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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.

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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, giving you a chance to catch up, ponder or reconsider.

Actors Christopher Plummer has died at the age of 91. The Academy Award winner starred in "The Sound of Music," "All the Money in the World," "Beginners," and "Knives Out."

We spoke with him  in 2008 about "The Sound of Music" and his memoir "In Spite of Myself."

Book cover for "An Amatomy of Pain"
Simon & Schuster

Pain is a universal yet unique experience, not only to those undergoing it but to caretakers and loved ones of those suffering—even medical practitioners themselves often fail to grasp the complexities between our minds and bodies and how they interact when dealing with pain.

Throughout history we’ve tried to prevent and eradicate the effects of pain, which has resulted in a highly medicated population and a booming opiates industry.

To get to the root of pain, the new book "An Anatomy of Pain: How the Body and the Mind Experience and Endure Physical Suffering" by Dr. Abdul-Ghaaliq Lalkhen, a Visiting Professor at the Manchester Metropolitan University and a member of the Faculty of Pain Medicine affiliated to the Royal College of Anesthetists. In his book, Laklhen explains and clarifies pain and pain treatments in their many forms.

The Food Pantries For The Capital District continue to face staggering challenges and increases in need as the Coronavirus pandemic rages on.

Executive Director, Natasha Pernicka, joins us.

2/5/21 RT Panel

Feb 5, 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, President and CEO of The Business Council of New York State Heather Briccetti, Former EPA Regional Administrator, Visiting Professor at Bennington College, President of Beyond Plastics Judith Enck, and Albany County District Attorney David Soares.

Book cover for "We Saw Scenery: The Early Diaries of Merrill Markoe"
Algonquin Books

In her first-ever graphic memoir, four-time Emmy-winning comedy writer Merrill Markoe unearths her treasured diaries, long kept under lock and key, to illustrate the hilarious story of her preteen and teen years and how she came to realize that her secret power was her humor. Her new book is: "We Saw Scenery: The Early Diaries of Merrill Markoe."

Wielding her layered and comically absurd style, Markoe takes readers back through her time as a Girl Scout, where she learned that “scouting” was really more about learning housewifery skills, to her earliest crushes on uniquely awful boys and her growing obsession with television.

Markoe was the head writer for the original The David Letterman Show (the live NBC morning show that was recognized with a Daytime Emmy Award) and the co-creator and first head writer of NBC’s groundbreaking Late Night with David Letterman, for which she won three additional Emmy Awards. She engineered the majority of the show’s original concepts and created the segments “Stupid Pet Tricks,” “Stupid Human Tricks,” and “Viewer Mail.”

She has written for television shows such as Sex and the CityNewhart, and Moonlighting and has written several bestselling books and was recently awarded the Paddy Chayevsky Laurel Award for Television Writing Achievement. 

Inside the NBA Bubble by Jared Dudley
Inside the NBA Bubble

Jared Dudley has played some 900 games in the NBA since 2007 — for Charlotte, Phoenix, the LA Clippers, Bucks, Wizards, Nets and LA Lakers. But he’s never experienced anything like the past two seasons — when the Lakers added LeBron James, lost Kobe Bryant in a helicopter crash, went into the Disney bubble to ride out the pandemic, and then won the NBA Finals over Miami.

2/4/21 RT Panel

Feb 4, 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, Cohoes City Director of Operations Theresa Bourgeois, Tetherless World Professor of Computer, Web and Cognitive Sciences at RPI and Director of the RPI-IBM Artificial Intelligence research collaboration Jim Hendler, and former Associate Editor of The Times Union Mike Spain.

Book cover for "Truly Like Lightning"
Farrar, Straus and Giroux / Farrar, Straus and Giroux

David Duchovny is best known for his work in film and television - but he's also a New York Times bestselling author who has written four novels his latest titled "Truly Like Lightning," about a fundamentalist Mormon family that returns to society after living in isolation in the desert.

Duchovny is an actor, producer, director, novelist and singer-songwriter, best known for playing FBI agent Fox Mulder on the TV series, "The X-Files" and Hank Moody on the TV series "Californication," both of which earned him Golden Globe Awards.

Book cover for "The Misson"
Custom House / Custom House

Acclaimed journalist David Brown's new book "The Mission" tells how one of America's boldest and potentially most revolutionary space missions came to be.

It was the most ambitious science project ever conceived NASA's Deep Space mission to Europa, the Jovian moon, where might swim the first known alien life in our solar system, yet it almost didn't happen. By focusing on the key men and women involved, Brown reveals the amazing combination of passion, persistence, imagination, science, engineering and political savvy that it takes to get a major space project off the ground.

Congressman Peter Welch
Congressman Peter Welch

Democrats want to take another crack at prescription drug costs.

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

This conversation was recorded January 29.

2/3/21 RT Panel

Feb 3, 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,  Times Union columnist Chris Churchill, and Dean of the College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland and Cybersecurity at the University at Albany Robert Griffin.

Hal Holbrook
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Actor Hal Holbrook has died at the age of 95. We spoke with Holbrook in 2011 about his early life and his career on the occasion of his autobiography - "Harold: The Boy Who Became Mark Twain." We present that interview in memoriam this morning.

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      This week's Book Picks come from Suzanna Hermans of Oblong Books in Millerton and Rhinebeck, New York.

List:
Ida B. the Queen: The Extraordinary Life and Legacy of Ida B. Wells by Michelle Duster
Black Futures edited by Kimberly Drew & Jenna Wortham
The Devil You Know: A Black Power Manifesto by Charles M. Blow
How the One-Armed Sister Sweeps Her House by Cherie Jones
The Hill We Climb: An Inaugural Poem for the Country by Amanda Gorman
Watch Me: A Story of Immigration and Inspiration by Doyin Richards, illustrated by Joe Cepeda
She Persisted: Claudette Colvin (by Lesa Cline-Ransome) & Harriet Tubman (by Andrea Davis Pinkney)
Four Hundred Souls: A Community History of African America, 1619-2019 edited by Ibram X. Kendi & Keisha N. Blain

Congressman Peter Welch
Congressman Peter Welch

It’s a new Congress, but a lot is staying the same in the House.

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

This conversation was recorded January 29.

2/2/21 RT Panel

Feb 2, 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, Vice President for Editorial Development at the New York Press Association Judy Patrick, and former Associate Editor of The Times Union Mike Spain.

Book cover for "How to Prepare for Climate Change"
Simon & Schuster / Simon & Schuster

In "How to Prepare for Climate Change," bestselling self-help author David Pogue offers sensible, deeply researched advice for how the rest of us should start to ready ourselves for the years ahead. Pogue walks readers through what to grow, what to eat, how to build, how to insure, where to invest, how to prepare your children and pets, and even where to consider relocating when the time comes. 

David Pogue is the host of twenty science specials on PBS NOVA, a five-time Emmy Award–winning technology and science correspondent for CBS Sunday Morning, and a New York Times bestselling author. 

He will present a Zoom webinar for The Salisbury Forum entitled "Are YOU Prepared for Climate Change?" on Friday, February 5 at 7:30 p.m. ET.

Congressman Peter Welch
Congressman Peter Welch

The Biden era has begun, but President Trump’s legacy is still on trial.

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

This conversation was recorded January 29.

2/1/21 RT Panel

Feb 1, 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 Associate Editor of the Times Union Mike Spain, political consultant and lobbyist, Libby Post, and Albany Law School professor and Director of the Immigration Law Clinic Sarah Rogerson.

We are also fundraising this morning. 

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Founded in 1983, Joseph’s House and Shelter in Troy, NY is a community-based, not for profit corporation that provides a continuum of homeless services to residents of the Capital Region.

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WAMC

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, giving you a chance to catch up, ponder or reconsider.

Tim Vercellotti
Western New England University / Western New England University

There has been an important change on Beacon Hill.

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.

1/29/21 RT Panel

Jan 29, 2021
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WAMC / WAMC

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

The Southern Poverty Law Center's hate map
SPLC

In some ways, the siege of the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 was the culmination of years of building extremism across the country, as details about many of the alleged participants have borne out. Michael Edison Hayden, Senior Investigative Reporter and Spokesperson for the Southern Poverty Law Center, whose organization tracks hate groups, says extremists have increasingly been gathering online in recent years — posing new challenges to following them.

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