete 60-minute interview
Bookwaves/Artwaves Hour, August 3, 2023.

July 13, 2023
Two from Pacific Film Archive.
Bookwaves: Stuart Klawans, author of Crooked but Never Common: The Films of Preston Sturges.
Complete 52-minute interview.
Artwaves: Kate MacKay, curator of a retrospective of the films of Luis Bunuel.
Complete 34-minute interview.
Bookwaves/Artwaves Hour, July 13, 2023.

July 6, 2023
Bookwaves: David Grann, author of The Wager: A Tale of Shipwreck, Mutiny and Murder and Killers of the Flower Moon. Recorded June, 2023.
Complete 37-minute Interview.
Bookwaves: Yiyun Li, author of The Vagrants, recorded February 10, 2009.
Bookwaves/Artwaves Hour, July 6, 2023.

June 29, 2023
Bookwaves: Joanna Trollope, interviewed on tour for the novel Brother and Sister, recorded May 12, 2002.
Bookwaves: Andrew Sean Greer, interviewed for the novel The Confessions of Max Tivoli, recorded March 4, 2004.
Bookwaves/Artwaves Hour, June 29, 2023.

June 22, 2023
Bookwaves: Alan Hollinghurst, two interviews.
Interview recorded October 18, 2005, on tour for the Booker Prize winning The Line of Beauty.
Complete 34-minute interview.
Interview recorded November 5, 2011 for the novel The Stranger's Child.
Complete interview to come.
Bookwaves/Artwaves Hour, June 22, 2023.

June 15, 2023
Bookwaves: David Sedaris, author of Happy Go Lucky, just out in trade paperback.
Complete 64 minute Interview 
Theatre Review: The Wizard of Oz, at ACT Toni Rembe Theatre thru June 25, 2023
Bookwaves/Artwaves Hour, June 15, 2023.

June 8, 2023
Bookwaves: Robert Anton Wilson (1932-2007), noted science fiction and cult author, recorded February, 1983 following the release of Cosmic Trigger. Digitized and edited June 2023.
Complete 33-minute interview.
Bookwaves: Fay Weldon (1931-2023), recorded January 21, 1992 while on tour for Darcy's Utopia and Life Force. Interviewers: Richard A. Lupoff/Richard Wolinsky. Digitized, remastered, and edited, June 2023.
Complete 34-minute Interview
Bookwaves/Artwaves Hour, June 8, 2023.

June 1, 2023
Bookwaves: Martin Amis (1949-2023). The great British novelist and essayist died on May 19, 2023 at the age of 73. This interview was recorded November 26, 1991 while on tour for London Fields. Digitized and edited in 2023.
Complete 39-minute interview
Artwaves: Bill English, Artistic Director, San Francisco Playhouse on the upcoming season.
Complete 32-minute Interview
Theatre Review: Let The Right One In, at Berkeley Rep through June 25, 2023.
Bookwaves/Artwaves Hour, June 1, 2023.

May 4, 2023
Bookwaves: Philip K. Dick. Excerpts from various interviews and readings by the late Philip K. Dick (1928-1982), recorded as two memorial Probabilities programs, digitized and edited in 2023. With Richard A. Lupoff, Lawrence Davidson, Richard Wolinsky.
Complete 47-minute recording
Bookwaves: Alan Furst, noted spy novelist, excerpts recorded 2014 while on tour for Midnight in Europe.
Complete 40-minute Interview.
Bookwaves/Artwaves Hour, May 4, 2023.

April 27, 2023
Bookwaves: Don Winslow, author of the novel, City of Dreams, second in the "City" Trilogy.
Complete 34-minute interview.
Bookwaves: Norah Piehl, Director of Literary Programs at the Bay Area Book Festival, May 6-7, 2023.
Complete 30-minute interview..
Bookwaves/Artwaves Hour, April 27, 2023.

April 20, 2023
Bookwaves: Gemma Whelan, author of the novel, Painting in the Dark.
Complete 37-minute interview.
Bookwaves: Russell Banks (1940-2023), recorded November 11, 2004 while on tour for the novel, The Darling.
Theatre Review: English at Berkeley Rep through May 7, 2023; Poor Yella Rednecks at ACT Strand through May 7, 2023.
Bookwaves/Artwaves Hour, April 20, 2023.

April 13, 2023
Artwaves: Jason Graae, performer and actor, at Feinsteins at the Nikko in San Francsico April 14-15 with Faith Prince.
Complete 58-minute interview.
Bookwaves/Artwaves Hour, April 13, 2023.

April 6, 2023
Bookwaves: Donald Spoto (1941-2023), biographer, recorded June 18, 1997 while on tour for Notorious, the Life of Ingrid Bergman.
Complete 41-minute Interview
Bookwaves: Justine Bateman, author of Fame, the Hijacking of Reality, recorded October 27, 2018 at Green Apple Books.
Complete 28-minute Interview.
Theatre ReviewTriumph of Love at Shotgun Players Ashby Stage through April 30, 2023.
Bookwaves/Artwaves Hour, April 9, 2023.

March 30, 2023
Bookwaves: Rebecca Makkai, author of the novel I Have Some Questions for You.
Complete 40-minute interview.
Bookwaves: John Sayles, part two. See below.
Theatre Review: Merrily We Roll Along, at 42nd Street Moon Gateway Theatre through April 9, 2023.
Bookwaves/Artwaves Hour, March 30, 2023.

March 23, 2023
Bookwaves: John Sayles, author of Jamie McGillivray, the Renegade's Journey, screenwriter and director. Part One.
Complete 45-minute interview
Artwaves: Nora Ephron (1941-2012), Screenwriter and author, recorded  November, 2010. Complete 45-minute interview.
Theatre ReviewCambodian Rock Band at Berkeley Rep through April 2, 2023.
Bookwaves/Artwaves Hour, March 23, 2023.

March 16, 2023
Artwaves: Joe Ngo, performer, Cambodian Rock Band, at Berkeley Rep through April 2, 2023.
Complete 42-minute interview
Artwaves: Jesse Green, New York Times theatre critic. Complete 48-minute interview.
Theatre Review: Fannie: The Music and Life of Fannie Lou Hamer at TheatreWorks Palo Alto through April 2, 2023.
Bookwaves/Artwaves Hour, March 16, 2023.

February 16, 2023
Artwaves: Luis Alfaro, playwright, The Travelers, at Magic Theatre through March 5, 2023.
Complete 55-minute interview.
Bookwaves/Artwaves Hour, February 16, 2023.

February 9, 2023
Bookwaves: Jane Smiley, author of the novel, A Dangerous Business.
Complete 35-minute interview.
Bookwaves: Fay Weldon (1931-2023) noted author of The Life and Loves of a She Devil, recorded March 1990 while on tour for her novel The Cloning of Joanna May. Interviewers: Richard Wolinsky/Richard A. Lupoff
Complete 39-minute interview
Theatre Review: Clyde's at Berkeley Rep.
Bookwaves/Artwaves Hour, February 9, 2023.

February 2, 2023
Bookwaves: Wil Haygood, author of Colorization: One Hundred Years of Black Films in a White World.
Complete 42-minute interview.
Bookwaves/Artwaves: Dennis Lim, Part Two, discussing his career as a critic.
Theatre Review: In Every Generation at TheatreWorks Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts.
Bookwaves/Artwaves Hour, February 2, 2023.

January 26, 2023
Bookwaves/Artwaves: Dennis Lim, author of Tale of Cinema, which focuses on the work of South Korean film director Hong Sang-soo.
Complete 44-minute interview.
Bookwaves: Russell Banks (1940-2023) noted novelist and short story writer, recorded June 7, 2000 while on tour for his collection, The Angel on the Roof. Interviewers: Richard Wolinsky/Richard A. Lupoff.
Bookwaves/Artwaves Hour, January 26, 2023.

January 19, 2023
Bookwaves/Artwaves: Jack O'Brien, author of Jack in the Box, or How to Goddam Direct, and theatre director, winner of three Tony Awards and nominated seven times.
Complete 57-minute interview.
Bookwaves/Artwaves Hour, January 19, 2023.

January 12, 2023
Bookwaves: Suzy McKee Charnas (1939-2023), science fiction and fantasy author of The Vampire Tapestry, Motherlines, and other novels, recorded Halloween Weekend, 1981.
Complete 29-minute interview.
Artwaves: Frank Galati (1943-2023), noted stage director, director of Ionesco's Rhinoceros at ACT in 2019. Tony and Oscar nominated director and screenwriter. 
Complete 42-minute interview.
Both artists died January 2, 2023.
Bookwaves/Artwaves Hour, January 12, 2023..

January 5, 2023
Bookwaves: Vanessa Veselka, author of The Great Offshore Grounds and Zazen.
Complete 51-minute interview.
Bookwaves: Robert B. Parker (1932-2010), author of the Spenser novels, recorded Spring, 1981 while on tour for Early Autumn. Interviewers: Richard Wolinsky/Lawrence Davidson.
Complete 40-minute interview.
Theatre Review: As You Like It at SF Playhouse.
Bookwaves/Artwaves Hour, January 5, 2023.

December 29, 2022
Bookwaves: Shelley Singer (1939-2022), mystery author, Jake Samson mysteries; Barrett Lake mysteries. Former book reviewer on KPFA's Probabilities radio show. Interview recorded November 19, 1986, Interviewers: Richard Wolinsky/Richard A. Lupoff.
Complete 28-minute interview.
Bookwaves: Philip Pullman, author of the His Dark Materials trilogy and The Book of Dust trilogy. Recorded November 30, 2000 while on tour for The Amber Spyglass.
Complete 30-minute Interview.
Bookwaves/Artwaves Hour, December 29, 2022.

December 22, 2022
Bookwaves: Helen Benedict,co-author (with Eyad Awwadawnon) of Map of Hope and Sorrow: Stories of Refugees Trapped in Greece.
Complete 54-minute interview.
Review: Little Shop of Horrors, at Theatreworks Lucie Stern Theater.
Bookwaves/Artwaves Hour, December 22, 2022.

December 1, 2022
Artwaves: Derek Goldman, co-playwright/
director, Remember This: The Lesson of Jan Karski, at Berkeley Rep's Peets Theatre thru Dec. 18, 2022.
Complete 42-minute interview.
Bookwaves: William Gibson, master of cyberpunk, interviewed while on tour for Pattern Recognition, recorded February 4, 2003.
Complete 47-minute interview
Theatre Review: Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812 at Shotgun Players Ashby Stage.
Bookwaves/Artwaves Hour, December 1, 2022.

November 24, 2022
Masters of Science Fiction
Bookwaves: Isaac Asimov (1920-1992), recorded August 10, 1983. Complete 47-minute interview.
Bookwaves: Ray Bradbury (1920-2012), recorded at his home in Los Angeles, 1992. Interviewed by Richard Wolinsky & Richard A. Lupoff.
Complete 38-minute interview.
Bookwaves/Artwaves Hour, November 24, 2022.

November 17, 2022
Artwaves: Emma Rice, adaptation and 
direction, Wuthering Heights, at Berkeley Rep's Roda Theatre, November 18 - January 1. 
Complete 34-minute interview.
BookwavesJulie Powell (1973-2022), author of Julie & Julia and Cleaving: A Story of Marriage, Meat and Obsession. Recorded Dec. 16, 2009.
Complete 35-minute interview.
Theatre ReviewColonialism is Terrible but Pho is Delicious, at Aurora Theatre.
Bookwaves/Artwaves Hour, November 17, 2022

November 10, 2022
Bookwaves: Richard Powers, author of Bewilderment, now out in trade paperback.
Complete 43-minute interview.
Artwaves: Lisa Ramirez, Part Two.
Bookwaves/Artwaves Hour, November 10, 2022.

For older interviews, links to previous years can be found by going to the 2022 archive.

YOU TUBE Excerpt:
Clark Blaise & Bharati Mukherjee at Pegasus Bookstore in Berkeley, 2011

Special Salman Rushdie Video Interview
Richard Wolinsky talks with Salman Rushdie at Montalvo Arts Center, May 20, 2007
Old Photos

In Memoriam
Frank M. Robinson (1926-2014)  
2000 Interview  Science Fiction of the 20th
    Century: An Illustrated History; Waiting
    Recorded February 9, 2000   (40 min)
2004 Interview The Donor
   Aired September 9, 2004 (34 min)