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

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Playlist

December 20, 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
Go Tell It On The Mountain
Artist : James Taylor
Album : James Taylor At Christmas
Label : UME
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
10:35 am
Fri June 21, 2013

2013 Solid Sound Festival - Storey Publishing

 Storey Publishing has been helping readers practice creative self-reliance for 30 years. They are a longtime creative tenant on campus at MASS MoCA and will be hosting a variety of other lifestyle workshops, activities and demonstrations throughout the Solid Sound Festival.

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Arts & Culture
10:10 am
Fri June 21, 2013

2013 Solid Sound Festival - Jeff and Spencer Tweedy

Jeff Tweedy playing Solid Sound in 2011
Credit Rich Orris

The Solid Sound Festival is curated by the rock band Wilco. So it stands to reason we’d have a member of the band on our show today - and we do! Jeff Tweedy joins us to talk about Solid Sound and other Wilco goings-on.

Then, after a quick break, his son Spencer joins us, too! Spencer is the drummer for The Blisters - the band is playing this Sunday at the festival. They’ve been together for 10 years and put out an album on their website earlier this month. The album is called “Finally, Bored” - but we have a sneaking suspicion that Spencer is anything but. (The kid is busy is what we're saying.)

Arts & Culture
9:35 am
Fri June 21, 2013

2013 Solid Sound Festival - DownStreet Art

Downstreet Art kicked of their 6th season last night with a celebration in downtown North Adams, MA.

Presented by Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts’ and Berkshire Cultural Resource Center, DownStreet Art provides North Adams with a summer of creative events. The public arts festival will run through Oct. 31.

This summer’s events, which are free and open to the public, will include gallery openings, a dance party on Main Street, a wandering light show, a community reading of Frederick Douglas’s famous Fourth of July address, new murals in the downtown, and musical performances.

We are joined by Leslie Ferrin, Director Ferrin Contemporary and on the DownStreet Art Curatorial Committee; Melanie Mowinski, Artist, Founder Press Gallery, Art Professor MCLA; and Jonathan Secor, Director MCLA Berkshire Cultural Resource Center, which runs DownStreet Art.

Arts & Culture
9:35 am
Fri June 21, 2013

2013 Solid Sound Festival - Jason Middlebrook and Susan Cross

Jason Middlebrook I’ve Been Drawing Cliffs My Whole Life, 2013 Acrylic and spray paint on maple 93.625 x 41 x 1.375 Courtesy the artist and DODGEgallery, New York
Credit Karen Pearson/Mass MoCA

    One of the MASS MoCA's current exhibitions is Jason Middlebrook: My Landscape. The pieces contained include new works from Jason’s series of painted hardwood planks begun in 2008 and will debut an awe-inspiring, hanging mobile that functions like a fountain within the gallery.

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The Roundtable
9:10 am
Fri June 21, 2013

2013 Solid Sound Festival - Joe Thompson and Alex Crothers

  This is the third Solid Sound - and our third time broadcasting at MASS MoCA from the festival. (We’ve taken the museum over two other times, but who’s counting? … It’s us. We are counting.)

We’re set up in fine fashion in The Knuckle at MASS MoCA - just outside of the Sol LeWitt galleries and within leaping distance of many of the other attractions and stages on campus. But we won’t leap - we’ll politely walk around - this place is about to be full of enthusiastic music and art fans and we wouldn’t want to leap onto any of them.

Joining us to tell us about some of what goes into making this festival purr are Joe Thompson, Director of MASS MoCA and Alex Crothers, promoter for Higher Ground Music.

The Roundtable
11:45 am
Thu June 20, 2013

Jackie "The Joke Man" Martling

  A longtime fixture of radio's Howard Stern Show, comedian Jackie "The Joke Man" Martling was born and raised on Long Island, NY. While touring as a national headliner, Martling released three comedy lp's, 1979's "What Did You Expect?," 1980's "Goin' Ape!," and 1981's "Normal People Are People You Don't Know That Well." He blindly sent the three LP's to Howard Stern upon Howard's arrival at WNBC-AM in New York City in 1982, and Howard called him to make a guest appearance on his radio show. in 1986, Jackie became a full-time cast member and the head writer of Stern's show.

Jackie left the show in 2001 after fifteen-year run as head writer of the radio show

He'll be in our region this weekend.

The Roundtable
11:35 am
Thu June 20, 2013

"On Horseback and Healing" by Sharon Miller Blake

    On Horseback and Healing is the memoir of an abused, neglected girl-child who finds escape and healing through her relationships with her horses. On the back of her pony, and later on her horses, she finds comfort and solace in the nourishing bounty of the natural world.

Sharon Miller Blake’s quest for a life beyond mere survival takes her all over this continent. She has many adventures and some misadventures as she wrestles with dark passages and mental instability, but she has an inner spark, which keeps her seeking the light and a vibrant connectedness.

The Roundtable
11:12 am
Thu June 20, 2013

"Maine Sublime" at Olana

Olana is the 250-acre home of Frederick Edwin Church, the famous landscape painter of the 19th century and the master of America's first school of painting, the Hudson River School.

The beautiful Persian style estate is situated outside of Hudson, NY.

"Maine Sublime: Frederic Edwin Church's Landscapes of Mount Desert and Mount Katahdin" is a new exhibition currently on display at Olana. The show includes 10 oil and 13 pencil sketches from the Olana collection that celebrate the glories of Maine scenery. Many are on public view for the first time.

Sara Griffen, Director of the Olana Partnership and Evelyn Trebilcock, Curator at Olana join us to tell us more.

Arts & Culture
10:45 am
Thu June 20, 2013

Boston Early Music Festival

Credit Kathy Wittman

    The Boston Early Music Festival (BEMF) will return to the Berkshires this summer with Almira, the first opera by the celebrated and beloved Baroque composer, George Frideric Handel in its first modern-day historically conceived production.

BEMF will offer three fully-staged performances of the production at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center on Friday and Saturday, June 21 and 22 at 7pm, and Sunday, June 23 at 2:30pm; all performances will be sung in German with English supertitles.

Three-time Grammy-nominated Artistic Co-Director Paul O’Dette joins us.

The Roundtable
10:10 am
Thu June 20, 2013

"Bob And Ray, Keener Than Most Persons" by David Pollock

  By the established comedy conventions of their era, Bob Elliott and Ray Goulding were true game changers. Never playing to the balcony, Bob and Ray instead entertained each other. Because they believed in their nuanced characters and absurd premises, their audience did, too.

Now, with the full cooperation of Bob Elliott and of Ray Gouldings widow, Liz, together with insights from numerous colleagues, their craft and the culture that made them so relevant is explored in depth in David Pollock's Bob and Ray, Keener Than Most Persons.

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