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
11:12 am
Mon January 6, 2014

Bedlam Theatre's "Hamlet" And "Saint Joan"

    Bedlam Theatre in New York City that is currently producing two shows - played in repertory, William Shakespeare’s Hamlet and George Bernard Shaw’s Saint Joan are boldly theatrical, stripped down, immersive productions of classic plays. These two large-cast shows are each played with a company of four - and not only four, but the same four actors in both plays.

Eric Tucker is the the Artistic Director of Bedlam Theatre. He plays Hamlet and a few other roles in their production of Hamlet, numerous characters in Saint Joan, and directed both productions. Bedlam’s Producing Director, Andrus Nichols, plays Joan in Saint Joan and numerous characters in Hamlet - including Gertrude, Ophelia, Guildenstern, the Player King, and the Gravedigger.

Bedlam is a company committed to the immediacy of the relationship between the actor and the audience - they create theatre in a flexible, raw space - and the audience is always included in their productions.

Eric Tucker joins us to tell us more - he has worked with playwrights Tony Kushner, David Henry Hwang, David Ives, Paula Vogel and Ellen McLaughlin. He is founder of the Trinity Shakespeare Summer Project and has worked with Shakespeare and Company in Lenox, MA - including working with Tina Packer on Women of Will.

The Roundtable
10:50 am
Mon January 6, 2014

"Fear Nothing" By Lisa Gardner

    

    Thriller writer Lisa Gardner is back with her 21st novel and the eighth crime book featuring Detective DD Warren.

Her latest, Fear Nothing, focuses on two sisters – one a successful therapist, Doctor Adeline Glen, who suffers from congenital analgesia (she can’t feel pain), the other, Shana Day, a serial killer serving time in prison for multiple murders.

As daughters of mass murderer Harry Day, they now have to join forces to help DD catch a predator copying their late father’s modus operandi.

Sports
10:35 am
Mon January 6, 2014

All American: Two Young Men, The 2001 Army-Navy Game And The War They Fought In Iraq

    The BCS National Championship Game is being played tonight at Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena, CA.

Steve Eubanks joins us to talk about his new book: All American: Two Young Men, the 2001 Army-Navy Game and The War They Fought in Iraq.

The Roundtable
10:10 am
Mon January 6, 2014

"To The Letter" By Simon Garfield

  Few things are as exciting—and potentially life-changing—as discovering an old letter. And while etiquette books still extol the practice, letter writing seems to be disappearing amid a flurry of e-mails, texting, and tweeting.

The recent decline in letter writing marks a cultural shift so vast that in the future historians may divide time not between BC and AD but between the eras when people wrote letters and when they did not. So New York Times bestselling author Simon Garfield asks: Can anything be done to revive a practice that has dictated and tracked the progress of civilization for more than five hundred years?

The Roundtable
9:00 am
Mon January 6, 2014

1/6/14 Panel

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

Topics include:
NY Marijuana
Iraq - US
Gun Journalist
Vatican on Pope's Gay Remarks
Jobless Benefits

The Roundtable
12:00 pm
Fri January 3, 2014

Roundtable Music 1/3

Arts & Culture
11:35 am
Fri January 3, 2014

Albany Symphony - André Watts

  

  One of the greatest pianists alive today, André Watts, will takes the stage with the Albany Symphony Orchestra on January 11 at The Palace in Albany, NY. He'll perform the Brahms Second Piano Concerto.

Here, Maestro David Alan Miller speaks with Watts about his life and career.

Congressional Corner
10:50 am
Fri January 3, 2014

Congressional Corner With Tim Vercellotti

    The new year means a new election cycle.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Tim Vercellotti, director of the Western New England University poll and professor of political science, tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that the Massachusetts gubernatorial race is starting to heat up.

The Roundtable
10:35 am
Fri January 3, 2014

Ideas Matter: MASS Humanities Literature & Medicine: Humanities at the Heart of Health Care

  This morning we’ll discuss MassHumanities Literature & Medicine: Humanities at the Heart of Health Care – it’s a six-month long program that allows medical professionals to reflect on their work through the power of literature. Hospitals host scholar-led discussion groups and together they explore works of fiction, poetry, drama, and nonfiction that illuminate issues central to caring for people, whether they are well, sick, or dying.

Our guests are Pleun Bouricius, Director of Grants and Programs for MASSHumanities, and Robert Meagher, Professor of Humanities at Hampshire College.

The Roundtable
10:10 am
Fri January 3, 2014

"My Promised Land: The Triumph And Tragedy Of Israel" By Ari Shavit

My Promised Land: The Triumph and Tragedy of Israel, is a deeply personal narrative history of the state of Israel by Ari Shavit - one of the most influential Israeli journalist writing about the Middle East today.

As it examines the complexity and the contradictions of the Israeli condition, My Promised Land asks difficult but important questions- Why did Israel come to be? How did it come to be? And can Israel survive?

Shavit draws on an almost 30 year long careered delve into his countries most defining conflicts, ambitions, successes, and disappointments- as well as to explore his own families history, and the story of other ordinary individuals.

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