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.

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.

Book Picks - The Golden Notebook

Mar 28, 2012

We welcome Jacqueline Kellachan from The Golden Notebook in Woodstock, NY with this week's Book Picks list.

Michael Flatley's Lord of the Dance will be at The Palace in Albany, NY on Wednesday, March 28th at 7:30pm. 21 year-old, Declan Crowley, is a Captital Region native who has been studying Irish Dance since he was 6 years old and as has been with Lord of the Dance since 2009.

The health care debate is heading to the Supreme Court. In today’s Congressional Corner, New York Representative Nan Hayworth tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that she is unsure that the individual mandate is Constitutional.

Moody Blues are playing at Proctors in Schenectady, NY on April 5th.

Listener Essay - Thoughts on Cleaning

Mar 26, 2012

In this Listener Essay, Maggie MacDonald shares her thoughts about house cleaning.

Alan Chartock speaks with Bill Vanaver and Livia Drapkin Vanaver about The Vanaver Caravan's 40th Anniversary Concert.

Joe Donahue speaks with Hope Sullivan about IS183 Gala, the Buckaroo Bollywood Ball.

Joe Donahue speaks with William Broad about his book, The Science of Yoga: The Risks and the Rewards.

Joe Donahue welcomes Shealeen Meaney and Sally Roesch Wagner as we host a Community Conversation supported by New York Council for the Humanities.

Chef/Owner of Terrapin Restaurant, Josh Kroner, and Mixologist, Jean Michel, join Joe and Sarah to give a preview of the restaurant's premiere party on Sunday.

Bill Carter

Mar 23, 2012

Joe Donahue speaks with Bill Carter about the Season 5 premiere - and general success - of Mad Men.

Joe Donahue speaks with Lynn Peril about her book, Swimming in the Steno Pool: A Retro Guide to Making It in the Office.

Joe Donahue speaks with Andrew Cracknell about his book, The Real Mad Men: The Renegades of Madison Avenue and the Golden Age of Advertising.

As we've been talking about all morning, the long-awaited 5th season of the television series, Mad Men, which premieres on AMC this coming Sunday. The show's not-so-long ago but seems-so-long-ago atmosphere is incredibly lush and is made whole through historical plot points and esthetic details. The masterful finishing touch of any theatrical or filmed period production is: the music. The Music of Mad Men is the music of the pre-1970s 20th century. Smokey American standards, bopping sock-hop dance hits, doo-wop, rock and roll and the music of the British invasion.

Thelma Adams

Mar 22, 2012

Joe welcomes our friend, Thelma Adams, back to Studio A to talk about her novel Playdate (now out in paperback) and upcoming movies!

On Saturday, March 24th at 8:00 pm, the Ulster Ballet Company proudly presents The 29th Annual Festival of Dance, to be held at the Ulster Performing Arts Center (UPAC) in Kingston, New York. Joe learns all about it in this hour from the co-artistic directors of the Ulster Ballet Company, Scarlett Fiero and Quiedo Carbone.

S(around)OUND

Mar 22, 2012

In the Production, Installation and Performance seminar at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, students of architecture and the arts design and build a performance set for a visiting artist. This year, the performance – with digital violinist Todd Reynolds – takes place in a cavernous mausoleum of the industrial age known around town as “the Gasholder Building.”

Michael Oatman, Shawn Lawson, and Todd Reynolds tell Joe Donahue about S(around)OUND.

Incumbents are eyeing the new Congressional maps as they plan for the November election and beyond. In today’s Congressional Corner, New York Representative Nan Hayworth tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that she’s prepared to serve all of her constituents — wherever they’re located.

Joe Donahue speaks with Marisa Miller Wolfson about the The Mid Hudson Vegetarian Society's presentation of her film, Vegucated at Upstate Films.

Joe Donahue speaks with Ruth Pelham about the Music Mobile's 34th Anniversay Benefit Celebration. The event will take place at The Linda in Albany on Wednesday, March 28th.

Rising gas prices have become a national political flashpoint yet again. In today’s Congressional Corner, New York Representative Nan Hayworth tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that several steps should be taken to alleviate pain at the pump.

Joe Donahue speaks with Buddy Hackett's son, Sandy Hackett about his Rat Pack Show which re-creates one of the famous "Summit at the Sands" hotel shows. The show will be at The Colonial in Pittsfield, MA on Saturday 3/24 at 8pm.

Joe Donahue speaks with Madeline Miller about her book, The Song of Achilles: A Novel.

Joe Donahue speaks with Jimmy Carter from The Blind Boys of Alabama. They will perform at The Mahaiwe in Great Barrington, MA on Sunday at 7pm.

Photo credit: Suzanne DeChillo/The New York Times

Sarah LaDuke speaks with Gideon Oberzanek, founding Artistic Director of Chunky Move, Australia's leading contemporary dance troupe. Their work "Connected" will be co-presented by Jacob's Pillow and MASS MoCA this coming Saturday night and Sunday afternoon.

Shirley MacLaine

Mar 21, 2012

Shirley MacLaine will be at Proctors on Friday, March 23. Here, Joe Donahue speaks with her about a little bit of everything.

Pharmageddon

Mar 20, 2012

Joe Donahue speaks with David Healy about his book, Pharmageddon.

Joe Donahue speaks with Tamara McClintock Greenberg about her book, When Someone You Love Has a Chronic Illness: Hope and Help for Those Providing Support.

The popularity of e-readers is soaring, but you may have trouble finding that hot new title or some digital content at your local library. We hear from a trio of librarians trying to change that.

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