The Roundtable

Weekdays, 9 a.m.

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, 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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10:25 - The Writer's Almanac
11:10 - Earth Wise
Book Picks lists are here.
You may also hear Pulse of the Planet and Sound Beat on The Roundtable.

  In this week’s Classical Music According to Yehuda, Yehuda Hanani and Alan Chartock continue to discuss memory and Yehuda relates a story about one of his students.

  The 20th Anniversary Edition of The Christmas Alphabet, Robert Sabuda's classic pop-up title - that was his first New York Times Bestseller - has just been released. As part of the roll-out of the title he'll be appearing at a special events sponsored by Oblong Books and Music during the Rhinebeck Sinterklaas Festival on December 6th at 4pm.

  Vermont’s gubernatorial race was an unexpected barnburner.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Vermont representative Peter Welch tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that Peter Shumlin hasn’t shied away from the tough issues.

  We are very happy to continue our regular feature – 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.

Today we check in with MASS Humanities and learn about “Literature, Medicine and the Experience of War” - a six-month, scholar-led, humanities reading and discussion program for health professionals and staff in medical facilities administered by the US Department of Veterans Affairs and/or veterans and military service organizations.

12/5/14 Panel

Dec 5, 2014


  The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond.

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

  Jackie Mercurio lives with her husband, five children, and black Lab in New York. She was recently named Winner of the Good Housekeeping Memoir Contest (2014). Her website is

Peter Larson

    This Friday, the Brooklyn based band, Lucius, will be at The Hollow in Albany, NY. The last time we welcomed them to The Roundtable, they were hours away from a breakout performance at the Wilco’s Solid Sound Festival at MASS MoCA in North Adams, MA. Since then, they’ve released an album, a deluxe version of that album and toured the US and Europe - a lot.

    Fanny Neuda was a rabbi's wife living in Moravia in the 1800's. She wrote a book of prayers from a women's perspective, for women to recite on all the occasions of their lives that might require prayer. Dinah Berland happened upon a volume in a used bookstore when she was experiencing her own crisis of faith. The words brought her comfort and an answer to her prayers. She then translated the book into English, in a prose format and it was published in 2007.

Dinah Berland, editor of Hours of Devotion: Fanny Neuda's Book of Prayers for Jewish Women will be at Congregation Shaara Tfille in Saratoga Springs, NY on Sunday, December 7.

  Agriculture is key to the Northeast’s economy.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Vermont representative Peter Welch tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that farmers face an important deadline this week.