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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, Bill O'Reilly, 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?

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10:25 - The Writer's Almanac
11:10 - Earth Wise
Book Picks lists are here.
You may also hear Pulse of the Planet and Sound Beat on The Roundtable.

The Rise and Fall of Adam and Eve explores the enduring story of humanity’s first parents. Comprising only a few ancient verses, the story of Adam and Eve has served as a mirror in which we seem to glimpse the whole, long history of our fears and desires, as both a hymn to human responsibility and a dark fable about human wretchedness.

The biblical origin story, Stephen Greenblatt argues, is a model for what the humanities still have to offer: not the scientific nature of things, but rather a deep encounter with problems that have gripped our species for as long as we can recall and that continue to fascinate and trouble us today.

Stephen Greenblatt is Cogan University Professor of the Humanities at Harvard University. He is the author of thirteen books, including his newest novel: The Rise and Fall of Adam and Eve.

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  Lucy Kaplansky, Richard Shindell and Dar Williams have revived their celebrated folk-pop collaboration - Cry Cry Cry - for their first performances in nineteen years. Cry Cry Cry’s 1998 album was a collection of 12 mostly cover songs and was a sort of tribute to fellow singer-songwriters. Their tour will bring them to The Troy Savings Bank Music Hall on October 27th.

Dubbed by the New Yorker as "one of America's very best singer-songwriters," Dar Williams has made her career not in stadiums, but touring America's small towns. She has played their venues, composed in their coffee shops, and drunk in their bars. She has seen these communities struggle, but also seen them thrive in the face of postindustrial identity crises.

In her book, What I Found in a Thousand Towns: A Traveling Musician's Guide to Rebuilding America's Communities—One Coffee Shop, Dog Run, and Open-Mike Night at a Time, Williams muses on why some towns flourish while others fail, examining elements from the significance of history and nature to the uniting power of public spaces and food. Drawing on her own travels and the work of urban theorists, Williams offers real solutions to rebuild declining communities.

Congresswoman Nita Lowey
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Recovery in Puerto Rico is going to take a long time.

In today’s Congressional Corner, New York representative Nita Lowey speaks with WAMC’s Alan Chartock. They talked a day before she left for a Congressional trip to the island.

10/23/17 Panel

8 hours ago

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

Today's panelists are: WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Albany County District Attorney David Soares and Communications Consultant Theresa Bourgeois. 

Ray Graf hosts the first portion of today's Roundtable Panel.

Sandra Boynton's latest release, Hog Wild!: A Frenzy of Dance Music, features eleven all-out musical tracks in an array of dance styles performed by Scott Bakula, Kristen Bell, Darcy Boynton, Raúl Esparza and Madeleine Lodge, Falls Mountain Cowboys and Caitlin McEwan, Five For Fighting, Samuel L. Jackson, Mark Lanegan, Stanley Tucci, Patrick Wilson, Laura Linney and "Weird Al" Yankovic.

Boynton joins us to talk about writing the songs, getting the talent, and how it all fits in with her other work.

Sheri Bauer-Mayorga and Thomas Chulak from Chatham Bookstore in Chatham, NY join us with this week's Book Picks.

List:
What I Found in a Thousand Towns by Dar Williams (Hachette)

Uncommon Type: Some Stories by Tom Hanks (Knopf)

The World Is Not a Rectangle: A Portrait of Architect Zaha Hadid by Jeanette Winter (Simon & Schuster)

Her Right Foot by Dave Eggers & Shawn Harris (Chronicle)

World Without Mind: The Existential Threat of Big Tech by Franklin Foer (Penguin)

Paris in the Present Tense by Mark Helprin (Norton)

Congressman Joe Courtney
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U.S. environmental policy is in a time of transition.

In today’s Congressional Corner, WAMC’s Alan Chartock wraps up his discussion with Connecticut Representative Joe Courtney, a Democrat from the 2nd district.

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  Gabriel Kahane’s 8980: Book of Travelers is a new collection of songs inspired by the two-week train trip he took across the United States last November. He left on his un-plugged  journey the day after the 2016 election to meet and converse with dozens of strangers.

Created in collaboration with director Daniel Fish and designer Jim Findlay, 8980: Book of Travelers is a song cycle and solo stage show that will officially premiere at The Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Next Wave Festival later this fall. Tonight, In a kind of sneak-peek, Kahane will take the stage in The Hunter Center at MASS MoCA - where he’s been working on the piece in residency for about two weeks.

10/20/17 Panel

Oct 20, 2017

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 Judith Enck, Communications Consultant Theresa Bourgeois, and Siena College Economics Professor Aaron Pacitti.

Since Donald Trump’s presidential nomination, Keith Olbermann has emerged as one of the web’s most popular anti-Trump screedists—each installment of his GQ web series The Resistance receives nearly 4 million views, and his fiercely progressive monologues have garnered a new generation of fans and followers.

With over 100 individual essays adapted from his wildly popular online GQ commentaries, including new up-to-the-minute material, Olbermann’s new book is Trump is F*Cking Crazy.

Olbermann has been an award-winning national sports and political commentator, reporter, and writer for the last 38 years. Now the host of GQ's web series The Resistance, he spent 10 years at MSNBC as host of The Big ShowThe White House In Crisis, and Countdown and its primary anchor for election night, inauguration, and breaking news coverage. He co-anchored the seminal edition of ESPN's SportsCenter from 1992-97, and post-season baseball coverage for three networks. 

Husband-and-wife team Cynthia and Sanford Levinson take readers back to the creation of this historic document and discuss how contemporary problems were first introduced—then they offer possible solutions. Think Electoral College, gerrymandering, even the Senate. Many of us take these features in our system for granted. But they came about through haggling in an overheated room in 1787, and we’re still experiencing the ramifications.

Each chapter in this timely and thoughtful exploration of the Constitution’s creation begins with a story—all but one of them true—that connects directly back to a section of the document that forms the basis of our society and government. From the award-winning team, Cynthia Levinson, children’s book author, and Sanford Levinson, constitutional law scholar, Fault Lines in the Constitution will encourage exploration and discussion from young and old readers alike.

The W.E. B. Du Bois Educational Series-Great Barrington will stage its first event of the 2017-2018 school year October 24th when co-authors of Jefferson’s Children: The Story of One American Family, Shannon Lanier and Jane Feldman, give an interactive, multimedia presentation that explores the meaning of race, its influence on personal identity and our interrelatedness as Americans.

The event will take place at Monument Mountain Regional High School in Great Barrington, starting at 7:00 PM and begin with a spoken word arrangement by poet Ted Thomas performed by Monument Mountain, Pittsfield and Taconic High School students.  The event is free and open to the public.

Lanier, a sixth great grandson of Thomas Jefferson and his slave Sally Hemings, and Feldman will expand from their award-winning book that recounts in the style of a family photo album Lanier’s travels across the country to meet his relatives, both those descended from Jefferson’s wife Martha and those descended from Hemings. 

Congressman Joe Courtney
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The president’s tax overhaul proposal is being met with skepticism from Democrats.

In today’s Congressional Corner, WAMC’s Alan Chartock speaks with Connecticut Representative Joe Courtney, a Democrat from the 2nd district.

Shawn Stone joins us to talk about what he's seen lately and what cultural events are coming up this week in our region.

SeenFaces Places

Upcoming: 
The Legend of Georgia McBride
Curtain Call Theatre, Latham, Thursday 10/19 at 7:30 PM through November 18

Peppa Pig’s Surprise
Stanley Theater, Utica, Thursday 10/19, 6:30 PM

Andrea McArdle
Proctors, Schenectady, Friday 10/20, 7:30 PM

Actress + Toxe
EMPAC Studio 1—Goodman, Friday 10/20, 9 PM

Close Encounters With Music: The Titans—Schumann & Brahms Piano Quintets
Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington, Mass., Saturday 10/21, 6 PM

The Homecoming Concert: Cardi B, YFN Lucci, Charly Black, Famous Dex & Lil Pump
Times Union Center, Albany, Saturday 10/21, 8 PM

Elvis Perkins
Helsinki Hudson, Hudson, Saturday 10/21, 9 PM

Paco Pena, with special guest Rafael Montilla
Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy, Sunday 10/22, 3 PM

Carlo Aonzo Trio
Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs, Sunday 10/22, 7 PM

Rickie Lee Jones
Cohoes Music Hall, Cohoes, Wednesday 10/25, 8 PM

New Movies: Breathe, Loving Vincent, Boo 2! A Madea Halloween, Geostorm, Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White House, Take Every Wave

10/19/17 Panel

Oct 19, 2017

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

Today's panelists are: WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Professor of Political Science at Siena College Vera Eccarius-Kelly and Communications Consultant Joe Bonilla.

From the explosion of fake news to the challenges of the 24 hour news cycle, legendary journalist Bob Schieffer examines political journalism today and those who practice it. Based on interviews with over 40 media leaders, Schieffer provides an inside look at the changing role of media and asks whether today’s citizens are more informed or just overwhelmed.

Bob Schieffer is one of broadcast journalism’s most experienced Washington reporters. He was anchor and moderator of Face the Nation, CBS News’ Sunday public affairs broadcast from May 1991 to June 2015. He also served as CBS News’ chief Washington correspondent from 1982 to 2015. Schieffer covered Washington for CBS News for 46 years and is one of the few broadcast or print journalists to have covered all four major beats in the nation’s capital—the White House, the Pentagon, the State Department, and Capitol Hill. 

Schieffer was in Albany, NY, last Friday moderating a discussion on fake news, information overload and media literacy for the New York State Writers Institute. He stopped by The Roundtable to talk with Joe Donahue about his newest book Overload: Finding the Truth in Today's Deluge of News.


  Singer-songwriter and visual artist, Natalia Zuckerman, will perform at Helsinki Hudson this Sunday, October 22nd as part of The Rogovoy Salon.

 

Zuckerman’s parents are renowned musicians, flutist Eugenia Zuckerman and violinist Pinchas Zuckerman. Natalia is a whiz with most things string: including acoustic and electric guitar, slide guitar, dobro, lap steel and banjo.

 

Her performance at Club Helsinki, The Women Who Rode Away: Songs and Portraits, will feature visual art alongside portrait songs about and inspired by women.

Congressman Joe Courtney
http://courtney.house.gov/biography/

In today’s Congressional Corner, WAMC’s Alan Chartock speaks with Connecticut Representative Joe Courtney, a Democrat from the 2nd district.

Today’s students face a challenging paradox: the digital tools they need to complete their work are often the source of their biggest distractions. Students can quickly become overwhelmed trying to manage the daily confluence of online interactions with schoolwork, extracurricular activities, and family life. Written by author and educator Ana Homayoun, Social Media Wellness is the first book to successfully decode the new language of social media for parents and educators and provide pragmatic solutions to help students focus and manage distractions. 

Ana Homayoun is a noted teen and millennial expert, author, school consultant, speaker and educator. Her newest book is Social Media Wellness: Helping Tweens and Teens Thrive in an Unbalanced Digital World.

10/18/17 Panel

Oct 18, 2017

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

Today's panelists are: WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Communications Consultant Theresa Bourgeois, and Siena College Professor of Creative Arts Mahmood Karimi-Hakak.

Jen Welter
Jen Welter

Despite her 5-foot-2, 130-pound frame, Jen Welter always excelled in athletics, from tennis to rugby to women’s football.  Welter credits her determination for helping her crack one of American’s most stubborn glass ceilings. In 2015, she became the first female coach in the National Football League, working with the Arizona Cardinals’ linebackers in the preseason. But as Welter writes in her new memoir "Play Big," it took years of adversity in life and sports before Welter found herself on the sidelines. Now, she hopes her story can inspire others.

Everybody knows -- or thinks they know -- Charles Darwin, the father of evolution and the man who altered the way we view our place in the world. But what most people do not know is that Darwin was on board the HMS Beagle as a geologist -- on a mission to examine the land, not flora and fauna.

Retracing Darwin’s footsteps in South America and beyond, geologist Rob Wesson treks across the Andes, cruises waters charted by the Beagle, hunts for fossils in Uruguay and Argentina, and explores sites of long vanished glaciers in Scotland and Wales. As he follows Darwin’s path, Wesson experiences the land as Darwin did, engages with his observations, and tackles the same questions Darwin had about our ever-changing Earth.

Wesson's book is Darwin's First Theory: Exploring Darwin's Quest for a Theory of Earth.

North Korea’s nuclear capabilities are worrisome for the U.S.

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

Since the 1970s, Sigmund Freud’s scientific reputation has been in an accelerating tailspin―but nonetheless the idea persists that some of his contributions were visionary discoveries of lasting value. Now, drawing on rarely consulted archives, Frederick Crews has assembled a great volume of evidence that reveals a surprising new Freud: a man who blundered tragicomically in his dealings with patients, who in fact never cured anyone, who promoted cocaine as a miracle drug capable of curing a wide range of diseases, and who advanced his career through falsifying case histories and betraying the mentors who had helped him to rise. The legend has persisted, Crews shows, thanks to Freud’s fictive self-invention as a master detective of the psyche, and later through a campaign of censorship and falsification conducted by his followers.

Frederick Crews is an author who has published a variety of books and criticisms including The Pooh Complex, Follies of the Wise and his newest book Freud: The Making of an Illusion

Nelson DeMille's blistering new novel features an exciting new character—U.S. Army combat veteran Daniel “Mac” MacCormick, now a charter boat captain, who is about to set sail on his most dangerous cruise.

Daniel Graham MacCormick—Mac for short—seems to have a pretty good life. At age thirty-five he’s living in Key West, owner of a forty-two-foot charter fishing boat, The Maine. Mac served five years in the Army as an infantry officer with two tours in Afghanistan.

One day, Mac is sitting in the famous Green Parrot Bar in Key West, contemplating his life, and waiting for Carlos, a hotshot Miami lawyer heavily involved with anti-Castro groups. Carlos wants to hire Mac and The Maine for a ten-day fishing tournament to Cuba at the standard rate, but Mac suspects there is more to this and turns it down. The price then goes up to two million dollars, and Mac agrees to hear the deal, and meet Carlos’s clients—a beautiful Cuban-American woman named Sara Ortega, and a mysterious older Cuban exile, Eduardo Valazquez.

What Mac learns is that there is sixty million American dollars hidden in Cuba by Sara’s grandfather when he fled Castro’s revolution. Mac knows if he accepts this job, he’ll walk away rich…or not at all.

DeMille is a New York Times-bestselling author that has 15 best-selling novels, including Plum House and Night Fall. His newest novel is The Cuban Affair

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