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

"Book Picks" lists are here.

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Playlist

September 28, 2012

9:00 AM
Pieholden Suite
Artist : Wilco
Album : Summerteeth
Composer : Jeff Tweedy/Jay Bennett
ReleaseYear : 1999
Label : Reprise Records
10:00 AM
Pieholden Suite
Artist : Wilco
Album : Summerteeth
Composer : Jeff Tweedy/Jay Bennett
ReleaseYear : 1999
Label : Reprise Records
11:00 AM
Pieholden Suite
Artist : Wilco
Album : Summerteeth
Composer : Jeff Tweedy/Jay Bennett
ReleaseYear : 1999
Label : Reprise Records
11:58 AM
Pieholden Suite
Artist : Wilco
Album : Summerteeth
Composer : Jeff Tweedy/Jay Bennett
ReleaseYear : 1999
Label : Reprise Records

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The Roundtable
11:50 am
Thu December 5, 2013

"A Reader's Book Of Days: True Tales From The Lives And Works Of Writers For Every Day Of The Year"

At this time of year there are all kinds of almanacs that come out that list important days and times in the year in advance - but for readers, those famously impractical dreamers,  A Book of Days is a pleasurable treasure hunt going far beyond births, deaths, and publication dates.

Eight time Jeopardy Champion, Tom Nissley’s A Readers Book of Days: True Tales from the Lives and Works of Writers For Every Day of the Year- is a day by day literary companion, part love letter to literature, part charming guide to the books most worth reading. It’s a collection that features bite size accounts both real and fictional for everyday of the year.

The Roundtable
11:35 am
Thu December 5, 2013

"Someone" By Alice McDermott

  One life, its devastating pains and unexpected joys, its burst of brilliant clarity, and moments of profound confusion - this is the subject of Someone, Alice McDermott’s new novel, her first in 7 years.

Alice McDermott is the author of 6 previous novels including, After This, Child of My Heart, and Charming Billy. She is also the winner of the 1998 National Book Award.

The Roundtable
11:12 am
Thu December 5, 2013

Actor Michael Zegen In "Bad Jews"

Molly Ranson, Tracee Chimo, and Michael Zegen in "Bad Jews"
Credit Joan Marcus

The Roundabout Theatre Company’s Roundabout Underground program gives productions to emerging playwrights. Last year, they had a hit with Bad Jews - a play by Joshua Harmon, directed by Daniel Aukin.

The show did so well in their 62-seat Black Box Theatre, in fact, that they brought it back to run in the Laura Pels Theatre (their bigger-small space) as part of their season this year - where it continues to earn excellent reviews and enthusiastic response from audiences.

In the play a young Jewish woman, Diana (played by Tracee Chimo, she prefers to be called by her Hebrew name, Daphna) fights with her cousin, Liam, to get a religious relic left behind by their recently deceased grandfather - who had kept it safe during his years in a concentration camp by holding it beneath his tongue. Liam’s brother (Jonah, played by Philip Ettinger) and girlfriend (Melody, played by Molly Ranson) observe and reluctantly weigh-in as Daphna and Liam argue and insult-sling as only family can.

Michael Zegen plays Liam in Bad Jews. Zegen attended Skidmore College and his other Off-Broadway credits include Liz Meriwether’s Oliver Parker! and Greg Moss’ punkplay. On television he’s been featured in recurring roles on The Walking Dead, Boardwalk Empire, How to Make It in America, Rescue Me, and he’ll appear in the upcoming season of the HBO hit, Girls. His film credits include Adventureland, Taking Woodstock, and Frances Ha.

Congressional Corner
10:50 am
Thu December 5, 2013

Congressional Corner with Paul Tonko

    The botched rollout of the Affordable Care Act website could have political fallout in 2014.

In today’s Congressional Corner, New York representative Paul Tonko tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that the system can be fixed in a matter of weeks.

The Roundtable
10:10 am
Thu December 5, 2013

"Finding Grandma" With Mary Beth Wenger

    Author Mary Beth Wenger, longtime Albany-area TV news anchor and reporter, joins us this morning to discuss her new book, Finding Grandma: A Sentimental Journey Through 1920s Columbia County Recipes.

The book is the story of Wenger's search for the grandmother she never knew. Stumbling over a hidden legacy left behind by Grandma Edna in an authentic 1920s recipe collection, she embarked on a voyage of discovery.

The turn of every crumbling, yellowed page unlocked mysteries, as she uncovered recipes either handwritten or snipped from newspapers, often affixed with straight pins to the pages! This was an unexpected springboard into the past, spurring a nostalgic journey that jumps back and forth from the 1920s to today.

The Roundtable
9:00 am
Thu December 5, 2013

12/5/13 Panel

  Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, newsman Ray Graf and University at Albany Journalism Professor and Investigative Reporter, Rosemary Armao.

Topics include:
China Zone
US in Decline
Martin Bashir Resigns
Newtown 9-1-1 Calls
Rockwell Sale

The Roundtable
12:00 pm
Wed December 4, 2013

Roundtable Music 12/4

The Roundtable
11:55 am
Wed December 4, 2013

Listener Essay - Embarrassed

  Julie Evans lives in Woodstock where she spends most of her time trying to figure things out. She is a writer, personal mentor, host of the television program Just Say So and an adjunct instructor for Empire State College. She has just completed her memoir entitled Joy Road.

The Roundtable
11:35 am
Wed December 4, 2013

"Far From The Tree: Parents, Children And The Search For Identity" By Andrew Solomon

Far From the Tree: Parents, Children and the Search for Identity, Andrew Solomon’s book on parents, children and the bond between them and the cases of extreme difference - was published to ecstatic acclaim last year - landing on best-seller lists across the country, and "Best of" lists from The New York Times, Amazon, The Economist and more.

The book has now been released in paperback. Solomon opens Far From the Tree with an autobiographical chapter detailing his experience as a gay son of heterosexual parents. At the time of his youth, homosexuality was considered an illness and a crime. The book is about the struggle for those who are different and their need to find their own identity.

The Roundtable
11:12 am
Wed December 4, 2013

The Irish Edge

Telling the stories of Irish businesses that have successfully integrated their Irishness with the demands of the global marketplace, The Irish Edge, is a new guide intended as an inspiration to entrepreneurs/innovators and owners of export-oriented businesses.

The Irish Edge tells the stories of successful Irish enterprises that have survived and thrived through the recession, building on culture, tradition, place, identity, language and sustainability.

The enterprises in this book compete, not only on the basis of identity, but by adapting themselves to what is now called the modern ‘experience’ economy.

James Kennelly is co-author of the book and is professor of International Business at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York.

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