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.

11/19/14 Panel

Nov 19, 2014

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


  Joe and Jesse discuss cutting the cable TV cord. Is it possible? What does it take? How much does it cost? What are the things to think about? Is this a movement for techs and weirdos or is it mainstream?

Dear Wally…

Nov 18, 2014

  Ask Wally Nichols what he does for a living and he may say: Musician, Writer, Radio DJ, Cartoonist or Farmer. Today he is answering author, because of his new book: Dear Wally: A Collection of Snarky Advice Columns & Opinionated Essays – pieces from The Blue Stone Press.

Wally Nichols is an advice columnist the regional upstate paper. It's not exactly advice though- at least not in the 'Dear Abbey' sense. This is up on a soap box/ bully pulpit material that is sometimes salty, sometimes very funny, sometimes clever, sometimes humble, sometimes appreciative, sometimes observant. The book is a collection of the best fifty over a three-year span.

  For the first time in several cycles, the U.S. Senate race in November was an afterthought.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Tim Vercellotti, director of the Western New England University poll and professor of political science, tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that Senator Ed Markey won easily, but now finds himself in the minority.

  Joseph’s House and Shelter in Troy, NY provides emergency shelter or support services to an average of 800 men, women and children yearly. 

November is National Homeless Awareness Month and we welcome Executive Director of Joseph’s House Kevin O’Connor, and Rocco DeFazio to the show now to talk about Joseph’s House and the Housing First Approach.

  Dianne Ortmann from Chatham Bookstore in Chatham, NY join us with this week's Book Picks.

The Secret Place by Tana French
Some Luck by Jane Smiley
Being Mortal by Atul Gawande
Blue Horses by Mary Oliver
The Mitten String by Jennifer Rosner
Atlantia by Ally Condie
Organic: Farmers and Chefs of the Hudson Valley by contributors Francesco Mastalia (photography), Gail Buckland (Intro), Joan Dye Gussow (Preface), Mark Ruffalo (Foreward)

11/18/14 Panel

Nov 18, 2014

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

  In the summer of 1959, most of the town of Braddock, Pennsylvania---along with half a million steel workers around the country---went on strike in the longest labor stoppage in American history. With no paychecks coming in, the families of Braddock looked to its football team for inspiration.

Author and journalist Greg Nichols writes about it in his book, Striking Gridiron: A Town's Pride and a Team's Shot at Glory During the Biggest Strike in American History.