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
11:45 am
Wed January 14, 2015

Brave Girls: Raising Young Women With Passion And Purpose To Become Powerful Leaders

  After years of research as a psychologist and consultant for women struggling in the professional world, Dr. Stacey Radin made a groundbreaking realization: it all begins in middle school. Women who become successful leaders learn how to do so in the middle grades—the most formative stage in a girl’s development and self-identification.

Unleashed is a social justice program that empowers adolescent girls to recognize their power, learn to embrace it, and use it effectively by taking a stand against an injustice they are passionate about, and advocating for animal rights and welfare in the process.

We speak with Dr. Radin about Unleashed and her book, Brave Girls: Raising Young Women With Passion And Purpose To Become Powerful Leaders.

The Roundtable
11:30 am
Wed January 14, 2015

'When Books Went To War' By Molly Manning

    When America entered World War II in 1941, we faced an enemy that had banned and burned over 100 million books and caused fearful citizens to hide or destroy many more. Outraged librarians launched a campaign to send free books to American troops and gathered 20 million hardcover donations. In 1943, the War Department and the publishing industry stepped in with an extraordinary program: 120 million small, lightweight paperbacks, for troops to carry in their pockets and their rucksacks, in every theater of war.

Molly Guptill Manning joins us to talk about her book, When Books Went to War: The Stories that Helped Us Win World War II.

The Roundtable
11:12 am
Wed January 14, 2015

'Introverts In Love' By Sophia Dembling

  From Sophia Dembling, author of The Introvert’s Way comes Introverts in Love: The Quiet Way to Happily Ever After - a guide to romance that takes introverts through the frequently outgoing world of dating, courting, and relationships.

Congressional Corner
10:50 am
Wed January 14, 2015

Congressional Corner With Chris Gibson

  Another regional representative is leaving the House of Representatives.

In today’s Congressional Corner, New York Representative Chris Gibson tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock he may be eyeing new horizons. 

The Roundtable
10:33 am
Wed January 14, 2015

Berkshire Grown Winter Farmers Markets 2015

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  Berkshire Grown will host its first Winter Farmers’ Markets on January 17 and February 14 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Monument Valley Middle School in Great Barrington, MA. These events are an extension of the organization’s Holiday Farmers’ Markets, which enjoyed record attendance this past November and December. These popular events feature locally grown and produced foods, plus live music, lunch fare, and activities for children, during months when most farmers’ markets are not open in the region.

Here to tell us more is Suzy Konecky who manages the creamery at Cricket Creek Farm – her job includes cheese production, inventory, marketing and sales.

The Roundtable
10:10 am
Wed January 14, 2015

Economist Hugh Johnson On Oil Prices

  Crude oil's global collapse is now expected to soon push the national average U.S. price for gasoline below $2 a gallon for the first time since early 2009.

Nationally, regular unleaded gasoline currently averages about $2.12 a gallon, down 46 cents from just four weeks ago and $1.01 cheaper than year-ago levels. Gas prices are also expected to fall more than previously forecast for the full year.

To talk about plummeting gas prices, we welcome economist Hugh Johnson of Hugh Johnson Advisors for his thoughts on what is happening with gas and oil prices.

The Roundtable
9:00 am
Wed January 14, 2015

1/14/15 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 & WAMC’s Ray Graf.

Topics include the Charlie Hebdo cover, Methane Emission Rules, Cybersecurity, Boko Haram, and Rep. Randy Weber's Twitter mistake.

The Roundtable
12:00 pm
Tue January 13, 2015

Roundtable Music 1/13

The Roundtable
11:33 am
Tue January 13, 2015

Rich Honen - Improving Economy

  Corporate attorney, Rich Honen, pays us a visit once a month with some thoughts on headlines from the business world.

Today he is here to share the good and bad of current economic indicators.

To help us sort this all out – we welcome Rich Honen - with Phillips Lytle LLP, where he is the partner in charge of the Albany office.

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Congressional Corner
10:50 am
Tue January 13, 2015

Congressional Corner With Tim Vercellotti

  Massachusetts has produced another national political figure.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Tim Vercellotti, director of the Western New England University poll and professor of political science, tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that Senator Warren is a rising star.

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