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

November 15, 2012

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
11:27 AM
Take The "a" Train
Artist : Duke Ellington
Album : Take The "a" Train
Label : Mbop Direct - Black Cat
11:58 AM
Pieholden Suite
Artist : Wilco
Album : Summerteeth
Composer : Jeff Tweedy/Jay Bennett
ReleaseYear : 1999
Label : Reprise Records

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Arts & Culture
10:35 am
Fri March 15, 2013

Schenectady Civic Players present Alan Ayckbourn’s "A Woman in Mind"

    Tonight the Schenectady Civic Players open a production of Alan Ayckbourn’s A Woman in Mind.

After stepping on the tooth end of a garden rake, Susan experiences hilarious hallucinations in which her boring and oppressive everyday life is replaced by a fantasy. Now she is the ideal wife with the ideal family! But is this really bliss or has she merely let her sanity lapse? A brilliant and biting black comedy from Britian's comedy genius.

The play explores what is real and what is not, and how we need both to survive. Cast member Amy Lane and Jeremy Clowe join us to tell us more.

The Roundtable
10:10 am
Fri March 15, 2013

"Animal Wise: The Thoughts and Emotions of Our Fellow Creatures" by Virginia Morell

      Did you know that ants teach, earthworms make decisions, rats love to be tickled, and chimps grieve? Did you know that some dogs have thousand-word vocabularies and that birds practice songs in their sleep? That crows improvise tools, blue jays plan ahead, and moths remember living as caterpillars?

Animal Wise takes us on a dazzling odyssey into the inner world of animals, from ants to elephants to wolves, and from sharp-shooting archerfish to pods of dolphins that rumble like rival street gangs. With 30 years of experience covering the sciences, Virginia Morell uses her formidable gifts as a story-teller to transport us to field sites and laboratories around the world, introducing us to pioneering animal-cognition researchers and their surprisingly intelligent and sensitive subjects.

The Roundtable
9:00 am
Fri March 15, 2013

3/15/13 - Panel

  Today's panelists are: WAMC’s Ray Graf, Assistant News Director Patrick Donges and RT Producer Sarah LaDuke. Joe Donahue moderates.

This Friday morning our discussion topics include: How important is social media in your life, Facebook working on incorporating the hashtag, are we in a New Golden Age of Television, and more people have move to NYC than left for first time in 60 years.

The Roundtable
11:35 am
Thu March 14, 2013

"Rest in Pieces: The Curious Fates of Famous Corpses" by Bess Lovejoy

    It has been said that in the long run, we are all dead.

But for some of the most influential figures in history, death marked the start of a new adventure. The famous deceased have been stolen, burned, sold, pickled, frozen, stuffed, impersonated, and even filed away in a lawyer’s office.

Counterfeiters tried to steal Lincoln’s corpse. Einstein’s brain went on a cross-country road trip. And after Lord Horatio Nelson perished at Trafalgar, his sailors submerged him in brandy—which they drank.

From Mozart to Hitler, Rest in Pieces is a book that connects the lives of the famous dead to the hilarious and horrifying adventures of their corpses, and traces the evolution of cultural attitudes toward death. Bess Lovejoy is a writer, researcher, and editor based in Seattle.

The Roundtable
11:35 am
Thu March 14, 2013

"Manifest Injustice" by Barry Siegel

    Barry Siegel joins us to talk about his new book: Manifest Injustice: The True Story of a Convicted Murderer and the Lawyers Who Fought for His Freedom.

In the book, Siegel chronicles the dramatic story of an Arizona man named Bill Macumber who, until his unexpected release from prison last November, had spent more than half his life behind bars.

The Roundtable
11:12 am
Thu March 14, 2013

An Unknown World: Notes on the Meaning of the Earth by Jacob Needleman

Philosopher Jacob Needleman joins us to discuss his book, An Unknown World: Notes on the Meaning of the Earth. The book explores the question: What is the purpose of life on Earth?

Congressional Corner
10:50 am
Thu March 14, 2013

Congressional Corner with Chris Gibson - Part 2

  Sequestration is causing widespread cuts to essential programs.

In today’s Congressional Corner, New York Representative Chris Gibson — a Republican from the 19th district — tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that the country never should have reached this point.

The Roundtable
10:10 am
Thu March 14, 2013

"The Secretary: A Journey with Hillary Clinton from Beirut to the Heart of American Power"

    As President Barack Obama's Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, set out to repair America's image around the world—and her own. For the four years she served, BBC foreign correspondent Kim Ghattas had unparalleled access to Clinton and her entourage. She tells the story in The Secretary: A Journey with Hillary Clinton from Beirut to the Heart of American Power.

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The Roundtable
9:00 am
Thu March 14, 2013

3/14/13 - Panel

  Today's panelists are Dr. Alan Chartock, Assistant Professor of Journalism at the University at Albany, Rosemary Armao, and WAMC Morning Edition host, David Guistina.

This morning our discussion topics include:
1. Pope Francis I
2. Shooting in Herkimer
3. NPR for younger listeners
4. H&R Block Filing Error

Arts & Culture
2:20 pm
Wed March 13, 2013

Half Moon Theatre presents "Good People"

Credit Jennifer Kiaba

  Good People by David Lindsay Abaire is a powerful, often funny glimpse into the lives of a colorful tribe of Southie locales. When Margie loses her job at the Dollar Store, her friends convince her to look up her old high school boyfriend Mikey, who “made good” and left the neighborhood to become a doctor. Margie visits Mikey to see if he might help her find a job, but it soon becomes clear that their relationship is complicated.

Half Moon Theatre presents Good People at the Cunneen-Hackett Arts Center Theatre, on Vassar Street in Poughkeepsie, NY March 15-24, 2013.

We are joined by the show’s director, Paul Kassel and actors, Amy Lemon Olson (who plays Margie) and Michael Rhodes (who plays Mike).

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