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
10:10 am
Thu December 19, 2013

Family Of Norman Rockwell Angered Over Conclusions Drawn In New Rockwell Biography

  A week ago on this program, we spoke to art critic Deborah Solomon about her new biography of iconic artist, Norman Rockwell, American Mirror: The Life and Art of Norman Rockwell. The book is a 493-page account of the life and work of the longtime illustrator for The Saturday Evening Post.

Since the release of the book and recording of our interview with Solomon, the family of Norman Rockwell has come out saying they are angered by the book and shocked at the suggestions that Rockwell could have been secretly gay or had pedophilic impulses.

A statement issued by the Norman Rockwell Family Agency says – "Ms. Solomon's conclusions demand scrutiny. The Family now feels that her purpose in befriending us and writing this fictionalized account was publicity, financial gain and self-aggrandizement.”

Thomas Rockwell is Norman Rockwell’s second son and an author. Perhaps best known for his young adult classic, How to Eat Fried Worms He joins us along with his daughter, Norman Rockwell’s granddaughter, Abigail Rockwell.

The Roundtable
9:00 am
Thu December 19, 2013

12/19/13 Panel

  Today's panelists are WAMC newsman Ray Graf, WAMC’s Alan Chartock and Daily Gazette editor, Judy Patrick.

Topics include:
Target Stolen Shopper Data
Data Mining
Health Care Poll
Death Penalty
FCC Blackout Rule

The Roundtable
12:00 pm
Wed December 18, 2013

Roundtable Music 12/18

Science & Technology
11:35 am
Wed December 18, 2013

Jesse Feiler - Ebooks Today

    Our Tech Guru, Jesse Feiler, joins us to discuss what’s new in ebooks and apps.

Jesse Feiler is an app developer, consultant, trainer, and author. His books include iOS 6 Foundations, and the forthcoming Sams Teach Yourself Objective-C Second Edition. His apps include Minutes Machine the iPad-based app for managing meetings, agendas, and minutes; and Saranac River Trail app.

The Roundtable
11:12 am
Wed December 18, 2013

Liza Donnelly On "Women On Men"

    It is always a thrill to welcome New Yorker Cartoonist Liza Donnelly to the program. She has a new book of cartoons and writing, Women on Men that is available as an e-book.

The book is a collection of over 200 of her cartoons. The theme is primarily about women being funny.

Liza Donnelly has been publishing cartoons in the New Yorker since 1982. She is also a weekly columnist and cartoonist for Forbes.com, specializing in politics and women’s rights, and for three years, Donnelly has been drawing a weekly cartoon on gender issues and women’s rights for the news site, Women’s Enews.

Congressional Corner
10:50 am
Wed December 18, 2013

Congressional Corner With Jim McGovern

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    With the new year comes yet another election cycle.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Massachusetts Democratic Representative Jim McGovern tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that the Democrats have a chance to retake the House.

Sports
10:35 am
Wed December 18, 2013

Ed Lucas

Reggie Jackson and Ed Lucas

    For the last several weeks, we have had a terrific team of interns helping with the task of putting this and other WAMC programs on the air. Throughout the semester, you have heard from our other interns - Patrick Garrett and Josh Natoli. This morning you will hear from Blaise Bryant.

Blaise is a senior at the College of St. Rose in Albany and is a Communications major. He is also blind. With a lifelong interest in sports and sports broadcasting, Blaise speaks this morning with one of his heroes, Ed Lucas.

For nearly 55 years, journalist Ed Lucas has proven there are no true handicaps in life. Despite his dreams of making baseball's big leagues, Lucas lost his sight at the age of 12 after being hit in the face with a line-drive. While unable to play the game, he has been a presence in the New York sports scene for more than half a century as a reporter covering the Yankees and Mets.

Arts & Culture
10:10 am
Wed December 18, 2013

Wendell Minor’s America At The Norman Rockwell Museum

Wendell Minor - The Manhattan Bridge

    Wendell Minor is considered one of our nation’s premier historical illustrators. He travels throughout the United States to research, draw and paint on location, and immerse himself in the subject at hand.

The Norman Rockwell Museum is celebrating the artist’s four-decade career, highlighting his many cover illustrations and 25th anniversary illustrating children’s books, each inspired by his love of history, art, science, and the natural world. Wendell Minor’s America is on view at the museum through May 26, 2014.

The exhibit traces the Minor’s artistic journey through original artwork, artifacts, and references from his expansive visual chronicles, as well as commentary about his collaborations with our nation’s most prominent authors, scientists, and historians.

The Roundtable
9:00 am
Wed December 18, 2013

12/18/13 Panel

  Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Albany Journalism Professor and Investigative Reporter, Rosemary Armao and chief of Capital New York's Albany bureau, Jimmy Vielkind.

Topics include:
Budget Deal Reprieve
Interrogation Report
Indian Diplomat
Rodman back to North Korea
Moreland Commission subpoenas
Reaction to the NYT "invisible child" series
Trump for Governor

The Roundtable
12:00 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

Roundtable Music 12/17

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