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

November 16, 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 Ahead
Artist : Rilo Kiley
Album : Take Offs and Landings
Label : Barsuk Records
11:58 AM
Pieholden Suite
Artist : Wilco
Album :
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Congressional Corner
10:50 am
Wed September 11, 2013

Congressional Corner with Richard Neal

  In today’s Congressional Corner, Massachusetts Representative Richard Neal discusses Syria with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

The Roundtable
10:35 am
Wed September 11, 2013

"The Trauma Of Everyday Life" By Mark Epstein

    Trauma does not just happen to a few unlucky people; it is the bedrock of our psychology. Death and illness touch us all, but even the everyday sufferings of loneliness and fear are traumatic.

In The Trauma of Everyday Life renowned psychiatrist and author of Thoughts Without a Thinker Mark Epstein uncovers the transformational potential of trauma, revealing how it can be used for the mind’s own development.

The Roundtable
10:10 am
Wed September 11, 2013

"Under Fire: The Untold Story Of The Attack In Benghazi"

    On the night of September 11, 2012, the American diplomatic mission at Benghazi, Libya, came under ferocious attack by a heavily armed group of Islamic terrorists. The prolonged firefight, and the attack hours later on a nearby CIA outpost, resulted in the deaths of four Americans.

Under Fire: The Untold Story of the Attack in Benghazi is based on the exclusive cooperation of eyewitnesses and confidential sources within the intelligence, diplomatic, and military communities, and in the book, Fred Burton and Samuel M. Katz reveal for the first time the terrifying twelve-hour ordeal confronted by Ambassador Christopher Stevens, Sean Smith, his Diplomatic Security (DS) contingent, and the CIA security specialists who raced to rescue them.

The Roundtable
9:00 am
Wed September 11, 2013

9/11/13 - Panel

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

Topics:
Syria NYC Primaries
9/11 - 12 Years On
The Widening Gulf Between Rich and Poor

The Roundtable
10:35 am
Tue September 10, 2013

"American Story: A Lifetime Search for Ordinary People Doing Extraordinary Things" by Bob Dotson

    For the six million people who watch the Emmy Award–winning “American Story with Bob Dotson” on NBC’s Today Show, Bob Dotson’s reports celebrate the inspirational stories of everyday Americans. Dotson has been crisscrossing the country for more than forty years—logging more than four million miles—in search of people who have quietly but profoundly changed our lives and our country for the better.

Here we speak with Dotson about his new book, American Story: A Lifetime Search for Ordinary People Doing Extraordinary Things.

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The Roundtable
10:10 am
Tue September 10, 2013

Book Picks - The Bookstore

      Today's Book Picks come from Matt Tannenbaum of The Bookstore in Lenox, MA.

List:
Salinger by David Shields and Shane Salerno
Someone: A Novel by Alice McDermott
Bleeding Edge by Thomas Pynchon
Emily & Herman: A Literary Romance by John J. Healey
The Trolley Problem, or Would You Throw the Fat Guy Off the Bridge?: A Philosophical Conundrum by Thomas Cathcart
Big Appetites: Tiny People in a World of Big Food by Christopher Boffoli

The Roundtable
9:00 am
Tue September 10, 2013

9/10/13 - Panel

  Today's panelists are WAMC's Alan Chartock, Associate Editor of the Times Union, Mike Spain, and Ray Graf.

Topics include:
Latest on Syria
Primary Day
China Internet Freedom
Happy Countries

The Roundtable
11:25 am
Mon September 9, 2013

Tune for Today

  "Feelin Alright" - Dave Mason - playing at The Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield, MA on 10/9.

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)

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