The Roundtable

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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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11:10 - Earth Wise

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

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.

8/28/18 Panel

Aug 28, 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, and The Empire Report’s J.P. Miller.

As the president of the student group Uncomfortable Learning at Williams College, Zachary Wood knows all about intellectual controversy. From John Derbyshire to Charles Murray, there's no one Zach refuses to debate or engage with simply because he disagrees with their beliefs and this controversial view has given him a unique platform on college campuses and in the media.

But Zach has never shared the details of his own personal story, and how he came to be a crusader for open dialogue and free speech. In "Uncensored," he reveals for the first time how he grew up poor and black in Washington, DC, in an environment where the only way to survive was to resist the urge to write people off because of their backgrounds and their perspectives.

Craft beer is on the rise across the country, and New York has been near the center of the revolution. With now over 400 breweries across the state, New York is currently ranked 4th in the country for number of craft breweries. But craft beer is not about mass production; it is about passionate locals employing artisan skills to infuse the values of their community into flavorful and memorable brews.

In each half hour episode of the new PBS show, "Brewed in New York," hosts Matt and Maya travel to a different tourism region of the state, visiting craft breweries and learning how the unique geography, agriculture, and character of the region influences each brewery’s individual story and craft.

Daniel Swinton and Leanne Robinson-Maine are both producers and writers on the show -- which starts airing on WMHT on September 9.

In today’s Congressional Corner, WAMC’s Alan Chartock concludes his interview with Green Party candidate Steve Greenfield of New York’s 19th House district.

Steve Martin and Martin Short
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Comedy legends Steve Martin and Martin Short have joined forces for their hit show "An Evening You Will Forget For The Rest Of Your Life" and they will bring it to Tanglewood in Lenox, Massachusetts on September 2. They'll be joined by the Grammy Award winning bluegrass band Steep Canyon Rangers and Jeff Babko.

Audiences can expect an evening of nonstop laughs as the duo recall their iconic careers, creative influences and most memorable encounters, uniquely presented though a blend of stand-up, musical numbers and conversations about their lives in show business.

8/27/18 Panel

Aug 27, 2018

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

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Political Consultant Libby Post, Albany Law School Professor Sarah Rogerson who directs the Immigration Law Clinic and communications consultant, Joe Bonilla.

News10 Anchorman, John Gray, is an Emmy Award winning journalist and writer. When John’s puppy, Samuel, died unexpectedly at just six months old it brought a profound sadness to their home and a sense that this was just not fair. For the first time John understood how a child must feel when they lose a pet of any age, asking themselves, “Why?”

Hoping to turn his pain into something positive, John put pen to paper and wrote a story to help any child who has lost a pet. His new book, "God Needed a Puppy" guides children through the grieving process by using friendly animals from the forest to explain the reasons why a beloved pet sometimes has to leave us.

The play, “Ann,” is an intimate, brash, and feisty portrait of Ann Richards, legendary Governor of Texas. 

Written by award-winning actress and writer Holland Taylor, “Ann” is an inspiring and hilarious play that brings us face to face with the complex, colorful, and captivating character bigger than the state from which she hailed. The Dorset Theatre Festival production is performed by two-time Tony nominee Jayne Atkinson (“House of Cards,” "Madam Secretary”) and directed by Kristen van Ginhoven. 

On August 11 the Fenimore Art Museum in Cooperstown, New York opened the exhibit "Seen & Unseen: Photographs by Imogen Cunningham." It is on view through October 14.

The photographs of Imogen Cunningham (1883-1976) reflect vital developments in 20th century art and photography. She is recognized for helping to establish photography as an art form. Never tied to one style of photography or subject, Cunningham had a signature view in what she created. Working for over seventy years, her photographs are seductive and dynamic and inspired by a multitude of sources.

Chris Rossi is Director of Exhibitions for The Fenimore Art Museum.

In today’s Congressional Corner, WAMC’s Alan Chartock continues his interview with Green Party candidate Steve Greenfield of New York’s 19th House district.

For well over thirty years, T. Jefferson Parker has been a legend in the mystery-thriller genre. C.J. Box called Parker “the poet of American crime fiction,” and Ridley Pearson noted, “There are few if any crime writers out there this good.”

Parker is perhaps best known for both his Charlie Hood and Merci Rayborn series, as well as over a dozen standalone thrillers. Last year, he began a new mystery series, starring San Diego–based private detective Roland Ford, a former Marine with deep ties to the Southern California community. Parker returns with "Swift Vengeance," the second book in his new series.

In "Swift Vengeance," Roland Ford is on the trail of a mysterious killer who is beheading CIA drone operators and leaving puzzling clues at each crime scene.

8/24/18 Panel

Aug 24, 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, Siena College Economics Professor Aaron Pacitti, and Dean of International Studies at Bard College and Academic Director of the Bard Globalization and International Affairs program James Ketterer.

Like so many of us, including most of America’s workforce, and nearly two-thirds of all university students, Andrew Santella procrastinates. Concerned about his habit, but not quite ready to give it up, he set out to learn all he could about the human tendency to delay. He studied history’s greatest procrastinators to gain insights into human behavior, and also, he writes, to kill time, “research being the best way to avoid real work.” His new book is "Soon: An Overdue History of Procrastination, from Leonardo and Darwin to You and Me."

Andrew Santella has written for such publications as GQ, the New York Times Book Review, Slate, and the Atlantic.com.

Written by Obie Award-winner Christopher Durang, the comedic double feature, “Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All For You” and “The Actor’s Nightmare” is an absurdly hilarious evening of theatre. The Berkshire Theatre Group production of the show, running now in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, is directed by Matthew Penn and features Tony Award-winner Harriet Harris, Levi Hall, Anna O'Donoghue, Tom Story, Matt Sullivan and Ariana Venturi.

Hailed as “consistently clever” by The New York Times when it first opened in 1981, “Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All For You” and “The Actor’s Nightmare” are still bitingly witty satires on the psychology of belief and belonging. The show runs at BTG’s Unicorn Theatre through August 31st. Here to tell us more we welcome: Harriet Harris, Anna O’Donoghue, and Matt Sullivan.

Frelinghuysen Morris House And Studio - Stairway
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George L. K. Morris and Suzy Frelinghuysen, prolific abstract artists since the late 1930s, were a remarkable couple at the leading edge of the national and international art scene. Collectors and intellectuals, they created a Berkshire home that reflected their aesthetic worlds.

Upon her death in 1988, Suzy Frelinghuysen left instructions that the House & Studio and art collection be used for an educational purpose. The House & Studio opened for visitation in 1998.

Visitors can walk through the House with all of its original furnishings and view not only the works of Morris and Frelinghuysen on the walls, but walk right up to the works of some of their more famous colleagues and contemporaries including Picasso, Braque, Leger and Gris.

Kinney Frelinghuysen is the Director of the Frelinghuysen Morris House & Studio in Lenox, Mass.

A third-party candidate is hoping to make a difference in the race for New York’s 19th Congressional district.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Green Party candidate Steve Greenfield speaks with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

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