The Roundtable

We hear all the time about weight gain, weight loss, how Americans are the heaviest we have ever been, and myriad plans for remedying our egregious fatness. Yet, what if much of what we are told, and what we believe, simply is not true?

Writer Harriet Brown set out to explore our relentless obsession with weight and thinness in the new book Body of Truth: How Science, History, and Culture Drive Our Obsession with Weight--and What We Can Do about It.

Artist Danny Gregory says that you can carve out time for painting and drawing anytime at anytime in your day. He looks to show how making art even for just ten minutes can lead to a richer, more fulfilling life. Gregory’s artistic approach is through bite-sized and easily achievable exercises which he presents in his new book Art Before Breakfast: A Zillion Ways to be More Creative No Matter How Busy You Are.

We’re constantly warned about the dangers of being overweight or obese; even the government has proclaimed a war on obesity, demanding that steps be taken to end the epidemic. Our society glorifies the slender and super-fit and our concerns over body image boosts a $54 billion diet industry. Yet, according to the new science of obesity, the lean models and the mean athletes may be heading to an early grave.

  

  The recent arrest in New Orleans and the HBO documentary The Jinx have put Robert Durst back in the headlines. Matt Birkbeck was the first reporter to access Durst’s NYPD files. His book on Durst, A Deadly Secret, was the very book found in Durst’s own apartment when it was searched by police.

Based on interviews with family, friends, and acquaintances of Durst, law enforcement, and others involved in the case, A Deadly Secret is a cross-country odyssey of stolen IDs and multiple identities that raises baffling questions about one of the country’s most prominent families—and one of its most elusive suspected killers.

  For over 35 years, the Friends of the Poughkeepsie Public Library District have been the leading advocate for the Poughkeepsie Public Library District, promoting the importance of the library as an information and cultural force in the community.

Friends of the Poughkeepsie Public Library District 2015 Big Book Sale will take place next Friday, April 24th through Tuesday, April 28th at 5 Saint Andrews Road at Route 9, Hyde Park, NY – for those of you in the know – that’s the former Hyde Park Stop and Shop.

Peter Singer is often described as the world’s most influential living philosopher. His forty books have appeared in more than twenty-five languages, the most popular being Animal Liberation, written in 1975. Since 1999, he’s been the Ira W. DeCamp Professor of Bioethics in the University Center for Human Values at Princeton University. His new book is The Most Good You Can Do , where he explains what effective altruism is, how it is practiced, and how its followers determine which causes to support. In the book he continues his critique of traditional philanthropy and emphasizes the importance of mindful contribution.

4/15/15 Panel

Apr 15, 2015

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

Today's panelists are WAMC's Alan Chartock, SUNY Albany Journalism Professor and Investigative Professor, Rosemary Armao, and political consultant, Libby Post.

Scheduled topics include Cuba off terrorism list; Congress allowed in on Iran; Atlanta educators sentenced; Retiree savings changes; EU Google anti-trust.

  Corporate attorney, Rich Honen, pays us a visit once a month with some thoughts on headlines from the business world.

Today he is here to discuss a trend over the last 50 years - to increase the administration and ancillary functions of everything at the expense of the core functions.

To help us sort this all out – we welcome Rich Honen - with Phillips Lytle LLP, where he is the partner in charge of the Albany office.

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