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.

The Paul Ryan budget plan in the House had an unlikely detractor. In today’s Congressional Corner, New York Representative Chris Gibson tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that he felt justified in voting against Ryan’s bill.

We welcome Big Joe Fitz to the show to talk about Blues on the Mountain – a weekend long blues festival at The Mohonk Mountain House in New Paltz, NY starting this Friday.

Read Local Red Hook

Apr 11, 2012

Read Local Red Hook is a day-long literary event taking place this Saturday with author events in the morning for kids and in the afternoon for adults. The event is presented by the Red Hook Community Arts Network and Oblong Books and Music.

Abrahm Lustgraten is an award-winning reporter for ProPublica and a former writer for Fortune. He joins us to speak about his book,Run to Failure: BP and the Making of the Deepwater Horizon Disaster.

We speak with Jim Gullo about his book, Trading Manny: How a Father and Son Learned to Love Baseball Again.

Book Picks - The Bookstore

Apr 10, 2012

Matt Tannenbaum and Michael Schiavo from The Book Store in Lenox join us with a fine list of titles.

List:
Monstress by Lysley Tenorio
The Sea is My Brother by Jack Kerouac
The Homemade Pantry: 101 Foods You CanStop Buying and Start Making by Alana Chernila
I'll Save You, Bobo by Eileen and Marc Rosenthal
Not Merely Because of the Unknown that was Stalking Toward Them by Jenny Boully Tarpaulin
Sermons and Lectures Both Blank and Relentless by Matt Hart
Verge by Morgan Lucas Schuldt

WAMC's Ian Pickus speaks with Dr. Jeffrey Berman, a distinguished teaching professor of English at the University at Albany and the author of Death Education in the Writing Classroom.

 

 

Missy Chase Lapine - Speedy Sneaky Chef

Apr 10, 2012

Sneaky Chef Missy Chase Lapine added a few more vegetable here, and some fruit there to our everyday recipes and voila! Meals with all the vitamins and nutrients kids (and adults) need, without the complaints.

Missy's Website

U.S. politicians often trumpet American manufacturing. In today’s Congressional Corner, Connecticut representative Chris Murphy tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that Buy American Laws are a worthy investment.

John Simon will present "Reminiscences of a Life in Rock and Roll" at Shadowland Theatre in Ellenville,NY on Saturday 4/14.

Wendy Wunder - The Pobability of Miracles

Apr 9, 2012

In Wendy Wonder’s debut novel, The Probability of Miracles, we’re brought into the life of 17 year old Campbell, who has been diagnosed with cancer. In a race to complete her bucket list, she finds herself in ridiculous situations, falling in love for the first time, and most of all, finds out who she really is.

Wendy's Website

Music: The Lennings - You're the One That I Want

Tommy Stinson (The Replacements, Bash & Pop, Guns N'Roses, Soul Asylum) presents a benefit for Tools for Timkatec in Haiti at Helsinki Hudson on Tuesday, April 10 at 8pm.

Tommy Stinson speaks with us about his recent work and the benefit, and Emily Jane Roberts, and Chip Roberts join him in playing a few songs from One Man Mutiny.

The debate over the future of entitlement programs like Medicare often splits along partisan lines. In today’s Congressional Corner, Connecticut representative Chris Murphy tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that the government can take several steps to ensure Medicare’s future.

Rachel Maddow

Apr 9, 2012

Rachel Maddow speaks with us about finishing her dissertation, moving to Lesbianville, USA, starting in radio, and how her MSNBC show works.

Longtime Connecticut Senator Joe Lieberman is in his final few months of service. In today’s Congressional Corner, Connecticut representative Chris Murphy tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that he is ready to take his place in the upper chamber.

Last week Michael Kaiser, the President of the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, gave a talk at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY entitled, "Great Art, Well Marketed." On his way back to D.C., he stopped by our studio to talk about his past work and future plans.

We welcome Piers Paul Read (Alive: The Story of the Andes Survivors) to the show and speak with him about The Dreyfus Affair: The Scandal That Tore France in Two.

We speaks with James Dodson about his book American Triumvirate: Sam Snead, Byron Nelson, Ben Hogan, and the Modern Age of Golf.

Kat Koppett (co-director of improve group Mopco, Mark Fleisher (Producing Artistic Director, Adirondack Theatre Festival), Leigh Strimbeck (WAM Theatre co-founder and Artistic Advisor) tell us about the second 24hr Berkshires/Capital Region Theatre Project.

Hot Cripple

Apr 5, 2012

Hogan Gorman's book is entitled Hot Cripple: An Incurable Smart-ass Takes on the Health Care System and Lives to Tell the Tale.

The Albany School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences along with the Iraqi Refugee Project is presenting a talk by Columbia University Professor of Arabic and Islamic Science, George Saliba, on Thursday, April 6

We welcome author, Carole DeSanti, and talk about her new book, The Unruly Passions of Eugenie R..

The Affordable Care Act put unusual scrutiny on the Supreme Court last week. In today’s Congressional Corner, Union College political science professor Brad Hays tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that the conservative justices could have a long reign on the bench.

Dr. Gerard Girasole and personal trainer Cara Hartman tell us about their book, <em>7 Steps to a Pain-Free Life: How to Rapidly Relieve Back and Neck Pain</em>.

In this week’s "Classical Music According to Yehuda" we discuss Franz Liszt, hearing his La Lugubre Gondoloa.

Music Education

Apr 4, 2012

David Alan Miller, Meastro of The Albany Symphony Orchestra, joins us to talk about music education.

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

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