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The Roundtable
10:10 am
Mon May 19, 2014

Pulitzer Prize Winner Dan Fagin On "Tom's River"

  One of New Jersey’s seemingly innumerable quiet seaside towns, Toms River became the unlikely setting for a decades-long drama that culminated in 2001 with one of the largest legal settlements in the annals of toxic dumping. A town that would rather have been known for its Little League World Series champions ended up making history for an entirely different reason: a notorious cluster of childhood cancers scientifically linked to local air and water pollution.

For years, large chemical companies had been using Toms River as their private dumping ground, burying tens of thousands of leaky drums in open pits and discharging billions of gallons of acid-laced wastewater into the town’s namesake river.

The story is told in Dan Fagin's book, Toms River: A Story of Science and Salvation - winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction.

The Roundtable
9:00 am
Tue April 15, 2014

4/15/14 Panel

    

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

Topics include:
Spring flooding
Ukraine
Middle East
Pulitzer
TU Stories

WAMC Programs
3:06 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

The Book Show #1333 - Paul Harding

    Pulitzer Prize-winning author Paul Harding returns with a follow-up to 2009's Tinkers. This time, Harding builds his story around the grandson of Tinkers protagonist, George Crosby.

In Enon: A Novel, Harding follows a year in the life of Charlie Crosby as he tries to come to terms with a shattering personal tragedy.

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The Roundtable
11:12 am
Tue October 15, 2013

Pulitzer-winning Author Oscar Hijuelos Dies At 62

    Cuban-American novelist, Oscar Hijuelos died this weekend at the age of 62. His book, The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love was a best seller and earned him the Pulitzer for fiction in 1990 - making him the first Hispanic to earn that prize.

We spoke with Hijuelos on The Book Show in 2010 on the occasion of the publication of Beautiful Maria of My Soul – his 20 years-later muse-twin follow-up to Mambo Kings.

WAMC Programs
3:06 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

The Book Show #1306 and #1307 - Richard Russo

Part 1

  After eight commanding works of fiction, Pulitzer Prize winner Richard Russo now turns to memoir in a hilarious, moving, and always surprising account of his life, his parents, and the upstate New York town they all struggled variously to escape.

Anyone familiar with Richard Russo's acclaimed novels will recognize Gloversville - once famous for producing gloves and anything else made of leather. This is where the author grew up, the only son of an aspirant mother and a charming, feckless father who were born into this close-knit community. But by the time of his childhood in the 1950s, prosperity was replaced by poverty and illness (often tannery-related), with everyone barely scraping by.

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The Roundtable
11:12 am
Tue July 30, 2013

"The Longest Road" by Philip Caputo

    Standing on the weatherworn shores of the Alaskan coast, Pulitzer Prize winning author Philip Caputo watched Eskimo schoolchildren pledge allegiance to the same flag as the children of Cuban immigrants in Key West, six thousand miles away, and began to wonder: How does the United States, as diverse as it is large, remain united?

In 2011, in a nation mired in war abroad and rocked by the greatest economic calamity since the Great Depression, Caputo loaded his wife and two English setters into an Airstream camper and hit the open road in search of answers.

Captuo’s The Longest Road: Overland in Search of America from Key West to the Arctic Ocean follows the epic 4 month road trip that lead the couple down country roads, meeting Americans from all walks of life.

Philip Caputo is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and the author of many works of fiction and nonfiction, including A Rumor of War.

The Roundtable
10:10 am
Wed May 15, 2013

"Beyond War" by David Rohde

    In Beyond War: Reimagining American Influence in a New Middle East, Pulitzer Prize winning journalist David Rohde distills eleven years of expert reporting into a call for change.

An incisive look at the evolving nature of war, Rohde exposes how a dysfunctional Washington squandered billions on contractors in Iraq and Afghanistan, neglected its true allies in the war on terror and failed to employ its most potent nonmilitary weapons.

Arts & Culture
10:10 am
Mon April 15, 2013

Pulitzer Prize winner Charles H. Fuller at The Egg on 4/18

  The African American Cultural Center of the Capital Region is committed to educating, enriching, and empowering residents of the Capital Region through a variety of programs that raise the collective consciousness of all ethnicities to the rich and vibrant history, contribution, and culture of African Americans.

This Thursday, April 18th, The African American Cultural Center of the Capital Region will hold a Gala fundraiser in the Swyer Theater at The Egg in Albany, New York.

The evening will include performances of scenes from A Soldier's Play, by Pulitzer Prize winning playwright, Charles H. Fuller, a conversation with -and award presentation to- Fuller – and more.

The Roundtable
10:35 am
Fri March 29, 2013

Junot Diaz at Bard College on 4/1

    Pulitzer Prize-winner Junot Díaz’s first book, Drown, established him as a major new writer. His first novel, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, won the Pulitzer Prize. His latest, This Is How You Lose Her, features nine stories. At the center of each - is Yunior, a Dominican American who, despite his macho exterior, aches to be loved and the book explores the haunting, impossible power of love.

Diaz will be at Bard College on Monday, April 1st.

The Roundtable
10:10 am
Fri March 1, 2013

Pulitzer Prize winner, Tim Weiner, at Carey Center for Global Good in Rensselaerville, NY

   Enemies: A History of the FBI is the first definitive history of the FBI’s secret intelligence operations, from an author whose work on the Pentagon and the CIA won him the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award.

We think of the FBI as America’s police force. But secret intelligence is the Bureau’s first and foremost mission. Enemies is the story of how presidents have used the FBI as the most formidable intelligence force in American history.

Here is the hidden history of America’s hundred-year war on terror. As a correspondent for The New York Times, Tim Weiner he covered the Central Intelligence Agency in Washington and terrorism in Afghanistan, Pakistan, the Sudan, and other nations. Enemies is his fourth book. Weiner will be speaking tomorrow at the Carey Center for Global Good in Rensselaerville.

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