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
10:10 am
Thu March 7, 2013

"Raising the Curve" by Ron Berler

   Journalist Ron Berler spent a full year at Brookside Elementary in Norwalk, Connecticut, sitting in on classes, strategy sessions, and even faculty meetings. He was there for the first day of a new school year as the school another chance to improve its failing scores on the annual statewide standardized test known as the CMT.

In his new book, Raising the Curve, Berler introduces us to the students, teachers, and staff who make up the Brookside community. Though their school is classified as failing—like so many others across the country—they never give up on themselves or on one another. In his portrait, Berler captures their concerns, as well as their pride, resilience, and faith.

The Roundtable
9:45 am
Thu March 7, 2013

"The Myth of Persecution" by Candida Moss

    In The Myth of Persecution, Candida Moss, a leading expert on early Christianity, reveals how the early church exaggerated, invented, and forged stories of Christian martyrs and how the dangerous legacy of a martyrdom complex is employed today to silence dissent and galvanize a new generation of culture warriors.

According to cherished church tradition and popular belief, before the Emperor Constantine made Christianity legal in the fourth century, early Christians were systematically persecuted by a brutal Roman Empire intent on their destruction.

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The Roundtable
9:35 am
Thu March 7, 2013

Irshad Manji at MCLA Public Policy Lecture Series

    Irshad Manji is Director of the Moral Courage Project at New York University and she will be speaking at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts in North Adams Thursday night at 7PM.

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The Roundtable
11:50 am
Wed March 6, 2013

Listener Essay - The Firm

  In this listener essay, Jeanne Hunter recounts her personal dealings with the British Royal Family.

The Roundtable
11:12 am
Wed March 6, 2013

Peter Trachtenberg - Another Insane Devotion

Cat owners know you don’t own the animal, but the animal owns you. People know that cats are independent, aloof, and certainly don’t care whether or not you’re freezing while holding the door open waiting for them to come back inside. But on the other hand, it’s why we love cats, personify them, and use them as means to define our relationships. Okay, maybe not all of us do the last thing, but Peter Trachtenberg has. In his memoir Another Insane Devotion we see how he tackles his love of cats and persons.

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The Roundtable
10:48 am
Wed March 6, 2013

"Mafia Summit: J. Edgar Hoover, the Kennedy Brothers, and the Meeting That Unmasked the Mob"

    Mafia Summit: J. Edgar Hoover, the Kennedy Brothers, and the Meeting That Unmasked the Mob is the true story of how a small-town lawman in upstate New York busted a Cosa Nostra conference in 1957, exposing the Mafia to America. The book is by Gil Reavill.

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Congressional Corner
10:47 am
Wed March 6, 2013

Congressional Corner with Tim Vercellotti - Part 3

  Massachusetts’ special Senate primaries are approaching.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Tim Vercellotti, director of the Western New England University poll and professor of political science, surveys the field of candidates with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

The Roundtable
9:15 am
Wed March 6, 2013

Question of the Day - Minimum Wage?

What are you thoughts on the proposed minimum wage increase?

Arts & Culture
11:35 am
Tue March 5, 2013

"Day After Day: The Diaristic Impulse" at the SUNY Albany University Art Museum - Audio Tour

Untitled 2008-2011 (the map of the land of feeling) - Rirkrit Tiravanija - (partial)

  Day after day: The Diaristic Impulse is the exhibition currently on display at the University Art Museum at the State University of New York University at Albany. The show explores the obsessive desire to record day-to-day activities, document private worlds, or chart the passage of time.

Corinna Ripps Schaming is the Associate Director and Curator at the University Art Museum. Here she takes us on a tour of the show and speak about some of the work on display.

Arts & Culture
11:12 am
Tue March 5, 2013

"Day After Day: The Diaristic Impulse" at the SUNY Albany University Art Museum

    The University Art Museum at the State University of New York University at Albany is currently showing Day After Day: The Diaristic Impulse. The exhibition explores the personal and immediate act of documenting day to day life – in ways that only the artistic mind could manage.

Janet Riker, Director of The University Art Museum, joins us to tell us more.

Also joining us – Ed Schwarzschild - associate professor at the University at Albany, SUNY, and a fellow at the New York State Writers Institute. A short story by Ed entitled “For the Record” is included the exhibition catalog. Tonight, Ed and fellow author Scott Hutchins will give a reading at the museum at 7pm.

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