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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Arts & Culture
11:30 am
Mon July 22, 2013

A Musical Inspired by the Brooklyn Superhero Supply Company at Powerhouse

New York Stage and Film and Vassar College present A Musical Inspired by the Brooklyn Superhero Supply Company as their second Martel Musical this Powerhouse season.

Trey Swieskowski, an idealistic young Brooklynite, fantasizes about becoming a superhero. Meanwhile, Astrolass (AKA “Astroman’s daughter”) is desperate to pack in her cape and escape the burden of her father’s legacy. When the two of them cross paths, they hatch a plan to change their lives forever.

Director Michael Mayer returns to Powerhouse to develop this exciting new musical and he joins us along with Peter Lerman (music and lyrics) and Simon Rich (book).

The Roundtable
11:12 am
Mon July 22, 2013

"Ready for a Brand New Beat" by Mark Kurlansky

    "Callin' out around the world, are you ready for a brand new beat?" This is the opening line to the 1964 signature Motown hit "Dancing in the Street" by Martha Reeves and the Vandellas, a beloved tune canonized in American popular music with recordings by everyone from Mick Jagger and David Bowie to Van Halen.

In his newest book, Ready For a Brand New Beat, author Mark Kurlansky makes the compelling argument that this song changed America forever.

Famous for telling a grand historical story through the lens of a single-and often unlikely-subject, Kurlansky now turns his astute cultural eye on this popular tune, examining its intersection with the civil rights movement and a tumultuous period in American history, and underscoring the role that popular music can play in the genesis of greater social movements.

Congressional Corner
10:50 am
Mon July 22, 2013

Congressional Corner with Joe Courtney

    The Supreme Court’s same-sex marriage rulings marked a new era for the country.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Connecticut Representative Joe Courtney discusses the decisions with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

Arts & Culture
10:35 am
Mon July 22, 2013

20th Anniversary of Community Access to the Arts

    Community Access to the Arts is 20-years old this year. Based in Great Barrington, the non-profit was born when Sandy Newman coordinated one weaving workshop for 12 women with disabilities from The Riverbrook Residence.

Today, CATA offers over 1000 individual arts workshops annually in its Great Barrington Studio as well as in 30 different health and human service organizations. 22 local artists are employed as faculty along with 6 full-time and 2 part-time staff.

There is a lot going on at CATA this anniversary year, founder Sandy Newman is here to tell us more along with Program Coordinator Bobbie Fachini.

The Roundtable
10:10 am
Mon July 22, 2013

Richard Schiff in "The Chosen" at Barrington Stage

Richard Schiff and Joe Donahue

    Actor Richard Schiff is probably best known for playing White House Communications Director Toby Ziegler on NBC’s The West Wing.

He made his Broadway debut this past season Glengarry Glen Ross with Al Pacino and he is now at Barrington Stage Company in Pittsfield in The Chosen.

The Roundtable
9:00 am
Mon July 22, 2013

7/22/13 - Panel

  Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Newsman Ray Graf, and Alice Green - the Executive Director of The Center for Law and Justice. She is an adjunct professor at the University at Albany, and she writes and lectures frequently on racism and criminal justice issues. Joe Donahue moderates.

Topics include:
Obama on Race
Times Editorial on Race
Obama Economy
Helen Thomas Dies
Royal Baby Watch

Arts & Culture
11:45 am
Fri July 19, 2013

Lucy Kaplansky at Caffé Lena on 7/20

    Blending country, folk and pop styles, Lucy Kaplansky makes every song sound fresh, whether singing her own sweet originals, covering country classics by June Carter Cash and Gram Parsons, or singing pop favorites by Lennon/McCartney and Nick Lowe.

She is performing at Caffé Lena in Saratoga Springs, NY on Saturday, July 20th.

Arts & Culture
11:35 am
Fri July 19, 2013

Classical Music According to Yehuda #113

    In this week's Classical Music According to Yehuda, Alan Chartock and Yehuda Hanani discuss Handel and his influence.

The Roundtable
11:26 am
Fri July 19, 2013

Tune for Today

  "Icebox" - Gabriel Kahane, playing at MASS MoCA on Saturday, July 20th at 8pm.

Congressional Corner
10:50 am
Fri July 19, 2013

Congressional Corner with Joe Courtney

    Ten years after the start of the Iraq War, the U.S. is still grappling with its military role in the Middle East.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Connecticut Representative Joe Courtney describes his Armed Services Committee work with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

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