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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.

Sabrina Gschwandtner, American (born 1977) Elizabeth Keckley Diamond, 2014 16mm polyester film, polyester thread, and lithographic ink in a light box, 15 7/8 × 16 13/16 × 3 1/16in. Museum Purchase, 2017.19
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The new exhibition “Celebrating Suffrage” at the Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute in Utica, New York marks the 100-year anniversary of Congress’s ratification of women’s suffrage, the right for American women to vote in all government elections.

Women found unique creative outlets before and after they were officially recognized as full citizens of the United States. This exhibition explores the role of art as a vehicle for women, as individuals or in groups, to reflect, reform, or challenge social beliefs and political practices of their era.

“Celebrating Suffrage” examines how women created their place within the larger art community, adding an important vision that has often been overlooked or undervalued. This anniversary presents the opportunity to celebrate the contributions to subject matter, materials, and means of expression that women have made to the visual arts in the United States.

Miranda Hofelt is Curator of 19th-Century American Art at MWPAI.

Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul Krugman is one of the most recognizable and trusted voices on economics and policy today. Through a regular column in The New York Times, a popular blog and best-selling books, he looks to communicate the basic economics we need to understand public policy.

His new book is “Arguing with Zombies: Economics, Politics and the Fight for a Better Future.” Drawn mainly from his Times column, it covers a wide range of issues, organized thematically and framed in the context of a wider debate, explaining the complexities of health care, housing bubbles, tax reform and Social Security.

Paul Krugman is a recipient of the 2008 Nobel Prize in Economics. He has been a columnist at The New York Times for twenty years and is also a Distinguished Professor at City University of New York.

We spoke with him on Saturday in Manchester, Vermont in an event presented by Northshire Bookstore

Will Western Massachusetts keep its Congressman?

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

3/9/20 Panel

Mar 9, 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 osemary Armao, Tetherless World Professor of Computer, Web and Cognitive Sciences at RPI and Director of the RPI-IBM Artificial Intelligence research collaboration Jim Hendler, and Albany Law School Professor and Director of the Immigration Law Clinic Sarah Rogerson.


  The ornamental motif known as arabesque has ancient sources and first appeared in Islamic cultures as a form of sacred writing. It figures in key movements in European art, bridging cultures and materials, arabesque did not settle into a single form or style.

 

The nineteenth-century flowering of this motif is featured in the Clark Art Institute exhibition “Arabesque,” on view at the Williamstown, Massachusetts museum through March 22.

 

Anne Leonard, the Manton Curator of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs, and curator of the exhibition, takes us on an audio tour and discusses several of the featured works.

When the decorated Captain of a great ship descends the gangplank for the final time, a new leader, a man with a yellow feather in his hair, vows to step forward. Though he has no experience, no knowledge of nautical navigation or maritime law, and though he has often remarked he doesn’t much like boats, he solemnly swears to shake things up.

Dave Eggers’ new novel "The Captain and The Glory: An Entertainment," is a savage satire of the United States in the throes of insanity that tells the story of a noble ship, the Glory, and the loud, clownish, and foul Captain who steers it to the brink of disaster.

Call it Joe-mentum.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Tim Vercellotti of the Western New England University Poll continues his conversation with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

3/6/20 Panel

Mar 6, 2020

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

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, investigative reporter and UAlbany adjunct professor Rosemary Armao, Director of Operations for the City of Cohoes, New York Theresa Bourgeois, and counter-terrorism expert Malcolm Nance.

C. J. Box is the author of twenty Joe Pickett novels, five stand-alone novels, and a story collection. He has won the Edgar, Anthony, Macavity, Gumshoe, and Barry Awards, as well as the French Prix Calibre .38, and has been a Los Angeles Times Book Prize finalist. A Wyoming native, Box has also worked on a ranch and as a small-town newspaper reporter and editor.

In "Long Range," Joe Pickett is asked to join the rescue efforts for the victim of a startling grizzly attack, he reluctantly leaves his district behind. One survivor of the grizzly's rampage tells a bizarre story, but just as Joe begins to suspect the attack is not what it seems, he is brought home by an emergency on his own turf. Someone has targeted a prominent local judge, shooting at him from a seemingly impossible distance. While the judge was not hit, his wife is severely wounded, and it is up to Joe to find answers--and the shooter.

Matt Haimovitz, Ashley Bathgate, Mike Block, and Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company
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J.S. Bach composed his Six Suites for Solo Cello around 1720 and they remain the Everest of the cello repertoire to this day.

There will be a celebration concert on Saturday night at 7:30 at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall in Troy, New York will which will feature a complete Bach Cello Suite, contemporary works inspired by and composed in tribute to Bach, and the world premiere of a dance in homage to Bach choreographed by the Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company.  

Three exceptional cellists, Matt Haimovitz, Mike Block, and Ashley Bathgate, will play a captivating and illuminating variety of solo, duet and trio pieces that underscore the deep influence of J.S. Bach’s Cello Suites on them and how that music fuels their artistry today.

Marc Violette and Margaret Lanoue are President and Vice President of Bach Cello Suites Workshop.

  Shawn Stone joins us to talk about what he's seen lately and what cultural events are coming up this week in our region.

Seen: "Seberg"

Upcoming:

  • Nellie McKay - Iron Horse Music Hall, Northampton, Mass., Thursday 3/5, 7 PM; Helsinki Hudson, Hudson, Sunday 3/8, 8 PM
  • "The Irish and How They Got That Way" - Capital Repertory Theatre, Albany, opens Friday 3/6 at 8 PM through April 5
  • Peter Asher & Jeremy Clyde - The Egg, Albany, Friday 3/6, 8 PM
  • Caroline Rose, Good Baby - The Hollow Bar + Kitchen, Albany, Friday 3/6, 9 PM
  • Eddie Griffin - Funny Bone Comedy Club, Guilderland, Friday 3/6 at 7:30 & 10 PM; Saturday 3/7 at 7 & 9:45 PM
  • Bach Cello Suites at 300: Then & Now with Matt Haimovitz - Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Saturday 3/7, 7:30 PM
  • Chris Pureka - Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs, Saturday 3/7, 8 PM
  • Robert Cray - Turning Stone, Showroom, Verona, Sunday 3/8, 7 PM; Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy, Tuesday 3/10, 7:30 PM
  • "Key Largo" - Palace Theatre, Albany, Monday 3/9, 7 PM

New movies: "Emma," "Portrait of a Lady on Fire," "Onward"

Super Tuesday had some surprises.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Tim Vercellotti of the Western New England University Poll speaks with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

3/5/20 Panel

Mar 5, 2020

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

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, investigative reporter and UAlbany adjunct professor Rosemary Armao, corporate attorney with Phillips Lytle LLP Rich Honen, Vice President for Editorial Development at the New York Press Association Judy Patrick, and former Associate Editor of the Times Union Mike Spain.

Scott Simon, beloved host of NPR’s “Weekend Edition” since it first aired in 1985, and one of the best-known voices on American radio, will present his new middle grade book, "Sunnyside Plaza" in an event presented by New York State Writers Institute at UAlbany's Page Hall on March 10 at 7:30 p.m.

The book tells the story of a developmentally disabled adult woman who seeks to solve the mystery of a number of suspicious deaths in her group home.

There's an average of one mass shooting per day in the United States. In "Repeal the Second Amendment," Allan J. Lichtman has written the first book that uses history, legal theory and up-to-the-minute data to make a compelling case for the amendment’s repeal in order to create a clear road to sensible gun control in the US.

Allan J. Lichtman is Distinguished Professor of History at American University and the author of many acclaimed books on U.S. political history, including "White Protestant Nation: The Rise of the American Conservative Movement," which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, "FDR and the Jews" (with Richard Breitman), and "The Case for Impeachment."

Covid-19 is presenting a challenge for governments.

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

3/4/20 Panel

Mar 4, 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, Times Union Columnist Chris Churchill, SUNY New Paltz Communications Professor and former NYS Senator Terry Gipson, Dean of the College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity at the University at Albany Robert Griffin.

2/5/1981 President Reagan during an interview with Sam Donaldson of ABC News Leslie Stahl of CBS News and Judith Woodruff of NBC News with James Brady at the Cross Hall White House Library
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Sam Donaldson found himself on the other side of the news cycle recently when the retired ABC News anchor and reporter endorsed former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg for president. It came as a bit of a shock in the journalism industry as Donaldson put aside a lifetime of impartiality to weigh in on the race for the White House. Donaldson joined us to discuss his choice and why he decided to make it public.

Bill Ripken has been around baseball forever. A 12-year major leaguer, current analyst for MLB Network, and a member of one of the sport’s leading families, Ripken is the author of a new book: “State of Play: The Old School Guide to New School Baseball.”

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

List:
“Spirit Run: A 6,000-Mile Marathon Through North America’s Stolen Land” by Noé Álvarez
“We Ride Upon Sticks” by Quan Barry
“Enterprising Waters: The History and Art of New York's Erie Canal” by Brad L. Utter
“Dear Edward: A Novel” by Ann Napolitano
“The Splendid and the Vile: A Saga of Churchill, Family, and Defiance During the Blitz” by Erik Larson
“A Game of Birds and Wolves: The Ingenious Young Women Whose Secret Board Game Helped Win World War II” by Simon Parkin

We’re getting more clarity in the race for the White House.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Massachusetts Congressman Jim McGovern, a Democrat from the second district, wraps up his conversation with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

3/3/20 Panel

Mar 3, 2020

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

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Director of Operations for the City of Cohoes, New York Theresa Bourgeois, The Empire Report’s J.P. Miller, and former Associate Editor of The Times Union, Mike Spain.

Gin Blossoms will be performing at The Mahaiwe in Great Barrington, Massachusetts on March 6 at 8 p.m.

In the late 1980’s, Gin Blossoms started to grow a huge following as the #1 local music draw in Phoenix and were the hometown heroes of their favorite hang, Tempe, Arizona. Gin Blossoms indelible jangle-pop sound was evolving during radio’s diverse mix of hair bands and grunge music superstars like Nirvana. After the Phoenix New Times chose them the cities best rock band, they qualified to play at the South By Southwest Music Festival in Austin Texas in 1989. That same year, College Music Journal dubbed them the “Best Unsigned Band in America” and added an invitation to perform on MTV’s New Music Awards in New York City.

Taking their name from a caption on a W.C. Fields photo, Gin Blossoms signed a record deal with A&M and recorded their first EP “Up And Crumbling” in 1991. But, it was not until their breakout record “New Miserable Experience” in 1992 that their rise to fame began. “New Miserable Experience” kept the band on the charts for almost 3 years with singles “Hey Jealousy,” “Allison Road,” “Until I Fall Away,” “Mrs Rita,” and “Found Out About You.” The album took the airwaves by siege and held MTV hostage with multi crossover hits in 4 different radio formats. It was this record that rocketed the band into the mainstream going on to sell over 5 million copies making the band a 90’s radio mainstay.

Gin Blossoms lead singer Robin Wilson joins us.

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.

This morning we focus on Albany fund for Education. We welcome Kathryn Bamberger, Executive Board Member of the Albany Fund for Education - which enhances opportunities for students to learn, grow, and succeed by building community partnerships, raising funds, and investing in innovative and effective programs and projects that build equity and strengthen the educational infrastructure of the City School District of Albany. 

Peter Asher met the Beatles in the spring of 1963, the start of a lifelong association with the band and its members. He had a front-row seat as they elevated pop music into an art form, and he was present at the creation of some of the most iconic music of our times - including seminal works by James Taylor and Linda Ronstadt.

Asher is also a talented musician in his own right, getting his start as half of the duo Peter and Gordon - he will join forces with Jeremy Clyde of Chad and Jeremy for an evening of music and memories featuring songs and stories from their '60s hey-day on Friday, March 6 at 8 p.m. at The Egg in Albany, New York. 

His book, "The Beatles from A to Zed," grew out of his popular radio program "From Me to You" on Sirius/XM's The Beatles Channel where he shares memories and insights about The Fab Four.  

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