The Roundtable

  Simon Majumdar is a food writer, broadcaster, and author of Eat My Globe and Eating for Britain. He is a recurring judge on Iron Chef, The Next Iron Chef, and Cutthroat Kitchen. He is the fine living correspondent for and he writes regular features for the Food Network website.

He joins us to talk about about his new book, Fed, White, and Blue: Finding America with My Fork, an exploration into the food cultures that make up America—brewing beer, picking vegetables, working at a food bank, and even finding himself, very reluctantly, at a tailgate.

  Today's Book Picks list comes from Jess Hanlon of The Northshire Bookstore.

Get in Trouble by Kelly Link
Funny Girl by Nick Hornby
Midnight in Europe by Alan Furst
Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy: Four Women Undercover in the Civil War by Karen Abbott
Rules of Scoundrels series by Sarah MacLean
The Fourteenth Goldfish by Jennifer Holm
El Deafo by Cece Bell

4/14/15 Panel

Apr 14, 2015

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

Today's panelists are WAMC's Alan Chartock, SUNY Albany Journalism Professor and Investigative Professor, Rosemary Armao, and Associate Editor of The Times Union, Mike Spain.

Scheduled topics include: Marco Rubio announces 2016 Presidential bid; four former Blackwater security contractors sentenced; Putin lifts ban on Russian missile sales to Iran; plan to shrink Rikers Island population; and TU headlines.

How much do we think we know about the First Amendment? How many of us have looked at and considered the full text? More than likely we rely not on our own reading of the document and its various clauses, but on our Supreme Court’s interpretations and rulings to flesh out its true intent. But, what if the Supreme Court got it wrong?

Burt Neuborne, a former legal director of the ACLU, who has argued many cases before the Supreme Court, contends that oftentimes they have gotten it wrong. In his new book, Madison's Music: On Reading the First Amendment, Neuborne demonstrates that by failing to relate to the text as a coherent whole, the court has incrementally and collectively warped the original intent of the First Amendment.

Teaching Trout To Talk

Apr 13, 2015

  There is some great fly-fishing in Washington County, NY. So, it makes sense that Stu Bartow - a writer who lives near the famed Battenkill - has combined his love of writing and fly fishing in a new book in Teaching Trout to Talk — the zen of small stream fly fishing.

In the book, Stuart Bartow answers questions such as, what's the difference between a trout bum and a zen fly fisher? Do fish have souls, and when is the best time to fish?

Stu Bartow teaches writing and literature at SUNY Adirondack. He is also chair of the Battenkill Conservancy. He will be speaking and signing his new book at Northshire Bookstore in Saratoga Springs on Saturday, April 25th.

In the new post-apocalyptic literary epic, The Country of Ice Cream Star, fifteen year old Ice Cream Star and her nomadic tribe live off the detritus of a crumbled civilization. In this world, before reaching the age of twenty, everyone dies of a mysterious disease which has persisted for generations. When her brother begins to show symptoms of the disease, Ice Cream sets off on a journey for the cure.

Sandra Newman is the author of several novels and works of non-fiction.

For astronaut Ron Garan, living on the International Space Station was a powerful, transformative experience—one that he believes holds the key to solving our problems here on Earth. It gave him what he calls, the orbital perspective.

In his new book, The Orbital Perspective: Lessons in Seeing the Big Picture from a Journey of 71 Million Miles, Garan conveys what it was like learning to work with a diverse group of people, in an environment only handful of human beings have ever known.

4/13/15 Panel

Apr 13, 2015

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

Today's panelists are WAMC's Alan Chartock, SUNY Albany Journalism Professor and Investigative Professor, Rosemary Armao, and political consultant, Libby Post.

Scheduled topics include Hillary Rodham Clinton officially enters the presidential race; President Obama in Cuba; Walter Scott Case Update; NYT Editorial - "A New Phase in Anti-Obama Attacks"; Jordan Spieth wins Masters.