The Roundtable
11:40 am
Tue March 26, 2013

"Hidden Cities" by Moses Gates

    Moses Gates is a new breed of adventurer for the 21st century. He thrives on the thrill of seeing what others do not see, let alone even know exists. It all began quite innocuously. After moving to New York City and pursuing graduate studies in Urban Planning, he began unearthing hidden facets of the city—abandoned structures, disused subway stops, incredible rooftop views that belonged to cordoned-off buildings.

In his memoir of his experiences, Hidden Cities, Gates details his travels through underground canals, sewers, subways, and crypts, in metropolises spanning four continents.

Gates describes his immersion in the worldwide subculture of urban exploration; how he joined a world of people who create secret art galleries in subway tunnels, break into national monuments for fun, and travel the globe sleeping in centuries-old catacombs and abandoned Soviet relics rather than hotels or bed-and-breakfasts.

WAMC Programs
3:06 pm
Tue March 19, 2013

The Book Show #1287 - Daniel Klein

    In his early 70s, author Daniel Klein came to terms with aging. Klein returned to the Greek village and philosophers he has visited for decades to discover authentic ways of aging.

In Travels with Epicurus: A Journey to a Greek Island in Search of a Fulfilled Life , he concludes that old age is a privilege to be savored, rather than a disease to be cured or a condition to be denied.

The Roundtable
10:10 am
Thu March 14, 2013

"The Secretary: A Journey with Hillary Clinton from Beirut to the Heart of American Power"

    As President Barack Obama's Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, set out to repair America's image around the world—and her own. For the four years she served, BBC foreign correspondent Kim Ghattas had unparalleled access to Clinton and her entourage. She tells the story in The Secretary: A Journey with Hillary Clinton from Beirut to the Heart of American Power.

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The Roundtable
11:12 am
Fri March 8, 2013

"Eighty Days" - Nellie Bly and Elizabeth Bisland race around the world

  On November 14, 1889, Nellie Bly, the crusading young female reporter for Joseph Pulitzer’s World newspaper, left New York City by steamship on a quest to break the record for the fastest trip around the world.

Also departing from New York that day—and heading in the opposite direction by train—was a young journalist from The Cosmopolitan magazine, Elizabeth Bisland. Each woman was determined to outdo Jules Verne’s fictional hero Phileas Fogg and circle the globe in less than eighty days. The dramatic race that ensued would span twenty-eight thousand miles, captivate the nation, and change both competitors’ lives forever.

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The Roundtable - Listener Essay
11:35 am
Wed February 13, 2013

Listener Essay - Imagine Vioney


  Deb Smith is a professor at Empire State College's International Programs in Saratoga Springs.

New York News
7:17 am
Mon February 11, 2013

All lanes of LIE reopened

PATCHOGUE, N.Y. (AP) — All lanes of the Long Island Expressway are now open.

Authorities say both the eastbound and westbound lanes have reopened in time for the Monday morning commute.

The ramps off the expressway and other major Long Island roadways are still snow covered.

A steady light rain was falling early Monday.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

New England News
6:38 am
Mon February 11, 2013

Mass. urges caution on 1st work day since blizzard

Traffic on Interstate 93 near Bunker Hill College in Boston at around 6:30 a.m., Monday, February 11, 2013.
Credit MassDOT 511 Traffic Camera

BOSTON (AP) — Commuters heading back to work in Massachusetts for the first time since the blizzard are being urged to use caution and leave extra time.

Many secondary roads still have a thick coating of snow, and high snow banks that block sight lines at intersections and near highway ramps make turning and merging hazardous.

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10:19 am
Sun February 10, 2013

Travel getting easier in NNE after snowstorm

Credit Bebeto Matthews / AP

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Travel is getting back on track for trains, ferries and airlines following a snowstorm that dropped record amounts of snow on parts of northern New England.

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New York News
4:39 pm
Wed January 30, 2013

Wild weather: High wind warnings for Eastern NY

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The National Weather Service says wind gusts could top 60 mph in parts of upstate New York as a cold front drives temperatures down from record winter highs and brings expected heavy rain in eastern areas and lake-effect snow to western parts of the state.

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Arts & Culture
11:35 am
Thu January 17, 2013

"Edge of America" premieres on Travel Channel on 1/22

  Calf Testicle Festivals in Oklahoma, Lobster Boat Races in Maine, Tall-Bike Jousting in Oregon… Americans will do just about anything to entertain themselves! Travel Channel’s new series "Edge of America,” celebrates the weird and wonderful varieties of entertainment that have developed around regionally unique and historic activities.

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