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

January 16, 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
11:25 AM
Hold On Tight
Artist : Solomon Burke
Album : Hold On Tight
Label : Verve Forecast
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
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.

The Roundtable
11:12 am
Tue July 23, 2013

"Cows Save the Planet" by Judith Schwartz

    In Cows Save the Planet, journalist Judith Schwartz looks at soil as a crucible for our many overlapping environmental, economic, and social crises. Schwartz reveals that for many of these problems—climate change, biodiversity loss, droughts, floods, wildfires, rural poverty, malnutrition, and obesity—there are positive, alternative scenarios to the degradation and devastation we face.

In each case, our ability to turn these crises into opportunities depends on how we treat the soil. Drawing on the work of thinkers and doers, renegade scientists and institutional whistleblowers from around the world, Schwartz challenges much of the conventional thinking about global warming and other problems.

Schwartz says Cows Save the Planet is a primer on soil's pivotal role in our ecology and economy, a call to action, and an antidote to the despair that environmental news so often leaves us with.

Congressional Corner
10:50 am
Tue July 23, 2013

Congressional Corner with Jim McGovern

  George Zimmerman’s not guilty verdict stoked continued anger over Trayvon Martin’s death. In today’s Congressional Corner, Massachusetts Democratic Representative Jim McGovern tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that he disagreed with the jury’s decision.

The Roundtable
10:35 am
Tue July 23, 2013

"Falling Back" by Jamie Fader

    Falling Back is a new book based based on over three years of ethnographic research with black and Latino males on the cusp of adulthood and incarcerated at a rural reform school designed to address “criminal thinking errors” among juvenile drug offenders.

State University at Albany professor Jamie Fader observed these young men as they transitioned back to their urban Philadelphia neighborhoods, resuming their daily lives and struggling to adopt adult masculine roles.

She looks to portray the complexities of human decision-making as these men strove to “fall back,” or avoid reoffending, and become productive adults. Jamie Fader is an assistant professor of criminal justice at the University at Albany, SUNY.

The Roundtable
10:10 am
Tue July 23, 2013

Book Picks - Merritt Bookstore

    This week's Book Picks come from Scott Meyer of Merritt Books in Millbrook, NY.

List:
Foreign Policy Begins at Home: The Case for Putting America's House in Order by Richard Haass
Fantasy Life: The Outrageous, Uplifting, and Heartbreaking World of Fantasy Sports from the Guy Who's Lived It by Matthew Berry
Bird Medicine: The Sacred Power of Bird Shamanism by Evan T. Pritchard
William Shakespeare's Star Wars by Ian Doescher
How to Speak Klingon: Essential Phrases for the Intergalactic Traveler by Ben Grossblatt
The Form Within: My Point of View by Karl H. Pribram
The Never List by Koethi
Spirits & Wine by Susan Newhof
The Hudson Valley in the Ice Age: A Geological History & Tour by Robert Titus

The Roundtable
9:00 am
Tue July 23, 2013

7/23/13 - Panel

  Today's panelists are WAMC's Alan Chartock, Newsman Ray Graf, Albany Common Council member, resident of Arbor Hill, author, feminist scholar and community activist Barbara Smith and in the second half of the panel, Times-Union Capital reporter, Jimmy Vielkind. Joe Donahue moderates.

Sports
11:45 am
Mon July 22, 2013

"Fantasy Life" by Matthew Berry

    Never played in a fantasy league and wanted to find out what they are all about, but were afraid to ask? Ever wanted to start one, but not sure how? Have line-up questions or want to explore the best trade possibilities?

Matthew Berry is an ESPN fantasy sports analyst and ESPN.com columnist. He will be at Merritt Bookstore in Millbrook, NY on Wednesday, July 24th at 7:00 PM.

His new book is Fantasy Life: The Hilarious Obsessive, Uplifting, and Heartbreaking World of Fantasy Sports from the Guy Who's Lived It.

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.

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