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?

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The Roundtable
11:30 am
Fri April 4, 2014

Classical Music According to Yehuda #130

    In this week's Classical Music According to Yehuda, Alan Chartock and Yehuda Hanani discuss the hurdy-gurdy.

11:12 am
Fri April 4, 2014

"Gulp" by Mary Roach

    Science writer, Mary Roach, started out as a magazine journalist, but eventually parlayed her column for into her first book, Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers. Next, she investigated the afterlife in Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife, then came Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex.

In Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal, Roach dives into the human body, beginning at the mouth, then moves, um, downward as she discusses digestion and elimination.

Congressional Corner
10:50 am
Fri April 4, 2014

Congressional Corner With Chris Gibson

  November’s midterms mean the 2016 election is just around the corner.

In today’s Congressional Corner, New York Representative Chris Gibson — a Republican from the 19th district — and WAMC’s Alan Chartock talk national politics.

The Roundtable
10:35 am
Fri April 4, 2014

Ideas Matter - Vermont Humanities Civil War Book Of Days


  In this week's Ideas Matter segment we learn about the Vermont Humanities Civil War Book Of Days from Rolf Diamant, retired superintendent of Marsh-Billings Rockefeller Park in Woodstock, VT. He is on the faculty of the University of Vermont and is writing and lecturing on the Olmsteds, conservation history and U.S. national park system. And from Peter Gilbert, the Vermont Humanities Executive Director, he has been VHC’s Executive Director since 2002 and Robert Frost’s executor and literary trustee since 1992.

The Roundtable
10:10 am
Fri April 4, 2014

Read Local Red Hook Literary Festival 4/11-12


  There is nothing like a good literary festival, especially when it takes over an entire municipality.

The 3rd Annual Read Local Red Hook Literary Festival will take place next weekend, April 11th and 12th, throughout the village. The festival is full of free events celebrating local authors and featuring the likes of James Romm, Valerie Martin and Gail Godwin.

We get a preview this morning from two of the organizers - Suzanna Hermans of Oblong Books and Music and Juliet Harrison of Red Hook Community Arts Network.

The Roundtable
9:00 am
Fri April 4, 2014

4/4/14 Panel

  Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, University at Albany professor and Investigative Journalist Rosemary Armao and newsman Ray Graf.

Topics include:
Fort Hood
Cuban Twitter
Vitamin D
Kerry Peace Talks
Letterman to Retire

The Roundtable
12:00 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Roundtable Music 4/3

The Roundtable
11:35 am
Thu April 3, 2014

"Stokely: A Life" By Peniel E. Joseph


  Stokely Carmichael, the charismatic and controversial black activist, stepped onto the pages of history when he called for “Black Power” during a speech one Mississippi night in 1966.

A firebrand who straddled both the American civil rights and Black Power movements, Carmichael would stand for the rest of his life at the center of the storm he had unleashed that night.

In Stokely, preeminent civil rights scholar Peniel E. Joseph presents a groundbreaking biography of Carmichael, using his life as a prism through which to view the transformative African American freedom struggles of the twentieth century.

The Roundtable
11:25 am
Thu April 3, 2014

Listener Essay - Folding Laundry

    Pamela Ethington is a writer who divides her time between Syracuse, where her home is, and Woodstock, N.Y., where her heart is. Her work has been published in New Millenium Writings. She is a student of author Martha Frankel in Woodstock.

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Arts & Culture
11:12 am
Thu April 3, 2014

Albany Symphony Orchestra and Albany Pro Musica Present Dvorak's Stabat Mater


  The Albany Symphony Orchestra will present a special performance of Dvorak's monumental choral masterpiece, Stabat Mater, with Albany Pro Musica and four brilliant vocal soloists on April 5 at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Albany, NY.

Our friend, Maestro David Alan Miller, joins us to tell us more.