Category Archive: Radio

Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni: Oleander Girl

Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni is an award-winning author, poet and teacher. Her themes include women, immigration, the South Asian experience, history, myth, magical realism and diversity. She writes for adults and children. Her books… Continue reading

Marivi Soliven: The Mango Bride

Marivi Soliven is the award-winning author of The Mango Bride. Her debut novel follows the lives of two Filipina immigrants in Oakland, CA, whose lives are dictated by their histories in the Philippines. Under… Continue reading

Jean Kwok: Girl in Translation

Award-winning writer, Jean Kwok, grew up with a double life as a Chinese immigrant from Hong Kong, navigating Brooklyn schools during the day and working in sweatshops at night. She is an exceptional… Continue reading

Kiran Ahluwalia: Debut in Portland

The last time I reunited with two-time Juno award-winning ghazal singer, Kiran Ahluwalia, she was featured on our APA Compass annual music show back in August. Kiran has been on tour for her… Continue reading

Baratunde Thurston: How to be Black

Baratunde Thurston is the author of the memoir (and book of advice) How to be Black. I had the pleasure of chatting with him at the annual Ray Warren Multicultural Symposium at Lewis &… Continue reading

Junot Díaz: This is How You Lose Her

After making waves (such as winning the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction) for his second novel, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, Junot Díaz hit the road again. While Oscar Wao explored the… Continue reading

Sandra Cisneros: Have You Seen Marie?

Sandra Cisneros is a pioneer Chicana writer, whose work includes the infamous, The House on Mango Street, Caramelo, and Woman Hollering Creek. She has won a number of awards, including the prestigious MacArthur Foundation… Continue reading

Jorge Cham and PhD Comics: Piled Higher and Deeper

Jorge Cham is a cartoonist with a PhD. Perhaps not quite in that order. He is known to some as the illustrator and author of PhD Comics: Piled Higher and Deeper. What started… Continue reading

“Making Change” Special: Rupa Marya

You remember the last time Rupa Marya, the lead vocalist and director of Rupa and the April Fishes came to Portland – we had a great conversation at KBOO for APA Compass!  The April Fishes’ music… Continue reading

Jose Antonio Vargas: Immigration Policy

Just in time for election fever. In the summer of 2011, Pulitzer prize-winning journalist, Jose Antonio Vargas, published an essay chronicling his life as an undocumented immigrant. Since then, he as well as… Continue reading