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
10:05 am
Fri January 16, 2015

Colia Clark At The 16th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Labor Celebration In Albany

  Civil Rights activist and professor, Colia Clark, will be the keynote speaker of the 16th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Labor Celebration "Step Up - Take Back the Dream" on Monday, January 19th at the William S. Hackett Middle School in Albany, NY at 12:30pm.

Former College of St. Rose, SUNY Albany, and Union College adjunct professor, Colia Clark is a Mississippi native who was involved in the Civil Rights movement in her high school and college years. She was a special assistant for slain NAACP leader Medgar Evers during the time of his 1963 assassination.

The Roundtable
9:00 am
Fri January 16, 2015

1/16/15 Panel

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

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Times Union Editor Rex Smith and SUNY Albany Journalism Professor and Investigative Reporter, Rosemary Armao.

Topics include Belgian Terror Raid, Cuba Travel, Boko Haram, and Presidential Debate Regulation.

The Roundtable
12:00 pm
Thu January 15, 2015

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The Roundtable
11:35 am
Thu January 15, 2015

'Culture Crash: The Killing Of The Creative Class'

  Change is no stranger to us in the twenty-first century. We must constantly adjust to an evolving world, to transformation and innovation. But for many thousands of creative artists, a torrent of recent changes has made it all but impossible to earn a living.

A persistent economic recession, social shifts, and technological change have combined to put our artists—from graphic designers to indie-rock musicians, from architects to booksellers—out of work. Culture Crash: The Killing of the Creative Class looks deeply and broadly into the roots of the crisis of the creative class in America and tells us why it matters. Scott Timberg considers the human cost as well as the unintended consequences of shuttered record stores, decimated newspapers, music piracy, and a general attitude of indifference.

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The Roundtable
11:12 am
Thu January 15, 2015

'The Political Classroom: Evidence And Ethics In Democratic Education'

    Helping students develop their ability to deliberate political questions is an essential component of democratic education, but introducing political issues into the classroom is pedagogically challenging and raises ethical dilemmas for teachers.

In their book, The Political Classroom: Evidence and Ethics in Democratic Education, Diana E. Hess and Paula McAvoy argue that teachers will make better professional judgments about these issues if they aim toward creating "political classrooms," which engage students in deliberations about questions that ask, "How should we live together?"

Congressional Corner
10:50 am
Thu January 15, 2015

Congressional Corner With Chris Gibson

  John Boehner was reelected as Speaker of the House, but no thanks to New York Representative Chris Gibson.

In today’s Congressional Corner, New York Representative Chris Gibson tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock why.

The Roundtable
10:40 am
Thu January 15, 2015

Metroland 1/15/15

   Shawn Stone, the Arts Editor of Metroland, lets us know what is coming to area stages and screens this week.

The Roundtable
10:10 am
Thu January 15, 2015

Jack Fairweather On Why We Couldn’t Win The War Or The Peace In Afghanistan

  In its earliest days, the American-led war in Afghanistan appeared to be a triumph — a "good war" in comparison to the debacle in Iraq. It has since turned into one of the longest and most costly wars in U.S. history. The story of how this good war went so bad may well turn out to be a defining tragedy of the 21st century — yet as acclaimed war correspondent Jack Fairweather explains, it should also give us reason to hope.

In The Good War, Fairweather provides the first full narrative history of the war in Afghanistan, from the 2001 invasion to the 2014 withdrawal.

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The Roundtable
9:00 am
Thu January 15, 2015

1/15/15 Panel

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

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Editor of The Daily Gazette, Judy Patrick, and WAMC’s Ray Graf.

Topics include: Immigration Policy, President Obama Approval Rating, Capitol Attack?, Secret Service Shake-Up, and Oscar Nominations

The Roundtable
12:00 pm
Wed January 14, 2015

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