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Armistead Maupin's 'Tales of the City' Goes to Burning Man in Series Finale

It has been nearly four decades since the first installment of "Tales of the City" appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle. The newspaper serial spawned a series of novels, a miniseries and a stage musical. Author Armistead Maupin has now published what he says is the final book in the series. In "The Days of Anna Madrigal," Maupin's heroine, now 92, takes a road trip to reconnect with her roots while her friends head to Burning Man. Maupin joins us to talk about his own journey with Anna and other the "Tales of the City" characters.

Armistead Maupin's 'Tales of the City' Goes to Burning Man in Series Finale

It has been nearly four decades since the first installment of "Tales of the City" appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle. The newspaper serial spawned a series of novels, a miniseries and a stage musical. Author Armistead Maupin has now published what he says is the final book in the ...read more

Just Plane Sad: A Show of Support for SkyMall

News last week that SkyMall's parent company has filed for bankruptcy protection inspired an outpouring of odes to the kitschy in-flight catalog.

Mary Roach Discusses Sex in an MRI Machine on Next ‘Foreword’

In this week’s episode of Foreword, we find that no topic is off limits with Mary Roach, an award-winning science writer who has produced nothing but bestsellers since she hit the scene with Stiff in 2003. On the Foreword set, she and host Kelly Corrigan covered everything from oysters and martinis to foreplay and orgasm, … Continue reading Mary Roach Discusses Sex in an MRI Machine on Next ‘Foreword’

Richard Pryor's Bay Area Awakening

Comedian Richard Pryor's wife described her husband as having "incredible light, incredible darkness, and incredible joy." In his new book "Becoming Richard Pryor," author Scott Saul dives deep into Pryor's childhood in an Illinois brothel and his artistic and political evolution in 1970s Berkeley. Saul joins us to discuss the making of a comic genius.

 

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KQED proudly celebrates the diversity of our community by commemorating Black History Month. During February, KQED Public TV 9 and KQED 88.5 FM schedule programs that focus on African American themes and issues.

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