Albany, NY – Ted Shawn began one of the Berkshire's most enduring traditions when he founded the Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival. He was also a renowned choreographer, generating many works for the festival and other venues. In their debut at the festival, Coleman Lemieux & Company have decided to pay homage to that tradition, but also shake things up a bit by replacing the men in Shawn's piece with children. Joe speaks with Bill Coleman, Laurence Lemieux and one of those child dancers.
Albany, NY – Roy Blount Jr. lives in the Berkshires. But, he is a southerner. So, what is it like for a southerner to spend most of his life up north? Well, it took the humorist and member of the literary rock group the Rock Bottom Remainders an entire book to explain-- it is called Long Time Leaving: Dispatches From Up South.
Long Time Leaving: Dispatches From Up South, by Roy Blount Jr. Published by Random House.
Albany, NY – Imagine if you were blind for a major part of your life and then all of a sudden there is a surgery that can allow you to see. That is just what happened to Mike May, who was blinded at the age of three. He led a very successful life as a blind man--but, he decided to have his sight restored when he learned of a revolutionary new surgery. Journalist Robert Kurson tells May's story in his new book Crashing Through.
Albany, NY – Susan Curnan calls herself a "ValKill kid." She grew up in the shadow of Eleanor Roosevelt, getting into mischief around the grounds of Roosevelt's home at Valkill. Curnan's father was Eleanor Roosevelt's caretaker. Curnan herself has gone onto a career in academia, as a professor at Brandeis University in Massachusetts. But she returned to Valkill a few weeks ago for a picnic and to share a few childhood memories.
Albany, NY – Geoffrey Ward will be the key note speaker at this Saturday's Roosevelt Reading Festival. He examined FDR's rather complex private life, including his somewhat flirtatious relationship with his longtime friend and Hyde Park archivist Margaret "Daisy" Scukley in his 1995 book Closest Companion. His newest book, Before the Trumpet, examines how FDR's family and childhood influenced the man--and the president--he would become.
Albany, NY – One of the participants in the Roosevelt Reading Festival at Hyde Park is Jean Edward Smith. He has written a major new biography on Franklin Roosevelt titled--simply enough--FDR. It is a comprehensive biography from Roosevelt's birth in 1882 to his untimely death in Warm Springs, Georgia in 1945. Smith covers Roosevelt's privileged upbringing, his wide-ranging intelligence, and the rough world of New York politics at the turn of the century.
FDR, by Jean Edward Smith. Published by Random House.
Albany, NY – One of Franklin Delano Roosevelt's political assets was his wife, Eleanor Roosevelt. A major player in women's rights and international diplomacy, many women in politics cite Eleanor Roosevelt as a role model. US Congresswoman Kirsten Gillibrand is one of them. A first-term Democrat representing the 20th District of New York, she sat down with Julia Taylor at Eleanor Roosevelt's home in Valkill to talk about women in politics.
Albany, NY – There's nothing better than sitting back in those plush seats, all comfortable and cool, while you watch the big summer blockbuster-- or a quirky indie film. Steve and Dede Lieber, the creative muscle behind Upstate Films in Rhinebeck, New York, tell us about what movies we should keep our eye on this summer.