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Esther Safran Foer grew up in a home where the past was too terrible to speak of - born in Poland after World War II, her mother and father each the sole survivors of their respective families. For Esther, the Holocaust loomed in the backdrop of her daily life, but never felt discussed. The result was a childhood marked by painful silences and continued tragedy.

Even as she built a successful career married and raised three children, Esther always filter self searching. When Esther was in her early 40s, her mother casually mentioned in astonishing revelation that Esther's father had a previous wife and daughter both murdered in the Holocaust.

That would mark the beginning of the search that would define the next 20 years. She writes about it in her new book, "I Want You to Know We're Still Here" where she recounts her journey to piece together her past.

Esther Safran for was the CEO of Sixth & I, a center for arts, ideas and religion. She lives in Washington with her husband, Bert. They are the parents of Franklin, Jonathan and Joshua Safran Foer, all bestselling authors.

The treasury has announced that Fannie and Freddie will be authorized to retain portions of their earnings in order to rebuild their capital position up to approximately 100 billion dollars as opposed to distributing these sums to the Treasury.  This makes great sense as these two entities are extremely important for all of us who purchase homes, as well as the strengthening of community banks and our economies in general. The process, although somewhat technical, basically has Fannie and Freddie purchasing mortgages from banks, which puts cash back into the hands of the banks, allowing the banks to continue to offer mortgages.  If that did not occur, then banks would only have that portion of their earnings and loan repayments that were not used for expenses or distributed to shareholders to reinvest, thus reducing their ability to continue to make home loans. All of these issues arose out of the 2008 crisis, when the Federal Government had to bail out these organizations after years of mismanagement.

Dr. Alan Chartock
Eric Korenman

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses the transcript of President Trump's July phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, and reports that Acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire is expected to appear before Congress regarding the recent whistleblower complaint against Trump. 

Dr. Alan Chartock
Eric Korenman

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock shares his thoughts on the funeral of former President George H.W. Bush. Dr. Chartock also discusses an opinion piece in The New York Times about the tensions between Russia and the Ukraine.

Serhii Plokhy is the Mykhailo Hrushevsky Professor of Ukrainian History and director of the Ukrainian Research Institute at Harvard University. A leading authority on Eastern Europe, he has lived and taught in Ukraine, Canada, and the United States.

On the morning of April 26, 1986, Europe witnessed the worst nuclear disaster in history: the explosion of a reactor at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in Soviet Ukraine. Dozens died of radiation poisoning, fallout contaminated half the continent, and thousands fell ill.

In "Chernobyl," Serhii Plokhy draws on new sources to tell the dramatic stories of the firefighters, scientists, and soldiers who heroically extinguished the nuclear inferno. He lays bare the flaws of the Soviet nuclear industry, tracing the disaster to the authoritarian character of Communist party rule, the regime's control of scientific information, and its emphasis on economic development over all else.

Serhii Plhoky is Professor of Ukrainian History at Harvard University, the director of Harvard's Ukrainian Research Institute, and one of the foremost experts on Ukrainian history. As he explains in his new book we must look back to Ukraine's past to understand its present and future. 

Congressman Peter Welch
http://www.welch.house.gov/about-peter/

Vermont Congressman Peter Welch has just returned from an official trip with fellow House representatives to Tunisia, Ukraine and Europe.
The Democrat spoke with WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley earlier today.

2/17/15 Panel

Feb 17, 2015

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

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, SUNY at Albany journalism professor and investigative journalist, Rosemary Armao, and Associate Editor of The Times Union, Mike Spain.

Topics include: Egypt and ISIS, Obama ISIS Poll, Danish Attacks, Ukrainian Ceasefire?, Lesley Gore Dies, SNL 40, and TU Headlines.

2/10/15 Panel

Feb 10, 2015

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

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Times Union Associate Editor Mike Spain and SUNY at Albany journalism professor and investigative journalist, Rosemary Armao.

Topics include Alabama gay marriage; Obama meeting with Merkel on Ukraine crisis; HSBC under scrutiny; and measles parties.

2/6/15 Panel

Feb 6, 2015

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

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Times Union Associate Editor Mike Spain and NYPIRG’s Blair Horner.

Topics include Ukraine, SONY Fallout, Brian Williams, Cuomo on Reform, Jordan ISIS, Metro North, Heastie Assembly Speaker, Malcolm Smith.

10/22/14 Panel

Oct 22, 2014

    

  Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, political consultant Libby Post, and University at Albany Journalism Professor and Investigative Reporter, Rosemary Armao.

Topics include:
Ben Bradlee
Marijuana
Cybersecurity and iCloud in China
CIA on Panetta
Ukraine Economy
Renee Zellweger

    The U.S. is looking for ways to pressure Russia over Ukraine.

In a Congressional Corner interview recorded last Wednesday, Massachusetts Representative Jim McGovern tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock Putin can’t be trusted.

9/16/14 Panel

Sep 16, 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:
Iraq on ISIS
Ebola Effort
Ukranian Concessions
Hepatitis Drug
Urban Outfitters Kent State Sweatshirt
TU Stories

9/3/14 Panel

Sep 3, 2014

    Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Political Consultant Libby Post, Albany Journalism Professor and Investigative Reporter, Rosemary Armao and Vlad Larov is an investigative reporter and writer at The Kiev Post.

Topics include:
Sotloff Execution
Putin on Kiev
Million Ukrainians Displaced
More Troops to Baghdad
DNA clears Convicted Murderers

Ukraine Announces Cease-Fire With Russia

Sep 3, 2014
Sven Teschke via Wikimedia Commons

The office of Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko says that he and Russian President Vladimir Putin are in agreement on a cease-fire in eastern Ukraine, but the statement was ambiguous and there was no immediate indication that the fighting would stop.

8/29/14 Panel

Aug 29, 2014

  Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, University at Albany Journalism Professor and Investigative Reporter, Rosemary Armao, and political consultant Libby Post.

Topics include:
Ukraine Update
President Obama on Syria
Hackers, Russian and otherwise
24/7 Email

Herbert London: Putin, Obama And Flight 17

Jul 30, 2014

The evidence that Putin provided the SA11 missile system and the requisite training and or actual participation for the dissident Russian forces in the Eastern Ukrainian is mounting. An effort to withhold evidence and conceal it adds to the calumny about this Malaysian airliner blown from the skies. Yet President Obama’s initial reaction to the destruction of flight 17 and its 298 passengers was so wooden and lacking in compassion, one might think this atrocity was a daily occurrence.

    The downed Malaysian jet has brought new focus to the crisis in Ukraine.

In today’s Congressional Corner, New York representative Paul Tonko tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that Russia must be held to account for the tragedy.

Sven Teschke via Wikimedia Commons

The world has been watching Russia and Ukraine since last week's downing of a Malaysia Airlines jet that killed 298 civilians. Even as investigators comb the contested site, Russian President Vladimir Putin has sought to blame Kiev for breaking a cease-fire with pro-Russian separatists. What should the U.S. do about this global hotspot? And is Putin soul-less, as Vice President Biden reportedly told the Russian leader, or just cynical?

7/22/14 Panel

Jul 22, 2014

  Today's panelists are WAMC's Alan Chartock and political consultant, Libby Post.

Topics include:
Crash Investigation
Rikers Injuries
Guard Deployed to Border
NYC Chokehold
Marathon Bombing Trial

wikipedia.org

While international investigators attempt to comb over the entire crash site, U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal says Russian President Vladimir Putin is to blame for the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines passenger plane over Ukraine Thursday.

7/21/14 Panel

Jul 21, 2014

  Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Newsman Ray Graf and Political Consultant, Libby Post.

Topics include:
Kerry on Russia
Ukraine Remains
Auto Bubble
James Garner Dies

Jim Levulis / WAMC

A Malaysia Airlines plane carrying 295 people has crashed in eastern Ukraine. It’s unclear if it was shot down as it was flying over an area wracked by separatist insurgency.

7/2/14 Panel

Jul 2, 2014

  Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Political Consultant Libby Post, and Executive Editor of The Poughkeepsie Journal, Stu Shinske.

Topics include:
Ukraine
US Out of FIFA World Cup
Cannibal cop case blurs the line between fantasy and reality
Libous indictment
Bubble about to burst?

    Serhii Plokhy is the Mykhailo Hrushevsky Professor of Ukrainian History and the Director of the Ukrainian Research Institute at Harvard University.

His new book is The Last Empire: The Final Days of the Soviet Union.

As prize-winning historian Serhii Plokhy reveals in The Last Empire, the collapse of the Soviet Union was anything but the handiwork of the United States. On the contrary, American leaders dreaded the possibility that the Soviet Union—weakened by infighting and economic turmoil—might suddenly crumble, throwing all of Eurasia into chaos.

5/29/14 Panel

May 29, 2014

    

  Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Publisher Emeritus of The Kingston Daily Freeman, Ira Fusfeld, and Editor of the Daily Gazette, Judy Patrick.

Topics include:
Defense Policy reset?
Ukraine
Veterans Affairs
Liberals v. Cuomo
Daily Gazette stories

5/27/14 Panel

May 27, 2014

    

  Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Times Union Associate Editor Mike Spain and Political Consultant Libby Post.

Topics include:
Ukraine Post-Vote
CIA oops
Trade Recognition
California Shooting
Amazon v. Hachette
Pfizer
VA Groups

Stephen Gottlieb: Tears For Ukrainian Democracy

May 13, 2014

Let’s return to Ukraine once more.

Americans cheered at former Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych’s ouster. Here’s why that was a mistake.

5/12/14 Panel

May 12, 2014

    

  Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, University at Albany Journalism Professor and Investigative Reporter, Rosemary Armao and political consultant Libby Post.

Topics include:

Topics include:
Ukraine Vote
Rubio Ready
Nigerian Abduction
Hagel reviews military transgender policy
Michael Sam

5/9/14 Panel

May 9, 2014

    

  Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, political activist Libby Post and newsman Ray Graf.

Topics include:
Ukraine Vote
Benghazi Probe
Snapchat
Genes Story
Immigrant Students

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