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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Congressional Corner
10:50 am
Fri January 18, 2013

Congressional Corner with Bill Owens - Part 3

  In today’s Congressional Corner, New York Representative Bill Owens — a Democrat from the 21st district — tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock about his upcoming work on a new committee, Appropriations.

Arts & Culture
10:35 am
Fri January 18, 2013

"E Street Shuffle: The Glory Days of Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band" by Clinton Heylin

      Before he was a stadium-packing megastar, Bruce Springsteen was an introvert, desperate to strike a balance between his nuanced songwriting and the heft of his backing band. Clinton Heylin’s revelatory biography, E Street Shuffle: The Glory Days of Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, chronicles the evolution and influence of Springsteen’s E Street Band as they rose from blue-collar New Jersey to the heights of rock stardom.

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The Roundtable
10:12 am
Fri January 18, 2013

"Iffy" coined by FDR and more "Words from the White House"

  The founding fathers felt that coining words and creating new uses for old ones was part of their role in creating a new American culture and language, distinct from the prescriptive King's English.

Ever since, American presidents have enriched our vocabulary with words, phrases, and concepts that we have since put to general use. Acclaimed lexicographer Paul Dickson has compiled the first collection of new words and lexical curiosities originating on Pennsylvania Avenue.

His new book is Words from the White House: Words and Phrases Coined or Popularized by America's Presidents.

The Roundtable
9:35 am
Fri January 18, 2013

An Inauguration Day history lesson from Kenneth C. Davis

      As President Barack Obama readies for his second term, popular historian Kenneth C. Davis joins us with an Inauguration Day history lesson.

Davis is author of the “Don’t Know Much About History” series and his new book is Don't Know Much About® the American Presidents.

The Roundtable - Question of the Day
9:11 am
Fri January 18, 2013

Question of the Day - Peformance Enhancing Drugs?

In the wake of Lance Armstrong’s mea culpa that he took performance enhancing drugs – and the recent Baseball Hall of Fame vote (where NOBODY got in) – we ask you: Does it matter to you if athletes use performance enhancing drugs?

The Roundtable
12:11 pm
Thu January 17, 2013

"Drinking with Men: A Memoir" by Rosie Schaap

Rosie Schaap's new memoir, Drinking with Men, is a love letter to the bars, pubs, and taverns that have been Schaap’s refuge.

Rosie Schaap has been a bartender, a fortuneteller, a librarian at a paranormal society, an English teacher, an editor, a preacher, a community organizer, and a manager of homeless shelters. A contributor to This American Life and npr.org, she writes the “Drink” column for The New York Times Magazine.

Arts & Culture
11:35 am
Thu January 17, 2013

"Edge of America" premieres on Travel Channel on 1/22

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  Calf Testicle Festivals in Oklahoma, Lobster Boat Races in Maine, Tall-Bike Jousting in Oregon… Americans will do just about anything to entertain themselves! Travel Channel’s new series "Edge of America,” celebrates the weird and wonderful varieties of entertainment that have developed around regionally unique and historic activities.

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The Roundtable - Tune for Today
11:26 am
Thu January 17, 2013

Tune for Today

The Roundtable
11:12 am
Thu January 17, 2013

Uncle Al Capone

  Deirdre Marie Capone is Al Capone's grandniece and is author of the new memoir, Uncle Al Capone - The Untold Story from Inside His Family. The book is a portrait of the Capone family and its mob trade examines what it has meant to survive the storied legacy of the family's forebears.

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Congressional Corner
10:50 am
Thu January 17, 2013

Congressional Corner with Bill Owens - Part 2

  New York appears to be leading the way on gun reform in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook massacre. In today’s Congressional Corner, New York Representative Bill Owens — a Democrat from the21st district — tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that several steps must be implemented to get a handle on gun violence.

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