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Ryan Benton is the primary composer in the band Sunshine Dreamers. The band’s latest album is Stand Still.

Marginalia: Lou Berney

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Brandon Michael Smith

November Road is a thriller set in November 1963, and it begins just before JFK’s assassination. When a mob lieutenant realizes that many of his associates are being eliminated one by one, he speculates not only that the murders are tied to the assassination, but also that he is next.

In November Road, author Lou Berney expands on mob-related conspiracy theories surrounding Kennedy’s death. I recently sat down with Lou Berney at the KMUW studios to talk about November Road and more.

Here's our conversation:

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A friend of mine called me last week and said she was at an estate sale and had found something that caught her eye. She texted me a quick photo and I agreed she should buy it. She paid $200 for what is a signed Peter Max lithograph worth $3000.

What’s your discovery service? In other words, how do you find out about new music?

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Olga Tokarczuk is the author of Flights, winner of the Man Booker International Prize, which is awarded to the best work of translated fiction from anywhere in the world. She shares the prize with the book’s translator, Jennifer Croft. And Flights was chosen from more than 100 submissions.

Tokarczuk has been labeled as one of Europe’s most imaginative writers, and with Flights, new readers in the states are beginning to understand why.

I recently visited with her about Flights and the translation process. Here's our conversation:

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As we round into autumn and those crisp evenings of wood smoke and candlelight, the heat can be found on stage at Century II, where the Wichita Grand Opera is opening their season with an evening that features the talents of Compañia Flamenca Eduardo Guerrero in a production titled Flamenco Pasión

Twenty years ago, Talib Kweli and Mos Def released ‘Black Star’, an album that was as much monumental celebration of everything hip hop as it was a signal achievement of an era on its way out. That era, the Golden Age of hip hop, gets dated from the late eighties to the mid to late nineties, and was a time of incredible diversity in hip hop: gangsta rap aired alongside conscious hip hop; Outkast had a couple of hit songs, but so did the Fresh Prince. There seemed to be room for everybody.

Marginalia: Delia Owens

Oct 5, 2018
Dawn Marie Tucker

Delia Owens has written several books, but they are primarily non-fiction, a reflection of the 23 years she spent studying wildlife in Africa. Her new book, Where the Crawdads Sing, is Owens’ first work of fiction. It also takes the reader on a deep dive into nature, but this novel is set in the marshlands of coastal North Carolina.

I recently spoke with Owens about growing up with nature, about how her research informed her fiction, about the nature of sisterhood and more. Here's our conversation:

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It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of the Final Fantasy series. I’ve been enthralled by the games ever since I played the Super Nintendo Final Fantasy II on a tiny TV in my bedroom back in 1996, staying up way past my bedtime - sorry, Mom. I’ve loved the complex themes, the dramatic stories, the strategic gameplay, and of course the series’ hallmark music. Since then, I’ve played nearly every game in the series - and have replayed many of them, many times.

Marginalia: Rosie Walsh

Oct 3, 2018

In her novel Ghosted, Rosie Walsh writes the story of an extremely capable woman who meets a man, spends an incredible week with him, makes future plans with him, and then he disappears. Initially she believes something happened to him during his planned holiday, except through the marvels of social media, she can see when he is online, and when he receives her texts, and when he starts to write back, and then stops. She's been ghosted, and she doesn't know why.

I spoke with Rosie Walsh about her novel, her writing methods, and what’s next. Here's our conversation:

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