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WSPC Culture Wars. Current events, entertainment, politics with Dr. Barna Donovan & Prof. Joseph Lamachia.








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Barna and Joe welcome one of the most exciting new voices in crime fiction.  Owen Laukkanen, author of THE PROFESSIONALS, discusses his journey from poker journalist to garnering glowing reviews for a debut novel that's shooting to the top of bestseller lists.

This episode may be the last for the spring, but Culture Wars will be back in the fall!

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How do you combine classic hard-boiled noir with a supernatural thriller about the collector of souls?  Chris F. Holm, the award winning author of the new novel DEAD HARVEST, tells Barna and Joe on this latest special edition of Culture Wars.  Join them for a discussion of all things dark, edgy, and dangerous in crime and supernatural fiction.

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The special series of book podcasts continues as Barna talks to author Jennifer B. White about publishing, publicity, screenwriting, and the author in the world of social media!

Jennifer is the author of the new supernatural novels DEAD ASLEEP and OTHERWISE, as well as a Public Relations professional, screenwriter, and writer of advertising copy for the poster art of such Hollywood blockbusters as ROBIN HOOD, SCOTT PILGRIM, THE WOLFMAN and SKYLINE. She discusses how Hollywood and the world of publishing intersect and how every new author needs to be his or her own most active publicist.  For published authors and those who aspire to see their names in print, this is an episode you can't miss!

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The new season of Culture Wars will feature a series of special podcast interviews with authors whose unique voices and styles have the publishing world talking.

In our first episode, Anthony and Crimespree Award-winning author Hilary Davidson joins Joe and Barna to talk about her new book, THE NEXT ONE TO FALL.  A sequel to her acclaimed debut novel, THE DAMAGE DONE, Hilary's new book follows her heroine, Lily Moore, as she travels to Peru and encounters murder.  

Check out the interview for some fascinating insights on the writing life, crime fiction, and a fascinating discussion about the serious side of a genre that has been called the most socially conscious category of fiction on the market today.

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Barna and Joe close the year by having a scary interview with Carla Buckley.  The author of the incredibly suspenseful THE THINGS THAT KEEP US HERE  discusses her research for her novel about a devastating bird flu pandemic.  Just how worried do we really need to be and what should every person have prepared in case the worse happens?  The book might be a work of fiction, but as the interview reveals, the threat is all too real.  Check it out by downloading right now! And read the book!!

Plus, in the spirit of the holiday season, we tell you why the right thing to do right now for joy and to go out and buy some neat stuff!

And who would order up a nice, well-done helping of horse burger?  Maybe with a delicious order of fries?

This may be the last episode of the year, but Culture Wars will be back!

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Barna and Joe ring in Halloween with a discussion of Dracula and classic horror well as some Sherlock Holmes tossed into the mix.  They are joined by Leslie Klinger, author of the new anthology, IN THE SHADOW OF DRACULA, to discuss the Bram Stoker classic and the impact it had on horror and vampire mythology.  Since their guest is also one of the leading scholars of Sherlock Holmes and a technical advisor on the Robert Downey Jr. films, check out this interview for an inside scoop or two on the new film due in theaters later this year!

Plus, the hosts toss some questions out for anyone in college: with a sagging job market, crushing tuition bills and student loans, is a college education still worth the time and money?

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If business headlines weren't frightening enough, Barna and Joe talk to H.T. Narea, author of THE FUND, a new thriller about economic terrorism.  Hear them discuss the troubling state of the global financial system and the very real possibility of terrorists destroying the world economy.

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In a special episode of Culture Wars, Barna talks to Frank Bill, the acclaimed author of CRIMES IN SOUTHERN INDIANA.  Listen to a discussion of the genesis of a hot new novel that had critics calling its author one of the "10 new Steinbecks" on the literay scene today.  If you're a crime-novel fan, a literary fiction fan, or an aspiring author, this interview is not to be missed!

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Culture Wars goes dark as noir when Joe and Barna talk to Michael Ayoob, author of the Shamus Award-winning novel IN SEARCH OF MERCY. Check it out for a discussion of dark crime and reality in entertainment. 

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Barna and Joe are joined by special guest Joelle Charbonneau to discuss her latest Rebecca Robbins mystery, SKATING OVER THE LINE!  Check it out and hear what her quirky characters are up to in the sequel to her debut novel, SKATING AROUND THE LAW, and how the life of an author changes after the publication of her first book.

Plus, Culture Wars wants to know if you're as upset by the Facebook changes as the rest of the world seems to be.  We talk social media and spice up the discussion with some big questions about religion in the post-9/11 world.

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Culture Wars is back for a new season with new topics, new guests, and a new co-host!  Barna is joined by Professor Joe Lamachia and they discuss the legacy of September 11, from the shock and horror of ten years ago, the subsequent flag-waving and patriotism, all the way to conspiracy theories.  

For a discussion of one of the oldest and most devisive conspiracy theories, they are joined by former television producer E. Duke Vincent (Vega$, Dynasty, The Colbys, Beverly Hills 90201, Seventh Heaven, Charmed), the author of the new Kennedy assassination conspiracy novel, THE CAMELOT CONSPIRACY.

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Barna and Ernabel end the spring season talking to Joshua Corin, author of "Before Cain Strikes." Listen to a discussion of how a thriller author crafts the perfect villain, the most compelling hero, and the role of serial killer literature in the time of the Long Island murder investigation.

Plus, has the existence of the Roswell aliens been confirmed by the FBI's "Vault?"  Listen to the Culture Wars team's take on the issue!

And while this show wraps the spring season, Culture Wars will be back!

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Barna and Ernabel are having a devil of a good time on Culture Wars!  Author Shani Petroff discusses her “Bedeviled” series of young adult novels about Angel Garrett, a typical teenager who finds out that her father happens to be the Devil himself.


Plus, we discuss whether sensational cable news reports of Libya are shaping bad policy in Washington, and compare the American and Japanese news coverage of the earthquake and nuclear reactor crisis.


And what makes the fugitive Bronx Zoo cobra such a Twitter celebrity?  Is there really a house in Wales that looks like Hitler’s head?  And should you be extra careful if your best friend’s middle name is Wayne?

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"The Dive" host "Rozzey" Roz Smith joins Barna for a special presentation of Culture Wars. They look at the media's handling of the ongoing crisis in Japan and try to predict what the images of real-life devastation might do to a pop culture landscape in love with 2012 prophecies and the Apocalypse.

Plus, USC sociologist, Dr. Karen Sternheimer, author of the new book "Celebrity Culture and the American Dream: Stardom and Social Mobility," talks about Charlie Sheen and what celebrity news tells us about ourselves and American aspirations.

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Surf's up on Culture Wars! Barna and Ernabel welcome author Jeff Shelby to discuss his mystery novels about surfing private eye Noah Braddock.

The Culture Wars team also talks about how the media should start handling the ubiquitous Charlie Sheen!

Plus, what are bags full of mice doing in Pennsylvania pizzerias?! And if you're doing some job-hunting, just what exactly should you NOT put on a resume?

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Decision making in the oval office carries incredible consequences for the U.S. and the world. Barna and Ernabel welcome political analyst & author Nick Ragone to discuss his new book "Presidential Leadership: 15 Decisions That Changed The Nation."

Plus, violence against reporters in the U.S., is prank-calling the governor of Wisconsin similar to undercover journalism, and decide whether or not it's a good idea for a restaurant to make jokes about the Jonestown massacre in its advertising. 

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"Author/professor Fatima Shaik joins Barna and Ernabel to discuss her research into a little-known part of the history of the civil rights struggle in Louisiana.  Hear them discuss who free people of color were and how they formed the Economy Society.


“Plus, Barna and Ernabel discuss reporters in the line of fire in the Middle East protests,  the Lara Logan sexual assault case, and what is an is not appropriate for teachers to blog about.  And why should all committed Robocop fans soon plan a trip toDetroit?”

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The paranormal invades Culture Wars! Barna and Ernabel welcome author John Hornor Jacobs to the show to talk about his new book, "Southern Gods." Be sure and check out what Lovecraftian Southern Gothic literature is all about and the new spin this book will bring to some of the most popular supernatural literary conventions.

And we also take a look at AOL's acquisition of the Huffington Post. What are the implications for a new age of online news and the future of the reporting profession?

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It's all a conspiracy on the Culture Wars fall season finale! Barna and Ernabel discuss how conspiracy theorists would look at the WikiLeaks scandal and what the auction of Lee Harvey Oswald's coffin might really mean.
Plus, before this Christmas, find out what to get for a man who has everything.

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Barna & Ernabel talk thrillers with Joshua Corin, the author of "While Galileo Preys." Hear how a top notch suspense novel is born & what happens when the action on the page gets close to reality. Plus, the latest on the Bristol Palin "conspiracy" driving people to violence! And for all the Harry Potter fans, an invisible cloak is on the way... for real!

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Barna and Ernabel look at one of the most incendiary Culture Wars: The Death Penalty. Susan Kuklin, the author of "No Choirboy: Murder, Violence, and Teenagers on Death Row," comes to discuss her research about teenagers setenced to die.

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Barna and Ernabel are rolling on the river. Guest Jessica DuLong, author of "My River Chronicles" joins the show to discuss how she went from a dot-com job to become one of the world's only female fireboat engineers aboard the historic fireboat John J. Harvey. Listen to this fascinating conversation about history and the future of work in a turbulent U.S. economy. And be sure and buy a copy of the award-winning book about life & history aboard a Hudson River fireboat!

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Barna and Ernabel will talk love, serial killers, and cultural stereotypes. Angela Choi, author of the new novel "Hello Kitty Must Die" joins them for a funny, frightening, and eye-opening discussion.

And, do you want your 11 year old daughter shaking her booty as a cheerleader? Plus, violence in anger management class!!

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Before the November elections are upon us, political analyst Nick Ragone joins Barna and Ernabel for some prognostication. Will there be a Republican landslide, and if so, how big? How will some of the more eccentric candidates fare?

Plus, is getting stalked by a crazed fan a true status symbol if you're a celebrity? Is there a threat of a shortage of quality pornography? And find out what can happen to you if you scare somebody to death, why you shouldn't waste your time writing poetry about stem cell research in California, and what the odds are that real alien UFOs have been buzzing the skies over New York City!

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Culture Wars 10-7-10

Culture Wars looks at cyber bullying from a college students perspective.

Roz "DJ Rozy Roz" Smith of WSPC's "This Dive" is our guest and she tells us what really goes on behind closed dorm room doors!


Plus, does the Naked Cowboy have a chance at the presidency in 2012? And what is really behind all those UFO sightings in China?

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Culture Wars 9-23-10

Ernabel and Barna are back for a new season!
Hear them talk to author Joelle Charbonneau about her new book, "Skating Around the Law," and how it's shaking up the world of the cozy mysteries.
Plus, pot ice cream, the Tea Party, and flaming bulls in Spain!

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Ending Our Season With Rock 'N' Roll!

Barna and Ernabel welcome guest Salman Ahmad, founder of Junoon, the most successful rock band in South Asia. Hear the discussion about art and music in the age of terrorism and check out his new book, "Rock 'N' Roll Jihad: A Rock Star's Revolution."

Plus, did an alien try and hijack a plane and what percent of people under 25 think it's ok to send text messages while having sex?

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Culture Wars 4-29-10

A culture war in Arizona! 
Barna and Ernabel welcome Arizona libertarian political advisor and activist Rick Biondi to discuss the new immigration law.  While more and more of the country is getting into the fray over the controversial new legislation, the former U.S. Senate candidate helps sort out the complex issues involved in illegal immigration.

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Culture Wars 4-22-10

Sex scandals and true crime!
Barna and Ernabel welcome guest Amanda Lamb, the journalist and true crime author whose new book, The Evil Next Door: The Untold Story of a Killer Undone by DNA was just released. Hear them discuss the process of investigating and writing true crime, and how the police cracked a case that shocked Raleigh, NC.

And sex scandals from the Vatican to college campuses. Where could the ongoing allegations of sex abuse lead the Catholic church?  Has a college journalist gone too far joking about date rape?  And has an Iranian cleric finally solved the mystery of predicting earthquakes?

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Culture Wars 4-8-10

Barna and Ernabel talk travel and murder! 

Hilary Davidson, the author of 18 nonfiction books on travel, discusses seeing the world and writing about it.  Hear her interview about visiting cemeteries in New Orleans, uncovering ancient Pompeiian brothels, and what they tell us about the ever-evolving attitudes about death and sex!  Plus, Hilary tells us about her debut crime novel, “The Damage Done,” due in bookstores on October 5. 

And why does Tiger Woods overshadow a historic arms-control agreement and panic on an airliner?  Tune in and listen to the discussion about media priorities and audience demands.


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Culture Wars 3-25-10

Barna and Ernabel are joined by the prolific and award-winning science fiction author Elizabeth Bear.  They discuss the serious side of writing, how science fiction mirrors the most pressing social issues of the day, and how writers interact with their fans through the organized fan community movements.
Plus, would you read a book by the cast members of Jersey Shore?  And can you get arrested for not Twittering?

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Culture Wars 3-11-10

A special episode where Culture Wars and KTHKSHI join forces! Special guest host Jay Figueroa joins Barna for a discussion about the proposed national ID card and laptops used to spy on high school students. Plus, has the Vatican been infiltrated by the minions of Satan? The top exorcist says yes! Download right now and hear more!

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Culture Wars 3-04-10

Barna and Ernabel welcome author and journalist Steve Weddle for a discussion of all things crime - from hard boiled thrillers to clever cozy mysteries, hear about how to write stories about the dangerous side of life.  For authors, mystery fans, and aspiring writers, this is a show you don't want to miss!
Plus, would you want a kid telling your airline pilot what to do on the next take-off?  Are O.J. Simpson, Dennis Rodman, and Ru Paul worthy of celebration during Black History Month?  And for those who think of cheating, there's now a high tech new way to avoid Tiger Woods' fate.

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WSPC Culture Wars 2010-02-18

Barna and Ernabel talk with James D. Agresti, author of the new book Rational Conclusions. Can you scientifically prove the literal truth of the Bible? Tune in and listen to their discussion and read the book.
Plus, looking ahead to what Tiger Woods might say when he reappears, the end of 12th grade, are Ouija boards great gifts for a little girl, and just what might cat stew taste like?

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 WSPC Culture Wars 2010-02-04

Culture Wars is back for a brand new season!

Listen to special guest Keith Stern discuss his new book, "Queers in History." If you want to know all about the famous, the powerful, the wealthy, and the influential who were also gay, bisexual, or transgendered, check out this show and be sure to read the book!

Plus: Barna and Ernabel discuss pending legislation on sexting, controversial Super Bowl ads, and possible medical hoaxes involving near-virgin births and stomach wounds!!

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WSPC Culture Wars 2009-12-03 Culture Wars predicts the future before the new year is here!
Barna and Ernabel talk to acclaimed science fiction novelist Cherie Priest, author of the new book "Boneshaker," about the near future and what artists who envision the future for a living think about the world today and where it's going.
Plus, Universal Health Services CEO Alan Miller, author of "Health Care Reform that Makes Sense," predicts what will happen when Washington votes on new health care legislation.
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WSPC Culture Wars 2009-10-29 The Vampires are Invading!

Barna & Ernabel talk to Leslie Klinger, author of The New Anotated Dracula.

They discuss undead history, the ongoing popularity of vampires and count Dracula, the most enduring monster of all time.
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WSPC Culture Wars 2009-10-08 Dr. Donovan and Professor Demillo are talking with Dr. Paul Levinson about his new book "New Mew Media".

Do twittering, blogging and YouTube scare you?

This is one show that will calm your fears.
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WSPC Culture Wars 2009-09-24 Dr Barna Donovan and Ernabel Demillo talk with Dr. David M. Jacobs, renowned UFOlogist and author of: "Secret Life: Firsthand Accounts of UFO Abductions"
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 WSPC Culture Wars 2009-09-10

It's the first episode of a new season!

Barna Donovan and Ernabel Demillo start up their war.

What made the summer of 2009 so memorable for media watchers?  From the North Korean hostage drama to Michael Jackson conspiracy theories, Barna and Ernabel recap some of the wildest happening of the last four months.  And they give their two cents' worth on off-the-wall 9/11 conspiracy fantasies too!

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WSPC Culture Wars 2009-05-03 -- Guest Barbara Oakley Dr. Barbara Oakley discusses sociopaths, Machiavellian behavior, the successfully sinister, and talks about her book "Evil Genes: Why Rome Fell, Hitler Rose, Enron Failed, and My Sister Stole My Mother's Boyfriend."
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WSPC Culture Wars 2009-04-30

Presidential historian Nick Ragone [] discusses Barack Obama's first 100 days in office and some of the possible futures of the Obama presidency in the midst of a mini-Depression. 

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WSPC Culture Wars 2009-4-23 Lucie Morillon, executive director of the Washington chapter of Reporters Without Borders discusses the case of journalists imprisoned in Iran, North Korea, and the organization's fight against press censorship around the world.
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WSPC Culture Wars 2009-04-16 The wild world of Young Adult Publishing! Nadia Cornier, literary agent and founder of Firebrand Literary Agency, discusses the sometimes racy and controversial side of publishing for teens.
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WSPC Culture Wars 2009-04-02 Jeff Yang & Perry Shen Discuss Asian superheroes & comic books
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WSPC Culture Wars 2009-03-26 In this podcast:

Paul Levinson - [ ] his blog [ ] on media effects & sexting and
Jennifer B. White "Breaking into Publishing".

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WSPC Culture Wars 2009-02-19 The endless love for Hollywood and the American celebrity culture: The second part of the exclusive Culture Wars discussion with Dr. Karen Sternheimer.
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