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
9:48 am
Thu August 9, 2012

"Death and Transfiguration"

A graduate of Yale, Gerald Elias has been a Boston Symphony violinist, Associate Concertmaster of the Utah Symphony, adjunct professor of music at the University of Utah, first violinist of the Abramyan String Quartet, and Music Director of the Vivaldi Candlelight concert series. He is also the author of Devil’s Trill and Danse Macabre.

Health
11:12 am
Wed August 8, 2012

"Mediating Mental Health"

Mediating Mental Health looks across fictional and factual genres in film, television and radio examining media constructions of mental health identity. It also questions the opinions of journalists, mental healthcare professionals and people with conditions with regard to mediated mental health meanings.

Congressional Corner
10:50 am
Wed August 8, 2012

Congressional Corner with candidate Bob Dieterich - Part 2

The future of hydrofracking in New York remains unclear. In today’s Congressional Corner, Bob Dieterich – the Republican candidate for New York’s new 20th district seat currently held by Democrat Paul Tonko — tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that he supports only safe drilling.

The Roundtable
10:10 am
Wed August 8, 2012

"Terrorists in Love: The Real Lives of Islamic Radicals"

We speak with former federal prosecutor and congressional investigator, Ken Ballen, about his book, Terrorists in Love: The Real Lives of Islamic Radicals.

Arts & Culture
9:47 am
Wed August 8, 2012

Empire State Youth Orchestra

Earlier this summer, The Empire State Youth Orchestra traveled to China and South Korea. By the time the trip was over, the musicians had performed seven times in outstanding concert halls in Beijing, Shanghai, Seoul and Yeosu. They also played for U.S. service people and their families on the Army Base in Seoul. We spoke with Conductor Helen Cha-Pyo before the tour and she’s back now to with two student musicians to tell us how it went.

The Roundtable
9:38 am
Wed August 8, 2012

"In Pursuit of Giants: One Man's Global Search for the Last of the Great Fish"

We welcome New England recreational fisherman, Matt Rigney, to the show and speak with him about his book, In Pursuit of Giants: One Man's Global Search for the Last of the Great Fish .

Arts & Culture
11:35 am
Tue August 7, 2012

Tanglewood on Parade - Shakespeare and Company - Olympia and Apollo Dukakis and Tony Simotes

Elizabeth Aspenlieder, Apollo Dukakis, Tony Simotes, Olympia Dukakis, Joe Donahue, Alan Chartock

Artistic Director Tony Simotes and Academy Award-winning actress Olympia Dukakis team up to re-envision Shakespeare's The Tempest at Shakespeare & Co. in Lenox. Filled with moving, funny and enchanting moments, the underpinnings in this fantastical world, much like our own, are steeped in mystery, darkness and the unknown. Simotes' take, set in the 1940s, aligns the magic and mystery of the island with the often tumultuous relationships between family — with a twist — Ms.

Arts & Culture
11:12 am
Tue August 7, 2012

Tanglewood on Parade - Keith Lockhart

Keith Lockhart, Conductor of The Boston Pops, joins us for his annual visit and we discuss how he go to where he is - and why he'll always like it.

Arts & Culture
10:44 am
Tue August 7, 2012

Tanglewood on Parade - John Williams

Composer, John Williams, speaks with us, humbly, about his impact on music and composing and why he loves Tanglewood. He also shares remembrances of Marvin Hamlisch.

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