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, 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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Book Picks lists are here.

You may also hear Pulse of the Planet and Sound Beat on The Roundtable.

Washington is as dysfunctional as ever.

In today’s Congressional Corner, CQ’s David Hawkings continues his conversation 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.

STARS Intergen Corp. provides opportunities for seniors in the towns of Bethlehem and Coeymans to enhance the educational experience for Ravina-Coeymens-Selkirk students. We are joined by Bill Schwartz, STARS Intergen's Board President and Linda S. Bruno, Executive Director.

1/29/18 Panel

Jan 29, 2018

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

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

Clearwater Sloop
clearwater.org

For over 45 years, Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, Inc., founded by Pete Seeger, has been at the forefront of the environmental movement as champion of the Hudson River, working to pass landmark legislation like the Clean Water Act, and providing innovative educational programs, environmental advocacy, and musical celebrations, including the renowned annual Clearwater Festival, to inspire, educate, and activate millions of people.

Clearwater will honor former U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Regional Administrator Judith Enck at the organization’s Third Annual Spirit of the Hudson Gala on Sunday, February 11 at The Garrison in Garrison, NY.  Enck will be given Clearwater’s "Spirit of the Hudson Award" for her longtime service to the environment.

Judith joins us along with Manna Jo Greene, Environmental Action Director for Clearwater. 

1/26/18 Panel

Jan 26, 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 and Siena College Economics Professor Aaron Pacitti.

The government is open again.

In today’s Congressional Corner, CQ’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: "Phantom Thread"

Upcoming:

  • “The Hustler” - Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington, Mass., Thursday 1/25, 7 PM
  • Configurations: Anne Francey - Please exit, doors are closing: Tatana Kellner - Arts Center of the Capital Region, Troy, opens Friday 1/26, 5-9 PM, through March 12
  • “Paris Time” - Capital Repertory Theatre, Albany, Friday 1/26 through Feb. 18 (opening night Wed. 1/31)
  • Bill Staines - Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs, Friday 1/26, 8 PM
  • D.L. Hughley - Funny Bone Comedy Club, Guilderland, Friday 1/26 through Sunday 1/28, various times
  • Alicia Hall Moran - MASS MoCA, North Adams, Mass., Saturday 1/27, 8 PM
  • Joey Alexander, piano - Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy, Saturday 1/27, 7:30 PM
  • Donna McKechnie: Same Place, Another Time - Proctors, Schenectady, Saturday 1/27, 7:30 PM
  • State Ballet Theater of Russia’s Swan Lake - Palace Theatre, Albany, Tuesday 1/30, 7:30 PM

New movies: “Maze Runner: The Death Cure,” “Hostiles”

1/25/18 Panel

Jan 25, 2018

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

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Communications Consultant Theresa Bourgeois, Daily Freeman Publisher Emeritus Ira Fusfeld and Siena College Professor of Comparative Politics Vera Eccarius-Kelly.

It's safe to say that no journalist knows Donald Trump better than David Cay Johnston, who has been following him since 1988.

Johnston's new book, "It's Even Worse Than You Think: What the Trump Administration Is Doing to America" goes inside the administration to show how the federal agencies that touch the lives of all Americans are being undermined.

1/24/18 Panel

Jan 24, 2018

 

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

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Communications Consultant Theresa Bourgeois, Berkshire Eagle Reporter Jenn Smith, and NYPIRG’s Blair Horner.

After adopting an Irish sight hound, Laura Schenone discovers a remarkable and little-known fight to gain justice for dogs and for all animals. "The Dogs of Avalon" introduces us to the strong-willed Marion Fitzgibbon, born in rural Ireland, where animals are valued only for their utility. But Fitzgibbon believes that suffering is felt by all creatures, and she champions the cause of strays, baffling those around her - including her family - as she and a group of local women rescue any animal in need and taking on increasingly risky missions.

Laura Schenone is an award-winning author who has written "A Thousand Years Over a Hot Stove" ​and "The Lost Ravioli Recipes of Hoboken." Her newest book is "The Dogs of Avalon: The Race to Save Animals in Peril."

The small village of Norwich, Vermont, has an unusual knack for creating Olympians. Despite only having about three thousand residents, they have sent an athlete to nearly every Winter Olympics in the past thirty years, and three times the athlete has returned with a medal.

But according to our next guest, this unusually high success rate is not the result of tiger moms and eagle dads – it’s the result of a community culture of supportive, hands-off parenting that encourages children to enjoy themselves and try everything, without any emphasis on winning.

Karen Crouse is an award-winning New York Times reporter who stumbled upon this quiet village that has the secret to not only raising better athletes, but happier and healthier kids. Her new book is "Norwich: One Tiny Vermont Town’s Secret to Happiness and Excellence."

1/23/18 Panel

Jan 23, 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, and the Empire Report’s J.P. Miller.

The Wood Brothers
Alysse Gafkjen

With a new album, “One Drop Of Truth,” due out three days later, The Wood Brothers will be coming to our region January 30 for a concert at The Egg in Albany, part of a national tour. The flurry of activity comes on the heels of the group’s recent release “Live At The Barn,” recorded just down the road from here at Levon Helm’s venue in 2016.

    Today's Book Picks list comes from Sam Baker of The Northshire Bookstore.

List:
“Great Questions of Tomorrow” by David Rothkopf
“Women & Power” by Mary Beard
“Show Your Work” by Austin Kleon
“Brave Enough” by Cheryl Strayed
“Ikigai: Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life” by Hector Garcia
“How Art Can Make You Happy” by Bridget Payne
“The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Disagree About Religion and Politics” by Jonathan Haid
“Make Your Bed” by Admiral William McRaven

What will Robert Mueller conclude?

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.

As humans, we all need to belong. While modern social life can make even the best of us feel gawky, for roughly one in five of us, navigating its challenges is consistently overwhelming -- an ongoing maze without an exit. Often unable to grasp social cues or master the skills and grace necessary for smooth interaction, we feel out of sync with those around us. Though individuals may recognize their awkward disposition, they rarely understand why they are like this -- which makes it hard for them to know how to adjust their behavior.

Psychologist and interpersonal relationship expert Ty Tashiro knows what it’s like to be awkward. His new book is "Awkward: The Science of Why We're Socially Awkward and Why That's Awesome."

1/22/18 Panel

Jan 22, 2018

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

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, and Communications Consultants Theresa Bourgeois and Joe Bonilla.

John Cariani in "The Band's Visit"
Matthew Murphy / Playbill.com

The new musical, "The Band’s Visit," is currently running at The Ethel Barrymore Theatre on Broadway. Based on the film of the same name, "The Band’s Visit" features music and lyrics by David Yazbek, book by Itamar Moses, and is directed by David Cromer. The New York Times called the show “One of the most ravishing musicals you will ever be seduced by.”

The Alexandria Ceremonial Police Orchestra is traveling from Egypt to play a concert in Petah Tikva, Israel but after language confusion at the border end up in Beit Hatikva - a small city where civic pride is low.

Without a means of transportation out of town until the morning, the band is begrudgingly taken in by the locals.

John Cariani plays Itzik, one of the citizens of Beit Hatikva and he joins us. Cariani’s previous Broadway credits include “Something Rotten!” and the 2004 revival of “Fiddler on the Roof.” He’s also performed at nearly all of the regional theatres in our area you can think of and as a playwright is responsible for the praised and oft-produced plays, “Almost, Maine;” “Last Gas;” “Love/Sick;” and “cul-de-sac.”

This morning we learn about the new exhibit at the Hyde Collection in Glens Falls, NY. "Alphonse Mucha: Master of Art Nouveau" is on display through March 18th.

"Alphonse Mucha: Master of Art Nouveau" examines how Mucha exploited the advertising poster to create a new movement in art. His work helped shape the aesthetics of French art at the turn of the twentieth century and formed the cornerstone of the international Art Nouveau movement.

Jonathan Canning, Director of Curatorial Affairs and Programming, joins us.

A. J. Finn has written for numerous publications, including the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post and the Times Literary Supplement. Finn’s debut novel, "The Woman in the Window," has been sold in thirty-eight territories worldwide and is in development as a major motion picture from Fox.

An instant #1 New York Times Bestseller, "The Woman in the Window," Anna Fox lives alone, a recluse in her New York City home, unable to venture outside. She spends her day drinking wine (maybe too much), watching old movies, recalling happier times ... and spying on her neighbors.

Then the Russells move into the house across the way: a father, a mother, their teenage son. The perfect family. But when Anna, gazing out her window one night, sees something she shouldn’t, her world begins to crumble - and its shocking secrets are laid bare. What is real? What is imagined? Who is in danger? Who is in control? In this diabolically gripping thriller, no one and nothing is what it seems.

1/19/18 Panel

Jan 19, 2018

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

Today's panelists for our special RTPanel at The Linda discussing the events of the first year of the Trump administration are:
Alan Chartock, President and CEO of WAMC
Joe Bonilla, Communications Specialist
Theresa Bourgeois, Communications Specialist
Chris Churchill, Times Union columnist
Judith Enck, former EPA Regional Administrator
Rich Honen, Corporate Attorney
J.P. Miller, Founder/Publisher of the Empire Report New York
Aaron Pacitti, Siena College Economics Professor
Jenn Smith, Berkshire Eagle Reporter
David Soares, Albany County District Attorney

Piff The Magic Dragon will be performing at the Funny Bone in Albany tonight – Saturday, January 20th as part of his all-new 2018 tour The Dog Who Knows.

If the name doesn’t immediately conjure up an image of a grumpy-yet-hilariously-entertaining-English-comedian dressed in what looks like a handmade dragon costume (who performs magic tricks with his doggie in tow) then you simply don’t have your finger on the pulse of the comedy scene.

Piff rose to fame as the stand out star of season 10 of NBC’s “America’s Got Talent,” earning high praise from judges Howie Mandel and Howard Stern before reaching the top 10 in the finals.

Since then, Piff has made Las Vegas his home, where he has a residency at The Flamingo casino on a regular basis.

Daniel Pink looks to change the way we live by changing how we think. From “To Sell Is Human” to “Drive to A Whole New Mind,” Pink’s New York Times-bestselling books illuminate the hidden forces that affect our lives in major ways. His new book, “When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing,” shows us the keys to timing our decisions and actions so that we can thrive both personally and professionally. 

Drawing on a range of scientific research in the fields of psychology, biology, economics and anthropology, Pink reveals how we can use the hidden patterns of the day to succeed in all facets of our lives. 

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