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Anna Quindlen: Marriage, Friendships, Faith & Growing Older

In her years as a journalist, author and cultural critic, her name has graced some of our most revered publications.

Wednesday in an encore broadcast of Up to Date, Pulitzer-Prize winner Anna Quindlen joins Steve Kraske for a discussion about her career and her most recent title … Lots of Cake, Plenty of Candles.  It's a memoir that peers into the world of marriage, friendships, faith and growing older.

Some of her insights …”A safety net of white lies can be the bedrock of a successful marriage” … ”real friends offer both hard truths and soft landings” … and … “being a parent is not transactional. We do not get what we give.”

Anna Quindlen is a Pulitzer Prize-Winning novelist and journalist whose work has appeared on fiction, nonfiction, and self-help Bestseller Lists.  Her Book A Short Guide to a Happy Life has sold more than a million copies.  While a columnist at The New York Times she won the Pulitzer Prize and published two collections, Living Out Loud and Thinking Out Loud.  Her Newsweek columns were collected in Loud and Clear.  She is the author of six novels: Object Lessons, One True Thing, Black and Blue, Blessings, Rise and Shine and Every Last One.

After growing up on the east coast and spending his first professional years in classical music, Stephen moved to Kansas City in 1995 expecting to leave after a few years. (Clearly that didn't happen.) More than two decades and three kids later, he doesn't regret his decision to stick around. Stephen began his career in public radio as a classical music host. As the founding producer of Up to Date with Steve Kraske, he received a number of local and national awards for his work on the program. Since 2014 he's overseen KCUR's broadcast operations. When Stephen isn't at KCUR's studios, he's probably adding more stamps to his passport with his KU professor wife and their three kids. His son almost made him cry during a drive through the Rockies when he said at age 8: "Dad, can we listen to public radio?" Sniff sniff.
Steve Kraske is the host of KCUR's Up To Date. Follow him on Twitter @stevekraske.