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The Roundtable

Weekdays, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

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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

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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.


  Berkshire Theatre Group presents “An Intimate Performance with Brian Stokes Mitchell” on September 5 at 8 p.m. at The Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield, Massachusetts.

 

Stokes is a Tony Award winning actor whose Broadway credits include “Ragtime,” “Kiss Me Kate,” “Man of La Mancha,” and “Shuffle Along.” Television credits include Trapper John, MC and The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Glee, Mr. Robot, Billions, and The Good Fight - among many others.

He is serving his 16th term as The Chairman of The Board of The Actors Fund and is a co-founder of the Black Theatre United Coalition.

Jeff Hobbs is the best-selling author of "The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace." His latest "Show Them You're Good: A Portrait of Boys in the City of Angels the Year Before College" closely follows four Los Angeles high school boys as they apply to college.

In the book, four teenage boys are high school seniors at two very different schools within the city of Los Angeles, the second largest school district in the nation with nearly 700,000 students. Hobbs captures the challenges and triumphs of being a young person confronting the future, both their own and the cultures in which they live, in contemporary America.

U.S. Representative for New York's 22nd congressional district Anthony Brindisi
Official Portrait 116th Congress

The fall election is just two months away.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Democrat Anthony Brindisi of New York’s 22nd Congressional district speaks with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

This interview was recorded September 2nd.

9/3/20 Panel

Sep 3, 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, Berkshire Eagle Reporter Jenn Smith, and Publisher Emeritus of The Daily Freeman Ira Fusfeld.

The Washington Post’s Pulitzer Prize winning reporters Kevin Sullivan and Mary Jordan join us this morning to discuss their new book: "Trump on Trial: The Investigation, Impeachment, Acquittal and Aftermath."

"Trump on Trial" offers a narrative of what happened and why as Donald Trump faced only the third presidential impeachment trial in U.S. history, fueled by fresh reporting from Washington and beyond.

Drawing on the combined efforts of their Post colleagues and their own reporting, Sullivan and Jordan reveal the actions and motivations of the central figures caught up in the explosive events.

According to Dissent Magazine, Joshua Bennett is “one of the most impressive voices in poetry today… quietly building a reputation as one the brightest intellectual and political thinkers of a new generation.” Bennett’s new collection, "OWED," perfectly melds his apt social and political commentary with the warmth and familiarity of the human experience.

This collection serves as an open letter to the people, places, and objects that have colored Bennett’s past and led to his present. Bennett’s primary concern is how we might mend the relationship between ourselves and the things that we have been taught to think of as insignificant.

In "OWED," Bennett speaks to the expansive range of registers within the world of black aesthetics and experience: the joy, rage, love, terror, and awe that gives a world within a world all its shape and tenor.

In "The Future We Choose," Christiana Figueres and Tom Rivett-Carnac, who led negotiations for the United Nations during the historic Paris Agreement of 2015, have written a cautionary but optimistic book about the world's changing climate and the fate of humanity.

The authors outline two possible scenarios for our planet. In one, they describe what life on Earth will be like by 2050 if we fail to meet the Paris climate targets. In the other, they lay out what it will be like to live in a carbon neutral, regenerative world.

Tom Rivett-Carnac joined us.

9/2/20 Panel

Sep 2, 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 Dean of the College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Cybersecurity at the University at Albany Robert Griffin.

John Dean served as White House counsel for President Richard Nixon from 1970 to 1973. During the Watergate scandal, his Congressional testimony helped lead to Nixon’s resignation.

Dean has written about Watergate in his New York Times bestsellers "Blind Ambition" and "The Nixon Defense: What He Knew and When He Knew It." Among his other books are the national bestsellers "Worse Than Watergate" and "Conservatives Without Conscience." He is a regular political and legal commentator on CNN.

John Dean join us to discuss his new book, "Authoritarian Nightmare: Trump & His Followers."

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

List:
"That Time of Year" by Marie NDiaye
"Cher Ami and Major Whittlesey" by Kathleen Rooney
"The Party Upstairs" by Lee Conell
"The Cold Vanish" by Jon Billman
"Butch Cassidy: The True Story of an American Outlaw" by Charles Leerhsen
"Vesper Flights" by Helen Macdonald
"All the Devils are Here" by Louise Penny
"The Nesting Dolls" by Alina Adams

2020 has meant a COVID campaign.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Rutgers University political science professor Ross Baker wraps  up his conversation with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

9/1/20 Panel

Sep 1, 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.

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With a theme of “Safe, Smart, Ready,” SUNY Adirondack will begin its fall semester on Tuesday, Sept. 9, offering classes both remotely and in-person. Small, in-person classes will be held for those courses requiring hands-on instruction, such as nursing, culinary, art, music, science and technology. Other classes will be taught in a live remote setting or in a traditional online format.

College leadership has been working throughout the summer to implement health and safety protocols across its three sites, including mandatory COVID check-ins at site entrances, requirements for facial coverings and social distancing, one-way traffic in hallways, reduced seating capacity in classrooms and extensive sanitizing in all buildings.

SUNY Adirondack President Dr. Kristine Duffy joins us with an update.

  Our Falling into Place series spotlights the important work of -and fosters collaboration between- not-for-profit organizations in our communities; allowing us all to fall into place.

Falling Into Place is supported by The Seymour Fox Memorial Foundation, Providing a helping hand to turn inspiration into accomplishment. See more possibilities … see more promise… see more progress.

Today we learn about the work of the Saratoga Senior center. Since 1955 the mission of the Saratoga Senior Center is to empower seniors to achieve and maintain personal independence and individual well-being by providing the program structure and support services necessary for healthy recreation, companionship, social involvement, and problem solving.

Lois Celeste is the Executive Director of Saratoga Senior Center - starting her 11th year with the agency.

The new movie "Jimmy Carter: Rock & Roll President" showcases the role music played in propelling Jimmy Carter from Georgia to the White House, and how his love for music gave him an unexpected edge in the presidential race.

Willie Nelson, Bono, Bob Dylan, Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood, Jimmy Buffett, Roseanne Cash, Paul Simon, Andrew Young, and Madeleine Albright are just a few of the contributors giving interviews in the documentary. Rare, archival footage from live performances by Buffett, Nelson, etc. are also included in the documentary.

There will be three screenings this upcoming Labor Day weekend presented by the Berkshire International Film Festival and Shakespeare & Company on Thursday and Saturday at the Berkshire Drive-In at Shakespeare & Company campus and on Sunday at the Mahaiwe Drive-In at Simon's Rock.

Director Mary Wharton and Producer Chris Farrell and join us.

The U.S. Senate looms large in November’s election.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Rutgers University political science professor Ross Baker continues his conversation with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

8/31/20 Panel

Aug 31, 2020

 

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

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Tetherless World Professor of Computer, Web and Cognitive Sciences at RPI and Director of the RPI-IBM Artificial Intelligence research collaboration Jim Hendler, political consultant and lobbyist Libby Post, and Vice President for Editorial Development at the New York Press Association Judy Patrick.

Grandmother Maple at Flying Deer Nature Center
Sarah LaDuke

Flying Deer Nature Center in East Chatham, New York is a wilderness school and community dedicated to mentoring children, adults, and families in deep connection to nature, self, and others.

The staff at Flying Deer guide people of all ages in school and homeschool programs, summer camps, corporate curriculums, rites-of-passage experiences, and adult programs - facilitating a full nature immersion.

For my semi-immersion, Executive Director Michelle Apland and Program Director Devin Franklin led me around.

2020 At The Mount

Aug 28, 2020
The Mount
Sarah LaDuke

The Mount, Edith Wharton’s home in Lenox, Massachusetts, was awarded a $300,000 grant by the National Endowment for the Humanities earlier this summer. The grant was a lifeline, funding humanities-related programs and staff positions through December 2020.

The award allowed The Mount to expand its roster of online literary conversations and reopen the historic house museum, in compliance with the current Covid-19 safety guidelines.

Susan Wissler, executive director of The Mount, joins us now.

The conventions are over and now the fall campaign is approaching.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Rutgers University political science professor Ross Baker speaks with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

8/28/20 Panel

Aug 28, 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, Former EPA Regional Administrator, Visiting Professor at Bennington College, President of Beyond Plastics Judith Enck, and counter-terrorism expert and best-selling author, Malcolm Nance.

Joe Donahue: From the prize-winning journalist Sarah Chayes, internationally recognized as an expert on government corruption throughout the world, the new book, "On Corruption in America," offers an unflinching look at how corruption has taken hold in our own country and how the corrupt operate: through sophisticated networks in which government officials, key private-sector interests, and out-and-out criminals interweave. Their main objective: not to serve the public, but to maximize returns for network members.

Bringing to bear all of her knowledge, grasp, sense of history and observation, Sarah Chayes writes in her new book, that the United States is showing signs similar to some of the most corrupt countries in the world.

Sarah Chayes’ remarkable trajectory has led her from reporting from Paris for National Public Radio, to working on the ground in Kandahar, Afghanistan in the midst of a burgeoning insurgency, to serving as special assistant to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

In the spring of 2017, award-winning journalist Heather Cabot was surprised to learn that several women in her network were investing in cannabis companies. That realization led to the new book, "The New Chardonnay: The Unlikely Story of How Marijuana Went Mainstream."

The book is a timely and objective look at nothing less than an astonishing rebranding. To report the story, Cabot traveled all over the U.S. and Canada, managing to get exclusive interviews with some of the biggest names in the world of cannabis.

The new book "Finish the Fight: The Brave and Revolutionary Women Who Fought for the Right to Vote," comes during the centennial of the 19th amendment.

By New York Times senior editor Veronica Chambers and the staff of the New York Times, the book is a collective biography of overlooked women's history that widens the lens around the work that went into the suffrage movement and puts the spotlight on the black, indigenous, Latinx, and Asian women who were crucial to the fight.

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