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
Wed January 29, 2014

Roundtable Music 1/29

The Roundtable
11:35 am
Wed January 29, 2014

Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company Antique Appraisal Benefit

    Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company presents the provocative and richly imagined choreography of Artistic Director Ellen Sinopoli. Now in its 23rd season, ESDC shares its work with diverse audiences through concerts, showcases, residencies, workshops and educational outreach, seeking to enrich our community by enhancing the appreciation, understanding and experience of contemporary performing arts.

They will have an Antique Appraisal Benefit on Saturday, February 8 from 10am to 3pm at the Hilton Garden Inn on Hoosick St. in Troy, NY. The public may attend to have antiques, unique items, gold and precious metals appraised by local experts, Mark Lawson from Mark Lawson Antiques, Dennis Holtzman from Dennis Holzman Antiques and Nancy Toomer from The House of Rose Antiques.

Ellen Sinopoli and Mark Lawson join us to tell us more.

The Roundtable
11:12 am
Wed January 29, 2014

Sharon Isbin Guitar Passions Tour

Credit J. Henry Fair

    Three master guitarists meet to perform an exquisite evening of classical, jazz and Latin music. Classical guitarist Sharon Isbin is joined by the iconic jazz master Stanley Jordan and Brazil’s leading guitarist Romero Lubambo.

The Guitar Passions tour will make two stops in our region early next month - at The Egg in Albany, NY on 2/5 and at The Bardavon in Poughkeepsie, NY on 2/7.

Sharon Isbin joins us to tell us more.

Congressional Corner
10:50 am
Wed January 29, 2014

Congressional Corner With Joe Courtney

    The Farm Bill still has to be completed.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Connecticut Representative Joe Courtney tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that the agriculture industry in his district is waiting.

The Roundtable
10:35 am
Wed January 29, 2014

The Hanford Mills Museum Ice Harvest Festival

    The Hanford Mills Museum in East Meredith, NY is having their annual Ice Harvest Festival on February 1st from 10am to 4pm.

Ice harvests were once an essential part of winter in rural communities. Before there was refrigeration, ice was needed to preserve agricultural products and to keep food cold in the warmer months. Ice Festival attendees can take part in a traditional ice harvest! They’ll walk out on the frozen mill pond to help cut and maneuver blocks of ice using historic tools. The ice will be transported by sled and then packed in the Museum’s traditional ice house.

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The Roundtable
10:10 am
Wed January 29, 2014

Tom Chapin At Troy Savings Bank Music Hall 2/9

    In a career that spans five decades, some two-dozen albums and several Grammy awards, multi-talented singer/songwriter/guitarist Tom Chapin has covered an incredible amount of creative ground. In addition to his work as a recording artist and concert performer, Chapin has acted on Broadway, as well as working extensively in films, television and radio.

As a music-maker, Chapin has maintained two long and productive parallel careers, both as a highly respected contemporary folk artist and as a pioneer in the field of children's music. He will be performing a family concert at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall on Sunday, February 9th at 3PM.

The Roundtable
9:00 am
Wed January 29, 2014

1/29/14 Panel

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

Topics include:
SOTU
Farm Bill
Abortion Vote
Syria Talks
Data Requests

The Roundtable
11:10 am
Tue January 28, 2014

An Hour With Pete Seeger Live At DIA Beacon in 2007

    In 2007, The Roundtable broadcast live from DIA Beacon. For the third hour of that day's show, Alan Chartock, Joe Donahue, and then Roundtable co-host Julia Taylor spoke with Pete Seeger and then Pete led a sing-a-long with local junior high students.

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The Roundtable
12:00 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

Roundtable Music 1/27

The Roundtable
11:35 am
Mon January 27, 2014

"When Soldiers Fall" By Steven Casey

    Fearing a backlash, according to our next guest, the military has routinely distorted its casualty reports in order to hide the true cost of war.

When Soldiers Fall takes a new look at the way Americans have dealt with the toll of armed conflict. Drawing on a vast array of sources, from George Patton's command papers to previously untapped New York Times archives, historian Steven Casey ranges from World War I (when the U.S. government first began to report casualties) to the War on Terror, examining official policy, the press, and the public reaction.

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