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The Roundtable

Peter Steiner

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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    The 17th annual Berkshire International Film Festival is taking place June 1-4.On the evening of Saturday, June 3, BIFF will pay Tribute to Special Event Tribute to Award-Winning actor Stephen Lang.
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    The Berkshire International Film Festival opens Thursday night with the documentary “Food & Country.” The film looks at America’s policy of producing cheap food at all costs which has long hobbled small independent farmers, ranchers and chefs.Trailblazing food writer Ruth Reichl reaches out across political and social divides to uncover the country’s broken food system and the innovators risking it all to transform it. The film covers a rich cultural spectrum, from fine dining rooms to far lands, discovering passionate, inspirational change makers along the way. Ruth Reichl joins us this morning.
  • WAMC's President and CEO Alan S. Chartock announced his retirement this morning. Joe Donahue, Selma Kaplan, Libby Post, and Mike Spain met in Studio A to spend time honoring Alan's tenure and sharing stories with and from listeners.
  • Last week we spoke to playwright Mark St. Germain about his new play, "The Happiest Man on Earth" which has its World Premiere preview tonight and runs through June 17 at the Barrington Stage Company’s St. Germain Stage in Pittsfield. "The Happiest Man on Earth" is based on the memoir of the same name by Eddie Jaku and stars Kenneth Tigar as Eddie.
  • “Ain’t Too Proud” is the musical that follows The Temptations' extraordinary journey from the streets of Detroit to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. It is playing now through Sunday at Proctors Theatre in Schenectady, New York.Brittny Smith plays Johnnie Mae & Mary Wilson in the National Tour of “Ain’t too Proud.”
  • Yaddo is a nonprofit retreat for artists in Saratoga Springs, New York with the mission is to nurture the creative process by providing an opportunity for artists to work without interruption in a supportive environment.Notoriously private for the sake of the artists and their work - we wanted to take the opportunity today to share information about some public facing events on the horizon.
  • The current New York State legislative session is scheduled to adjourn around June 9. A proposed Packaging Reduction and Recycling Infrastructure Act (assembly bill 5322 and senate bill 4246) may be voted on before the close of the session. The act would require plastic packaging to be reduced by half, reduce toxics in packaging and prohibit plastic burning.We are joined by Bennington College faculty member, former EPA Regional Administrator, and President of Beyond Plastics Judith Enck.
  • The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond. Today's panelists are Dean of the College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity at the University at Albany Robert Griffin, Tetherless World Chair of Computer, Web and Cognitive Sciences and Founding Director of the Future of Computing Institute at RPI Jim Hendler, Vice President for Editorial Development at the New York Press Association Judy Patrick, and Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan.
  • Actor, producer, and current Co-Artistic Director at Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago Glenn Davis joined us to talk about Rajiv Joseph's "King James," directed by Kenny Leon. The play is having its New York debut as Manhattan Theatre Club presents Steppenwolf Theatre Company and Center Theatre Group's "King James” off-Broadway at City Center.
  • Performing Arts of Woodstock will be presenting the play "Gruesome Playground Injuries" by Rajiv Joseph May 26-June 11 at the Woodstock Community Center.Over the course of 30 years, the lives of Kayleen and Doug intersect at the most bizarre intervals, leading the two childhood friends to compare scars and the physical calamities that keep drawing them together."
  • This week's Book Picks come from Heather Boyne of Battenkill Books in Cambridge, New York.
  • "Meet the Panelist" is a sporadic segment where we have in depth discussions with Roundtable Panelists to learn about their lives, careers and how they arrive at their various points of view. In this segment, we finish up our talk with Fran Berman.