The Roundtable

Weekdays, 9 a.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, 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?

If you would like to be on the show email us at roundtable@wamc.org

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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.

Dianne Ortmann and Carrie Knudsen from Chatham Bookstore in Chatham, NY join us with this week's Book Picks.

List:
Salt Houses by Hala Alyan
Letters to a Young Farmer - Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture compiled by Martha Hodgkins
Hop Grower's Handbook by Laura TenEyck and Dietrich Gehring
Liberating Minds by Ellen Condliffe Lagemann - author visit this Saturday, May 27
Red, White and Que by Karen Adler and Judith Fertig
One is Not a Pair by Britta Teckentrup
Grow Your Own for Kids by Chris Collins and Lia Leendertz
Out of the Box by Jemma Westing
Walk in the Forest by Maria Dek

Dr. Tasha Eurich is an organizational psychologist, researcher, New York Times best-selling author. She is also the founder of the Eurich Group, where she’s helped thousands of leaders and teams improve their effectiveness through greater self-awareness. Dr. Eurich contributes to The Huffington Post and Entrepreneur Magazine and has been featured in outlets like ForbesThe New York Times, CNBC, Fast Company, and Inc..

Research shows that self-awareness – knowing who we are and how others see us – is the foundation for high performance, smart choices, and lasting relationships. Without it, it’s impossible to master the skills needed to succeed in business and life: skills like emotional intelligence and empathy, influence and persuasion, communication and collaboration.

Dr. Tasha Eurich's new book is Insight: Why We're Not as Self-Aware as We Think, and How Seeing Ourselves Clearly Helps Us Succeed at Work and in Life.

Journalist and cultural critic Kate Bolick is back with another season of Touchstones: Conversations at The Mount. This Thursday - May 25th – Kate will have an intimate conversation with author Ariel Levy about her new work, The Rules Do Not Apply: A Memoir.

Ariel Levy joined The New Yorker as a staff writer in 2008, and received the National Magazine Award for Essays and Criticism in 2014 for her piece “Thanksgiving in Mongolia.” She is the author of the book Female Chauvinist Pigs, and was a contributing editor at New York for twelve years.

5/23/17 Panel

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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, Daily Gazette Editor Judy Patrick, and Douglas T. Hickey Chair in Business and Associate Professor of Economics at Siena College, Aaron Pacitti.

The production of culture was once the domain of artists, but beginning in the early 1900s, the emerging fields of public relations, advertising and marketing transformed the way the powerful communicate with the rest of us. A century later, the tools are more sophisticated than ever, the onslaught more relentless. 

In Culture as Weapon, acclaimed curator and critic Nato Thompson reveals how institutions use art and culture to ensure profits and constrain dissent--and shows us that there are alternatives.

The new exhibit - Face Them - at the Lichtenstein Gallery for the Arts in Pittsfield, MA opens June 2nd and will be up through June 24th.

Face Them is an opportunity to gather artistic intelligence through several mediums in one gallery. By placing pertinent topic images of today before the viewer that may make one feel moved not of our imagination, but of our reality.

The topics are big ones: Global Warming, Population Explosion, Gun Control, Human Trafficking, and Animal Abuse.

To tell us more – we welcome National Geographic Photographer John Stanmeyer and Barbara Arpante – Curator of Face Them and a Collage Artist.

Building 6 (Robert W. Wilson Building) at MASS MoCA
Sarah LaDuke

MASS MoCA opens its newly renovated Building 6 this Sunday, giving the North Adams Campus – catch this - more gallery space than any other contemporary art museum in the country. The campus has always been big in scale and rambling. Now, we get more of a great thing.

Building 6 adds 105-Thousand square feet of gallery space – consisting of three floors of galleries, production studios, virtual reality galleries, event and performance space.

An all-day celebration will celebrate the grand opening for the new building, which will showcase installations by art-world stars such as Jenny Holzer, Laurie Anderson, Robert Rauschenberg, Louise Bourgeois, and James Turrell. Museum director Joe Thompson is here to tell us more. 

Reality. It used to seem so simple—reality just was, like the weather. Why question it, let alone disagree about it? And then came the assault, an unending stream of “fake news,” “alternative facts,” and lies disguised as truths that is overwhelming our notions of reality. Now we can’t even agree on what a fact is, let alone what is real. How on earth did we get here?
         
Every week, the award-winning journalist Brooke Gladstone, along with her co-host Bob Garfield, reaches 1.2 million listeners through more than 420 NPR affiliate stations with WNYC Studios' On the Media, a shrewd and witty newsmagazine that analyzes media and how it shapes our perceptions of the world.

Her new book is The Trouble with Reality: A Rumination on Moral Panic in Our Time.

5/22/17 Panel

May 22, 2017

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

Today’s panelists are Times Union Columnist Chris Churchill, Communications Consultant Theresa Bourgeois and Founder and Publisher of Empire Report J.P. Miller.

Michael Callahan is a contributing editor at Vanity Fair and the author of the novel Searching for Grace Kelly. A former deputy editor at Town & Country and Marie Claire, he has written for more than two dozen national and international publications, including ELLE, DeparturesBloomberg BusinessweekThe Hollywood Reporter, and the New York Times.

In his new book, The Night She Won Miss America - Betty Jane Welch reluctantly enters the Miss Delaware contest to make her mother happy, only to surprisingly find herself the judges' choice. Just like that, she's catapulted into the big time, the Miss America Pageant in Atlantic City.

Luckily, her pageant-approved escort for the week is the dashing but mercurial Griffin McAllister, and she falls for him hard. But when the spirited Betty unexpectedly wins the crown and sash, she finds she may lose what she wants most: Griff's love. To keep him, she recklessly agrees to run away together. From the flashy carnival of the Boardwalk to the shadowy streets of Manhattan to a cliffside mansion in gilded Newport, the chase is on as the cops and a scrappy reporter secretly in love with the beauty queen threaten to unravel everything-and expose Griff's darkest secret.

Homer at the Bat
The Simpsons

Many former baseball greats will be in Cooperstown over Memorial Day weekend, but the focus is on a different kind of Homer. The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum is paying tribute to a different kind of Homer on May 27. The Hall will honor the beloved 1992 Simpsons episode “Homer at the Bat” and induct America’s favorite dad into the Hall. The episode was one of the show’s most ambitious. The series was then in its third season, and it got some of the game’s biggest names to guest star.

Formed as a somewhat antagonistic answer to grunge, CAKE bounded onto the scene in the mid-nineties with songs like “Rock n’Roll Lifestyle,” “The Distance,” and a perhaps unexpectedly effective cover of Gloria Gaynor’s disco hit, “I Will Survive.”

In their 20+ years, John McCrea and company -- including signature trumpeting by Vince DiFiore -- have released 6 albums and toured all over the world.

They are playing two shows in our region over Memorial Day Weekend. First at Brewery Ommegang in Cooperstown, NY on Friday, May 26 and then at MASS MoCA in North Adams, MA on Sunday, May 28.

Congressman John Faso
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Two Hudson Valley representatives appear to be feuding.

In today’s Congressional Corner, New York Republican John Faso of the 19th district wraps up his discussion with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

  In the aftermath of the 2010 Citizens United decision, it's become commonplace to note the growing political dominance of a small segment of the economic elite. But what exactly are those members of the elite doing with their newfound influence?

Gordon Lafer's The One Percent Solution: How Corporations Are Remaking America One State at a Time provides a comprehensive account of legislation promoted by the nation's biggest corporate lobbies across all fifty state legislatures and encompassing a wide range of labor and economic policies.

Gordon Lafer is Associate Professor at the Labor Education and Research Center at the University of Oregon. He has served as Senior Policy Advisor for the U.S. Congress and has been called to testify as an expert witness before multiple state legislatures.

5/19/17 Panel

May 19, 2017

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

Today’s panelists are Political Consultant Libby Post, Founder and Publisher of Empire Report J.P. Miller and Author and Activist Barbara Smith.

choreographer with dancers
http://chasebrockexperience.com/


  The Chase Brock Experience is a Brooklyn-based contemporary dance company founded by choreographer Chase Brock. CBE has premiered 29 dances (to music from Beethoven to David Yazbek to Nellie McKay) and six commissioned scores (from composers like Joshua Rosenblum and Michael John LaChiusa.)

The dance company has been in residence at Catskill Mountain Foundation and will perform at Orpheum Film & Performing Arts Center in Tannersville, NY this Saturday at 7:30pm.

Chase Brock joins us now. In addition to choreographing for his own company, Brock as provided his talents and expertise to various Broadway, Off-Broadway, regional and international productions including Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark; Disney’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame; and HBO’s Last Week Tonight with John Oliver.

Richard Thomas in The Little Foxes at MTC
Joan Marcus

Actor Richard Thomas is best known for his leading role as budding author John-Boy Walton in the CBS drama The Waltons, where he won an Emmy Award. That series began in 1972 and ran for 9-seasons.

Thomas is still acting on stage and on TV. He recently starred in the FX drama series The Americans. And he was just nominated for a Best Featured Actor Tony award for his role as Horace in the Manhattan Theatre Club’s production of Lillian Hellman’s The Little Foxes with Cynthia Nixon and Laura Linney.

The Little Foxes follows Regina Giddens and her ruthless clan, including her sister-in-law Birdie, as they clash in often brutal ways in an effort to strike the deal of their lives. The Little Foxes runs at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre on Broadway through July 2nd.

Congressman John Faso
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The governor of New York is at odds with a Congressman from the Hudson Valley.

In today’s Congressional Corner, New York Republican John Faso of the 19th district continues his discussion with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

  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: Colossal, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

Upcoming:
Brad Paisley - SPAC, Saratoga Springs, 5/18 Thursday, 7 PM
Orleans - Stanley Theatre, Utica, 5/19 Friday, 8 PM
Carl Palmer ELP Legacy - The Egg, Albany, 5/20 Saturday, 8 PM
Sisters of Slide: Rory Block & Cindy Cashdollar - Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs, 5/20 Saturday, 8 PM
Captured Moments: 170 Years of Photography from the Albany Institute - Albany Institute of History & Art, closes 5/21 Sunday
A Hard Day's Night - Proctors, 5/22 Monday at 3, 5 and 7 PM
The Dollyrots - The Low Beat, Albany, 5/22 Monday, 7 PM
Ana Popovic - Cohoes Music Hall, Cohoes, 5/23 Tuesday, 8 PM
Sara Watkins, Mike & Ruthy - The Egg, Albany, 5/24 Wednesday, 7:30 PM

New movies: Alien: Covenant, Jeremiah Tower: The Last Magnificent, Everything Everything Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer

5/18/17 Panel

May 18, 2017

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

Today’s panelists are Daily Freeman Publisher Emeritus Ira Fusfeld, Daily Gazette Editor Judy Patrick and Communications Consultant Theresa Bourgeois.

John A. Farrell is the author of Clarence Darrow: Attorney for the Damned, which won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Biography, and Tip O'Neill and the Democratic Century. A longtime journalist, he worked at The Denver Post and at The Boston Globe, where he served as White House correspondent and on the vaunted Spotlight team.

His new book is Richard Nixon: The Life.

NPR's Richard Harris
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We often hear NPR science reporter Richard Harris covering a new discovery or scientific advancement on WAMC — but as Harris writes in his new book, bona fide groundbreaking biomedical research has increasingly become the exception, not the rule. Harris has been reporting for NPR since 1986. In Rigor Mortis: How Sloppy Science Creates Worthless Cures, Crushes Hope, and Wastes Billions, he describes a scientific culture in which “publish or perish” imperatives come at the expense of truth.

Congressman John Faso
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The American Health Care Act barely got through the House.

In today’s Congressional Corner, New York Republican John Faso of the 19th district tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock why he voted for it.

On January 14, 2015, rock climber Tommy Caldwell, along with his partner Kevin Jorgeson, summited what is widely regarded as the hardest climb in history - Yosemite’s nearly vertical 3,000-foot Dawn Wall.

After an arduous nineteen-day ascent, Caldwell and Jorgeson were the first to summit it without the assistance of ropes, other than to catch their falls. Caldwell’s odds-defying feat was the culmination of an entire lifetime of pushing himself to his limits as an athlete. In his new memoir The Push, he shares his story.

5/17/17 Panel

May 17, 2017

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

Today’s panelists are Communications Consultant Theresa Bourgeois, Associate Editor of the Times Union, Mike Spain, and Times Union Columnist Chris Churchill.

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