Joe Donahue http://wamc.org en The Book Show #1357 - Joanna Rakoff http://wamc.org/post/book-show-1357-joanna-rakoff <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>At twenty-three, after leaving graduate school to pursue her dreams of becoming a poet, Joanna Rakoff moved to New York City and took a job as assistant to the storied literary agent for J. D. Salinger. She was tasked with answering Salinger’s voluminous fan mail.</p><p>Her memoir of that time is called: <em>My Salinger Year</em>.</p><p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 19:06:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 95080 at http://wamc.org The Book Show #1357 - Joanna Rakoff "Animal Madness" By Laurel Braitman http://wamc.org/post/animal-madness-laurel-braitman <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Charles Darwin developed his evolutionary theories by looking at physical differences in Galapagos finches and fancy pigeons. Alfred Russell Wallace investigated a range of creatures in the Malay Archipelago. <a href="http://www.animalmadness.com/">Laurel Braitman</a> got her lessons closer to home—by watching her dog. Oliver snapped at flies that only he could see, ate Ziploc bags, towels, and cartons of eggs. He suffered debilitating separation anxiety, was prone to aggression, and may even have attempted suicide. Her experience with Oliver forced Laurel to acknowledge a form of continuity between humans and other animals that, first as a biology major and later as a PhD student at MIT, she’d never been taught in school. Nonhuman animals can lose their minds. And when they do, it often looks a lot like human mental illness.</p><p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 15:35:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 94849 at http://wamc.org "Animal Madness" By Laurel Braitman The 7th Annual Mount Tremper Arts Summer Festival http://wamc.org/post/7th-annual-mount-tremper-arts-summer-festival <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>The 7th annual <a href="http://www.mounttremperarts.org/">Mount Tremper Arts</a> Summer Festival is up and running through August 23rd featuring groundbreaking music events, visceral dance works and boundary-pushing theater. The festival showcases risk-taking work, but also fosters an environment where audiences and artists can come together to form a community that values dialogue and experimentation.</p><p>The festivals remaining events this year include four world premieres!</p><p>Co-founder and Artistic Director Mathew Pokoik and Executive Director Abigail Guay join us to tell us more.</p><p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 14:35:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 95324 at http://wamc.org The 7th Annual Mount Tremper Arts Summer Festival Book Picks - Battenkill Books http://wamc.org/post/book-picks-battenkill-books-22 <p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;"><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>This week's Book Picks come from Connie Brooks of&nbsp;<a href="http://www.battenkillbooks.com/" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(12, 76, 162);">Battenkill Books</a>&nbsp;in Cambridge, NY.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">List:<br /><em>The Care and Management of Lies: A Novel of the Great War</em> by Jacqueline Winspear<br /><em>A History of the Future: A World Made by Hand Novel</em> by James Howard Kunstler <a href="http://battenkill.indiebound.com/event/author-event-james-howard-kunstler-new-book-history-future-91214">(Event 9/12/14)</a><br /><em>Unruly Places: Lost Spaces, Secret Cities, and Other Inscrutable Geographies</em> by Alistair Bonnett<br /><em>Tomlinson Hill: The Remarkable Story of Two Families Who Share the Tomlinson Name - One White, One Black</em> by Chris Tomlinson<br /><em>Travels with Casey</em> by Benoit Denizet-Lewis<br /><em>Conversion</em> by Katherine Howe<br /><em>Anna &amp; Solomon </em>by Elaine Snyder and illustrated by Harry Bliss <a href="http://www.battenkillbooks.com/event/author-event-harry-bliss-and-nora-krug-73114">(Event 7/31/14)</a></p><p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 14:10:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 95404 at http://wamc.org Book Picks - Battenkill Books 7/22/14 Panel http://wamc.org/post/72214-panel <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Today's panelists are WAMC's Alan Chartock and political consultant, Libby Post.</p><p>Topics include:<br />Crash Investigation<br />Rikers Injuries<br />Guard Deployed to Border<br />NYC Chokehold<br />Marathon Bombing Trial</p><p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 13:00:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 95405 at http://wamc.org 7/22/14 Panel "The Wrongs Of The Right: Language, Race, And The Republican Party In The Age Of Obama" http://wamc.org/post/wrongs-right-language-race-and-republican-party-age-obama <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Despite the utopian proclamations that we are now live in a color-blind, postracial country, the grim reality is that implicit racial biases are more entrenched than ever.</p><p><em>In Wrongs of the Right</em>, Matthew W. Hughey and Gregory S. Parks set postracial claims into relief against a background of pre- and post-election racial animus directed at Obama, his administration, and African Americans.</p><p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 15:35:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 94816 at http://wamc.org "The Wrongs Of The Right: Language, Race, And The Republican Party In The Age Of Obama" "American Crucifixion: The Murder Of Joseph Smith And The Fate Of The Mormon Church" By Alex Beam http://wamc.org/post/american-crucifixion-murder-joseph-smith-and-fate-mormon-church-alex-beam <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">On June 27, 1844, a mob stormed the jail in the dusty frontier town of Carthage, Illinois. Clamorous and angry, they were hunting down a man they saw as a grave threat to their otherwise quiet lives: the founding prophet of Mormonism, Joseph Smith. They wanted blood.</span></p><p>At thirty-nine years old, Smith had already lived an outsized life. In addition to starting his own religion and creating his own “Golden Bible”—the Book of Mormon—he had worked as a water-dowser and treasure hunter. He’d led his people to Ohio, then Missouri, then Illinois, where he founded a city larger than fledgling Chicago. He was running for president. And, secretly, he had married more than thirty women.</p><p>In <em>American Crucifixion</em>, <a href="http://www.alexbeam.net/">Alex Beam</a> tells how Smith went from charismatic leader to public enemy: How his most seismic revelation—the doctrine of polygamy—created a rift among his people; how that schism turned to violence; and how, ultimately, Smith could not escape the consequences of his ambition and pride.</p><p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 14:35:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 94848 at http://wamc.org "American Crucifixion: The Murder Of Joseph Smith And The Fate Of The Mormon Church" By Alex Beam Anna Chlumsky Is "Living On Love" At The Williamstown Theatre Festival http://wamc.org/post/anna-chlumsky-living-love-williamstown-theatre-festival <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Anna </span>Chlumsky<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is in Williamstown, MA co-starring in </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Living on Love</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, a play about an opera diva - played by </span>Renée<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span>Flemming<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, her </span>mastro<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> husband played by Douglas Sills, and the autobiography ghostwriters - played by </span>Chlumsky<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and Justin Long - who come between them. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 14:10:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 95286 at http://wamc.org Anna Chlumsky Is "Living On Love" At The Williamstown Theatre Festival 7/21/14 Panel http://wamc.org/post/72114-panel <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Newsman Ray Graf and Political Consultant, Libby Post.</p><p>Topics include:<br />Kerry on Russia<br />Ukraine Remains<br />Auto Bubble<br />James Garner Dies</p><p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 13:00:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 95316 at http://wamc.org 7/21/14 Panel Yiddish Book Center - The Klezmer Conservatory Band http://wamc.org/post/yiddish-book-center-klezmer-conservatory-band <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp; </span></p><p>Since its formation in 1980 the Klezmer Conservatory Band has performed concerts from coast to coast. In April of 1990, it made its debut tour abroad, performing several concerts in Germany and giving a performance at the first-ever International Yiddish Festival in Krakow, Poland. The band has toured Europe regularly, and has also appeared at Australia's Adelaide Festival, New Zealand's International Festival of the Arts and Womad. Fri, 18 Jul 2014 15:35:00 +0000 Joe Donahue & Alan Chartock 95098 at http://wamc.org Yiddish Book Center - The Klezmer Conservatory Band