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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September 14, 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
11:12 AM
So Easy
Artist : Eleni Mandell
Album : I Can See The Future
ReleaseYear : 2012
Label : Yep Rock Records
11:24 AM
Who You Gonna Dance With
Artist : Eleni Mandell
Album : I Can See The Future
TrackNumber : 6
ReleaseYear : 2012
Label : Yep Rock Records
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
Mon September 9, 2013

All The Galaxy's A Stage: William Shakespeare's Star Wars

More than three and half decades since its release, Star Wars is more popular than ever. News of the series reboot means a new round of earnest excitement, but for now, blind fandom has been replaced among aficionados with a new level of ironic appreciation for the universe: Family Guy and Robot Chicken have celebrated the trilogies; the ill-fated Star Wars Christmas Special that features Chewbacca racing across the galaxy for the holidays has millions of YouTube views; one-man Star Wars performer Charlie Ross has been on this very show; and actors like Simon Pegg and Nick Frost reportedly began their comedy partnership when one recognized the other’s droid sound effect at a dinner.

All of which is to say it’s surprising that it took this long to bring the ivory tower gravity of Statford-On-Avon to the swamps of Dagobah.

But novelist Ian Doescher has done just that in his new book, William Shakespeare’s Star Wars: Verily, A New Hope, out now from Quirk Books.

And before you curse the ghost of Thomas Bowdler, think about it for a second: Star Wars and Shakespeare is not such a stretch. There’s the Falstaffian comic relief of C-3PO and R2D2, the questions over legacy and progeny that consume Darth Vader like an interstellar King Lear, the underworld of a Shylock known as Jabba the Hutt.

So before he exits, pursued by a Wookie, it's our pleasure to welcome Ian Doescher to the Roundtable.

The Roundtable
9:00 am
Mon September 9, 2013

9/9/13 - Panel

  Today's panelists are WAMC's Alan Chartock, activist and commentator Libby Post, and Ray Graf.

WAMC's Pete Seeger concert in Peekskill
Syria
DiBlasio (NY Times)
College bubble bursting (Times Union)

The Roundtable
11:40 am
Fri September 6, 2013

Dinosaurs At miSci And Dudley Observatory

Credit Cindy Schultz / Times Union

    The word of the hour is Dinosaur. We mention it as two area organizations are focusing on the diverse group of animals of the clade Dinosauria.

miSci has an exhibit, Dinosaurs!, which contains animatronic dinosaurs on display through September 29th. The Dudley Observatory is offering one of their Skywatch Lectures: Death of the Dinosaurs on September 25, 2013.

This morning, we welcome - William “Mac” Sudduth, miSci Executive Director and John Delano, Dudley Observatory Skywatch Lecture Series Lecturer - Distinguished Teaching Professor; Collins Fellow; Associate Dean, College of Arts and Sciences; Associate Director, New York Center for Astrobiology at the University at Albany.

The Roundtable
11:12 am
Fri September 6, 2013

Berkshire Grown Harvest Supper

    Summer is wrapping up, and the season is inching toward fall and harvest time. Which means - it is also time for the annual benefit for Berkshire Grown on Monday September 16th at 6:30 pm at Ski Butternut in Great Barrington, MA.

The Berkshire Grown Harvest Supper features delicious dishes prepared by local Berkshire Grown member chefs using fresh ingredients from local farms. The evening also includes a silent auction and a drawing for shopping sprees and gift certificates to Berkshire Grown member stores and restaurants.

To tell us more – we welcome: Daire Rooney, Chef at Allium Restaurant + Bar; Ted Dobson, farmer at Equinox Farm; Laura Meister, farmer at Farm Girl Farm; and Barbara Zheutlin, Executive Director of Berkshire Grown.

Congressional Corner
10:50 am
Fri September 6, 2013

Congressional Corner with Carolyn Maloney

  In today’s Congressional Corner, New York representative Carolyn Maloney discusses Fannie Mae and Freddy Mac with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

The Roundtable
10:35 am
Fri September 6, 2013

Ideas Matter: MASS Humanities' Family Adventures in Reading

    We are very happy to 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 spotlight MASS Humanities and their Family Adventures in Reading program. The idea is to explore diversity, knowing about the world; children responding to humanities themes through literature and illustration. The program emphasizes the importance of adult-child interaction with reading and conversation.

To discuss, we welcome, Mary Jo Maichack - a national award-winning singer, storyteller and creative teaching artist; and Hayley Wood - a Senior program Officer at Mass Humanities. She is the editor of Mass Humanities' blog, The Public Humanist and she manages Family Adventures in Reading.

Arts & Culture
10:10 am
Fri September 6, 2013

Crystal Bowersox At Club Helsinki

  Folk-country singer-songwriter Crystal Bowersox is an American Idol finalist who was the first contestant in the program's history to have one of her original songs played on the show.

She has gone on to enjoy a successful post-American Idol career of originality and authenticity. Earlier this year she released her second studio album, titled All That for This.

Bowersox, who is also an actress, is slated to portray country legend Patsy Cline in the Broadway production of Always, Patsy Cline later this year. She will be at Club Helsinki in Hudson, NY tonight at 9PM.

The Roundtable
9:00 am
Fri September 6, 2013

9/6/13 - Panel

  Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, newsman Ray Graf, and Joe Donahue.

Topics include:
Obama & Putin
Syria Vote Count
Tipping Debate
E-Cigarettes
NSA on Encryption

The Roundtable
11:45 am
Thu September 5, 2013

"The American Way of Eating" by Tracie McMillan

  When journalist Tracie McMillan saw foodies swooning over $9 organic tomatoes, she couldn’t help but wonder: What about the rest of us? Why do working Americans eat the way we do? And what can we do to change it? To find out, McMillan went undercover in three jobs that feed America, living and eating off her wages in each.

Her book is The American Way of Eating: Undercover at Walmart, Applebee's, Farm Fields and the Dinner Table.

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The Roundtable
11:35 am
Thu September 5, 2013

"The Power of Meditation" By Edward Viljoen

    Drawing from his years of experience as a teacher, spiritual leader, and avid meditator, Edward Viljoen has written The Power of Meditation: An Ancient Technique to Access Your Inner Power.

The book is a guide to the benefits of meditation practices will help readers cultivate a calm, peaceful, and enlightened lifestyle.

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