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
10:48 am
Mon January 20, 2014

"On Such A Full Sea" By Chang-Rae Lee

    Novelist Chang-rae Lee is known for his sober depictions of the world as we know it - family, immigration, war - and that makes his newest novel, On Such A Full Sea, something of a departure.

The new novel takes place in a chilling dystopia, a century or so beyond the present, where abandoned post-industrial cities like Baltimore have been converted into forced labor colonies and populated with immigrant workers. China is a distant, mythical memory.

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Congressional Corner
10:35 am
Mon January 20, 2014

Congressional Corner With Peter Welch

  All of a sudden, we’re approaching another election.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Vermont representative Peter Welch tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that Democrats are facing an uphill climb to retake the House.

The Roundtable
10:10 am
Mon January 20, 2014

Thomas Maier On The Couple Who Taught America How to Love

   Showtime's dramatic series Masters of Sex, starring Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan, is based on this real-life story of sex researchers William Masters and Virginia Johnson.

Convincing hundreds of men and women to shed their clothes and copulate, the pair were the nation’s top experts on love and intimacy. Highlighting interviews with the notoriously private Masters and the ambitious Johnson, critically acclaimed biographer Thomas Maier shows how this unusual team changed the way we all thought about, talked about, and engaged in sex while they simultaneously tried to make sense of their own relationship.

The Roundtable
9:00 am
Mon January 20, 2014

1/20/14 Panel

    Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, political consultant Libby Post and University at Albany Journalism Professor and Investigative Reporter, Rosemary Armao.

Topics include:
Sochi Concerns
Hoboken v. Christie
Obama on NSA
Obama on Pot
Cuomo Rips Far Right
Superbowl

The Roundtable
12:00 pm
Fri January 17, 2014

Roundtable Music 1/17

The Roundtable
10:50 am
Fri January 17, 2014

Laurie Halse Anderson - The Impossible Knife Of Memory

Laurie as a young adult

High school is hard enough having already known your classmates since grade school, but when you’re thrown back in after years of being home schooled in an 18-wheeler, it’s just a little bit harder to kind your place amongst the freaks & zombies – but for our main character Hayley, in Laurie Halse Anderson’s new novel The Impossible Knife of Memory, it’s even more so.  Hayley is under significantly more pressure and stress because her father is severely suffering from PTSD, and she’s struggling to keep both of their lives together.

Laurie Halse Anderson - The Impossible Knife of Memory

Anderson will be at Oblong Books Monday evening January 20th at 6PM in Rhinebeck NY.  

The Roundtable
10:35 am
Fri January 17, 2014

Ideas Matter: CT Humanities And Public Commemoration And Lessons Of History

   We are very happy to continue our weekly feature on the RT, entitled – Ideas Matter: Checking in with the Public Humanities. It is our chance to check in with the Humanities Councils throughout our 7-State area to discuss important ideas and why they do indeed matter.

This morning we spotlight the Connecticut Humanities Council and talk about the idea of public commemoration and lessons of history.

Our guest is Dr. Matthew Warshauer, Author, public historian, Professor of History at Central Connecticut State University, Chair of the Connecticut Civil War Commemoration Commission and trustee of Connecticut Humanities.

The Roundtable
10:10 am
Fri January 17, 2014

Kathy Mattea At Troy Savings Bank Music Hall On 2/1

    One of country music’s most distinctive and acclaimed artists, two-time Country Music Association Female Vocalist of the Year, Kathy Mattea, will perform at Troy Savings Bank Music Hall on 2/1 at 8 p.m.

With hits such as "Where've You Been?", the bluesy "455 Rocket", and the iconic "Eighteen Wheels and a Dozen Roses", Mattea is always ahead of the curve - both in Nashville’s sound and its conscience.

She has remained grounded as a folk-based, roots performer who lets her instincts be her guide. Calling Me Home, Mattea’s follow-up to her hit Coal, is a collection of songs that celebrates the Appalachian culture of her native West Virginia. Her music has been hailed for both its contemporary edge and its traditional flavor, and her passionate live performances keep fans coming back from all around the world.

The Roundtable
9:00 am
Fri January 17, 2014

1/17/14 Panel

  Today's panelists are WAMC's Alan Chartock, Editor of The Daily Gazette, Judy Patrick, and Assocaite Editor of The Times Union, Mike Spain. Ray Graf hosts.

Criminal spies: Target
Government Spies: NSA
Budget
Case of the flu is on the rise
The state's most financially stressed districts
Christie
Baseball Replay expanded

The Roundtable
12:00 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

Roundtable Music 11/16

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