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
9:51 am
Tue August 14, 2012

Daniel Levitt on the upstart Major League that counted

WAMC's Ian Pickus speaks with Daniel Levitt, author of The Battle That Forged Modern Baseball: The Federal League Challenge and its Legacy.

The Roundtable
9:35 am
Tue August 14, 2012

Red Ink: Inside the High-Stakes Politics of the Federal Budget

David Wessel is a Pulitzer-Prize-winning reporter, columnist, and bestselling author as well as the economics editor of The Wall Street Journal and writes "The Capital" column. We speaks with him about his book, Red Ink: Inside the High-Stakes Politics of the Federal Budget.

Arts & Culture
11:35 am
Mon August 13, 2012

"Pregnancy Pact" and "Bad Dates" at Weston Playhouse

Cool things have been happening all Summer at the Weston Playhouse and they continue with the World Premiere (opening later this month) of the new musical, Pregnancy Pact. Inspired by the real-life story of a group of teenage girls who decided to become single mothers together, it is an entertaining and hard-hitting pop-rock musical about the realities of love, responsibility, and growing up in America.

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Arts & Culture
11:12 am
Mon August 13, 2012

The Wharton Salon at The Mount

whartonsalon.org

The Wharton Salon joins The Mount’s year-long celebration of Edith Wharton’s 150th birthday by putting Edith Wharton herself onstage this year in The Inner House, August 15-26. Adapted by Dennis Krausnick from Wharton’s 1934 autobiography, A Backward Glance, actress Tod Randolph plays Edith Wharton in a vivid account of Wharton’s public and private life directed by veteran Wharton director, Normi Noël. This is the fourth consecutive season that The Mount has welcomed The Wharton Salon.

Congressional Corner
10:50 am
Mon August 13, 2012

Congressional Corner with candidate Bill Shein - Part 1

Primary day is just weeks away. In today’s Congressional Corner, Bill Shein — a Democratic candidate for Massachusetts’ 1st district seat — tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that he is running a strong race against Representative Richard Neal and Berkshire Registrar of Deeds Andrea Nuciforo.

Arts & Culture
10:35 am
Mon August 13, 2012

Performing Arts of Woodstock presents "Yankee Tavern" by Steven Dietz

For more than 48 years, Performing Arts of Woodstock has been mounting quality productions of both new and classic plays – their latest offering is Yankee Tavern – A Conspiracy Thriller by Steven Dietz. The play opens this Thursday (8/16) and is directed by Nicola Sheara and stars Michael Juzwak.

Arts & Culture
10:10 am
Mon August 13, 2012

Pianist, Christopher O'Riley

Wendy Lynch

From his groundbreaking transcriptions of Radiohead to his unforgettable interpretations of classic and new repertoire, pianist, Christopher O'Riley, has redefined the possibilities of classical music. O’Riley has dazzled the world over on stage, on the radio and on his records. His memorable interpretations of traditional and popular repertoire make him a bridge between musical tastes, genres and audiences worldwide. He is also the host of NPR's classical music program, From the Top.

The Roundtable
9:35 am
Mon August 13, 2012

Singer, player, observer: Ben Taylor releases "Listening"

Ben Taylor

WAMC's Ian Pickus speaks with musician Ben Taylor, who releases his first new album, “Listening,” in four years this week.

Arts & Culture
11:45 am
Fri August 10, 2012

JAZZSTOCK - Jack DeJohnette tribute concert at Bearsville

This Sunday, August 12, JAZZSTOCK will present a 70th Birthday Tribute to legendary drummer, composer, bandleader, and 2012 NEA Jazz Master recipient, Jack DeJohnette, at the Bearsville Theater in Woodstock, NY. 2012 Grammy Award winning drummer, composer, producer and clinician Terri Lyne Carrington will perform along many other talented musicians. Teri Roiger and John Menegon join us to tell us more.

The Roundtable
11:35 am
Fri August 10, 2012

David Rakoff, A Wonderful Lens

David Rakoff at WBUR in 2010
Andrew Phelps/WBUR

David Rakoff, author humorous essay collections Fraud, Don’t Get Too Comfortable, and Half Empty - and frequent contributor to Public Radio International’s This American Life has died.

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