Albany, NY – A Western Massachusetts man has devoted much of his life to collecting WWII memorabilia about the Navy's patrol torpedo boats. PT boats are 80 foot wooden boats that went up against much larger Japanese warships in the Pacific. The private collection is now on display in Springfield, MA and WAMC Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill tells us more.
Albany, NY – The Mount, Edith Wharton's Estate and Gardens in Lenox, MA, has designed an innovative exhibit to highlight her novel, The Fruit of the Tree, and explore the contrasts between mill owners and mill workers. The exhibit is titled The Mills Come to the Mount, and Stephanie Copeland, President of The Mount, tells us all about it.
Albany, NY – Legendary producer Chuck Barris' latest project is the novel, The Big Question, about a game show where contestants vie for a hundred million dollars, and are executed on TV if they lose. Barris is taking the oppurtinity to explore the idea that maybe TV has gone too far.
The Big Question, by Chuck Barris. Published by Simon and Schuster.
Kingston, NY – A new Solar Energy Consortium is preparing to move into part of the old IBM complex, and Congressman Maurice Hinchey thinks the jobs it creates could mean a major turnaround for a limping economy.
Albany, NY – A religious pilgrimage won't be part of most American's summer vacation plans this year, but for essayist Richard Frisbie, it was an important part of his recent trip to Spain. He shares his journey "on the road" to Saint James.
Albany, NY – Tonight's edition of The Best of Our Knowledge will focus its entire show on autism. With the reported incidence of autism on the rise, Dr. Judith Grether, research scientist with the California Center for Autism, was asked if she feels this disease is growing to epidemic proportions.
Albany, NY – As much fun as it might be to be a cowboy, boxer, soldier, writer and President of the United States, it is hard to imagine having the energy to pursue all of those things at once. But that is exactly what President Theodore Roosevelt was able to do. Award winning Times Union Reporter Paul Grondhal has written a book about Roosevelt's life prior to being President of the United States called I Rose Like A Rocket.
I Rose Like A Rocket, by Paul Grondhal. Published by Bison Books.