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 - Listener Essay
11:35 am
Wed February 13, 2013

Listener Essay - Imagine Vioney

Credit imaginepeacetower.com

  Deb Smith is a professor at Empire State College's International Programs in Saratoga Springs.

The Roundtable
11:35 am
Wed February 13, 2013

"The Shadow Scholar" by Dave Tomar

The Roundtable - Tune for Today
11:26 am
Wed February 13, 2013

Tune for Today

  "You Never Need Nobody" - The Lone Bellow

The song is available to download for free on Amazon.com.

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Arts & Culture
11:12 am
Wed February 13, 2013

Strike Dance, and Rise at The National Museum of Dance

  The National Museum of Dance in Saratoga Springs, New York will host “Strike Dance, and Rise” tomorrow from noon to 8pm. The event includes dancing, sharing and drumming to raise awareness about violence against women – and that is only one of the important events they are working on this month. Here to tell us more is Ruby Whitney from the National Museum of Dance joins us to tell us more.

Congressional Corner
10:50 am
Wed February 13, 2013

Congressional Corner with Peter Welch - Part 2

  In today’s Congressional Corner, Vermont representative Peter Welch and WAMC’s Alan Chartock continue their discussion of bipartisanship in the House.

The Roundtable
10:10 am
Wed February 13, 2013

"Eslanda: The Large and Unconventional Life of Mrs. Paul Robeson" by Barbara Ransby

Eslanda "Essie" Cardozo Goode Robeson lived a colorful and amazing life. Her career and commitments took her many places: colonial Africa in 1936, the front lines of the Spanish Civil War, the founding meeting of the United Nations, Nazi-occupied Berlin, Stalin's Russia, and China two months after Mao's revolution. She was a woman of unusual accomplishment—an anthropologist, a prolific journalist, a tireless advocate of women's rights, an outspoken anti-colonial and antiracist activist, and an internationally sought-after speaker.

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The Roundtable
9:35 am
Wed February 13, 2013

"Give Me Everything You Have: On Being Stalked" by James Lasdun

    Ten years ago, James Lasdun, a poet and novelist, taught a fiction-writing workshop at a college in New York. One of his students was a young woman, "Nasreen," as he calls her in his new nonfiction book, Give Me Everything You Have: On Being Stalked.

Lasdun will join us to discuss his strange and harrowing ordeal at the hands of the student, a self-styled “verbal terrorist,” who began trying, in her words, to “ruin him.” It is a frightening tale that continues for Lasdun to this very day.

Arts & Culture
11:35 am
Fri February 1, 2013

Classical Music According to Yehuda #76

Albany, NY – In this week's Classical Music According to Yehuda, Yehuda tells us about a word-game he devised while on a plane.

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Arts & Culture
11:25 am
Fri February 1, 2013

Josh Ritter: Coming Out of the Dark Clouds

Credit Rich Orris

    About two years ago, singer-songwriter Josh Ritter’s heart was broken. He and his wife of a few years decided to separate and while writing and publishing a novel, keeping up a healthy touring schedule, and releasing an EP – Josh wrote new songs to help himself understand and heal.

The songs add up to his forthcoming album The Beast in its Tracks which is available for pre-order and will be released on March 5th. In a statement on his website announcing the record, Josh wrote: "All heartbreak is awful – my broken heart wasn’t unique. But writing these songs was helping me get through the night and I didn’t have the strength to care or question."

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Congressional Corner
10:50 am
Fri February 1, 2013

Congressional Corner with Peter Welch - Part 1

  Partisanship is rampant in Washington, where a permanent campaign has taken hold. In today’s Congressional Corner, Vermont representative Peter Welch tells Alan Chartock that he is working to forge partnerships across the aisle.

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