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The Roundtable

Weekdays, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.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?

If you would like to be on the show email us at roundtable@wamc.org. Send your comments or questions for The Roundtable Panel to panel@wamc.org

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

11:50 - The Slowdown

Book Picks lists are here.

Music played on the show can be found here.

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

Joe Donahue speaks with Laura Vikmanis about her book, It’s Not About the Pom-Poms. Vikmanis is a Ben-Gal, and the oldest cheerleader in the NFL.

We welcome Kyle Keiderling to the show and talk about his book, The Perfect Game: Villanova vs Georgetown For The National Championship.

The Amazing Kreskin

Mar 30, 2012

Mentalist, The Amazing Kreskin, is performing at The Charles R. Wood Theatre in Glens Falls, NY on March 30.

We speak with Richard Zacks about his book, Island of Vice: Theodore Roosevelt's Doomed Quest to Clean Up Sin-Loving New York.

Senator Byron Dorgan

Mar 30, 2012

Senator Byron Dorgan's latest book is entitled Blowout.

The Obama Question

Mar 30, 2012

Gary Dorrien's book, The Obama Question: A Progressive Perspective presents a reasoned critique of The Obama Presidency.

Gas prices hovering near four dollars a gallon have become a national political issue. In today’s Congressional Corner, Connecticut representative Joe Courtney tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that energy efficiency is a reachable goal.

American officials are wary about what might happen between Iran and Israel. In today’s Congressional Corner, Connecticut representative Joe Courtney tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that despite Iran’s provocations, the U.S. needs to act with restraint.

Anne Lamott, author of Operating Instructions: A Journal of My Son's First Year returns with a new book about her first year as a grandmother, Some Assembly Required: A Journal of My Son's First Son.

Will Hermes is a Senior Critic for Rolling Stone and a frequent contributor to NPR's All Things Considered. He joins us seasonally with an eclectic new-music preview. These are Will's tunes for Spring 2012.

 

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Arlen Specter

Mar 28, 2012

Former Senator, Arlen Specter, has a new book out entitled, Life Among the Cannibals: A Political Career, a Tea Party Uprising, and the End of Governing As We Know It.

Jesse Feiler - Software

Mar 28, 2012

Ray Graf welcomes Jesse Feiler back to Studio A. This month Jesse speaks about software updates, competitiveness, and how programmers think about both.

Rich Honen

Mar 28, 2012

Rich Honen of Phillips Lytle LLP joins Ray Graf to discuss cameras in the Supreme Court and the what presidential race means to business people.

Joan Osborne

Mar 28, 2012

WAMC's Ian Pickus speaks with popular singer and songwriter Joan Osborne, who has released a new album of soul and blues covers called Bring It On Home and appears at The Egg in Albany on April 1.

Book Picks - The Golden Notebook

Mar 28, 2012

We welcome Jacqueline Kellachan from The Golden Notebook in Woodstock, NY with this week's Book Picks list.

Michael Flatley's Lord of the Dance will be at The Palace in Albany, NY on Wednesday, March 28th at 7:30pm. 21 year-old, Declan Crowley, is a Captital Region native who has been studying Irish Dance since he was 6 years old and as has been with Lord of the Dance since 2009.

The health care debate is heading to the Supreme Court. In today’s Congressional Corner, New York Representative Nan Hayworth tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that she is unsure that the individual mandate is Constitutional.

Moody Blues are playing at Proctors in Schenectady, NY on April 5th.

Listener Essay - Thoughts on Cleaning

Mar 26, 2012

In this Listener Essay, Maggie MacDonald shares her thoughts about house cleaning.

Alan Chartock speaks with Bill Vanaver and Livia Drapkin Vanaver about The Vanaver Caravan's 40th Anniversary Concert.

Joe Donahue speaks with Hope Sullivan about IS183 Gala, the Buckaroo Bollywood Ball.

Joe Donahue speaks with William Broad about his book, The Science of Yoga: The Risks and the Rewards.

Joe Donahue welcomes Shealeen Meaney and Sally Roesch Wagner as we host a Community Conversation supported by New York Council for the Humanities.

Chef/Owner of Terrapin Restaurant, Josh Kroner, and Mixologist, Jean Michel, join Joe and Sarah to give a preview of the restaurant's premiere party on Sunday.

Bill Carter

Mar 23, 2012

Joe Donahue speaks with Bill Carter about the Season 5 premiere - and general success - of Mad Men.

Joe Donahue speaks with Lynn Peril about her book, Swimming in the Steno Pool: A Retro Guide to Making It in the Office.

Joe Donahue speaks with Andrew Cracknell about his book, The Real Mad Men: The Renegades of Madison Avenue and the Golden Age of Advertising.

As we've been talking about all morning, the long-awaited 5th season of the television series, Mad Men, which premieres on AMC this coming Sunday. The show's not-so-long ago but seems-so-long-ago atmosphere is incredibly lush and is made whole through historical plot points and esthetic details. The masterful finishing touch of any theatrical or filmed period production is: the music. The Music of Mad Men is the music of the pre-1970s 20th century. Smokey American standards, bopping sock-hop dance hits, doo-wop, rock and roll and the music of the British invasion.

Thelma Adams

Mar 22, 2012

Joe welcomes our friend, Thelma Adams, back to Studio A to talk about her novel Playdate (now out in paperback) and upcoming movies!

On Saturday, March 24th at 8:00 pm, the Ulster Ballet Company proudly presents The 29th Annual Festival of Dance, to be held at the Ulster Performing Arts Center (UPAC) in Kingston, New York. Joe learns all about it in this hour from the co-artistic directors of the Ulster Ballet Company, Scarlett Fiero and Quiedo Carbone.

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