We welcome Joby Earle, Julia Gibson, and Jesse Hinson from the Berkshire Theatre Group's production of The Puppetmaster of Lodz to the studio. The show runs in BTG's Unicorn Theatre through July 7th.

New York Stage and Film and Vassar College present Powerhouse's production of Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa's play, Abigail/1702, directed by David Esbjornson and starring Chloë Sevigny, Patrick Heusinger, Laila Robins, Paxton Whitehead, and Millbrook, NY 4th grader Lucas Pfeifer. The show runs through July 8. 


"The Blood of Heroes"

Jun 27, 2012

We speak with NYT bestselling author, James Donovan, about his new book, The Blood of Heroes: The 13-Day Struggle for the Alamo--and the Sacrifice That Forged a Nation.

Jack Hitt is a contributing editor to the New York Times Magazine, Harper’s, and public radio’s This American Life. He also writes for Rolling Stone, GQ, Wired, and, Garden & Gun. We speak with him about his new book,Bunch of Amateurs: A Search for the American Character .

Donna Hassler, the Director of Chesterwood and Rich Bradway - Car Show Event Chair and Chesterwood Advisory Council Member, join us to talk about the Antique & Classic Automobile Show taking place on Sunday, May 27th and other exciting events coming up this summer.

Chesterwood is located in Stockbridge, MA, opens to the public on Memorial Day Weekend, and stays open through Columbus Day. Grounds open at 10am with buildings open from 11am-4pm every day including holidays.

Union College - Taps

May 18, 2012

Taps, the eloquent and haunting military bugle call played at funerals, and wreath-laying and memorial services, turns 150 this year. The man responsible for coming up with the tune is Daniel Butterfield, a member of Union’s Class of 1849.

We welcome Jari Villanueva, a retired Air Force veteran and author of Twenty-Four Notes That Tap Deep Emotions: The History of America’s Most Famous Bugle Call.

Red Hook 200

May 16, 2012

Wint Aldrich – Red Hook Town Historian and Bicentennial Committee member and Christopher Klose - Red Hook native, Vice President of the Egbert Benson Historical Society of Red Hook, and also a member of the Bicentennial Committee, join us to fill us in on what Red Hook has planned for its Bicentennial year. To learn more visit redhook200.org.

Bill Bradley

May 14, 2012

We welcome American Hall of Fame basketball player, Rhodes scholar, and former three-term Democratic U.S. Senator from New Jersey, Bill Bradley, and talk about his new book, We Can All Do Better.

We speak about Most Wanted: Pursuing Whitey Bulger, the Murderous Mob Chief the FBI Secretly Protected with Thomas J. Foley, a former Massachusetts state police colonel and the investigator who sparked Bulger’s flight from Boston.

Hanford Mills Museum brings 200 years of logging, sawing and woodworking history to life at the Woodsmen’s Show on May 5, from 10 am – 5 pm. Liz Callahan tells us more.

Frederick Douglass’ great-great-great grandson Kenneth B. Morris, Jr., will give the keynote address at the annual John Brown Day celebration to be held on Saturday, May 5, at the John Brown Farm State Historic Site in Lake Placid, NY. We welcome Kenneth to the show for a preview.

Erik Larson in considered a master of narrative non-fiction, author of the national bestsellers Thunderstruck, The Devil in the White City, and Isaac's Storm. Now, he tells the remarkable story set during Hitler’s rise to power in Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror and an American Family in Hitler’s Berlin.

Aired on 5/2/2012


May 3, 2012

A year ago Tuesday, Osama bin Laden was killed by U.S. forces inside a compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan. The decade-long search for bin Laden is detailed in a new book by CNN national security analyst Peter Bergen. The name of the book is Manhunt. Bergen is one of the first Americans to ever interview the al-Qaida leader. In Manhunt, he outlines how U.S. national security officials pored over thousands of clues before zeroing in on where bin Laden and his family members were living.

Aired 5/2/2012

New York at War

May 1, 2012

We welcome Steven Jaffe and speak with him about his book, New York at War: Four Centuries of Combat, Fear, and Intrigue in Gotham.

To wrap up National Poetry Month we welcome poets Paul Elisha and Jay Rogoff to the studio for an extended discussion on the work and life of Walt Whitman.

We speak with Ron Reagon about his book, My Father at 100, now out in paperback.

Image from the author's website.

Acclaimed biographer Anne Sebba offers the first full scale biography of Wallis Simpson, exploring the mind of one of the most glamorous and reviled figures of the 20th century--and one of the most talked about women of her generation. Anne Sebba will join us this week to discuss That Woman.

Mike Wallace: A Life

Apr 24, 2012

We speak with Peter Rader about his book, Mike Wallace: A Life .

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

Richard Davenport-Hines is the acclaimed biographer of W. H. Auden and the Macmillan dynasty. His most recent book is Voyagers of the Titanic: Passengers, Sailors, Shipbuilders, Aristocrats, and the Worlds They Came From.Music - "Moonstruck" - Ian Whitcomb conducting The White Star Orchestra on the album, Titanic: Music As Heard On The Fateful Voyage

Nicholas Wade is the grandson of teacher and author Lawrence Beesley, a survivor of the RMS Titanic. Wade has written the afterward for the book, Titanic, First Accounts. We speak with him about his grandfather's story. Music: "That Mesmerizing Mendelssohn Tune" - Ian Whitcomb conducting The White Star Orchestra on the album, Titanic: Music As Heard On The Fateful Voyage

Hugh Brewster has been writing about The RMS Titanic for more than 25 years. His new book is Gilded Lives, Fatal Voyage: The Titanic's First-Class Passengers and Their World. Here we talk about the fascinating, often frivolous, and frequently frustrating lives of the crème de la crème on board the doomed ship.

100th Anniversary of the RMS Titanic - Barry Denenberg

Apr 13, 2012

Children are now taught about the sinking of the Titanic in their textbooks or by James Cameron's movie. As we’ve learned so far, there is so much more information than what is included in a few paragraphs or a Hollywood movie. So enter Barry Denenberg. As a children’s book author, he’s an expert at creating eye catching lay-outs, and breaking down the information in a concise and interesting way. His newest book is Titanic Sinks! where readers can experience the Titanic’s doomed voyage in its unique presentation of fact & fiction.

WAMC's Ian Pickus speaks with maritime historian Daniel Allen Butler, a Titanic expert whose seminal recounting of the doomed voyage, Unsinkable: The Full Story of the RMS Titanic, is now out in a new edition.

Music: Salut d'Amour - Ian Whitcomb conducting The White Star Orchestra on the album, Titanic: Music As Heard On The Fateful Voyage

Hampton Sides is an American historian and journalist. He's written the Titanic cover story of this month's National Geographic.

Music: "The Merry Widow Waltz" - Ian Whitcomb conducting The White Star Orchestra on the album, Titanic: Music As Heard On The Fateful Voyage