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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?

If you would like to be on the show email us at roundtable@wamc.org. Send your comments or questions for The Roundtable Panel to panel@wamc.org

The Roundtable is also available as a podcast.

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Almost no one thought Joe Biden could make it back to the White House: not Donald Trump, not the two dozen Democratic rivals who sought to take down a weak front-runner, not the mega-donors and key endorsers who feared he could not beat Bernie Sanders, not even Barack Obama.

The story of Biden’s victory in the 2020 election is the story of a Democratic Party at odds with itself, torn between the single-minded goal of removing Donald Trump and the push for a bold progressive agenda that threatened to alienate as many voters as it drew.

In "Lucky," New York Times bestselling authors Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes use their unparalleled access to key players inside the Democratic and Republican campaigns to unfold how Biden’s nail-biting run for the presidency vexed his own party as much as it did Trump.

Jonathan Allen is a senior political analyst with NBC News digital. Amie Parnes is a senior correspondent for The Hill newspaper in Washington, where she covers the Biden White House and national politics.

Book cover for "Come Fly the World"
Icon Books Ltd.

Required to have a college education, speak two languages, and possess the political savvy of a Foreign Service officer, a jet-age stewardess serving on iconic Pan Am between 1966 and 1975 also had to be between 5′3" and 5′9", between 105 and 140 pounds, and under 26 years of age at the time of hire.

Author Julia Cooke’s new book, "Come Fly the World: The Jet-Age Story of the Women of Pan Am," brings to light the story of Pan Am stewardesses’ role in the Vietnam War, as the airline added runs from Saigon to Hong Kong for planeloads of weary young soldiers straight from the battlefields, who were off for five days of R&R, and then flown back to war.

Finally, with Operation Babylift—the dramatic evacuation of 2,000 children during the fall of Saigon—the book’s special cast of stewardesses unites to play an extraordinary role on the world stage.

Book cover for "Transient Desires"
Grove Atlantic

In his many years as a commissario, Guido Brunetti has seen all manner of crime and known intuitively how to navigate the various pathways in his native city, Venice, to discover the person responsible.

Now, in "Transient Desires," the thirtieth novel in Donna Leon's mystery series, he faces a heinous crime committed outside his jurisdiction. He is drawn in innocently enough: two young American women have been badly injured in a boating accident, joy riding in the Laguna with two young Italians.

On Monday, March 15 at 5 p.m., Joe Donahue will be having a virtual book talk with Donna Leon in an Odyssey Bookstore event.

3/8/21 RT Panel

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

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, immigration attorney and Partner with the Albany law firm of Whiteman Osterman & Hanna, Cianna Freeman-Tolbert, counter-terrorism expert and best-selling author, Malcolm Nance, and political consultant and lobbyist Libby Post.

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   Each weekday morning, WAMC’s President and CEO and Political Observer, Alan Chartock, and Roundtable Host Joe Donahue are joined by various experts, journalists, educators, and commentators to discuss current events. 

On Roundtable Panel: The Week in Review, we feature your favorite panelists discussing the most important issues of the week, giving you a chance to catch up, ponder or reconsider.

Book cover for "The Devil You Know" and author photo of Charles M. Blow
Harper

Acclaimed New York Times columnist and author Charles M. Blow never wanted to write a “race book.” But as both physical and psychological violence against Black people seemed only to increase in recent years, culminating in the historic pandemic and protests of the summer of 2020, he felt compelled to write a new story for Black Americans.

His new book is "The Devil You Know."

Book cover for "A World Without Email"
Portfolio

Dubbed “the Marie Kondo of technology,” Georgetown professor Cal Newport, has dedicated his career to helping people develop healthier, more balanced relationships with modern technology. Now, he turns his attention to our inboxes.

Email has long been heralded as having rescued modern work life from the inefficiencies of memo pads and fax machines. But Newport argues that email has actually created a productivity disaster, reducing profitability and perhaps even slowing overall economic growth.

In "A World Without Email: Reimagining Work in a World of Communication Overload," Newport makes the case that our inbox-driven approach to work is broken, and offers a vision for liberating workers from the tyranny of constant communication.

Roz Chast has loved to draw cartoons since she was a child growing up in Brooklyn and began selling cartoons to the New Yorker as soon as she submitted them in 1978. Chast's cartoons have also been published in many other magazines.

She has illustrated several books and won many awards for her work. her memoir, "Can We Talk About Something More Pleasant," was a number one New York Times bestseller.

Her latest is "You Can Only Yell At Me for One Thing at a Time: Rules for Couples." It is written with New Yorker contributor Patricia Marx.

3/5/21 RT Panel

Mar 5, 2021
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      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, Visiting Professor at Bennington College, President of Beyond Plastics Judith Enck, Siena College Professor of Economics Aaron Pacitti, and Albany County District Attorney David Soares.

Time's Union Story about Judith's phone call from Howard B. Glaser, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's director of state operations.

Book cover for "Leave Out the Tragic Parts"
PublicAffairs

Dave Kindred is a legendary sportswriter, perhaps most-known for his writing on Muhammad Ali.

In his new book "Leave Out the Tragic Parts: A Grandfather's Search for a Boy Lost to Addiction." he gives us here a unique, yet journalistic, exploration into grief — and a grief not often told — of a grandfather for his grandson.

"Dark Sky" By C.J. Box

Mar 4, 2021
Book cover for "Dark Sky" by C.J. Box (red letters say "C.J. Box, silhouette of a male human wearing a cowboy hat, title of book in white letters)
Penguin/Random House

#1 New York Times best-selling award-winning author C.J. Box has created one of suspense fiction’s most enduring protagonists in Wyoming game warden Joe Pickett, an everyman hero with a penchant for stepping into trouble and dealing with crimes of all kinds affiliated with the hot-button issues unique to Wyoming and the American West.

His books have been translated into twenty-seven languages. A television series adapted from Box’s Cassie Dewell novels by David E. Kelly, “Big Sky,” where Box serves as Executive Producer, is a hit on ABC. He will also serve as EP for the upcoming Joe Pickett television series for Paramount TV.

"Dark Sky," the 21st Joe Pickett novel, is just out and brings readers deep into the cold, untamed, and remote Wyoming wilderness while exploring issues surrounding social media as an open forum for all or as a publisher that determines content and censors certain viewpoints.

3/4/21 RT Panel

Mar 4, 2021
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    The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond.

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Cohoes City Director of Operations Theresa Bourgeois, Tetherless World Professor of Computer, Web and Cognitive Sciences at RPI and Director of the RPI-IBM Artificial Intelligence research collaboration Jim Hendler, and counter-terrorism expert and best-selling author, Malcolm Nance.

Book cover for "Women in White Coats'
Park Row

Medical journalist Olivia Campbell joins us this morning to discuss her new book, "Women in White Coats," the little-known true story of three pioneering Victorian women who fought to become the first women doctors, revolutionizing healthcare forever.

Olivia Campbell is a journalist and author specializing in medicine and women; her work has appeared in The Guardian, The Washington Post, and New York Magazine, among others.

Book cover for "Cosmic Queries"
National Geographic

How did life begin? Are we alone in the universe? How will it all end? In his new book, "Cosmic Queries: StarTalk’s Guide to Who We Are, How We Got Here, and Where We’re Going," world-renowned astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson breaks down challenging philosophical conundrums with wit, wisdom, and cutting-edge science.

Neil deGrasse Tyson is an astrophysicist and the Frederick P. Rose Director of the Hayden Planetarium at New York’s American Museum of Natural History. He is the author of more than a dozen books —many of them international bestsellers — and numerous articles, both scholarly and for the general public.

He is the host of "StarTalk," a podcast, and two seasons of "Cosmos," televised by Fox and National Geographic. He has received 21 honorary doctorates as well as NASA’s Distinguished Public Service Medal.

3/3/21 RT Panel

Mar 3, 2021
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      The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond.

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, investigative journalist and UAlbany adjunct professor Rosemary Armao,  Times Union columnist Chris Churchill, and Dean of the College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland and Cybersecurity at the University at Albany Robert Griffin.

Growing up on Cape Cod in the 1960s, Liza Rodman was a lonely little girl. During the summers, while her mother worked days in a local motel and danced most nights in the Provincetown bars, her babysitter—the kind, handsome handyman at the motel where her mother worked—took her and her sister on adventures in his truck.

He bought them popsicles and together, they visited his “secret garden” in the Truro woods. To Liza, he was one of the few kind and understanding adults in her life. Everyone thought he was just a “great guy.” But there was one thing she didn’t know; their babysitter was a serial killer.

Liza never made the connection between her friendly babysitter and the infamous killer of numerous women, including four in Massachusetts, until decades later. The Babysitter reveals the chilling and unforgettable true story of a charming but brutal psychopath through the eyes of a young girl who once called him her friend.

Liza Rodman and Jennifer Jordan are now telling the story in the new book, "The Babysitter."

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  Sharon Wienberg and Thomas Chulak from Chatham Bookstore in Chatham, New York join us with this week's Book Picks.

List:
Nicky & Vera by Peter Sis
Kate's Light by Elizabeth Spires, illustrated by Emily Arnold McCully
Happily Ever Afters by Elise Bryant
The Sum of Us by Heather McGhee
The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah
Under a White Sky: The Nature of the Future by Elizabeth Kolbert

3/2/21 RT Panel

Mar 2, 2021
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      The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond.

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, investigative journalist and UAlbany adjunct professor Rosemary Armao, Chief of Staff and Vice President for Strategy and Policy at Bard College Malia Du Mont, and former Associate Editor of The Times Union Mike Spain.

Book cover for "Hot Seat"
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In September 2001, Jeff Immelt replaced the most famous CEO in history, Jack Welch, at the helm of General Electric. Less than a week into his tenure, the 9/11 terrorist attacks shook the nation, and the company, to its core. GE was connected to nearly every part of the tragedy-GE-financed planes powered by GE-manufactured engines had just destroyed real estate that was insured by GE-issued policies. Facing an unprecedented situation, Immelt knew his response would set the tone for businesses everywhere that looked to GE-one of America's biggest and most-heralded corporations-for direction.

Over the next sixteen years, Immelt would lead GE through many more dire moments, from the 2008-09 Global Financial Crisis to the 2011 meltdown of Fukushima's nuclear reactors, which were designed by GE. 

In "Hot Seat," Immelt offers a rigorous, candid interrogation of himself and his tenure, detailing for the first time his proudest moments and his biggest mistakes.

Book cover "The Kaiser's Web"
Minotaur Books / Minotaur Books

“The Kaiser’s Web” is a new thriller by international and New York Times bestselling author Steve Berry. Berry will appear virtually at the University Club of Albany on March 3rd as part of his national book tour.

Steve is one of our most popular and successful thriller writers with over 20 million books in print in over 50 countries around the world. History, especially little-known history, is at the heart of his novels.

Senator Chris Murphy
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He’s out of office, but former President Trump still looms large in GOP politics.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Democratic Connecticut U.S. Senator Chris Murphy wraps up his conversation with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

This interview was recorded February 24.

3/1/21 RT Panel

Mar 1, 2021
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       The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond.

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, UAlbany Lecturer in Africana Studies Jennifer Burns, political consultant and lobbyist Libby Post, and Albany Law School professor and Director of the Immigration Law Clinic Sarah Rogerson.

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 Each weekday morning, WAMC’s President and CEO and Political Observer, Alan Chartock, and Roundtable Host Joe Donahue are joined by various experts, journalists, educators, and commentators to discuss current events. 

On Roundtable Panel: The Week in Review, we feature your favorite panelists discussing the most important issues of the week, giving you a chance to catch up, ponder or reconsider.

Book cover for "Ticking Clock" by Ira Rosen
St. Martin's Press

Two-time Peabody Award-winning writer and producer Ira Rosen reveals the intimate, untold stories of his decades at America’s most iconic news show - 60 Minutes in his new book "Ticking Clock: Behind the Scenes at 60-Minutes."

Based on decades of access and experience, Ira Rosen takes readers behind closed doors to offer an incisive look at the show that invented TV investigative journalism.

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