The Roundtable

Weekdays, 9:00am

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
12:00 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Roundtable Music 4/9

The Roundtable
11:35 am
Wed April 9, 2014

"The Heathen School: A Story Of Hope And Betrayal In The Age Of The Early Republic" By John Demos

    Near the start of the nineteenth century, as the newly established United States looked outward toward the wider world, a group of eminent Protestant ministers formed a grand scheme for gathering the rest of mankind into the redemptive fold of Christianity and “civilization.” Its core element was a special school for “heathen youth” drawn from all parts of the earth, including the Pacific Islands, China, India, and, increasingly, the native nations of North America.

The Heathen School follows the progress, and the demise, of this first true melting pot through the lives of individual students: among them, Henry Obookiah, a young Hawaiian who ran away from home and worked as a seaman in the China Trade before ending up in New England; John Ridge, son of a powerful Cherokee chief and subsequently a leader in the process of Indian “removal”; and Elias Boudinot, editor of the first newspaper published by and for Native Americans.

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The Roundtable
11:12 am
Wed April 9, 2014

NYPD Red 2

    

  When NYPD Red arrives at a crime scene, everyone takes notice. Known as the protectors of the rich, famous, and connected, NYPD Red is the elite task force called in only for New York City's most high-profile crimes. And Detective Zach Jordan is the best of the best, a brilliant and relentless pursuer of justice. He puts professionalism above all, ignoring his feelings for his partner, Detective Kylie MacDonald, the woman who broke his heart when they first met in the academy.

We welcome Marshall Karp back to the show to talk about NYPD Red 2, which he co-authored with James Patterson.

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Congressional Corner
10:50 am
Wed April 9, 2014

Congressional Corner With Brad Hays

    In today’s Congressional Corner, Union College political science professor Brad Hays and WAMC’s Alan Chartock continue their discussion of campaign finance and the Supreme Court.

The Roundtable
10:35 am
Wed April 9, 2014

"The Rainborowes: One Family’s Quest To Build A New England" By Adrian Tinniswood

    

  Nearly 130 years before the American Revolution, musket-wielding patriots and Massachusetts militiamen fought for the ideals of democracy, individual freedom, and liberty – all on the shores of the country they had once left behind.

One family in particular witnessed – and actively participated in – both the creation of the Massachusetts Bay Colony and the horrific war back in their homeland. Pirate-hunters, revolutionaries, visionaries, and pioneers, this clan built new societies and, in their own small way, changed the world.

Adrian Tinniswood describes their remarkable impact on both sides of the Atlantic in his new book, The Rainborowes: One Family’s Quest to Build a New England.

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The Roundtable
10:10 am
Wed April 9, 2014

"Tenth Of December" By George Saunders

    

  George Saunders’ Tenth of December was named one of the best books of last year by The New York Times Magazine, NPR, Entertainment Weekly, New York, Kirkus Reviews, BookPage, Shelf Awareness, and People. It was a National Book Award finalist and won the Folio prize.

The collection of short stories scriven in Saunder’s signature sportive and startling style is now available in paperback.

The Roundtable
9:00 am
Wed April 9, 2014

4/9/14 Panel

    

  Today's panelists are WAMC's Alan Chartock, newsman Ray Graf, and investigative journalists, Rosemary Armao.

The Roundtable
12:00 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Roundtable Music 4/8

The Roundtable
11:12 am
Tue April 8, 2014

Stephen Kinzer To Speak At Siena College

  Author and journalist, Stephen Kinzer, will be speaking at 2:30 pm on the Siena College Campus this afternoon. The event is sponsored by Women Against War.

Kinzer will discuss his new book, The Brothers: John Foster Dulles, Allen Dulles, and their Secret World War. He is also the author of the highly acclaimed book, All the Shah's Men: An American Coup and the Roots of Middle East Terror.

Stephen Kinzer is an award-winning foreign correspondent, formerly with the New York Times, and a bestselling author of books on American foreign policy in Central America, Rwanda, Turkey, and Iran.

The Roundtable
11:12 am
Tue April 8, 2014

"The News: A User's Manual" By Alain De Botton

    The news is everywhere. We can’t stop constantly checking it on our computer screens, but what is this doing to our minds?

We are never really taught how to make sense of the torrent of news we face every day, writes Alain de Botton (author of the best-selling The Architecture of Happiness), but this has a huge impact on our sense of what matters and of how we should lead our lives. In his new book, de Botton takes twenty-five archetypal news stories—including an airplane crash, a murder, a celebrity interview and a political scandal—and submits them to unusually intense analysis with a view to helping us navigate our news-soaked age.

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