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The pandemic crisis is causing colleges to look at fundamental issues right now (like how to survive) so while concerns about legacy preference and athletics slots are taking a back burner for the moment, money matters now more than ever, as schools scrounge for full-paying students.

Those who can pay full freight (or maybe make some nice donations) look extra attractive. As the pandemic’s impact on higher education continues to evolve it may be even more important to scrutinize the ethics around admissions and the inequities baked into our system.

Melissa Korn and Jennifer Levitz are the Wall Street Journal reporters who have led much of the reporting on the shocking saga of “Operation Varsity Blues.” They have just written a new book: "Unacceptable: Privilege, Deceit & the Making of the College Admissions Scandal."

After sexual harassment at ESPN interrupted the career of anchor and legal analyst Adrienne Lawrence, the attorney looked to write a guide to help in shutting down workplace sexual harassment so it doesn't derail your career or your life.

Her new book, "Staying in The Game," is a comprehensive sexual harassment survival guide that covers everything—from how to identify harassers and spot sexual harassment hotbeds, to how to best leverage media and lawyer up, all while staying sane and surviving cyber-scandal through the process.

Adrienne Lawrence is an attorney and television host. She was a litigator for eight years before entering broadcast journalism. A former anchor and legal analyst at ESPN, she became the first on-air personality to sue ESPN for sexual harassment.

The first special prosecutor was appointed by President Ulysses S. Grant in 1875, to investigate a bribery scandal involving his close friends and associates. Ever since, presidents of both parties have appointed special prosecutors and empowered them to operate with unusual independence.

Also called special counsels and independent counsels, such appointments became a standard method for neutralizing political scandals and demonstrating the President's commitment to the rule of law. Special counsel Robert Mueller is the latest example.

In his new book, "Prosecuting the President: How Special Prosecutors Hold Presidents Accountable and Protect the Rule of Law," Andrew Coan offers a look at the long, mostly forgotten history of special prosecutors in American politics. Andrew Coan is a law professor at the University of Arizona.

While America has never had a royal family, it certainly has dynasties. From the Kennedys to the Vanderbilts to the Rockefellers - wealthy and influential families who rule the gossip pages, society balls, charity functions, red carpets, and, even social media.

America’s fascination with the wealth and scandal of the upperclasses never fades. Maura Roosevelt, the great-granddaughter of Eleanor Roosevelt and President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, invites readers into the hearts of an American family dynasty in its twilight years in "Baby Of The Family," a debut novel about the Whitbys: a family with a legacy akin to the Astors, once enormously wealthy real estate magnates who were considered “The Landlords of New York.”

Maura Roosevelt has been a full-time Lecturer in NYU's essay writing program, and currently she's teaching writing at USC.

Ken Bensinger has been a journalist for more than twenty years. He has worked at The Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, and, since 2014, for BuzzFeed News, as a member of its investigations team, and has written about sports, labor, art, automobiles, and politics, among other topics. He has been a winner of the ASME National Magazine award and the Gerald Loeb Award for Distinguished Finance & Business Reporting, and a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in national reporting.

In his first book, "Red Card," Bensinger explores the FIFA scandal; the biggest international corruption case of recent years, spearheaded by US investigators, involving dozens of countries, and implicating nearly every aspect of the world’s most popular sport, soccer, including its biggest event, the World Cup.

The Volkswagen Scandal

Aug 2, 2017

In mid-2015, Volkswagen proudly reached its goal of surpassing Toyota as the world’s largest automaker. A few months later, the EPA disclosed that Volkswagen had installed software in 11 million cars that deceived emissions-testing mechanisms.

By early 2017, VW had settled with American regulators and car owners for $20 billion, with additional lawsuits still looming. In Faster, Higher, Farther, Jack Ewing rips the lid off the conspiracy.

Hugh Hewitt interviewed candidate Trump fifteen times on his nationally syndicated show during the 2016 campaign and participated as a panelist in four primary debates. What he learned from those news-making moments, along with his service for two Republican Presidents and his knowledge of Washington, puts him in a unique position to spell out what is happening in these early days of the Trump Presidency.

From defense to immigration, from entitlements to health care, Hewitt outlines how the new President, with the top leaders in Congress and with allies in fifty statehouses, can use November’s stunning result to find a Fourth Way out of the gridlock and the destructive showdowns that have marked the past quarter century of American politics.

Hugh Hewitt is a lawyer, professor, and broadcast journalist whose nationally syndicated radio show is heard in more than 120 cities across the United States every weekday morning. He is also an analyst for NBC News and MSNBC. 

As part of a team of journalists from Newsday, Michael D'Antonio won the Pulitzer Prize for his reporting before going on to write many acclaimed books, including The Truth About Trump. He has also written for EsquireThe New York Times Magazine, and Sports Illustrated.

In A Consequential President, Michael D'Antonio tallies President Obama’s long record of achievement, recalling both his major successes and less-noticed ones that nevertheless contribute to his legacy. The record includes Obama's role as a inspirational leader who was required to navigate race relations as the first black president and had to function in an atmosphere that included both racial acrimony from his critics and unfair expectations among supporters. In light of these conditions, Obama's greatest achievement came as he restored dignity and ethics to the office of the president, and serve as proof that he has delivered the hope and the change he promised eight years before.

 Volkswagen has lost consumers’ trust around the globe.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Vermont representative Peter Welch tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock what he learned about the emissions scandal during a recent hearing.

In the new book, Rosemary: The Hidden Kennedy Daughter, historian Kate Clifford Larson reveals the what Kennedy matriarch, Rose Kennedy called "the first Kennedy tragedy."A tragedy that in fact lead the family to one of its greatest missions. The only biography to view the family to through the lens of its little known daughter Rosemary opens an extraordinary new window to America's most famous dynasty.  

Joe and Rose Kennedy's beautiful daughter Rosemary attended the most prestigious schools, was presented as a debutante to the Queen of England, and traveled the world with her high spirited sisters, yet Rosemary was intellectually disabled. A secret guarded by her powerful and glamorous family out of fear that it would  threaten family aspirations. 

4/23/15 Panel

Apr 23, 2015

  The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond.

Today's panelists are WAMC's Alan Chartock, Executive Editor of the Poughkeepsie Journal, Stu Shinske, and University at Albany Journalism Professor and Investigative Reporter, Rosemary Armao.

Scheduled topics include Tsarnaev’s Obscene Gesture; VA Scandal Update; Migrant EU Summit; airstrikes in Yemen.

  Based on one of the great unsolved murders in mob history, and the rise-and-fall of a real-life hero, The Big Crowd tells the sweeping story of Charlie O’Kane. He is the American dream come to life, a poor Irish immigrant who worked his way up from beat cop to mayor of New York at the city’s dazzling, post-war zenith. Famous, powerful, and married to a glamorous fashion model, he is looked up to by millions, including his younger brother, Tom. So when Charlie is accused of abetting a shocking mob murder, Tom sets out to clear his brother’s name while hiding a secret of his own.

Kevin Baker is a novelist, historian, and journalist.

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Members of the Norman Rockwell family are angered over a biography of the painter published earlier this year.

  A week ago on this program, we spoke to art critic Deborah Solomon about her new biography of iconic artist, Norman Rockwell, American Mirror: The Life and Art of Norman Rockwell. The book is a 493-page account of the life and work of the longtime illustrator for The Saturday Evening Post.

Since the release of the book and recording of our interview with Solomon, the family of Norman Rockwell has come out saying they are angered by the book and shocked at the suggestions that Rockwell could have been secretly gay or had pedophilic impulses.

A statement issued by the Norman Rockwell Family Agency says – "Ms. Solomon's conclusions demand scrutiny. The Family now feels that her purpose in befriending us and writing this fictionalized account was publicity, financial gain and self-aggrandizement.”

Thomas Rockwell is Norman Rockwell’s second son and an author. Perhaps best known for his young adult classic, How to Eat Fried Worms He joins us along with his daughter, Norman Rockwell’s granddaughter, Abigail Rockwell.

Former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer is back in the spotlight this week as he has declared a run for Comptroller of the City of New York. 

Spitzer is among a slate of politicians from around the country who are making comebacks after having been embroiled in sex scandals, a list that includes former New York Congressman and now NYC mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner, and embattled South Carolina Governor turned Congressman Mark Sanford.

Rich Honen

Jun 19, 2013

  Our tech attorney, Rich Honen pays us a visit with some thoughts on headlines from the business world. To help us sort this all out – we welcome Rich Honen - with Phillips Lytle LLP, where he is the partner in charge of the Albany office.

Today we talk about how government and corporate worlds each handle scandals.

  The IRS scandal has invited criticism from both sides of the aisle.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Vermont representative Peter Welch tells Alan Chartock that the public trust has been violated.

We welcome Bob Dvorchak, co-author of, Game Over: Jerry Sandusky, Penn State, and the Culture of Silence.