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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

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10:50 - Congressional Corner
11:10 - Earth Wise

11:50 - The Slowdown

Book Picks lists are here.

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

1/22/20 Panel

Jan 22, 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 Rosemary Armao, Times Union Columnist Chris Churchill, and SUNY New Paltz Communications Professor and former NYS Senator Terry Gipson.

Being able to hold one’s head high and call oneself a writer is the goal of many a passionate storyteller. But how does one get published? And what happens after that? Critical or sales success (or being published again) is far from a foregone conclusion.

Courtney Maum is the author of the novels “Costalegre,” “Touch,” and “I’m Having So Much Fun Here Without You.” She brings her personal experience and input and insight from many other accomplished writers to her new book, “Before and After The Book Deal;” an all-inclusive guide for writers about how to navigate and, importantly, survive the publishing world.

With chapters like “Getting and Right” and “Getting it Out There” and down-to-Earth sub-headings like “Can I stay in my corporate job without losing my creative edge?” and “My book sales are sluggish - should I crawl under a rock and die?,” Maum peels back the gauzy romantic curtain of a working author’s life - and replaces it with clarity and detailed advice.

“Before and After The Book Deal: A Writer’s Guide to Finishing, Publishing, Promoting, and Surviving Your First Book” was published by Catapult earlier this month, and Maum will be at Oblong Books and Music in Rhinebeck, New York on Thursday, January 23 at 6 p.m.

  Today's Book Picks come from Matt Tannenbaum from The Bookstore in Lenox.

List:
"A Bookshop in Berlin The Rediscovered Memoir of One Woman's Harrowing Escape from the Nazis" by Françoise Frenkel
"Bibliostyle: How We Live at Home with Books" by Nina Freudenberger
"Piece of Cake" by Lewis Warsh and Bernadette Mayer
"An Old Man's Game: An Amos Parisman Mystery" by Andy Weinberger
"Sharenthood: Why We Should Think Before We Talk about Our Kids Online" by Leah A. Plunkett
"In Another Place: With and Without My Father, Norman Mailer" by Susan Mailer
"Collected Poems: 1946-2016" by Harry Mathews

1/21/20 Panel

Jan 21, 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 Rosemary Armao, The Empire Report’s J.P. Miller, political consultant and lobbyist Libby Post, and former Associate Editor of The Times Union Mike Spain.

Not all of government has taken a backseat to impeachment.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Vermont Representative Peter Welch wraps up his conversation with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

1/20/20 Panel

Jan 20, 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 Rosemary Armao, political consultant and lobbyist Libby Post, and Albany Law School Professor and Director of the Immigration Law Clinic Sarah Rogerson.

Playwright Bess Wohl is making her Broadway debut with “Grand Horizons” - a co-commission from The Williamstown Theatre Festival and Second Stage Theater - now in previews at The Hays Theatre in New York City and officially opening on Thursday, January 23.

Wohl’s other plays include “Small Mouth Sounds” “Make Believe” “Continuity,” “American Hero,” “Barcelona,” “Touched,” “In,” “Cats Talk Back” and “Pretty Filthy.” She is an associate artist with New York based investigative theater troupe The Civilians and her plays have been produced at theater companies around the country. She is the recipient of the 2015 Sam Norkin Special Drama Desk Award for “establishing herself as an important voice in New York theater” and the John Gassner Outer Critics Circle Award. She is a MacDowell fellow and an alumna of Ars Nova’s Play Group.

“Grand Horizons” is directed by Leigh Silverman and stars Jane Alexander and James Cromwell as a couple navigating divorce after being married for 50 years. Ben McKenzie and Michael Urie play their adult sons. The cast is rounded out by Priscilla Lopez, Maulik Pancholy, and Ashley Park.

Nocturne 4 Birdhouse - an all blue nighttime landscape painting
John Gordon Gauld

Unborn Sun: The Paintings of John Gordon Gauld” is on view in The Leonhardt Galleries at the Berkshire Botanical Garden in Stockbridge, Massachusetts through February 7 and there will be a "Meet the Artist" Gallery Presentation and Tea Service this Sunday, January 19 from 2 to 4 p.m. 

John Gordon Gauld graduated with a BFA with Honors from the Rhode Island School of Design and is the recent recipient of the Martha Boschen Porter Grant from the Berkshire Taconic Foundation to fund his future work.

Impeachment is heading to the upper chamber.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Vermont Representative Peter Welch continues his conversation with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

1/17/20 Panel

Jan 17, 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 Rosemary Armao, President and CEO The Business Council of New York State Heather Briccetti, Siena College Economic Professor Aaron Pacitti, and Albany County District Attorney David Soares.

The Tour of The Tony-Award winning revival of the musical “Once on this Island” will be at Proctors in Schenectady, New York on Friday, January 17 and Saturday, January 18.

The Lynn Ahrens/Stephen Flaherty musical, directed by Michael Arden and choreographed by Camille A. Brown, tells the story of the orphaned Ti Moune and four competitive Gods who make a wager over her life and her love. “Once on this Island” is a celebration tinged with sadness that emphasizes the importance of telling everyone’s stories.

Tyler Hardwick joined us. He plays Daniel and he joins the tour after playing a storyteller and understudying roles during the show’s Broadway run.

Mary Jo McConahay is an award-winning reporter who covered the wars in Central America and economics in the Middle East. She has traveled in seventy countries and has been fascinated by the history of World War II since childhood, when she listened to the stories of her father, a veteran U.S. Navy officer.

In her new book, "The Tango War" she fills an important gap in WWII history.

Beginning in the thirties, both sides were well aware of the need to control not just the hearts and minds but also the resources of Latin America. The fight was often dirty: residents were captured to exchange for U.S. prisoners of war and rival spy networks shadowed each other across the continent. At all times it was a Tango War, in which each side closely shadowed the other’s steps.

Tensions between the U.S. and Iran have the world on edge.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Vermont Representative Peter Welch speaks with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

1/16/20 Panel

Jan 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 Rosemary Armao, Director of Operations for the City of Cohoes Theresa Bourgeois, Siena College Professor of Comparative Politics Vera Eccarius-Kelly, and Vice President for Editorial Development at the New York Press Association Judy Patrick.

Robert Jay Lifton has written over twenty books, including many seminal works in the field such as the National Book Award–winning "Death in Life: Survivors of Hiroshima" and "The Nazi Doctors." He has taught at Yale University, Harvard University, and the City University of New York.

In "Losing Reality: On Cults, Cultism, and the Mindset of Political and Religious Zealotry" he proposes a radical idea: that the psychological relationship between extremist political movements and fanatical religious cults may be much closer than anyone thought. Exploring the most extreme manifestations of human zealotry, Lifton highlights an array of leaders who have sought the control of human minds and the ownership of reality.

The Battenkill Chorale in Cambridge, New York is a 100+ voice un-auditioned chorus from six counties in New York and Vermont. Founded in 1995 by Janet McGhee, they are a dedicated group of amateur singers who perform major works from choral music literature - from intimate chamber pieces to larger scale dramatic works for soloists, chorus and orchestra.

This weekend The Battenkill Chorale celebrates 25 years with a Coronation themed concert at The Zankel Music Center at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York. The chorus, now under the direction of Noah Palmer, will perform works by Handel and Mozart.

In today’s Congressional Corner WAMC’s Alan Chartock and Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney of New York’s 18th District have a speed-round Q&A addressing bail reform, the proposed U.S.-Mexico- Canada Trade Agreement, tax reform and SALT caps, and the 2020 Presidential Election.

1/15/20 Panel

Jan 15, 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 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.

Hank Green is the CEO of Complexly, a production company that creates educational content, including Crash Course and SciShow. Green co-founded a number of other small businesses, including DFTBA.com, which helps online creators make money by selling cool stuff to their communities; and VidCon, the world's largest conference for the online video community.

In 2017, VidCon drew more than forty thousand attendees across three events in Anaheim, Amsterdam, and Australia. Hank and his brother, John, also started the Project for Awesome.

He joined us to talk about his debut novel "An Absolutely Remarkable Thing."

William Doyle is a New York Times bestselling author and TV producer for networks including HBO, The History Channel, and PBS. Since 2015 he has served as Fulbright Scholar, Scholar in Residence and Lecturer on Media and Education at University of Eastern Finland, a Rockefeller Foundation Resident Fellow, and advisor to the Ministry of Education and Culture of Finland.

With Pasi Sahlberg, Professor of Education Policy at Gonski Institute for Education, University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia, Doyle has written the book "Let the Children Play: How More Play Will Save Our Schools and Help Children Thrive."

      This week's Book Picks come from Connie Brooks and Kate Reid of Battenkill Books in Cambridge, NY.

List:
"The Innocents" by Michael Crummey
"Kingdomtide" by Rye Curtis
"Ghost Wall" by Sarah Moss
"An Arabian Journey: One Man's Quest Through the Heart of the Middle East" by Levison Wood
"Where’s Baby" by Anne Hunter
"Flowers in the Gutter: The True Story of the Edelweiss Pirates, Teenagers Who Resisted the Nazis" by K. R. Gaddy
"Greta’s Story: The Schoolgirl Who Went on Strike to Save the Planet" by Veronica Carratello "The First Conspiracy: The Secret Plot to Kill George Washington" (Young Readers edition) by Brad Meltzer
"Code Girls: The True Story of the American Women Who Secretly Broke Codes in World War II" (Young Readers edition) by Liza Mundy

Some lawmakers have criticized the White House for moving ahead with the killing of Iran’s General Qasem Soleimani without consulting Congress.

In today’s Congressional Corner WAMC’s Alan Chartock speaks with Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney of New York’s 18th District.

1/14/20 Panel

Jan 14, 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 Rosemary Armao, The Empire Report’s J.P. Miller, and former Associate Editor of The Times Union Mike Spain.

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