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
11:10 am
Tue December 4, 2012

Drugs, drink, sandwiches? The encyclopedia of rock deaths

WAMC's Ian Pickus and guest Jeremy Simmonds examine the always growing list of dead rock stars. A BBC television writer and producer, Simmonds is the author of The Encyclopedia of Dead Rock Stars: Heroin, Handguns, Ham Sandwiches, now out in its second edition from Chicago Review Press.

The fast-paced life of rock and roll has led to untold numbers of untimely deaths, from the tragic to the tragic-comic. The accidents, suicides, murders and overdoses have inflated the genre with an aura of mystique and melancholy, from the day the music died in 1959 to Amy Winehouse.

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Congressional Corner
10:50 am
Tue December 4, 2012

Congressional Corner with David Hawkings - Part 1

The lame duck Congress has big business to handle before the next class is sworn in. In today’s Congressional Corner, Congressional Quarterly’s David Hawkings tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that the Tea Party lost some influence on Election Day.

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The Roundtable
10:35 am
Tue December 4, 2012

Heisman's legacy explored on eve of ceremony

WAMC's Ian Pickus speaks with legendary football coach John Heisman’s grand nephew, John M. Heisman, the keeper of the family’s flame and the author of a new biography called Heisman: The Man Behind the Trophy, which is published by Simon and Schuster.

When the Heisman Trophy is awarded December 8 to the nation’s best college football player, the sports world will look back fondly on the past recipients and their stellar careers, and then begin looking forward to the bowl season with anticipation.

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The Roundtable - Book Picks
10:10 am
Tue December 4, 2012

Book Picks - The Golden Notebook

Jacqueline Kellachan from The Golden Notebook in Woodstock, NY joins us with this week's Book Picks.

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The Roundtable
9:35 am
Tue December 4, 2012

"Living with Guns: A Liberal's Case for the Second Amendment" by Craig Whitney

In his new book, Living with Guns: A Liberal's Case for the Second Amendment, Craig Whitney reexamines America’s relationship with guns, showing how guns are an important part of American culture.

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The Roundtable - Question of the Day
9:11 am
Tue December 4, 2012

Question of the Day - Gun Control?

Are you satisfied with current gun control laws?

The Roundtable
11:38 am
Mon December 3, 2012

Classic '94 NHL playoff series remembered

WAMC's Ian Pickus speaks with Tim Sullivan, an Associated Press sports editor and author of Battle on the Hudson: the Devils, the Rangers, and the NHL’s Greatest Series Ever, which is published by Triumph.

The early spring of 1994 is considered by many fans to be the pinnacle of winter sports in New York City. The Knicks were on their way to seven-game classic Finals loss to the Rockets, and in hockey, the Rangers were running down a 54-year demon in their quest for a Stanley Cup.

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The Roundtable - Tune for Today
11:28 am
Mon December 3, 2012

Tune for Today

The Roundtable
11:12 am
Mon December 3, 2012

"Iron Curtain: The Crushing of Eastern Europe" by Anne Applebaum

Anne Appllebaum is a columnist for The Washington Post and Slate. Her book, Gulag, won the Pulitzer Prize for Nonfiction and was a finalist for three other major prizes. Her essays appear in The New York Review of Books, Slate, and The London Spectator.

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Congressional Corner
10:50 am
Mon December 3, 2012

Congressional Corner with Ross Baker - Part 3

Voters seem to detest gridlock in Washington. In today’s Congressional Corner, Rutgers University political science professor Ross Baker tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that the Senate is actually structured to slow the legislative process.

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