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17 minutes | 19 hours ago
How To Survive When Life Is Frozen: Interview With Katherine May
Sometimes you slip through the cracks: unforeseen circumstances like an abrupt illness, the death of a loved one, a break up, or a job loss can derail a life. These periods of dislocation can be lonely and unexpected. For Katherine May, her husband fell ill, her son stopped attending school, and her own medical issues led her to leave a demanding job. Her boo, "Wintering," explores how she not only endured this painful time, but embraced the singular opportunities it offered.
13 minutes | 21 hours ago
"What Is the Grass: Walt Whitman In My Life" By Mark Doty
Mark Doty is the author of more than 10 volumes of poetry and three memoirs, including "Heaven's Coast," "Firebird," and the New York Times best selling "Dog Years," as well as a book about craft and criticism, "The Art of Description: World into Word." His latest is "What Is the Grass: Walt Whitman in My Life."
75 minutes | a day ago
The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond. Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, UAlbany Lecturer in Africana Studies Jennifer Burns, and Tetherless World Professor of Computer, Web and Cognitive Sciences at RPI and Director of the RPI-IBM Artificial Intelligence research collaboration Jim Hendler, and political consultant and lobbyist, Libby Post. We are also joined, for a portion of the program, by Dr. James Fagin, MD, an Immunology & Allergy Specialist in New Hyde Park, New York.
25 minutes | 4 days ago
Ground/work Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition At The Clark
The Clark Art Museum is currently presenting its first outdoor exhibition on the museum’s extensive and bucolic grounds in Williamstown, Massachusetts. “Ground/work” features site-responsive sculptural creations by six different contemporary artists placed around The Clark’s 140 acre campus. Organized by the Clark, under the leadership of guest curators Molly Epstein and Abigail Ross Goodman, Ground/work is free and open to the public and will be on view into October of 2021. Molly Epstein and Abigail Ross Goodman met me at The Clark. As I mentioned, there are 6 artists featured in the exhibition: Kelly Akashi, Nairy Bagramian, Jennie C. Jones, Eva LeWitt, Analia Saban, and Haegue Yang. We will speak about 4 of them (Nairy Bagramian, Eva LeWeitt, Analia Saban, and Haegue Yang) in this audio tour.
33 minutes | 4 days ago
Michael Riedel On Broadway In The 90s, Now, And In The Too Distant Future
We welcome New York Post theater columnist Michael Riedel to the Roundtable this morning with the publication of his second book, Singular Sensation: The Triumph of Broadway. With over 150 insider interviews, Singular Sensation portrays the people, money, and power that created the blockbuster shows and aesthetic spectacle that has dominated not only a couple of acres of real estate in the heart of Manhattan but has also captured the hearts and minds of millions of people around the world. Michael Riedel has been the theater columnist for the New York Post since 1998. Michael’s first book, Razzle Dazzle: The Battle for Broadway was a New York Times bestseller.
7 minutes | 4 days ago
10th Anniversary Of Ally Condie's "Matched"
Ten years ago this month, Ally Condie’s "Matched" was published, launching the dystopian YA trilogy that includes "Crossed" and "Reached." Matched quickly garnered myriad fans among booksellers and YA readers: in its first week on sale, the novel debuted in the #2 children’s slot on the ABA’s indie bestseller list and subsequently was published in 34 countries, appeared on more than 20 state award lists, and reached a worldwide in-print tally of more than five million copies. And that was just the beginning. "Matched" has just been released in a Deluxe Anniversary edition.
80 minutes | 4 days ago
The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond. Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Siena College Professor of Comparative Politics Vera Eccarius-Kelly, Former EPA Regional Administrator, Visiting Professor at Bennington College, President of Beyond Plastics Judith Enck, and Albany County District Attorney David Soares.
21 minutes | 5 days ago
"Monopolies Suck" By Anti-Trust Expert Sally Hubbard
Something’s not right. No matter how hard you work, life seems to only get harder. In the new book, "Monopolies Suck," antitrust expert and director at the Open Markets Institute, Sally Hubbard, shows us the sways big corporations rule our lives—and what must be done to stop them. Hubbard says the U.S. failed to protect its citizens against COVID-19, and corporate mergers led to a shortage of ventilators and critical medical supplies, while hospital monopolies underpaid vital health care workers. Small businesses are shuttering without government support, while the most powerful companies profiteer. Hubbard says the economy is not working for the middle class, and monopolies are amplifying the systemic racism and misogyny that instigated a summer of protests and unrest.
17 minutes | 5 days ago
"Stakes Is High" By Mychal Denzel Smith
Mychal Denzel Smith’s last book, "Invisible Man, Got the Whole World Watching," was a powerful account of what it means being a young black man in America. In his follow up, he confronts the well-meaning liberal reaction to the 2016 election and calls on us all to reckon with who we are as Americans and, perhaps more importantly, who we want to be. We have been invested in a set of beliefs about our American identity: our exceptionalism, the inevitable rightness of our path, and the promise that hard work and determination will carry us to freedom. But in his new book, "Stakes Is High," Mychal confronts the shortcomings of these stories--and with the American Dream itself--and calls on us to live up to the principles we profess but fail to realize. He exposes the stark contradictions at the heart of American life, holding all of us, individually and as a nation, to account. We’ve gotten used to looking away, but the fissures and casual violence--of incarceration, poverty, misogyny, and
76 minutes | 5 days ago
The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond. Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, UAlbany Lecturer in Africana Studies Jennifer Burns, Peabody and Emmy Award-winning journalist Linda Ellerbee, and Director, Actor and Educator and co-founder and Artistic Director of WAM Theatre Kristen van Ginhoven.
22 minutes | 6 days ago
Why Would You Row The Sea? Dawn Landes Discusses New Musical And Concept Album
Tori Murden McClure was the first woman - and the first American - to successfully row across the Atlantic Ocean. She succeeded in 1998 after an attempt in 1998 was foiled by a hurricane. Her vessel? A 23 foot rowboat she had built and named the “American Pearl.” The story of her accomplishment has inspired the new musical “Row” - with a book by Daniel Goldstein and music and lyrics by singer-songwriter, Dawn Landes . “Row” was scheduled to have its world premiere production at The Williamstown Theatre Festival this past summer. WTF and Artistic Director, Mandy Greenfield have partnered with Audible to release audio versions of the shows intended to play on their stages last season. A release date for “Row” hasn’t been finalized, but Dawn Landes’ album of songs from the show - recorded with musician friends - is available now.
18 minutes | 6 days ago
"The Bridge" By Bill Konigsberg
Bill Konigsberg is the author of six books for young adults, which have won awards including the Stonewall Book Award, the Sid Fleischman Award for Humor, and the Lambda Literary Award. In his new book, "The Bridge," Aaron and Tillie don't know each other, but they are both feeling suicidal, and arrive at the George Washington Bridge at the same time, intending to jump. Aaron is a gay misfit struggling with depression and loneliness. Tillie isn't sure what her problem is -- only that she will never be good enough.
11 minutes | 6 days ago
Diversifying The Workplace
Community, business, and organization leaders often ask: "How do I get diversity in my group?" According to our next guest - the work is real, but it's a minefield out there. And even progressive leaders can still, perhaps unknowingly, be racist and uphold oppressive systems. In "The Token: Common Sense Ideas for Increasing Diversity in Your Organization," community organizer Crystal Byrd Farmer, acts as the bridge between majority white organizations that are dedicated to social justice and "diverse" people in community they want to recruit, across identities of race, LGBTQ, education, socioeconomic status, and disability.
79 minutes | 6 days ago
The Roundtable Panel : a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond. Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, investigative journalist and UAlbany adjunct professor Rosemary Armao, Times Union columnist Chris Churchill, and Dean of the College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Cybersecurity at the University at Albany Robert Griffin.
9 minutes | 7 days ago
Lynne Cheney's New Book "The Virginia Dynasty"
Lynne Cheney is the author and coauthor of twelve books, including six bestsellers about American history for children. Her latest book is "The Virginia Dynasty: Four Presidents and the Creation of the American Nation."
15 minutes | 7 days ago
New Atlee Pine Thriller From David Baldacci
David Baldacci is a global #1 bestselling author, and one of the world's favorite storytellers. His books are published in over forty-five languages and in more than eighty countries, with 150 million copies sold worldwide. His works have been adapted for both feature film and television. David Baldacci is also the cofounder, along with his wife, of the Wish You Well Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting literacy efforts across America. In his new thriller, "Daylight," FBI Agent Atlee Pine's search for her sister Mercy clashes with military investigator John Puller's high-stakes case, leading them both deep into a global conspiracy -- from which neither of them will escape unscathed.
13 minutes | 7 days ago
Book Picks - The Open Door Bookstore
This week's Book Picks from Lily Bartels at The Open Door Bookstore and Gift Gallery in Schenectady, NY. List: "Sunshine" by Ludwig Bemelmans "This Is Your Time" by Ruby Bridges "Bill Nye's Great Big World of Science" by Bill Nye and Gregory Mone "A World Beneath the Sands: The Golden Age of Egyptology" by Toby Wilkinson "The Answer Is ...: Reflections On My Life" by Alex Trebek "Answers in the Form of Questions" by Clair McNear "Magic Lessons" by Alice Hoffman
10 minutes | 7 days ago
Congressional Corner With Richard Neal
What will the House Ways and Means Committee focus on in the next Congress? In today’s Congressional Corner, Massachusetts Democrat Richard Neal wraps up his conversation with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.
81 minutes | 7 days ago
The Roundtable Panel : a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond. Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, investigative journalist and UAlbany adjunct professor Rosemary Armao, The Empire Report’s J.P. Miller, and former Associate Editor of The Times Union Mike Spain.
18 minutes | 8 days ago
"Three Rings" By Daniel Mendelsohn
Best-selling memoirist and critic Daniel Mendelsohn joins us to discuss his new book, "Three Rings," about the mysterious links between the randomness of the lives we lead and the artfulness of the stories we tell. Combining memoir, biography, history, and literary criticism, "Three Rings" weaves together the stories of three exiled writers who turned to the classics of the past to create masterpieces of their own works that pondered the nature of narrative itself. Daniel Mendelsohn is a frequent contributor to the New Yorker and the New York Review of Books, where he is Editor-at-Large. His books include the memoirs "An Odyssey: A Father, a Son, and an Epic" and "The Lost: A Search for Six of Six Million." He teaches literature at Bard College.
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