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
11:35 am
Wed March 4, 2015

"Mad As Hell" By Dave Itzkoff

    “I’m mad as hell, and I'm not going to take this anymore!”

Those words, spoken by an unhinged anchorman named Howard Beale, “the mad prophet of the airwaves,” took America by storm in 1976, whenNetwork became a sensation. With a superb cast (including Faye Dunaway, William Holden, Peter Finch, and Robert Duvall) directed by Sidney Lumet, the film won four Academy Awards and indelibly shaped how we think about corporate and media power.

In Mad As Hell, Dave Itzkoff of The New York Times recounts the surprising and dramatic story of how Network made it to the screen.

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Arts & Culture
11:12 am
Wed March 4, 2015

They're Gonna Like It Here: 'Annie The Musical' At Proctors

Gilgamesh Taggett as Oliver Warbucks and Issie Swickle as Annie in “I Don’t Need Anything But You”
Credit JOAN MARCUS

  The classic American musical, Annie, is at Proctors in Schenectady this week in a touring production which chooses to eschew recent adaptations and modifications to spin back to the pure fun of the original Broadway production.

Opening last night, the new tour is staged by Annie’s original lyricist-director Martin Charnin. Featuring book and score by Charnin and Tony Award®-winners Thomas Meehan, and Charles Strouse. Annie includes - as if we needed to tell you - such unforgettable songs as "Easy Street," "I Don't Need Anything But You," and "Tomorrow."

And what would Annie’s story be without her ultimately-adoptive father - Oliver “Daddy” Warbucks? In this touring company, Daddy Warbucks is played by Gilgamesh Taggett.

Congressional Corner
10:50 am
Wed March 4, 2015

Congressional Corner With Jim McGovern

Washington has avoided the last funding cliff.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Massachusetts Representative Jim McGovern tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that the Department of Homeland Security should never have faced defunding. This interview was recorded Monday before the House voted late Wednesday.

The Roundtable
10:35 am
Wed March 4, 2015

NPR's Guy Raz Previews New TED Radio Hour Season

NPR's Guy Raz
Credit Kainaz Amaria

NPR’s Guy Raz has been a frequent presence on these airwaves for a decade and a half, working as the network’s youngest ever foreign correspondent, the host of weekend All Things Considered, and his current gig at the helm of the TED Radio Hour.

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The Roundtable
10:05 am
Wed March 4, 2015

'The Upstairs Wife' By Rafia Zakaria

Rafia Zakaria is an author, attorney and human rights activist who has worked on behalf of victims of domestic violence around the world.

Her new book, The Upstairs Wife: An Intimate History of Pakistan, tells the parallel stories of her family and country, while guiding the reader through the complicated aftermath of Pakistan’s shift toward a more conservative culture. Through her intimate and nuanced portrayal of Pakistani family life, Zakaria emphasizes the often unheard female voices of her country and uses her personal story to serve as a metaphor for Pakistan’s complex political state.

The Roundtable
9:00 am
Wed March 4, 2015

3/4/15 Panel

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

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, SUNY at Albany journalism professor and investigative journalist, Rosemary Armao, and Times Union Associate Editor, Mike Spain.

Topics include: Netanyahu's address to congress; Obamacare goes to Supreme Court; Hillary Clinton's email usage; Harsher penalties for New York’s Drivers; Petraeus reaches Plea Deal.

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The Roundtable
12:00 pm
Tue March 3, 2015

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Congressional Corner
10:50 am
Tue March 3, 2015

Congressional Corner With Chris Gibson

  For many of us, it’s an important part of everyday life, but several localities in the listening area can’t get high-speed internet.

In today’s Congressional Corner, New York Representative Chris Gibson tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that we are making progress. 

Arts & Culture
10:35 am
Tue March 3, 2015

Choreographer, Lucinda Childs, Revives Seminal 1983 Work 'Available Light' At MASS MoCA

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   During an extended artistic residency at MASS MoCA in North Adams, MA, Lucinda Childs, one of the most celebrated choreographers of the modern era, is reviving Available Light, her seminal 1983 collaboration with composer John Adams and architect Frank Gehry.

This Friday, Saturday, and Sunday MASS MoCA in North Adams, MA will present three work-in-progress showings of Available Light in the Hunter Center.

First presented in a warehouse-style performance venue at the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art in 1983, Available Light blends Lucinda Childs's signature style of choreography, merged with Frank Gehry's stunning two-story Constructivist set and John Adams's original, textured score, Light Over Water.

The Roundtable
10:10 am
Tue March 3, 2015

Book Picks - The Golden Notebook

  Jacqueline Kellachan from The Golden Notebook in Woodstock, NY joins us with this week's Book Picks.

List:
On Immunity by Eula Biss
Bad Faith: When Religious Belief Undermines Modern Medicine by Paul Offit
After Birth by Elisa Albert
West of Sunset by Stewart O'Nan
How We Got to Now - Six Innovations That Made The Modern World by Steven Johnson
Unrequited by Lisa Phillips
The Reluctant Psychic by Suzan Saxman

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