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
12:00 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

Roundtable Music 12/17

The Roundtable
11:35 am
Wed December 17, 2014

'Two Days In June: John F. Kennedy And The 48 Hours That Made History'

  On two consecutive days in June 1963, in two lyrical speeches, John F. Kennedy pivots dramatically and boldly on the two greatest issues of his time: nuclear arms and civil rights. In language unheard in lily white, Cold War America, he appeals to Americans to see both the Russians and the "Negroes" as human beings.

His speech on June 10 leads to the Limited Nuclear Test Ban Treaty of 1963; his speech on June 11 to the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Based on new material -- hours of recently uncovered documentary film shot in the White House and the Justice Department, fresh interviews, and a rediscovered draft speech -- Two Days in June by Andrew Cohen captures Kennedy at the high noon of his presidency in startling, granular detail.

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The Roundtable
11:12 am
Wed December 17, 2014

'New Slow City: Living Simply In The World's Fastest City' By William Powers

  Burned-out after years of doing development work around the world, William Powers spent a season in a 12-foot-by-12-foot cabin off the grid in North Carolina, as recounted in his award-winning memoir Twelve by Twelve.

Could he live a similarly minimalist life in the heart of New York City? To find out, Powers and his wife jettisoned 80 percent of their stuff, left their 2,000-square-foot Queens townhouse, and moved into a 350-square-foot “micro-apartment” in Greenwich Village. Downshifting to a two-day workweek, Powers explores the viability of Slow Food and Slow Money, technology fasts and urban sanctuaries in his new book, New Slow City: Living Simply In The World's Fastest City.

Congressional Corner
10:50 am
Wed December 17, 2014

Congressional Corner With Richard Neal

  Harsh interrogation or torture?

In today’s Congressional Corner, Massachusetts Representative Richard Neal tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that the Senate report deserves rigorous debate. 

The Roundtable
10:45 am
Wed December 17, 2014

Listener Essay - From Russia with Love

Clifton Park, NY – Betsy Bitner is a writing living in Clifton Park, NY. She has learned to share her daughter's love of beats.

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The Roundtable
10:35 am
Wed December 17, 2014

'You're Not Lost If You Can Still See The Truck' By Bill Heavey

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  Writing for magazines and newspapers for more than twenty years, including two decades at Field & Stream, Bill Heavey has become famous as America’s everyman outdoorsman, unafraid to draw attention to his many and varied failures—from sporting French lavender deodorant to scaring a UPS man half to death while bowhunting in his front yard.

The Roundtable
10:10 am
Wed December 17, 2014

"The Splendid Things We Planned: A Family Portrait" By Blake Bailey

    

  Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award and finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, Blake Bailey has been hailed as “addictively readable” (New York Times) and praised for his ability to capture lives “compellingly and in harrowing detail” (Time).

The Splendid Things We Planned is his darkly funny account of growing up in the shadow of an erratic and increasingly dangerous brother, an exhilarating and sometimes harrowing story that culminates in one unforgettable Christmas.

The Roundtable
9:00 am
Wed December 17, 2014

12/17/14 Panel

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

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, investigative journalist Rosemary Armao, and Associate Editor of the Times Union, Mike Spain.

The Roundtable
12:00 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

Roundtable Music 11/16

Congressional Corner
10:50 am
Tue December 16, 2014

Congressional Corner With Paul Tonko

  The Michael Brown and Eric Garner grand jury outcomes launched protests from coast to coast.

In today’s Congressional Corner, New York representative Paul Tonko tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that federal reforms are a possibility.

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