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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The Roundtable
11:30 am
Wed February 12, 2014

"The Beatles Are Here!" By Penelope Rowlands

    The arrival of the Beatles was one of those unforgettable cultural touchstones. Through the voices of those who witnessed it or were swept up in it indirectly, The Beatles Are Here! explores the emotional impact—some might call it hysteria—of the Fab Four’s February 1964 dramatic landing on our shores.

This intimate and entertaining collection arose from writer Penelope Rowlands’s own Beatlemaniac phase: she was one of the screaming girls captured in an iconic photograph that has since been published around the world—and is displayed on the cover of this book.

The Roundtable
11:12 am
Wed February 12, 2014

Skidmore College's Gordon Thompson On The 50th Anniversary of The Beatles' U.S. Arrival

   Feb. 7, 2014 marked the 50th anniversary of the first visit by the Beatles to the USA.

A musician, musicologist, professor, and chair of Skidmore’s Music Department, Gordon Thompson has been studying British popular music in general and The Beatles in particular for almost 20 years.

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Congressional Corner
10:50 am
Wed February 12, 2014

Congressional Corner With Sean Patrick Maloney

Credit Courtesy of the Office of Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney

    The Hudson Valley is gearing up for a major political rematch.

In today’s Congressional Corner, New York representative Sean Patrick Maloney tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that he welcomes another race against Congresswoman Nan Hayworth.

The Roundtable
10:35 am
Wed February 12, 2014

American Idiot's Dan Tracy Brings Angst To Albany

A tale of youth disaffection amid domestic challenges and international strife in the Bush years, Green Day’s American Idiot transformed from one of the biggest rock albums of the mid-aughts to a Broadway behemoth directed by Tony-winner Michael Mayer.

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The Roundtable
10:30 am
Wed February 12, 2014

Listener Essay - Planning Ahead

  Kate Cohen is a writer and editor in Albany, NY.

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The Roundtable
10:10 am
Wed February 12, 2014

"Lincoln's Boys: John Hay, John Nicolay, And The War For Lincoln’s Image" By Joshua Zeitz

Lincoln’s official secretaries John Hay and John Nicolay enjoyed more access, witnessed more history, and knew Lincoln better than anyone outside of the president’s immediate family. Hay and Nicolay were the gatekeepers of the Lincoln legacy. They read poetry and attendeded the theater with the president, commiserated with him over Union army setbacks, and plotted electoral strategy.

They were present at every seminal event, from the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation to Lincoln’s delivery of the Gettysburg Address—and they wrote about it after his death.

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The Roundtable
9:00 am
Wed February 12, 2014

2/12/14 Panel

    

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

The Roundtable
12:00 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

Roundtable Music 2/11

The Roundtable
11:50 am
Tue February 11, 2014

Listener Essay - Swinging In The Breeze

  Steve Lewis is a member of the Sarah Lawrence Writing Institute faculty and freelance writer. He has been published in The New York Times, Washington Post, LA Times, The Christian Science Monitor, Spirituality and Health, and a biblically long list of parenting magazines and books (7 kids, 16 grandchildren). He is also a contributing writer for Talking Writing Magazine.

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The Roundtable
11:36 am
Tue February 11, 2014

Seth Davis Of CBS, SI On John Wooden, NCAA Tournament

Seth Davis
Credit CBS

When you start talking about the greatest coaches in basketball history, the conversation starts and ends with one name: John Wooden, who led UCLA to 10 NCAA championships in 12 years, had a lifetime winning percentage of .804, and is a member of the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield as both a coach and player.

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