The Roundtable

Weekdays, 9 a.m.

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 WAMC's The Roundtable is an award-winning, nationally recognized eclectic talk program. The show airs from 9 a.m. to noon each weekday and features news, interviews, in-depth discussion, music, and much (much) more! Hosted by Joe Donahue and produced by Sarah LaDuke, The Roundtable tackles serious and lighthearted subjects, looking to explore the many facets of the human condition with civility, respect and responsibility.

The show's hallmark is thoughtful interviews with A-list newsmakers, authors, artists, sports figures, actors, and people with interesting stories to tell. Since hitting the airwaves in May of 2001, The Roundtable has interviewed the likes of Arthur Miller, Kurt Vonnegut, Maya Angelou, Madeleine Albright, Jimmy Carter, John McCain, Bob Dole, Steve Martin, James Taylor, Stephen King, Melissa Etheridge, Lin-Manuel Miranda and lots of other really cool people. Plus, Wilco does our theme song. What more can you ask for?

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10:50 - Congressional Corner
11:10 - Earth Wise

Book Picks lists are here.

You may also hear Pulse of the Planet and Sound Beat on The Roundtable.

9/7/18 Panel

Sep 7, 2018

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

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Former EPA Regional Administrator and Visiting Professor at Bennington College Judith Enck, Albany County District Attorney David Soares, and counter-terrorism expert Malcolm Nance.

9/6/18 Panel

Sep 6, 2018

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

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Daily Freeman Publisher Emeritus Ira Fusfeld, Siena College Professor of Comparative Politics, Vera Eccarius-Kelly and Professor of Journalism at the College of St. Rose Cailin Brown.

Today's Roundtable Panel was live from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. Featuring discussions on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation hearings.

9/5/18 Panel

Sep 5, 2018

  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, Political Consultant Libby Post and Berkshire Eagle Reporter Jenn Smith, and Dean of International Studies at Bard College and Academic Director of the Bard Globalization and International Affairs program James Ketterer.

Today's Roundtable Panel was live from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. to discuss and accommodate NPR's special coverage of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation hearings.

 

We had to skip Book Picks this week to air special coverage of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation hearings. But Suzanna Hermans from Oblong Books and Music sent us her list of great new titles anyway!

List:
"French Exit" by Patrick deWitt
"The Drama Teacher" by Koren Zailckas
"His Favorites" by Kate Walbert
"Lake Success" by Gary Shteyngart (event at Murray's in Tivoli, NY, 9/18, 6pm)
"Sheets" by Brenna Thummler
"Finding Langston" by Lesa Cline-Ransome (event at Rhinebeck store, 9/22, 12pm)
"Picturing America: Thomas Cole and the Birth of American Art" by Hudson Talbott (event at Rhinebeck store, 9/12, 6pm)
"A Room Away from the Wolves" by Nova Ren Suma (event at Rhinebeck store, 9/23, 4pm)

9/4/18 Panel

Sep 4, 2018

In the first half-hour of our show, the Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond.

Today due to special coverage, it is an abbreviated Roundtable Panel. The panelists: WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Times Union Associate Editor Mike Spain, The Empire Report’s JP Miller and Political Consultant Libby Post.


Berkshire Mountain Distillers was established in 2007 and has created a line of award-winning artisanal spirits including Greylock Gin, Ethereal Gins, Ragged Mountain Rum, Ice Glen Vodka, Berkshire Bourbon and New England Corn Whiskey. All products are handcrafted in small batches in Great Barrington, Massachusetts at the Berkshire’s first legal distillery since prohibition.

BMD is one of the founding members of the craft distiller movement and is embraced by several of the nation’s leading mixologists.

As we head into the holiday weekend and begin to catch a glimpse of summer in the rearview mirror, BMD Founder, Owner and Distiller Chris Weld joins us to talk about Berkshire Mountain Distillers, and fall cocktails and botanicals.

The 12th Annual Washington County Cheese Tour with Wine and Beer is taking place September 8th and 9th.

From freshly made Chèvre to ripened Camembert-style cheeses and aged Cheddar, the annual Washington County Cheese, Wine and Beer Tour will delight palates and enthrall cheese lovers.

Over next weekend, several creative farmstead cheese makers, brewers and vineyards in Washington County will open their farms and businesses to the public.

At each farm, guests will sample specially selected cheeses, wine and beer while experiencing first hand the region’s long-standing cheese making traditions reaching back to the nineteenth century.

We are joined by Angela Miller from Consider Bardwell Farm, Kelley Taylor from R. S. Taylor & Sons Brewing, and Gerry Barnhart from Victory View Vineyard.

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Internationally acclaimed trumpeter, composer, bandleader, and educator Wynton Marsalis brings the Wynton Marsalis Quintet to the Koussevitzky Music Shed at Tanglewood in Lenox, Massachusetts on Saturday, September 1, at 7 p.m., as part of the closing weekend of the 2018 Tanglewood season.

The concert will also include a very special guest performance by the Ellis Marsalis Quintet, featuring the patriarch of the Marsalis family, New Orleans-based modern jazz pianist Ellis Marsalis. As a leading educator at several universities, Ellis Marsalis has influenced the careers of countless musicians, including his four musician sons: Wynton, Branford, Delfeayo, and Jason.

Ellis Marsalis joins us.

Bookstores and libraries have long played a central role in fostering a deeper appreciation of knowledge, and in lifelong learning. Increasingly, these places are also filling another critical need in our communities, by providing a haven for those seeking a communal connection in an ever-more isolated world.

But, how is this all playing out in our current fractured political climate? We have two guests to discuss this with us this morning. Chris Morrow is owner of Northshire Bookstores in Manchester Center, Vermont and Saratoga Springs, New York and he joins us along with the CEO of the American Booksellers Association – Oren Teicher.

8/31/18 Panel

Aug 31, 2018

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

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Former EPA Regional Administrator Judith Enck, and Times Union Columnist Chris Churchill.

Roundtable Music 8/31

Aug 31, 2018

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Bibbe Hansen, pop cultural icon, performance artist, musician, and actress known for her work with Andy Warhol will visit the University at Albany for as part of “The Creative Life: Conversation Series” at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, September 5 at the University Art Museum on UAlbany’s Uptown campus.

The Creative Life series is a major arts initiative of the University Art Museum, New York State Writers Institute and UAlbany Performing Arts Center in conjunction with us here at WAMC and with major support from the University at Albany Foundation.

Bibbe Hansen first achieved prominence as a protégé of American pop artist Andy Warhol. She collaborated on several films with Warhol, including “PRISON,” which she starred in alongside Marie Mencken and Edie Sedgwick. From 1990–1995 she operated Troy Café, which became the center of a multicultural renaissance in downtown Los Angeles and was home to a generation of musicians, comedians, artists, and filmmakers. Today Bibbe creates artwork and is represented by Gracie Mansion Gallery in New York City. She recently completed the first draft of her memoirs, and lectures frequently on art and the creative process.

In her new biography, “Elizabeth Warren: Her Fight. Her Work. Her Life.,” bestselling author Antonia Felix carries readers from Warren’s hardscrabble roots in Norman, Oklahoma, to her career as one of the nation’s most distinguished legal scholars and experts on the economics of working Americans.

In the book, Felix reveals how Warren brought her expertise to Washington to become a leader in progressive politics in a deeply divided nation and weaves together never-before-told stories from those who have journeyed with Warren from Oklahoma to the halls of power in Washington, DC.

The White House has a new approach to trade.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Massachusetts Congressman Richard Neal of the first House district wraps up his interview with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

Shawn Stone joins us to talk about what he's seen lately and what cultural events are coming up this week in our region.

Upcoming: Dom Flemons “Black Cowboy Tour” - Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs, Thursday 8/30, 7 PM

"Mean Girls" - GE Theatre at Proctors, Schenectady, Friday 8/31, 7 PM

Natalie MacMaster & Donnell Leahy “Visions from Cape Breton & Beyond” - The Egg, Albany, Friday 8/31, 7:30 PM

Cory Henry & The Funk Apostles - MASS MoCA, Courtyard C or Hunter Center, North Adams, Mass., Saturday 9/1, 8 PM

Steve Martin & Martin Short: An Evening You Will Forget for the Rest of Your Life - Tanglewood, Lenox, Mass., Sunday 9/2, 2:30 PM

Trio Solisti (Haydn, Dvorak, Chausson) - Maverick Concerts, Woodstock, Sunday 9/2, 4 PM

Michelle Wolf - Funny Bone Comedy Club, Guilderland, Sunday 9/2, 9:45 PM

Chapel - The Hollow Bar + Kitchen, Albany, Tuesday 9/4, 8 PM

New movies: "Juliet, Naked;" "The Bookshop;" "Kin;" "Searching"

8/30/18 Panel

Aug 30, 2018

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

Today's panelists are WAMC's Alan Chartock, Daily Freeman Publisher Emeritus Ira Fusfeld, Siena College Professor of Comparative Politics, Vera Eccarius-Kelly and Vice president for editorial development at New York Press Association Judy Patrick.

Anthony Salvanto, PhD, is CBS News Director of Elections and Surveys. He currently conducts all polling across the nation, states, and congressional races, and heads the Decision Desk that projects outcomes on Election Nights. He appears regularly on Face the Nation, the CBS Evening News, CBS This Morning, and more. "Where Did You Get This Number?" is his first book.

Salvanto’s job to understand you—what you think and how you vote. He’s the person behind so many of the poll numbers you see today, making the winner calls on election nights and surveying thousands of Americans. In "Where Did You Get This Number? A Pollster’s Guide to Making Sense of the World," Salvanto takes readers on a fast-paced, eye-opening tour through the world of polling and elections and what they really show about America today, beyond the who's-up-who’s-down headlines and horse races. Salvanto is just the person to bring much-needed clarity in a time when divisions seem to run so deep.

Donna Hicks is an associate at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Harvard University. As a conflict resolution specialist, she has facilitated diplomatic efforts in the Middle East and other high-conflict regions and conducted numerous training seminars worldwide. She is the author of the award-winning book, "Dignity: Its Essential Role in Resolving Conflict."

Her new book is "Leading with Dignity: How to Create a Culture That Brings Out the Best in People."

The Farm Bill is being reconciled.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Massachusetts Congressman Richard Neal of the first House district continues his interview with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

Our attention has never been as overwhelmed or in demand as it is today. We've grown uncomfortable with boredom and the lack of stimulation or distraction, and instead try to cram as much into every moment of our life as we can. Many of us know our brains are unable to multitask, but feel compelled to do it anyway, in the process sacrificing our happiness, productivity, and even our creativity.

Productivity expert Chris Bailey looks to help with a simple and practical model he outlines in "Hyperfocus: How to Be More Productive in a World of Distraction."

8/29/18 Panel

Aug 29, 2018

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

Today's panelists are WAMC's Alan Chartock, Albany County District Attorney David Soares, and Berkshire Eagle reporter, Jenn Smith. 

Peter Steiner has been a cartoonist for over thirty years. He created the cartoon "On the internet nobody knows you're a dog," the most reproduced cartoon The New Yorker has ever published. In the late 1990's he began writing novels, at first for his own amusement. Then his first novel, "A French Country Murder" was published in 2003. His second followed in 2008; his third in 2010.

His new work is a graphic novel entitled "An Atheist In Heaven."

  This week's Book Picks come from Kira Wizner of Merritt Bookstore.

List:
"Vox" by Christina Dalcher
"Beyond Birds and Bees" by Bonnie J. Rough
"The Lies That Bind" by Kwame Anthony Appiah
"Darius the Great is Not Okay" by Adib Khorram
"Draw Your Day/ Draw Your Day Sketchbook" by Samantha Dion Baker
"Where the Crawdads Sing" by Delia Owens
"Mating in Captivity" by Helen Zuman
"Always Eat Left Handed" by Rohit Bhargava

The Democratic Party is hoping to win back the House.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Massachusetts Congressman Richard Neal of the first House district speaks with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

Spencertown Academy Arts Center’s 13th annual Festival of Books takes place over Labor Day weekend, August 31 through September 3.

The Festival features a giant used book sale, two days of discussions with and readings by esteemed authors, and a children’s program.

Authors’ books will be available for purchase and signing. The Festival, which began in 2006 as a book sale to raise funds for the Academy’s community arts programs, has grown into one of the biggest and most eagerly anticipated cultural events of the year. Academy Board member and event co-chair David Highfill is here to tell us more.

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