WAMC's In Conversation With...

Thursdays, 1PM - 2PM

WAMC's Alan Chartock  speaks with artists, politicians, writers and people from various backgrounds to get to the heart of their lives, and contributions to the world. 

Alan speaks with Helen Epstein about her New Yorker Magazine article about Melita Maschmann, a former Nazi who wrote a memoir. Epstein is also the author of six books including the multi-generational memoir Where she came from: A Daughter’s Search for her Mother’s History; the first book on inter-generational trauma Children of the Holocaust: and the biography Joe Papp: An American Life. She also reviews theater and music in the Berkshires for the online arts magazine The Arts Fuse.

Alan in conversation with Ted Truman, Senior Fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics.

Alan in conversation with Williams College Professor, Scholar and Author Susan Dunn about her new book 1940: FDR, Willkie, Lindbergh, Hitler -- The Election Amid the Storm.

Alan interviews Matthew Rubiner, Owner of Rubiner’s Cheesmongers and Grocers in Great Barrington Massachusetts.

Alan Chartock speaks with Stephen Gottlieb - The Jay and Ruth Caplan Distinguished Professor of Law at Albany Law School about the Supreme Court.

Alan talks with Steve Cagen and Mary Kelsey about their attempts to document the struggles of the people in El Choco, Columbia.

Alan Chartock speaks with Barbara Erickson, President & CEO of The Trustees of Reservations of Massachusetts.

Alan Chartock in Conversation with Dr. Richard Brunswick about quitting smoking.

WAMC and the Albany Times Union take a look at the unusual number of fatalities along Central Avenue in Albany. A panel of experts discuss how law enforcement, engineering and new technology are coming together to find ways to reduce accidents along the road.

WAMC's Alan Chartock sits down with Deborah Amos, award-winning foreign correspondent for NPR, and the 2013 James H. Ottaway Sr. Professor of Journalism at the State University of New York at New Paltz.

Alan Chartock speaks with Author, Columnist and Etiquette Specialist Peggy Post.

Host Alan Chartock is joined by Jonathan Soros,  co-Founder of Friends of Democracy, a super PAC pushing for public financing of campaigns in New York State.

Alan speaks with Jerry Komisar about his many years in public higher education and his new book The Last Believer.

WAMC's Alan Chartock speaks with Dr. Art DeGaetano, Associate Professor in the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at Cornell University about climate change.

Alan Chartock speaks with retired newspaper publisher and philanthropist James Ottaway.

Stephanie Zollshan / Berkshire Eagle Staff

WAMC’S Alan Chartock sits down with Massachusetts Governor Deval and First Lady Diane Patrick at the Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield on Sunday March 10th.

Alan Chartock speaks with Gerald Sorin, Professor and Author of Howard Fast: Life and Literature in the Left Lane. 

Alan Chartock...In Conversation with David Szczerbacki

Mar 7, 2013

Host Alan Chartock is joined by David Szczerbacki, who became the ninth president of The College of Saint Rose in July 2012 after serving for eight years as the college’s provost and vice president for academic affairs.

Alan Chartock is joined by Henry Wiencek, an author, editor and journalist who has written a dozen books on the Founding Fathers, early American life, slavery, and other topics.  A winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award, Wiencek has penned a controversial new book called Master of the Mountain: Thomas Jefferson and His Slaves.

Alan is joined by three guests to discuss the 50th anniversary of Scenic Hudson, a non-profit organization dedicated to protecting and restoring the Hudson River and the Hudson River Valley of New York State: Ned Sullivan is president of Scenic Hudson and has led the organization since 1999. He holds an MBA and master’s in environmental studies from Yale. Steve Rosenberg is the senior vice president of Scenic Hudson and has been with the organization for 22 years. Hayley Carlock, a recent law school graduate, works on the frontlines of the group’s environmental battles.

Alan is joined by Kate Maguire, artistic director and CEO of the Berkshire Theatre Group, which includes the Berkshire Theatre Festival and The Colonial Theatre. A graduate of Boston College, Maguire has helped shepherd many productions from the Berkshires to New York and is also an accomplished actor.

Alan is joined by musician Lucy Kaplansky, whose new album is Reunion.

Berkshire Record

Alan is joined by Anne Banks and Ted Dobson, whose daughter, Moira Banks-Dobson of Sheffield, Mass., was killed by a drunk driver who had six previous convictions in February of 2012. Her death has led her parents to push for various reforms in the months since. There's more information about their efforts and their daughter's life at moiramemorial.org.

Alan is joined by journalist and author Donald Connery, a World War II veteran and Harvard grad who covered the Cold War for United Press, Time, Life, NBC, and other outlets. Connery’s new book is Escape From Oblivion: A Moscow Correspondent’s Memoir of the Cuban Missile Crisis.

Rural Intelligence

Alan is joined by Jean-François Bizalion , a French-born former New York City fashion editor and director who has run Bizalion’s Fine Food for almost a decade at 684 South Main Street near Great Barrington, Massachusetts.

Alan is joined by Susan Kayne and Andrew Elsbree. A Hudson Valley horse owner and breeder licensed in New York since 1984, Kayne is the creator and host of the television series Unbridled and author of the upcoming book Bandit’s Story, an account of six months in the life of an average racehorse. Kayne’s husband, Andrew Elsbree, is a certified journeyman farrier who is licensed to put shoes on racehorses at New York Racing Association-run tracks.

Alan is joined by New Paltz resident Joel Goldstein, who works as a transportation and logistics executive. The founding president of Southern Ulster YMCA, Goldstein is an adoption advocate and activist who has two adopted children. Goldstein is the author of No Stone Unturned, which chronicles the story of his son, Bart Goldstein, and his long recovery from traumatic brain injury after a 2001 car accident.

Alan Chartock is joined by attendees at the International Conference on the Theory and Practice of Electronic Governance, a meeting at the University at Albany that brings together hundreds of technology and government experts from around the world.

Alan is joined by Susan Crandell, a freelance writer and editor based in Cornwall-on-Hudson who spent three decades editing magazines like Travel & Leisure and Smart Money. After six years as editor in chief at More magazine, Crandell quit, and soon after published the book Thinking About Tomorrow: Reinventing Yourself at Midlife. She is a Capital Region native and graduate of Middlebury College.

Terry a la Berry
Terry a la Berry

Alan is joined by Terry a la Berry, a Lenox-based drummer who has played in Arlo Guthrie’s band for decades. Terry a la Berry also writes and performs children’s music and has worked as an actor and producer.