journalism

The Roundtable
10:10 am
Thu November 14, 2013

"Bully Pulpit" By Doris Kearns Goodwin

Doris Kearns Goodwin, the bestselling, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of No Ordinary Time and Team of Rivals, has returned to the presidency in her latest book, The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft and the Golden Age of Journalism.

The former LBJ staffer's latest work demonstrates her blend of scholarship, intellectual rigor, and riveting storytelling with a focus on the turbulent and faithful relationship between two presidents, the rise of muckraking journalism, and the far-reaching ferment of the progressive era: a time in many respects uncannily like our own.

The Roundtable
11:32 am
Thu November 7, 2013

"The Frackers" By Gregory Zuckerman

    In his new book, The Frackers, journalist Gregory Zuckerman tells us the back-story. Far from the limelight, Aubrey McClendon, Harold Hamm, Mark Papa, and other wildcatters were determined to tap massive deposits of oil and gas that Exxon, Chevron, and other giants had dismissed as a waste of time.

By experimenting with hydraulic fracturing through extremely dense shale—a process now known as fracking—the wildcatters started a revolution. In just a few years, they looked to relieve America’s dependence on imported energy, triggered a global environmental controversy—and made and lost astonishing fortunes.

New England News
7:29 pm
Thu October 24, 2013

Fired Reporter Raises Questions

Isaac Avilucea
Credit Jim Levulis / WAMC

The recent firing of a reporter in North Adams, Massachusetts has garnered national attention.

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The Roundtable
11:35 am
Thu October 17, 2013

"Informing The News: The Need For Knowledge-Based Journalism" by Thomas Patterson

  Thomas Patterson, a professor of government and the press at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, whose new book is Informing the News: The Need for Knowledge-Based Journalism. The book began as a look at what journalism schools need to do to train the new generation of reporters.

Patterson proposes “knowledge-based journalism” as a corrective, believing that unless journalists are more deeply informed about the subjects they cover, they will continue to misinterpret them and to be vulnerable to manipulation by their sources.

In this book, derived from a multi-year initiative of the Carnegie Corporation and the Knight Foundation, Patterson calls for nothing less than a major overhaul of journalism practice and education.

The Roundtable
10:35 am
Tue September 17, 2013

NPR's Michele Norris At Simon's Rock

    Award-winning journalist, current NPR host and special correspondent, and former co-host of NPR's newsmagazine All Things Considered, as well as Best Selling Author and creator of The Race Card Project, Michele Norris comes to Bard College at Simon's Rock to discuss her work and offer her perspective on tackling complex conversations and having meaningful dialogue about race and diversity.

Michele Norris is an award-winning journalist with more than two decades of experience. She is currently a host and special correspondent for NPR. Previously, Norris served as co-host of NPR's newsmagazine All Things Considered, public radio's longest-running national program, with Robert Siegel and Melissa Block.

In September, 2010, Norris released her first book, The Grace of Silence: A Memoir, which focuses on how America talks about race in the wake of Barack Obama's presidential election, and explores her own family's racial legacy.

The Roundtable
10:35 am
Tue September 10, 2013

"American Story: A Lifetime Search for Ordinary People Doing Extraordinary Things" by Bob Dotson

    For the six million people who watch the Emmy Award–winning “American Story with Bob Dotson” on NBC’s Today Show, Bob Dotson’s reports celebrate the inspirational stories of everyday Americans. Dotson has been crisscrossing the country for more than forty years—logging more than four million miles—in search of people who have quietly but profoundly changed our lives and our country for the better.

Here we speak with Dotson about his new book, American Story: A Lifetime Search for Ordinary People Doing Extraordinary Things.

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The Roundtable
11:45 am
Thu September 5, 2013

"The American Way of Eating" by Tracie McMillan

  When journalist Tracie McMillan saw foodies swooning over $9 organic tomatoes, she couldn’t help but wonder: What about the rest of us? Why do working Americans eat the way we do? And what can we do to change it? To find out, McMillan went undercover in three jobs that feed America, living and eating off her wages in each.

Her book is The American Way of Eating: Undercover at Walmart, Applebee's, Farm Fields and the Dinner Table.

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WAMC Programs
3:06 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

The Book Show #1311 - Ivan Doig

    Often called the dean of writers about the American West, Ivan Doig is the author of such national bestsellers as The Whistling Season and The Bartender's Tale.

In his latest novel, Sweet Thunder, he reprises his beloved character, Morrie Morgan, to take on the power of the press in an era of intense corporate greed and social unrest.

New England News
4:25 pm
Fri August 23, 2013

Berkshire Eagle Managing Editor Named Regional VP of New England Newspapers

Berkshire Eagle Managing Editor Kevin Moran, at center, has been named regional vice president of news for New England Newspapers Inc. Moran is seen here during Thursday's announcement with co-workers Jeannie Maschino, Scott Stafford and Andrew Amelinckx.
Credit Caroline Bonnivier Snyder / The Berkshire Eagle

The longtime managing editor of The Berkshire Eagle has been tapped to oversee newspapers across Western Massachusetts and beyond.

Kevin Moran is looking back at his first job in journalism with fond memories after Thursday’s announcement. New England Newspapers Inc. named Moran, the current managing editor of The Berkshire Eagle, Regional Vice President of News.

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The Roundtable
10:10 am
Mon August 12, 2013

"Rewire: Digital Cosmopolitans in the Age of Connection" by Ethan Zuckerman

    A cosmopolitan, by definition, is a “citizen of the universe” — someone who engages with issues across the globe, from politics, to war, to climate change. For example, we listen to WAMC, read the newspaper, check our Facebook pages and act like dutifully connected people.

But the Director of the MIT Center for Civic Media, Ethan Zuckerman, argues that we’re living in a state of “imaginary cosmopolitanism.” We expose ourselves to limited kinds of information, particularly that which is already of interest to us or to those closest to us. He confronts this issue in his new book, Rewire: Digital Cosmopolitans in the Age of Connection.

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