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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Playlist

January 03, 2013

9:00 AM
Pieholden Suite
Artist : Wilco
Album : Summerteeth
Composer : Jeff Tweedy/Jay Bennett
ReleaseYear : 1999
Label : Reprise Records
10:00 AM
Pieholden Suite
Artist : Wilco
Album : Summerteeth
Composer : Jeff Tweedy/Jay Bennett
ReleaseYear : 1999
Label : Reprise Records
11:00 AM
Pieholden Suite
Artist : Wilco
Album : Summerteeth
Composer : Jeff Tweedy/Jay Bennett
ReleaseYear : 1999
Label : Reprise Records
11:17 AM
Will You Be Sleeping?
Artist : David Wax Museum
Album : Knock Knock Get Up
Label : Mark of the Leopard
11:19 AM
Harder Before It Gets Easier
Artist : David Wax Museum
Album : Knock Knock Get Up
Label : Mark of the Leopard
11:22 AM
The Rumors Are True
Artist : David Wax Museum
Album : Knock Knock Get Up
Label : Mark of the Leopard
11:25 AM
Leopard Girl
Artist : David Wax Museum
Album : Knock Knock Get Up
Label : Mark of the Leopard
11:58 AM
Pieholden Suite
Artist : Wilco
Album : Summerteeth
Composer : Jeff Tweedy/Jay Bennett
ReleaseYear : 1999
Label : Reprise Records

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The Roundtable
11:45 am
Wed February 27, 2013

Phillip Lopate

Credit Sally Gall

    Phillip Lopate is the author of countless books and the editor of a number of anthologies on various topics: he's a fiction writer, an essayist, a memoirist, a movie critic, and more.

Now, Free Press releases two new books: To Show and To Tell, a guide to the craft of literary non-fiction and Portrait Inside My Head, a new collection of personal essays that stretch back to his childhood in Brooklyn through marriage, parenthood, and sibling rivalry with Leonard Lopate.

Arts & Culture
11:35 am
Wed February 27, 2013

The Berkshire Festival of Women Writers 2013

    The Berkshire Festival of Women Writers is a month-long festival of women writers. We get a preview of all the events including panels, readings, lectures, and networking events.

A myriad of voices will be celebrated during the festival, including published playwrights; poets and novelists; bloggers; non-native speakers learning to write expressively in English and emerging writers. Panel discussions will be led by publishers, literary agents, social media strategists and other experts in the creative writing field.

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Arts & Culture
11:12 am
Wed February 27, 2013

Jacob’s Pillow Dance and MASS MoCA co-present Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal

    This weekend, Jacob’s Pillow Dance and MASS MoCA co-present world-renowned contemporary ballet ensemble Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal at MASS MoCA’s Hunter Center.

The Montréal-based dance company blends a variety of dance styles, influences, and music in three diverse works by prominent, international choreographers.

This co-presentation coincides with the final month of MASS MoCA’s Oh, Canada exhibit, the largest survey of Canadian contemporary art ever produced outside of Canada.

Ella Baff, Jacob’s Pillow Executive and Artistic Director, and Sue Killam, Director of Performing Arts at MASS MoCA, join us to tell us more.

Congressional Corner
10:50 am
Wed February 27, 2013

Congressional Corner with Bill Owens - Part 1

  Sequestration means across-the-board painful cuts.

In today’s Congressional Corner, New York Representative Bill Owens tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that he’s unhappy about the approaching sequester.

Arts & Culture
10:35 am
Wed February 27, 2013

“No Further Instructions” at the Arthur Zankel Music Center

   “No Further Instructions,” a performance by Howard Fishman with New York Times travel journalist and photographer Michael Benanav, gets under way at 8-PM Friday in the Arthur Zankel Music Center at Skidmore College. Howard will also perform at the Hudson Opera House on the 2nd, at The Falcon on the 3rd.

The program combines original music, historical memoir, storytelling and compelling photography to share the duo’s exploits and experiences as American Jews in rural Romania.

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Arts & Culture
9:45 am
Wed February 27, 2013

Vassar Repertory Dance Theatre's 31st Annual Gala at The Bardavon

The company in "Chairs" by Zvi Gotheiner
Credit Rachel Garbade

    The Vassar Repertory Dance Theatre's annual gala performances at The Bardavon is in its 31st year. The events celebrate both brand new and classic works by a very talented company of dancers.

There will be two performances at The Bardavon this weekend, one at 8pm on Saturday and one at 3pm on Sunday.

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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.

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