The Roundtable
11:12 am
Fri March 29, 2013

"Free to Learn" by Peter Gray

    In his new book, Free to Learn, developmental psychologist Peter Gray argues that our children, if free to pursue their own interests through play, will not only learn all they need to know, but will do so with energy and passion.

Arts & Culture
11:35 am
Thu March 7, 2013

Albany Symphony's March 9th and 10th Presentations

   This weekend the Albany Symphony Orchestra will present two quite different concerts at The Palace Theatre in Albany, NY.

On Saturday March 9th, the orchestra will perform Mussorgsky's "Pictures at an Exhibition," and a recent violin concerto entitled “Fire and Blood” by Michael Daugherty. Then on Sunday, Cowboy Dave rides again in a program called “Compose Yourself with Cowboy Dave!”

Maestro "Cowboy Dave" David Alan Miller joins us now to tell us more.

New England News
3:04 pm
Tue July 24, 2012

Education Official Promotes Child Literacy Efforts

Children attend a summer reading program at the Dorman School in Springfield MA

Education officials in Massachusetts are stressing the importance of early childhood literacy when it comes to closing the achievement gap.  A pioneering reading proficiency program in Springfield has been nationally recognized.  WAMC”s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.

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12:35 pm
Wed July 11, 2012

Brian Perrotto, Pat Gagnon, and Karen Hill - The Trials and Joys of Foster Parenting

Being a foster parent can be among the most joyful, but challenging experiences. Taking in a troubled, abused child has many rewards for those who take the step and today we will learn more about foster parenting from Brian Perrotto director of foster care for Saint Catherine’s Center for Children in Albany, Pat Gagnon, a foster parent , and Karen Hill, an expert in child welfare education. Brian Perrotto begins the discussion with more about Saint Catherine’s. They spoke with WAMC’s Brian Shields.

New England News
3:50 pm
Mon July 2, 2012

Summer Program Aims To Boost Reading Skills

Classroom activity at Dorman Elementary School in Springfield MA is part of a summer literacy program for children from SHA Robinson Gardens

A special summer camp opened today for children from two public housing developments in Springfield Massachusetts.   As WAMC”s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill tells us the camp is part of an innovative early literacy program.


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The Roundtable
9:35 am
Tue June 26, 2012

Second Lady of the United States Dr. Jill Biden

We welcome Second Lady of the United States, Dr. Jill Biden, to the show and speak with her about her children's book, Don't Forget, God Bless Our Troops.

The Roundtable
11:34 am
Thu May 31, 2012

Dean Jones - Dog on Fleas - "Invisible Friends"

Joe speaks with children's musician, Dean Jones, about his new Dog on Fleas album, Invisible Friends.

The band is playing at the Rosendale Cafe on June 9th and at the Clearwater Festival on June 16th and 17th.

The Roundtable
5:13 pm
Mon April 30, 2012

Hudson Children's Book Festival 2012

The Hudson Children's Book Festival is on 5/5. We learn all about it from Lisa Dolan and Maria Suttmeier, Co-Directors of the festival.

The Roundtable
1:37 pm
Fri April 27, 2012

Richard Michelson - "Twice as Good"

Richard Michelson joins us to talk about his new book for kids: Twice as Good: The story of William Powell and Clearview, the only golf course designed, built, and owned by an African-American.

The Roundtable
1:50 pm
Tue April 24, 2012

Albany Children's Book Festival on 4/28

Co-director, Karen Schimmer, and participating author, Matthew McElligott, join us to talk about the fourth Albany Children's Book Festival.