links below to listen to interviews from past shows in Real
Audio format. Note: some of the audio files below include additional
interview material not featured in the original radio broadcast.
Sapolsky Sept 19, 2005
Genes, brains and behavior. Robert Pollie speaks with neurobiologist
Robert Sapolsky, author of Monkeyluv and A Primate's Memoir.
Devlin Aug 29, 2005
Robert Pollie speaks with mathematician and NPR "math guy"
Keith Devlin. Devlin's latest book is The Math Instinct,
about the innate mathematical abilities of animals. If math is instinctual,
why is it so hard to learn?
Kostova Aug 15, 2005
Rick Kleffel interviews the author of The Historian, a layered
literary novel about a scholarly search for the remains of Vlad the
Impaler. The historical Dracula, Bram Stoker's notes and dangerous libraries.
Sorrentino Aug 8, 2005
Robert Pollie talks to Chris Sorrentino about his novel Trance. It's
a panoramic re-imagining of the Patty Hearst/Symbionese Liberation Army
story and a luminous portrait of 1970s America.
Frey July 25, 2005
Rick Kleffel speaks with James Frey about his memoir, My Friend Leonard.
Frey met Leonard, a highly placed mob boss, while they were both in
rehab, and the friendship continued after they recovered.
Vachss July 4, 2005
Rick Kleffel speaks to the noted crime fiction author. Vachss talks
about his work as a lawyer representing children and about his latest
novel, Two Trains Running. Topics discussed include child
abuse, and the interview may be disturbing to sensitive listeners.
Clowes June 27, 2005
Robert Pollie talks to cartoonist Dan Clowes about his career in comics
and film. Clowes's screenwriting credits include Ghost World
and the forthcoming Art School Confidential.
Cullin and Laurie R. King June
Rick Kleffel speaks with authors Laurie R. King and Mitch Cullin about
their Sherlock Holmes-inspired fiction.
Kramer June 6, 2005
Robert Pollie in conversation with psychiatrist Peter Kramer, best-selling
author of Listening to Prozac. They discuss Kramer's new book,
Against Depression, about the medical and cultural impacts
Palahniuk May 23, 2005
Rick Kleffel talks with the bestselling author of Fight
Club. Pahlanuik's book signings have become confessionals for his
readers, providing material for his book of horror fiction, Haunted.
Burdett May 16, 2005
Rick Kleffel speaks with crime fiction writer John Burdett about his
new novel, Bangkok Tattoo. Buddhism, humor and prostitution
as a form of farm subsidy.
Ishiguro May 2, 2005
Robert Pollie interviews the celebrated author of The Remains of the Day. They discuss Ishiguro's latest novel, Never Let Me Go.
Jonathan Safran Foer April 25, 2005
Robert Pollie speaks with novelist Jonathan Safran Foer. Foer's novel Everything is Illuminated was one of the critical hits of 2002. Now he's back with his second novel, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close.
Stephan Zielinski April 11, 2005
Rick Kleffel talks with author Stephan Zielinski about his first novel, Bad Magic, six kinds of evil and the San Diego zombie.
Stephen Elliott March 28, 2005
Robert Pollie talks to novelist and journalist Stephen Elliott about sexuality, power and politics. They discuss Elliott's novel Happy Baby and his experiences on the 2004 presidential campaign trail.
Steve Erickson March 7, 2005
Rick Kleffel speaks with visionary author Steve Erickson about his latest novel, Our Ecstatic Days. How many more times does Erickson intend to destroy Los Angeles?
Redmond O'Hanlon February 28, 2005
Bill Bryson called O'Hanlon "probably the finest writer of travel books in the English language." He talks to Robert Pollie about his adventures aboard a North Atlantic fishing trawler, as retold in his book, Trawler.
Lucius Shepard February, 14 2005
Rick Kleffel talks to Shepard about his latest novel, A Handbook of American Prayer.
Malcolm Gladwell February 7, 2005
Robert Pollie speaks to the New Yorker staff writer and best-selling author of The Tipping Point. They discuss Gladwell's latest book, Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking.
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