The Roundtable http://wamc.org en "Sitcom: A History In 24 Episodes From I Love Lucy To Community" By Saul Austerlitz http://wamc.org/post/sitcom-history-24-episodes-i-love-lucy-community-saul-austerlitz <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Obsessively watched and critically ignored, sitcoms were a distraction, a gentle lullaby of a kinder, gentler America—until suddenly the artificial boundary between the world and television entertainment collapsed.</p><p>In <em>Sitcom: A History In 24 Episodes From I Love Lucy To Community</em> by Saul Austerlitz, we can watch the growth of the sitcom, following the path that leads from <em>Lucy</em> to <em>The Phil Silvers Show</em>; from <em>The Dick Van Dyke Show</em> to<em> The Mary Tyler Moore Show</em>; from <em>M*A*S*H</em> to <em>Taxi</em>; from <em>Cheers</em> to <em>Roseanne</em>; from <em>Seinfeld </em>to <em>Curb Your Enthusiasm</em>; and from<em> The Larry Sanders Show</em> to <em>30 Rock</em>.</p><p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 15:35:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 88304 at http://wamc.org "Sitcom: A History In 24 Episodes From I Love Lucy To Community" By Saul Austerlitz Leon Leyson - The Boy on the Wooden Box http://wamc.org/post/leon-leyson-boy-wooden-box <p><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LMyZ4LTpqWo">Leon Leyson</a> was one of the youngest members on Oscar Schindler’s list, and in his memoir, <em>The Boy on the Wooden Box<span style="line-height: 1.5;">: How the impossible became possible… on Schindler’s list</span></em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, published posthumously, he tells his brave and harrowing tale of surviving the German invasion, living in Poland’s Jewish ghettos, his family’s time in the concentration camps, and how one man showed compassion and humility by saving he and some of his family members. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 15:10:00 +0000 Katie Britton 88258 at http://wamc.org Leon Leyson - The Boy on the Wooden Box Congressional Corner With Sean Patrick Maloney http://wamc.org/post/congressional-corner-sean-patrick-maloney-15 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Unemployment is a national problem, especially since the recession.</p><p>In today’s Congressional Corner, New York representative Sean Patrick Maloney tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that benefits must be extended to the long-term unemployed.</p><p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 14:50:00 +0000 Alan Chartock 88144 at http://wamc.org Congressional Corner With Sean Patrick Maloney Sue Aikens From National Geographic Channel's "Life Below Zero" http://wamc.org/post/sue-aikens-national-geographic-channels-life-below-zero <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>The National Geographic Channel’s documentary series, <a href="http://channel.nationalgeographic.com/channel/life-below-zero/"><em>Life Below Zero</em></a>, follows 7 people as they struggle to survive the treacherous and remote lives they’ve made for themselves near or above the arctic circle in the Alaskan bush.</p><p>Some of them are lone wolves; others have their families beside them. They fish, forage, and freeze in a wild-world that doesn’t care if they get through the winter or not. &nbsp;The premiere of Season 2 of&nbsp;<em>Life Below Zero</em> will air this Thursday, April 17th&nbsp;at 9pm.&nbsp;</p><p>Sue Aikens lives by herself at <a href="http://www.kavikrivercamp.com/">Kavik River Camp</a>,&nbsp;a place so remote the address is given in latitude and longitude, located a few miles from the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. The ground is frozen year round so there is no way to dig a well yet - Sue has internet and telephone service - even if it does often drop in extreme weather.</p><p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 14:35:00 +0000 Sarah LaDuke 88265 at http://wamc.org Sue Aikens From National Geographic Channel's "Life Below Zero" "The Parthenon Enigma" By Joan Breton Connelly http://wamc.org/post/parthenon-enigma-joan-breton-connelly <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Built in the fifth century b.c., the Parthenon has been venerated for more than two millennia as the West’s ultimate paragon of beauty and proportion. Since the Enlightenment, it has also come to represent our political ideals, the lavish temple to the goddess Athena serving as the model for our most hallowed civic architecture. But how much do the values of those who built the Parthenon truly correspond with our own?</p><p>In <em>The Parthenon Enigma</em>, Joan Breton Connelly challenges our most basic assumptions about the Parthenon and the ancient Athenians.</p><p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 14:10:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 88247 at http://wamc.org "The Parthenon Enigma" By Joan Breton Connelly 4/16/14 Panel http://wamc.org/post/41614-panel <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><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 />NYPD Muslim Squad disbanded<br />Al Qaeda comeback?<br />Terror Hoaxes<br />Ukraine<br />Cuomo signs Popular Vote Compact<br />SAT tests not to include “obscure” words</p><p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 13:00:00 +0000 Ray Graf 88303 at http://wamc.org 4/16/14 Panel Roundtable Music 4/15 http://wamc.org/post/roundtable-music-415 <iframe src="http://composer.nprstations.org/widgets/iframe/songlist.html?station=5187edcfe1c8156e5bf76f38&episode=5325304f0bae28b54d10dffd&env=https%3A%2F%2Fapi.composer.nprstations.org%2Fv1" width="100%" height="500" frameborder="0" seamless></iframe> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 16:00:00 +0000 88243 at http://wamc.org "Degrees Of Inequality" By Suzanne Mettler http://wamc.org/post/degrees-inequality-suzanne-mettler <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>America’s higher education system is failing its students. In the space of a generation, we have gone from being the best-educated society in the world to one surpassed by eleven other nations in college graduation rates.</p><p>Higher education is evolving into a caste system with separate and unequal tiers that take in students from different socio-economic backgrounds and leave them more unequal than when they first enrolled.</p><p>In <em>Degrees of Inequality</em>, acclaimed political scientist <a href="http://government.arts.cornell.edu/faculty/mettler/">Suzanne Mettler</a> explains why the system has gone so horribly wrong and why the American Dream is increasingly out of reach for so many.</p><p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 15:35:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 88223 at http://wamc.org "Degrees Of Inequality" By Suzanne Mettler "Astoria: John Jacob Astor And Thomas Jefferson's Lost Pacific Empire" By Peter Stark http://wamc.org/post/astoria-john-jacob-astor-and-thomas-jeffersons-lost-pacific-empire-peter-stark <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Six years after Lewis and Clark's began their journey to the Pacific Northwest, two of the Eastern establishment's leading figures, John Jacob Astor and Thomas Jefferson, turned their sights to founding a colony akin to Jamestown on the West Coast and transforming the nation into a Pacific trading power.</p><p>Author and correspondent for <em>Outside</em> magazine <a href="http://www.peterstarkauthor.com/">Peter Stark</a> recreates this pivotal moment in American history, drawing on original source material to tell the amazing true story of the Astor Expedition in his book, <em>Astoria: John Jacob Astor and Thomas Jefferson's Lost Pacific Empire: A Story of Wealth, Ambition, and Survival</em>.</p><p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 15:12:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 88222 at http://wamc.org "Astoria: John Jacob Astor And Thomas Jefferson's Lost Pacific Empire" By Peter Stark Congressional Corner With Sean Patrick Maloney http://wamc.org/post/congressional-corner-sean-patrick-maloney-14 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Relations with Russia continue to pose a challenge.</p><p>In today’s Congressional Corner, New York representative Sean Patrick Maloney tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock he doesn’t want to see American boots on the ground.</p><p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 14:50:00 +0000 Alan Chartock 88142 at http://wamc.org Congressional Corner With Sean Patrick Maloney