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WAMC is proud to present a very special edition of The Roundtable, broadcast live from The Hyde Collection on Monday, June 24th from 9 a.m. to noon.

Jane Fonda - G-CAPP

Sep 28, 2012

New Yorkers from the arts, hospitality and fashion communities are planning an event featuring Jane Fonda, as a benefit for G-CAPP (the Georgia Campaign for Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention.) The benefit to be held October 11th in NYC is on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the critically acclaimed film Klute. Fonda received the Oscar for her performance. 

The live tour of the hit movie, How To Train Your Dragon, will deliver 23 dragons, some with wingspans of up to 46 feet, Viking warriors and world-class circus artists and acrobats, when it perform at the Albany Times Union Center October 4th – 7th.  Joe Donahue spoke with DreamWorks Animation Studio's head of Live Entertainment, Eric Stevens about the show.

Considered one of America’s most respected political analysts, Jeff Greenfield has spent more than thirty years in network television, including as a commentator on CNN, ABC News, and CBS and currently as an anchor on PBS’s Need to Know.

A five-time Emmy Award winner, he is a political columnist for Yahoo! News and the author of more than a dozen books, including the bestseller Then Everything Changed: Stunning Alternate Histories of American Politics: JFK, RFK, Carter, Ford, Reagan.

In her fiction debut, writer, speaker, and best-selling author Lee Woodruff offers an intimate and moving novel that explores the ways in which four lives are broken and made whole again after a shattering tragedy. Lee Woodruff  tells us about, Those We Love Most.

Pulitzer prize winning novelist Junot Diaz will be doing a pair of events over the next week in our region. The author of the modern-day classic, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, tells us about his latest, This is How You Lose Her.

Upon assuming the presidency in 1953, Dwight Eisenhower came to be seen by many as a doddering lightweight. Yet behind the bland smile and apparent simplemindedness was a brilliant, intellectual tactician.

Investigative journalist David Cay Johnston’s says it is time for consumers to read the fine print.

His new book is The Fine Print. It's about how many corporations have worked the regulatory system to their advantage and how that affects things ranging from the service you receive to the state of our infrastructure. He also examines the fees that banks and phone companies have added over the years that have made your bills incrementally larger but have added up to big money for corporations.

On one day, Thursday Oct 4th, 3-thousand students, educators, and volunteers will visit 75 sites along the Hudson from New York Harbor to the mouth of the Mohawk. It is being called “A Day In the Life of Hudson River.” This is the 10th annual event, and in those ten years the DEC has had over 20,000 participants total.

Singer Andy Williams, best known for his rendition of Moon River, his Christmas TV specials, and his long-running show in Branson, Missouri, has died. He was 84. The famed crooner passed away at his home Tuesday night, following a year-long battle with bladder cancer.  

WAMC's Joe Donahue spoke with Williams in 2009 about his life and career. He told us then, at what point he realized that music and show business would become his life.

The Two Of Us Productions is an affiliate of Roving Actor's Repertory Ensemble. The company is based in Copake, NY and they produce full-scale musicals, drama & comedies, and murder mystery evenings. 

Their upcoming production of A Tale of Two Cities is the Northeast regional premiere of the musical adaptation of the work by Charles Dickens.

On Monday evening August 13th, Maureen O'Flynn and John Cheek - leading singers from the Metropolitan Opera - will be among the performers in the first performance of a new opera "Pearl" which is a modern retelling of The Scarlet Letter from the viewpoint of the daughter of Hester Prynne.

From Jamie Bernstein and Michael Barrett comes We are Women: A Bernstein Cabaret. Devised from many of Bernstein's songs for or about women, evolves the story of a mother and daughter who navigate the tricky terrain of their love lives, and, along the way, learn to accept themselves and delight in the love of others. 



It is never too early to celebrate the region’s Independent Book Stores and have them bring us to new places. Connie Brooks of Battenkill Books in Cambridge, NY is here with some wonderful suggestions.

The Light Between Oceans
ML Stedman

Tigers in Red Weather
Liza Klaussmann

When We Were the Kennedys: A Memoir from Mexico, Maine
Monica Wood

Marcus Brauchli

Chris Cillizza is the Managing Editor of The Washington Post’s political section, and the author of The Fix, a leading blog on politics covering the White House, Congress, campaigns, polls and more. He is also an MSNBC contributor and political analyst and appears regularly on the network in addition to NBC, PBS and NPR’s Diane Rehm Show, among others.

Millions of Americans will tune into the Olympic Games, the largest and most popular sporting event in the world, over the next few weeks. Just in time, David Goldblatt and Johnny Acton have created a fun guide to the rules, strategy, and history of each Olympic event. We will learn, How to Watch the Olympics, with Goldblatt & Acton.

The Rensselaerville Festival of Writers – to benefit the Rensselaerville Library – is a four-day celebration of literature which includes readings, book signings, writing workshops, discussions, exhibits, a book sale and a cocktail party with the authors.

This year’s line-up features: Lizz Winstead, Tim Cahill, Mary Morris, Howard Nelson, Galway Kinnell & Bill Logan – plus many others.

Blue Man Group

Jul 20, 2012

Kirk Massey is stoked to be a part of the North American Tour with Blue Man Group. Has been with Blue Man Group since 2005 and has performed in New York, Boston, Orlando and all over the world as a part of Blue Man Group’s “How to be a Megastar” World Tour. Currently performs full time in Blue Man Group’s Orlando production when not on tour. Kirk would like to thank God for His many blessings, his friends and family for all of their love and support and everyone at Blue Man Group and NETworks who made this dream possible.

A few years back, Sally Koslow was settling into an empty nest. Her two 20-something sons were launched out of the house and into the wider world. Then, suddenly and unexpectedly, her sons landed back home. She was startled and depressed to learn they were part of a much larger trend.

According to the Pew Research Center, one-fifth of young adults aged 25-34 live in multigenerational households. The bad economy is the main contributing factor, but the trend also reflects shifts in social norms.

Byrdcliffe and the Woodstock Chimes Fund present Woodstock Off-Beat 2012: The Musical Life of Peter Schickele
 - A Benefit for the Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild
Concert tomorrow night at 8 PM at the Maverick Concert Hall. It is a retrospective of the works of Peter Schickele and PDQ Bach and Professor Schickele will also be joined by a group of instrumentalists and vocalists.

The Shandaken Art Studio Tour returns for its fifth year on July 21-22 with 45 artists, including several new to the tour, new sculpture gardens, and exhibits of work by dozens of local and regional artists.  Artist studios will be open from 11 to 5 on both Saturday and Sunday, and local art galleries will be hosting opening receptions on Saturday night from 6 until 10.  All events are free!

Lets face it, a presidential election year is a very good time to see the award-winning musical satire group, Capitol Steps. Not there is a bad time. Cap Steps has returned to Cranwell Resort, Spa and Golf Club in Lenox for their sixth consecutive summer and will play through now through September 2nd.

The 2012 Glimmerglass Festival is underway with its main-stage productions including Verdi’s Aida, The Music Man, Armide and Lost in the Stars. The productions will run in rotation through August 25 in the Alice Busch Opera Theater in Cooperstown, New York.

Over the past hundred years, average life expectancy in America has nearly doubled, due largely to scientific and medical advances, but also as a consequence of safer working conditions, a heightened awareness of the importance of diet and health, and other factors.

Yet while longevity is celebrated as an achievement in modern civilization, the longer people live, the more likely they are to succumb to chronic, terminal illnesses.

In early March, Alzheimer’s Association released its new facts and figures on the extent of the disease and its toll. They report that, in the United States, an estimated 5.4 million people are living with Alzheimer’s disease, including at least 800,000 who live alone. 

According the report, unless something is done to change the trajectory of the disease, as many as 16 million Americans will have Alzheimer’s by 2050.