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

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
11:12 am
Thu October 3, 2013

Valerie Plame's "Blowback"

Valerie Plame, whose cover as a CIA agent was famously blown during the Bush Administration, joins us to talk about the new thriller she has written, Blowback.

In the book, Covert CIA ops officer Vanessa Pierson is finally close to capturing the world’s most dangerous international nuclear arms dealer: Bhoot, alias the ghost. One of her assets has information about Bhoot’s upcoming visit to a secret underground nuclear weapons facility in Iran—in only a few days. But just as Pierson’s informant is about to give her the location, they’re ambushed by an expert sniper. Pierson narrowly escapes. Her asset: dead.

Congressional Corner
10:50 am
Thu October 3, 2013

Congressional Corner with Paul Tonko

    Progressive Democrats are on the rise in Albany.

In today’s Congressional Corner, New York representative Paul Tonko tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that he is optimistic about Kathy Sheehan’s bid for mayor.

The Roundtable
10:35 am
Thu October 3, 2013

"The Geography of Memory: A Pilgrimage Through Alzheimer's" By Jeanne Murray Walker

    Award-winning poet Jeanne Murray Walker tells an extraordinarily wise, witty, and quietly wrenching tale of her mother's long passage into dementia.

This powerful story explores parental love, profound grief, and the unexpected consolation of memory.

The Roundtable
10:10 am
Thu October 3, 2013

Jonathan Franzen At Skidmore College

Credit Chris Buck / The Guardian

    Critically acclaimed novelist Jonathan Franzen will deliver this fall’s Frances Steloff Lecture at Skidmore at 8 p.m. tonight.

The reading and discussion, titled “Jonathan Franzen: The Novel and the World,” will be in Gannett Auditorium of Palamountain Hall.

The program will include the awarding of an honorary doctorate to Franzen; a book signing by the author will follow the formal program. Franzen’s books will be available for sale.

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The Roundtable
9:00 am
Thu October 3, 2013

10/3/13 - 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:
Fiscal Crisis
Costs of Shutdown
Obamacare
Tom Clancy

The Roundtable
8:34 am
Fri September 27, 2013

Kate Messner - Wake Up Missing

Kate Messner’s new novel, Wake Up Missing, has all the qualities you want in a thriller: deceit, science taken to the extreme, and characters that you root for – especially when it looks like there is no hope. Messner has taken two very prominent issues ripped from the headlines, and combined them into a fast paced cranial feast as she explores concussions and gene therapy.

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Arts & Culture
11:45 am
Fri September 20, 2013

Josh Ritter At The Troy Savings Bank Music Hall 9/26

    Josh Ritter’s most recent album, The Beast in Its Tracks, was released in early March. In the songs on the album, the listener absorbs some heartbreak - thankfully followed by some happiness and hope.

Josh Ritter will be at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall on Thursday, September 26th. Sam Amidon will open the show. 

The Roundtable
11:30 am
Fri September 20, 2013

Omega Institute Conference - Where We Go From Here

    The Omega Institute connects both humans and the environment as one. Their conferences teach people how to make the place they live better.

Their upcoming conference, Where We Go From Here, will take place in Rhinebeck, New York from October 4-6.

This conference will include speakers, strategies and discussion panels recognizing the fact that everything is connected—that we exist together in one big web of life. Speakers will include President Bill Clinton along with other leading economists, environmentalists, philanthropists, designers, and architects who all give insight to the leading ways of the future towards a better environment for all.

CEO of Omega, Skip Backus, joins us to provide more insight into the program.

The Roundtable
11:26 am
Fri September 20, 2013

Tune for Today

  "Hello? Goodbye!" - Lake Street Dive, performing at The Freshgrass Festival at MASS MoCA this weekend.

The Roundtable
11:12 am
Fri September 20, 2013

Ideas Matter: Vermont Humanities Fall Conference: Music and the Human Experience

   We continue our new regular feature on The Roundtable, entitled – Ideas Matter: Checking in with the Public Humanities. It is our chance to check in with the Humanities Councils throughout our 7-State area to discuss important ideas and why they do indeed matter.

This morning we feature the Vermont Humanities Council's Fall Conference: Music and the Human Experience.

Music plays a powerful role in all societies. It expresses our most personal and profound feelings and binds us to both our neighbors and strangers alike. We are both soothed and energized by music. We worship with music; we go to war to music; we bury our dead to music. We are entertained by music, and with it we express our deepest beliefs. This year’s conference will be held at the Dudley H. Davis Center at the University of Vermont.

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