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

"Book Picks" lists are here.

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The Roundtable
9:00 am
Wed December 24, 2014

12/24/14 Panel

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

Today's panelists are political consultant Libby Post, Daily Freeman publisher emeritus Ira Fusfeld, and investigative journalist Rosemary Armao.

The Roundtable
12:00 pm
Tue December 23, 2014

Roundtable Music 12/23

Congressional Corner
10:50 am
Tue December 23, 2014

Congressional Corner with Elizabeth Esty

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  Some call it harsh interrogation, others say torture.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Connecticut Representative Elizabeth Esty tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock the Senate report had some troubling details.

The Roundtable
10:35 am
Tue December 23, 2014

And A Puppy In A Pear Tree

    W. Bruce Cameron's The Dogs of Christmas is a charming and heartwarming holiday tale that explores the power of love, trust, and a basket full of puppies.

While nursing a broken heart, Josh Michaels is outraged when a neighbor abandons his very pregnant dog, Lucy, at Josh’s Colorado home. But Josh can’t resist Lucy’s soulful brown eyes, and though he’s never had a dog before, he’s determined to do the best he can for Lucy—and her soon-to-arrive, bound-to-be-adorable puppies.

W. Bruce Cameron's other books include A Dog's Purpose, A Dog's Journey, and 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter.

The Roundtable
10:10 am
Tue December 23, 2014

Book Picks - Oblong Books And Music

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

List:
Descent by Tim Johnston
How to Be Both by Ali Smith
100 Essays I Don't Have Time to Write by Sarah Ruhl
Women in Clothes by Sheila Heti, Heidi Julavits, & Leanne Shapton
101 Two-Letter Words by Stephin Merritt, illlustrated by Roz Chast
Read This if You Want to Take Great Photographs. by Henry Carroll
Little Humans by Brandon Stanton
Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

The Roundtable
9:00 am
Tue December 23, 2014

12/23/14 Panel

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

Today's panelists are Times Union Associate Editor Mike Spain, and political consultant Libby Post, and College of St. Rose Communications Professor Mary Alice Molgard.

Topics include North Korea's Internet Collapse, Pope Francis warns Vatican leaders, Russian Facebook, DeBlasio Calls for Peace, Pakistan Executions, and remembering Joe Cocker.

The Roundtable
12:00 pm
Mon December 22, 2014

Roundtable Music 12/22

The Roundtable
11:35 am
Mon December 22, 2014

George Glass On Blending Families Successfully

      According to the National Center for Health Statistics, less than half of the people who get married in the United States remain with their first spouse, and less than 50 percent of children grow up with both biological parents. In short, we live in a society of blended families. Everyone who survives a divorce and enters a new family is vulnerable.

  George Glass, MD, a board-certified psychiatrist, has designed a book, Blending Families Successfully: Helping Parents and Kids Navigate the Challenges So That Everyone Ends Up Happy, to help parents understand the challenges of beginning new lives with blended families, and to help their children make the necessary adjustments.

The Roundtable
11:35 am
Mon December 22, 2014

Listener Essay - God Rest Ye Merry, Elmo Doll

  Diane Kavanaugh-Black is an upstate New York writer who leads workshops at Of-the-Essence Holistic Wellness.

"God Rest Ye Merry, Elmo Doll" was one response to the sadness pierced post-divorce question: Were we the family I remember us being? The answer: Yes -- sometimes, yes

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The Roundtable
11:12 am
Mon December 22, 2014

'The Happiness Of Pursuit' By Chris Guillebeau

    When he set out to visit all of the planet’s countries by age thirty-five, compulsive goal seeker Chris Guillebeau never imagined that his journey’s biggest revelation would be how many people like himself exist – each pursuing a challenging quest.

Interestingly, these quests aren’t just travel-oriented. On the contrary, they’re as diverse as humanity itself. Some involve exploration; others the pursuit of athletic or artistic excellence; still others a battle against injustice or poverty or threats to the environment.

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