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
11:12 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.

The Roundtable
10:10 am
Wed December 10, 2014

“The Hidden White House” By Robert Klara

In 1948, President Harry Truman, enjoying a bath on the White House’s second floor, almost plunged through the ceiling of the Blue Room into a tea party for the Daughters of the American Revolution. A handpicked team of the country’s top architects conducted a secret inspection of the troubled mansion and, after discovering it was in imminent danger of collapse, insisted that the First Family be evicted immediately.

What followed would be the most historically significant and politically complex home-improvement job in American history. Robert Klara writes about this period in his book, The Hidden White House: Harry Truman and the Reconstruction of America's Most Famous Residence.

Robert Klara is a longtime magazine editor and writer. He’s served on the mastheads of numerous titles including Town & Country and Architecture, and he’s currently a staff writer for Adweek and a contributing editor for American Road magazine.

The Roundtable
9:00 am
Wed December 10, 2014

12/10/14 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
Tue December 9, 2014

Roundtable Music 12/9

The Roundtable
11:35 am
Tue December 9, 2014

Rich Honen - Federal Spending Bill

  Corporate attorney, Rich Honen, joins us to talk about the federal spending bill. Rich is with Phillips Lytle LLP, where he is the partner in charge of the Albany office.

The Roundtable
11:12 am
Tue December 9, 2014

'Living the Secular Life: New Answers to Old Questions' By Phil Zuckerman

    

  Although our country is still very much identified as “one nation under God,” the truth is the number of nonreligious Americans is precipitously rising. Back in the 1950s, fewer than 5 percent of Americans were nonreligious; today, that figure has jumped to 30 percent.

Drawing on sociological research and extensive in-depth interviews with men and women across the country, sociologist Phil Zuckerman’s Living the Secular Life illuminates this demographic shift with the moral convictions that govern secular individuals.

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Congressional Corner
10:50 am
Tue December 9, 2014

Congressional Corner With Jim McGovern

    Massachusetts voters picked a Republican for governor in November.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Massachusetts Representative Jim McGovern tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock he thinks Democrats ran a weak campaign nationwide.

Arts & Culture
10:35 am
Tue December 9, 2014

'The Secret Garden' At TheRep

  With a soaring score by Lucy Simon and book by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, Marsha Norman, the musical adaptation of The Secret Garden is currently running at Capital Repertory Theatre in Albany, NY.

Based on the novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett, the CapRep production of the story of Mary Lennox, the orphaned girl who transforms a dead and wasted garden into a paradise where hearts can grow and miracles can happen, features a talented cast – many of whom also provide the instrumentation for the show.

Maggie Mancinelli-Cahill is the Producing Artistic Director at CapRep and the director of their production of The Secret Garden, which runs through Dec. 21st.

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