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    • Michael Guillen interview, 1995 September

    • Physics - Popular works; Equations;
    • Michael and Connie begin the interview discussing that his book is a story about the power of mathematics, “truths,” and the wondrous nature of universe. For example, Michael uses Newton’s equation describing gravity to tell a story about how...
    • Steve Allen interview, 1998

    • Allen, Steve, 1921-2000 - Fiction; Meadows, Jayne, 1919- - Fiction; Comedians - Fiction; Hollywood (Los Angeles, Calif.) - Fiction;
    • Steve begins the interview briefly talking about the basic gimmicks and insider jokes he uses in his novels. For the majority of the interview, Connie and Steve’s conversation meanders between the novel’s themes and Steve’s life ranging from his...
    • Gloria Vanderbilt interview, 1987

    • Vanderbilt, Gloria, 1924–; Artists – United States – Biography;
    • Gloria begins the interview briefly talking about her great-great grandfather, Commodore Cornelius Vanderbilt, and his views on women as a segue into talking about her life, men, and self-esteem. In particular, Gloria discusses her relationship...
    • Tony Ulasewicz interview, 1991 October

    • Ulasewicz, Tony, 1918–; Nixon, Richard M. (Richard Milhous), 1913–1994; Watergate Affair, 1972–1974 – Personal narratives; Traffic accidents – Massachusetts – Chappaquiddick Island; Private investigators – United States – Biography;
    • Tony begins the interview briefly talking about his questioning before the US Senate during the Watergate investigations. For the majority of the interview, Tony discusses some of his work as a private investigator for the Nixon White House. In...
    • Pamela Kaufman interview, 2002 March

    • Eleanor, of Aquitaine, Queen, consort of Henry II, King of England; 1122?–1204 – Fiction; Henry II, King of England, 1133–1189 – Fiction; Louis VII, King of France, approximately 1120–1180 – Fiction; Queens – Fiction; Great Britain – History –...
    • Pamela begins the interview talking about what made Eleanor such a fascinating person. For the majority of the interview, Pamela discusses the connections between the plot and characters in her novel with the actual history of 12th century France...
    • Russell Means interview, 1995 October

    • Means, Russell, 1939-; American Indian Movement; Oglala Indians - Biography; Indians of North America - Government relations - 1934-
    • Russell Means discusses his book, "Where White Men Fear to Tread: The Autobiography of Russell Means." The book is not only about his life, but the experience of the American Indian. His parents moved to San Francisco so he wouldn't have to...
    • Anthony Bourdain interview

    • Cooking; Food
    • Anthony Bourdain discusses his book, “A Cook’s Tour.” He begins by sharing that the book was an opportunity for him to fulfill his greatest desires and fantasies by eating his way around the world. He also briefly discusses his previous book “A...
    • Laura Van Wormer interview, 1995 March

    • Consolidation and merger of corporations – Fiction; Authors – Fiction; Literary agents – Fiction; Friendship – Fiction; Los Angeles (Calif.) – Fiction;
    • For the majority of the interview, Connie and Laura talk about the major characters and plot points in the book. They discuss the literary influences that helped shape the characters and themes in her book as well as Laura’s work in the publishing...
    • Andre Dubus interview

    • Florida - Fiction; Saudi Arabians - United States - Fiction; Sex-oriented businesses - Fiction; Life change events - Fiction; Older women - Fiction; Mothers and daughters - Fiction; Stripteasers - Fiction
    • Andre Dubus discusses his book, “The Garden of Last Days.” He begins by discussing the central character of the book, April. April is a single mother who works in a strip club to support her and her daughter. The plot thickens when April crosses...
    • Frank Rich interview, 2000 November

    • Rich, Frank; Theater critics - United States - Biography;
    • Frank begins the interview discussing that his book is an attempt to recapture his first theatre experience. For the majority of the interview, Frank chronicles a number of stories from his childhood and young adulthood explaining how he came to...
    • Arlene Alda interview, 1982 December

    • Family life – Fiction; Mothers – Employment – Fiction;
    • Arlene begins the interview talking about the family that provided the background context—story and photos—for her book. Arlene also discusses her thoughts on children, what they have to teach us, and what makes working with children such a...
    • Frank Snepp interview, 1999 August

    • Snepp, Frank - Trials, litigation, etc.; Snepp, Frank. Decent interval; United States; Central Intelligence Agency - Officials and employees; Prior restraint - United States; Freedom of the press - United States; National security - United States;
    • Frank begins the interview discussing his work as an analyst for the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) during the Vietnam War. In particular, Frank discusses his first book, Decent Interval (1977), which chronicles how the CIA failed its...
    • Ken Lindner interview, 2000 January

    • Broadcast journalism - Vocational guidance; Broadcast journalism - Technological innovations; Broadcast journalism - Moral and ethical aspects; Television broadcasting of news;
    • Ken and Connie begin the show briefly discussing the distinction between “real” and tabloid journalism. For the majority of the interview, Ken talks about his work as an agent for broadcast journalists and the lessons he has learned about...
    • Malcolm Margolin interview, 1995 December

    • Indians of North America - California - Folklore; Indians of North America - California;
    • Malcolm and Connie begin their discussion briefly talking about how he became involved in publishing and writing books about California Native cultures. For the majority of the interview, Malcolm chronicles a number of different stories from his...
    • Pamela Stephenson interview, 2002 October

    • Connolly, Billy; Comedians - Great Britain - Biography;
    • Pamela begins the interview briefly talking about her husband’s childhood in Scotland. Pamela also discusses her work as a comedian, meeting Billy, and later going back to school to become a psychologist. For the majority of the interview, Pamela...
    • Pierre Salinger interview, 1995 November

    • Salinger, Pierre; Politicians - United States - Biography; Journalists - United States - Biography;
    • Connie and Pierre begin the interview briefly talking about his early life as a child concert pianist as well as his service with the U.S. Navy during World War II. For the majority of the interview, Pierre and Connie, in a wide ranging...
    • Alan Anderson interview, 2004 December 13

    • World War, 1939-1945 - Music and the war; Berlin, Irving, 1888-1989. This is the Army
    • Alan Anderson discusses his book, “The Songwriter Goes to War.” He begins by explaining that after he was inducted into the army he was assigned the duties of a production stage manager and first sergeant of the detachment “This is the Army.”...
    • Brad Gooch interview, 2002

    • Gooch, Brad, 1952-; Spirituality - United States; United States - Religion
    • Brad Gooch discusses his book, “Godtalk.” He begins by explaining the new religious phenomenon of Urbantia, a book that was supposedly sent down to a farmer in Chicago by aliens in the 1920s. He talks about traveling around America and how he...
    • Alan Flusser interview, 1981

    • Men’s clothing - Purchasing - Directories; Shopping - Guidebooks
    • Alan Flusser discusses his book, Making the Man, which explores the relationship between what a person wears and the image that individual is trying to project, "a good suit never hurt a lawyer." Alan wrote the book, based on his experience as a...

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