The Roundtable

Weekdays, 9:00am

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, Bill Cosby, 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

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Playlist

October 12, 2012

9:00 AM
Pieholden Suite
Artist : Wilco
Album : Summerteeth
Composer : Jeff Tweedy/Jay Bennett
ReleaseYear : 1999
Label : Reprise Records
10:00 AM
Pieholden Suite
Artist : Wilco
Album : Summerteeth
Composer : Jeff Tweedy/Jay Bennett
ReleaseYear : 1999
Label : Reprise Records
11:00 AM
Pieholden Suite
Artist : Wilco
Album : Summerteeth
Composer : Jeff Tweedy/Jay Bennett
ReleaseYear : 1999
Label : Reprise Records
11:36 AM
Spitting Image
Artist : Freelance Whales
Album : Spitting Image
Label : Mom & Pop Music
11:58 AM
Pieholden Suite
Artist : Wilco
Album : Summerteeth
Composer : Jeff Tweedy/Jay Bennett
ReleaseYear : 1999
Label : Reprise Records

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The Roundtable
11:12 am
Thu February 21, 2013

"Brooklyn Castle" screening at MASS MoCA

    Tonight at 7:30 PM in their Club B10, MASS MoCA will screen Brooklyn Castle as part of their Winter/Spring 2013 documentary film series, Compete!, celebrating films about winning, losing, and how you play the game.

Brooklyn Castle is an engaging and heartwarming doc about the championship winning chess team at IS 318 - a below-the-poverty-line public school in Brooklyn. The film focuses on 5 incredible kids and their coaches and teachers as they battle their opponents as well as recessionary budget cuts that threaten all extracurricular activities at their school.

The film won an Audience Award at last year’s South by Southwest Film 2012 Documentary Spotlight and was one of the top 10 Audience Favourites at the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival.

Filmmaker, Katie Dellamaggiore, will do a Q&A via Skype after the screening of Brooklyn Castle tonight at MASS MoCA and she joins us to talk about the film.

Congressional Corner
10:50 am
Thu February 21, 2013

Congressional Corner with Paul Tonko - Part 3

    The legality of drones is a hot topic nationally.

In today’s Congressional Corner, New York representative Paul Tonko, a Democrat who represents the 20th district, tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that the power of the drone program should be kept in check.

The Roundtable
10:10 am
Thu February 21, 2013

22nd Annual New York in Bloom fundraiser at The New York State Museum

2013 signature arrangement by Connie Strong Wilbur, Bethlehem Garden Club

   The 22nd Annual New York in Bloom takes place this weekend at The New York State Museum in Albany, New York. The event is a fundraiser benefiting the Museum’s educational programs for children.

Garden club members, professional designers, interior designers and floral enthusiasts from the Capital District and beyond will create unique floral arrangements that complement and interpret the Museum’s permanent and temporary exhibitions.

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The Roundtable
9:35 am
Thu February 21, 2013

Walter Stahr to give Founders Day keynote address at Union College

  Walter Stahr, author of an acclaimed biography on one of Union College's most distinguished alumni, William Henry Seward, will deliver the keynote address at Founders Day today at 12:45 in Memorial Chapel. The event commemorates the 218th anniversary of the College’s charter.

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Arts & Culture
10:45 am
Wed February 20, 2013

Lucius: Far from Just Sitting There

Credit www.ilovelucius.com

  Lucius is Brooklyn based quintet – dually fronted by Jess Wolfe and Holly Leassig. It was announced last week that Lucius is playing the Solid Sound Festival at MASS MoCA in North Adams, MA this coming June – but we’ll have a chance to see them in the region before then. Jess and Holly – along with bandmates Dan Molad, Peter Lalish, and Andrew Burrl are playing at The BSP Lounge in Kingston, NY this Thursday; The Outer Space in Hamden, CT on Friday, and The Log in Williamstown, MA on Saturday. (The Williamstown show is sold out. )

The New York Times referred to Lucius’ music as “luscious, luminous, lilting lullabies” – that’s high praise (and a lot of alliteration) from The Grey Lady – and Paste Magazine says the rootsy female-driven dynamic is dangerously powerful.

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Arts & Culture
10:35 am
Wed February 20, 2013

"A Wall Street Odyssey" at The Linda

    In the grand tradition of the English Rock opera, a la Tommy, The Wall and The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway – there is a new rock opera for the 21st century: A Wall Street Odyssey.

Yossarian, (from Joseph Heller's seminal book, Catch 22) is reborn as a burned out stockbroker on a path of self-destruction, rebirth and transcendence. The show includes live music, costumes, narration and videos on a giant screen.

Songwriter Sean Bigler and wife Bonnie Lykes live in the Woodstock area of upstate NY formed Epigene in 2000 and are the creators of A Wall Street Odyssey. They bring their show to The Linda in Albany, NY on Saturday, February 23rd.

Arts & Culture
10:10 am
Wed February 20, 2013

The Arkell Museum at Canajoharie

Theodore Robinson (1852 - 1896), Josephine in the Garden, c. 1890

    From Giverny to the Brooklyn Bridge: American Impressionist Paintings from the Arkell Collections is currently on display at The Arkell Museum in Canajoharie. The exhibition features remarkable American Impressionist paintings - sun-dappled views of France and America by Childe Hassam, John Twachtman, Theodore Robinson, J. Alden Weir, and Edward Redfield are among the notable paintings in this exhibition.

There is a curator’s talk about the exhibition this weekend.

Museum Director and Chief Curator, Diane Forsberg, and Library Director, Leah Lafera join us now to talk about that and other goings-on at The Arkell.

The Roundtable
9:45 am
Wed February 20, 2013

Hollis and Tobias Seamon

    

      This morning we meet a mother and her son who are two successful authors and will be reading and signing in our region tomorrow night.

Prizewinning writer Hollis Seamon received critical acclaim for Body Work: Stories, a collection of stories about women on the brink and for her mystery novel Flesh. Hollis will read from and discuss her new story collection, Corporeality - Stories, recently published by Able Muse Press.

   Tobias Seamon's first novel The Magician's Study was praised by Booklist for its "stylistic inventiveness and skill with characterization ... nothing short of breathtaking." The poet, filmmaker and fiction writer will read from his new novella The Fair Grounds, set in Kaaterskill and with a nod to Washington Irving. Both will be at the Book House in Stuyvesant Plaza at 7PM tomorrow night.

The Roundtable
9:35 am
Wed February 20, 2013

"Priests of our Democracy" by Marjorie Heins

    Marjorie Heins, author of Priests of our Democracy, and Albany Law Professor and WAMC commentator Stephen Gottlieb, author of the forthcoming Unfit for Democracy, will present their views of the U.S. Supreme Court at Albany Law School next Tuesday on February 26th, 2013 at 7:00 PM at the Albany Law School.

Heins’ book, Priests of Our Democracy: The Supreme Court, Academic Freedom, and the Anti-Communist Purge, covers the battles over academic freedom that played out across college campuses and in the courts in the early 1950s.

An activist, lawyer and journalist, Heins founded and directed the ACLU’s Arts Censorship Project, as well as the Free Expression Policy Project.

The Roundtable
1:37 pm
Tue February 19, 2013

Jesse Feiler - Big Data

  This morning we discuss called something called: Big Data. That's the term for the massive databases that are coming into vogue and raising privacy issues. Our tech guru, Jesse Feiler joins us to explain.

Jesse is a developer, consultant, and author specializing in iOS, FileMaker databases, and technologies for small businesses, nonprofits, and municipal governments. His most recent books are iWork for Dummies, Sams Teach Yourself Core Data in 24 Hours, and its companion Objective-C in 24 Hours.

His app, Minutes Machine for iPad, is available on the App Store. It helps nonprofits, homeowner associations, and small businesses manage meetings and generate minutes in real-time. 

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