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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.

Maggie Mailer and book cover for "In a Pickle"
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Maggie Mailer is an American artist whose work explores the overlap between play and diplomacy, within the context of painting. Her work borrows freely from art history, and employs the genre of landscape painting as a stage set in which to observe parallels between the creative process and the impact of human activity on the actual landscape.

For her latest project, Maggie has illustrated Martinko's new book, "In A Pickle," a classic and modern tale about a clever young boy who fights school yard bullies with his mind instead of his fists.

Congressman Joe Courtney
http://courtney.house.gov/biography/

The second impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump is over.

In today’s Congressional Corner, WAMC’s Alan Chartock speaks with Connecticut Representative Joe Courtney, a Democrat from the 2nd district.

This conversation was recorded February 16.

2/17/21 RT Panel

Feb 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, 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 "This is the Voice"
Simon & Schuster

There’s no shortage of books about public speaking or language or song. But until now, there has been no book about the miracle that underlies them all: the human voice itself. And there are few writers who could take on this surprisingly vast topic with more artistry and expertise than John Colapinto.

Beginning with the novel and compelling argument that our ability to speak is what made us the planet’s dominant species, he guides us from the voice’s beginnings in lungfish millions of years ago to its culmination in the talent of Pavoratti, Martin Luther King Jr., and Beyoncé—and each of us, every day.

The name of the book is "This is the Voice."

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  This week's Book Picks come from Mike Hare of Northshire Books in Saratoga Spring, New York and Manchester Center, Vermont.

List: Four Hundred Souls edited by Ibram X. Kendi and Keisha N. Blain
A Swim in a Pond in the Rain by George Saunders
Exercised by Daniel E. Lieberman
Kill Switch by Adam Jentleson
Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab
Creativity by John Cleese

2/16/21 RT Panel

Feb 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, Cohoes City Director of Operations Theresa Bourgeois, and former Associate Editor of the Times Union Mike Spain.

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.

2/15/21 RT Panel

Feb 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, political consultant and lobbyist Libby Post, and former Associate Editor of the Times Union Mike Spain.

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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.

On February 9, Joe Donahue interviewed Mike Davis (Professor Emeritus, UC Riverside) about the 2020 election and other important social justice matters in Bennington College's Center for the Advancement of Public Action Interview.

Davis' recent New Left Review article about the 2020 election is entitled "Trench Warfare."

Book cover for "George Washington"
Penguin/Random House

By age twenty-two, George Washington was acclaimed as a hero. As a commander of the Virginia Regiment, he gave orders to men decades older than himself. He was good at most things he tried and his name was known throughout British North America and England.

Yet his military career came to ashes when he was twenty-seven. His life is a story of careful reinvention from early missteps, culminating in his unanimous election as the nation's first president. But how did Washington emerge from a military leader to the highest office in the country?

In "George Washington: The Political Rise of America’s Founding Father," historian David O. Stewart offers a remarkable new portrait of the founding father.

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  Today's Book Picks come from Matt Tannenbaum from The Bookstore in Lenox, Massachusetts.

List:
Land by Simon Winchester
The Good American by Robert Kaplan
Sometimes You Have to Lie by Leslie Brody
Sergeant Salinger by Jerome Charyn
Super Host by Kate Russo
Better Luck Next Time by Julia Johnson

2/12/21 RT Panel

Feb 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, Former EPA Regional Administrator, Visiting Professor at Bennington College, President of Beyond Plastics Judith Enck, Albany County District Attorney David Soares, and Siena College Professor of Economics Aaron Pacitti.

Front and back covers of "Crossing the Line" by Kareem Rosser
St. Martin's Press

This morning we meet Kareem Rosser - the captain of the first all-Black squad to win the Interscholastic Polo Championship, and the face of Ralph Lauren 2020 Holiday ad campaign. 

In his new book, “Crossing the Line,” Kareem tells his story about growing up in "The Bottom" in West Philly and eventually infiltrating the most privileged of sports.

Once again, his new book is – “Crossing the Line: A Fearless Team of Brothers and the Sport That Changed Their Lives Forever.” 

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The next Albany Symphony concert is coming up on Saturday evening of Valentine’s Day weekend - February 13th – all virtual-like.

The Albany Symphony Orchestra has commissioned and will premiere one of Tyson Davis’ first orchestral works - "Distances." He is a 20-year-old composer who has been writing music since the age of eight.

Also of note - the orchestra will be performing a virtually unknown major early work of Brahms - the original version of his First Serenade.

2/11/21 RT Panel

Feb 11, 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, Faculty Associate at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University Fran Berman, Siena College Professor of Comparative Politics Vera Eccarius-Kelly, and counter-terrorism expert and best-selling author, Malcolm Nance.

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Mark Harris is the author of the new biography, "Mike Nichols: A Life." In it, Harris explores the life, work, struggle of the celebrated film director, stage director, and improv comedian who was one of the most creative forces in American entertainment history.

Following a difficult, lonely adolescence, Nichols left for college in Chicago, then returned to New York in the mid-1950s, where he burst onto the scene as half of a groundbreaking improv duo with Elaine May that was the talk of the country.

He went on to enjoy parallel careers of nearly fifty years as a celebrated film and stage director (including "Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolfe?," "The Graduate," "Silkwood," "Working Girl," and "Angels in America") and stage director (winning eight Tony Awards for his work on Broadway).

Mark Harris is the acclaimed author of "Pictures at a Revolution" and "Five Came Back" and writer and columnist for New York Magazine.

Congressman Antonio Delgado
Antonio Delgado, official portrait, 116th Congress / public domain

COVID relief is a top priority for the White House.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Democratic Representative Antonio Delgado of New York’s 19th district wraps up his conversation with WAMC’s Alan Chartock. This interview was recorded February 4.

2/10/21 RT Panel

Feb 10, 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, Lecturer and Adjunct Professor in Communications for SUNY New Paltz and RPI Terry Gipson, and Dean of the College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland and Cybersecurity at the University at Albany Robert Griffin.

Book cover for "Strange Bed Fellows"
Flatiron Books

Sexually transmitted diseases have been hidden players in our lives for the whole of human history, with roles in everything from World War II to the growth of the Internet to The Bachelor. But despite their prominence, STDs have been shrouded in mystery and taboo for centuries, which begs the question: why do we know so little about them?

Enter Ina Park, MD, who has been pushing boundaries to empower and inform others about sexual health for decades. With her new book, Strange Bedfellows, she ventures far beyond the bedroom to examine the hidden role and influence of these widely misunderstood infections and share their untold stories.

Congressman Antonio Delgado
Antonio Delgado, official portrait, 116th Congress / public domain

President Trump is now former President Trump, but he’s still facing an impeachment trial.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Democratic Representative Antonio Delgado of New York’s 19th district continues his conversation with WAMC’s Alan Chartock. This interview was recorded February 4.

2/9/21 RT Panel

Feb 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, immigration attorney and Partner with the Albany law firm of Whiteman Osterman & Hanna, Cianna Freeman-Tolbert, The Empire Report’s J.P. Miller, and former Associate Editor of The Times Union Mike Spain.

Book cover for "High Crimes"
Thomas Dunne Books

As part of a team of journalists from Newsday, Michael D'antonio won the Pulitzer Prize for his reporting. His latest book is: "High Crimes: The Corruption, Impunity, and Impeachment of Donald Trump."

He joins us this morning to discuss the 2nd Impeachment trial of the 45th President. The only president ever to be impeached twice, Trump will be tried in the Senate on the charge of "inciting violence against the government of the United States."

His incitements included months of false claims that the 2020 election was rigged against him and a call for his supporters to "fight like hell," which they heeded by immediately launching a bloody and fatal mob attack on the US Capitol. If found guilty, Trump will almost certainly be punished, in a second vote the that requires merely a majority of Senators present, by a lifetime ban on his ever again holding federal office. It is a big IF.

Congressman Antonio Delgado
Antonio Delgado, official portrait, 116th Congress / public domain

It has been an eventful few weeks in Washington.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Democratic Representative Antonio Delgado of New York’s 19th district speaks with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

This interview was recorded February 4.

2/8/21 RT Panel

Feb 8, 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, UAlbany Lecturer in Africana Studies Jennifer Burns, and political consultant and lobbyist Libby Post.

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