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

"Book Picks" lists are here.

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The Roundtable
10:33 am
Wed January 21, 2015

The Clark Art Institute's Permanent Collection

Paul Gauguin (French, 1848–1903), Young Christian Girl, 1894. Oil on canvas, 65.3 x 46.7 cm. The Clark. Acquired in honor of Harding F. Bancroft (Institute Trustee, 1970–87; President, 1977–87), 1986.22

    The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute started as a rural refuge to house the Clarks’ substantial Art Collection. In 1955, the museum was opened to the public and became one of the premiere art institutions in the Berkshires.

In addition to its many remarkable collections and natural setting, the Clark is also home to extensive research and academic programs, including a significant research library. In this segment, we want to focus on the museum’s permanent collection. And it is impressive. To share just how impressive, we welcome - Richard Rand - the Clark’s Senior Curator and Curator of Paintings and Sculpture.

The Roundtable
10:10 am
Wed January 21, 2015

Monet/Kelly At The Clark Through February 15

ROCKS AT PORT-GOULPHAR, BELLE-ÎLE 1886 Oil on canvas The Art Institute of Chicago Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Chauncey B. Borland, 1964.210

  On November 23 of last year, The Clark Art Institute opened Monet/Kelly, the first exhibition to consider the influence of Impressionist painter Claude Monet on the works of leading contemporary American artist Ellsworth Kelly. The works in the exhibition were selected by Kelly and include two paintings and eighteen unpublished drawings by the artist, together with nine paintings by Monet.

The exhibition examines how both Monet’s motifs and the sites that inspired his paintings have shaped Kelly’s approach to his work. Monet/Kelly will be on view through February 15, 2015.

Here to tell us more are David Breslin, Associate Director of the Research and Academic Program and Associate Curator of Contemporary Projects at the Clark Art Institute and artist Stephen Hannock. 

The Roundtable
9:30 am
Wed January 21, 2015

Director Of The Clark Art Institute Michael Conforti

The Clark Center at dusk
Credit Courtesy Clark Art Institute, ©Jeff Goldberg/Esto

  On arriving at The Clark, many visitors are surprised by the depth and variety of art available at this museum in the Northern Berkshires. In addition to an impressive collection of the works of Impressionist painters, the Clark boasts work from the Renaissance up through modern times.

In addition to their collections, director Michael Conforti has made it a priority to develop the research and academic wings of the Clark’s activities. Partly as a result of his efforts, the Clark boasts one of the most accessible and extensive art libraries in Massachusetts.

Director Michael Conforti joins us today to talk about the Clark, and all that it has to offer.

The Roundtable
9:00 am
Wed January 21, 2015

RT Panel - Live From The Clark

  

  We come to you this morning from the newly renovated and always stunning Clark Art Institute. In our abbreviated panel we are joined by Kevin Moran of The Berkshire Eagle.

The Roundtable
12:00 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

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Science & Technology
11:35 am
Tue January 20, 2015

Jesse Feiler - Hacking

This morning we will discuss issues involving internet security and the secrets of hacking with our tech guru, Jesse Feiler.

Jesse is a developer, consultant, and author specializing in Apple technologies. He is the creator of Minutes Machine for iPad, the meeting management app and Saranac River Trail app a guide to the Trail that includes location-based updates as well as social media tools.

His books include: the forthcoming - Swift for Dummies (coming from Wiley in early 2015) and iOS App Development for Dummies (Wiley, 2014).

The Roundtable
11:12 am
Tue January 20, 2015

30 Lessons For Loving

  Based on the most detailed survey of long-married people ever conducted, 30 Lessons For Loving shows a way to lifelong, fulfilling relationships. Karl Pillemer, a gerontologist at Cornell University, offers advice from the oldest and wisest Americans on everything from finding a partner, to deciding to commit, to growing old together.

Along the way, the book answers questions like these: How do you know if the person you love is the right one? What are the secrets for improving communication and reducing conflict? What gets you through the major stresses of marriage, such as child-rearing, work, money issues, and in-laws?

Congressional Corner
10:50 am
Tue January 20, 2015

Congressional Corner With Joe Courtney

    It’s one of the biggest nights in politics.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Connecticut representative Joe Courtney discusses his expectations for the State of the Union with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

The Roundtable
10:35 am
Tue January 20, 2015

Lyndon Johnson, Congress, And The Battle For The Great Society

    

  Between November 1963, when he became president, and November 1966, when his party was routed in the midterm elections, Lyndon Johnson spearheaded the most transformative agenda in American political history since the New Deal.

In just three years, Johnson drove the passage of the Civil Rights and Voting Rights Acts; the War on Poverty program; Medicare and Medicaid; the National Endowments for the Arts and the Humanities; Public Broadcasting; immigration liberalization; a raft of consumer and environmental protection acts; and major federal investments in public transportation.

Collectively, this group of achievements was labeled by Johnson and his team the “Great Society.” In his new book, The Fierce Urgency of Now, Princeton Professor of History Julian Zelizer looks at the full story.

The Roundtable
10:10 am
Tue January 20, 2015

Book Picks - Oblong Books And Music

    

  Suzanna Hermans from Oblong Books and Music joins us with this week's Book Picks list.

List:
The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir Who Got Trapped in an Ikea Wardrobe by Romain Puertolas
Almost Famous Women: Stories by Megan Mayhew Bergman (event Sunday, 1/25, 4pm at Rhinebeck store)
Displacement by Lucy Knisley
Lives in Ruins: Archaeologists and the Seductive Lure of Human Rubble by Marilyn Johnson (event Saturday, 1/24, 4pm at Rhinebeck store)
28 Days: Moments in Black History that Changed the World by Charles R. Smith, Jr. (event Saturday, 2/21, 4pm at Rhinebeck store)
The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black
X by Ilyasah Shabazz & Kekla Magoon

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