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?

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You may also hear Pulse of the Planet and Sound Beat on The Roundtable.

Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty
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Before election season, Congress has plenty to do.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Connecticut Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty, a Democrat from the fifth district, wraps up her discussion with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

Clearwater’s Great Hudson River Revival celebrates its 40th Anniversary this year. Revival is the country’s oldest and largest music and environmental festival, bringing together major musical acts and Clearwater’s own brand of green activism for a unique weekend every June. Clearwater Festival 2018, which takes place on June 16 and 17, on the banks of the Hudson River at beautiful Croton Point Park, Croton-On-Hudson, NY has an amazing line-up.

A number of Clearwater’s favorite artists will be returning this year including: The Mavericks, Ani DiFranco, Tom Paxton & The DonJuans, Tom Chapin, The Mammals (featuring Mike + Ruthy), Jay Ungar and Molly Mason, Dan Zanes, The Nields, The Kennedys and Dance Troupe The Vanaver Caravan. Artists the Festival will welcome for the first time this year include: Jeff Tweedy, They Might Be Giants, multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Rhiannon Giddens and bluegrass greats Hot Rize.

To tell us more we welcome Judith Enck and Betsy Garthwaite - President of Hudson River Sloop Clearwater's Board of Directors.

5/25/18 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, Former EPA Regional Administrator Judith Enck, Betsy Garthwaite, President of Hudson River Sloop Clearwater's Board of Directors and counter-terrorism expert Malcolm Nance.

Ballet Nacional de Cuba perform Alicia Alonso's magical "Giselle"
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National Ballet of Cuba dancers are known around the world for their exuberant flair and uniquely Cuban style. The company has embraced a tradition of romantic and classical excellence since Alicia Alonso, Fernando Alonso, and Alberto Alonso (the first professional dancer in Cuba) founded it in 1948.

National Ballet of Cuba will bring their passionate production of “Giselle” to The Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga Springs, New York on June 6, 7, and 8.

Octavio Roca is the author of several books including “Cuban Ballet,” with forewords by Alicia Alonso and Mikhail Baryshnikov. He has been music and dance critic for The Washington Post, The Washington Times, and the San Francisco Chronicle, as well as Associate Professor of Philosophy at Miami Dade College. Last night he presented an evening of history and conversation about National Ballet of Cuba to prep audiences for their arrival early next month.

Octavio Roca joins us along with SPAC President and CEO Elizabeth Sobol.

When Mark Zuckerberg changed the mission of Facebook this summer to be focused on community, he hired Jennifer Dulski to lead Groups, at the center of their new strategy, and used by more than one billion people to build meaningful communities around the world.

With a career as a tech executive at Yahoo! and Google, a startup founder and CEO, and a social change leader as president of Change.org, Dulski is now combining her own experience with stories of other inspiring leaders to show how we all have the power to start movements that matter.

In her new book, "Purposeful," she walks through the steps to go from idea to impact and shares specific tips and stories from real movement starters whose movements have created everything from new laws to new companies.

Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty
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Without an incumbent, can Democrats keep Connecticut’s 5th House District seat?

In today’s Congressional Corner, Connecticut Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty, a Democrat from the fifth district, continues her 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: "Deadpool 2," "Pope Francis: Man of His Word"

Upcoming:

  • "Don’t Dress for Dinner" - Curtain Call Theatre, Latham, Thursday 5/24 at 7:30 PM; through June 16
  • Mama’s Broke - Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs, Thursday 5/24, 7 PM
  • NorthEast Theatre’s production of Chekhov’s "The Seagull" - Mabee Farm Historic Site, Rotterdam Junction, Friday 5/25 at 7 PM; Saturday 5/26 at 2 & 7 PM; Sunday 5/27 at 2 PM
  • Kevin Hart: The Irresponsible Tour - Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs, Friday 5/25, 8 PM
  • Primus, Mastodon - Cool Insuring Arena (aka Glens Falls Civic Center), Glens Falls, Friday 5/25, 7 PM
  • Soul Rebels - MASS MoCA, Hunter Center or Courtyard C, North Adams, Mass., Saturday 5/26, 8 PM
  • Apocalyptica (Metallica for 4 Cellos) - The Egg, Albany, Sunday 5/27, 8 PM
  • Sir Sly - Iron Horse Music Hall, Northampton, Mass., Wednesday 5/30, 8:30 PM
  • "On Your Feet!" - Proctors, Schenectady, Wednesday 5/30 at 7:30 PM, through June 2

New movies: "Solo: A Star Wars Story," "Beast," "Let the Sun Shine In"

5/24/18 Panel

May 24, 2018

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, College of St. Rose Journalism Professor Cailin Brown, and former Albany City Council President Helen Desfosses, who currently teaches  Presidential Politics at George Mason University.

CNN anchor and correspondent Jake Tapper is known for his hard-nosed interviews that seek to get at the truth of our contentious times. But now in his new novel, Tapper turns his attention to another fractious period in U.S. history.

In "The Hellfire Club," a political thriller set in 1950s Washington, Tapper writes about a time when the Red Scare and McCarthyism ruled the city.

As for the day job - Tapper hosts “The Lead” and “State of the Union” on CNN and brings attention to some of the biggest political headlines. Tapper talks to us about the inspiration for his foray into fiction, his life as a journalist, and which recent news stories have captured his full attention.

It is always exciting to find out what the Musicians of Ma’alwyck are up to. The groups is a professional chamber music ensemble performing in and around Schenectady, NY

This morning, we find out about their productions of "Aleda or the Flight of the Suff Bird Women" an opera in one act by Max Caplan, commissioned and produced by Musicians of Ma’alwyck and paired with "The Burden of the Ballot," an original one-act play about Albany’s Anti-Suffrage movement by Krysta Dennis.

We welcome Ann-Marie Schwartz, Director of the Musicians Of Ma'alwyck; composer Max Caplan; and stage director and creator of the opening play "Burden of the Ballot," Krysta Dennis.

Philip Roth has died at the age of 85. The Pulitzer, National Book Award, and Man Booker International Prize-winning novelist first had success in 1959 with his short story collection, “Goodbye, Columbus.”  A decade later “Portnoy's Complaint” earned him great notoriety and a place in the American canon. His 1997 work, “American Pastoral,” won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.

We spoke with Philip Roth in 2008 when his novel “Indignation” was published. In this archival interview we talk about his career and process. 

The Hyde Park Education Foundation's mission is to provide financial resources to individual schools and district-wide programs that encourage and enhance the educational opportunities of the students in the Hyde Park Central School District.

From Saturday, May 26 through Monday, May 28, the Hyde Park Education Foundation will host a Field of Honor flag display at the Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt National Historic Site. Hundreds of American flags will fly in a patriotic display honoring veterans, first responders and hometown heroes.

David Roosevelt is the President of the Board of The Hyde Park Education Foundation.

5/23/18 Panel

May 23, 2018

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, Berkshire Eagle Reporter Jenn Smith, and Corporate Attorney Rich Honen.

When Jonathan Cain and the iconic band Journey were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Cain could say he had finally arrived. But Cain's journey wasn't always easy and his true arrival in life had more to do with faith than fame.

His new memoir is "Don't Stop Believin': The Man, the Band, and the Song that Inspired Generations."

Journey's 58-city North American tour with Def Leppard will be in Albany at The Times Union Center on Wednesday, May 23.

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Our tech guru Jesse Feiler joins us this morning as we discuss privacy regulations and what's new in Facebook's upcoming discussions.

Jesse Feiler is an app developer, author, and consultant specializing in small business and nonprofit organizations. His most recent books are “The Nonprofit Risk Book: Finding and Managing Risk in Nonprofits and NGOs” written with Gail B. Nayowith and “Learn Computer Science with Swift.” His most recent apps are “CyberContinuity,” a free app to learn about your vulnerabilities and “The Nonprofit Risk App,” a companion to the book.

Thomas Chulak and Kara Polito from Chatham Bookstore in Chatham, NY join us with this week's Book Picks.

List:
"Ruthless Tide: The Heroes and Villains of the Johnstown Flood, America's Astonishing Gilded Age Disaster" by Al Roker - event at Chatham Bookstore on June 9
"Our Towns: A 100,000-Mile Journey Into the Heart of America" by James and Deborah Fallows
"The Ashokan Way: Landscape's Path Into Consciousness" by Gail Straub
"The Spirit Photographer" by Jon Michael Varese
"Pops: Fatherhood in Pieces" by Michael Chabon
"What I Leave Behind" by Alison McGhee

Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty
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One thing’s for sure: Connecticut’s 5th House district will be getting a new representative.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Connecticut Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty, a Democrat from the fifth district, speaks with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

Why do we do the things we do? Robert Sapolsky, celebrated Stanford primatologist and neurobiologist and recipient of a MacArthur Foundation genius grant, tackles this age-old question in his investigation into the science of human behavior, "Behave: The Biology of Humans at Our Best and Worst," now available in paperback.

From violence and aggression to cooperation and empathy, Sapolsky explores what we can do to better understand our relationships to one another. He argues that we should not distinguish between aspects of a behavior that are biological and those that are cultural because they are utterly intertwined.

5/22/18 Panel

May 22, 2018

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

Today's panelists were: WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Political Consultant Libby Post, Times Union Associate Editor Mike Spain, Communications Consultant Theresa Bourgeois and the Empire Report’s J.P. Miller.

The Phoenicia Playhouse’s second annual Starry Starry Night Fundraiser event will take place on May 27. The event is a fundraiser for the renovation and reinvention of the 1887 playhouse.

The fundraiser this Memorial Day features five stars from Daytime Drama. Many of the cast and writers are Emmy Award winners from "Guiding Light" and have a great following to this day.

To tell us more we welcome Bruce Barry – he received 2 Daytime Emmy Awards for Best Direction and the Director’s Guild of America Award. He was the senior director of the daytime drama Guiding Light for 27 years. He also directed "Captain Kangaroo" before that.

Robert Newman is a two-time Daytime Emmy nominee and we also welcome Daytime Emmy award winning actress Ellen Parker back to the program.

While Joe Kennedy was grooming his sons for the White House and the Senate, his Stanford-educated daughter Eunice was tapping her father’s fortune and her brothers’ political power to engineer one of the great civil rights movements of our time on behalf of millions of children and adults with intellectual disabilities.

Now, in "Eunice," Pulitzer Prize winner Eileen McNamara finally brings Eunice Kennedy Shriver out from her brothers’ shadow.

The Mueller investigation is now a year old.

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

Ian Bremmer is the president and founder of Eurasia Group, the leading global political risk research and consulting firm.

Those who championed globalization once promised a world of winners, one in which free trade would lift all the world's boats, and extremes of left and right would give way to universally embraced liberal values. The past few years have shattered this fantasy, as those who've paid the price for globalism's gains have turned to populist and nationalist politicians to express fury at the political, media, and corporate elites they blame for their losses.

In his new book, "Us vs. Them: The Failure of Globalism," Bremmer writes that globalism creates plenty of both winners and losers, and those who've missed out want to set things right.

5/21/18 Panel

May 21, 2018

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

Today's panelists were: WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Executive Editor of The Times-Herald Record Barry Lewis, and Political Consultant Libby Post.

When Prince Harry of Wales took his American girlfriend, Meghan Markle, to have tea with his grandmother the queen, avid royal watchers had a hunch that a royal wedding was not far off. That prediction came true on November 27, 2017, when the twosome announced their engagement to the world. As they prepare to tie the knot in a stunning ceremony on May 19, 2018, that will be unprecedented in royal history, people are clamoring to know more about the beautiful American who captured Prince Harry’s heart.

In "American Princess," Leslie Carroll provides context to Harry and Meghan’s romance by leading readers through centuries of Britain’s rule-breaking royal marriages.

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