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?

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The Roundtable
9:44 am
Fri July 27, 2012

Two decades later, Dream Team still the "gold" standard

WAMC's Ian Pickus speaks with Sports Illustrated's Jack McCallum, the author of a new book on the 1992 USA men's basketball team called Dream Team: How Michael, Magic, Larry, Charles and the Greatest Team of All Time Conquered the World and Changed the Game of Basketball Forever.

9:34 am
Fri July 27, 2012

"Rush for the Gold: Mystery at the Olympics"

London's "Olympic Stadium" looks to impress the world as all eyes are set upon it this evening during the opening. We talk NPR sports commentator, John Feinstein, about his Olympic thoughts and new book, Rush for the Gold: Mystery at the Olympics.

Arts & Culture
11:36 am
Thu July 26, 2012

Marc Mellon, sculptor-in-residence at Chesterwood

Alan Chartock is joined by Marc Mellon, who is currently serving as master sculptor-in-residence at Chesterwood, the estate of Daniel Chester French. He will deliver a public lecture at Chesterwood July 29th at 3 p.m.

Arts & Culture
11:12 am
Thu July 26, 2012

Donna McKechnie: My Musical Comedy Life at The Colonial

Tony Award-winning star of A Chorus Line, Donna McKechnie, is bringing her cabaret show, My Musical Comedy Life, to The Colonial in Pittsfield this weekend.

Congressional Corner
10:50 am
Thu July 26, 2012

Congressional Corner with candidate Michael Kicinski - Part 2

It remains to be seen what effect the Tea Party will have on the 2012 elections. In today’s Congressional Corner, Michael Kicinski — the Tea Party candidate for New York’s new 22nd district seat currently held by Republican Richard Hanna — tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that he supports safe hydraulic fracturing.

The Roundtable - Listener Essay
10:35 am
Thu July 26, 2012

Listener Essay - No Golf in the Kingdom

Will Nixon is the author of several poetry books as well as a co-author with Michael Perkins of Walking Woodstock: Journeys into the Wild Heart of America's Most Famous Small Town. He blogs about poetry at

Arts & Culture
10:12 am
Thu July 26, 2012

Festival, Brewery, Benefit - and that's just in the next few days.

Jeff Tweedy playing in Brooklyn
Wilco's Instagram Feed

Our friends in the rock-band, Wilco, are busy guys. In the last year they launched their own label (dBpm) and released their latest album (The Whole Love) on it - this weekend they are kicking off this year's Newport Folk Festival and playing at Brewery Ommegang in Cooperstown, NY.

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Arts & Culture
9:45 am
Thu July 26, 2012

Jamal Jackson Dance Company at PS 21 in Chatham


The Jamal Jackson Dance Company will be performing at PS21 in Chatham this weekend. The company will be performing “Footprints from my Heart’s Rhythm” on Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon. Jamal Jackson joins us in Studio A.

Arts & Culture
9:35 am
Thu July 26, 2012

Williamstown Theatre Festival - Kelli O'Hara

© T Charles Erickson

Based on the popular 2002 film, Far From Heaven is now a musical that is having a preview production on the Williamstown Theatre Festival's Main Stage. The show stars 4-time Tony Nominee, Kelli O’Hara. She was nominated for her work in The Light in the Piazza, The Pajama Game, South Pacific, and most recently for Nice Work I f You Can Get It, which she will return to following her work in Williamstown.

The Roundtable - Tune for Today
11:28 am
Wed July 25, 2012

Tune for Today

"Falling" - Ben Kweller