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
11:50 am
Wed April 24, 2013

"The Human Tower" screening at MASS MoCA

    MASS MoCA’s Winter/Spring 2013 documentary film series, Compete!, celebrates films about winning, losing, and how you play the game.

This Thursday’s film, The Human Tower, explores the history and culture of one of the world’s most spectacularly unusual team endeavors - the building of multi-story human towers. The filmmakers follow teams from India, Chile, and Spain  - connected by the common themes of passion and teamwork that transcend race, age, and national borders.

  The Human Tower is co-directed by Ram Devineni and Cano Rojas. Rojas will be at MASS MoCA this Thursday for a Q&A following the screening of the film in their Club B-10 at 7:30.

Arts & Culture
11:30 am
Wed April 24, 2013

"Futurity" by The Lisps at MASS MoCA

    Futurity is an original indie-rock musical by The Lisps, a Brooklyn-based co-ed of 21st century theater-prone indie rockers. Within a theatrically-staged song cycle, Futurity fuses found text, experimental music, and The Lisps' own brand of quirky pop to tell the story of a Union soldier in the Civil War who is an aspiring inventor.

The Lisps bring Futurity to Club B-10 at MASS MoCA in North Adams, MA this coming Saturday, April 27th at 8pm.

The Roundtable
11:26 am
Wed April 24, 2013

Tune for Today

  "No Matter What You Say" - Imperial Teen

The Roundtable
11:12 am
Wed April 24, 2013

Victor Navasky at Spencertown Academy Arts Center

Victor Navasky will be in conversation with Peter Biskind on Saturday afternoon at 4PM at Spencertown Academy Arts Center.

  As a former editor of The New York Times Magazine and the longtime editor of The Nation, Victor Navasky knows just how transformative—and incendiary—cartoons can be. In his new book, The Art of Controversy, Navasky guides readers through some of the greatest cartoons ever created.

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Congressional Corner
10:50 am
Wed April 24, 2013

Congressional Corner with Brad Hays - Part 1

  Disgraced former Congressman Anthony Weiner is working on a political comeback.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Union College political science professor Brad Hays tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that Weiner may be taking the longer view even if he doesn’t win the New York City mayoral race.

The Roundtable
10:35 am
Wed April 24, 2013

"Bubby's Kitchen" in at Proctors presented by Union College Hillel

Shira Ginsburg

    As part of a Holocaust Remembrance Grant awarded to Union College Hillel to examine the Jewish resistance during the war, they are sponsoring Shira Ginsburg’s one-woman show, Bubby’s Kitchen, on Sunday April 28 at 1 p.m. in the GE Theatre at Proctors.

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The Roundtable
10:10 am
Wed April 24, 2013

National Donate Life Month

    April is National Donate Life Month and counties are pitching in to raise awareness and increase organ donor registration rates across New York.

Unfortunately, only 18 percent of New Yorkers age 18 and over have enrolled in the NYS Donate Life Registry, compared to the national average of 42 percent. The New York State Association of Counties (NYSAC) believes that counties can be the driving force to raise awareness and increase donor registration in New York.

In late 2012, NYSAC President (and Orange County Executive) Ed Diana learned that he needed a liver transplant. As he awaits his transplant, NYSAC is partnering with County Executive Diana to increase organ donor registration rates in all of New York's counties.

Ed Diana and NYSAC Executive Director, Stephen Acquario join us this morning – along with DMV Executive Deputy Commissioner, David Sampson.

The Roundtable
9:00 am
Wed April 24, 2013

4/24/13 - Panel

  Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Ray Graf, and Stephen Gottlieb, the Jay and Ruth Caplan Distinguished Professor at Albany Law School.

This morning our discussion topics include:
• The Death Penalty
• Miranda Rights
• Surveillance and Privacy
• Justice in the era of the 24-Hour news cycle

The Roundtable
11:45 am
Tue April 23, 2013

"Mistrial: An Inside Look at How the Criminal Justice System Works … and Sometimes Doesn’t"

  In the new book Mistrial: An Inside Look at How the Criminal Justice System Works … and Sometimes Doesn’t, Mark Geragos and Pat Harris, two of America’s leading criminal defense attorneys, take readers inside some of the most compelling and sensational trials of the past 20 years.

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The Roundtable
11:35 am
Tue April 23, 2013

Remembering Folk Icon Richie Havens

WAMC's Ian Pickus with Richie Havens in 2010

Musician Richie Havens died at 72 on Monday. The soft-spoken singer and guitarist stayed on the road for 45 years until ill health finally forced him to give up touring in 2012.

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