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

"Book Picks" lists are here.

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Arts & Culture
10:33 am
Wed March 18, 2015

5 New Exhibitions At The Brattleboro Museum And Art Center

"Clothing Map" by Daria Darosh
Credit COURTESY OF BRATTLEBORO MUSEUM

  The Brattleboro Museum and Art Center, based in Brattleboro, Vermont, is an independent, non-collecting museum which showcases a plethora of contemporary art from regional artists to international icons alike.

On Saturday March 14th, five new exhibits opened at the museum. Collectively, three exhibits serve as an exploration fiber art and the other two showcase the work of southern Vermont artists.

They are entitled: Gathering Threads, Dialogue: Lindenfeld + Lindenfeld, Children of the Oasis, Donald Saaf: Contemporary Folk Tales, and Love, Labor, Worship: The People of Basin Farm.

Here to tell us more about the museum’s new exhibits is director of the BMAC, Danny Lichtenfeld.

The Roundtable
10:10 am
Wed March 18, 2015

'Our Kids: The American Dream In Crisis' By Robert Putnam

  It’s the American dream: get a good education, work hard, buy a house, and achieve prosperity and success. But, according to our next guest, during the last twenty-five years we have seen a disturbing “opportunity gap” emerge.

Harvard University Public Policy Professor, Robert Putnam, says Americans have believed in the idea that all kids, regardless of their family background, should have a decent chance to improve their lot in life. Putnam says this central tenet of the American dream seems no longer true or at the least, much less true than it was.

His new book is: Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis. Robert Putnam is the Peter and Isabel Malkin Professor of Public Policy at Harvard University. Nationally honored as a leading humanist and a renowned scientist, he has written fourteen books and has consulted for the last four US Presidents.

The Roundtable
9:00 am
Wed March 18, 2015

3/18/15 Panel

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

Today's panelists are WAMC's Alan Chartock, essayist, author, editor and activist - Barbara Smith and Political Consultant, Libby Post.

Schedule topics today include Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu wins election in Israel; Penn State frat suspended; Presbyterian Church approves same-sex marriage; US Budget; new findings in breast biopsies.

The Roundtable
11:35 am
Tue March 17, 2015

St. Patrick's Day Whiskey Tasting With Bill Dowd

  St. Patrick's is the perfect day to have our friend, Bill Dowd, back on the show to tell us all about whiskey.

His book is Barrels and Drams: The History of Whisk(e)y in Jiggers and Shots and his Times Union blog is Dowd on Drinks.

The Roundtable
11:30 am
Tue March 17, 2015

Listener Essay - My Lucky Shamrock

  "My Lucky Shamrock" can be found in Kevin O'Hara's book, A Lucky Irish Lad. He is also the author of Last of the Donkey Pilgrims: A Man's Journey Through Ireland.

The Roundtable
11:12 am
Tue March 17, 2015

Astronaut, Activist, And Husband Of Gabrielle Giffords, Mark Kelly

  Mark Kelly is an American astronaut, retired US Navy Captain, New York Times best-selling author, and an experienced naval aviator and test pilot who flew combat missions during the Gulf War. He flew his first of four missions in 2001 aboard Space Shuttle Endeavour, the same space shuttle that he commanded on its final flight in May 2011. He has also commanded Space Shuttle Discovery and is one of only two individuals who have visited the International Space Station on four different occasions.

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Congressional Corner
10:50 am
Tue March 17, 2015

Congressional Corner With Elizabeth Esty

Rail safety reform may have new momentum after several recent crashes.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Connecticut Representative Elizabeth Esty tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that this should not be a partisan issue.

Arts & Culture
10:33 am
Tue March 17, 2015

'Just Jim Dale' Returns To Club Helsinki

Credit JOAN MARCUS

  Jim Dale started his professional career as a seventeen year old comedian playing the Music Halls of Britain. A little down the road he became a pop singing star during the early days of rock and roll and appeared in fourteen of the legendary Carry On films for the British cinema.

At the request of Laurence Olivier he joined the British National Theatre. He starred in the first Musical by Cameron Mackintosh, The Card, and played Fagin in Oliver! at the London Palladium. He first appeared on the American stage in 1973 - in 1980 he won the Tony Award for his work in Barnum.

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The Roundtable
10:10 am
Tue March 17, 2015

Book Picks - Odyssey Bookshop

  This week's Book Picks come to us from Emily Crowe at The Odyssey Bookshop in South Hadley, MA.

List:
The Tusk That Did the Damage by Tania James
The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy by Rachel Joyce
A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara
The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro
Aquarium by David Vann
Long Man by Amy Greene
Thirty Girls by Susan Minot

The Roundtable
9:00 am
Tue March 17, 2015

3/17/15 Panel

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

Today's panelists are WAMC's Alan Chartock, Times Union Associate Editor Mike Spain and NYPIRG Legislative Director Blair Horner.

Schedule topics include: Netanyahu on Palestinian State; US Oil Low; Schneiderman on Ethics; Putin Reappears; Iran on GOP Letter; Durst Charged with Murder.

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