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
10:45 am
Fri March 20, 2015

'Lacy Eye' By Jessica Treadway

  In Lacy Eye by Jessica Treadway: Hanna and Joe send their awkward daughter Dawn off to college hoping that she will finally "come into her own." When she brings her new boyfriend, Rud, to her sister's wedding, her parents try to suppress their troubling impressions of him for Dawn's sake. Not long after, Hanna and Joe suffer a savage attack at home, resulting in Joe's death and Hanna's severe injury and memory loss.

Rud is convicted of the crime, and the community speculates that Dawn may also have been involved. When Rud wins an appeal and Dawn returns to live in the family home, Hanna resolves to recall that traumatic night so she can testify in the retrial, exonerate her daughter, and keep her husband's murderer in jail.

Jessica Treadway will read from and sign her book at The Book House in Albany, NY tonight at 7pm.

The Roundtable
10:33 am
Fri March 20, 2015

Ideas Matter - UpstateHistorical

We are very happy to continue our regular feature – Ideas Matter: Checking in with the Public Humanities.

Today we'll be talking about the Byrdcliffe Arts Colony in Woodstock, New York, the role it played in the arts and crafts movement in upstate New York, and plans to develop an app for visitors and history enthusiasts around the site.

We're joined by Thomas A. Guiler is a PhD Candidate in American History in the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University. Thomas is also the curator and project manager for UpstateHistorical which uses smart phone and GPS technology to provide walking tours and public history infrastructure to key locales across Upstate New York with audio, visual, and textual accompaniment.

Arts & Culture
10:10 am
Fri March 20, 2015

'Requiem Re-Imagined' Albany Symphony Concerts With Albany Pro Musica And Sleeping Giant

Credit http://www.sleepinggiantcomposers.com/

  Sleeping Giant is a collective of six Brooklyn-based composers that prizes vitality and diversity over a rigid aesthetic. They are in a nine cumulative week residency with The Albany Symphony and have teamed up with The Albany Symphony and Albany Pro Musica for two concerts this weekend billed as Requiem Re-Imagined and being performed at Troy Savings Bank Music Hall.

The concerts present Mozart’s Requiem in unique and traditional performances. Sleeping Giant gives Mozart’s famously unfinished Requiem Mass a 21st century makeover.

Here to tell us more are Christopher Cerrone (one of the Sleeping Giants composers), Daniel Fish the show’s director, and David Alan Miller – conductor and music director of the ASO.

The Roundtable
9:00 am
Fri March 20, 2015

3/20/15 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, and WAMC newsman Ray Graf.

Scheduled topics include: Netanyahu post election; gene edited babies; Tunis attacks; Amazon drones; Uber v. taxis. 

The Roundtable
12:00 pm
Thu March 19, 2015

Roundtable Music 3/19

The Roundtable
11:50 am
Thu March 19, 2015

Listener Essay - On Turning 80

  Elisabeth Grace, an almost-retired Clinical Social Worker, a writer, birder and gardener, has lived in the United States since 1972 but has deep roots in England and Scotland. She now shares her Columbia County home Molly, a polite blue-eyed cat. 

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The Roundtable
11:36 am
Thu March 19, 2015

Among Brackets And Cinderellas, A Focus On Refs

When the NCAA Tournament gets under way in earnest Thursday, most fans will be watching closely for their favorite teams, upsets by the latest Cinderellas, and buzzer-beaters.

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Arts & Culture
11:12 am
Thu March 19, 2015

You'll Notice Him: Jacob Keith Watson In National Tour Of 'Chicago' At The Palace This Weekend

  Chicago: The Musical will paint the town - and all that jazz - at The Palace in Albany, NY this Friday and Saturday for three performances.

With music by John Kander, lyrics by Fred Ebb and a book by Ebb and Bob Fosse, Chicago is a powerhouse American musical created in a faux vaudeville style that tells the prohibition-era celebrity-criminal story of Roxie Hart and Velma Kelly - two "might"-be murderesses trying to beat their charges with guts, gusto, and iconic Fosse choreography.

Jacob Keith Watson plays Amos Hart, Roxie’s quietly suffering spouse who is -by all accounts- making his "Mr. Cellophane" impossible to overlook.

Congressional Corner
10:50 am
Thu March 19, 2015

Congressional Corner With Elizabeth Esty

The Congress is divided over negotiations with Iran.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Connecticut Representative Elizabeth Esty tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock the Senate Republicans who sent a letter to Iran were out of line. This interview was recorded ahead of Israel’s elections Wednesday.

Arts & Culture
10:40 am
Thu March 19, 2015

Metroland 3/19/15

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

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