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

"Book Picks" lists are here.

Composer ID: 


The Roundtable
10:10 am
Tue July 30, 2013

Book Picks - The Golden Notebook

  Jacqueline Kellachan of The Golden Notebook in Woodstock, NY joins us with this week's Book Picks.

Mo Meta Blues: The World According To Questlove by Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson and Ben Greeman
Ready for A Brand New Beat by Mark Kurlansky
Mayor of MacDougal Street by David Van Ronk
What You Want Is In The Limo by Michael Walker
The Guitar In The New World by Joe Gioia
Cross Roads: How The Blues Shaped Rock and Roll by John Milward
Yodel in Hi-Fi by Bart Planenga - Event on 8/3
Beautifully Unique Sparkle Ponies by Chris Kluwe
Bobcat and Other Stories by Rebecca Lee
TaiPei by Tao Lin
The Ocean At The End of The Lane by Neil Gaiman
LEGO Star Wars: The Yoda Chronicles by Daniel Lipkowitz
The Twenty One Balloons by William Pene du Bois

The Roundtable
9:00 am
Tue July 30, 2013

7/30/13 - Panel

Today's panelists are WAMC's Alan Chartock, Associate Editor of The Times Union Mike Spain, and WAMC Newsman, Ray Graf. Joe Donahue moderates.

Topics include:
On Gay Priests, Pope Francis Asks, ‘Who Am I to Judge?’
Verdict to Be Read on Tuesday for Bradley Manning WikiLeaks Case
NYTimes: William Scranton, Former Pennsylvania Governor, Dies at 96
Scientists Seek to Rein In Diagnoses of Cancer
Saratoga 150 Track Attendance Down

The Roundtable
11:35 am
Mon July 29, 2013

"The Dispensable Nation: American Foreign Policy in Retreat" by Vali Nasr

    Vali Nasr worked closely with Hillary Clinton at the State Department on Afghan and Pakistani affairs. In his new book, The Dispensable Nation, he takes us behind the scenes to show how Secretary Clinton and her ally, Ambassador Richard Holbrooke, were thwarted in their efforts to guide an ambitious policy in South Asia and the Middle East.

The Roundtable
11:26 am
Mon July 29, 2013

Tune for Today

  "Someone to Fall Back On" - Jason Robert Brown

The Roundtable
11:12 am
Mon July 29, 2013

Al Jourgensen Prepares For End Of Ministry

Al Jourgensen

Before there was Nine Inch Nails or Tool, there was Al Jourgensen’s band Ministry, which for more than 30 years has helped to shape the look and sound of industrial music and heavy metal.

Read more
Congressional Corner
10:50 am
Mon July 29, 2013

Congressional Corner with Sean Patrick Maloney

    In today’s Congressional Corner, New York Representative Sean Patrick Maloney and WAMC’s Alan Chartock discuss the debate over tax reform.

Arts & Culture
10:35 am
Mon July 29, 2013

Jason Robert Brown - "The Bridges of Madison County" at Williamstown Theatre Festival

Sarah LaDuke and Jason Robert Brown

    Jason Robert Brown’s first musical, Songs for a New World played off-Broadway in 1995 and has since been seen in more than two hundred productions around the world. He won the Tony Award for Best Original Score in 1999 for Parade and won Drama Desk Awards in 2002 for Best Music and Best Lyrics for The Last Five Years - which has been adapted for film by Richard LaGravenese and produced by Lucky Monkey Pictures, Sh-K-Boom Records, and Grand Peaks Entertainment.

Jason is the composer and lyricist of the new musical adaptation of The Bridges of Madison County. The book is by Tony and Pulitzer Prize winner Marsha Norman and it's directed by Tony winner Bartlett Sher.

The Broadway-bound show begins its run on The Williamstown Theatre Festival Mainstage this week.

Jason Robert Brown joins us to discuss the show, working with Marsha Norman, and how it was time for him to write something grand and romantic. 

Arts & Culture
10:10 am
Mon July 29, 2013

Bartlett Sher and Steven Pasquale - "The Bridges of Madison County" at Williamstown Theatre Festival

    The Williamstown Theatre Festival's Broadway-bound production of The Bridges of Madison County musical, starring Steven Pasquale and Elena Shaddow opens on August 1st.

Directed by Tony winner Bartlett Sher, Bridges will play the main stage through August 18th. The show then moves to the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre on Broadway, with performances beginning January 13th and officially opening in late-February.

Based on Robert James Waller’s 1992 bestselling novel, The Bridges of Madison County features a score by Tony winner Jason Robert Brown and a book by Tony and Pulitzer Prize winner Marsha Norman. The musical tells the story of Robert Kincaid (played by Steven Pasquale) and his life-changing, four-day love affair with Iowa farm wife, Francesca Johnson.

Sher’s Broadway credits include Golden Boy, South Pacific, Awake and Sing!, The Light in the Piazza, Joe Turner’s Come and Gone and Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown. Steven Pasquale - a series regular on the seven-season FX hit Rescue Me - last appeared on Broadway in the Neil LaBute play Reasons to Be Pretty and was here at Williamstown last season in Far From Heaven.

The Roundtable
9:00 am
Mon July 29, 2013

7/29/13 - Panel

  Today's panelists are WAMC's Alan Chartock and Newsman Ray Graf. Joe Donahue moderates.

Topics include:
Weiner Campaign Manager Quits
GOP Abortion Battle
Economic Struggle
Road Repairs Needed
Peace Talks Continue

Arts & Culture
11:50 am
Fri July 26, 2013

Classical Music According to Yehuda #114

    In this week's Classical Music According to Yehuda, Alan Chartock and Yehuda Hanani talk about interpretation.

Read more