joan rivers

Joan Rivers was more than a legendary comedian; she was an icon and a role model to millions, a fearless pioneer who left a legacy of expanded opportunity when she died in 2014.

Her life was a dramatic roller-coaster of triumphant highs and devastating lows: the suicide of her husband, her feud with Johnny Carson, her estrangement from her daughter, her many plastic surgeries, her ferocious ambition and her massive insecurities.

The Joan Rivers story is told in the new biography, Last Girl Before Freeway: The Life, Loves, Losses, and Liberation of Joan Rivers, by Leslie Bennetts. Bennetts is a veteran journalist who was the first woman ever to cover a presidential campaign for The New York Times and was a contributing editor for Vanity Fair for nearly 25-years.

Blair Horner: Medical Safety In New York

Sep 8, 2014

Well-known comic Joan Rivers died last week.  Ms. Rivers was reportedly undergoing an endoscopic procedure to repair her vocal cords.  She was having the procedure in an outpatient setting – meaning it occurred outside of a hospital.

    Joan Rivers kept audiences laughing through a 50-year career. It was a career that certainly had its bumps: bankruptcy, getting banned from The Tonight Show, and having her husband commit suicide - however, she was a constant presence on the road. She never stopped working and was always reinventing herself.

In this segment we share an archival interview with Joan Rivers and then welcome Susie Essman to the program to talk about what Joan meant to her.

9/5/14 Panel

Sep 5, 2014

    

  Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, newsman Ray Graf & University at Albany Journalism Professor and Investigative Reporter, Rosemary Armao.

Topics include:
Joan Rivers
McDonnell Guilty
NATO Summit
"Cuomo's Disservice"
18-Billion BP Fine?
Ferguson Racial Profiling

9/2/14 Panel

Sep 2, 2014

  Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Times Union Associate Editor Mike Spain & Albany Journalism Professor and Investigative Reporter, Rosemary Armao.

Topics include:
NATO Response Force
Texas Abortion Law Update
Obama: Equal Pay
Joan Rivers
Nude Celebrity Photos Leaked
Bad Blue Light