The Roundtable

Weekdays, 9 a.m.

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
10:35 am
Mon January 26, 2015

Schenectady Civic Players Present 'Rabbit Hole'

Amy M. Lane and Robin MacDuffie in 'Rabbit Hole' produced by Schenectady Civic Players
Credit Tom Killips

  Becca and Howie Corbett have everything a family could want, until a life-shattering accident turns their world upside down and leaves the couple drifting perilously apart.

The play, Rabbit Hole, by David Lindsay Abaire, charts Becca and Howie’s bittersweet search for comfort in the darkest of places and for a path that will lead them back into the light of day.

Rabbit Hole won the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and a production of the play opens this Friday night produced by the Schenectady Civic Players.

Amy Lane plays Becca and she joins us now.

The Roundtable
10:10 am
Mon January 26, 2015

'Leaving Before The Rains Come' By Alexandra Fuller

  

  A child of the Rhodesian wars and daughter of two deeply complicated parents, Alexandra Fuller is no stranger to pain. But the disintegration of Fuller’s own marriage leaves her shattered. Looking to pick up the pieces of her life, she finally confronts the tough questions about her past, about the American man she married, and about the family she left behind in Africa.

Fuller’s new memoir is: Leaving Before the Rains Come. It begins with the dreadful first years of the American financial crisis when Fuller’s delicate balance—between American pragmatism and African fatalism, the linchpin of her unorthodox marriage—irrevocably fails.

Recalling her unusual courtship in Zambia—elephant attacks on the first date, sick with malaria on the wedding day—Fuller struggles to understand her younger self as she overcomes her current misfortunes.

The Roundtable
9:00 am
Mon January 26, 2015

1/26/15 Panel

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

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, WAMC Newsman Ray Graf and University at Albany Journalism Professor and Investigative Reporter, Rosemary Armao.

Topics include: President Obama in India, Elections in Greece, Blizzard, Reactions to American Sniper, and Medical Treatments Tailored to Patient's DNA.

The Roundtable
12:00 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

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Arts & Culture
11:35 am
Fri January 23, 2015

World Premiere Of 'How Water Behaves' At TheRep

    

  It all begins when sweet Nan and her out-of-work webmaster hubby, Steve, realize they can't afford to keep up the extravagant gift giving that has become their family's tradition. In an effort to make everyone happy, they announce that they have made a gift to a charity in everyone's name. Except it's a fictitious charity. No problem — until the website that Steve creates to seal the deal becomes prey to cyberspace hijinks, with deliciously funny and unpredictable results.

This is the plot of the play How Water Behaves by Sherry Kramer – the world premiere of which is currently running at Capital Repertory Theatre in Albany, NY. The show is directed by acclaimed theatre director Gordon Greenberg and co-stars Nisi Sturgis as Nan and Michael McCorry Rose as Hank.

The Roundtable
11:25 am
Fri January 23, 2015

Classical Music According To Yehuda #143

  In this week's Classical Music According to Yehuda, Alan Chartock and Yehuda Hanani continue their discussion of baroque music and share Bach's Coffee Cantata.

The Roundtable
11:12 am
Fri January 23, 2015

'The Grown Ups' By Robin Antalek

  There will be a reading and book launch celebration at Northshire Bookstore for Saratoga Springs author Robin Antalek’s new novel, The Grown Ups.

The book is an evocative coming-of-age novel involving three friends who explore what it means to be happy, what it means to grow up, and the difficulties in doing both together.

Antalek is also the author of The Summer We Fell Apart. She will be at the Northshire Bookstore in Saratoga Springs at 6PM on Thursday, January 29th.

Congressional Corner
10:50 am
Fri January 23, 2015

Congressional Corner With Joe Courtney

  Parts of our region play a major role in the country’s naval defenses.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Connecticut representative Joe Courtney tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock about Electric Boat.

The Roundtable
10:35 am
Fri January 23, 2015

Ideas Matter - Vermont Reads And Why Stories Matter

  We are very happy to continue our regular feature – Ideas Matter: Checking in with the Public Humanities.

Today we check in with Vermont Humanities Council and discuss why stories matter. This is the thirteenth year of Vermont Reads, in which the Vermont Humanities Council distributes, free, thousands of copies of a single book to communities around the state and invites Vermonters to use the book as the foundation for community activities related to its themes.

This year’s book is Salman Rushdie’s Haroun and the Sea of Stories. Joining us now are Peter Gilbert, Vermont Humanities Council Executive Director and Amy Cunningham, Director of Community Programs, Vermont Humanities.

The Roundtable
10:10 am
Fri January 23, 2015

Why Prison Doesn't Work And How We Can Do Better

  Through the stories of prisoners and their families, including her own family’s experiences, Maya Schenwar shows in her book, Locked Down, Locked Out: Why Prison Doesn't Work and How We Can Do Better, how the institution that locks up 2.3 million Americans and decimates poor communities of color is shredding the ties that, if nurtured, could foster real collective safety.

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