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.

The Williamstown Theatre Festival’s 2018 summer season gets underway later this month and will feature seven productions running from June 26 to August 19.

The season will kick off with the world premiere of “The Closet” by Douglas Carter Beane. It is a comedy is about a divorced man who is stuck in a dead-end job in Scranton, Pa., and finds solace in his optimistic female co-worker. Matthew Broderick, Jessica Hecht, and Brooks Ashmanskas will star on the Main Stage.

The season continues on the Nikos Stage with the world premiere of Adam Rapp’s “The Sound Inside” which is about an accomplished professor at an Ivy League university who allies herself with a student to tackle a challenge. Mary-Louise Parker will star and David Cromer will direct.

The Williamstown Theatre Festival’s Artistic Director Mandy Greenfield joins us.

Senator Chris Murphy
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President Trump and Kim Jong-un met in Singapore. What comes next?

In today’s Congressional Corner, Connecticut U.S. Senator Chris Murphy speaks 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: "First Reformed," "Hotel Artemis," and "Ocean's 8"

Upcoming:

  • Valerie June - Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs, Thursday 6/14, 7 PM
  • Albert Lee & His Electric Band - Iron Horse Music Hall, Northampton, Mass., Thursday 6/14, 7 PM
  • Young Dr. Jekyll: A New Musical - Proctors “The Addy,” Schenectady, Thursday 6/14 at 7 PM through Saturday 6/16
  • Kidz Bop Live! - Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs, Friday 6/15, 7 PM
  • Imani Winds (part of the Mostly Modern Festival) - Zankel Music Center, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, Friday 6/15, 7:30 PM
  • Night Riots - The Hollow Bar + Kitchen, Albany, Saturday 6/16, 8 PM
  • Janis Claxton Dance - Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, Mass., Sunday 6/17, 2 PM (Free)
  • Ani DiFranco - Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington, Mass., Sunday 6/17, 7 PM
  • Spotlight on Agnes Varda: Cleo from 5 to 7 - Images Cinema, Williamstown, Mass., Tuesday 6/19, 7 PM

New movies: "Incredibles 2," "The Gospel According to Andre," "The Seagull," "SuperFly," "TAG"

6/14/18 Panel

Jun 14, 2018

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, Daily Freeman Publisher Emeritus Ira Fusfeld, and MSNBC Counter-Terrorism expert Malcolm Nance.

Alisa Roth is a former staff reporter for Marketplace and frequent contributor to various NPR programs. A Soros Justice Fellow, her work has also appeared in the New York Review of Books and New York Times.

America has made mental illness a crime. Jails in New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago each house more people with mental illnesses than any hospital. As many as half of all people in America's jails and prisons have a psychiatric disorder. One in four fatal police shootings involves a person with such disorders.

In "Insane: America's Criminal Treatment of Mental Illness," Roth goes deep inside the criminal justice system to show how and why it has become a warehouse where inmates are denied proper treatment, abused, and punished in ways that make them sicker.

Stephen Stills and Judy Collins
Stephen Stills and Judy Collins

On the afternoon of June 17th, Tanglewood in Lenox, Massachusetts will be the latest stop for two musical legends who only recently — finally — started working together. Last fall, Judy Collins and Stephen Stills, whose fiery relationship in the 1960s led to the classic CSN song "Suite: Judy Blue Eyes," came together for a new album, "Everybody Knows."

Christie Watson was a registered nurse for twenty years before writing full time. Her first novel, "Tiny Sunbirds Far Away," won the Costa First Novel Award and her second novel, "Where Women Are Kings," was also published to international critical acclaim.

In "The Language of Kindness: A Nurse's Story," she opens the doors of the hospital and shares its secrets. She takes us by her side down hospital corridors to visit the wards and meet her unforgettable patients.

David Crosby
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Folk rock pioneer and two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee David Crosby will perform in the Koussevitzky Music Shed at Tanglewood in Lenox, Massachusetts with singer-songwriter Mary Chapin Carpenter and Americana duo Chris Hillman and Herb Pedersen on Saturday, June 16 at 7 p.m.

Crosby joins us to discuss the show, the current state of the music industry, and his method for coping with upsetting news cycles.

6/13/18 Panel

Jun 13, 2018

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

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Berkshire Eagle Reporter Jenn Smith, corporate attorney, Rich Honen, and communications consultant, Joe Bonilla.

The Sexual & Interpersonal Violence Prevention Education, Capacity Building, and Training in Response for Underserved Sexual and Gender Minorities is a comprehensive, research-based training happening next week in Albany.

The conference will provide cutting-edge, prevention and response training to enhance the knowledge and skills of attendees through training to faculty, staff, medical professionals, and community and state agency service providers to turn the dial on sexual and interpersonal violence against sexual and gender minorities, while providing the most trauma-informed, and culturally-competent response and care when incidents do occur.

The conference will run in Albany, New York from June 18-22 and will include prevention and response education specifically tailored to addressing the disproportionate impact of sexual and interpersonal violence against sexual minorities on college campuses domestically, and abroad.

Joseph Storch is the Associate Counsel for The State University of New York and Elizabeth Brady is their Violence Prevention Project Director.

The Burnt Hills Oratorio Society is a non-profit community chorus whose goal is to nourish our community with the transformative power of music. In their next concert, The Burnt Hills Oratorio Society and the Oratorio Orchestra offer three dramatic musical presentations that explore “The Gift of Life.”

The concert will take place on June 15 at Church of the Immaculate Conception in Glenville, New York and features works by John Rutter, Gustav Holst, and Benjamin Britten. We are joined by Burnt Hills Oratorio Society Artistic Director and Conductor William Jon Gray and President of the Board of Directors Dave Johnson.

To be alive is to be in perpetual metamorphosis: growing, healing, learning, aging. In "Shapeshifters," physician and writer Gavin Francis considers the inevitable changes all of our bodies undergo such as birth, puberty, and death, but also laughter, sleeping, and healing; and those that only some of our bodies will like getting a tattoo, experiencing psychosis, suffering anorexia, being pregnant, or undergoing a gender transition.

The 38th annual Old Songs Folk Festival­ of Traditional Music and Dance will be held on June 22, 23 and 24 at the Altamont Fairgrounds in Altamont, New York. Old Songs celebrates folk, Celtic, and roots music; from Ireland, Quebec, the Caribbean, New England, and more.  Attendees can sing, dance, jam, and listen at this participatory event for the whole family. In addition to three concerts there are over 100 daytime workshops, dances or performances, a juried craft show, food and instrument vendors, and a children’s activity area.

We are joined by Old Songs programming committee members, Roger Mock and Debra Burger.

6/12/18 Panel

Jun 12, 2018

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

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

In the new book, "Robert F. Kennedy: Ripples Of Hope," Kerry Kennedy pays homage to her father’s life and legacy through incisive interviews with heads of state, business leaders, influences, and activists inspired by his enduring message of healing divisions through social justice and compassion.

2018 marks the 50th anniversary of RFK’s assassination. The volume is a testament to his accomplishments as well as an urgent clarion call in a time of great political and social upheaval.

Kerry Kennedy is the President of Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights

From Alisyn Camerota, co-anchor of CNN’s "New Day," comes a debut novel about an idealistic journalist who lands her dream job as a cable news anchor during a crazy presidential race only to find herself trapped in an ethical minefield.

As a veteran broadcast journalist and the co-anchor of CNN’s New Day, Alisyn Camerota knows a lot about the fast-paced world of cable news. In "Amanda Wakes Up," she gives us a backstage pass to the behind-the-scenes drama of a cable news network.

Voted one of the best reads of 2017 by NPR, "Amanda Wakes Up" is now out in paperback and offers substance, glamour and rare insight into the who, what, and how of the news we watch over breakfast.

Sarah-Jayne Blakemore is a Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience at University College London.

In her book, "Inventing Ourselves: The Secret Life of the Teenage Brain," she explains precisely what is going on in the complex and fascinating brains of teenagers, namely that the brain goes on developing and changing right through adolescence with profound implications for the adults these young people will become.

Our Falling into Place series spotlights the important work of  -- and fosters collaboration between -- not-for-profit organizations in our communities; allowing us all to fall into place. Falling Into Place is supported by The Seymour Fox Memorial Foundation, Providing a helping hand to turn inspiration into accomplishment. See more possibilities … see more promise… see more progress.

This morning we focus on the Radix Ecological Sustainability Center - a non-profit urban environmental education center located in the South End of Albany. On a one-acre city farm, they teach ecological literacy to area residents with demonstrations of sustainable tools and technologies including gardens, bioshelters, aquaponics, rainwater collection, composting, chickens, honeybees, and wind turbines. We are joined by co-founders Educational Director Scott Kellogg and Executive Director Stacy Pettigrew.

6/11/18 Panel

Jun 11, 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, Executive Editor of the Times-Herald Record Barry Lewis and Political Consultant Libby Post.

The Royal Family of Broadway” is a new musical with a book by Rachel Sheinkin and music and lyrics by William Finn - the award winning team behind “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.” Based on the original play by George S. Kaufman and Edna Ferber and an original adaptation by Richard Greenberg, “The Royal Family of Broadway” is set in the 1920’s and centers around the Cavendish family - who are loosely based on the legendary acting dynasty - The Barrymores.

Barrington Stage Company’s Musical Theatre Lab presents “The Royal Family of Broadway” on BSC’s mainstage through July 7. The production is directed by John Rando and choreographed by Joshua Bergasse.

Sarah LaDuke was joined at The Linda - WAMC’s Performing Arts Studio - by composer and lyricist William Finn, Musical Director Vadim Feichtner, and cast members Harriet Harris, Laura Michelle Kelly, Hayley Podschun, and AJ Shively.

Ink bottles - one part of Kazumi Tanaka's "INK: The Color of Manitoga"
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Manitoga is the house, studio, and 75-acre woodland garden of American industrial designer Russel Wright. Its Artist Residency program began in 2014. This summer’s residency project is entitled “INK: The Color of Manitoga” by artist Kazumi Tanaka. Tanaka is creating natural inks from plant specimens she collects in Manitoga’s woodland garden. Her lab and art space is in the main house at Manitoga.

Tanaka was born in Osaka, Japan and graduated from Osaka University before relocating to New York. She lives and works in Beacon, NY and her art has been shown all around the world. Manitoga’s Executive Director Allison Cross and Kazumia Tanaka join us.

Manitoga’s Member Opening Celebration and the official Artist Residency launch will take place tomorrow from 5 to 7 p.m. Information about that event and ongoing hikes and tours and other special events is available here.

House Republicans will have to pick a new leader.

In today’s Congressional Corner, CQ’s David Hawkings wraps up his conversation with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

The Mostly Modern Festival (MMF) is a new summer music festival that flips the traditional programming model by devoting most of its attention to the music of our time which will present eight concerts featuring an illustrious array of guest artists and ensembles, an orchestra largely made up of Mostly Modern Festival Institute (MMFI) participants, music by esteemed resident composers, and more than 30 brand-new works in world premiere performances by more than 30 MMFI participating composers.

Founded by the husband and wife team of composer Robert Paterson and violinist Victoria Paterson, the inaugural festival’s concerts take place June 8-17th at the Arthur Zankel Music Center on the campus of Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York. Robert Paterson joins us.

6/8/18 Panel

Jun 8, 2018

    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, Albany County District Attorney David Soares, and corporate attorney, Rich Honen.

All too quickly, talkative, affectionate young boys seem to slip away. Adolescents may be transformed overnight into reclusive, seemingly impenetrable young people who open up only to their friends and spend more time on devices than with family. How do you penetrate this shell before they are lost to you?

Drawing on decades of experience garnered through thousands of hours of therapy with boys, clinical psychologist Adam Cox’s new book, "Cracking the Boy Code," explains how the key to communicating with boys is understanding their universal psychological needs and using specific, straightforward communication techniques.

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