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

"Book Picks" lists are here.

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The Roundtable
9:35 am
Wed February 27, 2013

New C-SPAN series puts limelight on first ladies

Mark Farkas
Credit C-SPAN

The holiday might be called Presidents’ Day, but as historians and contemporary White House watchers well know, First Ladies often play a major role in any administration aside from their ceremonial duties. Some, like Eleanor Roosevelt and Hillary Clinton, were outsize political forces in their own rights, while the influence of others, like Edith Wilson, is only revealed years later.

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The Roundtable
11:35 am
Tue February 26, 2013

"With or Without You" by Domenica Ruta

Domenica Ruta grew up in a working-class, Italian town north of Boston. Her mother, Kathi, a notorious figure in this place, was a drug addict and sometime dealer whose life swung between welfare and riches, whose highbrow taste was at odds with her base appetites.

With or Without You: A Memoir is the story of Domenica Ruta’s unconventional coming of age—a darkly hilarious chronicle of a misfit ’90s childhood and the necessary and painful act of breaking away, and of overcoming her own addictions and demons in the process.

The Roundtable
11:12 am
Tue February 26, 2013

"The Age of Edison: Electric Light and the Invention of Modern America" by Ernest Freeberg

    The late nineteenth century was a period of explosive technological creativity, but arguably the most important invention of all was Thomas Edison’s incandescent light-bulb.

The light bulb became a catalyst for the nation’s transformation from a rural to an urban-dominated culture. City streetlights defined zones between rich and poor, and the electrical grid sharpened the line between town and country.

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Congressional Corner
10:50 am
Tue February 26, 2013

Congressional Corner with Sean Patrick Maloney - Part 3

  In today’s Congressional Corner, New York Representative Sean Patrick Maloney discusses the Violence Against Women act with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

Arts & Culture
10:35 am
Tue February 26, 2013

Neil Rolnick - Music for Violin, Piano & Computer at EMPAC

   Neil Rolnick, professor of music at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, will present a concert of music for violin, piano, and computer at 7:30 PM Wednesday night at EMPAC at Rensselaer in Troy. The concert features a selection of his most recent compositions from 2003 to the present.

Rolnick’s program showcases solo and duo works (plus computer) he has written in the past decade, a departure from the works for large ensembles that have made up the bulk of his recent work.

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The Roundtable - Book Picks
10:10 am
Tue February 26, 2013

Book Picks - The Book Store

   Matt Tannenbaum from The Bookstore in Lenox, MA joins us with this week's list. 

List after the break.

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The Roundtable
9:35 am
Tue February 26, 2013

"The Outpost" by Jake Tapper

    Jake Tapper is a CNN anchor and chief Washington correspondent. Prior to joining CNN, he was the senior White House correspondent for ABC News.

His new bestselling book is: The Outpost: An Untold Story of American Valor. In 2009, in one of the deadliest battles in Afghanistan, Combat Outpost Keating was attacked by Taliban insurgents and nearly destroyed. A Pentagon investigation concluded that the outpost should not have been there in the first place. Jake Tapper joins us to tell us more.

Arts & Culture
11:35 am
Mon February 25, 2013

Oscar Wrap with Thelma Adams

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    Nobody knows movies like Thelma Adams. So, we wanted to talk with her about last night Academy Awards and find out her thoughts on the winners and losers from film’s biggest night.

She is currently a Yahoo! Contributing Editor and her column “Thelma Adams on Reel Women” runs on AMC Filmcritic.com. She was the film critic at Us Weekly for eleven years from 2000 to 2011, following six years at the New York Post. She has twice chaired the New York Film Critics Circle.

She is also author of the terrific novel, Playdate, now out in paperback. 

Arts & Culture
11:12 am
Mon February 25, 2013

"New Blue and White"

And Then It Was Still II - Giselle Hicks

    "Blue and white" means, at its simplest, cobalt pigment applied to white clay. Over the course of a millennium, blue-and-white porcelain has become one of the most recognized types of ceramic production worldwide.

The exhibition, “New Blue and White” currently on display at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston explores the ways in which contemporary makers, working in ceramics as well as other media ranging from fiber to furniture to glass, have explored this rich body of material culture.

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Congressional Corner
10:50 am
Mon February 25, 2013

Congressional Corner with Sean Patrick Maloney - Part 2

  Linking budget progress to pay is a longtime gambit for gridlocked legislators.

In today’s Congressional Corner, New York Representative Sean Patrick Maloney tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that lawmakers shouldn’t be compensated until their work is done.

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