Arts & Culture
10:10 am
Thu March 27, 2014

Motherhood Out Loud


  Motherhood Out Loud is a culturally and gender diverse series of monologues on the subject of Motherhood, written by a host of celebrated writers.

Motherhood Out Loud traverses the experience of motherhood in all its wonderful glory from inception, birth, sexuality, growing up and letting go to the inevitable role reversal that occurs as we find ourselves parenting our parents. The show will have its Berkshire Premiere on Friday and two performances on Saturday at the Unicorn Theatre in Stockbridge as part of the Berkshire Women's Writers Festival.

To tell us more – Actors Jayne Atkinson and Jane Kaczmarek (probably best known as the star of TV’s Malcolm in the Middle.) And Artistic Director of WAM Theatre, Kristen Van Ginhoven also is here as WAM is co-presenting the production.

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The Roundtable
10:10 am
Wed March 26, 2014

"Founding Mothers: Remembering The Ladies" By Cokie Roberts

      Fans of number one New York Times bestselling author and celebrated journalist Cokie Roberts will love this stunning nonfiction picture book based on her acclaimed work for adults, Founding Mothers, which highlights the female patriots of the American Revolution.

Beautifully illustrated by Caldecott Honor–winning artist Diane Goode, Founding Mothers: Remembering the Ladies reveals the incredible accomplishments of the women who orchestrated the American Revolution behind the scenes.

The Roundtable
11:40 am
Fri March 7, 2014

4th Annual Berkshire Festival of Women Writers

   The annual Berkshire Festival of Women Writers is a collaborative, multi-venue event sponsored by Bard College at Simon’s Rock with many local partners, celebrated county-wide in the month of March, Women’s History Month.

In 2014, the Fourth Annual Festival will feature more than 150 women of all ages and from many backgrounds, sharing their talents through readings, lectures, workshops, performances and screenings held at 36 Berkshire County venues from Sheffield to Williamstown.

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The Roundtable
10:10 am
Fri February 14, 2014

Eve Ensler And One Billion Rising

Eve Ensler and Joe Donahue

  A few weeks ago, we were in Manchester Center, VT taping an episode of The Book Show with Eve Ensler - Tony Award winning playwright, performer, and activist, and the author of The Vagina Monologues. Ensler’s experience performing The Vagina Monologues inspired her to create V-Day, a global activist movement to stop violence against women and girls. The latest off-shoot of V-Day is One Billion Rising.

One Billion Rising For Justice is a global call to women survivors of violence and those who love them to gather safely in community outside places where they deserve to feel safe but too often do not. It is a call to survivors to break the silence and release their stories – politically, spiritually, outrageously – through art, dance, marches, ritual, song, spoken word, testimonies and whatever way feels right.

On 14 February of last year, one billion people in 207 countries rose and danced to demand an end to violence against women and girls. This year the organization is escalating its efforts, calling on women and men everywhere to rise, release, dance and and demand justice!

After The Book Show portion of the evening, which was a partnership between Northshire Bookstore and WAMC – we had an audience Q&A with Eve. While it was not taped to be broadcast – it was taped, and we felt that what was shared that night should be heard by a larger audience.

The Roundtable
10:45 am
Thu February 13, 2014

One Billion Rising Ulster County - Shelter: A Concert Film to Benefit Victims of Domestic Violence

Friday February 14th at 9:30 am as part of One Billion Rising Ulster County, Natalie Merchant will introduce the premiere public screening of: Shelter:  A Concert Film to Benefit Victims of Domestic Violence at Kingston, New York’s Old Dutch Church, Bethany Hall. The event is free and open to the public and the screening will be Followed by a panel discussion with Senator Cecilia Tkaczyk, Senator Terry Gipson, Ulster County Executive Michael Hein, Dutchess County Executive Marcus Molinaro, Elizabeth Culmone - Ulster County Senior Assistant District Attorney for the Special Victims Bureau, and Marjorie Smith, Dutchess County Assistant District Attorney, Bureau Chief for the Special Victim’s Bureau.

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The Roundtable
11:35 am
Wed January 8, 2014

"The Girls of Atomic City" By Denise Kiernan

    The Girls of Atomic City rescues a remarkable, forgotten chapter of American history from obscurity. Denise Kiernan captures the spirit of the times through these women: their pluck, their desire to contribute, and their enduring courage.

At the height of World War II, Oak Ridge, Tennessee, was home to 75,000 residents, consuming more electricity than New York City. But to most of the world, the town did not exist. Thousands of civilians--many of them young women from small towns across the South--were recruited to this secret city, enticed by solid wages and the promise of war-ending work. Kept very much in the dark, few would ever guess the true nature of the tasks they performed each day in the hulking factories in the middle of the Appalachian Mountains. That is, until the end of the war--when Oak Ridge's secret was revealed.

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The Roundtable
11:12 am
Wed December 18, 2013

Liza Donnelly On "Women On Men"

    It is always a thrill to welcome New Yorker Cartoonist Liza Donnelly to the program. She has a new book of cartoons and writing, Women on Men that is available as an e-book.

The book is a collection of over 200 of her cartoons. The theme is primarily about women being funny.

Liza Donnelly has been publishing cartoons in the New Yorker since 1982. She is also a weekly columnist and cartoonist for Forbes.com, specializing in politics and women’s rights, and for three years, Donnelly has been drawing a weekly cartoon on gender issues and women’s rights for the news site, Women’s Enews.

Congressional Corner
10:50 am
Fri December 13, 2013

Congressional Corner With Bill Owens

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    In today’s Congressional Corner, New York Representative Bill Owens tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock about his new women’s advisory committee.

The Roundtable
10:10 am
Thu December 12, 2013

"Fear Of Flying" By Erica Jong

  Before Hannah from Girls, and Anastasia Steele from 50 Shades of Grey, and Carrie Bradshaw from Sex and the City, there was Isadora Wing -the uninhibited outspoken protagonist of Erica Jong’s revolutionary novel Fear of Flying.

It caused a national sensation fueling fantasies, igniting debates about women and sex, introducing a notorious phrase into the English language. Now 40 years later Fear of Flying has inspired and shocked millions of readers.

In honor of its 40 year anniversary the book is being re-released in two beautiful editions, one hard cover and the other a classic paperback.

The Roundtable
10:35 am
Tue October 15, 2013

"Miss Anne In Harlem: The White Women Of The Black Renaissance" By Carla Kaplan

    Ten years ago, literary scholar Carla Kaplan released an acclaimed edition of the letters of Zora Neale Hurston.

In the course of researching Hurston's life, Kaplan became curious about the white women who were in Harlem in the same period as Hurston, women who risked family exile and social ostracism to be part of the artistic and political movements of the Harlem Renaissance.

Now, Kaplan has published a cultural history of those women called Miss Anne in Harlem: The White Women of the Black Renaissance. Carla Kaplan is an award-winning professor and writer who holds the Stanton and Elisabeth Davis Distinguished Professorship in American Literature at Northeastern University. She will be speaking at Odyssey Bookshop in South Hadley tomorrow night.