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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The Roundtable
10:10 am
Thu July 25, 2013

Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival's 27th Season

  The Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival is celebrating its 27th season with three shows - The Three Musketeers, All’s Well That Ends Well and King Lear.

Shakespeare’s masterpiece about an aging king’s attempt to divide his kingdom between his three daughters. Deceived by misplaced affection and flattery, the king makes a series of terrible decisions, tearing his family and kingdom apart, and is pushed to the brink of madness.

The festival's founding Artistic Director, Terry O’Brien joins us this morning along with Stephen Paul Johnson, who plays Lear, and Jason O’Connell who is in both Lear and All’s Well.

The Roundtable
9:00 am
Thu July 25, 2013

7/25/13 - Panel

  Today's panelists are WAMC's Alan Chartock, Newsman Ray Graf, and Daily Freeman Publisher Emeritus - Ira Fusfeld. Joe Donahue moderates.

Topics Include:
NSA Vote
Obama on Economy
Caroline Kennedy - Ambassador to Japan
Egypt
Weiner Update

The Roundtable
11:35 am
Wed July 24, 2013

"Life in a Marital Institution: Twenty Years of Monogamy in One Terrifying Memoir" by James Braly

    James Braly is the first two-time winner of The Moth GrandSlam, a contributor to This American Life, and currently touring the country with his Off-Broadway hit Life In a Marital Institution (20 Years of Monogamy in One Terrifying Hour).

His new memoir is also entitled: Life In a Marital Institution.

Arts & Culture
11:12 am
Wed July 24, 2013

Julia Wolfe's "Steel Hammer" at the 12th Annual Bang on a Can Summer Musica Festival at MASS MoCA

    The 12th Annual Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival at MASS MoCA is taking place through August 3rd. The three-week intensive residency program of public performances, recitals, and lectures will be attended by over 50 cutting-edge composers and performers from around the globe, including 37 fellows selected from a pool of over 250 applicants from 17 countries.

Festival highlights this year include the Composer Premiere Concert on Monday, July 29 showcasing brand new works written by the Summer Festival composition fellows; the 12th annual Bang on a Can Marathon at MASS MoCA, featuring more than fifty musicians and composers in six hours of non-stop, music, which closes the Festival on Saturday, August 3 and the Bang on a Can All-Stars and special guests performing Julia Wolfe’s evening-length art ballad, Steel Hammer, this Saturday, July at 8pm in the Hunter Center at MASS MoCA.

Julia Wolfe founded Bang on a Can in 1987 with Michael Gordon and David Lang and she joins us to talk about the festival and about Steel Hammer.

Congressional Corner
10:50 am
Wed July 24, 2013

Congressional Corner with Jim McGovern

    Sequestration is the law of the land.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Massachusetts Democratic Representative Jim McGovern tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that the spending cuts have hurt Americans of all stripes.

The Roundtable
10:35 am
Wed July 24, 2013

Ulysses S. Grant Cottage State Historic Site

   The Ulysses S. Grant Cottage State Historic Site is a hidden treasure in the foothills of the Adirondacks. It sits on top of Mt. McGregor and overlooks the Adirondack Mountains to the north, the Green Mountains to the east, and the Catskills to the south.

The view is breathtaking and was the last view of our area that General Ulysses S. Grant saw before his death in this historic cottage. The Cottage has remained virtually unchanged since 1885 and still houses the bed on which he died and the funeral arrangements are still intact.

The clock on the mantle still remains where his son, Fred, stopped the hands at 8:08 a.m. on July 23, 1885 when his father passed away – 128 years ago yesterday. Tim Welch – President of the Grant Cottage Historic Site and Steve Trimm, the site’s Grant Impersonator, join us in studio A this morning.

The Roundtable
10:10 am
Wed July 24, 2013

This Town: Two Parties and a Funeral-Plus— Plenty of Valet Parking!—in America's Gilded Capital

  Everyone seems to love to hate Washington, D.C. While many may view the seat of American power as tragically polarized, chief national correspondent for The New York Times Magazine, Mark Leibovich, believes Washington isn’t polarized at all.

In his new book, This Town: Two Parties and a Funeral-Plus— Plenty of Valet Parking!—in America's Gilded Capital, Leibovich delivers vivid, witty, and often stinging portraits of the people who make up the nation’s incestuous “media industrial complex” – the people who both derisively and smugly call Washington “This Town.”

Leibovich’s account is packed with famous names, from the Obamas and the Clintons to Harry Reid, Susan Rice, Colin Powell, Haley Barbour, David Axelrod, Sarah Palin, David Gregory, Andrea Mitchell, Tom Brokaw, Joe Biden, Paul Ryan, Joe Scarborough, Chris Christie and many others.

The Roundtable
9:00 am
Wed July 24, 2013

7/24/13 Panel

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

Topics include:
Weiner Redux
A-Rod Steroid Troubles
 

The Roundtable
11:45 am
Tue July 23, 2013

"Saturday Night Widows" by Becky Aikman

    When journalist Becky Aikman was widowed in her 40s, she felt unmoored. But she couldn’t find the kind of help that she needed, so she dug into the data and eventually created her own unique support system.

Her book, Saturday Night Widows: The Adventures of Six Friends Remaking Their Lives, details the trials and triumphs following tragedy — and new research about what really helps the bereaved.

Arts & Culture
11:35 am
Tue July 23, 2013

Taneyev's "Oresteia" at Bard SummerScape

    Bard SummerScape 2013 presents seven inspired weeks of opera, music, theater, dance, film, and cabaret. This summer Bard College, in Annandale-on-Hudson, NY, presents their 24th annual Bard Music Festival with the theme "Stravinsky and His World."

A major highlight of the season, however, isn't by Stravinsky but is instead by Sergey Taneyev - a composer Stravinsky admired. Thaddeus Strassberger returns to SummerScape to direct Oresteia, with The American Symphony Orchestra conducted by Leon Botstein. Performances begin at the Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts on Friday, July 26th.

Thaddeus and SummerScape Opera producer, Susanna Meyer join us to tell us more.

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