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?

If you would like to be on the show email us at roundtable@wamc.org

Send your comments or questions for The Roundtable Panel to panel@wamc.org

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.

Listener Essay - Yearning

Apr 24, 2017

Debbie Slack enjoys hiking in CT, especially at Trail Wood, the home of Edwin and Nellie Teale, with her husband Bob and their two Labs. Besides exploring, Debbie loves when her four children and their families can spend time together. Presently Deb is on a mission searching for “the” literary agent to represent her novel, Henry Cooper and the Gutsy Girls. Deb believes there is value in everyone’s words and is leading the Writers’ Clinic in her home town of Tolland, CT. 

Brian Bell and The Relationship
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Brian Bell has been part of some of the most defining rock music of the past 25 years as a guitarist, songwriter and singer in Weezer. This spring, Bell’s side project The Relationship is releasing a new album, Clara Obscura, which once again demonstrates Bell’s propensity for catchy pop-rock and guitar work. Albany music fans had a chance to see the band live last September at Larkfest. Bell will be back in our region with Weezer at Boston Calling on May 28.

 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.

Nechama Laber is the Founder and Global Director of Jewish Girls Unite & Jewish Girls Retreat and she joins us today to tell us about her organizations’ mission to provide a safe and loving environment where Jewish girls of all backgrounds explore Judaism through the arts and nature.

Could Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker become a national figure?

In today’s Congressional Corner, Tim Vercellotti of the Western New England University poll and professor of political science concludes his discussion with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

Kelly Osbourne has lived her entire life in the spotlight. As the daughter of one of the world’s best-known rock stars, she appeared alongside her family in the pioneering reality series The Osbournes and then went on to become famous in her own right as a television personality, host, fashion designer, singer and actress.

There’s been no shortage of drama, controversy and pain, but Kelly has emerged as one of the entertainment world’s most confident, idiosyncratic, and winning personalities, sure of who she is and loving the life she leads. 

In her new book There is No F*-ing Secret, she shares stories from her crazy life that she hopes will inspire us to embrace all the weird and wonderful things that make us unique. 

4/24/17 Panel

Apr 24, 2017

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

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Director of the Journalism Program at the University at Albany Rosemary Armao, political consultant and lobbyist, Libby Post, and Counter-Terrorism Expert Malcolm Nance.

Piper Perish inhales air and exhales art. The sooner she and her best friends can get out of Houston and get to New York City, the better. Art school has been Piper's dream forever, and now that senior year is halfway over, she's never felt more ready.

But in the final months before graduation, things are weird with her friends and stressful with three different guys, and Piper's sister's tyranny thwarts every attempt at happiness for the Perish family. Piper's art just might be enough to get her out. But is she brave enough to seize that power when it means giving up so much?

Piper Perish is a new novel by Kayla Cagan.

  In this week’s Classical Music According to Yehuda, Alan Chartock and Yehuda Hanani continue their series of discussions about women who influenced classical composers. Last week we learned about Augusta Holmes - a student who inspired César Franck. This week, we learn more about Holmes herself.

Wildflowers at Bartholomew’s Cobble
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The Trustees of Reservations enjoy and care for more than 100 special places – nearly 25,000 acres – all around Massachusetts.

As everything starts blooming, we’re going to learn what’s happening at Trustees sites this spring. 

We are joined by Trustees General Manager for the Southern Berkshires, Brian Cruey and Engagement Site Managers Carrieanne Petrik-Huff and Andrea Caluori.

The 2018 election season is already taking shape.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Tim Vercellotti of the Western New England University poll and professor of political science continues his discussion with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

April was designated as "Jazz Appreciation Month," known as JAM, in 2002 by the Smithsonian Museum to herald and celebrate the extraordinary heritage and history of jazz. The year 2017 also marks the centennial of the first recorded jazz album and the first commercial use of the word “jazz,” when the Original Dixieland Jazz Band recorded their New Orleans rooted music at Victor Talking Machine. The recording was an instantaneous success, ushering in a new era of popular music, the “Jazz Age.”

To celebrate all of this, and to preview an event at The Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival this summer, we welcome Danilo Perez. Pianist, composer, educator and social activist, Pérez is among the most influential and dynamic musicians of our time. 

On Saturday, June 24th, he'll perform Jazz 100: The Music of Dizzy, Mongo and Monk with Joe Lovano, Jason Palmer, Josh Roseman, Roman Diaz, Ben Street and Adam Cruz.

The Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival is one of the most renowned and longest-running jazz festivals in North America and it marks its 40th anniversary this year. 

4/21/17 Panel

Apr 21, 2017

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

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Director of the Journalism Department at the University at Albany, and former EPA Regional Administrator Judith Enck.

March for Science - Albany, NY/Capital District - April 22
People's Climate March - Washington D.C. - April 29 (site links to sister marches all over the country)


  Singer-songwriter Aimee Mann will perform at The Egg in Albany, NY on Tuesday, April 25th in support of her new album, Mental Illness available now on SuperEgo Records.

 

She joins us to discuss the album.

 

Jonathan Coulton will open the show. His new album, Solid State, will be available on 4/28 -- also on Mann's label.

Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys has been traveling the world giving audiences a chance to bid farewell to his most celebrated achievement: the 1966 album Pet Sounds. Ranked by Rolling Stone as the second-greatest album of all time, Wilson’s masterpiece helped lift a surf rock vocal group to auteur status in the rock world. Brian Wilson’s tour with fellow founding Beach Boy member Al Jardine, Blondie Chaplin, and his terrific band will be at the Palace in Albany on April 26 at 8 p.m. and at the Hanover in Worcester on April 30.

Orli Auslander grew up in London and worked as a milliner and radio DJ in New York City before devoting herself full-time to creating art. Her work has been shown in the US, England and Spain, and was recently featured on the Showtime series Happyish.

Her new book, I Feel Bad: All Day. Every Day. About Everything., is a series of 100 illustrations with accompanying text. She captures a mood and emotional ambivalence that will be all too familiar for readers: trying to be the best wife, mother, and friend she can be, while simultaneously feeling badly about virtually everything she does. 

Orli Auslander will have a book party at The Golden Notebook in Woodstock, NY this Friday at 6 p.m. 

How much weight should we give to a special election in Georgia?

In today’s Congressional Corner, Tim Vercellotti of the Western New England University poll and professor of political science speaks with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

Shawn Stone, Digital Editor of The Alt joins us to talk about what he's seen lately and what cultural events are coming up this week in our region.

Seen: The Fate of the Furious

Upcoming:

  • Yallah! Underground - Skidmore College Palamountain Hall, Saratoga Springs, Thursday, 4/20, 6 PM
  • The Nile Project - Sanctuary for Independent Media, Troy, Friday, 4/21, 7 PM
  • Sofia Talvik - Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs, Friday 4/21, 8 PM
  • John Pizzarelli Quartet - Massry Center for the Arts, Albany, Friday, 4/21, 7:30 PM
  • Robert Randolph and The Family Band - Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park, Saturday, 4/22, 8 PM
  • Melissa Etheridge - Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy, Sunday 4/23, 7:30 PM
  • Neil deGrasse Tyson - Proctors, Schenectady, Monday, 4/24, 7:30 PM
  • Timothy B. Schmit - Cohoes Music Hall, Cohoes, Tuesday, 4/25, 7:30 PM
  • Aimee Mann - The Egg, Albany, Tuesday, 4/25, 7:30 PM
  • Brian Wilson: Pet Sounds 50th Anniversary - Palace Theatre, Albany, Wednesday, 4/26

New movies: Free Fire, The Promise, Disney’s Born in China

4/20/17 Panel

Apr 20, 2017

      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, Director of the Journalism Department at the University at Albany, Rosemary Armao.

Betty Buckley is an award-winning actress of stage and screen. She won a Tony Award for her performance as Grizabella in the original Broadway production of CATS. From 1977 to 1981 she played  on the ABC series Eight is Enough.

She joins us today to discuss her work in M. Night Shyamalan’s recent thriller, SPLIT (which is available this week from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment on Blu-ray and DVD) AND her new record, Story Songs - which was released last Friday by Palmetto Records.

In SPLIT, three girls are kidnapped by a man, played by James McAvoy, who is diagnosed with 23 distinct personalities, they must try to escape before the apparent emergence of a frightful new persona. Betty Buckley plays Dr. Karen Fletcher - the man’s psychologist.


  The hip-hop string-duo Black Violin is playing at The Troy Savings Bank Music Hall this Thursday at 7:30.

Kevin “Kev Marcus” Sylvester and William "Wil B." Baptiste met at a performing arts high school in Florida where they were both viola players. In Black Violin Kev Marcus plays violin and Wil B. plays viola - both men are also music producers raised on hip-hop. Their music incorporates classical string sounds, innovates on those sounds, and mixes them with hip-hop music. They’ve toured with Wu-Tang Clan, Alicia Keys, Kanye West, and Lupe Fiasco, Tom Petty - and others.

Neil deGrasse Tyson
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  Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson is director of the Hayden Planetarium, hosts Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey and is the former host of NOVA ScienceNOW on PBS. On April 24 he returns to Proctors with an all-new show: "The Cosmic Perspective."

There is no view of the world as emotionally potent as the one granted by a cosmic perspective. It's one that sees Earth as a planet in a vast empty universe. It profoundly influences what we think and feel about science, culture, politics, and life itself.

President Trump’s first budget proposal made for tough reading for many communities.

In today’s Congressional Corner, WAMC’s Alan Chartock concludes his conversation with Connecticut representative Joe Courtney, a Democrat from the 2nd district.

When playwright Kieron Barry and his longtime girlfriend broke up, he was stunned.  It took him a long time to process the ‘why’ and the ‘what did I do wrong’.  To try and sort it out, he wrote. 

The result is The Official Adventures of Kieron and Jade a comedy with its world premiere taking place at Bridge Street Theatre in Catskill tomorrow night. 

And that’s what the play is about. Not the break up, but the pros and cons of writing about the break up.

Barry is best known for his one act comedy, Numbers.  He has also been showcased locally in the enormously successful 2012 production of Tomorrow in the Battle at Stageworks/Hudson. 

We welcome him to The Roundtable this morning along with Bridge Street Theatre founder/co-owner, John Sowle.

4/19/17 Panel

Apr 19, 2017

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

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Director of the Journalism Program at the University at Albany Rosemary Armao, and corporate attorney, Rich Honen.

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Our tech guru Jesse Feiler joins us this morning to discuss the ins and outs of dealing with cyber continuity including cyber security and cyber continuity.

Jesse Feiler is an app developer and author. His most recent app is Utility Smart (in the App Store); recent books are "iPad for Seniors for Dummies" (Wiley), and "Exploring Swift Playgrounds"(Apress).  

  

    Suzanna Hermans from Oblong Books and Music joins us with this week's Book Picks.

List:

All Grown Up by Jami Attenberg
Universal Harvester by John Darnielle
Ragdoll by Daniel Cole
Quicksand by Malin Persson Giolito
Escargot by Dashka Slater, illustrated by Sydney Hanson
Charlie & Mouse by Laurel Snyder, illustrated by Emily Hughes
Over and Under the Pond by Kate Messner, illustrated  by Christopher Silas Neal
The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli

Oblong Will have a Poetry Reading in Rhinebeck on Thursday.

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