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
Mon December 23, 2013

And A Puppy In A Pear Tree

    W. Bruce Cameron's The Dogs of Christmas is a charming and heartwarming holiday tale that explores the power of love, trust, and a basket full of puppies.

While nursing a broken heart, Josh Michaels is outraged when a neighbor abandons his very pregnant dog, Lucy, at Josh’s Colorado home. But Josh can’t resist Lucy’s soulful brown eyes, and though he’s never had a dog before, he’s determined to do the best he can for Lucy—and her soon-to-arrive, bound-to-be-adorable puppies.

W. Bruce Cameron's other books include A Dog's Purpose, A Dog's Journey, and 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter.

Congressional Corner
10:50 am
Mon December 23, 2013

Congressional Corner With Brad Hays

  2016 rumblings have already begun.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Union College political science professor Brad Hays and WAMC’s Alan Chartock look ahead to the next presidential campaign.

The Roundtable
10:35 am
Mon December 23, 2013

Sleigh Rides, Jingle Bells, And Silent Nights: A Cultural History of Christmas Songs

When Bing Crosby’s “White Christmas” debuted in 1942, no one imagined that a holiday song would top the charts year after year. One of the best-selling singles ever released, it remains on rotation at tree lighting ceremonies across the country, in crowded shopping malls on Black Friday, and at warm diners on lonely Christmas Eve nights.

Resting just beneath the surface of familiar melodies and words, jolly Santas, winter wonderlands, and roasting chestnuts both mask and represent an intricate cultural landscape crowded with the meanings of a modern American Christmas.

Ronald D. Lankford Jr. explores all this holiday history in his book, Sleigh Rides, Jingle Bells, and Silent Nights: A Cultural History of American Christmas Songs.

The Roundtable
10:10 am
Mon December 23, 2013

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 Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
Amsterdam by Russell Shorto
American Mirror: The Life and Art of Norman Rockwell by Deborah Solomon
A Simpler Way of Life by William Morgan, Photography by Trevor Tondro
The Wes Anderson Collection by Matt Zoller Seitz
The Best American InfoGraphics 2013 Edited by Gareth Cook, Introduction by David Byrne
Go: A Kidd's Guide to Graphic Design by Chip Kidd
Exploralab: 150+ Ways to Investigate the Amazing Science All Around You by The Exploratorium

The Roundtable
9:00 am
Mon December 23, 2013

12/23/13 Panel

  Today's panelists are WAMC's Alan Chartock and commentator and political consultant, Libby Post.

Topics include:
China iPhone
Obama Denial
Colorado Shooting Victim Dies
Utah Gay Marriage
Duck Dynasty Boycott

The Roundtable
12:00 pm
Fri December 20, 2013

Roundtable Music 12/20

The Roundtable
11:35 am
Fri December 20, 2013

The Man He Became: How FDR Defied Polio To Win The Presidency" By James Tobin

James Tobin writes in his new biography of Franklin Delano Roosevelt: "It is a truism to say Roosevelt overcame polio to become President. It is just as accurate to say that Roosevelt would not have been the President he became, probably would not have been President at all, had it not been for the germ that had infected him in 1921."

National Book Critic Circle Award winner James Tobin, author of the acclaimed Ernie Pyle’s War, writes in his detailed account of the defining event of Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s life, and the greatest comeback in America’s political history.

Arts & Culture
11:12 am
Fri December 20, 2013

"Weather Event" At The NYS Museum

    Weather Event from the Burchfield Penney Art Center is now on display at The New York State Museum through February 23, 2014 in the West Gallery at the NYS Museum.

Weather Event focuses on Charles Burchfield’s depictions of the weather south of Lake Erie, where the artist lived for most of his life. Individual weather events are examined through both an artistic and scientific lens.

The exhibition presents the dramatic and complex natural phenomenon chronicled in more than 50 years of Burchfield's writings, drawings and paintings.

To tell us more – we welcome Mark Schaming, Director of New York State Museum, Anthony Bannon, Director of the Burchfield Penney Art Center, and Tullis Johnson, Curator and Manager of Archives at the Burchfield Penney Art Center.

The Roundtable
10:50 am
Fri December 20, 2013

Siena College Professor Karin Lin-Greenberg Wins Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction

    Karin Lin-Greenberg is an Assistant Professor at Siena College in Loudonville, NY. She is also an author and it was recently announced that her story collection, Faulty Predictions, won the 2013 Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction. This competitive award helps emerging writers get their work published and recognized nationally.

The Roundtable
10:35 am
Fri December 20, 2013

Ideas Matter: Christmas In Our Culture

    Today in our ongoing Ideas Matter: Checking in with the Public Humanities series, we bring you two outstanding public humanists, and we’ll discuss the idea of Christmas as one feasting holiday among others, enjoyed as a religious and not-so-religious holiday by many.

We’re talking about Christmas’ role in our culture.

Joining us – both from the Culinary Institute of American in Hyde Park, NY are Beth Forrest Associate Professor of Liberal Arts and Deirdre Murphy, Professor of Liberal Arts.

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