The Roundtable

Weekdays, 9:00am

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 - Question of the Day
8:58 am
Tue November 6, 2012

Question of the Day - Who Will Win?

Since all the public opinion polls and experts are predicting a close race between President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney Tuesday, we though our question of the day would put you on the spot and ask – Who do you predict is going to win the Presidential Election?

We are not asking who should, or who you want – just who you think is going to win.

The Roundtable
12:19 pm
Mon November 5, 2012

Kenneth C. Davis - Don't Know Much About the American Presidents

Credit Nina

Did you know that Franklin Pierce was friends with Nathaniel Hawthorne? Or that Calvin Coolidge’s 1923 Sate of the Union was the first broadcast over radio? Or that Chester Arthur was the target of a ‘birther’ inquiry? These are just some of the gems found in Ken Davis’ new book Don’t Know Much About the American Presidents.

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The Roundtable
11:12 am
Mon November 5, 2012

The Mount's 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, Julian Fellowes

Julian Fellowes and Joe Donahue

Julian Fellowes, creator of the PBS smash Downton Abbey, received the 2012 Edith Wharton Lifetime Achievement Award in Boston on Saturday. But, he extended his first trip to the Bay State by one day to have time to visit The Mount in Lenox. We met up with him there and spoke with him about Wharton and his work.

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The Roundtable
10:10 am
Mon November 5, 2012

New York Council for the Humanities - Community Conversation - Democracy

As our nation approaches 250 years of independence and its 57th presidential election, Community Conversations invites New Yorkers to discuss the role democracy plays in their lives as members of local, national, and global communities.

This morning we will partner with the New York Council for the Humanities and welcome two experts to have an in-depth discussion about civic participation and the meaning of democracy.

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The Roundtable
9:50 am
Mon November 5, 2012

Slow Democracy: Rediscovering Community, Bringing Decision Making Back Home by Susan Clark

Slow Democracy: Rediscovering Community, Bringing Decision Making Back Home is a new book that chronicles the ways in which ordinary people have mobilized to find local solutions to local problems. It invites us to bring the advantages of "slow" to our community decision-making.

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The Roundtable - Question of the Day
8:51 am
Mon November 5, 2012

Question of the Day - Fair Election?

With the race for President deemed too close to call, we ask you: Are confident it will be a fair election?

The Roundtable
11:50 am
Fri November 2, 2012

Classical Music According to Yehuda #100

In this, our 100th edition of “Classical Music According to Yehuda, Alan Chartock and Yehuda Hanani discuss and hear examples of different interpretations of works by Beethoven and Razumovsky.

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The Roundtable
11:35 am
Fri November 2, 2012

The Bone Bed by Patricia Cornwell

We welcome Patricia Cornwell back to the program and speak with her about her latest Scarpetta novel, The Bone Bed.

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The Roundtable - Tune for Today
11:28 am
Fri November 2, 2012

Tune for Today

"Fraud" - Jonathan Coulton

Jonathan is playing at The Calvin in Northampton, MA tonight. Also on this bill - his friend, John Hodgman - who will be doing his "impression of stand-up comedy."

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The Roundtable
11:10 am
Fri November 2, 2012

Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? at The Theatre Institute at Sage

The Theatre Institute at Sage is putting on a production of Edward Albee’s classic, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?. The play, which turns 50 this years, is directed by David Baecker and pits two couples in a long night of vicious games. This blended student and faculty staging in the Meader Little Theatre stars David Bunce and Leigh Strimbeck – who joins us to to talk about the production.

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