Albany, NY – Richard Kind is one of those great actors that shows up in everything at some point. He starred on Broadway in The Producers, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and The Tale of the Allergist's Wife. He is a regular on HBO's Curb Your Enthusiasm and has starred in Scrubs, Spin City and Mad About You. He speaks with Joe Donahue about how he came to Williamstown to play the role of Walter Burns in their production of "The Front Page."
Albany, NY – Michael O. Smith's play, The Bully Pulpit, is about Teddy Roosevelt looking back on his glory days. In addition to writing this carefully nuanced look at Theodore Roosevelt's legacy, Smith also plays a spot-on Teddy Roosevelt-- lilting accent and all. He'll be bringing this production to the Chester Theatre Company in Chester, Massachusetts this month. Byam Stevens is the company's Artistic Director.
Albany, NY – A national summit on higher education was held recently in Washington, D.C. In this preview of what's coming up in The Best of Our Knowledge, Producer Glenn Busby speaks with summit attendee, John Ebersole, who is president of Excelsior College right here in Albany, New York.
Albany, NY – We all have our own ways of sorting through stress in our lives. Some people make lists, others exercise, and some clean--compulsively. Essayist John MacDonald tells us about his aunt's tendency to tidy and his own unfortunate need to follow in her very clean footsteps.
Albany, NY – The Berkshires are always a fantastic place for art and culture. World class music, dance and art are available throughout the scenic mountain range. This year, the arts and culture are going to be especially interesting. Four prominent Berkshires organizations have banded together to present The NL, a season of outstanding Dutch art and performance. Jacob's Pillow, MASS MoCA, Tanglewood and The Clark will participate in the event. Ella Baff, from Jacob's Pillow and Joe Thompson from MASS MoCA tell us all about it.
Albany, NY – As CBS News Sunday Morning's roving correspondent, Bill Geist specializes in unique profiles of extraordinary Americans who live on back roads not normally traveled by the media. In his new book, Way Off Road, Geist compiles stories of his favorite eccentric Americans and his misadventures during 20-years of crisscrossing the country. He speaks with Joe Donahue about how he came to the small town beat.
Way Off The Road: Discovering the Peculiar Charms of Small Town America, by Bill Geist. Published by Broadway Books.
Albany, NY – Matthew Pearl is the New York Times bestselling author of The Dante Club and the editor of the Modern Library editions of Dante's Inferno and Edgar Allan Poe's The Murders in the Rue Morgue: The Dupin Tales. And with that interest in Poe, Pearl mixes history with fiction to detail the strange circumstances surrounding the death of Edgar Allan Poe in his novel: The Poe Shadow.
The Poe Shadow, by Matthew Pearl. Published by Random House.