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The Roundtable
10:10 am
Mon August 19, 2013

"Carrie and Me: A Mother-Daughter Love Story" by Carol Burnett

  This segment begins with audio from an episode of the 1980s television series, Fame. In the clip, Carol Burnett performs with the eldest of her three daughters, Carrie.  Carrie was a series regular and Carol joined the program as a guest star.

In 2002 - at the age of 38 - Carrie died of cancer. 

The new book, Carrie and Me: A Mother-Daughter Love Story is Carol Burnett’s poignant tribute to her late daughter and a funny and moving memoir about mothering an extraordinary young woman through the struggles and triumphs of her life. Sharing her personal diary entries, photographs, and correspondence, Carol traces the journey she and Carrie took through some of life’s toughest challenges.

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The Roundtable
10:35 am
Wed August 14, 2013

Critical Decisions: How You and Your Doctor Can Make the Right Medical Choices Together

  We welcome physician and a behavioral scientist, Dr. Peter Ubel, to the show and speak with him about his book, Critical Decisions: How You and Your Doctor Can Make the Right Medical Choices Together.

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The Roundtable
11:12 am
Thu August 8, 2013

SPAC - Jamie Bernstein

  As we mentioned earlier, Stéphane Denève will be conducting a Bernstein Extravaganza tomorrow night here at SPAC. And Jamie Bernstein will take part in a tribute to her father, Leonard Bernstein, which will feature members of the New York City Ballet.

The program will include the composer’s “Suite” from “Fancy Free,” and “Something’s Coming” and “Symphonic Dances” from “West Side Story.”

Jamie Bernstein frequently works with symphonies as a narrator, and she helped develop a school concert program for the Philadelphia Orchestra. Collaborating with Michael Barrett, who worked as an assistant conductor with Leonard Bernstein, she developed a program about her father’s music. 

The Roundtable
11:35 am
Wed July 24, 2013

"Life in a Marital Institution: Twenty Years of Monogamy in One Terrifying Memoir" by James Braly

    James Braly is the first two-time winner of The Moth GrandSlam, a contributor to This American Life, and currently touring the country with his Off-Broadway hit Life In a Marital Institution (20 Years of Monogamy in One Terrifying Hour).

His new memoir is also entitled: Life In a Marital Institution.

The Roundtable
11:50 am
Wed July 17, 2013

"The Spark" by Kristine Barnett

    Kristine Barnett’s son Jacob has an IQ higher than Einstein’s, a photographic memory, and he taught himself calculus in two weeks.

But the story of Kristine’s journey with Jake is all the more remarkable because his extraordinary mind was almost lost to autism.

The Roundtable
11:45 am
Tue July 16, 2013

The Cassoulet Saved Our Marriage: True Tales of Food, Family, and How We Learn to Eat

  Without mantras or manifestos, 29 writers serve up sharp, sweet, and candid memories; salty irreverence; and delicious original recipes. Food is so much more than what we eat. The Cassoulet Saved Our Marriage is an anthology of original essays about how we learn (and relearn) to eat, and how pivotal food is beyond the table.

We speak about the book with one of its editors, Lisa Catherine Harper.

The Roundtable
11:35 am
Mon July 15, 2013

"A Dog Walks Into a Nursing Home: Lessons in the Good Life from an Unlikely Teacher" by Sue Halpern

    At loose ends with her daughter leaving home and her husband on the road, Sue Halpern decided to give herself and Pransky, her under-occupied Lab mix, a new lease on life by getting the two of them certified as a therapy dog team.

She writes about the experience in her book, A Dog Walks Into a Nursing Home: Lessons in the Good Life from an Unlikely Teacher.

The Roundtable
1:44 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

"When Someone Dies: The Practical Guide to the Logistics of Death" by Scott Taylor Smith

  Scott Taylor Smith, a venture capitalist and lawyer, had plentiful resources, and yet after his mother died, he made a series of agonizing and costly mistakes in squaring away her affairs. He could find countless books that dealt with caring for the dying and the emotional fallout of death, but very few that dealt with the logistics.In the aftermath of his mother’s death, Smith decided to write the book he wished he’d had.

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The Roundtable
10:10 am
Mon June 17, 2013

"As I Knew Him: My Dad, Rod Serling" by Anne Serling

    To Anne Serling, the imposing figure the public saw hosting The Twilight Zone each week, intoning cautionary observations about fate, chance, and humanity, was not the father she knew. Her fun-loving dad, Rod Serling, would play on the floor with the dogs, had nicknames for everyone in the family.

After his unexpected death at 50, Anne, just 20, was left stunned. Gradually, she found solace for her grief by talking to his friends, poring over old correspondence, and recording her childhood memories.

Now she shares personal photos, eloquent, revealing letters, and beautifully rendered scenes of his childhood, war years, and their family's time together. Her new book is: As I Knew Him: My Dad, Rod Serling.

The Roundtable
9:00 am
Mon June 17, 2013

6/17/13 - Panel

  Today's panelists are WAMC's President and Political Observer, Alan Chartock and WAMC News Director, Ian Pickus. Joe Donahue moderates.

Topics include:
New Obama Poll
Apple Requests
Composting in NYC
Media Conflicts
Bullying Siblings

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