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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.

Ijeoma Oluo at UAlbany Sept 2019
Jackie Orchard

Ijeoma Oluo is a writer and speaker whose work on race has been featured in The Guardian, New York magazine, xoJane, Jezebel, and more. She is also an editor-at-large at The Establishment, and Seattle magazine named her "one of the most influential people" in Seattle.

In "So You Want to Talk About Race," Oluo offers a contemporary, accessible take on the racial landscape in America, addressing head-on such issues as privilege, police brutality, intersectionality, micro-aggressions, the Black Lives Matter movement, and the "N" word. Oluo answers the questions readers don't dare ask, and explains the concepts that continue to elude everyday Americans.

It’s hard to run a Senate campaign from your laptop.

In today’s Congressional Corner, WAMC’s Alan Chartock wraps up his conversation with Representative Joe Kennedy of Massachusetts’ fourth district.

This conversation was recorded on May 27.

6/11/20 Panel

Jun 11, 2020

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

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Siena College Professor of Comparative Politics Vera Eccarius-Kelly, Skidmore College President Philip Glotzbach, and Vice President for Editorial Development at the New York Press Association Judy Patrick.

Ian Fidance
Phil Provencio

When we interviewed comedian Ian Fidance, he was supposed to be coming to our region to do standup at Vermont Comedy Club in Burlington at the end of March and in May at The Comedy Works in Saratoga Springs. The coronavirus has shut down just about all public gatherings in the Northeast, but we thought some levity was in order even if those gigs aren’t.

You might think that perfect harmony is the defining characteristic of healthy relationships, but the truth is that human interactions are messy, complicated, and confusing.

According to renowned psychologist Ed Tronick and pediatrician Claudia Gold, that is not only okay, it is actually crucial to our social and emotional development. In their new book "The Power of Discord," they show how working through the inevitable dissonance of human connection is the path to better relationships with romantic partners, family, friends, and colleagues.

They say, working through the volley of mismatch and repair in everyday life helps us form deep, lasting, trusting relationships, resilience in times of stress and trauma, and a solid sense of self in the world.

We’re about to find out how much magic the Kennedy name still holds in Massachusetts politics.

In today’s Congressional Corner, WAMC’s Alan Chartock continues his conversation with Representative Joe Kennedy of the fourth district, who is running for Senate.

This conversation was recorded on May 27.

6/10/20 Panel

Jun 10, 2020

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

For the first half of the show Alan Chartock and Joe Donahue are joined by former Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick. 

In the second half of the show, our panelists are Dean of the College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Cybersecurity at the University at Albany Robert Griffin, Times Union Columnist Chris Churchill, and investigative journalist and UAlbany adjunct professor Rosemary Armao.

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

List:
"The Night Watchman" by Louise Erdrich
"Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You" by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi*
"Afterlife" by Julia Alvarez
"Anxious People" by Fredrik Backman
"Such a Fun Age" by Kiley Reid

Ibram X. Kendi is featured on this week's episode of "The Book Show," in an encore airing of Joe Donahue's interview with him about "How to Be an Anti-Racist."

Massachusetts Democrats have a big decision to make in September.

In today’s Congressional Corner, WAMC’s Alan Chartock speaks with Representative Joe Kennedy of the fourth district, who is running for Senate.

This conversation was recorded on May 27.

6/9/20 Panel

Jun 9, 2020

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

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, investigarive journalist and Adjunct Professor at UAlbany Rosemary Armao, UAlbany Lecturer in Africana Studies Jennifer Burns, and former Associate Editor of The Times Union Mike Spain.

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 Fareground Community to discuss hunger and food insecurity in the Beacon/Newburgh/ Wappingers Falls areas of New York’s Hudson Valley, and how Fareground has been supporting those communities. Kara Dean-Assael is co-founder of Fareground and Karen George is Fareground Board President.

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 May 22.

6/8/20 Panel

Jun 8, 2020

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

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Bard Center for Civic Engagement Senior Fellow and Dean of the School of Continuing Education at the American University Cairo Jim Ketterer, counterterrorism expert and bestselling author Malcolm Nance, and political consultant and lobbyist Libby Post.

UAlbany President Dr. Havidán Rodríguez
Jackie Orchard / WAMC

Higher education is in a time of flux in the country as college campuses try to respond to the coronavirus pandemic. In New York, classes moved online in March when it was deemed unsafe to keep thousands of college students and their professors in close quarters. Now, the fall semester is fast approaching.

Dr. Havidán Rodríguez, the president of the University at Albany, was tapped by Governor Andrew Cuomo to work with the state Department of Health to research COVID-19’s disproportionate impacts on minority communities.

It’s hard to work from home if you’re relying on dialup.

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 on May 22.

6/5/20 Panel

Jun 5, 2020

  

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

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Senior Fellow and Visiting Professor at Bennington College, Founder of Beyond Plastics, former EPA regional administrator Judith Enck, Siena College Economics Professor Aaron Pacitti, and UAlbany Lecturer in Africana Studies Jennifer Burns.

Donald Trump and His Assault On Truth cover
Donald Trump and His Assault On Truth

If you follow American politics closely — and lately, who doesn’t? — you’ve probably heard the statistic that President Trump has told nearly 20,000 lies since taking office. That we know the precise number of false claims is thanks to The Washington Post’s Fact Checker team, which has documented every statement, tweet, speech and interview so far.

With gatherings limited, public officials have had to adjust. 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 May 22.

6/4/20 Panel

Jun 4, 2020

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

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, UAlbany adjunct professor and investigative journalist Rosemary Armao, Berkshire Eagle reporter Jenn Smith, and counterterrorism expert and bestselling author Malcolm Nance.

Broadband
Sean MacEntee/Flickr

During the coronavirus pandemic, as work and schooling have largely moved online, many communities across the Northeast are feeling left behind.

6/3/20 Panel

Jun 3, 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, Dean of the College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Cybersecurity at the University at Albany Robert Griffin, and Peabody and Emmy Award winning journalist Linda Ellerbee.

Several people who clashed with police Tuesday morning early this morning were arrested after confrontation on Quail and West streets. Police say they were hurling rocks and bricks at police officers. The clash occurred shortly after midnight and followed a standoff around the city's public safety building on Henry Johnson Boulevard.

All of this came after a peaceful show of civil disobedience in the streets of Albany throughout the day on Monday. Albany police chief Eric Hawkins met yesterday with protesters and told them he takes reports of police brutality very seriously. We are joined by the Chief of Police for the city of Albany Eric Hawkins.

The coronavirus pandemic has changed daily life for millions. In today’s Congressional Corner, Vermont Representative Peter Welch wraps up his conversation with WAMC’s Alan Chartock. 

This interview was recorded on May 20.

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