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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Congressional Corner
10:50 am
Thu March 5, 2015

Congressional Corner With Jim McGovern

  Childhood obesity has become a national crisis.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Massachusetts Representative Jim McGovern tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock about his work on the House Agriculture nutrition subcommittee.

Arts & Culture
10:40 am
Thu March 5, 2015

Metroland 3/5/15

   Shawn Stone, the Arts Editor of Metroland, lets us know what is coming to area stages and screens this week.

The Roundtable
10:33 am
Thu March 5, 2015

Listener Essay - Groundhog Day

  Mike Welch is an aspiring writer who teaches writing at the Arts Center of the Capital Region in Troy, NY.

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The Roundtable
10:10 am
Thu March 5, 2015

Inside The Forty-Year Voyager Mission

Jim Bell, planetary scientist and professor in the school of earth and space exploration at Arizona State University, tells the phenomenal story of the Voyager spacecraft expedition in his new book, The Interstellar Age: Inside the Forty-Year Voyager Mission.

As a scientist whose career has been closely tied to the mission from its inception, Bell delivers a detailed account of the ambitious human stories connected to Voyager and explores the mind-bending scientific accomplishments of humanity’s greatest space mission.

The Roundtable
9:00 am
Thu March 5, 2015

3/5/15 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 Kingston Freeman Publisher Emeritus, Ira Fusfeld.

Topics include: Police discrimination in Ferguson, MI; U.S. Ambassador to South Korea attacked; Boston Marathon Bombing trial; Hillary Clinton's email usage.

The Roundtable
12:00 pm
Wed March 4, 2015

Roundtable Music 3/4

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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