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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The Roundtable
11:35 am
Thu December 11, 2014

'Timeless: Love, Morgenthau, And Me' By Lucinda Franks

    

    In Timeless, a literary memoir, Lucinda Franks, a Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist, tells the intimate story of her marriage to Manhattan District Attorney Robert Morgenthau, one of the great men of our time.

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Arts & Culture
11:12 am
Thu December 11, 2014

Dar Williams Celebrates The 20th Anniversary Of Her First Album, 'The Honesty Room'

    This Saturday, December 13, renowned singer-songwriter Dar Williams will celebrate the 20th Anniversary of her debut album, The Honesty Room at The Calvin Theatre in Northampton, MA. She will play present-day takes on the 13 singular songs featured on The Honesty Room, performed in its entirety for the first time ever. Jill Sobule will open the show.

Dar joins us to talk about the tour, the songs, and her upcoming "Christians, Pagans & Other Hipsters" holiday concert at The Bell House in Brooklyn on 12/26.

Congressional Corner
10:50 am
Thu December 11, 2014

Congressional Corner With Jim McGovern

  In today’s Congressional Corner, Massachusetts Representative Jim McGovern tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock about his upbringing.

The Roundtable
10:10 am
Thu December 11, 2014

Mark Schultz And 'Foxcatcher' At Spectrum 8

    Mark Schultz is an Olympic and two-time world champion freestyle-wrestler and a distinguished member of the Wrestling Hall of Fame. He and his older brother, Dave Schultz, also a wrestler, were noted for both winning Gold Medals in wrestling in the same Olympics in 1984. They were the only brother pair to win both Olympic and World championships. The remarkable story of Mark Schultz is portrayed by Channing Tatum in the new film, Foxcatcher. The book that inspired the film is entitled Foxcatcher: The True Story of My Brother's Murder, John du Pont's Madness, and the Quest for Olympic Gold.

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An exclusive preview of the film will be shown on Sunday, December 14th at noon at The Spectrum Theater in Albany, NY. Mark Shultz will be on hand and a portion of the proceeds will go to benefit Journeymen Wrestling.

The Roundtable
9:00 am
Thu December 11, 2014

12/11/14 Panel

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

Today's panelists are WAMC's Alan Chartock, political consultant Libby Post, and investigative journalist, Rosemary Armao.

The Roundtable
12:00 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

Roundtable Music 12/10

The Roundtable
11:35 am
Wed December 10, 2014

'Mona Lisa: A Life Discovered' By Dianne Hales

    A genius immortalized her. A French king paid a fortune for her. An emperor coveted her. Every year more than 9 million visitors trek to view her portrait in the Louvre.Yet while everyone recognizes her smile, hardly anyone knows her story.

Mona Lisa: A Life Discovered is a blend of biography, history, and memoir about the world’s most recognized face, most revered artist, and most praised and parodied painting.

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The Roundtable
11:12 am
Wed December 10, 2014

'Saving Mona Lisa: The Battle To Protect The Louvre And Its Treasures During World War II'

    In August 1939, curators at the Louvre nestled the world's most famous painting into a special red-velvet-lined case and spirited her away to the Loire Valley. Thus began the biggest evacuation of art and antiquities in history. As the Germans neared Paris in 1940, the French raced to move the masterpieces still further south, then again and again during the war, crisscrossing the southwest of France. At times Mona Lisa slept at the bedside of curators who were painfully aware of their heavy responsibility.

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Congressional Corner
10:50 am
Wed December 10, 2014

Congressional Corner With Jim McGovern

  November’s elections cost Democrats control of the Senate.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Massachusetts Representative Jim McGovern tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that Democrats need to inspire voters to turn out in midterm elections.

Arts & Culture
10:35 am
Wed December 10, 2014

Albany Pro Musica's "Christmas Around the World" Concerts

  Albany Pro Musica – a community chorus performing at a professional level - was founded in 1981 by Dr. David Griggs-Janower who remained the group’s Artistic Director until he passed away in August 2013. This season coincides with the debut of APM’s newly appointed Artistic Director José Daniel Flores-Caraballo.

  Now entering its 34th season, Albany Pro Musica is known for its mastery of intimate a cappella works while also being recognized for its presentation of large scale choral orchestral works. In addition to performing a series of subscription concerts each year, Albany Pro Musica participates in civic, educational and community musical events, regularly partnering with local high schools as well as the Albany Symphony Orchestra and the Cathedral of All Saints Music Series.

Albany ProMusica was recently named the “chorus-in-residence” at Troy Savings Bank Music Hall and they’ll present a concert entitled Christmas Around the World on Dec. 13 and 14 at the Carondelet Hospitality Center in Latham, NY. With a lot to talk about we are joined by Albany Pro Musica’s new Artistic Director José Daniel Flores-Caraballo.

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