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

"Book Picks" lists are here.

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The Roundtable
10:33 am
Wed February 25, 2015

'Missing Persons: A Life Of Unexpected Influences' By Bruce Piasecki

    

  Bruce Piasecki is a businessman and best-selling author, known for his book Doing More With Less. His latest is Missing Persons: A Life of Unexpected Influences. In the book, he ponders his life’s journey from an impoverished childhood to his success in business and the people who influenced him.

The book is a series of vignettes told in a third-person narrative that work through loss, passion, self-innovation as well as fear and dreams.

He will be at the Northshire Bookstore in Saratoga Springs, New York on Saturday night at 7PM.

The Roundtable
10:10 am
Wed February 25, 2015

'How The Poor Can Save Capitalism' By John Hope Bryant

    

  John Hope Bryant is an entrepreneur, author, and advisor and one of the nation’s most recognized empowerment leaders. He is the founder, chairman, and CEO of Operation HOPE and Bryant Group Companies. Recognized as one of Time magazine’s “50 for the Future” leaders, Bryant is the author of Love Leadership and is the only African-American bestselling business author.

He served as chairman of the President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability, Subcommittee on the Underserved and Community Empowerment, and was appointed by President Obama in 2014 as a member of the President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability for Young Americans.

John Hope Bryant joins us this morning to discuss his new book: How the Poor Can Save Capitalism.

The Roundtable
9:00 am
Wed February 25, 2015

2/25/15 Panel

    

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

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, SUNY at Albany journalism professor and investigative journalist, Rosemary Armao, and political consultant, Libby Post.

Topics include: FCC on Net Neutrality, Keystone Pipeline Veto, DHS Funding, Trayvon Martin Charges, and Hillary Rodham Clinton and the glass ceiling.

The Roundtable
12:00 pm
Tue February 24, 2015

Roundtable Music 2/24

The Roundtable
11:33 am
Tue February 24, 2015

'Why Acting Matters' By David Thomson

  Does acting matter?

David Thomson, one of our most respected and insightful writers on movies and theater, answers this question in his essay, Why Acting Matters.

Thomson tackles this most elusive of subjects, examining the allure of the performing arts for both the artist and the audience member while addressing the paradoxes inherent in acting itself. He reflects on the casting process, on stage versus film acting, and on the cult of celebrity.

The Roundtable
11:12 am
Tue February 24, 2015

'Five Came Back: A Story Of Hollywood And The Second World War'

  In Pictures at a Revolution, Mark Harris turned the story of the five movies nominated for Best Picture in 1967 into a landmark work of cultural history, a book about the transformation of an art form and the larger social shift it signified.

In his new book, Five Came Back: A Story of Hollywood and The Second World War, he achieves something larger and even more remarkable, giving us the untold story of how Hollywood changed World War II, and how World War II changed Hollywood, through the prism of five film directors caught up in the war: John Ford, William Wyler, John Huston, Frank Capra, and George Stevens.

Congressional Corner
10:50 am
Tue February 24, 2015

Congressional Corner With Peter Welch

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  Consumers have welcomed lower gas prices.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Vermont representative Peter Welch tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that there’s an important link between the gas tax and infrastructure.

The Roundtable
10:35 am
Tue February 24, 2015

'Dorothy Parker Drank Here'

  Legendary writer Dorothy Parker is considered one of the most celebrated and scathing wits of the twentieth century. Parker has been dead for forty-five years, but she’s on Facebook and she updates her status several times a day and has over 140,000 friends, thanks to author Ellen Meister.

Meister has been captivated by Dorothy Parker’s audacious voice since her teen years and in 2013, Meister delivered Farewell, Dorothy Parker, a nuanced tale that introduced the acid-tongued Mrs. Parker to a whole new generation of admirers. Now, Meister once again re-imagines the wickedly funny Parker in Dorothy Parker Drank Here.

The Roundtable
10:10 am
Tue February 24, 2015

Book Picks - The Bookstore

  Today's Book Picks come from Matt Tannenbaum from The Bookstore in Lenox.

List:
Suspended Sentences by Patrick Modiano
Missing Person by Patrick Modiano
Honeymoon by Patrick Modiano
The Georgetown Set by Gregg Herken
Get in Trouble by Kelly Link
Publishing by Gail Godwin
Music Under the Moon by John G. W. Mahanna

The Roundtable
9:00 am
Tue February 24, 2015

2/24/15 Panel

    

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

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, SUNY at Albany journalism professor and investigative journalist, Rosemary Armao, and Associate Editor of The Times Union, Mike Spain.

Topics include: DHS Funding, Gov. Christie and NJ Pensions, Peanut Allergies, and headlines from The Times Union.

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