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James Kennedy's sci-fi asks, 'Do you dare to know your death date?'

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A message from Beth Golay: "On December 3, 2021, I spoke with James Kennedy about his book, Dare to Know. The podcast was supposed to drop on December 14, but because of a glitch with the audio, it didn’t happen. We thought the audio was lost. But thanks to the brilliant mind of Lu Anne Stephens (who happens to be my boss), the audio has been recovered and the podcast is ready for consumption. Dare to Know has since been released in paperback, but this is a better-late-than-never scenario, because I loved this conversation. You’ll hear me say this during the conversation: I loved this book. I published a copy of the podcast on the date it was supposed to air, but we’re publishing it today too. Because it deserves its time at the top of the episode list. I hope you enjoy it."


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Imagine you could know the exact date and time of your death… would you want to know? In James Kennedy’s science fiction novel Dare to Know, that question is the foundation of his imagined world. It was inspired by his own background in physics and subsequent research into the historical intersection of science and philosophy (including the occult). I spoke with James Kennedy about his fascination with this combination, how he taps into his characters and more. Here’s our conversation.

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Dare to Know by James Kennedy was published by Quirk Books.

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Marginalia was produced at KMUW Wichita.

  • Mark Statzer and Torin Andersen - engineers
  • Lu Anne Stephens - editor
  • Haley Crowson - producer
  • Beth Golay - host

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Beth Golay is KMUW's Director of Marketing and Digital Content. She is the host of the KMUW podcast Marginalia and co-host with Suzanne Perez of the Books & Whatnot podcast. You can find her on Wichita Transit in conversation with other riders for En Route, a monthly segment on KMUW's weekly news program The Range.