Albany, NY – In April of this year, the U.S Postal Service will be issuing a stamp featuring the popular composer Henry Mancini. Mancini is best known for his classic film and TV scores. To celebrate the release of the stamp and Mancini's work -his daughter- singer Monica Mancini is taking to the road in a show title: Mancini At The Movies which arrives at Proctor's Theatre in Schenectady, NY Friday night at 8pm. Joe spoke with Monica, who talked about her late father and how this particular tour came about.
Albany, NY – Ellen received the Pulitzer Prize for distinguished commentary in 1980. She became the first journalist to receive that coveted award for coverage of what is often perceived as "soft news" news that emphasizes family life, marriage, parenting, the status of women, cultural values, and changing lifestyles. Syndicated in more than 400 newspapers by the Washington Post Writers Group, Goodman is that organization's best-selling writer. But, she did not originally intend for that to be her career.
Albany, NY – Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Ellen Goodman has been sharing her thought provoking ideas and opinions with readers for more than 25-years in her column. Her new book, Paper Trail: Common Sense in Uncommon Times, is a running commentary on the defining moments, scandals, and headline grabbing stories that continue to make us think and laugh. Ellen Goodman's "beat" has ranged from values to the women's movement to the American Family. Joe spoke with her about the what led to this book.
Albany, NY – AR Gurney's play LOVE LETTERS chronicles the lifelong relationship between a man and a woman solely through their correspondence. It is performed by two actors seated at a table, reading from their scripts. The latest pairing brings actors Robert Wagner -best known for Hart to Hart- and Actress and former Bond girl Jill St. John together for a Valentine's Day performance at Proctor's Theatre in Schenectady tomorrow night at 8pm. Joe spoke with Wagner and St John about performing in the play.
Albany, NY – If you're considering purchasing a diamond engagement ring, think again. WAMC's Susan Arbetter recently spoke with gemologist Richard Wise about his new book, "Secrets of the Gem Trade" and why developing "connoisseurship" is so important.
You can also find out more about Richard and his book at www.secretsofthegemtrade.com or by visiting Richard at his store, R.W. Wise in Lenox, Massachusetts.
Albany, NY – A few weeks ago in the first part of our interview with Tim Feeney we talked about the nature of autism. Today, Feeney, the Director of the Wildwood Institute in Schenectady New York explains his take on the nature of autism to WAMC's Susan Arbetter. You can contact the Wildwood Institute in a variety of ways. You can call them at 518-347-1891, or online at www.wildwood.edu. The other websites Tim mentions include www.canfoundation.org; www.autism.com; and www.mindinstitute.org
Albany, NY – Eve Ensler is probably best known for her Obie-Award-Winning play, "The Vagina Monolouges". The play has also initiated V-Day - which coincides with Valentine's Day- and was created by Ensler to become a global movement to stop violence against women and girls. On Tuesday, Feb. 17th at 10pm, Lifetime television will air a documentary that highlights much of Ensler's work. The program is called "Until the Violence Stops". Joe Donahue recently spoke with Eve Ensler about how it came about.
Albany, NY – Arianna Huffington, who just ran for Governor of California, has written a book titled "Pigs at the Trough...How Corporate Greed and Political Corruption Are Undermining America." How has it been possible for corporate pigs to gorge themselves on grossly inflated pay packages and heaping helpings of stock options while the average American struggles to make do with their leftovers? Joe Donahue asked her what happened in that year between the release of the hardcover and now the paperback.
Albany, NY – In an era of unprecedented technological change, media consolidation, and cynicism from all sides, how can journalism preserve its values? It is a question veteran journalist and media columnist for the New Yorker, Ken Aulleta, grapples with in his new book: "Backstory: Inside the Business of News". In part 2 of Joe Donahue's discussion with Auletta they begin by talking about the two latest journalism black eyes involving the BBC and the New Yorks Times. Joe aked Auletta simply - what happened?
Albany, NY – Ken Auletta is best known for his books and articles about journalism and the information age. He has written the "Annals of Communication" column and profiles for The New Yorker since 1992. He is also the author of nine books, including a new book entitled "Backstory: Inside the Business of News." In this first part, Joe Donahue talks with Auletta about where the biases lie.