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

January 04, 2013

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
11:12 AM
Such Good Luck
Artist : Chamber Orchestra Of London
Album : Downton Abbey: Original Music from the TV Series
Label : Decca
11:25 AM
Did I Make The Most Of Loving You
Artist : Mary-Jess
Album : Downton Abbey: Original Music from the TV Series
Label : Decca
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
9:00 am
Tue October 8, 2013

10/8/13 - Panel

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

Topics include:
Obama Challenge
Default Fears
Budget Poll
Redskins Name
Casinos

The Roundtable
11:12 am
Mon October 7, 2013

Of Dice And Men: The Story of Dungeons & Dragons And The People Who Play It

David M. Ewalt is an award-winning journalist and author. He is currently a senior editor at Forbes Magazine, where he writes about the game business, technology and Internet culture, and frequently appears as an expert on TV and radio programs. 

In Of Dice and Men, Ewalt recounts the development of Dungeons & Dragons from the game’s roots on the battlefields of ancient Europe, through the hysteria that linked it to satanic rituals and teen suicides, to its apotheosis as father of the modern video-game industry. 

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The Roundtable
10:50 am
Mon October 7, 2013

I Don't know: In Praise Of Admitting Ignorance (Except When You Shouldn't) By Leah Hager Cohen

    Leah Hager Cohen holds the Jenks Chair in Contemporary American Letters at the College of the Holy Cross, teaches in the MFA Program in Creative Writing at Lesley University, and is a frequent contributor to the New York Times Book Review.

In her new book, I don't know: In Praise of Admitting Ignorance (Except When You Shouldn't) she explores why, so often, we attempt to hide our ignorance, and why, in so many different areas, we would be better off coming clean.

The Roundtable
9:00 am
Mon October 7, 2013

10/7/13 - Panel

  

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

Topics include:
Shutdown Planning
Shutdown Impact
US Raid Questions
A-Rod Sues MLB
New $100 Bill

The Roundtable
11:12 am
Fri October 4, 2013

Lydia Davis

Joe Donahue and Lydia Davis

    

   Lydia Davis, winner of the 2013 Man Booker International Prize, has been called “one of the quiet giants . . . of American fiction” by the Los Angeles Times Book Review, “an American virtuoso of the short story form” by Salon, and “one of the best writers in America” by O Magazine.

She is renowned in literary circles for perfecting the craft of the “extremely short short story,” and is beginning to enjoy a much wider readership. Novelist Dave Eggers has said that Davis’s work, “blows the roof off of so many of our assumptions about what constitutes short fiction.”

Her most recent book is The Collected Stories, a compilation of pieces from four previously published volumes.

The ArtsWalk Literary Arts Festival takes place at the Hudson Opera House in Hudson this weekend. Lydia Davis will be reading with writer James Lasdun from 3:30 to 5 PM tomorrow.

The Roundtable
10:35 am
Fri October 4, 2013

Mary Pope Osborne - The Magic Tree House

For over twenty years Mary Pope Osborne has entertained and educated her readers with brother-sister team Jack and Annie as they explore the world in the Magic Tree House series. Each book is a new adventure for everyone as they meet people like Abraham Lincoln during the Civil War, explore the moon, and experience the Great Depression firsthand.

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The Roundtable
10:10 am
Fri October 4, 2013

Beach Boy Brian Wilson Trades Licks With Guitar God Jeff Beck

Brian Wilson and Jeff Beck.
Credit Brian Wilson

From early surf music to the universally lauded Pet Sounds, solo records, and influential production work, even Gershwin and Disney, Brian Wilson has done everything in his more than five decades in music. One of our greatest songwriters, Wilson has been honored by the Kennedy Center, the Grammy’s, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Rolling Stone ranked Wilson among its “100 Greatest Singers” and called the Beach Boys the 12th greatest group ever.

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The Roundtable
9:00 am
Fri October 4, 2013

10/4/13 - Panel

  Today's panelists are WAMC's Alan Chartock, newsman Ray Graf, and University at Albany Journalism Professor and Investigative Reporter, Rosemary Armao, and Jimmy Vielkind, newly a reporter at the Albany bureau of Capital New York. Joe Donahue moderates.

The Roundtable
11:45 am
Thu October 3, 2013

"Three Can Keep a Secret" by Archer Mayor

    Archer Mayor's New York Times bestselling Joe Gunther series returns with a complex case involving two corpses, one escaped mental patient, and a long-held secret that binds them together.

Joe Donahue welcomes Mayor back to the show and they discuss Three Can Keep a Secret: A Joe Gunther Novel and Mayor being mistaken for his characters.

The Roundtable
11:35 am
Thu October 3, 2013

"Bay Bridge: History and Design of a New Icon"

    An innovative landmark a quarter century in the making, the new eastern span of the San Francisco–Oakland Bay Bridge represents the latest spectacular chapter in the history of this storied structure.

The new bridge's architect, Donald MacDonald, joins us to talk about the bridge and the book, Bay Bridge: History and Design of a New Icon. With friendly text and charming illustrations, Bay Bridge reveals the design decisions that have shaped the evolution of the bridge over the last century—from the history of the original bridge, through the planning of the new span, to the construction of its signature 525-foot-high white tower.

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