Albany, NY – You don't have to travel to Sundance or hop a plane to Cannes to keep up with the latest independent film. Just drive over to Woodstock where the locals get to see everything first. It's all thanks to the Woodstock Film Festival and its new summer film series. Meira Blaustein, Co-Founder and Festival Director of the Woodstock Film Festival tells us all about it.
Albany, NY – Julia Taylor previews WAMC's women's show, 51%, on which issues of women in politics, and how the landscape is changing with a female presidential candidate like Hillary Clinton are discussed. She interviews two women from each side of the aisle: Republican Jane Swift, former governor of MA, and Laura Flanders, host of RadioNation on the left-wing Air America.
Albany, NY – Khaled Hosseini's new novel A Thousand Splendid Suns is the first book pick of "Reading with the Roundtable." He speaks about his new novel and what it was like to follow up such a successful novel as The Kite Runner.
A Thousand Splendid Suns, by Khaled Hosseini. Published by Riverhead.
Albany, NY – Dr. Richard Ferber, one of the nation's foremost authorities on children's sleep problems, has some sound ideas for helping your child fall and stay asleep at night and perform well during the day.
Solve Your Child's Sleep Problems, by Richard Ferber. Published by Fireside Books.
Albany, NY – Jack Larkin is the author of Where We Lived: Discovering the Places We Once Called Home, and as he found in his research, many of our ancestors wrote down the nuances of their daily lives. With the help of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Larkin gathered 400 black and white photos and combined them with evocative text to take us on a journey of American homes of the late 18th and 19th centuries. He tells us what it is about the home that captures both the sublime, and the ordinary nature of everyday life.
Albany, NY – A recent survey at Harvard University found that the #1 dream job for Americans is to be a TV sitcom writer, but while we may watch TV, few of us probably know how to write for television. Enter Ellen Sandler --she is a full-time TV writer-- having written for such shows as Everybody Loves Raymond, Coach, Taxi and Kate and Allie-- and is the author of the new book: "The TV Writer's Workbook." She speaks about how she came to write a manual for TV writer wannabees.
Albany, NY – Many characters in mystery fiction come and go-- meaning some die and some live. Well, Ian Rankin's main character, John Rebus, has been around for 20 years. The character was born in a ground floor apartment in Edinburgh, Scotland. Rankin's latest novel featuring Rebus is titled: The Naming of the Dead. Joe Donahue speaks with Rankin about how this novel came about.
The Naming of the Dead, by Ian Rankin. Published by Little Brown.
Pittsfield, MA – The carpentry program at Taconic High School has rehabilitated a number of homes in Pittsfield, Massachusetts over the past 15 years. But this year, for the first time, the home they restored will be put back on the market as affordable housing. Berkshire Bureau Chief, Carrie Saldo, toured the house Thursday afternoon and filed this report;
Plattsburgh, NY – The man with extremely drug resistant tuberculosis, who flew into Montreal and entered the U-S at the Champlain, New York border crossing, has raised numerous health concerns. But the incident is also raising questions, and the ire of critics, over how he so easily crossed the border. WAMC's North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley has more.