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
Mon March 16, 2015

Roundtable Music 3/17

The Roundtable
12:00 pm
Mon March 16, 2015

Roundtable Music 3/16

The Roundtable
11:35 am
Mon March 16, 2015

Adams, Jefferson, And The Misfits Who Saved Free Speech

    When the United States government passed the Bill of Rights in 1791, its uncompromising protection of speech and of the press were unlike anything the world had ever seen before. But by 1798, the once-dazzling young republic of the United States was on the verge of collapse: partisanship gripped the weak federal government, British seizures threatened American goods and men on the high seas, and war with France seemed imminent as its own democratic revolution deteriorated into terror. Suddenly, the First Amendment, which protected harsh commentary of the weak government, no longer seemed as practical.

So that July, President John Adams and the Federalists in control of Congress passed an extreme piece of legislation that made criticism of the government and its leaders a crime punishable by heavy fines and jail time. In Liberty’s First Crisis, writer Charles Slack tells the story of the 1798 Sedition Act, the crucial moment when high ideals met real-world politics and the country’s future hung in the balance.

The Roundtable
11:15 am
Mon March 16, 2015

'Huck Finn's America: Mark Twain And The Era That Shaped His Masterpiece' By Andrew Levy

  In Huck Finn’s America, award-winning biographer Andrew Levy shows how modern readers have been misunderstanding Huckleberry Finn for decades.

Twain’s masterpiece, which still sells tens of thousands of copies each year and is taught more than any other American classic, is often discussed either as a carefree adventure story for children or a serious novel about race relations, yet Levy argues convincingly it is neither.

Congressional Corner
10:50 am
Mon March 16, 2015

Congressional Corner With Elizabeth Esty

It has been more than two years since Newtown. In today’s Congressional Corner, Connecticut Representative Elizabeth Esty tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that her latest gun reform bill deserves attention.

The Roundtable
10:35 am
Mon March 16, 2015

Scent, Science, And The Amazing Ways Dogs Perceive The World

  There are thousands of working dogs all over the US and beyond with incredible abilities—they can find missing people, detect drugs and bombs, pinpoint unmarked graves of Civil War soldiers, or even find drowning victims more than two hundred feet below the surface of a lake.

These abilities may seem magical or mysterious, but Cat Warren shows the science, the rigorous training, and the skilled handling that underlie these creatures’ amazing abilities.

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The Roundtable
10:10 am
Mon March 16, 2015

Palminteri Brings 'A Bronx Tale' To Schenectady

Proctors in Schenectady will take on a downstate feel on Sunday, March 22 when Academy Award-nominated actor Chazz Palminteri performs his one-man show A Bronx Tale, which became a beloved movie of the same name directed by Robert de Niro.

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The Roundtable
9:00 am
Mon March 16, 2015

3/16/15 Panel

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

Today's panelists are WAMC's Alan Chartock, WAMC Newsman Ray Graf, and political consultant, Libby Post.

Scheduled topics include: the latest from Ferguson, Robert Durst of HBO’s ‘The Jinx’ is arrested, Loretta Lynch AG confirmation, new cholesterol drugs, and NCAA.

The Roundtable
12:00 pm
Fri March 13, 2015

Roundtable Music 3/13

Arts & Culture
11:35 am
Fri March 13, 2015

'Machine Age Modernism' At The Clark

Sybil Andrews (English, 1898–1992), Rush Hour, 1930. Color linocut on paper, 9 1/8 x 11 9/16 in. Daniel Cowin Collection © Glenbow, Calgary, 2014

  During and just after World Wars I and II in Britain - in an era known as the Machine Age, the tumultuous political climate and the prevalence of industry and mechanization influenced the art created at that time.

Machine Age Modernism: Prints from the Daniel Cowin Collection is a new exhibition at The Clark in Williamstown, MA. The exhibition features a wide range of lithographs, dry points, woodcut prints and linocuts produced during the period exploring themes such as cityscapes, war, industrial technology, rural farming, sport, and leisure activity.

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