The Roundtable

Weekdays, 9 a.m.

Credit Peter Steiner

  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, 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?

If you have any questions or you'd like to be on the show, email us at roundtable@wamc.org

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.

We welcome Lizzie (E.M.) Collingham and discuss her book, The Taste of War: World War II and the Battle for Food.

David Corn is the Washington bureau chief for Mother Jones. He joins us to talk about his new book, Showdown: The Inside Story of How Obama Fought Back Against Boehner, Cantor, and the Tea Party.

Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown is running to defend the seat he won in a special election. In today’s Congressional Corner, Union College political science professor Brad Hays tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock presumptive Democratic nominee Elizabeth Warren is holding her own in the polls.

For Jenna Fox, and her two best friends Locke & Kara, life will never be the same again. After the three were in a car accident, Jenna wakes up to find her friends dead, and having no memory of anything before the accident. As Jenna begins to regain bits & pieces of her life before, more questions arise about her current life, and why she’s hearing the voices of her dead friends.

Mary E. Pearson's Website

Veronica Rossi - Under the Never Sky

Apr 4, 2012

It's the pod people vs. the savages in a race to survive a world riddled with aether storms.

In Veronica Rossi’s Under the Never Sky, our heroine Aria finds out how humanity subtlety mutated in order to survive, and how technology may be a part of her life, but perhaps to the detriment of her existence.

Veronica Rossi's Website

Music: Adele - Rolling in the Deep

The Hunt for KSM

Apr 3, 2012

Terry McDermott and Josh Meyer discuss their book, The Hunt for KSM: Inside the Pursuit and Takedown of the Real 9/11 Mastermind, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed.

The Presidents

Apr 3, 2012

Dennis Gaffney joins us to talk about the book he co-authored with his brother, Peter. The book is The Seven-Day Scholar: The Presidents: Exploring History One Week at a Time .

Music - "The Presidents" by Jonathan Coulton.

We welcome Susan Hertog and discuss her book, Dangerous Ambition: Rebecca West and Dorothy Thompson: New Women in Search of Love and Power.

Amy Lane from Open Door is this week's bookseller!

List:
The Gods of Gotham by Lyndsay Faye
Say Her Name by Francisco Goldman
The Book of Jonas by Stephen Dau
Drift by Rachel Maddow
Paris versus New York by Vahram Muratyan
Waterlife by Rambharos Jha
Cinder by Marissa Meyer
More by I. C. Springman, Illustrated by Brian Lies

Kevin Costner

Apr 3, 2012
http://kevincostnermodernwest.com

Actor/Director/Musician, Kevin Costner, and his band will play at Northern Lights in Clifton Park, NY on Friday, April 6.

Music:
Kevin Costner and Modern West - "Superman" and "Backyard"

Jamal Joseph speaks with us about his life - from the streets of Harlem to Riker’s Island and Leavenworth to the halls of Columbia University.

A Place for Mom

Apr 2, 2012

There are an estimated 45 million Americans serving as caregivers for their aging parents. A Place for Mom, the nation’s largest senior living referral service. We learn more about the organization from Amy Bryant, who works with A Place for Mom in the Albany area, and Joan Lunden – former host of Good Morning America on ABC.

Canstruction, will once again take over the New York State Museum. The exhibition, Zoo Can Do It, will feature more than a dozen zoo animal structures designed by teams of the Capital Region's best and brightest architects, engineers, contractors and students, using only canned goods.

 

The GOP primary limps on despite Mitt Romney’s edge in delegates. In today’s Congressional Corner, Union College political science professor Brad Hays tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that Newt Gingrich is hoping for a scenario right out of 1920.

Martha Frankel, Shalom Auslander, Abigail Thomas and Johanna Hall share a preview of this year's Woodstock Writer's Festival.

RJ Smieth has written a new biography of James Brown entitled The One: The Life and Music of James Brown.

Joe Donahue speaks with Laura Vikmanis about her book, It’s Not About the Pom-Poms. Vikmanis is a Ben-Gal, and the oldest cheerleader in the NFL.

We welcome Kyle Keiderling to the show and talk about his book, The Perfect Game: Villanova vs Georgetown For The National Championship.

The Amazing Kreskin

Mar 30, 2012

Mentalist, The Amazing Kreskin, is performing at The Charles R. Wood Theatre in Glens Falls, NY on March 30.

We speak with Richard Zacks about his book, Island of Vice: Theodore Roosevelt's Doomed Quest to Clean Up Sin-Loving New York.

Senator Byron Dorgan

Mar 30, 2012

Senator Byron Dorgan's latest book is entitled Blowout.

The Obama Question

Mar 30, 2012

Gary Dorrien's book, The Obama Question: A Progressive Perspective presents a reasoned critique of The Obama Presidency.

Gas prices hovering near four dollars a gallon have become a national political issue. In today’s Congressional Corner, Connecticut representative Joe Courtney tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that energy efficiency is a reachable goal.

American officials are wary about what might happen between Iran and Israel. In today’s Congressional Corner, Connecticut representative Joe Courtney tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that despite Iran’s provocations, the U.S. needs to act with restraint.

Anne Lamott, author of Operating Instructions: A Journal of My Son's First Year returns with a new book about her first year as a grandmother, Some Assembly Required: A Journal of My Son's First Son.

Will Hermes is a Senior Critic for Rolling Stone and a frequent contributor to NPR's All Things Considered. He joins us seasonally with an eclectic new-music preview. These are Will's tunes for Spring 2012.

 

[Artist - "Song" - Album]

Arlen Specter

Mar 28, 2012

Former Senator, Arlen Specter, has a new book out entitled, Life Among the Cannibals: A Political Career, a Tea Party Uprising, and the End of Governing As We Know It.

Jesse Feiler - Software

Mar 28, 2012

Ray Graf welcomes Jesse Feiler back to Studio A. This month Jesse speaks about software updates, competitiveness, and how programmers think about both.

Rich Honen

Mar 28, 2012

Rich Honen of Phillips Lytle LLP joins Ray Graf to discuss cameras in the Supreme Court and the what presidential race means to business people.

Joan Osborne

Mar 28, 2012

WAMC's Ian Pickus speaks with popular singer and songwriter Joan Osborne, who has released a new album of soul and blues covers called Bring It On Home and appears at The Egg in Albany on April 1.

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