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

November 14, 2012

9:00 AM
Pieholden Suite
Artist : Wilco
Album : Summerteeth
Composer : Jeff Tweedy/Jay Bennett
ReleaseYear : 1999
Label : Reprise Records
9:35 AM
"With Malice Toward None" ((Piano Solo))
Artist : John Williams
Album : Lincoln
Label : Sony Classical
10:00 AM
Pieholden Suite
Artist : Wilco
Album : Summerteeth
Composer : Jeff Tweedy/Jay Bennett
ReleaseYear : 1999
Label : Reprise Records
10:10 AM
The American Process
Artist : John Williams
Album : Lincoln
Label : Sony Classical
10:29 AM
A Lincoln Portrait
Artist : Aaron Copland narrated by Walter Cronkite with the US Coast Guard Band
Album : A Lincoln Portrait
Composer : Aaron Copland
Label : Altissimo!
10:35 AM
The People’s House
Artist : John Williams
Album : Lincoln
Label : Sony Classical
11:00 AM
Pieholden Suite
Artist : Wilco
Album : Summerteeth
Composer : Jeff Tweedy/Jay Bennett
ReleaseYear : 1999
Label : Reprise Records
11:10 AM
"With Malice Toward None"
Artist : John Williams
Album : Lincoln
Label : Sony Classical
11:25 AM
Getting Out the Vote
Artist : John Williams
Album : Lincoln
Label : Sony Classical
11:36 AM
The Peterson House and Finale
Artist : John Williams
Album : Lincoln
Label : Sony Classical
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
10:10 am
Thu July 18, 2013

"Real Talk for Real Teachers" by Rafe Esquith

  **Audio to come**

  According to our next guest: public education is in a crisis. Rafe Esquith believes new teachers are quickly turning to alternative career paths and seasoned teachers are burning out after years of dedicated work. He says this comes from increasing pressure from policy-makers and administrators, budget cuts to already underfunded programs, unreliable teacher evaluations, mandated testing, and a myriad of other burdens.

Rafe Esquith, one of America’s most celebrated educators provides an antidote to the problem with his new book: Real Talk for Real Teachers, which he says cuts through the distractions and helps educators focus on what is truly important: TEACHING.

Rafe Esquith has taught at Hobart Elementary School in Los Angeles for more than twenty-five years. He is the only teacher to have been awarded the president’s National Medal of the Arts.

The Roundtable
9:00 am
Thu July 18, 2013

7/18/13 - Panel

Today's panelists are WAMC's Alan Chartock, Newsman Ray Graf, Times Union Editor Rex Smith and Times Union state editor and columnist Casey Seiler. Joe Donahue moderates.

Topics:
Surveillance Backlash
NYC Poll
Cuomo ranked on Bad Gov. List
Emmy Nominations

The Roundtable
11:50 am
Wed July 17, 2013

"The Spark" by Kristine Barnett

    Kristine Barnett’s son Jacob has an IQ higher than Einstein’s, a photographic memory, and he taught himself calculus in two weeks.

But the story of Kristine’s journey with Jake is all the more remarkable because his extraordinary mind was almost lost to autism.

Arts & Culture
11:35 am
Wed July 17, 2013

Troy Savings Bank Music Hall 2013-14 Season Announcement

    Troy Savings Bank Music Hall is known far and wide for its amazing acoustics. But who will get to take advantage of the space next?

Executive Director, Jon Elbaum, join us now to let us know who will be taking the stage in their upcoming season.

Arts & Culture
11:12 am
Wed July 17, 2013

"The Sparkley Clean Funeral Singers" at CapRep

    The World Premiere of the new musical, The Sparkley Clean Funeral Singers is now taking place at Cap Rep in Albany. In the show, Daughter Junie inherits the job of taking over the family dry cleaning business, tending to Dad --who’s having a hard time remembering things -- and keeping an eye on younger sister Lashley – who’s fresh from rehab.

Junie’s dream of being a country singer takes a hiatus until the town Pastor asks the sisters to write and perform personal send-offs for the dearly departed.

The musical comedy is from country singer-songwriter Lori Fischer - who also teaches playwriting at NYU. She teamed up with ASCAP Award-winning Nashville composer Don Chaffer. Both appear onstage, with Fischer starring as Junie. We welcome Lori Fischer, Carter Calvert (who plays Lashley Lee), and director Martha Banta who was an Assistant Director for Rent and is now Resident Director for Mamma Mia! on Broadway.

Congressional Corner
10:50 am
Wed July 17, 2013

Congressional Corner with Richard Neal

    The sequester has led to cuts and furloughs across the land.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Massachusetts Democratic Representative Richard Neal tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that the across-the-board cuts were a bad idea to begin with.

Arts & Culture
10:35 am
Wed July 17, 2013

Berkshire Theatre Group's production of "Oklahoma!"

Credit Abby LePage

  Oklahoma! is the first musical written by Rodgers and Hammerstein – the original Broadway production opened on March 31, 1943.

Featuring timeless songs such as "Oh What a Beautiful Mornin,'" "The Surrey with the Fringe on Top," “I Cain't Say No," "People Will Say We're in Love," and of course "Oklahoma!," this landmark, Pulitzer Prize winning musical is currently enjoying the Berkshire Theatre Group treatment on stage at The Colonial in Pittsfield, MA.

Eric Hill directs this American classic and he joins to tell us more.

The Roundtable
10:10 am
Wed July 17, 2013

"More Scenes from the Rural Life" by Verlyn Klinkenborg

  Verlyn Klinkenborg's regular column, The Rural Life, is one of the most read and beloved in the New York Times. Since 1997, he has written eloquently on every aspect, large and small, of life on his upstate New York farm, including his animals, the weather and landscape, and the trials and rewards of physical labor, as well as broader issues about agriculture and land use behind farming today.

Klinkenborg's new book - More Scenes from the Rural Life - gathers together 150 of his best pieces since his last collection, The Rural Life, was published a decade ago.

The Roundtable
9:00 am
Wed July 17, 2013

7/17/13 - Panel

  Today's panelists are WAMC's Alan Chartock, Newsman Ray Graf, and Editor of The Daily Gazette, Judy Patrick. Joe Donahue moderates.

Topics include:
Filibuster
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on the cover of Rolling Stone
Health Plan Cost
Daily Gazette Headlines

The Roundtable
11:45 am
Tue July 16, 2013

The Cassoulet Saved Our Marriage: True Tales of Food, Family, and How We Learn to Eat

  Without mantras or manifestos, 29 writers serve up sharp, sweet, and candid memories; salty irreverence; and delicious original recipes. Food is so much more than what we eat. The Cassoulet Saved Our Marriage is an anthology of original essays about how we learn (and relearn) to eat, and how pivotal food is beyond the table.

We speak about the book with one of its editors, Lisa Catherine Harper.

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