The Roundtable

Weekdays, 9:00am

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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Congressional Corner
10:50 am
Thu October 30, 2014

Congressional Corner with Elizabeth Esty

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  Ebola has become a political flashpoint in the United States.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Connecticut Representative Elizabeth Esty tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock budget cuts have hurt America’s response.

The Roundtable
9:00 am
Thu October 30, 2014

10/30/14 Panel

  Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Political Consultant Libby Post and executive editor of the Poughkeepsie Journal, Stu Shinske.

Topics include:
Maine Quarantine
Obama Changes?
Fed on Interest Rates
Wall Street Repeat Offenses

The Roundtable
11:40 am
Wed October 29, 2014

"Life On The Frontlines Of American Diplomacy: A Memoir" By Christopher Hill

    Christopher Hill was on the front lines in the Balkans at the breakup of Yugoslavia. In Outpost: Life on the Frontlines of American Diplomacy: A Memoir, he takes us from one-on-one meetings with the dictator Milosevic, to Bosnia and Kosovo, to the Dayton conference, where a truce was brokered.

He draws upon lessons learned as a Peace Corps volunteer in Cameroon early on in his career and details his prodigious experience as a US ambassador. He was the first American Ambassador to Macedonia; Ambassador to Poland, where he also served in the depth of the cold war; Ambassador to South Korea and chief disarmament negotiator in North Korea; and Hillary Clinton’s hand-picked Ambassador to Iraq.

The Roundtable
11:12 am
Wed October 29, 2014

WAM Theatre Presents 'In Darfur'

    WAM Theatre emerged five years ago with a mission to make a powerful impact on the lives of women, both locally and globally. Now, for her fifth annual fall production, artistic director Kristen van Ginhoven has selected a play that lives up to the company’s mission. The New England premiere of In Darfur, by Winter Miller will run at Shakespeare and Company from October 30 through November 16 in the Berry Family Studio.

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Congressional Corner
10:50 am
Wed October 29, 2014

Congressional Corner with Elizabeth Esty

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  Election Day is less than a week away.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Connecticut Representative Elizabeth Esty tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock her first term has flown by.

The Roundtable
10:10 am
Wed October 29, 2014

James Risen On The Corruptive Results Of Our Endless War On Terror

    Pulitzer Prize winning reporter James Risen's new book is Pay Any Price: Greed, Power, and Endless War. For his efforts, especially in his previous best-selling book, State of War: The Secret History of the CIA and the Bush Administration, he has become a target of both the Bush and Obama administrations and still faces the threat of jail time for his refusal to reveal how he found out so much information about an important story of CIA bungling.

In his new book he weaves several stories into the broadest canvas yet - a picture of how, he says, our endless war on terror has so corrupted us, so vastly warped the use of state power that America is waging wars on decency and truth.

The Roundtable
9:00 am
Wed October 29, 2014

10/29/14 Panel

  Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Editor of The Daily Gazette Judy Patrick, and political consultant, Libby Post.

Topics include:
Ebola
NASA
White House Hacking
FBI

The Roundtable
11:50 am
Tue October 28, 2014

Listener Essay - Bob Dylan And The Aurora Borealis

    Carole Owens is a writer living in Stockbridge, MA.

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The Roundtable
11:35 am
Tue October 28, 2014

'The Impulse Society: America In The Age Of Instant Gratification' By Paul Roberts

  More than thirty years ago, Christopher Lasch hinted at this bleak world in his landmark book, The Culture of Narcissism. In The Impulse Society, Paul Roberts shows how that self-destructive pattern has grown so pervasive that anxiety and emptiness are becoming embedded in our national character.

Yet it is in this unease that Roberts finds clear signs of change—and broad revolt as millions of Americans try step off the self-defeating treadmill of gratification and restore a sense of balance.

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The Roundtable
11:12 am
Tue October 28, 2014

Cary Elwes: As You Wish, The Princess Bride, And A Few Priceless Impressions

  Actor, Cary Elwes, was recently in the region for an event with Northshire Bookstore which involved a screening of the 1987 movie, The Princess Bride, and a discussion of the new book As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride which Elwes has co-written with Joe Layden. (The book also boasts a forward by director, Rob Reiner.)

Joe Donahue caught up with Elwes at this event and in this interview they discuss on set injuries, the re-emergence of the film almost a decade after it was released, and Elwes proves quite a good mimic.

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