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 12, 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
11:26 AM
When The Roses Bloom Again
Artist : Wilco and Billy Bragg
Album : Mermaid Avenue: The Complete Sessions
ReleaseYear : 2012
Label : Nonesuch
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
Wed October 30, 2013

“Johnny Carson” By Henry Bushkin

From 1962 until 1992, Johnny Carson hosted The Tonight Show and permeated the American consciousness.  During the apex of his reign, Carson’s longtime lawyer and best friend was Henry Bushkin.

Bushkin writes of his time with Carson in the new book, Johnny Carson.

The Roundtable
9:00 am
Wed October 30, 2013

10/30/13 Panel

Today's panelists are Associate Editor of the Times Union, Mike Spain and Paul Conti, assistant professor of communications at the College of Saint Rose, and WAMC's David Guistina. Ray Graf moderates.

Topics include:
Casinos
Surveillance
Healthcare Website
Ethics Hiring
World Series

The Roundtable
11:35 am
Tue October 29, 2013

"Young Mr. Roosevelt" By Stanley Weintraub

    In Young Mr. Roosevelt, acclaimed historian Stanley Weintraub evokes Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s political and wartime beginnings. An unpromising patrician playboy appointed assistant secretary of the Navy in 1913, Roosevelt learned quickly and rose to national visibility in World War I.

Democratic vice-presidential nominee in 1920, he lost the election but not his ambitions. While his stature was rising, his testy marriage to his cousin Eleanor was fraying amid scandal quietly covered up. Even polio a year later would not suppress his inevitable ascent.

Stanley Weintraub will talk about his new book at the FDR Presidential Library and Museum on Sunday, November 3 at 2pm.

The Roundtable
11:12 am
Tue October 29, 2013

Miss Manners Minds Your Business

    America’s foremost etiquette columnist Judith Martin, aka Miss Manners, has partnered with her son, executive Nicholas Ivor Martin, for her seventeenth book, Miss Manners Minds Your Business. As technologies have advanced and social mores have shifted, generational gaps have widened and business manners have all but expired.

Congressional Corner
10:50 am
Tue October 29, 2013

Congressional Corner with Bill Owens

As the calendar nears 2014, it’s almost time for campaign season. 

In today’s Congressional Corner, New York Representative Bill Owens tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that he thinks the Democrats have a 50-50 chance of retaking the House.

The Roundtable
10:35 am
Tue October 29, 2013

"The Trolley Problem" by Thomas Cathcart

      Tom Cathcart, author of Plato and a Platypus Walk Into a Bar, joins us this morning to discuss his new book, The Trolley Problem. The Trolley Problem is an ethical thought experiment dreamed up in 1978 by British philosopher Philippa Foot.

The Trolley Problem explores the problem through the lens of a trial in the court of public opinion—readers are members of the jury. Cathcart presents two distinct philosophical takes on the problem through the lawyers’ closing statements, but also offers up a number of alternate outlooks on related conundrums through a variety of other media.

Tom Cathcart spent most of his career in health care, including directing a boarding home for people with HIV/AIDS in Portland, Maine. His old college pal, Danny Klein, enlisted him as co-author of a book about how jokes can illuminate philosophical ideas. His new book is his first solo project.

The Roundtable
10:10 am
Tue October 29, 2013

Book Picks - Odyssey Bookshop

    This week's Book Picks come to us from Joan Grenier and Emily Crowe from The Odyssey Bookshop in South Hadley, MA - celebrating 50 years of bookselling!

List:
The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
One Summer: America, 1927 by Bill Bryson
The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism by Doris Kearns Goodwin
The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
Longbourn by Jo Baker

The Roundtable
9:00 am
Tue October 29, 2013

10/29/13 Panel

  On this morning’s panel: WAMC’s Ray Graf, Times Union Associate Editor, Mike Spain, and also joining us is University at Albany Journalism Professor and Investigative Reporter, Rosemary Armao.

Topics include:
Texas Abortion Law
Intelligence Constraints
Penn State Pays
Black Boxes in Cars
Stories from The TU

The Roundtable
11:35 am
Mon October 28, 2013

Evelyn McDonnell: The Real Story Of The Runaways

In the traditionally male-dominated world of rock and roll, The Runaways stuck out like a sore thumb – which was exactly what they wanted when they came together in 1975 Los Angeles. They were young women in a man’s world, and they thrived on the adversity that arrangement fostered.

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The Roundtable
11:12 am
Mon October 28, 2013

Solomon Northup: The Complete Story of the Author of Twelve Years A Slave

Solomon Northup was a free man who was lured from his home in Saratoga and kidnapped into slavery in 1841. His life is the subject of the upcoming film, 12 Years A Slave which opens at The Spectrum Theatre in Albany this Friday.

The new biography, Solomon Northup: The Complete Story of the Author of Twelve Years A Slave provides a compelling chronological narrative of Northup's entire life, from his birth in an isolated settlement in upstate New York to the activities he pursued after his release from slavery.

The biography was written by Clifford Brown, a political science professor at Union College in Schenectady, Rachel Seligman, former head of Union’s gallery (she now works at the Tang at Skidmore College); and David Friske, former librarian for the state.

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