The Roundtable

Weekdays, 9 a.m.

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  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

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.

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.


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.

Suzanna Hermans is back in Studio A with Joe on this fine Spring day to share some new reading suggestions.

Joe Donahue speaks with Chris Pavone about The Expats: A Novel.

We speak with Anne Sebba about her book, That Woman: The Life of Wallis Simpson, Duchess of Windsor.

Albany, NY – Music writer Will Hermes joins Sarah LaDuke in studio once again to talk about and listen to some of the best music of the year.

Jonathan Coulton

Nov 30, 2011


Joe speaks with Michael Sims about his book, The Story of Charlotte's Web.

Albany, NY – Stephen Karam's new play, Sons of the Prophet, commissioned and produced by The Roundabout Theatre Company in New York City, opened last Thursday at The Laura Pels Theatre on West 46th Street. Sarah LaDuke speaks with Karam about the play.

New York, New York – Zach Grenier is currently appearing with Frank Langella, Adam Driver, Francesca Faridany, Brian Hutchinson, Virginia Kull, and Michael Siberry in the Roundabout Theatre Company's production of Terrence Rattigan's Man and Boy, directed by Maria Aitken. Sarah LaDuke speaks with him about this show, previous Broadway credits, and his film and television work - which includes Fight Club, Zodiac, 24, Deadwood, The Good Wife, and the upcoming Clint Eastwood film, J. Edgar.

New York, New York – Danny Burstein plays Buddy Plummer in the Broadway Revival of Follies which opens at The Marquis Theatre tonight. Here he speaks with Sarah LaDuke about that show, his career, and his family.


Albany, NY – Paul welcomes poet Naton Leslie and they speak about his latest collection of sonnets, Small Cathedrals.


Brett Barry is a Hudson Valley audio producer and voice-over actor. 

Albany, NY – In this special National Poetry Month edition of Bard's Eye View, Paul speaks with Robert Bly about his first collection, Silence in the Snowy Fields and his latest, Talking into the Ear of a Donkey.

Albany, NY – Wesleyan Press has released Jo Miles Schuman's and Joanna Baily Hodgman's new anthology of Emily Dickinson's bird poetry.

Albany, NY – To learn more about Paul Pines visit his website,

Bill T. Jones

May 13, 2010

  Albany, NY – Sarah speaks with dance luminary and multi-award winning choreographer/director, Bill T. Jones. He is the recipient of the 2010 Jacob's Pillow Dance Award and his show, Fela! is nominated for 11 Tony Awards.

Albany, NY – Paul Elisha speaks with Stu Bartow about his collection of poems.

Albany, NY – Karen Chase and Paul Elisha discuss Karen's latest book of poetry, Bear.