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 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.

The Adirondack Theatre Festival is about to begin its 24th season – the fourth for Producing Artistic Director, Chad Rabinovitz. He again brings an entire season of major new works to ATF with a team of top-level professional artists.

After a record-breaking season of sold-out performances last year, doubling attendance and subscribership in just the past three years, the 2018 season promises to be even larger. Performances will run June 14 – August 9 at the Charles R. Wood Theater in Downtown Glens Falls, NY.

The season begins June 14th with the musical, "Some Lovers," which follows the story of a couple caught between their present and their past. With an original story by Steven Sater ("Spring Awakening") and all new music from the legendary, Burt Bacharach.

ATF Producing Artistic Director, Chad Rabinovitz joins us.

Richard M. Cohen is the author of two New York Times bestsellers: a memoir, "Blindsided," detailing his struggles with MS and cancer and his controversial career in the news business; and "Strong at the Broken Places," following the lives of five individuals living with serious chronic illnesses. His distinguished career in network news earned him numerous awards, including three Emmys and a Peabody.

After more than four decades living with multiple sclerosis, New York Times bestselling author Richard M. Cohen finds a flicker of hope in a groundbreaking medical procedure. His new book is "Chasing Hope."

Daniel Stepner
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As Aston Magna’s Artistic Director, Daniel Stepner has programmed and led vocal and instrumental music dating from 1589 through the 1850s, featuring period instruments and vocal styles. The Festival’s repertoire has ranged from music for solo violin to baroque and early classical opera.

Aston Magna begins its 46th Season of Music next Thursday, June 14th and runs Saturday, July 21 at venues throughout the region.

Daniel Stepner was a founding member of the Boston Museum Trio at the Museum of Fine Arts. He has held concertmasterships with the Handel and Haydn Society, the Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra and Boston Baroque. For six years he was assistant concertmaster and frequent soloist of the Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century, based in Holland.

Mark Kurlansky is the New York Times bestselling author of "Havana," "Cod," "Salt," "Paper," "The Basque History of the World," "1968," and "The Big Oyster," among other titles. He has received the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, Bon Appetit's Food Writer of the Year Award, the James Beard Award, and the Glenfiddich Award.

Profoundly intertwined with human civilization, milk has a compelling and a surprisingly global story to tell, and historian Mark Kurlansky is the perfect person to tell it. Tracing the liquid's diverse history from antiquity to the present, he details its curious and crucial role in cultural evolution, religion, nutrition, politics, and economics.

6/7/18 Panel

Jun 7, 2018

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

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Times Union Associate Editor Mike Spain, Siena College Professor of Comparative Politics, Vera Eccarius-Kelly, and Vice President for editorial development at New York Press Association Judy Patrick.

6/1/18 Panel

Jun 1, 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, Siena College Economics Professor Aaron Pacitti, and communications consultant Joe Bonilla.

Brendan Kiely is the New York Times bestselling author of "All American Boys" (with Jason Reynolds), "The Last True Love Story," and "The Gospel of Winter." His work has been published in ten languages, received a Coretta Scott King Author Honor Award, the Walter Dean Myers Award, the Amelia Elizabeth Walden Award, was twice awarded Best Fiction for Young Adults by the American Library Association, and was a Kirkus Reviews Best Books of 2014.

His new novel, "Tradition," explores the insidious nature of tradition at a prestigious boarding school. He will be at Oblong Books in Rhinebeck, New York on June 10 in a Hudson Valley YA Society event with Marisha Pessl.

Jane's Ice Cream

May 31, 2018

Call it tradition and allow us to slip into summer by having Jane’s Ice Cream join us on the air to share their signature product.

Jane's Ice Cream was founded by sisters Amy and Jane Keller and Bob Guidubaldi.

Over the past three decades, Jane’s Ice Cream has grown from its beginnings as a street side lunch spot in Phoenicia, New York into a regional ice cream powerhouse. Jane’s Ice Cream supplies the Tri-state area, Massachusetts, and some of New York City’s most posh hotels and restaurants.

Jane and Amy Keller and Bob Guidubaldi join us now to tell how business has been this year and – of course – to allow us to taste some of their fantastic flavors.

The 13th Annual Berkshire International Film Festival will showcase 80 of the latest independent feature, documentary, short and family films from 28 countries from May 31 to June 3 in Great Barrington, Massachusetts and from June 1 to 3 in Pittsfield, Massachusetts.

The festival features screenings and various special events including three “Tea Talks”. One of this year’s Tea Talks features Berkshire based Academy Award winning filmmaker, Cynthia Wade, and a screening of her new documentary, “Grit.”

"Grit" is co-directed and co-produced by Wade and Sasha Friedlander and follows the lives of Indonesian citizens in East Jakarta displaced from their villages when an underground mudflow, struck by a natural gas drill, bubbles up and buries their homes and everything they own beneath 60 feet of mud.

Cynthia Wade joins us.

The digital age has had a major effect on politicians and the reporters who cover them.

In today’s Congressional Corner, CQ’s David Hawkings continues his conversation 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: "Solo: A Star Wars Story"

Upcoming:

  • Birthday Celebration for Walt Whitman: Readings from “Song of Myself” - Robert Burns Statue, Washington Park, Albany, Thursday 5/31, 6 PM
  • Marcia Ball - The Upper Room, Albany, Friday 6/1, 7 PM
  • "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea" - Capitol Theatre, Rome, Friday 6/1 at 7 PM and Saturday 6/2 at 2:30 PM
  • "The Importance of Being Ernest" - Circle Theatre Players, Sand Lake Center for the Arts, Averill Park, opens Friday 6/1 at 8 PM; through June 10
  • "Places Please" with Larry Keigwin & Nicole Wolcott - PS 21, Chatham, Saturday 6/2, 7 PM
  • Albany Symphony Orchestra’s American Music Festival from Wednesday 5/31 through Sunday 6/3
  •      Dogs of Desire, EMPAC Theater, Friday 6/1, 7:30 PM
  •      ASO 2018 Festival Concert, EMPAC Concert Hall, Saturday 6/2, 7:30 PM
  •      Fanfare to Joan Tower, Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy, Sunday 6/3, 1 PM
  •      The River Sings, Troy’s Riverfront Park, Sunday 6/3, 7:30 PM (Free)
  • The Suitcase Junket - Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs, Sunday 6/3, 7 PM
  • Next Act New Play Summit #7:
  •      “Showpony” at the GE Theatre at Proctors, Schenectady, Sunday 6/3, 5 PM
  •      “The Way North” Capital Repertory Theatre, Albany, Monday 6/4, 7:30 PM
  • National Ballet of Cuba: Giselle - SPAC, Saratoga Springs, Wednesday 6/6, 8 PM; also 6/7 at 2 PM & 6/8 at 8 PM

New movies: "Adrift," "Upgrade"

5/31/18 Panel

May 31, 2018

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

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Daily Freeman Publisher Emeritus Ira Fusfeld, Siena College Professor of Comparative Politics, Vera Eccarius-Kelly, and Professor of Computer Science at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Fran Berman.

Listen To The NY-19 Democratic Candidate Debate

May 31, 2018
The candidates debating Thursday at WAMC's Linda
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Seven Democratic candidates vying to take on Republican John Faso in the race for New York's 19th Congressional District seat debated at WAMC on Thursday, May 31. You can listen to the entire debate here.

Spencertown Academy Arts Center presents its 14th annual Hidden Gardens Breakfast Lecture, “Where Have All the Monarchs Gone and What We Can Do About It?” by Maraleen Manos-Jones, on Saturday, June 2 at 10:30 a.m.

Environmental activist and master gardener Maraleen Manos-Jones is known as the “Butterfly Woman” as she has been raising, tagging, and releasing butterflies for over forty years. She is the author of The Spirit of Butterflies: Myth, Magic & Art.

Maralenn Manos-Jones joins us now along with Spencertown Academy Arts Center Board Member and co-chair of Hidden Gardens, Madaline Sparks.

"Typhoid Mary" - a new play by Mark St. Germain - is playing at Barrington Stage Company's St. Germain Stage in Pittsfield, MA through June 16.

The play tells the true story of Mary Mallon, one of the most infamous women in America, she was incredibly stubborn, ambitious, and in fierce denial of any wrongdoing. Master storyteller Mark St. Germain ("Freud’s Last Session" and "Dancing Lessons") has captured the woman behind the myths while exploring the battle between science and religion.

St. Germain has another play running in our region. "Relativity" is running at Penguin Rep Theatre in Stony Point, NY through June 10.

From Academy Award-winning filmmaker Morgan Neville ("20 Feet from Stardom"), "Won’t You Be My Neighbor?" takes an intimate look at America’s favorite neighbor: Mister Fred Rogers.

A portrait of a man whom we all think we know, this emotional and moving film takes us beyond the zip-up cardigans and the land of make-believe, and into the heart of a creative genius who inspired generations of children with compassion and limitless imagination.

The highly anticipated and already much lauded film will be the closing night presentation of this year's Berkshire International Film Festival. BIFF takes place May 31-June 3. Nicholas Ma is a producer on "Won't You Be My Neighbor?" and he joined us to talk about the movie and his relationship with Fred Rogers.

5/30/18 Panel

May 30, 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.

Vegas Tenold is an award-winning journalist. He has covered the far right in America for years, as well as human rights in Russia, conflict in central Africa and the Middle East, and national security. A graduate of Columbia University's School of Journalism, his work has appeared in publications including the New York Times, Rolling Stone, New Republic, and Al Jazeera America.

Six years ago, Vegas Tenold embedded himself among the members of three of America's most ideologically extreme white nationalist groups-the KKK, the National Socialist Movement, and the Traditionalist Workers Party. At the time, these groups were part of a disorganized counterculture that felt far from the mainstream.

But since then, all that has changed. Racially-motivated violence has been on open display at rallies in Charlottesville, Berkeley, Pikesville, Phoenix, and Boston. Membership in white nationalist organizations is rising, and national politicians, including the president, are validating their perceived grievances.

  This week's Book Picks come from Phil Lewis of The Bennington Bookshop.

List:
"Heart Spring Mountain" by Robin MacArthur
"Warlight" by Michael Ondaatje
"Love and Ruin" by Paula McLain
"Order of Time" by Carlo Rovelli
"The Punishment She Deserves" by Elizabeth George
"Grief Cottage" by Gail Godwin

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