The Roundtable

Weekdays, 9 a.m.

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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Arts & Culture
11:35 am
Fri February 20, 2015

Albany Symphony's Weekend Concerts And 2015-16 Season Announcement

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  This week, Grammy Award-winning Music Director David Alan Miller and the Albany Symphony announced the orchestra’s 2015-2016 season; presenting a mix of cutting-edge classical and traditional live symphonic performances.

This weekend, the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall hosts a pair of Albany Symphony concerts which will feature solo performances from Philadelphia Orchestra Principal Tubist, Carol Jantsch.

Ralph Vaughn Williams’ Tuba Concerto and Reflections on the Mississippi composed by Michael Daugherty, both will spotlight Jantsch’s solo triumphs. The concert’s repertoire will conclude with a passionate performance of Brahms’ Symphony No. 3 by the Albany Symphony.

Albany Symphony Maestro David Alan Miller, Principal Tubist, Carol Jantsch, from the Philadelphia Orchestra, and composer Michael Daugherty join us.

The Roundtable
11:12 am
Fri February 20, 2015

College of St. Rose Political Science Professor Returns From Sierra Leone

    

  Marda Mustapha is a political science professor at The College of St. Rose who just returned from Sierra Leone to deliver food and supplies to his Ebola-stricken homeland.

He arrived in Sierra Leone in mid-December and found that the deadly virus had changed everything: Christmas celebrations were canceled, New Year’s celebrations had to end by 5 PM, weddings were subdued affairs, dead bodies lay in the streets – and everyone everywhere was suspicious of everyone else. He says Ebola had practically destroyed the foundation of the community.

Ebola isn’t much in the news these days, but the scourge isn’t over. In fact, after declining steadily, the number of new weekly cases rose last week for the first time this year. Dr. Marda Mustapha is an associate professor of political science at The College of Saint Rose, teaching courses in comparative politics. He is a native of Sierra Leone in West Africa, where his parents still live.

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Congressional Corner
10:50 am
Fri February 20, 2015

Congressional Corner With Peter Welch

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  The Keystone pipeline has been a rallying point for Republicans and a non-starter for the White House.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Vermont representative Peter Welch tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock about his thinking on the issue.

The Roundtable
10:35 am
Fri February 20, 2015

Ideas Matter - Popular Romance Project

  

  We are very happy to continue our regular feature – Ideas Matter: Checking in with the Public Humanities.

Today we are talking with Pleun Bouricius, Director of Programs for Mass Humanities, about Laurie Kahn's forthcoming documentary, Love Between the Covers, a film about popular romance novels and the author-reader community that sustains the billion dollar popular romance fiction industry.

The film was funded both by Mass Humanities and the National Endowment for the Humanities. With them, we will explore what motivated them to fund and explore this topic, which which has raised some hackles in conservative circles, but also garnered rave reviews at its sneak preview at the Library of Congress.

The Roundtable
10:19 am
Fri February 20, 2015

Listener Essay - Embracing The Fear

  Casey Mulligan Walsh is a speech-language pathologist and writer who lives in West Sand Lake. Though she’s made peace with winter driving, it’s still not her strong suit.

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The Roundtable
10:10 am
Fri February 20, 2015

Fighting Over The Founders: How We Remember The American Revolution

    

A prideful and unchanged narrative of the American Revolution pervades U.S. history. Serving as the event which established the nation’s sovereignty, naturally, the popular account of the American Revolution has carried with it patriotic myths which exalt select figures and influence the public spirit of Americans.

Still, according to Andrew Schocket, director of American culture studies and associate professor of History and American culture studies at Bowling Green State University in Ohio, the prominent narratives surrounding the prideful event are oftentimes incomplete. In his new book, Fighting over the Founders: How We Remember the American Revolution, Schocket explores how politicians, screen writers, activists, biographers, jurist, museum professionals, and reenactors portray the American Revolution and how our angled perception of the past could influence America’s future.

The Roundtable
9:00 am
Fri February 20, 2015

2/20/15 Panel

  The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond.

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, SUNY at Albany journalism professor and investigative journalist, Rosemary Armao, and Associate Editor of The Times Union, Mike Spain.

Topics include: Rudy Giuliani's recent comments about President Obama, Winter weather, Walmart Wages, Jeb Bush, the Oscars.

The Roundtable
12:00 pm
Thu February 19, 2015

Roundtable Music 2/19

The Roundtable
11:30 am
Thu February 19, 2015

The Spanish Civil War And The World It Made

  Richard Rhodes is the Pulitzer Prize–winning and bestselling author of The Making of the Atomic Bomb.

His new book, Hell and Good Company: The Spanish Civil War and the World it Made, tells the remarkable story of the Spanish Civil War through the eyes of the reporters, writers, artists, doctors, and nurses who witnessed it.

The Roundtable
11:12 am
Thu February 19, 2015

The Return Of George Washington

  In The Return of George Washington: 1783-1789, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Edward J. Larson recovers a crucially important—yet almost always overlooked—chapter of George Washington’s life, revealing how Washington saved the United States by coming out of retirement to lead the Constitutional Convention and serve as our first president.

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