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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Congressional Corner
10:50 am
Wed April 15, 2015

Congressional Corner With Richard Neal

Massachusetts is about four months into the Baker era.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Massachusetts Representative Richard Neal tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock about working with the new governor.

The Roundtable
10:35 am
Wed April 15, 2015

Friends Of The Poughkeepsie Public Library District 2015 Big Book Sale

  For over 35 years, the Friends of the Poughkeepsie Public Library District have been the leading advocate for the Poughkeepsie Public Library District, promoting the importance of the library as an information and cultural force in the community.

Friends of the Poughkeepsie Public Library District 2015 Big Book Sale will take place next Friday, April 24th through Tuesday, April 28th at 5 Saint Andrews Road at Route 9, Hyde Park, NY – for those of you in the know – that’s the former Hyde Park Stop and Shop.

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The Roundtable
10:10 am
Wed April 15, 2015

How Effective Altruism Is Changing Ideas About Living Ethically

Peter Singer is often described as the world’s most influential living philosopher. His forty books have appeared in more than twenty-five languages, the most popular being Animal Liberation, written in 1975. Since 1999, he’s been the Ira W. DeCamp Professor of Bioethics in the University Center for Human Values at Princeton University. His new book is The Most Good You Can Do , where he explains what effective altruism is, how it is practiced, and how its followers determine which causes to support. In the book he continues his critique of traditional philanthropy and emphasizes the importance of mindful contribution.

The Roundtable
9:00 am
Wed April 15, 2015

4/15/15 Panel

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

Today's panelists are WAMC's Alan Chartock, SUNY Albany Journalism Professor and Investigative Professor, Rosemary Armao, and political consultant, Libby Post.

Scheduled topics include Cuba off terrorism list; Congress allowed in on Iran; Atlanta educators sentenced; Retiree savings changes; EU Google anti-trust.

The Roundtable
12:00 pm
Tue April 14, 2015

Roundtable Music 4/14

The Roundtable
11:35 am
Tue April 14, 2015

Rich Honen - Funding Of Administation Functions At The Expense Of Core Functions

  Corporate attorney, Rich Honen, pays us a visit once a month with some thoughts on headlines from the business world.

Today he is here to discuss a trend over the last 50 years - to increase the administration and ancillary functions of everything at the expense of the core functions.

To help us sort this all out – we welcome Rich Honen - with Phillips Lytle LLP, where he is the partner in charge of the Albany office.

Arts & Culture
11:12 am
Tue April 14, 2015

The Theatre Institute At Sage Presents 'Spring Awakening'

  Spring Awakening is a rock musical with music by Duncan Sheik and a book and lyrics by Steven Sater. It is based on the 1891 German play Spring Awakening by Frank Wedekind. Set in late-19th century Germany, the musical tells the story of teenagers discovering the inner and outer tumult of sexuality and struggling with repression, rejection and lack of information.

Spring Awakening won Best Musical and several other Tony Awards for its original Broadway run. The Theatre Institute at Sage will present a production of the musical this weekend and next at the James L. Meader Little Theater in Troy, NY.

The production’s director, Leigh Strimbeck, joins us now along with Austin Lombardi, Junior Theater Major, who plays Moritz in the show and Kaleigh Cerqua, Senior Theater Major who is the assistant director.

Arts & Culture
10:45 am
Tue April 14, 2015

Paula Poundstone At Troy Savings Bank Music Hall On 4/18

  Paula Poundstone is one of our great humorists. You can hear her as a regular panelist on NPR’s weekly news quiz show, Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me. She tours regularly, performing standup comedy across the country, causing Bob Zany with the Boston Globe to write: “Poundstone can regale an audience for several hours with her distinctive brand of wry, intelligent and witty comedy.”

Perhaps Paula Poundstone is best known for her ability to be spontaneous with a crowd, guaranteeing each performance is different from the last. She will be at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall on Saturday night at 8PM.

The Roundtable
10:35 am
Tue April 14, 2015

Simon Majumdar Finds America With His Fork

  Simon Majumdar is a food writer, broadcaster, and author of Eat My Globe and Eating for Britain. He is a recurring judge on Iron Chef, The Next Iron Chef, and Cutthroat Kitchen. He is the fine living correspondent for AskMen.com and he writes regular features for the Food Network website.

He joins us to talk about about his new book, Fed, White, and Blue: Finding America with My Fork, an exploration into the food cultures that make up America—brewing beer, picking vegetables, working at a food bank, and even finding himself, very reluctantly, at a tailgate.

The Roundtable
10:10 am
Tue April 14, 2015

Book Picks - Northshire Bookstore

  Today's Book Picks list comes from Jess Hanlon of The Northshire Bookstore.

List:
Get in Trouble by Kelly Link
Funny Girl by Nick Hornby
Midnight in Europe by Alan Furst
Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy: Four Women Undercover in the Civil War by Karen Abbott
Rules of Scoundrels series by Sarah MacLean
The Fourteenth Goldfish by Jennifer Holm
El Deafo by Cece Bell

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