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?

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The Roundtable
9:00 am
Mon October 28, 2013

10/28/13 Panel

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

Topics include:
Inflation Needed
Syria Meets Deadline
If Hillary Passes
Obama unaware of Merkel Tapping
Lou Reed Dies
World Series Call

The Roundtable
11:45 am
Fri October 25, 2013

FilmColumbia - Chris Schoeck - "Bending Steel"

Bending Steel is a documentary from filmmakers Dave Carroll and Ryan Scafuro. It explores the life of 43 year-old Chris Schoeck, a Queens, NY native who is training to become a professional Oldetime Strongman. The story follows Chris’ journey from his early days training in a small basement storage unit, to his very first performance on the big stage at New York’s historic Coney Island.

The film will screen at FilmColumbia on Saturday, October 26th at 5pm with a presentation by Schoeck to follow.

Joe Donahue spoke with Chris at Argot Studios in NYC. During the interview Chris ripped a deck of cards in half and bent a steel spike. Videos below.

The Roundtable
11:35 am
Fri October 25, 2013

FilmColumbia - Gary Leib - Animiation for Adults

Gary Leib's Halloween window at Desert Island Comics in Brooklyn in 2011.
Credit / The Comics Journal

  Gary Leib has won wide praise for his work as an animator and cartoonist, including a 1994 Harvey nomination for his Fantagraphics comic book, Idiotland. His illustrations and cartoons have appeared in The New Yorker, Musician Magazine, The New York Observer, Raw, Blab and as weekly features in The New York Press for many years. He is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design and has taught in the graduate computer animation program at the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan. His animation company is called, Twinkle.

Gary curates “Animation for Adults” for the FilmColumbia Festival and this year’s program will screen at 12:30 pm on Saturday.

The Roundtable
11:25 am
Fri October 25, 2013

Classical Music According to Yehuda #117

    In this week's Classical Music According to Yehuda, Alan Chartock and Yehuda Hanani continue their discussion of composer, Maurice Ravel and hear his Bolero.

The Roundtable
11:12 am
Fri October 25, 2013

Carl Strock - "From D’burg To Jerusalem"

  Carl Strock is a longtime columnist in the Capital District. His new book, From D’burg to Jerusalem chronicles the author's journalistic adventures from the most trivial - the painting of the town garage roof in Duanesburg - to the most far-reaching - religious nationalism in Jerusalem, visiting along the way police corruption, the power of teacher's unions, the sexual abuse of children, Christian fundamentalism, and more.

These are the stories that Carl Strock explored in his newspaper column with a trajectory that goes up and up - until it suddenly goes down. His long career ended in controversy (even protests) last year over his writing following his trip to Jerusalem.

Carl Strock worked in Vietman, Laous, and Hong Kong before landing in Schenectady, NY and launching the column "The View From Here" for The Daily Gazette.

Congressional Corner
10:50 am
Fri October 25, 2013

Congressional Corner with Sean Eldridge

In today’s Congressional Corner, WAMC’s Alan Chartock asks Democratic candidate Sean Eldridge — who is running against incumbent Republican Chris Gibson in New York’s 19th district — about a range of political topics.

The Roundtable
10:35 am
Fri October 25, 2013

Ideas Matter: MASS Humanities' E Pluribus Paralysis: Can We Make Our Democracy Work?

    This morning we spotlight Massachusetts Humanities and discuss their Tenth Annual Fall Symposium entitled, E Pluribus Paralysis: Can We Make Our Democracy Work?

David Tebaldi is Executive Director at MASS Humanities and Alexander Keyssar is Professor of History and Social Policy at the John F. Kennedy
School of Government at Harvard University.

The Roundtable
10:05 am
Fri October 25, 2013

Familiar Hollywood Face Larry Miller Brings Comedy To Middletown

Larry Miller

Larry Miller has one of those Hollywood faces that you recognize instantly, even if you can’t always remember all of his credits or even his name. But with more than 100 film and TV credits on his resume, Miller has made a career of sometimes short but memorable roles on screen in Pretty Woman, Ten Things I Hate About You, The Nutty Professor, Boston Legal, Seinfeld, Law and Order, Desperate Housewives, and as a member of the ensemble in Christopher Guest’s masterpieces Best in Show, A Mighty Wind, For Your Consideration and Waiting For Guffman, to name a few.

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The Roundtable
9:00 am
Fri October 25, 2013

10/25/13 Panel

  Today's panelists are WAMC's Alan Chartock, Ray Graf, and Times Union Associate Editor Mike Spain. Joe Donahue moderates.

Topics include:
Painkiller Control
NY Campaign Donations Ruling
AHCA Contractors Weigh In
Snowden Documents

The Roundtable
11:50 am
Thu October 24, 2013

“Sydney and Violet" by Stephen Klaidman

Largely forgotten today, Sydney and Violet Schiff were ubiquitous, almost Zelig-like figures in the most important literary movement of the twentieth century. Their friendships among the elite of the Modernist writers were remarkable, and their extensive correspondence with T. S. Eliot, Katherine Mansfield, Proust, and many others strongly suggests both intimacy and intellectual equality.

In Sydney and Violet, Stephen Klaidman examines what divides the literary survivors from the victims of taste and time.