The Roundtable http://wamc.org en "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 David Kinney's 'Adventures In The Land Of Bob' http://wamc.org/post/david-kinneys-adventures-land-bob <p></p><p>Bob Dylan turned 73 this year, and his music has spawned more than a half-century of enjoyment, argument, scholarship, social change and bewilderment. Often, fan interest has crossed the line over to obsession unique to Dylan fans, many of whom think the meaning of life might be buried somewhere on <em>Self Portrait</em>. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 15:12:00 +0000 Ian Pickus 95313 at http://wamc.org David Kinney's 'Adventures In The Land Of Bob' Congressional Corner With Sean Eldridge http://wamc.org/post/congressional-corner-sean-eldridge-4 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>The Common Core has divided many Americans.</p><p>In today’s Congressional Corner, Sean Eldridge — a Democratic candidate for New York’s 19th district seat — discusses education with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.</p><p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 14:50:00 +0000 Alan Chartock 95068 at http://wamc.org Congressional Corner With Sean Eldridge 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 Roundtable Music 7/21 http://wamc.org/post/roundtable-music-721 <iframe src="http://composer.nprstations.org/widgets/iframe/songlist.html?station=5187edcfe1c8156e5bf76f38&episode=53a5176261072c5740ac97ae&env=https%3A%2F%2Fapi.composer.nprstations.org%2Fv1" width="100%" height="500" frameborder="0" seamless></iframe> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 16:00:00 +0000 95331 at http://wamc.org "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" Congressional Corner With Sean Eldridge http://wamc.org/post/congressional-corner-sean-eldridge-3 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>In today’s Congressional Corner, Sean Eldridge — a Democratic candidate for New York’s 19th district seat — discusses foreign policy with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.</p><p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 14:50:00 +0000 Alan Chartock 95065 at http://wamc.org Congressional Corner With Sean Eldridge "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