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 14, 2012

9:00 AM
Pieholden Suite
Artist : Wilco
Album : Summerteeth
Composer : Jeff Tweedy/Jay Bennett
ReleaseYear : 1999
Label : Reprise Records
9:35 AM
Down, Down to Goblin Town
Artist : Maury Laws
Album : The Hobbit Soundtrack
Label : Buena Vista 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
11:26 AM
Song of the Lonely Mountain
Artist : Neil Finn
Album : The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Label : WaterTower Music
11:35 AM
Ballad Of Bilbo Baggins
Artist : Leonard Nimoy
Album : Spaced Out - The Best of Leonard Nimoy & William Shatner
Label : Geffen Copyright: (C) 1997 Ge
11:58 AM
Pieholden Suite
Artist : Wilco
Album : Summerteeth
Composer : Jeff Tweedy/Jay Bennett
ReleaseYear : 1999
Label : Reprise Records

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Congressional Corner
10:50 am
Fri May 17, 2013

Congressional Corner with Sean Patrick Maloney

  Will she or won’t she?

In today’s Congressional Corner, New York Representative Sean Patrick Maloney tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that he hopes Hillary Clinton will seek the presidency once again.

The Roundtable
10:35 am
Fri May 17, 2013

Ideas Matter: Pennsylvania Humanities Council and The Souls of Black Baseball

  We are very happy to continue our new regular feature on The Roundtable, entitled – Ideas Matter: Checking in with the Public Humanities. It is our chance to check in with the Humanities Councils throughout our 7-State area to discuss important ideas and why they do indeed matter. This morning we spotlight the Pennsylvania Humanities Council and specifically, The Souls of Black Baseball.

Bob Allen, a former Philosophy Instructor at Penn State has spent the last ten years traveling in the United States, visiting and interviewing every surviving player of the Negro Leagues in an effort to preserve the history and stories of Negro League Baseball.

He is currently working on an oral history project titled, The Souls of Black Baseball.

Science & Technology
9:35 am
Fri May 17, 2013

"The New Digital Age" by Eric Schmidt and Jared Cohen

    In an unparalleled collaboration, two leading global thinkers in technology and foreign affairs give us their widely anticipated, transformational vision of the future: a world where everyone is connected—a world full of challenges and benefits that are ours to meet and to harness.

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The Roundtable
9:00 am
Fri May 17, 2013

5/17/13 - Panel

  Today University at Albany Journalism Professor and Investigative Reporter, Rosemary Armao and College of St. Rose Communications professor and for WNYT News Director, Paul Conti and Joe Donahue discuss social media.

The Roundtable
11:35 am
Thu May 16, 2013

Ann M. Martin

Ann M. Martin and Joe Donahue in Ann's office.

    Ann M. Martin is the author of the iconic and beloved The Baby-Sitters Club series which has sold over 176 million copies and inspired a generation of young readers. Her acclaimed novels include Belle Teal, the Newbery Honor book A Corner of the Universe, Here Today, A Dog’s Life, and On Christmas Eve.

Family Tree, is her new quartet, which brings the past and the present together one girlhood at a time, and shows readers the way a family grows.

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The Roundtable
11:26 am
Thu May 16, 2013

Tune for Today

  "Family Tree" - Ben Kweller

The Roundtable
11:12 am
Thu May 16, 2013

"Ghosts of Jim Crow" by F. Michael Higginbotham

    When America inaugurated its first African American president, in 2009, many wondered if the country had finally become a "post-racial" society.

In Ghosts of Jim Crow, F. Michael Higginbotham argues that America remains far away from that imagined utopia.

Congressional Corner
10:50 am
Thu May 16, 2013

Congressional Corner with Sean Patrick Maloney

  Social Security and Medicare are part of an ongoing budget debate in Washington.

In today’s Congressional Corner, New York Representative Sean Patrick Maloney tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that the benefits need to be protected from the Tea Party wing of the GOP.

The Roundtable
10:35 am
Thu May 16, 2013

"Improbable Scholars" by David L. Kirp

    Statistically speaking, most of our youngsters will continue to be educated in mainstream public schools. The good news, as Education Writer David L. Kirp reveals in Improbable Scholars, is that there's a sensible way to rebuild public education and close the achievement gap for all students. Indeed, this is precisely what's happening in a most unlikely place: Union City, New Jersey, a poor, crowded Latino community just across the Hudson from Manhattan.

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The Roundtable
10:10 am
Thu May 16, 2013

"The Last Men on Top" by Susan Jacoby

    Susan Jacoby, feminist—and the bestselling author of The Age of American Unreason, looks back at the last pre-feminist generation of men who supposedly had it all and asks: what exactly did they have?

She does so in her new book, Last Men on Top.

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