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
12:00 pm
Thu April 9, 2015

Roundtable Music 4/9

The Roundtable
11:50 am
Thu April 9, 2015

‘The Accidental Empress’ By Allison Pataki

Allison Pataki is the best-selling author of the book The Traitor’s Wife and she is now back with another historic novel about a leading lady largely lost in the annals of history.

The Accidental Empress is a fictional portrayal of the little known and tumultuous love story of “Sisi,” the Austro-Hungarian Empress and captivating wife of Emperor Franz Joseph, who was plucked from obscurity at the age of sixteen and thrust onto the throne in the golden era of the Habsburg Court.

The Roundtable
11:33 am
Thu April 9, 2015

Five Partnerships That Built America

Across four decades of public life, from 1776 until he left the presidency in 1817, James Madison made extraordinary contributions to the American republic. Yet, according to historian David O. Stewart, too often he is consigned to the shadows of history and concealed by his more heroic contemporaries.

In Stewart's new book Madison’s Gift: Five Partnerships That Built America, he looks to restore Madison to a proper place and explores the relations he forged which contributed to his success.

The Roundtable
11:12 am
Thu April 9, 2015

The Masters And 'Men In Green'

Was golf better back in the day? In the new book Men in Green, acclaimed Sports Illustrated writer, Michael Bamberger, goes on a quest to find out.

The result is a candid, nostalgic, and intimate portrait of golf’s greatest generation then and now. Bamberger fell for the game of golf as a teenager in the 70s; he spent years caddying, playing, and writing about the sport. He joins The Roundtable to discuss living legends, secret legends, and the upcoming generation.

Congressional Corner
10:50 am
Thu April 9, 2015

Congressional Corner With Paul Tonko

Experts agree that America’s infrastructure is in bad shape.

In today’s Congressional Corner, New York representative Paul Tonko tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that mustering the political will to make improvements is a challenge.

The Roundtable
10:35 am
Thu April 9, 2015

'Taking On Theodore Roosevelt' By Harry Lembeck

  In August 1906, black soldiers stationed in Brownsville, Texas, were accused of going on a lawless rampage in which shots were fired, one man was killed, and another wounded. Because the perpetrators could never be positively identified, President Theodore Roosevelt took the highly unusual step of discharging without honor all one hundred sixty-seven members of the black battalion on duty the night of the shooting.

Taking on Theodore Roosevelt: How One Senator Defied the President on Brownsville and Shook American Politics by Harry Lembeck investigates the controversial action of an otherwise much-lauded president, the challenge to his decision from a senator of his own party, and the way in which Roosevelt’s uncompromising stance affected African American support of the party of Lincoln.

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The Roundtable
10:10 am
Thu April 9, 2015

Why Cuba Matters

On December 17th 2014, when the U.S. and Cuba announced they would reestablish diplomatic relations, no one was less surprised than Tom Hayden, who had already set out to assess the historical lead up to normalization in a new book. Hayden’s access and personal history put him in a unique position to offer insight on U.S-Cuban relations, historically and post normalization.

The new book Listen, Yankee: Why Cuba Matters is an account of Cuban politics from a longtime observer of Cuba and, Hayden’s memoir as a U.S revolutionary student leader and founder of Students for a Democratic Society. The book is based in part on conversations between Hayden and Ricardo Alarcón, a top leader of the Cuban revolution, foreign minister, and UN representative.

The Roundtable
9:00 am
Thu April 9, 2015

4/9/15 Panel

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

Today's panelists are WAMC's Alan Chartock, SUNY Albany Journalism Professor and Investigative Professor, Rosemary Armao, and Kingston Freeman Publisher Emeritus, Ira Fusfeld.

Scheduled topics include Boston Marathon Bombing verdict; Body cameras come to North Charleston PD; Indictments coming in George Washington Bridge scandal?; Wisconsin Chief Justice files suit to hold onto job.

The Roundtable
12:00 pm
Wed April 8, 2015

Roundtable Music 4/8

The Roundtable
11:35 am
Wed April 8, 2015

"Wondrous Beauty: The Life And Adventures Of Elizabeth Patterson Bonaparte" By Carol Berkin

    

  Elizabeth Patterson Bonaparte was renowned as the most beautiful woman of nineteenth-century Baltimore. Her marriage in 1803 to Jérôme Bonaparte, the youngest brother of Napoleon Bonaparte, became inextricably bound to the diplomatic and political histories of the United States, France, and England.

In Wondrous Beauty, Carol Berkin tells the story of this audacious, outsized life.

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