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

"Book Picks" lists are here.

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The Roundtable
11:12 am
Tue February 11, 2014

"The Kept" By James Scott

    Set in rural New York state at the turn of the twentieth century, superb new talent James Scott makes his literary debut with The Kept - a propulsive novel reminiscent of the works of Michael Ondaatje, Cormac McCarthy, and Bonnie Jo Campbell, in which a mother and her young son embark on a quest to avenge a terrible and violent tragedy that has shattered their secluded family.

Congressional Corner
10:50 am
Tue February 11, 2014

Congressional Corner With Bill Owens

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    In today’s Congressional Corner, New York Representative Bill Owens and WAMC’s Alan Chartock discuss Secretary Robert Gates’ recent memoir.

Arts & Culture
10:35 am
Tue February 11, 2014

The Musicians Of Ma'alwyck Present "Despite All Obstacles Of Nature: Composers With Hearing Loss"

      Musicians of Ma’alwyck is a flexible-size chamber ensemble in residence at the Schuyler Mansion New York State Historic Site and Schenectady County Community College. This week, the group is performing a program entitled "Despite all Obstacles of Nature: Composers with Hearing Loss."

Featured on the concert are works of Beethoven, Smetana, Faure and the world premiere of a work by Richard Einhorn written expressly for Musicians of Ma'alwyck and this concert.

Between pieces, letters of all of the composers will be read that describe their utter despair, sense of loss of credibility and ultimate triumph over their affliction. Each of the works was written after their deafness had begun to descend.

Violinist and director Ann-Marie Barker Schwartz joins us to tell us more.

The Roundtable
10:10 am
Tue February 11, 2014

Book Picks – The Open Door Bookstore

      This week's Book Picks from Amy Lane at The Open Door Bookstore and Gift Gallery in Schenectady, NY.

List:
The Good Luck of Right Now by Matthew Quick
The Crane Wife by Patrick Ness
A Star for Mrs. Blake by April Smith
I Shall Be Near to You by Erin Lindsay
Unremarried Widow by Artis Henderson
The Port Chicago 50 by Steve Sheinkin
The Ghosts of Tupelo Landing by Sheila Turnage
Brimsby's Hats by Andrew Prahin

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The Roundtable
9:00 am
Tue February 11, 2014

2/11/14 Panel

    

  Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Albany Journalism Professor and Investigative Reporter, Rosemary Armao and Times Union Associate editor, Mike Spain.

Topics include:
Gay Player to NFL
Hillary Clinton on Lewinsky
Obamacare Mandate Delay
Bosnia Shutdown
NYC Inequality Gap

The Roundtable
12:00 pm
Mon February 10, 2014

Roundtable Music 2/10

The Roundtable
11:35 am
Mon February 10, 2014

"For The Benefit Of Those Who See" By Rosemary Mahoney

  In the tradition of Oliver Sacks's The Island of the Colorblind, Rosemary Mahoney tells the story of Braille Without Borders, the first school for the blind in Tibet, and of a remarkable blind woman who founded the school. Fascinated and impressed by what she learned from the blind children of Tibet, Mahoney was moved to investigate further the cultural history of blindness.

By living among the blind, Rosemary Mahoney enables us to see them in fascinating close up, revealing their particular "quality of ease that seems to broadcast a fundamental connection to the world." Her book is For the Benefit of Those Who See: Dispatches from the World of the Blind.

The Roundtable
11:11 am
Mon February 10, 2014

Ken Jennings, Heading Back To Jeopardy, Releases Kids' Trivia Books

Ken Jennings

Once a computer programmer from Utah, Ken Jennings gained international renown about a decade ago when he dominated Jeopardy for 74 straight games, earning more than $2.5 million and putting himself in the pantheon of Jeopardy greats for all time.

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Congressional Corner
10:50 am
Mon February 10, 2014

Congressional Corner With Bill Owens

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  Congressman Bill Owens of New York has survived three close elections.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Owens tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that his decision to retire from the House doesn’t mean he’s afraid of a fourth.

The Roundtable
10:35 am
Mon February 10, 2014

Ken Burns Screens Clips From "The Roosevelts" In Shelburne Falls, MA

      Award winning documentary filmmaker, Ken Burns, will be at the Memorial Hall in Shelburne Falls, MA on February 12 at 7pm to present clips from his new seven-part film The Roosevelts: An Intimate History. The 14 hour film will air on PBS later this year. The event will help the Arms Library raise money for the first phase of a multi-year project to restore the historic Pratt Memorial Library Building. To reserve tickets call 413 625 0306.

“The Roosevelts” weaves together the stories of Theodore, Franklin, and Eleanor Roosevelt – three members of one of the most prominent and influential families in American politics.

Ken Burns has been making films for more than thirty years. Since the Academy Award nominated Brooklyn Bridge in 1981, Ken has gone on to direct and produce some of the most acclaimed historical documentaries ever made, including The Civil War, Baseball, Jazz, The National Parks: America’s Best Idea, The Dust Bowl – and many others.

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