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

January 04, 2013

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
Such Good Luck
Artist : Chamber Orchestra Of London
Album : Downton Abbey: Original Music from the TV Series
Label : Decca
11:25 AM
Did I Make The Most Of Loving You
Artist : Mary-Jess
Album : Downton Abbey: Original Music from the TV Series
Label : Decca
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
10:29 am
Thu April 18, 2013

Paula Poundstone, Sudbury Native, Celebrates Laughs In Massachusetts Return

Paula Poundstone's new CD
Credit Paula Poundstone

Usually when we hear from Paula Poundstone on WAMC, she’s making us laugh on a Saturday morning on Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me, where she is a regular panelist, or stopping by Lake Wobegon on A Prairie Home Companion. But she also spends plenty of time on the road performing her unique brand of stand-up. Poundstone has been honing her live act for more than three decades, between writing essays and books, and occasional acting.

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The Roundtable
10:10 am
Thu April 18, 2013

Rachael Ray

Joe Donahue and Rachael Ray

    Rachel Ray is a nationally syndicated host of the Rachael Ray Show as well as a food network superstar. She is best known for her 30 minute meals, her many cookbooks, magazine and other television programs.

Rachael Ray has become a staple of both cable and syndicated television it all began at WRGB in Schenectady, New York when she started the 30 minute meal segment more than a decade ago she would regularly appear here in WAMC and cook for us.

She would come in and make burgers, jambalaya and chicken stirfry. During one program, a food network executive was listening, heard her and a few weeks later she went on to sign a huge contract with the food network and later get a syndicated talk show with Oprah Winfrey's company.

Two years after her great success, E! entertainment television did an E True Hollywood Story on Rachael and asked me if I would take part. It was the last time I actually saw Rachael Ray. This past weekend, I got to catch up with her while she's on spring break from her show and spending time in this region, a region she calls home. We reminisced about our time on the radio and of course about the E True Hollywood Story.

The Roundtable
9:00 am
Thu April 18, 2013

4/18/13 - Panel

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

Today's topics include:
• The Latest from Boston - including yesterday's baffling suspect coverage
• Senate Gun Control Block
• Ricin letter to President
• Is Man Inherently Good or Evil?

The Roundtable
11:50 am
Wed April 17, 2013

Listener Essay - A Man of Letters

  This Listener Essay by Barbara Redfield is entitled "A Man of Letters."

The Roundtable
11:35 am
Wed April 17, 2013

Tim Chaisson

Tim Chaisson

    Tim Chaisson's U.S debut The Other Side was released on February 26, of this year and was called "a handsomely crafted piece of work" by The Guardian. The album won the East Coast Music Award for Roots/Traditional Solo Recording of the Year.

A few weeks ago, the native of Prince Edward Island, Canada, was scheduled to come play live and record an interview with me - but on that day - I all-but-lost my voice. Not wanting to subject Tim (or listeners) to an aggravated croak of an interview - we asked if he’d come in and just play.

What we have to share with you now, is the 4 song set Tim played at The Linda with his cousin, Cody Chaisson, joining him on mandolin.

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The Roundtable
11:12 am
Wed April 17, 2013

"Kosher: Private Regulation in the Age of Industrial Food" by Timothy D. Lytton

    The $12-billion-a-year kosher food industry is the subject of Albany Law School Professor Timothy Lytton’s latest book, Kosher: Private Regulation in the Age of Industrial Food .

Professor Lytton examines the kosher industry as a model of private sector regulation in the midst of growing public concern over the government’s ability to regulate the food industry.

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Congressional Corner
10:50 am
Wed April 17, 2013

Congressional Corner with Carolyn Maloney - Part 3

  The “Chained CPI” plan has many Americans up in arms.

In today’s Congressional Corner, New York representative Carolyn Maloney tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that President Obama may be trying to meet the GOP halfway on entitlement reform.

Arts & Culture
10:35 am
Wed April 17, 2013

Stefon Harris at The College of St. Rose

  Ninety Miles is a Cuban American music collaboration of a distinctly unique collection of songs. Originally recorded in Cuba under a special visa, Ninety Miles has received global recognition and was a featured documentary on BBC Worldwide in the fall of 2012. The group will be performing Thursday night at the College of St. Rose.

The touring group features three critically acclaimed jazz musicians: vibist and Albany native Stefon Harris, saxophonist David Sánchez and trumpeter Nicholas Payton.

Stefon Harris attended Albany High School and played in the Empire State Youth Jazz Ensemble.

A four-time Grammy nominee, Harris has been heralded by The Los Angeles Times as “one of the most important young artists in jazz” and has been awarded “Best Mallet” six times by the Jazz Journalists Association.

Arts & Culture
10:10 am
Wed April 17, 2013

Jessica Hecht - Manhattan Theatre Club's "The Assembled Parties"

Judith Light, Jake Silbermann, Jeremy Shamos, and Jessica Hecht

    Tonight, Tony Award® Winner Richard Greenberg’s new play The Assembled Parties opens at Manhattan Theatre Club in New York City - it’s been in previews since March 21st and is scheduled to run through June 2nd.

The Assembled Parties welcomes us to the world of the Bascovs, an Upper West Side Jewish family in 1980. In a sprawling Central Park West apartment, former movie star Julie Bascov and her sister-in-law Faye bring their families together for their traditional holiday dinner. But tonight, things are not usual. A houseguest has joined the festivities for the first time and he unwittingly - or perhaps by design - insinuates himself into the family drama. Twenty years later, as 2001 approaches, the Bascovs' seemingly picture-perfect life may be about to crumble.

  The play is directed by Manhattan Theatre Club’s Artistic Director, Lynne Meadow, and the cast includes Tony and 2-time Emmy winner Judith Light, Tony nominee Jeremy Shamos, and Tony nominee Jessica Hecht.

Jessica Hecht’s other Broadway credits include The Last Night at of Ballyhoo, After the Fall, Julius Ceasar, Brighton Beach Memoirs, A View from the Bridge, and Harvey. Recent television credits include AMC’s Breaking Bad and HBO’s Bored to Death.

The Roundtable
9:00 am
Wed April 17, 2013

4/17/13 - Panel

  Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, WAMC’s Morning Edition Host, David Guistina, and University at Albany Journalism Professor and Investigative Reporter, Rosemary Armao. Ray Graf moderates.

Today's topics include:
• The latest from Boston
• What we Know and Don’t about Bombings
• Obama’s Cautious Approach
• Ricin Letter to Senator

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