The Roundtable

Weekdays, 9 a.m.

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, listener call-ins, 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?

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10:25 - The Writer's Almanac
11:10 - Earth Wise
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You may also hear Pulse of the Planet and Sound Beat on The Roundtable.

  In our Ideas Matter segment we take time just about every week to check in with the state humanities councils in our 7-state region.

Today we are talking with Pleun Bouricius, director of Grants and Programs at Mass Humanities, about the art of and need for public discussion and conversation of topics we do not agree on, like immigration or the role of religion in public life, and Mass Humanities’ new Common Good Reads discussion grant program, funded by the Pulitzer Foundation.

  Singer-Songwriter, Martin Sexton, is playing The Calvin in Northampton, MA on Saturday, November 21st. Sexton's latest release is Mixtape of the Open Road. He is a walking blender of American music including soul, gospel, country, rock, blues, and rhythm and blues. His elastic vocal range, improvisational ability, scat singing, guitar solos, and finger-style guitar picking come along with a very comfy, varied, feel.

Sexton began his career busking in Harvard Square. After releasing two recordings on Atlantic Records he eventually launched his very own label.

He joined us at The Linda to talk about his musical inspirations and to play a few tunes.

11/20/15 Panel

Nov 20, 2015

  The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond.

Actors Gabriel Ebert, Matt Ryan, and Keira Knightley on stage in a small rowboat. The boat is in a pool of water upstage which makes it look like they are in a boat on a river.
Joan Marcus

  The Roundabout Theatre Company is celebrating its 50th Anniversary and this week we’re exploring its season with a series of interviews about current and shortly upcoming shows.  

Matt Ryan plays Laurent in Thérèse Raquin which is currently running at Studio 54. The play is adapted by Helen Edmundson from the novel of the same title by Emile Zola. Evan Cabnet directs a cast that in addition to Matt Ryan features Tony Award winners Judith Light and Gabriel Ebert, and Keira Knightley making her Broadway debut.

Ginger Strand will talk about her new book The Brothers Vonnegut, a biography of major American author Kurt Vonnegut and his brother Bernard Vonnegut, a research scientist at General Electric in Schenectady and long-time professor of Atmospheric Science at the University at Albany.

Strand will present a talk about the book as the keynote lecture of the Researching New York Conference, at 7:30 tonight in the Clark Auditorium of the NYS Museum in downtown Albany.

In southeast England there exists a 6,000 acre tract of land that is among the most beloved (and protected) on earth - the Ashdown Forest, inspiration for the hundreds of illustrations published in the original Winnie-the-Pooh books. And yet, as certain as readers are of the look of the Hundred Acre Woods, few have known that there is a real place that provided the origin for E.H. Shepherd’s iconographic drawings.

On Thursday, November 19th, landscape designer and author, Kathryn Aalto, will be sharing her photos of Ashdown Forest along with her “map” of Pooh’s world. Aalto will be at The Spotty Dog Books & Ale in Hudson at 7:00pm. A portion of book sales will benefit the Campaign for the New Hudson Area Library

Aalto is a writer, designer, historian and lecturer who lives in Exeter, England. For the past twenty-five years, her focus has been on places where nature and culture intersect. Here newest book is The Natural World of Winnie-the-Pooh: Exploring the Real Landscapes of the Hundred Acre Wood

As always, much of the presidential campaign is show biz.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Union College political science professor Brad Hays tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock about one recent Saturday Night Live host’s performance.

  Even with last week's terror attack, Paris is still the City of Light. Luc Sante wants us to remember that Paris has a history of the city of the poor, the eccentric, the outcast, the willfully nonconforming. In his book The Other Paris, gives us a panoramic view of that second metropolis, which has nearly vanished but whose remains in the bricks and stones of the contemporary city, in the culture of the city itself, and by extension, around the world.