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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

11:50 - The Slowdown

Book Picks lists are here.

Music played on the show can be found here.

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

Elizabeth George is one of the most acclaimed mystery writers of the last two decades. The books in her Inspector Lindley series are mainstays on bestseller lists across the country, with each installment garnering rave reviews, an incredible feat for an American writer tackling British crime fiction.

Her ability to create characters who grow and evolve over two dozen novels develop scenes that take readers into a picture ask English setting and construct intricate plot twists that make her novels the definition of a page turner that has cemented her as one of the great crime novelists writing today at events Elizabeth George is often asked: "How do you do it?"

So, in her new book, "Mastering the Process: From Idea to Novel," she shares her method to creating one of the most beloved mystery series ever written.

From a Pulitzer Prize–winning reporter from the smallest newspaper ever to win the prize in the investigative reporting category, "Death in Mud Lick" is an investigation into the corporate greed that pumped millions of pain pills into small Appalachian towns, decimating communities.

Written by Eric Eyre, "Death in Mud Lick" is the story of a pharmacy in Kermit, West Virginia, that distributed 12 million opioid pain pills in three years to a town with a population of 382 people.

6/22/20 Panel

Jun 22, 2020

    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 Professor of Web and Cognitive Sciences at RPI and Director of the RPI-IBM Artificial Intelligence research collaboration Jim Hendler.

Last year, a best-selling author Brad Meltzer and Josh Mensch wrote "The First Conspiracy: The Secret Plot to Kill George Washington," a best-seller that was praised by critics, historians, and two U.S. presidents for its research and propulsive narrative.

Now Meltzer and Mensch return to uncover another fascinating episode previously lost to history in the new book, "The Lincoln Conspiracy: The Secret Plot to Kill America's 16th President and Why it Failed." In our current climate of uncertainty and fear, the book is a reminder of the capacity for American greatness in the form of one of its most lauded and inspirational heroes, Abraham Lincoln.

The chair of the House Ways and Means Committee faces a primary challenge from Holyoke.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Tim Vercellotti of the Western New England University poll and professor of political science, wraps up his conversation with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

6/19/20 Panel

Jun 19, 2020

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

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock; President of the Albany branch of NAACP Debora Brown-Johnson; Albany Law School professor and director of the Immigration Law Clinic, Sarah Rogerson; Cianna Freeman-Tolbert, an immigration attorney, an associate with the Albany law firm of Whiteman Osterman & Hanna, who focuses her practice on all aspects of immigration law.

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Five times in American history and twice in the past two decades, the person who won the popular vote lost the race for the White House. A growing number of states want to make sure that doesn’t happen again. 

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On Thursday, the Supreme Court rejected an attempt by the Trump administration to shut down the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program. WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock and Joe Donahue discuss the decision with Albany Law School professor and director of the Immigration Law Clinic, Sarah Rogerson. 

One of the top Senate races in the Northeast is an intramural affair.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Tim Vercellotti of the Western New England University poll and professor of political science, continues his conversation with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

6/18/20 Panel

Jun 18, 2020

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, former New York State Senator Terry Gipson, and Berkshire Eagle Reporter Jenn Smith.

Ivy Meeropol's new Roy Cohn documentary posted.
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There’s an important reason why Ivy Meeropol’s new film begins with a home movie. Her family’s path intertwines in important ways — both personally and historically — with that of her subject. “Bully. Coward. Victim. The story Of Roy Cohn” debuts on HBO Thursday. The documentary traces Cohn’s combative and controversial life, whose influence can be traced all the way to the Oval Office in 2020.

Will President Trump win a second term?

In today’s Congressional Corner, Tim Vercellotti of the Western New England University poll and professor of political science, speaks with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

6/17/20 Panel

Jun 17, 2020

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

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

Joe Donahue:  In an isolated estate on the Atlantic coast storms are brewing, waters are rising, and the world as we know it is inexorably shifting. This is the reality of Lydia Millet’s new novel, “A Children's Bible”, where a pack of kids and their middle aged parents are coexisting at this summer estate. The novel turns steadily darker as climate collapse and societal breakdown encroach. Millet is a senior editor at the Center for Biological Diversity, who regularly tackles environmental issues in her op-eds for the “New York Times”. She has long foregrounded the costs of climate change in her fiction, and “A Children's Bible” with scenes of quarantine and societal breakdown is no different. She has written 12 works of fiction including “Sweet Lamb of Heaven”, “Mermaids in Paradise” and “Love in Infant Monkeys”. 

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

List:
Adult Books:
"Breathe: A Letter to my Sons" by Imani Perry
"Northernmost" by Peter Geye
"How Much of These Hills is Gold" by C Pam Zhang

Young Readers:
"Jo & Laurie" by Margaret Stohl and Melissa de la Cruz
"Peace, Love, Action!" by Tanya Zabinski

Quick Picks--Picture Books :
"Woke: A Young Poet's Call to Action" by Mahogany Brown, Elizabeth Acevedo, and Olivia Gatwood, Illustrated by Theodore Taylor III
"Overground Railroad" by Lesa Cline-Ransome, Illustrated by James E. Ranson
"Antiracist Baby" by Ibram X. Kendi, Illustrated by Ashley Lukashevsky

Election day is only a few months away.

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 9th.

6/16/20 Panel

Jun 16, 2020

   

    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, former Associate Editor of the Times Union Mike Spain, and counter-terrorism expert and best-selling author, Malcolm Nance.

Adirondack Theatre Festival Producing Artistic Director, Chad Rabinovitz, will be here to tell us about their entire season of interactive virtual experiences beginning this September through February 2021. 

The first ever of its kind, these experiences include a from-your-couch cruise, hands-on-insane magic shows, a holiday talent show with live voting, an interactive hunt for a criminal, a film festival, and a “wine and canvas” night gone wrong.

The full season of performances will be branded as IN THE BOX ENTERTAINMENT presented by ATF.  All shows will include a box mailed to the ticket holder prior to the show which will fuel their at-home experience. 

New York’s Hudson Valley is slowly reopening.

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

This conversation was recorded June 9th.

6/15/20 Panel

Jun 15, 2020

  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 Bard Center for Civic Engagement Senior Fellow and Dean of the School of Continuing Education at the American University Cairo Jim Ketterer.

Our next guest is here to give an illuminating look at the state of abortion access in America, with the first long-term study of the consequences — emotional, physical, financial, professional, personal, and psychological — of receiving versus being denied an abortion on women’s lives.

What happens when a woman seeking an abortion is turned away? Diana Greene Foster, PhD, decided to find out. With a team of scientists — psychologists, epidemiologists, demographers, nursing scholars, and public health researchers — she set out to discover the effect of receiving versus being denied an abortion on women’s lives.

Her new book, "The Turnaway Study," offers an in-depth examination of the real-world consequences for women of being denied abortions and provides evidence to refute the claim that abortion harms women.

Diana Greene Foster is a professor at the University of California, San Francisco in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences and director of research at Advancing New Standards in Reproductive Health. 

Americans are taking to the streets in record numbers.

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

This conversation was recorded June 9.

6/12/20 Panel

Jun 12, 2020

 

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

Today's panelists are Senior Fellow and Visiting Professor at Bennington College, Founder of Beyond Plastics, former EPA regional administrator Judith Enck, Director, Actor and Educator Kristen van Ginhoven - co-founder and Artistic Director of WAM Theatre, and immigration attorney, an associate with the Albany law firm of Whiteman Osterman & Hanna Cianna Freeman-Tolbert.

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