The Roundtable

  Do you believe that "winners never quit and quitters never win"? Do you tend to hang in longer than you should, even when you're unhappy?

Our culture usually defines quitting as admitting defeat, but persistence isn't always the answer: When a goal is no longer useful, we need to be able to quit to get the most out of life. In Quitting, bestselling author Peg Streep and psychotherapist Alan Bernstein reveal simple truths that apply to goal setting and achievement in all areas of life, including work, love, and relationships.

  We are very happy to continue our regular feature – Ideas Matter: Checking in with the Public Humanities.

One hundred fifty years ago this coming week was a ceremony that most Americans believe ended the Civil War - the surrender agreement at Appomattox Court House. What is wrong with the way we understand that event and the end of the war?

Greg Downs, Gregory Downs is an Associate Professor at the City College & Graduate Center, CUNY, and is the author of the just-published After Appomattox: Military Occupation and the Ends of War, is here to tell us.


  Mookie Wilson already had a successful baseball career before Game 6 of the 1986 Mets-Red Sox World Series made him one of the most iconic figures in baseball. The ball that went between Bill Buckner’s legs at first base was the play that turned the series and team morale around for the Mets.

In a team of larger than life characters like Keith Hernandez, Dwight Eugene "Doc" Gooden, Darryl Strawberry, and Lenny Dykstra, Mookie is one of the most beloved and revered Mets to this day.

He writes about his career and life in his book Mookie: Life, Baseball, and the '86 Mets. He shares stories of that triumphant year from the dugout, as well as his early life in the rural south, his time in the minor leagues, and being called up to play as a Met.

4/3/15 Panel

Apr 3, 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 NYPIRG’s Blair Horner.

Scheduled topics include: Iran Deal, 70 killed in Kenya attack, Indiana and Arkansas Revise Religious Freedom Bills, Atlanta Educators Convicted in School Cheating Scandal.


  Carl Richards is a certified financial planner and a columnist for the New York Times, where he has a weekly “Sketch Guy” column. Carl has been featured on Marketplace Money and is the author of The Behavior Gap.

In his new book, The One-Page Financial Plan: A Simple Way To Be Smart About Your Money, Richards shares the one question that should be at the heart of your personal finance strategy: “Why is money important to me?” The answer is different for everyone, but it’s a solid foundation for making a long-term plan. The fact is, in a single page you can prioritize what you really want in life and figure out how to get there. How much should I really save?

  In this morning's Roundtable Debrief on Syria and the crisis in the country, we're joined by President of AMIDEAST, Ambassador Theodore Kattouf. He's a former US ambassador to Syria and the United Arab Emirates. He's also served as a Middle East analyst at the US State Department.

He will be coming to the Hudson Valley to give a lecture for the World Affairs Council of the Mid-Hudson Valley. The talk will be April 8 at 7 pm at the Hancock Center at Marist College. The title of the talk is: "Charting a Path for US Policy toward Syria, ISIS and Across the Middle East."

While in the region he will also speak to students at Bard College about diplomacy and will attend an event at Vassar College.‬

4/2/15 Panel

Apr 2, 2015

  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 SUNY Albany Journalism Professor and Investigative Professor, Rosemary Armao.

Scheduled topics include: Arkansas Governor asks Lawmakers to Recall Religious Exception Bill, Atlanta Cheating Scandal, Iran Deadline, California Drought, Senator Robert Menendez Indicted on Corruption Charges.

Listener Essay - Swinging In The Breeze

Apr 1, 2015

  Steve Lewis is a member of the Sarah Lawrence Writing Institute faculty and freelance writer. He has been published in The New York Times, Washington Post, LA Times, The Christian Science Monitor, Spirituality and Health, and a biblically long list of parenting magazines and books (7 kids, 16 grandchildren). He is also a contributing writer for Talking Writing Magazine.