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
10:50 am
Tue March 31, 2015

Gene Simmons

  Known as rock's ultimate showman, Gene Simmons founded the hard rock supergroup KISS in the early 1970s. Since then, KISS has sold more than 100 million albums and performed more than two thousand shows around the world, and is still touring today.

Simmons has also sold roughly one billion dollars’ worth of merchandise, including his bestselling books, KISS and Make-Up and Me, Inc. Now, Christina Vitagliano pays homage to rock’s living legend in the new book: Gene Simmons Is a Powerful and Attractive Man: And Other Irrefutable Facts. Based on a phrase Gene himself uses, this book is fully authorized by Gene, who also contributed the foreword and is even going on radio shows to promote it.

The Roundtable
10:33 am
Tue March 31, 2015

'B & Me: A True Story Of Literary Arousal' By J.C. Hallman

  Nearly twenty-five years ago, Nicholson Baker published U and I, the fretful and handwringing—but also groundbreaking—tale of his literary relationship with John Updike.

U and I inspired a whole sub-genre of engaging, entertaining writing about reading, but what no story of this type has ever done is tell its tale from the moment of conception, that moment when you realize that there is a writer out there in the world that you must read—so you read them.

B & Me is that story, the story of J.C. Hallman discovering and reading Nicholson Baker, and discovering himself in the process.

The Roundtable
10:10 am
Tue March 31, 2015

Book Picks - Oblong Books And Music

  Suzanna Hermans from Oblong Books and Music joins us with this week's Book Picks list.

List:
Unabrow: Misadventures of a Late Bloomer by Una Lamarche
Visiting Hours: A Memoir of Friendship and Murder by Amy Butcher
Hissing Cousins: The Untold Story of Eleanor Roosevelt and Alice Roosevelt Longworth by Marc Peyser & Timothy Dwyer (event at Rhinebeck store Saturday, 4/11, 7pm)
On the Run: Fugitive Life in an American City by Alice Goffman
The Keepers: The Box & the Dragonfly by Ted Sanders
Lumberjanes Volume 1 by Noelle Stevenson
We All Looked Up by Tommy Wallach (event at Rhinebeck store Sunday, 4/26, 4pm)
The Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Suma (event at Rhinebeck store Sunday, 4/26, 4pm)

The Roundtable
9:00 am
Tue March 31, 2015

3/31/15 Panel

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

Today's panelists are WAMC's Alan Chartock, Times Union Associate Editor Mike Spain and SUNY Albany Journalism Professor and Investigative Professor, Rosemary Armao.

Scheduled topics include: Suicidal Tendencies, NSA Shooting, Indiana Backlash, Trevor Noah on Daily Show, Iran Deal.

The Roundtable
12:00 pm
Mon March 30, 2015

Roundtable Music 3/30

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.

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