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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.

8/27/20 Panel

Aug 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 journalist and UAlbany adjunct professor Rosemary Armao, Siena College Professor of Comparative Politics Vera Eccarius-Kelly, and Vice President for Editorial Development at the New York Press Association Judy Patrick.

The Spencertown Academy Arts Center’s 15th annual Festival of Books turns Virtual this year. Labor Day weekend and beyond, there will be online conversations with distinguished authors, special book sales, children’s drawing workshops, and even familiar flavors from the Cookbook Café. Get ready to settle into a comfortable chair with your laptop or tablet, and enjoy this beloved cultural event of all things literary, 2020 style. All programs will be on Zoom. Registration is required and free, but limited. 

David Highfill is the co-chair of the festival and he joins us now to tell us more.

Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Jon Meacham joins us this morning to discuss his new book “His Truth Is Marching On: John Lewis and the Power of Hope.”

It is an intimate and revealing portrait of civil rights icon and longtime U.S. congressman John Lewis, linking his life to the painful quest for justice in America from the 1950s to the present.

Meacham calls Lewis “as important to the founding of a modern and multiethnic twentieth- and twenty-first-century America as Thomas Jefferson and James Madison and Samuel Adams were to the initial creation of the Republic itself in the eighteenth century.”

Adirondack Theatre Festival Producing Artistic Director, Chad Rabinovitz, is here to tell us about their entire season of interactive virtual experiences beginning next month through February 2021.

The first ever of its kind, these experiences include a from-your-couch cruise, hands-on-insane magic shows, a holiday talent show with live voting, an interactive hunt for a criminal, a film festival, and a “wine and canvas” night gone wrong.

The full season of performances will be branded as IN THE BOX ENTERTAINMENT presented by ATF. All shows will include a box mailed to the ticket holder prior to the show which will fuel their at-home experience.

Once again, a Kennedy is on the ballot in the Bay State.

In today’s Congressional Corner, WAMC’s Alan Chartock wraps up his interview with Democratic Representative and U.S. Senate hopeful Joe Kennedy of the fourth district.

This interview was recorded August 17.

8/26/20 Panel

Aug 26, 2020

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

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Dean of the College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Cybersecurity at the University at Albany Robert Griffin, Times Union columnist Chris Churchill, and corporate attorne with Phillips Lytle LLP Rich Honen.

Shakespeare & Company and Cherry Orchard Festival are co-presenting the Arlekin Players Theatre’s "State vs. Natasha Banina," a live online interactive art experiment directed by Igor Golyak, winner of the 2020 Elliot Norton Award for best director and featuring Darya Denisova, winner of the 2020 Elliot Norton Award for Outstanding Actress.

"State vs Natasha Banina" began as an online experiment from Golyak's living room and became an overnight international sensation, bringing in virtual audiences from around the globe and garnering a New York Times Critic's Pick.

The live performance will be projected on the big screen at the Berkshire Drive-in at Shakespeare & Company’s campus, 70 Kemble Street in Lenox, MA. It can also be watched from home on ZOOM.

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'll learn about Crossroads Center for Children – an organization that prepares individuals with and without developmental disabilities for life success with their family and community.

We are joined by Crossroads Center for Children Resoure Development Specialist Vicki Ramotar and Director of Education Melissa Cleinman.

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

List:
"Mirror and the Light" by Hilary Mantel
"Writers and Lovers" by Lily King
"Greenwood" by Michael Christie
"The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek" by Kim Michele Richardson
"Right After the Weather" by Carol Anshaw
"Why We Swim" by Bonnie Tsui

Campaigning looks much different this year.

In today’s Congressional Corner, WAMC’s Alan Chartock speaks with Democratic Representative and U.S. Senate hopeful Joe Kennedy of the fourth district. This interview was recorded August 17.

8/25/20 Panel

Aug 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 journalist and UAlbany adjunct professor Rosemary Armao, The Empire Report’s J.P. Miller, and former Associate Editor of The Times Union Mike Spain.

"Fallout" book cover
Simon and Schuster

Seventy-five years ago, the United States altered world history by dropping two atomic bombs Japan in the closing days of World War II. The true toll of that decision, and its effect on civilians and their environment, was not known for many months. It took an enterprising journalist and his gutsy editors back in New York to get the story into print despite the threat of censorship and worse. Today, John Hersey’s “Hiroshima” remains required reading for students across the globe.

Massachusetts Democrats have begun voting in the Senate primary. 

In today’s Congressional Corner, WAMC’s Alan Chartock speaks with Democratic Representative Joe Kennedy of the fourth district.

This interview was recorded August 17.

8/24/20 Panel

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

Justin Townes Earle
Joshua Black Wilkins

Singer-songwriter Justin Townes Earle has died at the age of 38. The death was announced family in a social media post on the late musician's Instagram feed. 

Known for this old-soul roots blues and modern Americana, the Nashville native is son of singer and actor Steve Earle. 

We spoke with Justin Townes Earle in 2010 before a concert in the WAMC listening area and the release of his album "Harlem River Blues."

John Waters is an iconic filmmaker, actor, and author whose credits include "Pink Flamingos," "Hairspray," "Crybaby," "A Dirty Shame" and best selling books including "Role Models, and "Carsick."

His new book is just out in paperback. It's called "Mr. Know-It-All." It's a collection of essays where Waters reflects on everything from overcoming unexpected respectability to becoming a rebel in the autumn of your years.

Landing on Joy Photograph: Elm and locust logs, flour  5’x7’x3’
mimigraminski.com

Mimi Czajka Graminski is a multi-disciplinary artist working in a variety of media - sculpture, installation, drawing, painting, photography, video. Her work is wide ranging, but is consistently based in the exploration of materials, light and color. She joined us to discuss her current work and creativity during Covid-19.

The Center For The Advancement of Public Action (CAPA) at Bennington College is proud to offer this new series of online classes for learners at every stage—from high school seniors to retired professionals—who want to engage with the most pressing issues of our time.

The purpose of these courses is to empower students with the tools to build community and take meaningful action at the local, national, and international level.

Susan Sgorbati is Director of the Center for the Advancement of Public Action and we welcome her to the RT this morning along with our Judith Enck – who teaches a CAPA class on Beyond Plastics. Judith is Former EPA Regional Administrator, Visiting Professor at Bennington College, and President of Beyond Plastics.

What is next for Senator Elizabeth Warren?

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

8/21/20 Panel

Aug 21, 2020

    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 Economics Professor Aaron Pacitti, and immigration attorney and associate with the Albany law firm of Whiteman Osterman & Hanna, Cianna Freeman-Tolbert.

If there's one thing we know about Donald Trump, it's that he lies. But he's by no means the first president to do so.

In "Lying in State," Eric Alterman asks how we ended up with such a pathologically dishonest commander in chief, showing that, from early on, the United States has persistently expanded its power and hegemony on the basis of presidential lies.

Jonathan Biss (man sits in a sparcly decorated room)
Benjamin Ealovega

For the past decade, Jonathan Biss has immersed himself in the music of Beethoven, especially the piano sonatas, solidifying his place as one of the renowned interpreters of the composer’s music.

With his original performance at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center having been curtailed as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, Mr. Biss has carefully curated a special program recorded live from his home in NYC that is exclusive to the Saratoga Springs audience. He will guide viewers through an exploration of Beethoven’s prolific sonatas for solo piano including a performance of two of his favorite works as part of SPAC's Beethoven 2020 celebration.

It’s a Biden-Harris ticket heading into the fall.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Tim Vercellotti of the Western New England University poll and professor of political science continues his conversation with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

8/20/20 Panel

Aug 20, 2020

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

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Peabody and Emmy Award-winning journalist Linda Ellerbee, Berkshire Eagle Reporter Jenn Smith, and Communications Faculty member at SUNY New Paltz & R.P.I. and former NYS Senator Terry Gipson.

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