The Roundtable

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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.

  The Solid Sound Festival returns to MASS MoCA this weekend. The Richard Thompson Trio will play in Joe’s Field on Saturday.

Named by Rolling Stone Magazine as one of the Top 20 Guitarists of All Time, Richard Thompson is also one of the world’s most critically acclaimed and prolific songwriters. He has received Lifetime Achievement Awards for Songwriting on both sides of the Atlantic. In 2011, Thompson was the recipient of the Order of the British Empire - personally bestowed upon him by Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace. Most recently, the Americana Music Honors & Awards nominated him for “Artist of the Year”.

Yesterday his new album, Still, was released yesterday on Fantasy Records. The album was recorded in The Wilco Loft in Chicago and is produced by Wilco front-man Jeff Tweedy.

  Thoreau or, Return to Walden is a world premiere play running at the Berkshire Theatre Group’s Unicorn Theatre in Stockbridge.

Longtime BTG Alum, David Adkins takes the stage as transcendentalist, poet, and philosopher, Henry David Thoreau. BTG Artist, Eric Hill, who most recently wrote and directed Adkins in the wildly well-received Poe, is directing this production.

The writing of Henry David Thoreau comes to life in this dramatic and uplifting tale as he battles with himself, with his own thirst for blood and for the soul of our American conscience.

We are joined by David Adkins.

  There is increasing awareness of Lyme disease, especially in our region.

In today’s Congressional Corner, New York Representative Chris Gibson tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that it’s an acute problem in his district. 

Beacon Riverfest

Jun 24, 2015

  Beacon Music Factory and BeaconArts are presenting the fifth Beacon Riverfest outdoor music concert in the city’s Riverfront Park beginning at Noon this Sunday, June 28th.

Top acts include: Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars; Tracy Bonham; Decora; Gato Loco; Jenny Dee & The Deelinquents; Breakfast in Fur; What Moon Things; Schwervon!; Shana Falana; Sidewalk Chalk; M Shanghai String Band and Simi Stone – among others.

Stephen Clair is the festival director and is here to tell us what is on tap.

  All the tapes and documentation of the high crimes that led to his resignation of President Richard Nixon are all on the record. Now, Journalist Tim Weiner draws on the millions of words from the tapes and top-secret documents from the Nixon administration that have been released in the past three years, some in just the past few months.

Weiner says it’s clear that many of these tapes and documents- purportedly kept secret to protect America’s national security - have been hidden to protect the ex-president from additional disgrace. His new book is One Man Against the World: The Tragedy of Richard Nixon.

6/24/15 Panel

Jun 24, 2015

  The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond.

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, SUNY Albany Journalism Professor and Investigative Reporter Rosemary Armao and essayist, author, editor and activist - Barbara Smith.

Roundtable Music 6/24

Jun 24, 2015
Joan Marcus

  Hedwig and the Angry Inch is the story of an East German transsexual who moves to America after a botched sex change operation. As the show begins, Hedwig is performing in concert and recounting her life story: childhood abuse, a disastrous marriage to an American soldier and, after being plunked down alone in Kansas, a doomed romantic and songwriting partnership with a Christian teen who becomes a rock star. Hedwig remains obsessed with this former love, Tommy Gnosis, and follows him on the road, accompanied by her loyal new husband, Yitzhak.

Hedwig and The Angry Inch opened on Broadway in April of 2014 with Neil Patrick Harris as Hedwig and Lena Hall as Yitzhak. Both won Tony Awards for their performances and the show won Best Revival of a Musical. The show ran off-Broadway to much acclaim in the late 90s and was made into a movie that was released in 2001.

The book of the show is by John Cameron Mitchell, and the music and lyrics are by Stephen Trask. In the year plus that the show has been running, Hedwig has been played by - in addition to NPH - Andrew Rannells, Michael C. Hall, and the afore John Cameron Mitchell. Hedwig is currently played by Darren Criss, Taye Diggs will take over the role in late July.

Yitzak has been played by the incredible Rebecca Naomi Jones since April of this year. Rebecca’s other Broadway credits include Passing Strange and American Idiot - off-Broadway she appeared in This Beautiful City, Wig Out! and Murder Ballad.

The Solid Sound Festival will take place at MASS MoCA in North Adams, MA this coming Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. The family-friendly music and art festival is curated by the rock-band Wilco and each day this week on The Roundtable we are speaking with one of the featured artists.

Today, we welcome Terry Adams from NRBQ. The band will play in Courtyard D on Saturday afternoon. NRBQ was founded in 1967. They are known for its live performances, containing a high degree of spontaneity and levity, and blending rock, pop, jazz, blues and Tin Pan Alley styles. With a varied career and many think outside-the-box projects, NRBQ has made music and had fun doing it for almost 50 years.

  Music journalist Stephen Witt joins us this morning to tell us the story of how piracy took down the music industry. His new book is How Music Got Free.

Witt introduces us to the greatest pirate in history that no one has ever heard of, the most powerful executive in the music business, a revolutionary invention and an illegal website four times the size of the iTunes Music Store.

Even today, how music should be paid for (if at all) is under constant debate, and streaming services like Spotify, Pandora, and now Tidal are continually jockeying for a place in the music consumer market.

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