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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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Book Picks lists are here.

Music played on the show can be found here.

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

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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 "We Saw Scenery: The Early Diaries of Merrill Markoe"
Algonquin Books

In her first-ever graphic memoir, four-time Emmy-winning comedy writer Merrill Markoe unearths her treasured diaries, long kept under lock and key, to illustrate the hilarious story of her preteen and teen years and how she came to realize that her secret power was her humor. Her new book is: "We Saw Scenery: The Early Diaries of Merrill Markoe."

Wielding her layered and comically absurd style, Markoe takes readers back through her time as a Girl Scout, where she learned that “scouting” was really more about learning housewifery skills, to her earliest crushes on uniquely awful boys and her growing obsession with television.

Markoe was the head writer for the original The David Letterman Show (the live NBC morning show that was recognized with a Daytime Emmy Award) and the co-creator and first head writer of NBC’s groundbreaking Late Night with David Letterman, for which she won three additional Emmy Awards. She engineered the majority of the show’s original concepts and created the segments “Stupid Pet Tricks,” “Stupid Human Tricks,” and “Viewer Mail.”

She has written for television shows such as Sex and the CityNewhart, and Moonlighting and has written several bestselling books and was recently awarded the Paddy Chayevsky Laurel Award for Television Writing Achievement. 

4/16/21 RT Panel

19 hours ago
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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.

Book cover - Driven
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Alex Davies is a senior editor at Business Insider, where he oversees the transportation coverage. He was formerly an editor at WIRED, where he launched the transportation section in 2016. Along with autonomous vehicles, he has covered everything from designing bike lanes to electric aviation to the quest to rebuild American infrastructure.

His new book is " Driven: The Race to Create the Autonomous Car."

Dave Parker's new memoir "Cobra: A Life of Baseball and Brotherhood."
Dave Parker's new memoir "Cobra: A Life of Baseball and Brotherhood."

Dave Parker spent 19 years in the major leagues, racking up three Gold Gloves, more than 2,700 hits, two batting titles, seven All-Star games, two World Series rings and the 1978 MVP Award.

4/15/21 RT Panel

Apr 15, 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, Edward Hamilton Distinguished Professor of Computer Science at RPI and Faculty Associate at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University Fran Berman, Assistant Dean in the College of Education and Human Services at Montclair State University Carolina Gonzalez, and Tetherless World Professor of Computer, Web and Cognitive Sciences at RPI and Director of the RPI-IBM Artificial Intelligence research collaboration Jim Hendler.

We are also joined, for a portion of the program, by Dr. James Fagin, MD, an Immunology & Allergy Specialist in New Hyde Park, New York.

Book cover for "Truly Like Lightning"
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David Duchovny is best known for his work in film and television - but he's also a New York Times bestselling author who has written four novels his latest titled "Truly Like Lightning," about a fundamentalist Mormon family that returns to society after living in isolation in the desert.

Duchovny is an actor, producer, director, novelist and singer-songwriter, best known for playing FBI agent Fox Mulder on the TV series, "The X-Files" and Hank Moody on the TV series "Californication," both of which earned him Golden Globe Awards.

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Bloomsbury Publishing

BCC reporter Nick Bryant joins us this morning to discuss his new book, "When America Stopped Being Great."

Sifting through almost four decades of American history, Bryant unpacks the mistakes of past administrations combining engaging storytelling with recent history to show how the country moved from the optimism of Reagan’s ‘Morning in America’ to the darkness of Trump’s ‘American Carnage’.

It concludes with some of the most dramatic events in recent memory, in an America torn apart by a bitterly polarized election, racial division, the national catastrophe of the coronavirus and the threat to US democracy evidenced by the storming of Capitol Hill. Nick Bryant is a BBC senior foreign correspondent. He has been posted in Washington, South Asia, Australia and, most recently, New York.

Rep. Peter Welch
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Georgia’s new restrictive voting measures have mobilized Democrats across the country.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Vermont Representative Peter Welch continues his conversation with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

This conversation was recorded April 8th.

4/14/21 RT Panel

Apr 14, 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 Chief of Staff and Vice President for Strategy and Policy at Bard College Malia Du Mont.

Paul Raci in "The Sound of Metal"
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Over the past several decades, Paul Raci grew frustrated with his screen career. He was convinced he had more to offer as an actor than the bit parts and one-off roles that make up his IMDB credits. So Raci largely channeled those creative efforts into stage productions at the Deaf West Theater and his heavy metal bands. Now, the rest of us are getting to know Raci and his work.

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James Conrad and Jacqueline Kellachan from The Golden Notebook in Woodstock, NY joins us with this week's Book Picks.

List:
Unsolved Case Files: Escape at 10,000 Feet DB Cooper and the Missing Money by Tom Sullivan
Plunder: A Memoir of Family Property and Nazi Treasure by Menachem Kaiser
A Little Devil in America: Notes in Praise of Black Performance by Hanif Abdurraqib
Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning by Cathy Park Hong
New York, New York, New York: Four Decades of Success, Excess and Transformation by Thomas Dyja
Northern Spy by Flynn Berry
Our Revolution: A Mother and Daughter at Midcentury by Honor Moore
African American Poetry: 250 Years of Struggle and Song by Kevin Young

Rep. Peter Welch
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In today’s Congressional Corner, Vermont Representative Peter Welch continues his conversation with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

This conversation was recorded April 8th.

4/13/21 RT Panel

Apr 13, 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, The Empire Report’s J.P. Miller, and former Associate Editor of The Times Union Mike Spain.

Book cover for "I have been buried under years of dust"
William Morrow

These were the first words twenty-five-year-old Emily Grodin ever wrote. Born with nonverbal autism, Emily’s only means of communicating for a quarter of a century had been only one-word responses or physical gestures.

That Emily was intelligent had never been in question—from an early age she’d shown clear signs that she understood what was going on though she could not express herself. Her parents, Valerie and Tom, sought every therapy possible in the hope that Emily would one day be able to reveal herself. When this miraculous breakthrough occurred, Emily was finally able to give insight into the life, frustrations, and joys of a person with autism.

Told by Valerie, with insights and stories and poetry from Emily, "I Have Been Buried Under Years of Dust" highlights key moments of Emily’s childhood that led to her communication awakening—and how her ability rapidly accelerated after she wrote that first sentence.

Wildwood Programs

Apr 12, 2021

Wildwood in Schenectady and Latham, New York, provides supports and services to people of all ages with conditions described as developmental disabilities, complex learning disabilities and autism spectrum disorders.

Rep. Peter Welch
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President Joe Biden has hit the ground running.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Vermont Representative Peter Welch speaks with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

This conversation was recorded April 8th.

4/12/21 RT Panel

Apr 12, 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, immigration attorney and Partner with the Albany law firm of Whiteman Osterman & Hanna, Cianna Freeman-Tolbert, 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.

Appointed by Philip Roth and granted independence and complete access, Blake Bailey spent years poring over Roth’s personal archive, interviewing his friends, lovers, and colleagues, and engaging Roth himself in breathtakingly candid conversations. His new book is: "Philip Roth: The Biography."

Bailey shows how Roth emerged from a lower-middle-class Jewish milieu to achieve the heights of literary fame, how his career was nearly derailed by his catastrophic first marriage, and how he championed the work of dissident novelists behind the Iron Curtain.

Bailey examines Roth’s rivalrous friendships with Saul Bellow, John Updike, and William Styron, and reveals the truths of his florid love life, culminating in his almost-twenty-year relationship with actress Claire Bloom, who pilloried Roth in her 1996 memoir, "Leaving a Doll’s House."

Blake Bailey is the author of biographies of John Cheever, Richard Yates, and Charles Jackson. He is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and an Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

Book cover for essay collection "Goodbye to All That"
Seal Press

In the revised edition of the essay collection "Goodbye to All That," thirty writers share their own stories of loving and leaving New York, capturing the mesmerizing allure the city has always had for writers, poets, and wandering spirits.

Their essays often begin as love stories do, with the passion of something newly discovered. They also share the grief that comes like a gut-punch, when the grand metropolis loses its magic and the pressures of New York's frenetic life wear thin for even the most dedicated dwellers.

Editor of the collection, Sari Botton is the former essays editor for Longreads. She teaches writing courses at Catapult and in Bay Path University's MFA program.

4/9/21 RT Panel

Apr 9, 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, Chairman of Capital Distric Latinos Dan Irizarry, and Albany County District Attorney David Soares.

Book cover for "The God Equation" by Dr. Michio Kaku
Doubleday

Dr. Michio Kaku is one of the most charismatic and visible figures in science today and is beloved by his extensive fan base of millions of readers and followers.

A media mainstay as the national science contributor for CBS This Morning, he also hosts the radio programs Science Fantastic and Exploration and is the number one New York Times bestselling author of "The Future of the Mind."

His new book is "The God Equation: The Quest for a Theory of Everything."

Book cover art for "Think Like A Breadwinner"
G.P. Putnam's Sons

Although nearly half of working women in the United States are now their household's main breadwinner, the majority of women still aren't raised to think like breadwinners. In fact, they're actually discouraged from building their own wealth, pursuing their full earning potential, and providing for themselves and others financially.

Financial expert Jennifer Barrett addresses the issue in her new book "Think Like A Breadwinner: A Wealth-Building Manifesto for Women Who Want to Earn More (and Worry Less)."

Jennifer Barrett is the Chief Education Officer at Acorns, a financial wellness app with more than 8.5 million users, and the founding editor of its popular money site, Grow.

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