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Book Cover for "The Gratitude Diaries"
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This should be the season for joy but with the pandemic and political turmoil, many of us are having a hard time feeling very grateful. Janice Kaplan is the author of the bestseller "The Gratitude Diaries" and host of “The Gratitude Diaries” hit podcast. 

In the podcast, which just launched this past June, Kaplan provides practical, down-to-earth tips in daily, 5-7 minute doses about how to close what she calls “the gratitude gap,” in order to make everything seem a little better. Episodes include “The No-Complaining Zone,” “One Word to get Happier” and “The Power of Vitamin G” and more. 

She joins us to share some ideas on how we can reflect on our gratitude in order to make ourselves happier this holiday season.

How do you do great work while sitting near the same spot where you watch Netflix? How can you be responsive without losing the focus necessary for getting things done? How can you maintain and grow your network when you spend less time face to face?

Long before the pandemic and public health concerns pushed many of us indoors, some of the most successful people fueled their careers with carefully perfected work-from-home routines.

Laura Vanderkam's new e-book is "The New Corner Office: How the Most Successful People Work from Home."

Vanderkam is the author of several time management and productivity books, including "Juliet’s School of Possibilities," "Off the Clock," "I Know How She Does It," "What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast," and "168 Hours." Her work has appeared in publications including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Fast Company, and Fortune. She is the host of the podcast "The New Corner Office" and "Before Breakfast" and the co-host, with Sarah Hart-Unger, of the podcast "Best of Both Worlds."

Sarah LaDuke: May is Mental Health Awareness Month - and it seems like the topic of mental health and mental health treatment is surging to the forefront of many conversations as we face ... I don't think I really need to restate what we, as a planet, are facing.

What follows is an honest discussion about depression and suicide.

My younger sister, Jen, has been living with severe depression for years, possibly for her entire life. She's had some counseling, tried medication, and leaned hard on primarily our mother. Before I continue, I did ask her if I could talk about her in the context of this interview on the radio - and she said, "Sure, I struggle with this every day. Tell some people."

Comedian Brent Terhune
Brent Terhune

With everyone stuck at home over the past several weeks, social media updates and videos have increasingly become a primary way to communicate. And in this odd political moment, Brent Terhune’s videos are getting more attention than ever.

Is it possible that a man is in prison for the murder of his wife -- when an owl actually committed the crime? What is a very special bourbon going for on the black market -- and why? How does a seemingly typical person get roped into counterfeiting money by their boyfriend? “Criminal” is an award-winning true-crime podcast, distributed by PRX and Radiotopia, with episodes devoted to these stories and many others.

On Saturday, February 22 “Criminal” will be in The Hunter Center at MASS MoCA in North Adams, Massachusetts. “Criminal” launched January of 2014 and is hosted by Phoebe Judge, who co-created the show with Lauren Spohrer. Judge attended the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies, her work has won multiple Edward R. Murrow and Associated Press awards. Previously, she was a host at WUNC North Carolina Public Radio, a producer for The Story with Dick Gordon, and a reporter based in the gulf coast of Mississippi. She covered the BP oil spill and the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina for Mississippi Public Broadcasting and National Public Radio.

Ulrich Baer was educated at Harvard and Yale and has been awarded John Simon Guggenheim, DAAD, Paul Getty, and Alexander von Humboldt Fellowships. He is University Professor at New York University. His podcast, "Think About It," is devoted to in-depth conversations on powerful ideas, including freedom of speech, and language that changes the world.

His new book is "What Snowflakes Get Right: Free Speech, Truth, and Equality on Campus." It is published by Oxford University Press.

Rhett Miller is the frontman for rock band Old 97′s, a solo singer-songwriter, an essayist and a podcaster. And he’s also a father of two, which indirectly led to his newest gig of picture-book writer - his book is “No More Poems! A Book in Verse That Just Gets Worse.”

He started writing poems to share with his kids on the phone while he was on tour so he could talk with them longer. He’d read the poems aloud and get their feedback (sometimes brutal feedback.)

Between albums with the band, Miller has squeezed in seven solo records—most recently last year’s "The Messenger." His latest offering is a new podcast, "Wheels Off," which finds him interviewing musicians, writers, artists, actors, and comedians about creativity. 

Preet Bharara was U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York until he was fired by President Trump. His new book, "Doing Justice: A Prosecutor's Thoughts on Crime, Punishment, and the Rule of Law," explores the justice system through his experiences.

Bharara served as U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York from 2009 to 2017. He oversaw the investigation and litigation of all criminal and civil cases and supervised an office of more than two hundred Assistant U.S. Attorneys, who handled cases involving terrorism, narcotics and arms trafficking, financial and healthcare fraud, cybercrime, public corruption, gang violence, organized crime, and civil rights violations.

In 2017, Bharara joined the NYU School of Law faculty as a Distinguished Scholar in Residence. He is the host of "Stay Tuned with Preet," a podcast focused on issues of justice and fairness.

Created and produced by the New York State Writers Institute, University Art Museum, and UAlbany Performing Arts Center in collaboration with WAMC Northeast Public Radio, the Creative Life series features leading figures from a variety of artistic disciplines in conversation with Joe Donahue about their creative inspiration, craft, and careers.

On Friday, March 1 at 8 p.m., Joe will be joined by Susan Orlean, author of the current New York Times bestseller, "The Library Book." A staff writer at The New Yorker for a quarter century, Orlean is the author of seven books, including "The Orchid Thief," an international bestseller that became the hit film "Adaptation."

On Saturday, March 2 at 7:30 p.m., Orlean and co-host Sarah Thyre will present a live taping of their Earwolf podcast, "Crybabies" in the Sosnoff Theater at the Bard Fisher Center with guests Michael Ian Black, Karen Chee, and Gary Shteyngart.

Dan Pfeiffer was one of Barack Obama's first hires when he decided to run for president, and was at his side through two presidential campaigns and six years in the White House.

Using never-before-heard stories and behind-the-scenes anecdotes, Pfeiffer's book, "Yes We (Still) Can," examines how Obama succeeded despite Twitter trolls, Fox News (and their fake news), and a Republican Party that lost its collective mind.

Dan Pfeiffer is a co-host of the popular political podcast "Pod Save America."

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WAMC | The New York State Museum

The New York State Museum, WAMC/Northeast Public Radio and Archivist Media are excited to announce the launch of a new podcast today. “A New York Minute In History” explores the story of New York State and the unique tales of New Yorkers. 

Hari Kondabolu is a Brooklyn-based comedian and writer who The New York Times praises as “one of the most exciting political comics in stand-up today.”

He’s the co-host of the podcast Politically Re-Active with friend/fellow comedian W. Kamau Bell. His new documentary The Problem with Apu will premiere on truTV on November 19 and Hari will perform at Iron Horse Music Hall in Northampton, MA on Saturday, November 4.

  In June of 2012, Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor, the creators of the Welcome to Night Vale podcast, began airing twice-monthly podcasts, hoping to be heard by anyone outside their close circles.

By the anniversary show a year later, the fan base had exploded, vaulting the podcast into the #1 spot on iTunes. Since then, its popularity has grown by epic proportions, hitting more than 100 million downloads, expanding to a successful live international touring stage show, a New York Times bestselling novel, and a podcast network: Night Vale Presents.

Now, for the first time, the first two seasons of Welcome to Night Vale are available as books. Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor will talk about the books and the podcast in an event emceed by Meg Bashwiner at the Morton Memorial Library in Rhinecliff, NY presented by Oblong Books on Thursday, September 15th at 6 p.m.

WAMC Podcasts

Jun 20, 2016

  On-demand isn't all there is - but it is important. We're making sure that WAMC is on track in providing our radio content - and more - to you when and where you choose. 

Patrick Garrett and Ashleigh Kinsey join us to tell us more about WAMC Podcasts - which you can find on iTunes, Stitcher , and the Google Play store.

Everything Explained: What Is A Podcast?

Jun 20, 2016

It's 2016 and podcasts have been out for over a decade. What makes a podcast a podcast? We delve into that and more with WNYC's Chief Content Officer Dean Capello. 

  Muddy Puppy Media will present two Podcasting 101 workshops from 10:00am to 4:00pm on Saturday, April 30 at the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts in Pittsfield, MA and on Sunday, May 1 at Time & Space Limited in Hudson, NY.

Susan Davis will lead the workshops which will introduce participants to the building blocks of a great podcast, including true listening, the art of hosting, perfecting a sound, achieving a tone, and more.

Davis is a producer who has worked on radio shows like Marketplace, Soundprint, All Things Considered, and Talk of the Nation. Her recent podcast clients include NPR’s Alt Latino, The Good Fight with Ben Wikler, Press Record and Classical Classroom.

  This Friday, the 2015 Solid Sound Festival will kick off at MASS MoCA in North Adams MA. The music and art festival is curated by the rock-band Wilco, a Grammy award winning group that has been trying to break your heart and loving you, baby, for 20 years.

On Saturday The Hunter Center at MASS MoCA will host "John Hodgman's Big Time Comedy Thing" with an astounding line-up of amazing comedy acts including Hodgman himself and Tig Notaro, Jessica Williams, improv group Superego and Paul F. Tompkins. (Lest ye fret about comedy not working in the midday summer sun - know that the Hunter Center is indoors and is perfect for stand-up, sketch, and improv.)

Paul F. Tompkins' career launched from writing and acting on HBO’s Mr. Show with Bob and David. His television work includes hosting gigs and guest appearances on just about everything funny and he's the host of the Dead Authors Podcast, a new Earwolf Podcast called Spontaneanation and regularly appears on Comedy Bang Bang and Thrilling Adventure Hour. It's safe to call him a staple of the comedy-podcast genre (which we're here to assure you is a real thing). He hosts No, You Shut Up! on Fusion, and the web-series Speakeasy for Made Man.

Larry Hirshowitz

    Stand-up comedian, Marc Maron, kicks of his “Out of the Garage” Tour at The Egg in Albany, NY this Friday, February 1st.

The title of the show refers to the home-studio in his garage – the primary location used to record his very popular podcast “WTF with Marc Maron.” The podcast features perceptive stream-of-consciousness introductions and lengthy (usually one-on-one, occasionally one-on-two for example: Tenacious D) conversations with iconic entertainment personalities. The podcast premiered in 2009 and regularly hits #1 on iTunes and has been called a “must-listen” by Vanity Fair, The New York Times, and many other publications and entertainment websites.