Albany, NY – Sara Gruen's novel Water for Elephants was one of the most talked about books of 2006. It is now out in paperback and it tells the story of Jacob Jankowski who was tossed by fate onto a rickety train that was home to the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth. It was the early part of the Great Depression, and for Jacob, now ninety, the circus world he remembers was both his salvation and a living hell.
Water for Elephants, by Sara Gruen. Published by Algonquin.
Albany, NY – Bruce Dern's career has run the gamut from B movies to Z movies, to becoming an Oscar Nominee, and he has created some of the most indelible performances in modern cinema. For many filmgoers, he will always be the guy who killed John Wayne in "The Cowboys." His latest project is the book: Things I've Said, But Probably Shouldn't Have. In the first part of a two part interview, Dern talks about how he came to write this story.
Things I've Said, But Probably Shouldn't Have, by Bruce Dern. Published by Wiley.
Albany, NY – Tax reform advocates say New York's school property tax system has to go: it's bad for the economy, bad for property owners and doesn't do what it's supposed to do. But the current legislative session is about to end and it appears that yet another tax reform bill will die before becoming law.
Albany, NY – (Airs: 6/15/07 and 6/16/07) The Legislative Gazette is a weekly program about New York State Government and politics. On this week's Legislative Gazette: the fight over Campaign finance reform heats up at the capital, an environmental group calls on the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to reject Indian Point's re-licensing application, and public interest groups demand that the state's recycling laws be updated.
Albany, NY – (AIRS: 6/17/07 & 6/18/07) WAMC's Alan Chartock, Times Union Editor Rex Smith and Kingston Freeman Publisher Ira Fusfeld discuss the journalistic standards of reviewers, Prime Minister Tony Blair's feral beast comments about the media, your letters and much more
Albany, NY – Lawrence Anthony wrote a book about his adventure in Iraq, entitled Babylon's Ark: The Incredible Wartime Rescue of the Baghdad Zoo. He speaks to Joe about his amazing experience; first trying to get into Baghdad, and then attempting to save and maintain exotic animals from the zoo and around Baghdad.
Babylon's Ark: The Incredible Wartime Rescue of the Baghdad Zoo, by Lawrence Anthony. Published by Thomas Dunne Books.