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
11:35 am
Mon December 22, 2014

George Glass On Blending Families Successfully

      According to the National Center for Health Statistics, less than half of the people who get married in the United States remain with their first spouse, and less than 50 percent of children grow up with both biological parents. In short, we live in a society of blended families. Everyone who survives a divorce and enters a new family is vulnerable.

  George Glass, MD, a board-certified psychiatrist, has designed a book, Blending Families Successfully: Helping Parents and Kids Navigate the Challenges So That Everyone Ends Up Happy, to help parents understand the challenges of beginning new lives with blended families, and to help their children make the necessary adjustments.

The Roundtable
11:35 am
Mon December 22, 2014

Listener Essay - God Rest Ye Merry, Elmo Doll

  Diane Kavanaugh-Black is an upstate New York writer who leads workshops at Of-the-Essence Holistic Wellness.

"God Rest Ye Merry, Elmo Doll" was one response to the sadness pierced post-divorce question: Were we the family I remember us being? The answer: Yes -- sometimes, yes

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The Roundtable
11:12 am
Mon December 22, 2014

'The Happiness Of Pursuit' By Chris Guillebeau

    When he set out to visit all of the planet’s countries by age thirty-five, compulsive goal seeker Chris Guillebeau never imagined that his journey’s biggest revelation would be how many people like himself exist – each pursuing a challenging quest.

Interestingly, these quests aren’t just travel-oriented. On the contrary, they’re as diverse as humanity itself. Some involve exploration; others the pursuit of athletic or artistic excellence; still others a battle against injustice or poverty or threats to the environment.

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Congressional Corner
10:50 am
Mon December 22, 2014

Congressional Corner with Elizabeth Esty

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  With election day behind us, thoughts are turning to the 114th Congress.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Connecticut Representative Elizabeth Esty tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock there will continue to be one major theme in her second term.

The Roundtable
10:35 am
Mon December 22, 2014

Louise Penny - New Chief Inspector Gamache Novel And Boxed Set

    Louise Penny's The Long Way Home, book 10 in the Chief Inspector Gamache series, debuted at #1 on bestseller lists all over North America, including both the New York Times and the Globe and Mail, making it the #1 book on the continent. Minotaur Books has also released a Louise Penny/Gamache Boxed Set featuring the first three books in the series.

Here we speak with her about writing, success in writing, fear and jealousy.

The Roundtable
10:10 am
Mon December 22, 2014

'Does Santa Exist?: A Philosophical Investigation' By Eric Kaplan

    Metaphysics isn’t ordinarily much of a laughing matter. But in the hands of acclaimed comedy writer and scholar Eric Kaplan, a search for the truth about old St. Nick becomes a deeply insightful, laugh-out-loud discussion of the way some things exist but may not really be there. Just like Santa and his reindeer.

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The Roundtable
9:00 am
Mon December 22, 2014

12/22/14 Panel

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

Today's panelists are Times Union Associate Editor Mike Spain, College of St. Rose Communications Professor Mary Alice Molgard and political consultant Libby Post.

Topics include: Murder of NYPD Police Officers, North Korea, DeBlasio Tensions, and Marijuana in New York.

The Roundtable
12:00 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

Roundtable Music 12/19

Congressional Corner
10:50 am
Fri December 19, 2014

Congressional Corner With Richard Neal

  President Obama said his immigration actions are a response to an intransigent Congress.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Massachusetts Representative Richard Neal tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that a sensible bill would likely pass the House. 

The Roundtable
10:35 am
Fri December 19, 2014

Ideas Matter - All Stories Are True And Some Have Actually Happened

  We are very happy to continue our regular feature – Ideas Matter: Checking in with the Public Humanities. It is our chance to check in with the Humanities Councils throughout our 7-State area to discuss important ideas and why they do indeed matter.

Today we check in with the Pennsylvania Humanities Council and their Commonwealth Speaker series where they present experts from a variety of backgrounds—arts and museum educators, folk artists, dancers, musicians, scholars—who offer presentations on a wide range of popular topics.

Kelly Armor brings 20 years experience as a professional folk musician and storyteller to her Commonwealth Speaker presentation entitled: All Stories Are True and Some Have Actually Happened – an interactive presentation on storytelling and traditional music.

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