The Roundtable

Weekdays, 9 a.m.

WAMC's The Roundtable is an award-winning, nationally recognized eclectic talk program. The show airs from 9am to noon each weekday and features news, interviews, in-depth discussion, listener call-ins, 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 and lots of other really cool people. Plus, Wilco does our theme song. What more can you ask for?

If you have any questions or you'd like to be on the show, email us at roundtable@wamc.org

"Book Picks" lists are here.

  Graphic novel author, Marika McCoola joins us this morning to tell us about her debut, Baba Yaga’s Assistant.

In the book - Russian folklore icon Baba Yaga mentors a lonely teen in a wry graphic novel that balances between the modern and the timeless. Emily Carroll is the graphic artist for the book.

Marika McCoola has an MFA in writing for children from Simmons College and is the former children’s department director at the Odyssey Bookshop, where there will be a book launch party tomorrow at 6PM.

  The Catskill High Peaks Music Festival is a 10-day chamber music festival which boasts a schedule of concerts, master classes, and lectures with performances by internationally renowned violinist Peter Zazofsky, pianist and conductor Michael Chertock, as well as Yehuda Hanani, the acclaimed cellist and festival director.

With regional inspiration from Frederick Church to Mark Twain, the programming uses music to inspire current artists and audiences to continue the area’s tradition of creative work. This Summer brings artists from around the globe, including China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Mexico, France, Japan and Korea.

This year’s events will take place from August 9th - 19th amid the rolling hills, intimate parlors, and performance halls of The Carey Institute for Global Good’s 100+ acre campus in Rensselaerville, NY.

Here now to tell us more are Yehuda Hanani - Internationally Performing Cellist, Director of the Catskill High Peaks Music Festival, and founder of Close Encounters with Music; Gareth Crawford - President and CEO of the Carey Institute for Global Good; Carol Ash – Board Chair for the Carey Institute for Global Good.

  The Olana Partnership’s much-anticipated summer party returns to the Hudson Valley on Saturday, August 8 from 5-8pm. This year’s theme “Icebergs in August” celebrates Frederic Church’s epic 1859 voyage to Newfoundland and Labrador and will offer guests an evening of ice, art and arctic inspired hors d’oeuvres.

Church’s Olana will appear behind an immense iceberg created for the evening by ice artist Sean Taylor of Capital City Carvers.

To tell us more we welcome - Sean Sawyer, President of The Olana Partnership; Christine Jones, Board Member and Co-Chair of the Event and Chef Brian Alberg from the Red Lion Inn.

  Donald Trump is currently a front-running candidate for the White House.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Union College political science professor Brad Hays tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that the clock is ticking on The Donald.

  Tony and Golden Globe winner Linda Lavin takes the Club Helsinki stage this Sunday, performing Broadway favorites, standards, jazz, and even some songs she learned from the great girl singers.

Broadway audiences remember her from It’s a Bird…It’s a Plane…It’s Superman, Last of the Red Hot Lovers, Broadway Bound, Collected Stories, The Diary of Anne Frank, Gypsy, The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife, and many others know her as Alice Hyatt in the long-running hit TV series Alice and her recent stint on The Good Wife.

A veteran of the cabaret stage, she’ll be joined by Musical Director Billy Stritch for Helsinki on Broadway.

Harvey Wang

  Dave Isay is the founder of StoryCorps and the recipient of numerous honors, including six Peabody Awards, a MacArthur "Genius" Fellowship and the 2015 $1 million TED prize.

StoryCorps is one of the largest oral history projects of its kind. Since 2003, StoryCorps has collected and archived more than 50,000 interviews from more than 100,000 participants. Each conversation is recorded on a free CD to share, and is preserved at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress. Millions listen to weekly broadcasts on NPR’s Morning Edition on Friday mornings.

Isay is the author/editor of numerous books that grew out of his public radio documentary work, including three StoryCorps books. He will be at The Mahaiwe in Great Barrington, MA on Wednesday, August 5.

8/3/15 Panel

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

What most people know about Emily Dickinson’s life is this: she was a poet, reclusive, wore white, and came from a well to do family. But, one fact that may surprise you is that she loved to bake. She would make cakes and have them delivered to people in town, and lower gingerbread in a basket to the waiting children below her window. It’s this premise that helped novelist Nuala O’Connor write Miss Emily.

O’Connor will be at Odyssey Bookstore in South Hadley MA next Wednesday at 7PM. 

If you have a hankering to bake for your friends, try Emily Dickinson's Gingerbread or Coconut Cake.

  Walt Whitman’s Drum-Taps: The Complete 1865 Edition is the first publication of Whitman’s original Civil War poetry collection since the bard himself published Drum-Taps over 150 years ago. Many of the poems in Drum-Taps eventually found their way into Leaves of Grass.

Lawrence Kramer is an English professor and musicologist at Fordham University and is especially interested in the sonic elements of Whitman’s poetry. He has set several of Whitman’s poems to music and has a unique perspective on this great American poet’s work as a result.

Prof. Kramer will be reading from and speaking about Drum-Taps at Oblong Books & Music in Rhinebeck, NY on Wednesday, August 5th.

Shervin Lainez

  Duncan Sheik and Kyle Jarrow’s new musical, Noir, is the final Martel Musical of New York Stage and Film and Vassar College’s Powerhouse Theater season. Sheik and Jarrow previously worked together on the musical Whisper House.

Noir tells the tale of a heartbroken man in LA who discovers and involves himself in a mystery unfolding just beyond his paper-thin walls.

Duncan Sheik joins us to talk about Noir; the Deaf West Theatre production of Spring Awakening (his Tony Award winning show penned with Steven Sater) coming to Broadway in the fall and about his musical version of American Psycho (with book by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa) which comes to Broadway early in 2016.

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