The Roundtable

Weekdays, 9 a.m.

WAMC's The Roundtable is an award-winning, nationally recognized eclectic talk program. The show airs from 9am to noon each weekday and features news, interviews, in-depth discussion, listener call-ins, 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, Bill Cosby, Stephen King, Melissa Etheridge and lots of other really cool people. Plus, Wilco does our theme song. What more can you ask for?

If you have any questions or you'd like to be on the show, email us at roundtable@wamc.org

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The Roundtable
11:35 am
Fri November 21, 2014

Josh Ritter Trying Out New Songs And Such At MASS MoCA 11/22

Josh Ritter at The Linda

    Singer-songwriter, touring musician, and novelist Josh Ritter joins us this morning at The Linda.

Josh tours nationally and internationally often with The Royal City Band, sometimes in a trio, and some other times - solo.

Tomorrow night at MASS MoCA in North Adam, MA, Josh will play solo acoustic, trying out new material -- warming it up and feeling it out for an as-yet unnamed forthcoming album.

Arts & Culture
11:12 am
Fri November 21, 2014

Albany Symphony's Guest Conductor Mei-Ann Chen And Guest Soloist Caroline Goulding

  Mei-Ann Chen, the Music Director of the Memphis Symphony Orchestra and Chicago Sinfonietta, makes her Albany Symphony debut tomorrow night as guest conductor of the Albany Symphony Orchestra and joins us this morning.

Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6, the “Pastorale” Symphony, highlights the program, and the gifted young violinist Caroline Goulding brings her poise and technique to Albany for the first time with Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto.

The concert is tomorrow night at 7:30 at the Palace Theatre in Albany.

Congressional Corner
10:50 am
Fri November 21, 2014

Congressional Corner With Sean Patrick Maloney

  In one of the closest races this cycle, a Hudson Valley Democrat won his second term.

In today’s Congressional Corner, New York representative Sean Patrick Maloney tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock it’s time to get back to work. 

The Roundtable
10:35 am
Fri November 21, 2014

Ideas Matter - NEH’s 50th anniversary and the Common Good

  We are very happy to continue our regular feature – Ideas Matter: Checking in with the Public Humanities. It is our chance to check in with the Humanities Councils throughout our 7-State area to discuss important ideas and why they do indeed matter.

Today we check in with William "Bro" Adams, the Chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities and speak with him about his new initiative to use humanities as the civic toolkit for working towards the Common Good.

The Roundtable
10:10 am
Fri November 21, 2014

Basilica Farm & Flea

  Farmers, artisans, vintage collectors, and makers of handmade and quality goods will converge at the 2nd annual Basilica Farm & Flea, the large-scale farm-stand and flea market taking place over Thanksgiving Weekend at Basilica Hudson in Hudson, NY.

A local, artisan alternative to big box and mall shopping, Basilica Farm & Flea showcases fantastic wares made by regional and very talented people.

The weekend kicks off with the Black Friday Soirée from 5 to 9pm on Friday, Nov 28th - which will offer attendees local food, music, and fun.

Here now to tell us more are Melissa Auf der Maur, creative director of the Basilica Hudson, Farm & Flea’s farmer coordinator Lauren Giambrone (a farmer herself and maker of Good Fight Herb Co.), and Hudson River Exchange organizer Stella Yoon.

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The Roundtable
9:00 am
Fri November 21, 2014

11/21/14 Panel

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

Topics include Immigration Overhaul, Smithsonian Cosby Debate, Drug Stings Faulted, Ebola Spread Slowed, and Airbag Hearing.

The Roundtable
12:00 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Roundtable Music 11/20

The Roundtable
11:35 am
Thu November 20, 2014

Richard Norton Smith On Nelson Rockefeller At NYS Writers Institute

   Historian and biographer Richard Norton Smith is in our region talking about his new book, On His Own Terms: A Life of Nelson Rockefeller. Fourteen years in the writing, the book is being hailed as the definitive biography of the New York governor and U.S. vice president.

Historian Douglas Brinkley described the book as, “one of the greatest cradle-to-grave biographies written in the past fifty years.”

The New York State Writers Institute presents a conversation with Richard Norton Smith at 4:15 this afternoon in the Standish Room in the Science Library at SUNY Albany, and Smith will be speaking tonight at 7:30 about his biography at Page Hall on SUNY Albany’s Downtown Campus at 8PM.

The Roundtable
11:12 am
Thu November 20, 2014

Edventures Jane Austen Tour

  If you are a lover of Jane Austen, close your eyes and imagine being brought to the towns, gardens, estates, and other sites from her iconic novels.

Saratoga Arts and a company called Edventures will be offering such an opportunity through a Jane Austen Tour that departs for England on April 25 and returns May 4, 2015.

The trip will be led by Dr. David Shapard, a Jane Austen scholar. David is the author of The Annotated Pride and Prejudice as well as annotated versions of Persuasion, Sense and Sensibility, and Emma. He joins us along with Mary Huber, President of Edventures.

The Roundtable
10:50 am
Thu November 20, 2014

No Plot? No Problem! NaNoWriMo Tips From Chris Baty

  Chris Baty, founder of the wildly successful literary marathon known as National Novel Writing Month, has completely revised and expanded his definitive handbook for extreme noveling.

Chris pulls from over 15 years of results-oriented writing experience to pack this compendium with new tips and tricks, ranging from week-by-week quick reference guides to encouraging advice from authors, and more.

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