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 9 a.m. 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, Lin-Manuel Miranda and lots of other really cool people. Plus, Wilco does our theme song. What more can you ask for?

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Former federal prosecutor Julian Schreibman has returned home to run for Congress. In today’s Congressional Corner, Schreibman tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock why he is running as a Democrat in New York’s newly redrawn 19th District.

Diane Forsberg, Deputy Director & Chief Curator of The Arkell Museum at Canajoharie, joins us to talk about the exhibition, "Mark Adams and Beth Van Hoesen: Life Observed Up-Close" and this coming Sunday's Earth Day family events.

Richard Davenport-Hines is the acclaimed biographer of W. H. Auden and the Macmillan dynasty. His most recent book is Voyagers of the Titanic: Passengers, Sailors, Shipbuilders, Aristocrats, and the Worlds They Came From.Music - "Moonstruck" - Ian Whitcomb conducting The White Star Orchestra on the album, Titanic: Music As Heard On The Fateful Voyage

Nicholas Wade is the grandson of teacher and author Lawrence Beesley, a survivor of the RMS Titanic. Wade has written the afterward for the book, Titanic, First Accounts. We speak with him about his grandfather's story. Music: "That Mesmerizing Mendelssohn Tune" - Ian Whitcomb conducting The White Star Orchestra on the album, Titanic: Music As Heard On The Fateful Voyage

Hugh Brewster has been writing about The RMS Titanic for more than 25 years. His new book is Gilded Lives, Fatal Voyage: The Titanic's First-Class Passengers and Their World. Here we talk about the fascinating, often frivolous, and frequently frustrating lives of the crème de la crème on board the doomed ship.

The Supreme Court’s upcoming decision on the Affordable Care Act promises to send shockwaves through the political world. In today’s Congressional Corner, New York Representative Chris Gibson tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that the issue has divided Americans for several years.

100th Anniversary of the RMS Titanic - Barry Denenberg

Apr 13, 2012

Children are now taught about the sinking of the Titanic in their textbooks or by James Cameron's movie. As we’ve learned so far, there is so much more information than what is included in a few paragraphs or a Hollywood movie. So enter Barry Denenberg. As a children’s book author, he’s an expert at creating eye catching lay-outs, and breaking down the information in a concise and interesting way. His newest book is Titanic Sinks! where readers can experience the Titanic’s doomed voyage in its unique presentation of fact & fiction.

WAMC's Ian Pickus speaks with maritime historian Daniel Allen Butler, a Titanic expert whose seminal recounting of the doomed voyage, Unsinkable: The Full Story of the RMS Titanic, is now out in a new edition.

Music: Salut d'Amour - Ian Whitcomb conducting The White Star Orchestra on the album, Titanic: Music As Heard On The Fateful Voyage

Hampton Sides is an American historian and journalist. He's written the Titanic cover story of this month's National Geographic.

Music: "The Merry Widow Waltz" - Ian Whitcomb conducting The White Star Orchestra on the album, Titanic: Music As Heard On The Fateful Voyage

Photograph by Mark Thiessen

We welcome the man who discovered the wreck of the RMS Titanic in 1985, Bob Ballard.

Music: "Mon Coeur S'Ouvre A Ta Voix" - Ian Whitcomb conducting The White Star Orchestra on the album, Titanic: Music As Heard On The Fateful Voyage.

Vladimir Feltsman

Apr 13, 2012

Pianist and conductor Vladimir Feltsman has performed around the world, but he makes his base at SUNY New Paltz, where he is university professor of music. Feltsman will give a benefit concert April 14th at 4 p.m.

You Are Good at Things

Apr 12, 2012

Andy Selsberg (Dear Old Love) is good at things and he knows you are, too. We speak with him here about his book, You Are Good at Things: A Checklist, published by Perigee Books.

The World Trade Center site is being rebuilt more than a decade after the 9/11 attacks. In today’s Congressional Corner, New York Representative Chris Gibson tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that Americans have always been resilient.

Benjamin Busch —a decorated U.S. Marine Corps infantry officer who served two combat tours in Iraq, an actor on The Wire, and the son of celebrated novelist Frederick Busch - joins us to speak about his memoir, Dust to Dust.

He will be at Oblong Books and Music on 4/15, at The Odyssey Bookshop on 4/18, and at Vassar College on 4/19.

Rhett Miller

Apr 11, 2012

Rhett Miller (Old 97s) is releasing a new self-produced solo record, The Dreamer in June. He's playing a couple of shows in our region this month (Helsinki Hudson on 4/13; Iron Horse on 4/24). We speak with Miller about the record, why he's trying his hand a producing, his move to the Hudson Valley, and more.

Kent Hartman is a music industry entrepreneur who has worked with dozens of well-known artists, including Three Dog Night, Steppenwolf, Hall & Oates, Counting Crows, and Lyle Lovett. We speak with him about his book, The Wrecking Crew: The Inside Story of Rock and Roll's Best-Kept Secret.

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.

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.