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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Congressional Corner
10:50 am
Thu February 19, 2015

Congressional Corner With Paul Tonko

  The latest Washington standoff threatens funding for Homeland Security.

In today’s Congressional Corner, New York representative Paul Tonko tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that Republicans are playing politics.

The Roundtable
10:40 am
Thu February 19, 2015

Thomas Jefferson: President And Philosopher

  Thomas Jefferson was the third president of the United States. He was one of the authors of the Declaration of Independence. But he was also a lawyer and an ambassador, an inventor and a scientist. He had a wide range of interests and hobbies, but his consuming interest was the survival and success of the United States.

Thomas Jefferson: President and Philosopher is an illustrated edition of the #1 New York Times bestselling Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power by Pulitzer Prize–winning author Jon Meacham. The book intends to teach young readers about the life and political philosophy of one of our Founding Fathers.

The Roundtable
10:10 am
Thu February 19, 2015

The Making Of America's First Leader

  George Washington was famously unknowable, a man of deep passions hidden behind a facade of rigid self-control. Yet before he was a great general and president, Washington was a young man prone to peevishness and a volcanic temper. His greatness as a leader evolved over time, the product of experience and maturity but also a willed effort to restrain his wilder impulses.

Robert Middlekauff focuses on Washington’s early years in his new book, Washington's Revolution: The Making of America's First Leader.

The Roundtable
9:00 am
Thu February 19, 2015

2/19/15 Panel

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

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, SUNY at Albany journalism professor and investigative journalist, Rosemary Armao, and Editor of The Poughkeepsie Journal, Stu Shinske.

Topics include: Obama on ISIS, Immigration Response, Jeb Bush, and VA Prescriptions.

The Roundtable
12:00 pm
Wed February 18, 2015

Roundtable Music 2/18

The Roundtable
11:40 am
Wed February 18, 2015

Why Social Security Isn’t Going Broke And How Expanding It Will Help Us All

  A growing chorus of prominent voices in Congress and elsewhere are calling for the expansion of our Social Security system—people who know that Social Security will not “go broke” and does not add a penny to the national debt.

Eric Kingson is the co-author of the new book, Social Security Works!: Why Social Security Isn’t Going Broke and How Expanding It Will Help Us All.

The Roundtable
11:12 am
Wed February 18, 2015

The Gluten-Free Revolution

  Gluten-free has gone far beyond trendiness. Although about 1% of the population suffers from celiac disease (the autoimmune condition which causes the immune system to attack the intestinal walls in response to consumption of gluten), up to 8 times more people may have sensitivity to the protein, or experience ill effects from related conditions, such as IBS and wheat allergy.

That translates to about 40 million Americans buying gluten-free products, a $4.2 billion market that continues to grow. Living gluten-free is a challenge and Jax Peters Lowell wrote a book on it 20-years ago and now that work has been revised. The book is: The Gluten-Free Revolution: Absolutely Everything You Need to Know about Losing the Wheat, Reclaiming Your Health, and Eating Happily Ever After.

Arts & Culture
10:45 am
Wed February 18, 2015

Michael Eck Celebrates "This Land Is Your Land" At The Linda

  This Friday at 8pm, Michael Eck will be at The Linda – WAMC’s Performing Arts Studio – performing a personal Woody Guthrie tribute to celebrate the 75th Anniverary of Guthrie’s iconic song – “This Land is Your Land.”

Roots scholar and multi-instrumentalist Michael Eck (host and curator of The Linda's American Roots Series) will play "This Land is Your Land" and other Woody Guthrie favorites, with an emphasis on material from his New York period.

Michael joins us with a preview.

The Roundtable
10:10 am
Wed February 18, 2015

'88 Days to Kandahar: A CIA Diary' By Robert L. Grenier

  The First American-Afghan War, a CIA war, was approved by President George W. Bush and directed by the author, Robert Grenier, the CIA station chief in Islamabad. Forging separate alliances with warlords, Taliban dissidents, and Pakistani intelligence, Grenier launched the “southern campaign,” orchestrating the final defeat of the Taliban and Hamid Karzai’s rise to power in eighty-eight chaotic days.

Grenier writes about the war - what happened and what is meant - in his book, 88 Days to Kandahar: A CIA Diary.

The Roundtable
9:00 am
Wed February 18, 2015

2/18/15 Panel

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

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, SUNY at Albany journalism professor and investigative journalist, Rosemary Armao, and Associate Editor of The Times Union, Mike Spain.

Topics include: Obama on immigration, Syria announces possible truce, Warren-Clinton Meeting, Deblasio/Police, Trip to Mars, and stories from the Times Union.

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