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, 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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10:50 - Congressional Corner
11:10 - Earth Wise

Book Picks lists are here.

You may also hear Pulse of the Planet and Sound Beat on The Roundtable.

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

Veronica Rossi - Under the Never Sky

Apr 4, 2012

It's the pod people vs. the savages in a race to survive a world riddled with aether storms.

In Veronica Rossi’s Under the Never Sky, our heroine Aria finds out how humanity subtlety mutated in order to survive, and how technology may be a part of her life, but perhaps to the detriment of her existence.

Veronica Rossi's Website

Music: Adele - Rolling in the Deep

The Hunt for KSM

Apr 3, 2012

Terry McDermott and Josh Meyer discuss their book, The Hunt for KSM: Inside the Pursuit and Takedown of the Real 9/11 Mastermind, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed.

The Presidents

Apr 3, 2012

Dennis Gaffney joins us to talk about the book he co-authored with his brother, Peter. The book is The Seven-Day Scholar: The Presidents: Exploring History One Week at a Time .

Music - "The Presidents" by Jonathan Coulton.

We welcome Susan Hertog and discuss her book, Dangerous Ambition: Rebecca West and Dorothy Thompson: New Women in Search of Love and Power.

Amy Lane from Open Door is this week's bookseller!

List:
The Gods of Gotham by Lyndsay Faye
Say Her Name by Francisco Goldman
The Book of Jonas by Stephen Dau
Drift by Rachel Maddow
Paris versus New York by Vahram Muratyan
Waterlife by Rambharos Jha
Cinder by Marissa Meyer
More by I. C. Springman, Illustrated by Brian Lies

Kevin Costner

Apr 3, 2012
http://kevincostnermodernwest.com

Actor/Director/Musician, Kevin Costner, and his band will play at Northern Lights in Clifton Park, NY on Friday, April 6.

Music:
Kevin Costner and Modern West - "Superman" and "Backyard"

Jamal Joseph speaks with us about his life - from the streets of Harlem to Riker’s Island and Leavenworth to the halls of Columbia University.

A Place for Mom

Apr 2, 2012

There are an estimated 45 million Americans serving as caregivers for their aging parents. A Place for Mom, the nation’s largest senior living referral service. We learn more about the organization from Amy Bryant, who works with A Place for Mom in the Albany area, and Joan Lunden – former host of Good Morning America on ABC.

Canstruction, will once again take over the New York State Museum. The exhibition, Zoo Can Do It, will feature more than a dozen zoo animal structures designed by teams of the Capital Region's best and brightest architects, engineers, contractors and students, using only canned goods.

 

The GOP primary limps on despite Mitt Romney’s edge in delegates. In today’s Congressional Corner, Union College political science professor Brad Hays tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that Newt Gingrich is hoping for a scenario right out of 1920.

Martha Frankel, Shalom Auslander, Abigail Thomas and Johanna Hall share a preview of this year's Woodstock Writer's Festival.

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