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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The Roundtable
9:00 am
Mon December 15, 2014

12/15/14 Panel

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

Today's panelists are WAMC's Alan Chartock, political consultant Libby Post, and investigative journalist, Rosemary Armao.

The Roundtable
12:00 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

Roundtable Music 12/12

The Roundtable
11:35 am
Fri December 12, 2014

'I Only Know Who I Am When I Am Somebody Else' By Danny Aiello

  Danny Aiello admits that he backed into his acting career by mistake. That’s easy to see when you begin at the beginning: Raised by his loving and fiercely resilient mother in the tenements of Manhattan and the South Bronx, and forever haunted by the death of his infant brother, Danny struggled early on to define who he was and who he could be. Shoeshine boy, numbers runner, and pool hustler were among the first identities he tried on.

After getting into trouble on the streets, he enlisted in the army at seventeen, served in Germany, and was honorably discharged. Later, as an unemployed high school dropout raising a family of his own, Danny was burdened with serious depression by the time he landed a job as a bouncer at a Hell’s Kitchen comedy club. Taking to the stage in the wee hours to belt out standards, Danny Aiello found his voice and his purpose: He was born to act.

He write about all that and more in his new memoir, I Only Know Who I Am When I Am Somebody Else: My Life on the Street, On the Stage, and in the Movies.

The Roundtable
11:10 am
Fri December 12, 2014

Morgan Rhodes - Gathering Darkness

Credit Photo by Shanon Fujioka

Two years ago Morgan Rhodes took the world by storm with first novel in her Falling Kingdoms series. Now the third book, Gathering Darkness, has hit the shelves, and Rhodes is not holding back any punches. The new novel has the kingdoms under the iron fist of the King of Blood, and a all of its characters out for vengeance,  as they make a mad dash for the mythical Kindred. But with everyone fighting each other, who can you trust?

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Congressional Corner
10:50 am
Fri December 12, 2014

Congressional Corner With Paul Tonko

  An Albany hero might soon get a long-denied Medal of Honor.

In today’s Congressional Corner, New York representative Paul Tonko tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that Henry Johnson deserves the recognition.

The Roundtable
10:40 am
Fri December 12, 2014

'Somewhere Safe With Somebody Good' By Jan Karon

  Fans of the Mitford novels, rejoice: Father Tim Kavanagh is back and coping with retirement.

Jan Karon returns to Mitford in her new novel, Somewhere Safe with Somebody Good.

The Roundtable
10:35 am
Fri December 12, 2014

Listener Essay - It's Over!

  Barbara Redfield lives in Big Indian, NY.   She is a teacher, writer and artist.

It's Over!

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The Roundtable
10:10 am
Fri December 12, 2014

The Secret Sidekicks Of History

  In the bestselling tradition of The Where, the Why, and the How, The Who, the What, and the When: 65 Artists Illustrate the Secret Sidekicks of History is an offbeat illustrated history reveals people you've probably never heard of, but who helped shape the word as we know it. Muses and neighbors, friends and relatives, accomplices and benefactors—such as Michael and Joy Brown, who gifted Harper Lee a year's worth of wages to help her write To Kill a Mockingbird. Or John Ordway, the colleague who walked with Lewis and Clark every step of the way.

Jenny Volvovski, one of the co-authors, joins us.

The Roundtable
9:00 am
Fri December 12, 2014

12/12/14 Panel

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

The Roundtable
12:00 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Roundtable Music 12/11

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