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, 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

"Book Picks" lists are here.

Matt Charland

  The first event of Basilica Hudson’s fifth season is the 24-Hour Drone: Experiments in Sound and Music, an adventurous collaboration with the Le Guess Who? festival in Utrecht, Netherlands. An immersive event and all-encompassing experience, 24-Hour Drone features musicians from the region and beyond experimenting in electronic, psychedelic, classical, non-western and instrumental drone music for a full 24 hours of low-frequency fun, set in-the-round in Basilica’s Main Hall. The drone will start at 3pm this Saturday and end … well, 24 hours later.

The following weekend, the Basilica will be filled with the scent of ramps - a wild onion – as chefs gather to present 2015 Ramp Fest.

Two very different events in one very cool space. Here to help us sort it all out are Melissa Auf der Maur, Basilica Hudson Co-Creative Director; John Rosenthal, 24 hour drone event musician and manager of Second Ward Foundation; and Jeff Gimmel, Ramp Fest organizer and James Beard nominated chef from Swoon Kitchenbar.

  Hunger Solutions New York was formed in 1985 as the Nutrition Consortium of New York State. They strive to maximize participation in, and support for, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance. They also work towards the growth of other nutrition assistance programs including the School Breakfast Program (SBP) and the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP).

Hunger Solutions New York develops and distributes information and resources for community-based organizations and agencies to use to further the fight against hunger and they manage the Nutrition Outreach and Education Program and the Long Island Anti-Hunger Initiative. Both programs are designed to provide education, support, and assistance connecting New Yorkers to SNAP and other resources to end hunger.

The North Country is getting to know its new representative.

In today’s Congressional Corner, New York Republican Elise Stefanik tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock about her first few months in office.

Bad Days In History

Apr 21, 2015

  In their new Bad Days in History project, National Geographic and author Michael Farquhar uncover an instance of bad luck, epic misfortune, and unadulterated mayhem tied to every day of the year.

From Caligula's blood-soaked end to hotelier Steve Wynn's unfortunate run-in with a priceless Picasso, they have collected 365 tales of misery include lost fortunes (like the would-be Apple investor who pulled out in 1977 and missed out on a $30 billion-dollar windfall) and truly bizarre moments (like the Great Molasses Flood of 1919).

Michael Farquhar joins us this morning to discuss his new book: Bad Days in History.

   This week's Book Picks from Amy Lane at The Open Door Bookstore and Gift Gallery in Schenectady, NY.

List:
Ghettoside: A True Story of Murder in America by Jill Leovy
Natural Born Heroes by Christopher McDougall
Legend by Eric Blehm
The Dream Lover by Elizabeth Berg
Martin Marten by Brian Doyle
Creation by Bhajju Shyam with Gita Wolf
I Don't Like Koala by Sean Ferrell, pictures by Charles Santoso
Yeti and the Bird by Nadia Shireen

4/21/15 Panel

Apr 21, 2015

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

Today's panelists are WAMC's Alan Chartock, SUNY Albany Journalism Professor and Investigative Professor, Rosemary Armao, and essayist, author, editor and activist - Barbara Smith.

Scheduled topics include: EU Migrant Crisis; Baltimore Arrest Spinal Cord Death; Breast Cancer Numbers; Standardized Testing; 2015 Pulitzer Prizes.

  What would you do if you started to disappear? At the age of 45, friend Laury Sacks - an actress and mother - had a reputation as the quickest wit in the room. At the age of 46, she began forgetting words. Soon she could barely speak.

The documentary film, Looks Like Laury Sounds Like Laury, captures one year in her journey with  frontotemporal dementia, a little-understood disease that strikes people in the prime of life.

Looks Like Laury Sounds Like Laury will screen at the Scoville Memorial Library in Salisbury, CT at 7pm this Friday, April 24th.

Lawmakers are facing a tough decision over the Iranian nuclear program.

In today’s Congressional Corner, New York representative Nita Lowey tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that the U.S. relationship with Israel must remain sacred.

  This Friday and Saturday, the The Thorn Preserve in Woodstock, NY will have a bioblitz.

A bioblitz is a community event designed to quickly compile information on biodiversity in a relatively small area. Community members participate in the events alongside trained naturalists and scientists to find and identify as many species of plants and animals as possible in, generally, a period of 24 – 36 hours.

The Thorn Preserve is owned by The Catskill Center and is comprised of 60 beautiful acres in the heart of Woodstock. Thorn Preserve is operated in partnership with Woodstock Land Conservancy.

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