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?

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The Roundtable
10:10 am
Mon January 13, 2014

"The Angel Effect" By John Geiger

   Do “angels” exist? If so, are they heaven-sent or products of the human brain? After the publication of the bestseller The Third Man Factor, which examined the phenomenon of explorers who found themselves at the edge of death and experienced a benevolent presence that led them out of the impossible, John Geiger was inundated with firsthand accounts from people who had the same experience—a vivid presence that aided them as they faced crises ranging from physical and sexual assaults to automobile accidents, airplane crashes, serious illness, childbirth, and depression.

His new book, The Angel Effect, examines this phenomenon, and Geiger argues that it has the potential to aid us, even to save us, and asks whether it is a trainable skill.

The Roundtable
9:00 am
Mon January 13, 2014

1/13/14 Panel

    Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Associate Editor of The Times Union, Mike Spain, and WAMC newsman, Ray Graf.

Topics include:
Sharon Dies
Iran Deal
Utah Marriages
A-Rod Decision
West VA Water

The Roundtable
11:40 am
Fri January 10, 2014

"Falling Upwards: How We Took To The Air" By Richard Holmes

Falling Upward: How we took to the Air, tells the story of the enigmatic group of men and women who first risked their lives to take to the air- and so discovered a new dimension of human experience.

Why they did it, whether contemporaries thought of them, and how their flights revealed the secrets of our planet and holy unexpected ways is it unique subject. Richard Holmes joins us.

Arts & Culture
11:35 am
Fri January 10, 2014

Classical Music According to Yehuda #121

Franz Schubert


  In today’s Classical Music According to Yehuda, Alan Chartock and Yehuda Hanani continue their discussion of romanticism.

The Roundtable
11:12 am
Fri January 10, 2014

Guy Davis At The Linda On 1/17

Musician, composer, actor, director, writer, and bluesman, Guy Davis, will perform at The Linda in Albany, NY on Friday, January 17th.

Alan Chartock recently sat down with Guy to talk about his life's work.

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Congressional Corner
10:50 am
Fri January 10, 2014

Congressional Corner With Chris Gibson

    In today’s Congressional Corner, New York Representative Chris Gibson — a Republican from the 19th district — tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that he’s confident a new Farm Bill will be passed soon.

The Roundtable
10:35 am
Fri January 10, 2014

Ideas Matter: Service and Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Dr. Brian J. Purnell

  Our series, Ideas Matter: Checking in with the Public Humanities provides 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 Service and Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Dr. Brian J. Purnell is the Assistant Professor of Africana Studies and History at Bowdoin College and he joins us to tell us more.

The Roundtable
10:12 am
Fri January 10, 2014

"Monsters: The 1985 Chicago Bears And The Wild Heart Of Football" By Rich Cohen

For Rich Cohen and millions of other fans, the 1985 Chicago Bears were more than a football team- they were the greatest football team ever. A gang of colorful nuts, dancing and pounding their way to victory-they wont a Superbowl and even saved a city.

Cohen was 17 years old when the Bears won their first and only Superbowl. He was in the super dome when they defeated the New England Patriots 46-10.

In his new book Monsters: The 1985 Chicago Bears and The Wild Heart of Football- he recounts the thrilling story of their sole championship season, as well as the history of the franchise and the history of the early NFL.

The Roundtable
9:00 am
Fri January 10, 2014

1/10/14 Panel

    Today's panelists are WAMC's Alan Chartock, Newsman Ray Graf, and Associate Editor of the Times Union, Mike Spain.

Gov. Christie
Biden & Gates
Snowden Record
Brain Dead?
Congressional Millionaires
TU Stories

The Roundtable
12:00 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

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