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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  In his new book, The Wright Brothers, two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize David McCullough tells the dramatic story-behind-the-story about the courageous brothers who taught the world how to fly: Wilbur and Orville Wright.

On a winter day in 1903, in the Outer Banks of North Carolina, two unknown brothers from Ohio changed history. But it would take the world some time to believe what had happened: the age of flight had begun, with the first heavier-than-air, powered machine carrying a pilot.

Who were these men and how was it that they achieved what they did?

5/21/15 Panel

May 21, 2015

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

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Publisher Emeritus of The Daily Freeman, Ira Fusfeld, and Associate Editor of The Times Union, Mike Spain.

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  This is sad but true - Steve Young will be out of a job after tonight. He has been a longtime writer for David Letterman for both NBC's Late Night with David Letterman and CBS' Late Show with David Letterman.

For the past 25 years, Steve Young has worked on monologue jokes, desk-bits, and was responsible for the skit "Dave's Record Collection," and regularly contributed to "The Top Ten List."

Steve Young joins us to reminisce and to share the current mood of the Late Show offices.

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  For more than twenty years, Bill Maher has been a fixture on late-night American television - first on Politically Incorrect from 1993-2002 and for the last twelve years on HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher.

Bill has 32 Emmy nominations and in addition to his television program, he has written five bestsellers and was responsible for the documentary, Religulous.

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  Actor and Broadcaster Jay Thomas has been part of a Late Show with David Letterman tradition since 1998 where he and Letterman take turns throwing footballs at the Late Show Christmas tree to try and knock a giant meatball off its perch at the top.

Jay Thomas will be in our region June 6th as part of the Berkshire Playwright’s Lab Gala at the Mahaiwe Theatre in Great Barrington, MA. He joins us this morning to talk about Dave and how he became part of Late Show tradition.

  Our next guest was a writer on Late Night with David Letterman for nearly 1000 episodes over seven years, starting in 1984.

He shared in three Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Writing for his work on the show. Randy Cohen was the Ethicist for The New York Times for twelve years and is the host and creator of Person Place Thing, heard right here on WAMC.

  Our next guest is one of the few people who has shared a stage with David Letterman for the entire span of his 33-year long late night career.

In 1982, Will Lee became one of the original members of The World's Most Dangerous Band, the house band on NBC ' s Late Night with David Letterman. Then, he made the move with Letterman in 1993 to CBS to become a part of the Late Show with David Letterman’s CBS Orchestra with Paul Shaffer.

He is a Grammy award winner who has also performed with pretty much every major music act of the last three decades as well as with three members of The Beatles. He travels around the world with his Beatles tribute band, The Fab Faux.

  

 

   Over the years, David Letterman has given very few interviews about his life and career. In that handful, most were with his good friends and broadcasters – Regis Philbin and Larry King.

Earlier this month, Dave gave what amounted to his CBS exit interview with Dave Itzkoff of The New York Times. The piece was a Q&A and covered everything from Letterman talking about the end of his show, his legacy, his aloofness, his health and even his extortion sex scandal.

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  Gerard Mulligan has spent the majority of his professional career writing for David Letterman. Dating from Letterman’s short-lived NBC morning show, to Late Night with David Letterman, also at the Peacock Network, and running well into the  Late Show run.

Among his many duties - Gerry was a monologue writer and presented jokes to Dave daily. He also made many on-camera appearances often with Fellow Late Nighter Chris Eliot and he even played Hillary Clinton – with wig, dress and his full beard. He retired from the show in 2004. But, he has returned many times since then.

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