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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.

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.  

President Trump has released his budget plan.

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

3/2/20 Panel

Mar 2, 2020

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

Today's panelists are WAMC's Alan Chartock, Albany Law School Professor and Director of the Immigration Law Clinic Sarah Rogerson, Berkshire Eagle reporter Jenn Smith, and former Associate Editor of The Times Union Mike Spain.

Emmy Award-winning musician, author and philanthropist Peter Buffett has been performing "A Concert and Conversation" all over the United States, Canada, and China since 2010.

He will be performing on Tuesday March 3 at 5:30 p.m. at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York – he’ll sing and play piano accompaniment by cellist Michael Kott.

Peter tells stories about growing up, career choice, and philanthropic learning while taking questions from the audience throughout the show.

The Berkshire Theatre Group has announced its 2020 summer theatrical season, with a casting sneak-peek. And Kate Maguire - Artistic Director, CEO, and new WAMC panelist – is here to tell us more.

The 2020 season – which marks ten years since the announcement of the merger between The Colonial Theatre and Berkshire Theatre Festival – includes classics, three world premieres, and plenty in between.

Governor Andrew Cuomo speaking in Saranac Lake
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WAMC's Alan Chartock speaks with New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on WAMC's Roundtable program Feb. 28, 2020.

2/28/20 Panel

Feb 28, 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, artistic director/CEO of Berkshire Theatre Group Kate Maguire, counter-terrorism expert Malcolm Nance, and Siena College Economic Professor Aaron Pacitti.

The play: “Switzerland” by Joanna Murray-Smith opens tonight at the Curtain Call Theatre in Latham, New York and runs through March 14.

Somewhere in the Swiss Alps, grande dame of crime literature Patricia Highsmith lives with an impressive collection of books, and a somewhat sinister collection of guns and knives. The comfort she finds in her solitude, cats, and cigarettes is quickly broken when a mysterious international visitor arrives at her reclusive home, where her love of fictional murders becomes a dangerous reality.

We're joined by Director Aaron Holbritter, Barbara Richards who plays Patricia, and Ian LaChance who plays Edward.

The Hart Cluett Museum’s ‘The Way We Work(ed)’ exhibit, will open to the public tomorrow at 5:00 p.m.The exhibit was organized by The Hart Cluett Museum in collaboration with the Smithsonian as part of a pilot project to develop a unique humanities-based exhibition about local work history. The museum is one of just 10 museums in the United States chosen through a competitive selection process.

The exhibit is divided into four sections: “Where We Work,” “How We Work,” “Who Works?” and “Why We Work.” An advisory panel consisting of more than two dozen area professionals from widely different facets of the region’s workplaces was assembled to provide a contemporary perspective on the ever-changing nature of work. The panel included experts from backgrounds in technology, construction, agriculture, education and workforce development, among others.

Stacy Pomeroy Draper, the Curator of the Hart Cluett Museum joins us this morning.

  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: "The Assistant"

Upcoming:

  • Michelle Ellsworth: Work in Progress - EMPAC, Studio 1 - Goodman, RPI, Troy, Thursday 2/27, 7 PM
  • Air Supply: The Lost in Love Experience - Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy, Thursday 2/27, 7:30 PM
  • "Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill" - Cohoes Music Hall, Cohoes, opens Thursday 2/27 at 8 PM, through March 15
  • FLEX AVE. - The Egg, Albany, Friday 2/28, 7:30 PM
  • Annie & The Hedonists - The Van Dyck Lounge, Schenectady, Friday 2/28, 8 PM
  • Blue Man Group - Proctors, Mainstage, Schenectady, Friday 2/28 at 8 PM; Saturday 2/29 at 2 & 8 PM; Sunday 3/1 at 2 PM
  • Sam Evian - MASS MoCA, Club B10, North Adams, Mass., Saturday 2/29, 8 PM
  • Caitlin Canty, w/s/g Corey Laitman - Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs, Sunday 3/1, 7 PM
  • Jennifer Block, author “Everything Below the Waist: Why Health Care Needs a Feminist Revolution” in conversation with Elisa Albert - NYS Writers Institute, New York State Museum Huxley Theatre, Albany, Tuesday 3/3, 7:30 PM

New movies: "Seberg," "The Invisible Man," "Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and The Band," "The Traitor"

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

2/27/20 Panel

Feb 27, 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, Siena College Professor of Comparative Politics Vera Eccarius-Kelly, and Publisher Emeritus of The Daily Freeman Ira Fusfeld.

Two Washington Post reporters, Carol Leonnig and Philip Rucker have examined the evolution of Trump’s presidency and leadership style and in "A Very Stable Genius" they take readers behind the scenes to reveal never-before reported details of Trump’s shocking behavior and new evidence of chaos in his administration.

Carol Leonnig is a national investigative reporter at The Washington Post, where she has worked since 2000 and covers Donald Trump's presidency and other subjects. She won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for her reporting on security failures and misconduct inside the Secret Service.

Jim Davies is a professor at the Institute of Cognitive Science at Carleton University. He is the director of the Science of Imagination Laboratory. His new book, “Imagination,” is the first-ever book on the science of imagination, which sheds light on both the complex inner-workings of our mind and the ways in which we can channel imagination for a better life.

"Schitt's Creek" is a Canadian sitcom created by father-and-son duo Eugene and Dan Levy about a family that loses their fortune and ends up relocating to a middle-of-nowhere, but lovable, town: Schitt’s Creek.

The fictional town actually resembles a real town - Sharon Springs, New York in Schoharie County. Last month, Sharon Spring's Beekman 1802 Mercantile store partnered with "Schitt's Creek" to pull off a transformation.

They made a few changes to the building's outside and rearranged some products inside the store turning the shop into a real-life Rose Apothecary, the boutique store opened by character David Rose in the POP and CBC show's third season.

Josh Kilmer-Purcell and Brent Ridge founded Beekman 1802 in 2008 after they purchased a farmhouse in Sharon Springs and started creating goat milk soaps from the animals that live on the farm.

Joe Donahue spoke with them and with Store Manager Emily Weise about this special pop-up event.

A Massachusetts Congressman is trying to move over to the Senate.

In today’s Congressional Corner, WAMC’s Alan Chartock speaks with Representative Joe Kennedy.

2/26/20 Panel

Feb 26, 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.

Our tech-guru Jesse Feiler joins us to discuss current trends in tech. This morning we talk about customer success. A topic so nuanced – you may need an “at home advisor.”

Jesse Feiler writes and publishes books and apps about the theater (particularly about Uta Hagen and Herbert Berghof), technology (often from Apple), and community development (such as the annual Jane's Walks sponsored by Friends of Saranac River Trail.

   Jacqueline Kellachan from The Golden Notebook in Woodstock, NY joins us with this week's Book Picks.

List:
"Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You" by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi
"Hands on The Freedom Plow: Personal Accounts by Women in SNCC" edited by Judy Richardson, Betty Gaman Robinson and others...
"The Fire Is Upon Us: James Baldwin, William F. Buckley Jr. And The Debate Over Race in America" by Nicholas Buccola
"No Visible Bruises: What We Don't Know About Domestic Violence Can Kill Us" by Rachel Louise Snyder
"Recollections of My Nonexistence" by Rebecca Solnit
"Long Bright River" by Liz Moore

How powerful should the executive branch be?

In today’s Congressional Corner, David Hawkings of The Fulcrum wraps up his conversation with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

2/25/20 Panel

Feb 25, 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 adjunct professor at UAlbany Rosemary Armao, The Empire Report’s J.P. Miller, Berkshire Eagle reporter Jenn Smith, and former Associate Editor of The Times Union, Mike Spain.

Squeeze first formed in 1973, shortly after Chris Difford and Glenn Tilbrook had begun their songwriting partnership, brought together by an ad in a sweetshop window. By 1977 they had made their recording debut and enjoyed a string of hits which lasted until 1982, the maturity of their songs outliving their initial burst of chart activity on the back of New Wave.

Over the years there have been solo careers and occasional separations, but the Ivor Novello Award-winning songwriting duo Chris and Glenn reunited ten years ago to relaunch Squeeze and have been touring, writing and recording together since.

The Squeeze Songbook Tour will be at The Academy of Music Theatre in Northampton, Massachusetts tonight. Chris Difford 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 week, we focus on Northern Rivers Family of Services. We are joined by the Executive Program Director of Foster Care Services at Northern Rivers, Bill Marszalek. Marszalek oversees a network of more than 250 foster homes and clinical, support, and administrative personnel throughout 21 counties in New York state. 

A new generation is stepping up. There are now 26 millennials in Congress; a fivefold increase gained in the last midterms. They’re governing over Midwestern cities and college towns, running for city councils and serving in state legislatures. They’re acting urgently on climate change (because they’re going to live it); they care deeply about student debt (because they have it); they’re utilizing big tech but still want to regulate it (because they understand how it works).

TIME national correspondent Charlotte Alter examines how millennials have gained power—from City Hall to Congress—in order to learn what America might look like when they’re in charge, in her new book: "The Ones We’ve Been Waiting For: How a New Generation of Leaders Will Transform America."

Over the last three years, Charlotte Alter has crisscrossed the country speaking with the millennial leaders who are trying to rebuild the country from the ground up.

America has had two impeachments in the last two decades.

In today’s Congressional Corner, David Hawkings of The Fulcrum continues his conversation with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

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