The Roundtable

Weekdays, 9:00am

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
12:00 pm
Mon December 9, 2013

Roundtable Music 12/9

The Roundtable
11:35 am
Mon December 9, 2013

Matisyahu Visits Helsinki Hudson

Matisyahu
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The music world has never really seen an artist like Matisyahu, the Orthodox Jew who has mixed rap, rock and reggae into a sound all his own — acoustic or with a band — for more than a decade.

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The Roundtable
11:12 am
Mon December 9, 2013

Sarah Dessen - The Moon and More

In time when most authors are writing about the end of the world, zombies and vampires, Sarah Dessen has remained true to her roots - and with wild success. For almost two decades, Dessen has delighted young adult readers with her stories of friendship, love, family and growing up. Her newest novel, The Moon and More is no exception. We’re brought back to Colby, North Carolina where we explore what constitutes as a family, and the fine balance between locals and vacationers.

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Congressional Corner
10:50 am
Mon December 9, 2013

Congressional Corner with Paul Tonko

    World climate change deadlines are rapidly approaching.

In today’s Congressional Corner, New York representative Paul Tonko tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that the situation is dire nationally and internationally.

The Roundtable
10:35 am
Mon December 9, 2013

"What The Dog Knows" By Cat Warren

  Cat Warren is a professor and former journalist, with a somewhat unorthodox hobby. She works with a Cadaver dog- a dog that searches for missing and presumed dead people.

What started as a way to harness the energy of her unruly smart German Sheppard puppy Solo, soon became a passion for them both. She has written about the experience in the new book What the Dog Knows: The Science and Wonder of Working Dogs.

The Roundtable
10:00 am
Mon December 9, 2013

"Critical Mass: Four Decades Of Essays, Reviews, Hand Grenades And Hurrahs" By James Wolcott

 

  From his early 70s dispatches as a critic for the Village Voice on rock and roll, comedy, movies, and television to the literary criticism of the 80s and 90s that made him famous, to his must-read cultural reporting for Vanity Fair- James Walcott has had a career as a free lance critic and a literary intellectual like none other.

With his new career-spanning collection Critical Mass: Four Decades of Essays, Reviews, Hand Grenades and Hurrahs- he gives us his best critical essays and cultural journalism.

The Roundtable
9:00 am
Mon December 9, 2013

12/9/13 Panel

  Today's panelists are WAMC's Alan Chartock and political consultant, Libby Post. Ray Graf hosts.

Topics include:
Air Pollution Over State Lines
$15,000 Sponsorships to Meet With Public Officials
Tech and Anti-Snooping

The Roundtable
2:13 pm
Fri December 6, 2013

12/6/13 Panel

  Today's panelists are Andor Skotnes, Professor of History and Chair in the Department of History and Society at The Sage Colleges in Troy, New York. He is South African born, was involved for years in the anti-apartheid solidarity movement, and teaches a course on South African history. We are also joined by Albany Law School Dean Penny Andrews. Andrews was born and raised in South Africa. She began studying law in apartheid South Africa before coming to the U.S. in the 1980s. She is co-editor of the book The Post Apartheid Constitutions: Perspectives on South Africa’s Basic Law, the foreword to which was written by Nelson Mandela.

We'll devote today's show to the legacy of Nelson Mandela who died yesterday at the age of 95.

The Roundtable
12:00 pm
Fri December 6, 2013

Roundtable Music 12/6

The Roundtable
10:50 am
Fri December 6, 2013

Everett Bradley's "Holidelic: ‘Twas The Night Before The Funk" At Helsinki Hudson

    Everett Bradley will bring his holiday fund phenomenon Holidelic: ‘Twas the Night Before the Funk to Helsinki Hudson this Sunday, December 8th.

Everett plays percussion and sings backing vocals for Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band - he has also recorded and toured with Joey Ramone, Jon Bon Jovi, Hall & Oates, Carly Simon, and David Bowie among others and he currently appears in After Midnight on Broadway.

Holidelic was first performed in 2002 and every year since, Everett has put together this part dance party, part funk concert, part comedy show - the holiday-funk spectacular features original holiday songs as well as loose, funk-infused adaptations of Tchaikovsky, "Frosty the Snowman," "Little Drummer Boy" and more!

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