From 1989 to 1996 I produced and hosted a weekly radio interview program on KCSM-FM 91.1 in San Mateo California. Below is a partial list of guests who appeared on the show, sorted by category.   


Katie Kelly, former NBC-TV entertainment critic, who quit her job to go to Vietnam and teach English to Amerasian children

Michael Krieger, anthropologist, who documents the steady decline of South Pacific native cultures in his book "Conversations With The Cannibals"

Richard Marcinko, former commander of America's deadliest anti-terrorist strike force, and self-described adrenaline junkie, on his autobiography, "Rogue Warrior"

Loren McIntyre, explorer and photographer, on his experiences living with primitive tribes in the Amazon jungle

Sidney Rittenberg, an American who joined the Chinese Communist Party in the 1940's, rose high in the party and the government, then was accused of spying and spent 16 years in Chinese prisons

Yaron Svoray, Israeli ex-paratrooper who worked undercover in Germany as "Ron Furey", infiltrating and exposing underground neo-Nazi groups

David Yallop, investigative journalist who successfully tracked down "Carlos the Jackal", the most notorious Middle East terrorist of the 1970's

Afro-American issues

Tony Brown, host of PBS's "Tony Brown's Journal", and author of Black Lies, White Lies

Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Chairman of Afro-American Studies Dept. at Harvard, on his memoir, Colored People

Andrew Hacker, author of Two Nations, an attempt to look honestly at the attitudes White people and Black people have toward one other

Ken Hamblin, conservative, Black, nationally syndicated radio talk show host, self-described "Black Avenger", discussing his book Pick A Better Country

Ernest Hill, author of Satisfied With Nothin', a novel portraying life in America from the perspective of an angry Black male

David Hilliard, former chief of staff of the Black Panther Party, discussing his memoir, This Side Of Glory

Sister Souljah, rap artist and political activist, on her book, No Disrespect

Johnny Spain and Lori Andrews: Spain is a former Black Panther, one of the "San Quentin Six", who spent 21 years in prison for murder, but now offers a positive message to young people. Andrews is an attorney and author of a biography of Spain called Black Power, White Blood.

Jerome Washington, Black journalist and political activist who spent 16 years in prison on a murder conviction that was eventually overturned, discussing his prison experience


Luba Brezhneva, niece of former Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev, now a resident of California, on her experiences as an often rebellious child of the Soviet elite.

Pang-Mei Natasha Chang, author of Bound Feet & Western Dress, the story of her great aunt Chang Yu-i, whose life bridged the gap from ancient to modern China, from complete female subservience to being one of the most successful and westernized women in China

Pete Hamill, newspaper columnist and author, on his memoir, A Drinking Life

Jacques Leslie, former Vietnam War correspondent, on his life and war experiences

Roger Lowenstein, Wall Street Journal reporter and author of Buffett, a biography of Warren Buffett, the unpretentious multi-billionaire from Omaha

Harry Wu, who spent 19 years in Chinese Communist prison camps for criticizing the regime, and who has since waged a tireless struggle to expose Chinese human rights abuses to the world, as told in his autobiography, Troublemaker

Business & Finance

Sandra Kurtzig, founder of ASK Computer Systems, and one of the most successful female entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley

Fred "Chico" Lager, former C.E.O. of Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream, on his book, "Ben & Jerry's: The Inside Scoop"

Regis McKenna, long time marketing guru of Silicon Valley, on his book, "Relationship Marketing"

Theodore Miller, editor of "Kiplinger's Personal Finance Magazine", on how to become wealthy with stocks, bonds and real estate


Pat Dillon, editor-at-large for the San Jose Mercury News, and author of The Last Best Thing, a novel that takes an offbeat look at the life and culture of Silicon Valley.

Katie Hafner and Matthew Lyon, coauthors of Where Wizards Stay Up Late, describing the origins and significance of the Internet.

Steven Levy, "Newsweek" columnist and author of several books on computer culture, including Insanely Great

Howard Rheingold, author, leading edge thinker in the use of computers, and former editor of "Whole Earth Review"

Clifford Stoll, Internet pioneer turned Internet critic, and author of Silicon Snake Oil, which argues that the "information superhighway" may not be all it's cracked up to be.

Sherry Turkle, M.I.T. professor and author of Life On The Screen, about "multi-user dungeons"


Michael Closson, head of an organization that studies ways to convert a military based economy to a peacetime one

John Cogan, former deputy director of the U.S. Office of Management and Budget, giving an inside look at how economic policy is made

Hedrick Smith, Pulitzer Prize winning correspondent for the New York Times, on how U.S. must meet the economic challenges from abroad


Gregg Easterbrook, environmental author and reporter, who claims the environmental crisis isn't as bad as we think it is

Anne Ehrlich, coauthor, with husband Paul Ehrlich, of "The Population Explosion", which says that overpopulation will doom us all unless we take drastic action

Theodore Roszak, author and social critic, on his book, "Voice of the Earth", which examines our psychological relationship with our planet

Ted Smith, director of the Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition


Nancy Dubler, chief of the Clinical Ethics Department at Montefiore Medical Center, discussing ethical dilemmas created by modern medical advances

Joel Fort, M.D., founder of San Francisco's Center for Special Problems, and creator of Fort Help, on "being ethical in an unethical world"


John Gillis, historian and author of A World Of Their Own Making, which places today's debate about "family values" into perspective by describing how this same debate was played out in previous generations.

Lillian Rubin, sociologist and psychotherapist, on her book, Families On The Fault Line, which studies the economic and social problems of working class families

Jack Westman, psychiatrist, who claims parenting is so important, parents should have to get a license from the state

Foreign affairs

Gloria Duffy, chief Defense Department negotiator in getting the former Soviet republics to dismantle their nuclear weapons, and now C.E.O. of the Commonwealth Club of California, one of America's leading public affairs forums.

James Fallows, NPR commentator, discussing the economic challenges posed by emerging Asian economies

Richard Lyman, former president of Stanford University, former head of the Rockefeller Foundation, member of the Council on Foreign Relations, on America's leadership role in the world

Abraham Sofaer, Senior Fellow at Hoover Institution, expert on international terrorism, former U.S. District Judge, and winner of U.S. State Department Distinguished Service Award, on dealing with global terrorists.

Sheryl Wudunn, author of "China Wakes", and winner of Pulitzer Prize for her reporting on Tienanmen Square massacre


Peter Schwartz, president of the Global Business Network, and author of "The Art of the Long View"

Alvin Toffler, author of books such as "Future Shock" and "War and Anti-War", on how war and peace will be waged in the next century.

Mass media

Jimmy Breslin, Pulitzer Prize winning columnist and best selling author, discussing his recent brain surgery and giving a retrospective of his long and colorful career.

Linda Wertheimer, long time host of National Public Radio's "All Things Considered", on her 25 years with NPR


Tom Campbell, U.S. Congressman (R-CA), examining global economic challenges facing U.S.

John Gardner, former Secretary of Health, Education and Welfare, founder of Common Cause, and personal adviser to six U.S. presidents, on his book, "On Leadership"

Gary Hart, former Colorado Senator and presidential candidate

Tom Lantos, U.S. Congressman (D-CA), criticizing U.S. policy in the former Yugoslavia

Marjorie Margolies-Mezvinsky, U.S. Congresswoman (D-PA) and Emmy Award winning TV journalist, discussing women's gains in the political arena

James Pinkerton, Deputy Assistant for Policy Planning to President Bush, arguing the need for a new paradigm for government

George Shultz, former Secretary of State, reminiscing on his years in the Reagan administration


Joyce Ashley, Jungian analyst specializing in performance anxiety, telling how to overcome stage fright in everyday life.

James Hillman, Jungian psychologist, who claims psychotherapists need to consider external social conditions as well as patients' inner feelings

Kay Redfield Jamison, a leading clinical authority on manic-depressive illness, describing her own lifelong battle with the disease

Christopher McCullough, psychotherapist, discussing why some people always perceive themselves as victims, and how they can be empowered into self-sufficiency

Jacqueline Miller, president of "Partnerships for Change", a nonprofit agency devoted to helping the growth and self-esteem of individuals, corporations, and communities.

Judith Orloff, M.D., Los Angeles psychiatrist who claims to have had clairvoyant abilities her entire life, telling how she has learned to deal with them, and even apply them to her psychiatric practice

Martin Seligman, psychologist, discussing common psychological ills, and effective methods of addressing them


Regina Barreca, professor of Feminist Theory at the University of Connecticut, on the different assumptions and expectations men and women bring to their relationships

Mel and Patricia Krantzler, on their book, "The Seven Marriages Of Your Marriage", which describes marriage as a series of distinct stages. Mel Krantzler also wrote "Creative Divorce".

Tina Tessina, author of several books on personal relationships, that emphasize clear communication and negotiation skills

Religious and spiritual

Marc Ian Barasch, author of several books on the mind's power to heal the body

Herbert Benson, M.D., founder of the Mind/Body Medical Institute at Harvard Medical School, speaking on the mind's power to heal

Jean Shinoda Bolen, M.D., author of Close To The Bone, a study of the deeper understandings of life that people often achieve when faced with life threatening illnesses.

Ken Carey, author of The Third Millenium, which claims that Mankind is on the verge of a major leap forward in spiritual consciousness

Stephen Carter, Professor of Law at Yale, and author of The Culture Of Disbelief, which claims that American law and politics trivialize religious devotion

Betty J. Eadie, author of the best selling book Embraced By The Light, discussing her spiritual revelations during a near death experience, and how she has applied those lessons to her life

Richard Friedman, Professor of Hebrew at U.C. San Diego, on his book, The Disappearance Of God

Bernard Glassman, former aerospace engineer, now a Zen monk and founder of the Greyston Foundation, a group of interlocking companies that help the homeless

Bettina Gray, host of the PBS Television series, A Parliament Of Souls

Rabbi Harold Kushner, author of bestselling books such as When Bad Things Happen To Good People, discussing his most recent book, How Good Do We Have To Be? A New Understanding Of Guilt And Forgiveness.

Rabbi Shoni Labowitz, author of Miraculous Living, a modern interpretation of the Kabbalah, the ancient book of Jewish mysticism.

Michael Lerner, editor of "Tikkun" magazine, and author of Jewish Renewal

Raymond Moody, M.D. who claims he can enable people to have direct contact with deceased relatives under laboratory conditions

Michael Murphy, cofounder of Esalen Institute, on the untapped potentials of the human body, mind and spirit

Paul Pearsall, author of Sexual Healing, which describes how to use the power of an intimate relatonship to heal both the body and soul

Whitley Strieber, author of several bestselling books describing his alleged personal encounters with space aliens. Books include Communion and Breakthrough.


Paul Berg, Nobel Prize winning chemist, on the Human Genome Project

Fritjof Capra, author of "The Tao of Physics", on new paradigm thinking in both science and religion, and the convergence between the two.

Peter Duesberg, one of the nation's top cancer researchers, who has created controversy by insisting that AIDS is caused not by HIV, but by long term drug abuse

Eric Drexler, nanotechnology expert, on the future of ultra-tiny (atomic scale) machines

Brian Fagan, author of "Time Detectives", which tells how archeologists use new technology to determine how people lived in ancient civilizations

Michio Kaku, theoretical physicist and author of "Hyperspace", describing a new mathematical model of the universe which unifies all the known forces

Chris McKay, planetary exploration specialist at NASA's Ames Research Center, on the search for life on other planets

Social issues

Amitai Etzioni, former adviser in Carter White House, and founder of the Communitarian movement, which says that society needs to focus less on rights and more on responsibilities

John Frohnmayer, former chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, who was fired by President Bush amid a storm of controversy

John Gallagher, national correspondent for "The Advocate", discussing the political tug-of-war between the gay rights movement and the religious right in the 1990's.

Philip K. Howard, author of The Death Of Common Sense, who says that overzealous government regulation, combined with lack of personal accountability, is suffocating our society

Haynes Johnson, Pulitzer Prize winning author, discussing how Americans now view a broad range of social problems

Joseph McNamara, former San Jose police chief, scholar at Hoover Institution, on the failure of the "War on Drugs"

Harold Rothwax, New York State Supreme Court Judge, on the failures of our criminal justice system

Joan Ryan, San Francisco Chronicle sports columnist, on the exploitation of young girl athletes in Olympic sports

Sarah Weddington, the attorney who argued, and won, the Roe v. Wade case before the U.S. Supreme Court

Women's issues

Warren Farrell, former feminist and Board member of N.O.W., who now claims that feminists have it wrong, it's really men who are the oppressed sex

Donna Jackson, feminist author, on ways to make society a better place for women

Mary Hugh Scott, author of "The Passion of Being Woman", who claims that every woman's greatest desire is to be ravished by the erotic love of a man, and tells how to achieve this goal

June Stephenson, psychologist and author of "Men Are Not Cost Effective", who argues that a surtax should be placed on the male sex for the damage it does to society