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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?

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

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.

Musicians of Ma'alwyck present The Ship's Captain" - rehearsal photo
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Musicians of Ma'alwyck is producing a vaudeville opera called “The Ship's Captain.” They will be offering three performances at three different venues: Hyde Hall near Cooperstown, New York on June 25 at 7:30 p.m.; Freedom Park in Scotia, New York on June 27 at 7 p.m. and the Strand Theater in Hudson Falls, New York on June 28 at 7 p.m.

Two young single women, a curious will left by their uncle guardian, and a mysterious young man figure in this Gilbert and Sullivan-esque plot of the delightful 1817 vaudeville opera “The Ship's Captain.”

Carl August Blum, a popular composer and actor, crafted this clever one act piece using entirely melodies of Mozart, Beethoven and German folksongs. To tell us more, we welcome Director of the Musicians of Ma'alwyck Ann Marie Schwartz, Director of "The Ship's Captain" Byron Nilsson, and Charles Eaton who performs the role of “Waller” in “The Ship’s Captain.”

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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 associate 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.

Book cover for The Division of Light and Power
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Former Mayor, Congressman and two-time Presidential Candidate Dennis Kucinich will tell us about his new book "The Division of Light and Power," a gripping account of the hidden mechanisms of corporate power in the United States and what happens when these corporate interests are challenged.

Kucinich gives an insider’s account of his battle against a shadow city government that engaged in corporate espionage, sabotage, price-fixing, cut-throat competition, anti-trust activities, organized crime, and wholesale fraud. That is, until Kucinich, then America’s youngest big-city mayor at age 31, fought back, risking assassination attempts and the destruction of his personal life.

He will be a candidate in the upcoming mayoral primary in an attempt to become mayor of Cleveland again.

Amy Helm
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Musician Amy Helm returned to a familiar place — for her and for many of us in the region — to make her new album “What the Flood Leaves Behind.” Helm recorded in Levon Helm Studios, also known as The Barn, with a cast of stellar musicians.

The Mount
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Susan Wissler, executive director at The Mount, Edith Wharton's Home, joins us in the studio this morning to discuss their 2021 summer programs and events.

Highlights include a variety of outdoor performances, lectures, and the return of the SculptureNow outdoor sculpture exhibit.

And The Mount hopes to embark on a historical renovation project to restore the Laurel Lake shorefront farmhouse built by Wharton and her husband, Teddy, in 1906.

6/18/21 RT Panel

Jun 18, 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.

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Former President Clinton speechwriter Jeff Shesol's new book, "Mercury Rising: John Glenn, John Kennedy and the New Battleground of the Cold War" sheds light on the 2021 space race and potential Cold War with China.

In the book, Shesol spotlights John Glenn’s unpublished handwritten notes, interviews and new sources to explain America's space history and current challenges in space.

Keith Haring (1982). Photograph 1982 Allan Tannenbaum
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This summer, Fenimore Art Museum in Cooperstown, New York presents “Keith Haring: Radiant Vision” – an exhibition that celebrates both the icon and his iconography in and energized show that introduces a new generation to Keith Haring. The exhibition was made possible through a generous donation by Mr. Gary Cassinelli and Mr. Nick Preston.

Known for his bold graphic work, Haring defined and redefined pop and contemporary art in the 1980s. He was a humanitarian and believed that “art is for everybody.”

Fenimore Art Museum’s Director of Exhibitions Chris Rossi and art collector Gary Cassinelli join us.

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The acclaimed Donmar Warehouse production “Blindness” is now being presented at the Daryl Roth Theatre in Union Square in New York City through July 25. The special theatrical presentation is based on Nobel Prize-winner Jose Saramago’s dystopian novel of the same name. The adaptation is by Tony Award®-winning playwright Simon Stephens.

In the play - as in the novel - an epidemic of unexplained complete vision loss takes over the city, and the government responds by placing -- and ultimately neglecting -- newly blind citizens in abandoned buildings. But one unaffected woman witnesses and frees one group of newly-blind citizens who have been locked in an empty mental hospital.

No actors are present for the performance, instead, audience members wear headphones and listen to the recorded narration by the actor Juliet Stevenson while surrounded by immersive lighting and atmospheric design.

"Blindness" is directed by Walter Meierjohann with sound design by Ben and Max Ringham, designed by Lizzie Clachan, and lighting design by Jessica Hung Han Yun. 

Juliet Stevenson was awarded the CBE for her work in drama and has received the Laurence Olivier Award for best actress. Her film credits include “Truly Madly Deeply,” “Mona Lisa Smile,” “Being Julia,” and “Bend It Like Beckham.”

6/17/21 RT Panel

Jun 17, 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, Albany Chief City Auditor Dorcey Applyrs, Siena College Professor of Comparative Politics Vera Eccarius-Kelly, and Publisher Emeritus of The Daily Freeman Ira Fusfeld.

Chris Gethard is a stand-up comedian, actor, writer, and podcast host. His new special “Chris Gethard: Half My Life” is available now. Directed by Kate Sweeney and produced by Lexi Tannenholtz, “Chris Gethard: Half My Life” is a hybrid tour documentary and stand-up special shot in a variety of DIY spaces and independent venues all over the country in 2019 - it was released earlier this month by Comedy Dynamics.

Gethard’s previous special “Career Suicide” is on HBO. As an actor, he’s worked on television on "Bored to Death," "Parks and Recreation," "Broad City," "Inside Amy Schumer," "Crashing," "Awkwafina Is Nora from Queens," "Space Force" -- and, truly, a whole lot more. Film credits include "Don’t Think Twice," "The Dictator," and "The Other Guys." "The Chris Gethard Show" - a call-in comedy and variety talk show started as a live show at Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre (UCB) in New York City, moved to the public-access channel Manhattan Neighborhood Network (MNN), then to the cable channels Fusion and then truTV. He returned to public access with a stand-up showcase entitled “Chris Gethard Presents.” His podcast “Beautiful/Anonymous” is on the Earwolf network.

Artwork for "The Museum of Rain"
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Dave Eggers is considered one of the most beloved and honored chroniclers of contemporary life. His latest is a new short work of fiction entitled "The Museum of Rain." It is a funny and moving reflection on family memory and unexpected beauty as a wounded patriarch leads the youngest generation of his clan on a mountain hike through the terrain of California stunning Central Coast.

Dave Eggers is an award winning and best selling author of many books, including "A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius," "The Circle," "The Captain and the Glory" and "The Parade."

He's also founder of McSweeney's, the San Francisco independent publishing company.

"The Museum of Rain" is available on Scribd.com.

6/16/21 RT Panel

Jun 16, 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.

Book cover for "When Evil Lived in Laurel"
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In January 1966, Vernon Dahmer, head of a Mississippi chapter of the NAACP and a dedicated advocate for voter registration, was murdered by the White Knights, one of the most violent sects of the KKK in the South.

Veteran journalist Curtis Wilkie’s "When Evil Lived in Laurel" is the chilling story of this little-known brutal murder from the Civil Rights era and its aftermath, which ultimately led to the downfall of the infamous Imperial Wizard Sam Bowers and the destruction of his virulently racist organization.

To recreate these harrowing events—the conversations, incendiary nighttime meetings, plans leading up to Dahmer’s murder, and the nearly botched execution of them—Wilkie drew on his exclusive access to the almost daily journals, kept secret for fifty years, of a former Klan infiltrator for the FBI who risked his life to help break the White Knights.

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    This week's Book Picks from Lily Bartels at The Open Door Bookstore and Gift Gallery in Schenectady, NY.

List:
The Ride of Her Life by Elizabeth Letts
A True History of the United States by Daniel Sjursen
Learning to Talk to Plants by Marta Orriols
Into the Deep by Robert D. Ballard and Christopher Drew
Iron Sharpens Iron by Herb Terns

6/15/21 RT Panel

Jun 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, investigative journalist and UAlbany adjunct professor Rosemary Armao, Cohoes City Director of Operations Theresa Bourgeois, and former Associate Editor of The Times Union Mike Spain.

Brett Dennen
Brett Dennen

Musician Brett Dennen has a message for the summer: “See the World.” That’s the new of his new album and single, and at least to these ears, it comes at a fortuitous time. Outside of music, Dennen is known for his climate activism, artwork, and love of the outdoors. This summer, he’ll perform in our listening area on July 24 at City Winery Hudson Valley in Montgomery, in Orange County, and July 25 at the Ridgefield Playhouse in Connecticut.

Poster for Shiva Baby
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In Emma Seligman’s film “Shiva Baby” near college graduate, Danielle, gets paid by her sugar daddy and rushes to meet her parents at a family shiva. Upon arrival, she is accosted by various relatives about her appearance and lack of plans. Danielle's day takes an unexpected turn when her sugar daddy arrives at the shiva with his accomplished wife and their baby. As the day unfolds, Danielle struggles to keep up different versions of herself, fend off pressures from her family and confront her insecurities without completely losing it.

The Woodstock Film Festival will present a solar-powered screening of “Shiva Baby” on June 17 at 9 p.m. at the Bearsville Center's outdoor lawn in collaboration with Oscillation Transia.

Emma Seligman is a Canadian filmmaker and 2017 graduate of NYU. Her short, "Shiva Baby," premiered at South by Southwest Film Festival in 2018. The feature adaptation was selected to screen at South by Southwest Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival and OutFest LA, where it won Best US Screenwriting. In 2020, Emma was named one of Variety’s 10 Screenwriters to Watch and one of Filmmaker Mag’s 25 New Faces of Independent Film.

6/14/21 RT Panel

Jun 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, UAlbany Lecturer in Africana Studies Jennifer Burns, Bard Center for Civic Engagement Senior Fellow and Dean of the School of Continuing Education at the American University Cairo, 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.

Book cover for "The Devil's Playbook" by Lauren Etter - red background, vapor from an ecig, and ecig, and the title of the book and author's name
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Since its founding in 2015, Juul has exploded into the highest-selling e-cigarette on the market. It made its founders billionaires and has become the face of the youth vaping crisis. In 2018, the Surgeon General declared the staggering rise of e-cigarette use among teens an epidemic: data that year showed that more than 3.6 million teens, including 1 in 5 high school students and 1 and 20 middle school students, used e-cigarettes.

The following year, a series of deaths and severe lung injuries tied to vaping sounded even more alarm bells; and while we are now more aware of its threat, the vaping epidemic still rages.

In "The Devil's Playbook: Big Tobacco, Juul, and the Addiction of a New Generation" award-winning Bloomberg journalist Lauren Etter reveals the story of the business’s unprecedented boom and the staggering damage it caused.

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The Berkshire Immigrant Center's second One World Celebration is a virtual performance of music and poetry honoring cultural diversity and supporting BIC’s crucial work serving local immigrants. The event features will highlight poems from the new anthology, What They Bring: The Poetry of Migration and Immigration and premieres on Youtube and Facebook Live.

Guests include actor James Warwick as master of ceremonies, cellist Yehuda Hanani, vocalist Wanda Houston, musical duo Natalia Bernal and Jason Ennis, drummer Otha Day, and clarinetist Paul Green. Poets will read works about the immigrant experience. To tell us more – we welcome BIC Executive Director Michelle Lopez, Senior Case Worker Lorena Dus, and acclaimed actor and director of TV, stage and film, and the Emcee for BIC's One World Celebration James Warwick.

Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney
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Former President Trump does not want to cede the spotlight.

In today’s Congressional Corner, New York representative Sean Patrick Maloney, a Democrat from the 18th district, wraps up his conversation with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

This conversation was recorded June 7.

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