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
11:33 am
Mon March 30, 2015

Why We've Had Enough Of "Stuff" And Need Experience More Than Ever

    Stuffocation is one of the most pressing problems of the twenty-first century. We have more stuff than we could ever need, and it isn’t making us happier. It’s bad for the planet. It’s cluttering up our homes. It’s making us stressed—and it might even be killing us.

James Wallman helps us deal with "the secret hoarder in all of us" in his book, Stuffocation: Why We've Had Enough of Stuff and Need Experience More Than Ever.

Sports
11:10 am
Mon March 30, 2015

A Home Run At The Albany Institute

A letter “E” from Yankee Stadium; the stadium as seen in 1927.
Michelle Checchi

When it comes to baseball and upstate New York, Cooperstown has long been the center of the universe. But with opening day on the horizon, The Albany Institute of History and Art is getting into the game for the first time in its history. Three baseball exhibitions are open there now through the end of July, including Baseball: America’s Game, a traveling exhibition organized by Bank of America’s Art in Our Communities program; Play Ball: Baseball in the Capital Region; and The Clubhouse: Baseball Memorabilia.

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Congressional Corner
10:50 am
Mon March 30, 2015

Congressional Corner With David Hawkings

Hillary Clinton is the Democratic front runner even without being an official presidential candidate.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Congressional Quarterly’s David Hawkings tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that the email scandal is unlikely to sway any voters.

The Roundtable
10:33 am
Mon March 30, 2015

‘Rust: The Longest War’ by Jonathan Waldman

It has been called “the great destroyer” and “the evil.” The Pentagon refers to it as “the pervasive menace.” It destroys cars, fells bridges, sinks ships, sparks house fires, and nearly brought down the Statue of Liberty. Rust costs America more than $400 billion per year—more than all other natural disasters combined.

Journalist Jonathan Waldman travels from Key West, Florida, to Prudhoe Bay, Alaska to learn how rust affects everything from the design of our currency to the composition of our tap water. Jonathan Waldman’s new book Rust: The Longest War explores how this substance could determine the legacy we leave on this planet.

The Roundtable
10:10 am
Mon March 30, 2015

Former CEO Of PepsiCo And Apple, John Sculley

  Throughout history, there are some events that stand out as so groundbreaking that they completely change life as we know it. The Apollo moon landing of 1969 was one of those events—the invention of the Apple personal computer was another.

Former CEO of both PepsiCo and Apple, John Sculley writes about technology, business, and the future in his book, Moonshot!: Game-Changing Strategies to Build Billion-Dollar Businesses.

The Roundtable
9:00 am
Mon March 30, 2015

3/30/15 Panel

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

Today's panelists are WAMC's Alan Chartock, essayist, author, editor and activist - Barbara Smith and SUNY Albany Journalism Professor and Investigative Reporter, Rosemary Armao.

Scheduled topics include Indiana Governor Mike Pence defends new religious freedom legislation; Germanwings Co-Pilot update; Boston Bombing Trial; Former Maryland governor Martin O’Malley on Presidential race; Iran nuclear talks.

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The Roundtable
12:00 pm
Fri March 27, 2015

Roundtable Music 3/27

The Roundtable
11:35 am
Fri March 27, 2015

Barney Frank's Life In Politics From The Great Society To Same-Sex Marriage

Barney Frank represented the Fourth Congressional District of Massachusetts for more than three decades and chaired the House Financial Services Committee from 2007 to 2011. He is a regular commentator on MSNBC.

He has just written a memoir, Frank: A Life in Politics from the Great Society to Same Sex Marriage. The book is a behind-the-scenes look at politics and larger societal changes and one man's struggle with sexual politics and identity.

The Roundtable
11:12 am
Fri March 27, 2015

Life In A Jar: The Irena Sendler Project

  The play, Life in a Jar tells the story of Irena Sendler, a Polish Catholic social worker, who assisted in hiding over 2,000 Jewish children who had been living in the Warsaw Ghetto during World War II.

While the play dramatizes Jewish life in the Warsaw Ghetto during the war; it relays, as importantly, the heroic story of the 'righteous gentiles' who put their lives and that of their families at grave risk to save others by forging documents and hiding and placing Jewish children in convents and Polish homes

The impact of the Irena Sendler Project are many, including the book - Life in a Jar by Jack Mayer who will be attending two performances at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs and will take part in the Q and A following the play.

The Roundtable
10:45 am
Fri March 27, 2015

Glens Falls Brewfest

    It’s been … oh, about a month since we talked about craft and local beer here on The Roundtable. Let’s fix that now and mix it with talking about another thing we love: theater.

Tomorrow from 4-8 the Queensbury Hotel will host the Glens Falls Brewfest – a local beer event with proceeds going to support The Adirondack Theatre Festival and the Feeder Canal Alliance.

Here to tell us more are Heather Carroll, Managing Director of Adirondack Theatre Festival and Bill Mason, one of the organizers for the Glens Falls Brew Fest.

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