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, 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

10:25 - The Writer's Almanac
11:10 - Earth Wise
Book Picks lists are here.
You may also hear Pulse of the Planet and Sound Beat on The Roundtable.

  For two decades Elizabeth George and her Inspector Lynley Series have been mainstays on bestseller lists across the country. In 2012 her seventeenth novel in the series landed on the top of The New York Times Bestsellers List, making her a #1 bestselling author for the first time. Now readers get another dose of the charming Inspector Lynley and his hot blooded colleague Barbara Havers in the new novel A Banquet of Consequences. 

 Republicans have been debating the debates.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Tim Vercellotti, director of the Western New England University poll and professor of political science, tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock about the GOP’s beef with CNBC.

  Comedian, writer, and artisanal pencil sharpening entrepreneur, David Rees, is a Beacon, NY resident and the second season of his TV show, Going Deep with David Rees, will premiere on the Esquire Network this Wednesday at 10pm.

Going Deep is (to borrow from the opening sequence of the show) a how-to show for the things you think you already know how to do. The first season taught how to make an ice cube, tie your shoes, dig a hole, flip a coin, swat a fly, open a door, throw a paper airplane, light a match, climb a tree, and shake hands.

This season will bring us how to pet a dog, do the dishes, make toast, take a nap, sign your name, eavesdrop, and get punched.

  Chef/restaurateur/cook book author and Emmy-winning host of Public Television’s Lidia's Kitchen and Lidia’s Italy, Lidia Bastianich will be at Proctors in Schenectady, NY this Friday at 8pm.

The best-selling author is a beloved ambassador for Italian culinary traditions throughout the world. Her multiple culinary endeavors have married her two passions in life – her family and food. Her most recent book is  Lidia's Mastering the Art of Italian Cuisine: Everything You Need to Know to be a Great Italian Cook.

11/9/15 Panel

Nov 9, 2015

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

  Credited with sparking the current memoir explosion, Mary Karr’s The Liars’ Club spent more than a year at the top of the New York Times list. She followed with two other smash bestsellers: Cherry and Lit, which were critical hits as well. For thirty years Karr has also taught the form, winning teaching prizes at Syracuse.

In The Art of Memoir, she synthesizes her expertise as professor and therapy patient, writer and spiritual seeker, recovered alcoholic and “black belt sinner,” providing a unique window into the mechanics and art of the form that is as irreverent, insightful, and entertaining as her own work in the genre.


  In this week’s Classical Music According to Yehuda, Alan Chartock and Yehuda Hanani continue their discussion about Igor Stravinsky, beginning a two-part conversation about The Rite of Spring.

  Best-selling author Elizabeth Rosner's Electric City: A Novel, is now available in paper-back. The historical tale spans from the end of the nineteenth century, through to the mid-twenties, up to the summer of love. The year is 1892; a few years earlier Thomas Edison moved his Edison Machine Works to upstate New York at the confluence of the mighty Hudson River and its tributary the Mohawk. It soon became the headquarters of a major manufacturing company giving the town its name Electric City. Elizabeth Rosner will be in our region to talk about her book in an event Tuesday, November 10th, for the Women's Club of Albany. 

Listener Essay - My Commitment To Communication

Nov 6, 2015

      Judith Barnes is an educator, entrepreneur, speaker and writer who lives in the Capital Region and has had a national consulting practice in communication for over four decades.

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