The Roundtable

The Roundtable
11:12 am
Tue March 24, 2015

'American Higher Education In Crisis?: What Everyone Needs To Know'

  American higher education is at a crossroads. Cost-minded students and their families--and the public at large--are questioning the worth of a college education, even as study after study shows how important it is to economic and social mobility. And as elite institutions trim financial aid and change other business practices in search of more sustainable business models, racial and economic stratification in American higher education is only growing.

In American Higher Education in Crisis?: What Everyone Needs to Know, Goldie Blumenstyk, who has been reporting on higher education trends for 25 years, guides readers through the forces and trends that have brought the education system to this point, and highlights some of the ways they will reshape America's colleges in the years to come.

The Roundtable
10:33 am
Tue March 24, 2015

Berkshire County Arc Down Syndrome Family Group Host The 2015 Berkshire County Sprout Film Fest

  Founded in 1954, Berkshire County Arc provides a broad range of community-based services to 650 individuals with developmental disabilities, brain injuries and autism throughout Berkshire and Hampden Counties in Massachusetts. The agency offers three day programs, 35 residential programs, employment services, citizen- and self-advocacy programs, respite services, an adult family care program and Zip 'N Sort Mail Services.

On Saturday, March 28, the Berkshire County Arc Down Syndrome Family Group will host the 2015 Berkshire County Sprout Film Festival at Berkshire Community College in Pittsfield, Mass. The Festival begins at noon and will feature short films about individuals with various disabilities, their lives and personal achievements.

Here to tell us more are Jessica Dennis, Adult Family Care Case Manager at Berkshire County Arc and Amy Robandt, Director of Family Services at Berkshire County Arc.

The Roundtable
10:10 am
Tue March 24, 2015

Book Picks - Battenkill Books

  

  This week's Book Picks come from Connie Brooks of Battenkill Books in Cambridge, NY.

List:
In Wilderness by Diane Thomas
The Cavendon Women by Barbara Taylor Bradford
A Death on Diamond Mountain: A True Story of Obsession, Madness, and the Path to Enlightenment by Scott Carney
Hammer Head: The Making of a Carpenter by Nina Maclaughlin
The Cabot Creamery Cookbook: Simple, Wholesome Dishes from America's Best Dairy Farms
National Geographic’s Abroad at Home: The 600 Best International Travel Experiences in North America
The Penderwicks in Spring by Jeanne Birdsall
If You Plant a Seed by Kadir Nelson 

The Roundtable
9:00 am
Tue March 24, 2015

3/24/15 Panel

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

Today's panelists are WAMC's Alan Chartock, Associate Editor of The Times Union, Mike Spain, and WAMC newsman Ray Graf.

Scheduled topics include: Netanyahu apologizes for comments about Israeli Arabs, Police Find No Evidence of Rape at UVA Fraternity, Utah Firing Squads, Philly Police Justice Dept. Report, Boston Marathon Bomber Poll.

The Roundtable
12:00 pm
Mon March 23, 2015

Roundtable Music 3/23

The Roundtable
11:33 am
Mon March 23, 2015

The Future Of The Catholic Church With Pope Francis

Pope Francis has brought something controversial to the papacy—the prospect of change. In his new book, The Future of the Catholic Church with Pope Francis, Gary Wills, New York Times best selling author of Why Priests?: A Failed Tradition and What Jesus Meant, takes on one of the most pressing questions in modern religion today: what does the future hold for the Catholic Church?

Gary Wills is a historian, winner of the Pulitzer Prize, and professor emeritus at Northwestern University. He joins The Roundtable today to discuss the novel behavior of the current pope and his own opinions on the future of the papacy.

The Roundtable
10:35 am
Mon March 23, 2015

Renowned Social Acitivist And Author Geoffrey Canada Comes To Siena

Geoffrey Canada has devoted his life to help change the quality of life of inner city children across the United States. From 1990 to 2014, he served as the President and Chief Executive Officer for the Harlem Children’s Zone, an organization which has guided more than 13,000 children and 14,000 adults through programs which focus on education, housing development, and community pride. In response to the program’s success, the Obama administration announced a replica program, Promise Neighborhoods, which in 2010 was awarded $10 million in federal grants in hopes of aiding 21 poverty-stricken communities in U.S. cities.

In 2011, Geoffrey Canada was named to the TIME 100 list of most influential people, and, in 2014, was named as one of Fortune’s 50 greatest leaders in the world. He will be speaking at Siena College’s Marcelle Athletic Complex on Thursday, March 26 at 7 p.m. as part of Siena’s Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King Lecture Series on Race and Nonviolent Social Change. 

The Roundtable
10:10 am
Mon March 23, 2015

'Find Me' By Laura Van Den Berg

  After two acclaimed story collections, Laura van den Berg presents Find Me, her highly anticipated debut novel - a gripping, darkly funny tale of a young woman struggling to find her place in the world. 

Her first collection of stories, What the World Will Look Like When All the Water Leaves Us, was a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection and a finalist for the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award. Her second collection of stories, The Isle of Youth, received the Rosenthal Family Foundation Award for Fiction from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

Find Me is her first novel and she will be reading from and signing the book tomorrow night at Oblong Books in Rhinebeck at 7PM.

The Roundtable
9:00 am
Mon March 23, 2015

3/23/15 Panel

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

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, SUNY at Albany journalism professor and investigative journalist, Rosemary Armao, and political consultant, Libby Post.

Scheduled topics include: IS Military Threat, Ted Cruz announces Presidential run, Governor Andrew Cuomo's biography by Michael Shnayerson, NCAA Sweet 16.

The Roundtable
12:00 pm
Fri March 20, 2015

Roundtable Music 3/20

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