Host/Producer of This American Life, Ira Glass, will be at The Troy Savings Bank Music Hall on Saturday, December 1st at 8pm doing his show called Reinventing Radio: An Evening with Ira Glass.

We speak with him here about his first radio internship with Johnny Walker, Howard Stern, and more.

Harold Holzer

Nov 14, 2012

Harold Holzer is one of the country's leading authorities on Abraham Lincoln and the political culture of the Civil War era. A prolific writer and lecturer, and frequent guest on television, Holzer serves as chairman of The Lincoln Bicentennial Foundation.

Listener Essay - The Power of Warmth and Icy Resolve

Nov 14, 2012

Kathryn Allen is a writer living in Menands, NY.

Famed film critic, writer, and film historian Richard Schickel has written a retrospective of Spielberg’s career (Steven Spielberg: A Retrospective). We speak with him about the book and he shares his thoughts on the director’s latest film.

Film clip audio copyright DreamWorks Pictures and 20th Century Fox

In chilly weather, Lincoln often wore a dark wool shawl over his shoulders. Many years later Robert Todd Lincoln gave his father's shawl to a friend and it now in the American History collection at The Smithsonian (though not currently on display). In the new movie, Lincoln is seen often wearing a shawl.

In Lincoln: A President for the Ages, Lincoln scholars speculate on questions like: Would Lincoln have dropped the bomb on Hiroshima? How would he conduct the War on Terror? Would he favor women’s suffrage or gay rights? Would today’s Lincoln be a star on Facebook and Twitter? Would he embrace the religious right—or denounce it?

The book is edited by our guest, Karl Weber.

Doris Kearns Goodwin

Nov 14, 2012

Doris Kearns Goodwin spent almost a decade with Lincoln while writing the 2005 bestseller - Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln.

Steven Spielberg directs two-time Academy Award winner Daniel Day-Lewis in “Lincoln,” a drama that focuses on the 16th President’s tumultuous final months in office. The movie opens nationwide on Friday and we will focus on Lincoln – the man and the movie on today’s Roundtable. Our Question of the Day: What do you take from the legacy of Abraham Lincoln?

Screencap from "The Perfect Family"

Star of stage and screen, Kathleen Turner, plays the lead in Anne Renton's film, The Perfect Family. The film is screening on May 5th in Northampton, Massachusetts as the season finale of the Out! For Reel series. Out! for Reel is a popular lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender film series for New England.