The Roundtable

Weekdays, 9 a.m.

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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, Bill O'Reilly, 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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10:25 - The Writer's Almanac
11:10 - Earth Wise
Book Picks lists are here.
You may also hear Pulse of the Planet and Sound Beat on The Roundtable.

Frances Moore Lappé - author of her new book - Daring Democracy will be speaking at this weekend’s Earthcare Festival at the Bryant Homestead in Cummington, Massachusetts on Saturday, September 16th. 

In her keynote talk, Lappé will discuss her personal and intellectual journey since her groundbreaking 1971 bestseller, Diet for a Small Planet, and then address global hunger and her vision for democracy as necessary to creating sustainable ways of living and a livable and peaceful planet.

The Earthcare Festival is the third program presented by the Hilltown Chautauqua of Western Massachusetts and has as its theme “Food, Farms, and the Future.”

Though politicians have allocated a tremendous amount of money to invest in pre-K education, parents of young children are strapped and stressed. Millions of mothers and fathers in all income brackets still can’t find spots for their children or have to send their kids to low quality programs.

Many don’t know what to look for even when they do have choices. By combining the stories of struggling parents, committed teachers, and groundbreaking administrators, author Suzanne Bouffard’s new book: The Most Important Year: Pre-Kindergarten and the Future of Our Children looks inside some of the country’s best pre-K programs to expose the surprising ingredients that make them work and give children the skills to improve the trajectory of their lives. 

Suzanne Bouffard is a writer with a background in child development and education.

What will happen to DACA?

In today’s Congressional Corner, Congressional Quarterly’s David Hawkings 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: Home Again

Upcoming:

A Celebration of Spoken Word Poetry with Tyehimba Jess
New York State Writers Institute, UAlbany Recital Hall, Albany, Thursday 9/14, 7 PM

The Cat and the Canary
Madison Theater, Albany, Thursday 9/14, 7 PM

FreshGrass Festival featuring Railroad Earth, Brandi Carlisle, Del McCoury Band and many more
MASS MoCA, North Adams, Mass., Friday 9/15 through Sunday 9/17

Hurray for the Riff Raff (aka Alynda Lee Segarra), Xenia Rubinos, Carrie Rodriguez
The Egg, Albany, Friday 9/15, 8 PM

The Garcia Project
Cohoes Music Hall, Cohoes, Friday 9/15, 8 PM

Heather Pierson Acoustic Trio
Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs, Friday 9/15, 8 PM

Enterprising Waters: New York’s Erie Canal (Phase One)
New York State Museum, Albany, opens Saturday 9/16 (through October 2019)

The Enchanted City Steampunk Faire
Riverfront Park, Troy, Saturday 9/16, 11 AM-5 PM

Pearlpalooza featuring K.Flay, Rubblebucket, Arkells, Colony House, Kimono Dragons and more
North Pearl Street, Albany, Saturday 9/16, 1-9 PM

Randy Newman
Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy, Saturday 9/16, 8 PM

New Movies: Mother!American AssassinCalifornia Typewriter

9/14/17 Panel

Sep 14, 2017

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

Today's panelists are: Former Daily Freeman Publisher Ira Fusfeld, Communications Consultant Theresa Bourgeois, and Siena College Professor of Political Science Vera Eccarius-Kelly.

Kate Hamer is the author of The Girl in the Red Coat, which was a Costa First Novel Award finalist, a Dagger Award finalist, an Amazon Best Book of the Year 2016 and a winner of the ELLE Lettres Readers’ Prize. Her new book is The Doll Funeral.

Far from a typical music festival, Basilica SoundScape features live concert performances, conceptual sound performances, author readings, installations, collaborations, curated local vendors and artisans, on-site activities and more, creating an immersive, innovative weekend of art, music, and culture.

Basilica SoundScape 2017 – taking place this Friday through Sunday – will feature a lineup of some of the most innovative and genre-pushing musicians, visual artists and writers working today, with unique collaborations across disciplines.

Melissa Auf der Maur is the Co-Founder and Director of Basilica Hudson.


  The folk and son mexicano band David Wax Museum is currently on a tour that marks their 1000th show and their 10th anniversary. To mark the occasion, they’ve  released Electric Artifacts, an album of outtakes and rarities.

The duo of David Wax and Suz Slezak will be joined by their full band with a horn section for a show this Sunday at 7 p.m. at Caff​è Lena in Saratoga Springs, NY.

David Wax joins us.

The U.S. relationship with Russia has ripple effects all over the globe.

In today’s Congressional Corner, New York representative Sean Patrick Maloney, a Democrat from the 18th district, wraps up his discussion with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

Randy Newman
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Randy Newman is a legendary songwriter with hits that run the gamut from heartbreaking to satirical and a host of unforgettable film scores. He has used his many talents to create musical masterpieces widely recognized by generations of audiences.

He has a new album, Dark Matter, out from Nonesuch and he'll be at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall on Saturday, September 16th at 8 p.m.

9/13/17 Panel

Sep 13, 2017

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

Today's panelists are University at Albany’s School of Criminal Justice professor Frankie Bailey, Communications Consultant Theresa Bourgeois and Political Consultant, Libby Post.

The Whiskey Treaty Roadshow are a collaborative of five Massachusetts-based singer-songwriters. As individuals they have released a total of 18 albums; their live record The Heart of the Run is their first as a band. This coming Friday they will release a new EP and perform at MASS MoCA’s FreshGrass Festival.

Billy Keane joins us.

The mission of the Academy of Music is to enrich greater Northampton’s quality of life by offering first class performing arts and film presentations in an historic theatre of national significance, and encouraging the use of the venue for social, educational and professional events.

Academy of Music kicks of their 2017-18 season with the New England premiere of Building the Wall, the newest play by Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award – winning playwright Robert Schenkkan. It’s the very near future, and the Trump administration has carried out his campaign promises to round up and detain millions of immigrants. 

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

Survivor Cafe: The Legacy of Trauma and the Labyrinth of Memory by Elizabeth Rosner

My Absolute Darling by Gabriel Tallent

Ranger Games: A Story of Soldiers, Family and an Inexplicable Crime by Ben Blum

Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward

Miss D and Me: Life with the Invincible Bette Davis by Kathryn Sermak with Danelle Morton

Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus by Dusti Bowling

The Antlered Ship by written by Dashka Slater, illustrated by The Fan Brothers

Smoot: A Rebellious Shadow written by Michelle Cuevas, illustrated by Sydney Smith 

Tom Schachtman will be at The White Hart Inn in Salisbury, CT tonight to read from and discuss his new book, How the French Saved AmericaThe White Hart Speaker Series is presented in collaboration with Oblong Books & Music & Scoville Memorial Library

Americans today have a love/hate relationship with France, but in this illuminating new history, Tom Shachtman shows that without France, there might not be a United States of America.

To the rebelling colonies, French assistance made the difference between looming defeat and eventual triumph. Even before the Declaration of Independence was issued, King Louis XVI and French foreign minister Vergennes were aiding the rebels. After the Declaration, that assistance broadened to include wages for our troops; guns, cannon, and ammunition; engineering expertise that enabled victories and prevented defeats; diplomatic recognition; safe havens for privateers; battlefield leadership by veteran officers; and the army and fleet that made possible the Franco-American victory at Yorktown. 

Mario Cantone is back for another hilarious night of comedy and music at Bearsville Theater on September 16th as part of the 5th Annual Woodstock Comedy Festival. From Liza Minnelli to Julia Childs, come see Mario's best impressions, stories, music and all new jokes. 

Mario is a Tony nominated comedian who is best known for his role as Anthony on the hit HBO series Sex and the City is also an accomplished stage actor and singer. He has performed on Broadway in Shakespeare’s The TempestLove! Valor! Compassion!Assassins, and his one-man show, Laugh Whore.

Besides his acting career, he has conquered the comedy scene performing as a standup and impressionist in venues like Carnegie Hall.

9/12/17 Panel

Sep 12, 2017

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

Today's panelists are: Investigative Journalist Rosemary Armao, Times Union Associate Editor Mike Spain and the Empire Report’s J.P. Miller.

FreshGrass At MASS MoCA

Sep 11, 2017

It’s safe to say it’s been a big summer for our friends at MASS MoCA in North Adams, MA. They opened a new building of gallery space in May, hosted the Solid Sound festival in June and numerous other live events throughout the summer, broke attendance records, and presented groundbreaking and globally recognized contemporary art.

Never one to rest on their laurels, MASS MoCA will present the 7th Annual FreshGrass Festival this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, Sept 15-17.

FreshGrass is a family-friendly festival, brimming with bright talent on four stages, and also in MASS MoCA’s galleries, brick-lined courtyards, and grassy field. The festival is produced in partnership by MASS MoCA, the FreshGrass Foundation, and No Depression.

This year’s festival features Brandi Carlile, Railroad Earth, The Del McCoury Band, The Wood Brothers, Del and Dog, The Suitecase Junket, Crooked Still, and many more artists – along with awards, workshops, tributes, FreshScores, and more!

Here to tell us all about it are Joe Thompson, Director of MASS MoCA and Jodi Joseph, the museum’s Director of Communications.

In 1989, Ken Follett published the historical epic The Pillars of the Earth, a departure for the bestselling writer which was praised for its ambitious scope and unforgettable cast of characters. It reached #1 on bestseller lists around the world, and has since become Follett’s most popular novel.

Ten years ago, Oprah selected The Pillars of the Earth for her Book Club, and Follett published the second book in the Kingsbridge series, World Without End.  The two books in the series have sold 38 million copies.

The saga now continues with Follett’s new epic, A Column Of Fire, coming tomorrow, which will introduce readers to a world of spies and secret agents in the sixteenth century, the time of Queen Elizabeth I. 

A Column Of Fire begins in 1558 where the ancient stones of Kingsbridge Cathedral look down on a city torn apart by religious conflict. As power in England shifts precariously between Catholics and Protestants, high principles clash bloodily with friendship, loyalty, and love. We can read the book tomorrow – we talk with best-selling author Ken Follett this morning. 

Should West Point honor a Confederate general?

In today’s Congressional Corner, New York representative Sean Patrick Maloney, a Democrat from the 18th district, continues his discussion with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

  

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.

Robin Christenson is executive director of Capital Region Sponsor-A-Scholar. Capital Region Sponsor-A-Scholar is the only college access and success program in the area. The program assists low-income, academically promising students to prepare for college success starting in the 10th grade. 

9/11/17 Panel

Sep 11, 2017

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

Today's panelists are Political Consultant Libby Post, Communications Consultant Theresa Bourgeois, and Albany County District Attorney David Soares.

Drum Boogie logo
Milton Glaser

The Drum Boogie Festival is a free, one-day, family-oriented, multi-cultural arts and educational event, celebrating and promoting the many styles of high quality percussion music found throughout the world.

The festival strives to keep a balance of entertainment, enlightenment, excitement and equality. All performances highlight percussion instruments and percussion performers while sometimes including other instrumentalists, dancers and singers. 

Garry Kvistad, founder and CEO of Woodstock Chimes, is a professional musician and creator/Executive Director of the Drum Boogie Festival and he joins us.

The Short Stories of Ernest Hemingway cover
Scribner

Ernest Hemingway is rightly celebrated for his indelible novels, but the 20th century titan was writing short stories from his high school days until almost the end. Many are well known to readers, like the Nick Adams stories and The Snows of Kilimanjaro. Others not as much. Like with his most famous novels, Hemingway was an inveterate editor of his short stories, often returning to revise the text after years. Now, you can see that rigorous process play out in the Hemingway Library edition of The Short Stories, published by Scribner. The book features a foreword by Seán Hemingway, the author’s grandson and a curator at The Met.

Our dear friend and colleague Paul Elisha passed away two years ago at the ago of 92. Now, his friends have joined together to publish Neap Tide - a collection of his unpublished poems.

Paul's passions and endeavors included: Veteran and military historian, poet and musician, radio host, longtime state government public relations person and civic volunteer and civil rights activist. But, here on WAMC, much of our audience knew Paul for his incisive commentaries, music programming and host of the poetry program, A Bard’s Eye View.

Paul’s friends Stu Bartow and Barbara Ungar worked with the family to collect unpublished poems together for the new collection. 

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