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

December 19, 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
11:25 AM
Don’t You (Forget About Me)
Artist : Simple Minds
Album : The Best Of Simple Minds
Label : Virgin Catalogue
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
11:12 am
Wed March 6, 2013

Peter Trachtenberg - Another Insane Devotion

Cat owners know you don’t own the animal, but the animal owns you. People know that cats are independent, aloof, and certainly don’t care whether or not you’re freezing while holding the door open waiting for them to come back inside. But on the other hand, it’s why we love cats, personify them, and use them as means to define our relationships. Okay, maybe not all of us do the last thing, but Peter Trachtenberg has. In his memoir Another Insane Devotion we see how he tackles his love of cats and persons.

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The Roundtable
10:48 am
Wed March 6, 2013

"Mafia Summit: J. Edgar Hoover, the Kennedy Brothers, and the Meeting That Unmasked the Mob"

    Mafia Summit: J. Edgar Hoover, the Kennedy Brothers, and the Meeting That Unmasked the Mob is the true story of how a small-town lawman in upstate New York busted a Cosa Nostra conference in 1957, exposing the Mafia to America. The book is by Gil Reavill.

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Congressional Corner
10:47 am
Wed March 6, 2013

Congressional Corner with Tim Vercellotti - Part 3

  Massachusetts’ special Senate primaries are approaching.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Tim Vercellotti, director of the Western New England University poll and professor of political science, surveys the field of candidates with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

The Roundtable
9:15 am
Wed March 6, 2013

Question of the Day - Minimum Wage?

What are you thoughts on the proposed minimum wage increase?

Arts & Culture
11:35 am
Tue March 5, 2013

"Day After Day: The Diaristic Impulse" at the SUNY Albany University Art Museum - Audio Tour

Untitled 2008-2011 (the map of the land of feeling) - Rirkrit Tiravanija - (partial)

  Day after day: The Diaristic Impulse is the exhibition currently on display at the University Art Museum at the State University of New York University at Albany. The show explores the obsessive desire to record day-to-day activities, document private worlds, or chart the passage of time.

Corinna Ripps Schaming is the Associate Director and Curator at the University Art Museum. Here she takes us on a tour of the show and speak about some of the work on display.

Arts & Culture
11:12 am
Tue March 5, 2013

"Day After Day: The Diaristic Impulse" at the SUNY Albany University Art Museum

    The University Art Museum at the State University of New York University at Albany is currently showing Day After Day: The Diaristic Impulse. The exhibition explores the personal and immediate act of documenting day to day life – in ways that only the artistic mind could manage.

Janet Riker, Director of The University Art Museum, joins us to tell us more.

Also joining us – Ed Schwarzschild - associate professor at the University at Albany, SUNY, and a fellow at the New York State Writers Institute. A short story by Ed entitled “For the Record” is included the exhibition catalog. Tonight, Ed and fellow author Scott Hutchins will give a reading at the museum at 7pm.

Congressional Corner
10:50 am
Tue March 5, 2013

Congressional Corner with Tim Vercellotti - Part 2

  Not three months into her first term, Elizabeth Warren is Massachusetts’ senior U.S. Senator.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Tim Vercellotti, director of the Western New England University poll and professor of political science, tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that Warren already has a big profile in the upper chamber.

The Roundtable
10:35 am
Tue March 5, 2013

"Undaunted: The Real Story of America's Servicewomen in Today's Military" by Tanya Biank

    Since 9/11, more than 240,000 women have fought in Iraq and Afghanistan—more than 140 have died there, and they currently make up fourteen percent of the total active-duty forces.

Despite advances, today’s servicewomen are constantly pressed to prove themselves, to overcome challenges men never face, and to put the military mission ahead of all other aspects of their lives, particularly marriage and motherhood.

In an insider’s look at the women defending our nation, Tanya Biank brings to light the real issues—of femininity, belonging to an old boys’ club, veiled discrimination, dating, marriage problems, separation from children, questions about life goals, career trajectories, and self-worth—that servicewomen are facing by focusing on four individual stories.

Her new book is: Undaunted: The Real Story of America's Servicewomen in Today's Military.

The Roundtable
10:10 am
Tue March 5, 2013

Book Picks - Odyssey Bookshop

  Emily Crowe from The Odyssey Bookshop in South Hadley, MA joins us with this week's Book Picks.

List after the break.

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The Roundtable
9:45 am
Tue March 5, 2013

Poet Richard Blanco at Union College

Credit Nico Tucci/Courtesy Richard Blanco

    Richard Blanco, who last month became the fifth presidential inaugural poet, will be at Union College in Schenectady tonight at 7-PM to read from his works. Previous inaugural poets have included Robert Frost and Maya Angelou.

Although his poems have appeared in top literary journals and anthologies, including The Nation, New Republic, Michigan Quarterly Review and The Best American Poetry, Blanco was not widely known until he was chosen by President Barack Obama as the inaugural poet.

Obama selected Blanco because his “deeply personal poems are rooted in the idea of what it means to be an American.” Blanco became the first immigrant, the first Latino and the first openly gay person to be named the inaugural poet. At the inauguration, Blanco read his poem, One Today – which is being released in book form today.

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