The Roundtable
11:12 am
Mon April 28, 2014

"A Sting In The Tale" By Dave Goulson


  Dave Goulson became obsessed with wildlife as a small boy growing up in rural England, starting with an increasingly exotic menagerie of pets. When his interest turned to the anatomical, there were even some ill-fated experiments with taxidermy. But bees are where Goulson’s true passion lies—the humble bumblebee in particular.

Once commonly found in the marshes of Kent, the English short-haired bumblebee went extinct in the United Kingdom, but by a twist of fate still exists in the wilds of New Zealand, the descendants of a few pairs shipped over in the nineteenth century.

Dave Goulson’s quest to reintroduce it to its native land is one of the highlights of his book, A Sting in the Tale, that includes original research into the habits of these mysterious creatures, history’s relationship with the bumblebee, and advice on how to protect the bumblebee for future generations.

The Roundtable
10:35 am
Tue April 22, 2014

"Mother Of God" By Paul Rosolie


  Naturalist and explorer Paul Rosolie’s extraordinary adventure in the uncharted tributaries of the Western Amazon is a tale of discovery that vividly captures the awe, beauty, and isolation of this endangered land and presents an impassioned call to save it.

In January 2006, when he was just a restless eighteen-year-old hungry for adventure, Paul Rosolie embarked on a journey to the west Amazon that would transform his life.

In his new book - Mother of God, Rosolie relives his amazing odyssey exploring the heart of this wildest place on earth. He will be doing a reading and signing at the Barnes & Noble in Kingston, NY on Saturday at 2:00 PM.

The Roundtable
11:12 am
Wed March 26, 2014

"Mother Nature Is Trying To Kill You" By Dan Riskin

    It may be a wonderful world, but as Dan Riskin (cohost of Discovery Canada’s Daily Planet) explains, it’s also a dangerous, disturbing, and disgusting one. At every turn, it seems, living things are trying to eat us, poison us, use our bodies as their homes, or have us spread their eggs. In Mother Nature Is Trying to Kill You, Riskin is our guide through the natural world at its most gloriously ruthless.

Using the seven deadly sins as a road map, Riskin offers dozens of jaw-dropping examples that illuminate how brutal nature can truly be.

The Roundtable
10:35 am
Tue March 25, 2014

"The Thing With Feathers" By Noah Strycker


  Birds are highly intelligent animals, yet their intelligence is dramatically different from our own and has been little understood. As scientists come to understand more about the secrets of bird life, they are unlocking fascinating insights into memory, game theory, and the nature of intelligence itself.

The Thing with Feathers explores the astonishing homing abilities of pigeons, the good deeds of fairy-wrens, the influential flocking abilities of starlings, the deft artistry of bowerbirds, the extraordinary memories of nutcrackers, the lifelong loves of albatross, and other mysteries—revealing why birds do what they do, and offering a glimpse into our own nature.

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The Roundtable
10:10 am
Thu September 19, 2013

NYS Department of Environmental Conservation Estuary Program

Silver eel

  On one day, Thursday Oct 10th, 3 thousand students, educators, and volunteers will visit 65 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.” 

  Hudson River Estuary Coordinator, Fran Dunwell and Hudson River Science Educator, Chris Bowser from the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation Estuary Program are here to tell us this morning about how this helps people get a feel for the diversity and dynamic nature of the Hudson River system.

The Roundtable
10:35 am
Wed September 4, 2013

Flying Deer Nature Center

    Flying Deer Nature Center is a wilderness school in New Lebanon, NY that has been connecting children and adults to nature and community since 1996. They offer school programs, programming for homeschooled children, adult programs in animal tracking, bird language, women’s retreats and more.

Executive Director Michelle Apland and Programs Director Devin Franklin join us to tell us more.

Arts & Culture
9:35 am
Fri June 21, 2013

2013 Solid Sound Festival - Jason Middlebrook and Susan Cross

Jason Middlebrook I’ve Been Drawing Cliffs My Whole Life, 2013 Acrylic and spray paint on maple 93.625 x 41 x 1.375 Courtesy the artist and DODGEgallery, New York
Credit Karen Pearson/Mass MoCA

    One of the MASS MoCA's current exhibitions is Jason Middlebrook: My Landscape. The pieces contained include new works from Jason’s series of painted hardwood planks begun in 2008 and will debut an awe-inspiring, hanging mobile that functions like a fountain within the gallery.

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Vox Pop
3:00 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

Vox Pop : Gardening : 5/30/13

Credit Berkshire Botanical Garden

Joining us today to answer your gardening questions is Fred Breglia, director of horticulture and operations at the Landis Arboretum in Esperance, New York. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.

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The Roundtable
11:50 am
Thu May 9, 2013

Listener Essay - When The Outdoors Come In

  Denise Hackert-Stoner lives in Loudonville, NY, and enjoys writing about and photographing nature. With her husband, Scott Stoner, she operates Naturelogues, which you can visit at

Music - Bumble Bee- LaVern Baker

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Vox Pop
3:00 pm
Thu April 11, 2013

Vox Pop : Birding with Rich Guthrie : 4/11/13

Credit WIkimedia Commons/Mdf

Today on Vox Pop, bird expert Rich Guthrie answering your avian inquiries. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.

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