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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Arts & Culture
10:35 am
Mon September 8, 2014

'Lake Effect' At Lake George Dinner Theatre Through October 11th

  In the play Lake Effect by Tom Dudzick, it’s 1977 and the Pazinskis gather for an important family meeting and find themselves trapped in their own bar during Buffalo’s famous Blizzard of ’77. With a driving ban in effect and nowhere to go, they’re forced to grapple with a mixture of both hilarious and heartfelt issues.

Lake Effect runs at Lake George Dinner Theatre through October 11th and we are joined now by actors Hillary Parker and Bryan McElroy and by Lake George Dinner Theatre’s Producing Artistic Director, Terry Rabine.

The Roundtable
10:06 am
Mon September 8, 2014

Dave Gilson Probes "NRA's Murder Mystery"

As America has suffered through mass shooting after mass shooting, it often seems there is an unbridgeable chasm between activists calling for reforms and gun rights purists who have worked to redefine the meaning of the Second Amendment through the courts and exercise outsize influence on legislatures.

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The Roundtable
9:00 am
Mon September 8, 2014

9/8/14 Panel

  Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, newsman Ray Graf, and Political Consultant Libby Post.

Topics include:
Immigration Update
Ebola Fight
Airstrikes
Broader US ISIS Mission Sought
Cuomo v. Teachout

The Roundtable
12:00 pm
Fri September 5, 2014

Roundtable Music 9/5

The Roundtable
11:40 am
Fri September 5, 2014

Saratoga PLAN's Feast of the Fields

  This year’s Saratoga PLAN Feast of the Fields benefit will take place Thursday, September 11, from 5:00 to 8:30 PM at Saratoga National Golf Club.

Continuing its nine-year tradition, Feast of the Fields pairs area restaurants and farms, in an effort to promote sustainable agriculture, support the regional economy, and provide greater awareness of conserving area farms and the importance of buying and eating locally raised food. The evening will also include musical entertainment, a silent auction and a reception honoring local residents who have contributed significantly to the Saratoga region's quality of life through conservation.

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Arts & Culture
11:32 am
Fri September 5, 2014

Suzanne Vega At Barrington Stage 9/12

    Suzanne Vega is an American singer/songwriter with profound insight on the human experience which has earned her followers of all ages and walks of life over a nearly 30 year career yielding critical acclaim and hit songs like “Luka,” “Tom’s Diner” and “Marlene On The Wall” among many others.

Suzanne Vega will be performing at Barrington Stage’s Boyd-Quinson Mainstage next Friday night at September 12th at 8PM. Vega comes in support of her latest release, Close Up, a reinterpreted majority of her catalog in a close and personal manner.

The Roundtable
11:12 am
Fri September 5, 2014

The Clermont State Historic Site And Robert Hite

    The Clermont State Historic Site in Germantown, NY was the Hudson River seat of New York's politically and socially prominent Livingston Family. Seven successive generations of the family left their imprint on the site's architecture, room interiors and landscape. Robert R. Livingston, Jr. was Clermont's most notable resident.

His accomplishments include: drafting the Declaration of Independence, serving as first U.S. Minister of Foreign Affairs, administering the oath of office to George Washington, negotiating the Louisiana Purchase and developing steamboat technology with Robert Fulton.

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The Roundtable
10:35 am
Fri September 5, 2014

Joan Rivers: In Memoriam

Joan Rivers and Joe Donahue in 2013

    Joan Rivers kept audiences laughing through a 50-year career. It was a career that certainly had its bumps: bankruptcy, getting banned from The Tonight Show, and having her husband commit suicide - however, she was a constant presence on the road. She never stopped working and was always reinventing herself.

In this segment we share an archival interview with Joan Rivers and then welcome Susie Essman to the program to talk about what Joan meant to her.

The Roundtable
10:10 am
Fri September 5, 2014

Madeleine Albright "Read My Pins" At Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library And Museum

Madeleine Albright and Joe Donahue at The Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum

    Madeleine Albright served under President Clinton as U.S. Ambassador to The United Nations beginning in 1993. In 1997 she was appointed Secretary of State, at that time she was the highest ranking woman in the history of the U.S. government. During her years as Secretary, Albright became known for wearing a wide variety of distinctive brooches that conveyed her views about the diplomatic or political situation at hand.

Now, the traveling exhibition Read My Pins: The Madeleine Albright Collection, is on display at the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum in Hyde Park, NY.

The Roundtable
9:00 am
Fri September 5, 2014

9/5/14 Panel

    

  Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, newsman Ray Graf & University at Albany Journalism Professor and Investigative Reporter, Rosemary Armao.

Topics include:
Joan Rivers
McDonnell Guilty
NATO Summit
"Cuomo's Disservice"
18-Billion BP Fine?
Ferguson Racial Profiling

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