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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.

Inaugural Woodstock Film Festival Residency Filmmakers: (clockwise) Eunice Lau, Maba Ba, Set Hernandez Rongkilyo, and Brooke Pepion Swaney
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The Woodstock Film Festival is knee-deep in its inaugural Filmmakers Residency / Incubator Program. It serves four filmmakers of diverse and underrepresented backgrounds who are in the midst of developing their respective full-length narrative and documentary films, each addressing social justice themes. Each project will fit within the mission of the residency of artistic vision and social responsibility, resting upon four pillars: Racism, Climate Change, Food Insecurity, and Immigration.

Woodstock Film Festival Co-Founder and Executive Director Meira Blaustein says she is “thankful for the opportunity to bring the fellows, mentors, staff and community at-large together and look forward to seeing these promising filmmakers hone in their creative voices."

The four filmmakers are Eunice Lau, Set Hernandez Rongkilyo, Brooke Pepion Swaney and Maba Ba.

5/27/21 RT Panel

May 27, 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, Chief of Staff and Vice President for Strategy and Policy at Bard College Malia Du Mont, and Publisher Emeritus of The Daily Freeman Ira Fusfeld.

Joe Donahue and Benita Zahn in a radio studio
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Longtime NewsChannel 13 Anchor Benita Zahn’s last day is Friday after more than 41 years at the station, most as its health reporter and anchor.

She concurrently spent more than a decade as the host of the “HealthLink” program on the local PBS affiliate, WMHT-TV, has a busy sideline in local theater and earned a Ph.D. in bioethics in 2014.

She joins us this morning talk about her career, television news and her next chapter. 

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  For the past 30 years, John F. Sheehan has been the voice of the Adirondack Council on radio and television and in local, regional, and national media. He helps the public and the media understand the unique nature of the Adirondack Park and the Council’s efforts to sustain its clean air, wilderness, wildlife, clean water, and vibrant communities.

He joined us to discuss the Adirondack Council's carbon offset opportunities and other current projects.

Congressman Richard Neal
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Democrats have been in control of Washington for half a year now.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Massachusetts Democrat Richard Neal of the 1st district wraps up his conversation with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

This interview with was recorded May 21.

5/26/21 RT Panel

May 26, 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 counter-terrorism expert and best-selling author Malcolm Nance.

Alex Gibney
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Academy Award-winning documentary director and producer Alex Gibney is adding another honor to his long list. The Museum of Political Corruption in Albany named Gibney the 2021 recipient of The Nellie Bly Award for Investigative Reporting.

Congressman Richard Neal
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The House Republicans have been fighting, but what about the other side?

In today’s Congressional Corner, Massachusetts Democrat Richard Neal of the 1st district continues his conversation with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

This interview with was recorded May 21.

Book covers for the books listed below on this page
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       This week's Book Picks lists comes from Giovanni Boivin from The Bookloft in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. 

List:
Great Circle by Maggie Shipstead
The Maidens by Alex Michaelides
Helm of Midnight by Marina Lostetter
Arsenic and Adobo by Mai P. Mansala
Borges and Me by Jay Parini
The Whispering Dead by Darcy Coates
Enchanted, edited by Jesse Kowalski

5/25/21 RT Panel

May 25, 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 and The Empire Report’s J.P. Miller.

Artwork for We Are Instrumental
Illustrated by Henry Mack

The Ticonderoga Festival Guild’s "We Are Instrumental" program will host a summer-long musical instrument drive to benefit elementary school students in the North Country. The drive will accept gently used band and string instruments beginning Memorial Day Weekend to Labor Day Weekend.

When musician Evan Mack’s son came home from band practice and told him most of his classmates were playing on instruments that were bruised, battered, and bonded together with duct tape, the senior teaching professor of music at Skidmore College was stunned. He also learned that many students could not afford to rent musical instruments - and thus, "We Are Instrumental" was born.

Congressman Richard Neal
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Fighting in Israel drew international concern.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Massachusetts Democrat Richard Neal of the 1st district speaks with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

This interview with was recorded May 21.

Saratoga author Nicolas DiDomizio’s debut is "Burn It All Down," a mother/son, crime/revenge thriller Eighteen-year-old aspiring comic Joey Rossi just found out his boyfriend has been cheating on him for the past ten months. Joey was born with an addiction to toxic jerks—something he inherited from his mom (and best friend): 34-year-old Gia Rossi.

When Gia’s latest non-relationship goes up in flames only a day later, the pair’s Bayonne, New Jersey apartment can barely contain their rage. In a misguided attempt at revenge, Joey and Gia inadvertently commit a series of crimes and flee the state, running to the only good man either of them has ever known—Gia’s ex, Marco.

Prior to his career in fiction, Nicolas wrote for the internet for several years while also working in corporate roles at Condé Nast, MTV, and more.

5/24/21 RT Panel

May 24, 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, political consultant and lobbyist Libby Post, and Albany Law School professor and Director of the Immigration Law Clinic Sarah Rogerson.

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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.

Book cover for "Man Enough"
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What if we undefined the traditional roles and traits of masculinity and men could realize their potential without any constraints? Author Justin Baldoni - known for his starring role on the CW series “Jane the Virgin” – is here to tell us about his new book, “Man Enough: Undefining My Masculinity.”

The book is both a personal investigation into the current state of masculinity and a meditation on how to be human in the 21st century. Drawing from his own experience traversing the winding road of growing up male in America - the struggle to be confident enough, smart enough and successful enough - Baldoni’s ultimate goal is to share the connection and joy that can be found for anyone who identifies as male on the journey away from “enough.”

A journey instead to a masculinity that is undefined, complex, sensitive, open, and rooted in the connection between the head and the heart. 

Book cover for "Facing the Mountain"
Viking

Daniel James Brown, the bestselling author of “The Boys in the Boat,” has a new book entitled “Facing the Mountain.” It is a World War II saga that showcases the special Japanese American Army unit that overcame brutal odds in Europe; their families, incarcerated back home; and a young man who refused to surrender his constitutional rights, even if it meant imprisonment.

“Facing the Mountain” forces readers to grapple with questions of who willingly and unwillingly makes sacrifices for our country, how constitutional rights look different to each of us, and what it really means to be a patriot.

American Republics
W. W. Norton & Company

"American Republics: A Continental History of the United States, 1783-1850" by Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Alan Taylor upends the traditional story of a young nation confidently marching to its continent-spanning destiny.

The newly constituted United States actually emerged as a fragile, internally divided union of states contending still with European empires and other independent republics on the North American continent. Native peoples sought to defend their homelands from the flood of American settlers through strategic alliances with the other continental powers. 

5/21/21 RT Panel

May 21, 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, Siena College Professor of Economics Aaron Pacitti, and Albany County District Attorney David Soares.

At the Saratoga Performing Arts Center last year they had more than 200 events on their campus – including a total of 10,000 visitors, 50 people at a time, from July to December. During that time, their operations and facilities team worked according to very strict COVID protocols and created a blueprint for events that kept their guests and staff safe and healthy.

As they move into the 2021 season, their number one priority is creating a safe environment for everyone – audience members, staff and performers. And they have a wonderful season full of music, dance and surprises – perhaps even to them.

Elizabeth Sobol - president and CEO of Saratoga Performing Arts Center joins us.

As the cost of college continues to climb beyond the reach of many, and the racial divide both deepens and widens, the idea of tuition-free college gains traction across the aisle and around the country.

Though we lack practical experience with such a plan at the national level, local organizations and state governments have been experimenting with free college models for over fifteen years.

What lessons have they learned that might serve the Biden administration as they craft such a plan? Michelle Miller-Adams is a member of the Biden-Harris education policy committee and is an advocate for a tuition-free model. Her new book is "The Path to Free College: In Pursuit of Access, Equity, and Prosperity."

Poster for "Persou"
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Multi-talented theatre creators Ellpetha Tsivicos and Camilo Quiroz-Vazquez will present the world premiere of “Persou,” an experiential festival celebrating Spring at Nancy Manocherian's the cell Theatre in Manhattan Wednesdays through Saturdays through June 5.

“Persou” is directed by Ellpetha Tsivicos and written by Camilo Quiroz-Vazquez, who previously collaborated in August of last year on the immersive, socially-distanced outdoor play Quince - which marked the first live theatre event in NYC during the Covid-19 pandemic. Ellpetha Tsivicos and Camilo Quiroz-Vazques joined Sarah LaDuke on WAMC’s Instagram “A Face for Radio Video Series” to talk about “Quince” and they’re back to speak their new piece.

 

"Persou" is a participatory experience where audiences will be transported to an ancient ceremony worshipping the Goddess Persefoni at the Temple of Aphrodite in Paphos, Cyprus.

5/20/21 RT Panel

May 20, 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, Albany Chief City Auditor Dorcey Applyrs,  Edward Hamilton Distinguished Professor of Computer Science at RPI and 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 Dr. Carolina Gonzalez - Assistant Dean in the College of Education and Human Services at Montclair State University.

Author, journalist and filmmaker Sebastian Junger has long been attracted to extremes. In his new book “Freedom,” Junger uses a months-long hike he and some friends took along the railroad tracks in the mid-Atlantic a few years ago as a frame to discuss autonomy, community, violence and what freedom really means.

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