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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?

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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.

Rep. Peter Welch
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President Donald Trump got a message from the American people: you’re fired.

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

This conversation was recorded on December 2.

12/3/20 Panel

20 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, Peabody and Emmy Award-winning journalist Linda Ellerbee, Publisher Emeritus of The Daily Freeman Ira Fusfeld, and counter-terrorism expert and best-selling author, Malcolm Nance.

Retablo of José Cruz Soria, 1960 Oil on metal Princeton University Art Museum: Gift of Jorge Durand and Patricia Arias, L.2019.6.11
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The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York was founded in 1864 as the Vassar College Art Gallery. Vassar was the first college or university in the country to include an art museum as part of its original plan.

During our current pandemic, the museum has been able to open for Vassar students and faculty -- and separately to the general public. The current exhibitions are navigating those challenges in addition to goals of diversity, equity, access and inclusion, and community engagement.

Current exhibitions are “Visible Bodies: Representing Blackness;” “Miracles on the Border: Retablos of Mexican Migrants to the United States;” “Monumental Misrememberings: Photographs and Statues of Contested Histories” and a virtual exhibition: “The Hudson River School Collection at The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center: A 3D Virtual Exhibition.”

We are joined now by the Anne Hendricks Bass Director at Vassar College’s Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center Bart Thurber, and Professor of Anthropology at Vassar College David Tavarez.

Melanie Joy, PhD, EdM, is a Harvard-educated psychologist, international speaker, and organizational and relationship coach.

In her newest book, "Powerarchy: Understanding the Psychology of Oppression for Social Transformation" Joy examines the common underlying psychology that drives all oppressive systems and enables abusive interpersonal dynamics.

12/2/20 Panel

Dec 2, 2020
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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 Cybersecurity at the University at Albany Robert Griffin.

Book cover for "This is Not My Memoir?
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André Gregory has been directing in New York for more than half a century. He has collaborated on film versions of his theatre productions with Wallace Shawn, Louis Malle, and Jonathan Demme. He is also an actor, writer, teacher, painter, and author of the poetry collection, "Bone Songs."

He has now written an autobiography-of-sorts. "This is Not My Memoir" tells Gregory’s life story for the first time, where he shares memories from a life lived for art, including stories from the making of the classic 1981 independent film, "My Dinner with André."

Taking on the dizzying, wondrous nature of a fever dream, "This is Not My Memoir" includes fantastic and fantastical stories that take the reader from wartime Paris to golden-age Hollywood, from avant-garde theaters to monasteries in India. Along the way we meet Jerzy Grotowski, Gregory Peck, Wallace Shawn, and many other larger-than-life personalities.

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Thomas Chulak and Joanne Trapanese from Chatham Bookstore in Chatham, NY join us with this week's Book Picks.

List:
For Adults
"Jack" by Marilynne Robinson
"Nobody Hitchhikes Anymore" by Ed Griffin-Nolan
"Whale Day and other Poems" by Billy Collins
"Together in a Sudden Strangeness: America's Poets Respond" to the Pandemic Edited by Alice Quinn

For Young Readers
"Loretta Little Looks Back" by Andrea Davis Pinkney, Illustrated by Brian Pinkney
"The Black Friend" by Frederick Joseph
"Class Act" by Jerry Craft
"When Stars Are Scattered" by Victoria Jamieson & Omar Mohamed, Illustrated by Victoria Jamieson & Iman Geddy
"Counting Creatures" by Julia Donaldson, Illustrated by Sharon King-Chai

12/1/20 Panel

Dec 1, 2020
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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.

11/30/20 Panel

Nov 30, 2020
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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, Vice President for Editorial Development at the New York Press Association Judy Patrick, and political consultant and lobbyist Libby Post.

Congressman Paul Tonko
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Election Day has come and gone, so what did we learn?

In today’s Congressional Corner, New York Congressman Paul Tonko, a Democrat from the 20th district, speaks with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

This interview was recorded November 23.

Book cover for "This Land Is Their Land"
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David J. Silverman is a professor at George Washington University, where he specializes in Native American, Colonial American, and American racial history. He is the author of "Thundersticks," "Red Brethren," "Ninigret," and "Faith and Boundaries."

His new book, "This Land Is Their Land: The Wampanoag Indians, Plymouth Colony, and the Troubled History of Thanksgiving," reveals why some modern Native people hold a Day of Mourning on Thanksgiving, a holiday which celebrates a myth of colonialism and white proprietorship of the United States.

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From Ancient Rome through 21st-century America, bestselling author Denise Kiernan brings us a biography of an idea: gratitude, as a compelling human instinct and a global concept, more than just a mere holiday.

Spanning centuries, "We Gather Together" is anchored amid the strife of the Civil War, and driven by the fascinating story of Sarah Josepha Hale, a widowed mother with no formal schooling who became one of the 19th century’s most influential tastemakers and who campaigned for decades to make real an annual day of thanks.

11/25/20 Panel

Nov 25, 2020
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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 Cybersecurity at the University at Albany Robert Griffin.

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The Monks of New Skete have been breeding, raising, and training dogs for more than  40 years. They are the authors of "The Art of Raising a Puppy," "How to Be Your Dogs Best Friend," and more. The New Skete Monastery is based in Cambridge, New York. 

Marc Goldberg is a nationally renowned dog trainer and former president of the International Association of Canine Professionals. He introduced e-collar training to the monks and co-authored "Let Dogs Be Dogs."

Brother Christopher joins us to discuss the new book "The Art of Training Your Dog."

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This week's Book Picks come from owner of Bennington Bookshop, Phil Lewis.

List:
"Right After the Weather" by Carol Anshaw
"Kindred: Neanderthal Life, Love, Death and Art" by Rebecca Wragg Sykes
"Memorial" by Bryan Washington
"Snow" by John Banville
"Why We Swim" by Bonnie Tsui
"Hour of the Witch" by Chris Bohjalian

Congressman Paul Tonko
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Public health officials say passing the mashed potatoes to grandma isn’t worth the risk this year.

In today’s Congressional Corner, New York Congressman Paul Tonko, a Democrat from the 20th district, speaks with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

This interview was recorded November 23.

11/24/20 Panel

Nov 24, 2020
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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, Faculty Associate at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University and the Katherine Hampson Bessell Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University Fran Berman, The Empire Report’s J.P. Miller, and former Associate Editor of The Times Union Mike Spain.

Book cover for "Wintering"
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Sometimes you slip through the cracks: unforeseen circumstances like an abrupt illness, the death of a loved one, a break up, or a job loss can derail a life. These periods of dislocation can be lonely and unexpected.

For Katherine May, her husband fell ill, her son stopped attending school, and her own medical issues led her to leave a demanding job. Her boo, "Wintering," explores how she not only endured this painful time, but embraced the singular opportunities it offered.

Mark Doty is the author of more than 10 volumes of poetry and three memoirs, including "Heaven's Coast," "Firebird," and the New York Times best selling "Dog Years," as well as a book about craft and criticism, "The Art of Description: World into Word."

His latest is "What Is the Grass: Walt Whitman in My Life."

11/23/20 Panel

Nov 23, 2020
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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, and Tetherless World Professor of Computer, Web and Cognitive Sciences at RPI and Director of the RPI-IBM Artificial Intelligence research collaboration Jim Hendler, and political consultant and lobbyist, Libby Post.

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.

Analia Saban b. Buenos Aires, 1980; lives and works in Los Angeles  Teaching a Cow How to Draw 2020 Cedarwood Courtesy of the artist and Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York / Los Angeles
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The Clark Art Museum is currently presenting its first outdoor exhibition on the museum’s extensive and bucolic grounds in Williamstown, Massachusetts. “Ground/work” features site-responsive sculptural creations by six different contemporary artists placed around The Clark’s 140 acre campus.

Organized by the Clark, under the leadership of guest curators Molly Epstein and Abigail Ross Goodman, Ground/work is free and open to the public and will be on view into October of 2021.

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We welcome New York Post theater columnist Michael Riedel to the Roundtable this morning with the publication of his second book, Singular Sensation: The Triumph of Broadway.


With over 150 insider interviews, Singular Sensation portrays the people, money, and power that created the blockbuster shows and aesthetic spectacle that has dominated not only a couple of acres of real estate in the heart of Manhattan but has also captured the hearts and minds of millions of people around the world.

Michael Riedel has been the theater columnist for the New York Post since 1998. Michael’s first book, Razzle Dazzle: The Battle for Broadway was a New York Times bestseller.

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Ten years ago this month, Ally Condie’s "Matched" was published, launching the dystopian YA trilogy that includes "Crossed" and "Reached."

Matched quickly garnered myriad fans among booksellers and YA readers: in its first week on sale, the novel debuted in the #2 children’s slot on the ABA’s indie bestseller list and subsequently was published in 34 countries, appeared on more than 20 state award lists, and reached a worldwide in-print tally of more than five million copies.

And that was just the beginning. "Matched" has just been released in a Deluxe Anniversary edition.

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