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  Adam Johnson is a winner of the Pulitzer Prize for his acclaimed novel about North Korea, The Orphan Master’s Son.

Johnson’s new book - Fortune Smiles – is a collection of stories that gives voice to the perspectives we don’t often hear, while offering a new way of looking at the world. The collection was just named a National Book Award finalist.

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   “The Interview” opened nationwide in 300 theaters Christmas Day. Moviegoers who flocked to see the picture apparently were more interested in the world drama the film produced than the movie itself.

Some who saw "The Interview" in New York City told local media they felt it was their "patriotic duty" to do so - the Seth Rogen - James Franco film pokes fun at North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Sony  originally canceled the premiere after a hack attack and terrorist threats against U.S. theaters.

Some HV Theaters Will Show 'The Interview'

Dec 24, 2014

The Sony Pictures film "The Interview" is now available for rental on a variety of digital platforms -- including Google Play and YouTube Movies. It’s also scheduled for a limited release in about 300 theaters Thursday, including in Columbia and Ulster Counties.

12/23/14 Panel

Dec 23, 2014

  The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond.

Today's panelists are Times Union Associate Editor Mike Spain, and political consultant Libby Post, and College of St. Rose Communications Professor Mary Alice Molgard.

Topics include North Korea's Internet Collapse, Pope Francis warns Vatican leaders, Russian Facebook, DeBlasio Calls for Peace, Pakistan Executions, and remembering Joe Cocker.

12/22/14 Panel

Dec 22, 2014

The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond.

Today's panelists are Times Union Associate Editor Mike Spain, College of St. Rose Communications Professor Mary Alice Molgard and political consultant Libby Post.

Topics include: Murder of NYPD Police Officers, North Korea, DeBlasio Tensions, and Marijuana in New York.

Although numbers are hard to pinpoint, people have been trying to escape the world’s most repressive country, North Korea, for decades, especially since a period of famine in the 1990s.

12/18/13 Panel

Dec 18, 2013

  Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Albany Journalism Professor and Investigative Reporter, Rosemary Armao and chief of Capital New York's Albany bureau, Jimmy Vielkind.

Topics include:
Budget Deal Reprieve
Interrogation Report
Indian Diplomat
Rodman back to North Korea
Moreland Commission subpoenas
Reaction to the NYT "invisible child" series
Trump for Governor

4/15/13 - Panel

Apr 15, 2013

  Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock and Ray Graf, and Mike Spain, Associate Editor of the Times Union. Joe Donahue moderates.

Today's topics include:
• Times Union Headlines
• Latest on North Korea
• April 15th – Tax Day
• Immigration Bill Support

  North Korea has the world on edge. 

In today’s Congressional Corner, New York Representative Bill Owens tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that Pyongyang is making what could be empty threats.

4/8/13 - Panel

Apr 8, 2013

  Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Ray Graf, and Parry Teasdale – the man behind the Columbia paper and the news website: columbiapaper.com. Joe Donahue moderates.

This morning our discussion topics include:
• School taxes
• Library programs
• States consider taxing guns and ammo

4/5/13 - Panel

Apr 5, 2013

  Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, WAMC’s Associate News Producer, Patrick Donges, and the Producer of The Roundtable – Sarah LaDuke. Ray Graf moderates.

This morning our discussion topics include:

  • North Korea Moves Missile to Coast
  • PEW: Majority Now Supports Legalizing Marijuana
  • Roger Ebert dies at 70 after battle with cancer
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WASHINGTON – Threats of attack by North Korea on the US and its allies is “very concerning” to Congressman Christopher Gibson (R-NY19).

The House member said on Wednesday that the administration in Washington is taking the “proper steps” in preparation of any action by the North Koreans.

4/2/13 - Panel

Apr 2, 2013

  Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, WAMC’s News Director Ian Pickus, and Times-Union Capital reporter, Jimmy Vielkind.

This morning our discussion topics include:
Malcolm Smith's arrest
NYS Budget Wrap-up
Pork in the Budget
Obamacare Delays
North Korea Monitoring
Baseball’s Opening Day

Google's Schmidt Urges Internet Openness in North Korea

Jan 10, 2013
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BEIJING (AP) -- Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt said Thursday it's up to North Korea to shed its self-imposed isolation and allow its citizens to use the Internet and connect with the outside world, or risk remaining way behind other countries.

Schmidt was returning from a private trip to North Korea with former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson that was not sanctioned by the U.S. government and has been criticized for appearing to boost Pyongyang's profile after its widely condemned rocket launch put a satellite into space last month.

WAMC's Ian Pickus speaks with journalist Blaine Harden about the thrilling life of Shin Dong-hyuk, the only person born in a North Korean concentration camp to escape to tell his story. Harden is the author of Escape from Camp 14:  One Man's Remarkable Odyssey from North Korea to Freedom in the West.