Arts & Culture
11:35 am
Wed September 11, 2013

Pauline Black - The Selecter

The Selecter
Credit Yad Jaura

  Formed in the late 1970s in Coventry, England - The Selecter was one of the early acts to sign to 2 Tone Records, home to Madness, The Beat and The Specials. They became an integral part of the emerging ska scene, setting themselves apart from the pack by being one of the only female fronted ska bands. Led by the fashionable and talented Pauline Black, The Selecter released a number of seminal singles on 2 Tone including “On My Radio,” “Three Minute Hero,” and “Missing Words.” A couple of these songs made it on their 1980 debut LP, Too Much Pressure, which charted in the Top 5 in the UK.

On Halloween in 2010, Pauline Black and Arthur “Gaps” Hendrickson celebrated the 30th anniversary of Too Much Pressure with The Selecter performing the album live at the Sinners Day Festival in Belgium. This event kicked off the current revitalized incarnation of the legendary band who has continued to write and release new music. Their latest record, String Theory, came out earlier this year.

Pauline Black was born to an Anglo-Jewish teenage mother and Nigerian father and was adopted and raised by a white middle-aged couple. She wrote about her life and experience discovering her roots in Black By Design: A 2-Tone Memoir.

The Roundtable
10:35 am
Fri August 23, 2013

"The White Princess" by Philippa Gregory

The Roundtable
11:30 am
Tue May 7, 2013

"My Animals and Other Family" by Clare Balding

    Clare Balding is an award-winning BBC broadcaster and writer. At the London Olympics of 2012 she was proclaimed a “national treasure.'” She became the face of the BBC’s horse racing coverage in 1998, and now works across a wide range of sports. She will join us to tell tales from her new memoir, My Animals and Other Family.

The Roundtable
11:50 am
Wed March 6, 2013

Listener Essay - The Firm

  In this listener essay, Jeanne Hunter recounts her personal dealings with the British Royal Family.

The Roundtable
10:10 am
Thu January 31, 2013

"The Art of Betrayal: The Secret History of MI6" by Gordon Corera

    Gordon Corera is a security correspondent for BBC News. In that role, he covers the work of Britain's intelligence agencies. His new book is The Art of Betrayal: The Secret History of MI6: Life and Death in the British Secret Service - in it, he provides a unique and unprecedented insight into this secret world and the reality that lies behind the fiction.

The Roundtable
11:12 am
Fri January 4, 2013

"To Marry an English Lord"

With Downton Abbey is all the Public Television rage, the book – To Marry an English Lord is back in print and being lauded as source material by the show’s creator, Julian Fellowes.

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The Roundtable
10:35 am
Fri November 16, 2012

The Graves Are Walking: The Great Famine and the Saga of the Irish People

John Kelly’s new book about the Irish Potato Famine is deeply researched, compelling in its details, and startling in its conclusions about the appalling decisions behind a tragedy of epic proportions.

It started in 1845 and before it was over more than one million men, women, and children would die and another two million would flee the country. Measured in terms of mortality, the Great Irish Potato Famine was the worst disasters in the nineteenth century—it claimed twice as many lives as the American Civil War.

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The Roundtable
12:47 pm
Mon April 23, 2012

Her Majesty: Queen Elizabeth II and her Court

Robert Hardman discusses his book, Her Majesty: Queen Elizabeth II and her Court.

The Roundtable
11:35 am
Tue March 20, 2012

That Woman: The Life of Wallis Simpson, Duchess of Windsor

We speak with Anne Sebba about her book, That Woman: The Life of Wallis Simpson, Duchess of Windsor.