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
10:35 am
Fri February 1, 2013

Pixies' Frank Black visits Helsinki Hudson as Black Francis

Frank Black, aka Black Francis
Credit Frank Black

WAMC's Ian Pickus speaks with Frank Black of the Pixies.


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Arts & Culture
10:10 am
Fri February 1, 2013

10x10 Upstreet Arts Festival and Barrington Stage Company’s 10X10 New Play Festival

  The 10x10 Upstreet Arts Festival features over 70 events during Pittsfield’s second annual contemporary winter arts festival February 14-24 – performers include dozens of artists, actors, musicians, writers, comedians and more.

One highlight of the festival is the Barrington Stage Company’s 10X10 New Play Festival which features ten new ten minute plays, chosen from over 180 entries.

We are joined by Megan Whilden - Director of Cultural Development for the City of Pittsfield, and Laura Roudabush - Director of Marketing at Barrington Stage Company.

The Roundtable
9:25 am
Fri February 1, 2013

Ed Koch talks about his gravesite on Person, Place, Thing

Ed Koch - 1924-2013

    Former New York City mayor Ed Koch died after a brief illness early this morning at 88, ending a long and often rambunctious public life. The former Congressman and permanent Big Apple ambassador spoke with Randy Cohen on WAMC’s Person Place Thing last year. They discussed Koch’s burial place in one of the last open plots in Manhattan.

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The Roundtable
11:35 am
Thu January 31, 2013

"To Sell is Human" by Daniel Pink

According to Daniel Pink, whether we're entrepreneurs persuading funders, employees pitching colleagues, or parents and teachers cajoling kids, we spend our days trying to move others. Like it or not, we’re all in sales now, as he explains in his new book To Sell Is Human: The Surprising Truth About Moving Others.

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The Roundtable - Tune for Today
11:26 am
Thu January 31, 2013

Tune for Today

Arts & Culture
11:12 am
Thu January 31, 2013

Phillip Hayes Dean’s "Paul Robeson" presented by Unison Arts and SUNY New Paltz

Credit unisonarts.org

  Actor, singer, athlete, scholar, and social activist, Paul Robeson, was born in 1898 and died at 77 years old in 1976 having been blacklisted during the Second Red Scare in the 1950s but – until the end of his life sticking to his political stances and his beliefs.

To celebrate Black History Month, Unison Arts in New Paltz, NY has partnered with the Black Studies and Fine and Performing Arts Departments at SUNY New Paltz to present Phillip Hayes Dean’s play Paul Robeson.

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Congressional Corner
10:50 am
Thu January 31, 2013

Congressional Corner with Richard Neal - Part 3

    House Republicans remain in control for the 113th Congress. In today’s Congressional Corner, Massachusetts Democratic Representative Richard Neal tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that House rules make life in the minority difficult.

The Roundtable
10:10 am
Thu January 31, 2013

"The Art of Betrayal: The Secret History of MI6" by Gordon Corera

    Gordon Corera is a security correspondent for BBC News. In that role, he covers the work of Britain's intelligence agencies. His new book is The Art of Betrayal: The Secret History of MI6: Life and Death in the British Secret Service - in it, he provides a unique and unprecedented insight into this secret world and the reality that lies behind the fiction.

The Roundtable
11:35 am
Wed January 30, 2013

The Lost Battles: Leonardo, Michelangelo, and the Artistic Duel That Defined the Renaissance

In the early 1500s, the city of Florence, Italy, created a competition between two larger than life Renaissance figures: Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo. To glorify the political power of the Florentine Republic, the city commissioned these two artists to paint frescoes on opposite walls in an important public building.

In a new book, The Lost Battles: Leonardo, Michelangelo, and the Artistic Duel That Defined the Renaissance, art historian Jonathan Jones details the lives of these men, the competition between them and how their contrasting visions of mankind continue to influence art and culture today. 

The Roundtable - Tune for Today
11:25 am
Wed January 30, 2013

Tune for Today

  "The Half" - Maya Azucena

She'll be at the 8th Annual Blues and Funk Festival at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts in North Adams, MA this weekend.

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