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
Book Picks lists are here.
You may also hear Pulse of the Planet and Sound Beat on The Roundtable.

For astronaut Ron Garan, living on the International Space Station was a powerful, transformative experience—one that he believes holds the key to solving our problems here on Earth. It gave him what he calls, the orbital perspective.

In his new book, The Orbital Perspective: Lessons in Seeing the Big Picture from a Journey of 71 Million Miles, Garan conveys what it was like learning to work with a diverse group of people, in an environment only handful of human beings have ever known.

  The Sundance Institute Theatre Lab will present an evening of work-in-progress musical theater in MASS MoCA’s Club B10 tomorrow, November 14, at 8pm.

The Sundance Institute’s renowned Theatre Program has produced and molded many future Broadway and Off-Broadway hits through their incubation process. This is the 5th year they’ve partnered with MASS MoCA.

This year they will present 3 in-progress musicals including a new work from Adam Guetel and Craig Lucas.

The Tony Award-winning composer-lyricist and Obie Award-winning playwright creators of Light in the Piazza re-team to reimagine a story that tells of a love affair between two average Americans, torpedoed by alcoholism.

Adam Guetel joins us now along with Philip Himberg is the producing artistic director of Sundance Institute Theatre Program.

  In this week’s Classical Music According to Yehuda, Alan Chartock and Yehuda Hanani continue their discussion about Igor Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring.

Women Against War is hosting news consultant, law professor and author Marjorie Cohn this weekend for presentations on Drones and Targeted Killing: Legal Moral and Political Issues.

Marjorie teaches at the Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego, lectures globally on international human rights and US foreign policy and has done work on the complex issue of military drones. She has been a news consultant for CBS News and a legal analyst for Court TV, and has also provided legal and political commentary on BBC, CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, NPR, and Pacifica Radio.

She has testified before Congress and at military trials. She is deputy secretary general of the International Association of Democratic Lawyers. She is a former president of the National Lawyers’ Guild and she joins us this morning.

  Mitch Albom is a screenwriter, playwright, nationally syndicated columnist and the author of six consecutive number one New York Times bestsellers, including Tuesdays with Morrie.

In his latest novel, The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto, he tells the story of the greatest guitar player to ever walk the earth. Born in a burning church, abandoned as an infant, and raised by a blind music teacher in a small Spanish town, Frankie is sent to America at age nine -- his only possession an old guitar and six strings -- each of which will change a life.

11/13/15 Panel

Nov 13, 2015

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

Today's we have a special presentation of The Panel - Live from The Linda with an audience of WAMC members. 

Panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock; University at Albany Journalism Professor and Investigative Reporter Rosemary Armao; and essayist, author, editor and activist - Barbara Smith; Times Union Associate Editor Mike Spain; Corporate Attorney Rich Honen; and WAMC’s Ray Graf.  

  Long before his finest hour as Britain's wartime leader, Winston Churchill emerged on the world stage as a brazen foreign correspondent, covering wars of empire in Cuba, India, the Sudan, and South Africa.

In those far-flung corners of the world, reporting from the front lines between 1895 and 1900, Churchill mastered his celebrated command of language and formed strong opinions about war.

Based on his private letters and war reportage, Winston Churchill Reporting by Simon Read intertwines young Winston's daring exploits in combat, adventures in distant corners of the globe, and rise as a major literary talent.

If you’ve never thought of Washington County, NY as wine country, it’s time to start. In the last decade, intrepid enthusiasts have been planting vines and honing their vintner skills. Their hard work and dedication to craft have produced award winning wines and destination tasting rooms. It is where high quality comes at a reasonable price in a friendly atmosphere.

On November 14th from 2-6pm four local vineyards will gather at the Greenwich Free Library. The public is invited to taste their amazing variety of wines and choose your favorites for holiday meals, gift giving or to stock your cellar.

Local food and wine expert Josh London will walk folks through the basics of buying wine without fear. He joins us this morning along with Greenwich Free Library Director – Annie Miller.

Congresswoman Nita Lowey
Courtesy of the Office of Congresswoman Nita Lowey

  It’s one of the most important pieces of infrastructure for millions of New Yorkers.

In today’s Congressional Corner, New York representative Nita Lowey tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock about progress on the new New York bridge.