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
12:00 pm
Fri January 31, 2014

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The Roundtable
11:35 am
Fri January 31, 2014

Alyson Martin And Nushin Rashidian's "A New Leaf" At Frequency North

  College of Saint Rose alumna Alyson Martin and Nushin Rashidian, investigative journalists and authors of a groundbreaking book on the movement toward legalization of marijuana, will read from their new book, A New Leaf: The End of Cannabis Prohibition, as part of the 2014 Frequency North writers series at The College of Saint Rose on Thursday February 6th.

In November 2012, voters in Colorado and Washington passed landmark measures to legalize the production and sale of cannabis for social use—a first not only in the United States but also the world. Medical cannabis is now legal in twenty states and Washington, D.C., and more than one million Americans have turned to it in place of conventional pharmaceuticals.

Yet the federal government refuses to acknowledge these broader societal shifts and continues to raid and arrest people: 49.5 percent of all drug-related arrests involve the sale, manufacture, or possession of cannabis.

Arts & Culture
11:30 am
Fri January 31, 2014

Classical Music According to Yehuda #123

    In this week’s Classical Music According to Yehuda, Alan Chartock and Yehuda Hanani discuss the obsession with death in the romantic era.

Congressional Corner
10:50 am
Fri January 31, 2014

Congressional Corner With Bill Owens

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    A Farm Bill compromise is finally in sight.

In today’s Congressional Corner, New York Representative Bill Owens tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that compromise can leave both sides somewhat unhappy. The two spoke Tuesday, one day before the House passed the Farm Bill.

The Roundtable
10:30 am
Fri January 31, 2014

"The Agent: My 40-Year Career Making Deals And Changing The Game" By Leigh Steinberg

    Leigh Steinberg is renowned as one of the greatest sports agents in history, representing such All-Pro clients as Troy Aikman, Bruce Smith, and Ben Roethlisberger. Over one particular seven-year stretch, Steinberg represented the top NFL Draft pick an unheard of six times.

In The Agent: My 40-Year Career Making Deals And Changing The Game real-life "Jerry Maguire," superagent Leigh Steinberg shares his personal stories on the rise, fall, and redemption of his game-changing career in the high-stakes world of professional sports.

The Roundtable
10:06 am
Fri January 31, 2014

David Crosby Releases First Solo Album In Two Decades

Croz is David Crosby's first solo studio album in 20 years.

Considered one of the greatest harmony singers in rock history, David Crosby is back in the limelight as a solo artist this winter with the release of his first studio album in two decades, Croz, out now from Blue Castle Records, the label he founded with longtime collaborator Graham Nash.

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The Roundtable
9:00 am
Fri January 31, 2014

1/31/14 Panel

  Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Times Union Associate Editor Mike Spain and University at Albany professor and Investigative Journalist Rosemary Armao.

The Roundtable
12:00 pm
Thu January 30, 2014

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Arts & Culture
11:45 am
Thu January 30, 2014

Beth Orton At Club Helsinki On 2/7

English folk-rock singer-songwriter Beth Orton was a pioneer of "folktronica," a style mixing elements of folk and electronica, whose pulse still can be felt in the underpinning groove of Orton's mostly acoustic music. After a six-year hiatus from recording, Orton released "Sugaring Season" last year, which was greeted with critical acclaim and superlatives such as "masterpiece."

She’ll play at Club Helsinki in Hudson, NY on Friday, Feb 7th at 9pm The Murphy Beds will open.

The Roundtable
11:35 am
Thu January 30, 2014

Baird Hersey - Nada Yoga And Prana Music

    A dedicated practitioner of yoga and overtone singing, Baird Hersey has had a celebrated career in music. He’s received commissions from Harvard University and the New Mexico Council for the Arts, performed at prestigious venues worldwide, and composed extensively for television.

In the ’70s and ’80s, he led the highly acclaimed jazz-rock fusion band The Year of The Ear. In recent years, Hersey has led Prana, a group of singers that applies the overtone techniques of ancient Tibetans without the gravelly, low tones commonly associated with the method. His new book is The Practice of Nada Yoga and he joins us this morning.

He will give a book signing and talk at Mirabai Books in Woodstock, NY on February 8th at 2pm. The CD release party with Prana will take place that night at 7pm at Mountain View Studio also in Woodstock.

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