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
10:35 am
Tue October 14, 2014

'The Organized Mind: Thinking Straight In The Age Of Information Overload' By Daniel Levitin

    The information age is drowning us with an unprecedented deluge of data. At the same time, we’re expected to make more—and faster—decisions about our lives than ever before. No wonder, then, that the average American reports frequently losing car keys or reading glasses, missing appointments, and feeling worn out by the effort required just to keep up.

In The Organized Mind, Daniel J. Levitin, PhD, uses the latest brain science to demonstrate how those people excel—and how readers can use their methods to regain a sense of mastery over the way they organize their homes, workplaces, and time.

The Roundtable
10:10 am
Tue October 14, 2014

"Margaret Fuller: A New American Life" by Megan Marshall

    Margaret Fuller was a groundbreaking author, social reformer, and Transcendentalist. In her new biography about Fuller, Pulitzer finalist, Megan Marshall, tells the story of how Fuller, tired of Boston, accepted Horace Greeley’s offer to be the New-York Tribune’s front-page columnist. The move unleashed a crusading concern for the urban poor and the plight of prostitutes, and a late-in-life hunger for passionate experience.

The book is entitled, Margaret Fuller: A New American Life.

The Roundtable
9:00 am
Tue October 14, 2014

10/14/14 Panel

    

  Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Times Union Associate Editor Mike Spain & Albany Journalism Professor and Investigative Reporter, Rosemary Armao.

Topics include:
Ebola Review
Global Warming Security
Deadly Guardrails
Church on Marriage
Ferguson Arrests

The Roundtable
11:35 am
Mon October 13, 2014

"Sitcom: A History In 24 Episodes From I Love Lucy To Community" By Saul Austerlitz

    Obsessively watched and critically ignored, sitcoms were a distraction, a gentle lullaby of a kinder, gentler America—until suddenly the artificial boundary between the world and television entertainment collapsed.

In Sitcom: A History In 24 Episodes From I Love Lucy To Community by Saul Austerlitz, we can watch the growth of the sitcom, following the path that leads from Lucy to The Phil Silvers Show; from The Dick Van Dyke Show to The Mary Tyler Moore Show; from M*A*S*H to Taxi; from Cheers to Roseanne; from Seinfeld to Curb Your Enthusiasm; and from The Larry Sanders Show to 30 Rock.

The Roundtable
11:12 am
Mon October 13, 2014

"The Second Amendment: A Biography" By Michael Waldman

    

  The Second Amendment was written to calm public fear that the new national government would crush the state militias made up of all (white) adult men—who were required to own a gun to serve.

In The Second Amendment: A Biography, Michael Waldman recounts the raucous public debate that has surrounded the amendment from its inception to the present.

Waldman is the president of the prestigious Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law.

The Roundtable
10:35 am
Mon October 13, 2014

"Redeemer: The Life Of Jimmy Carter" By Randall Balmer

  Evangelical Christianity and conservative politics are today seen as inseparable. But when Jimmy Carter, a Democrat and a born-again Christian, won the presidency in 1976, he owed his victory in part to American evangelicals, who responded to his open religiosity and his rejection of the moral bankruptcy of the Nixon Administration. Carter, running as a representative of the New South, articulated a progressive strand of American Christianity that championed liberal ideals, racial equality, and social justice—one that has almost been forgotten since.

In Redeemer: The Life of Jimmy Carter, acclaimed religious historian Randall Balmer reveals how the rise and fall of Jimmy Carter’s political fortunes mirrored the transformation of American religious politics.

The Roundtable
12:00 pm
Fri October 3, 2014

Roundtable Music 10/3

The Roundtable
11:40 am
Fri October 3, 2014

Memories Of Beijing Fresh, Nastia Liukin Eyes 2016 Games

This is as close as WAMC's Ian Pickus will ever get to Olympic gold. It belongs to gymnastics legend Nastia Liukin.

Even though she's not yet 25, in some ways, Nastia Liukin has already led several lives — and has done so on the world stage.

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Arts & Culture
11:35 am
Fri October 3, 2014

Classical Music According To Yehuda #136

    In this week’s Classical Music According to Yehuda, Alan speaks with Yehuda about the album he’s made with Eliot Fisk, Songs without Words.

The Roundtable
11:12 am
Fri October 3, 2014

'You Might Remember Me' By Mike Thomas

TV comedic actor Phil Hartman is best known for his eight brilliant seasons on Saturday Night Live, where his versatility and comedic timing resulted in some of the funniest and most famous sketches in the television show’s history.

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