Joe Donahue

Vice President, News and Programming

Joe talks to people on the radio for a living. In addition to countless impressive human "gets" - he has talked to a lot of Muppets. Joe grew up in Philadelphia, has been on the area airwaves for more than 25 years and currently lives in Washington County, NY with his wife, Kelly, and their dog, Brady. And yes, he reads every single book. 

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Brad Gooch is a poet, novelist, and biographer, whose most recent book is Rumi's Secret: The Life of the Sufi Poet of Love. He is the author of ten previous works, including: the memoir Smash Cut; the acclaimed biography of Frank O'Hara, City Poet; and Flannery: A Life of Flannery O'Connor, which was a finalist for a National Book Critics Circle Award in Biography, a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, and New York Times best seller. The recipient of National Endowment for the Humanities and Guggenheim fellowships, he earned his Ph.D. at Columbia University and is Professor of English at William Paterson University in New Jersey.

In Rumi's Secret, Gooch brings to life the man and puts a face to the name Rumi, vividly coloring in his time and place—a world as rife with conflict as our own.

In Anne Makepeace’s new documentary, two Native American judges reach back to traditional concepts of justice in order to reduce incarceration rates, foster greater safety for their communities, and create a more positive future for their youth. By addressing the root causes of crime, they are providing models of restorative justice that are working. Mainstream courts across the country are taking notice.

The film will screen at The Moviehouse in Millerton, NY on Sunday, March 26 at 11 a.m. The screening is presented by FilmWorks Forum.

Anne Makepeace has been a writer, producer, and director of award-winning independent films for more three decades. Tribal Justice, will premiere at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival in February 2017, and will culminate in a national PBS broadcast later this year.

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Established in 1934 by the Lenox Garden Club, The Berkshire Botanical Garden is a not-for-profit, membership-supported educational organization encompassing 15 acres of cultivated land in Stockbridge, Massachusetts.

As un-Spring-like as it feels outside in the region today, we are going to learn about Berkshire Botanical Garden’s spring and summer plans and their The Center House Project expansion.

We are joined by Mike Beck, the Executive Director of The Berkshire Botanical Garden and Matt Larkin, the Chairman of the Board of Trustees. 

Jacqueline Kellachan from The Golden Notebook in Woodstock, NY joins us with this week's Book Picks.

List:
Exit West by Moshin Hamid
Blitzed: Drugs in The Third Reich by Norman Ohler
South and West by Joan Didion
I Feel Bad. All Day. Every Day. About Everything by Orli Auslander
Radiant Child by Javaka Steptoe
Out of Wonder: Poems Celebrating Poets by Kwame Alexander, illustrated by Ekua Holmes

Barney: Grove Press and Barney Rosset, America’s Maverick Publisher and His Battle against Censorship by Michael Rosenthal
The Quarry Fox and Other Critters of The Wild Catskills by Leslie Sharpe

3/24/17 Panel

10 hours ago

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

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, author and activist Barbara Smith, and Associate Editor of the Times Union, Mike Spain.

The New York State Brewers Association will be holding their fourth annual New York Craft Brewers Festival taking place this Saturday March 25th at the Desmond Hotel in Albany.

The New York Craft Brewers Festival brings together 50 New York Breweries (and brewers) from every region of the state featuring up to 100+ hard to find and award winning beers.

This is a great opportunity to meet the NYS brewers that make the beer, and the owners of the local food scene in the Capital District that are such an important part of the community.

We welcome - Paul Leone, Executive Director New York State Brewers Association. We also welcome Nikki Cavanaugh from Rushing Duck Brewing in Chester NY and Kevin Mullen with Rare Form Brewing.

David Salle is an internationally renowned painter whose work is in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, Guggenheim Museum, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Tate Museum and National Galarie of Berlin, among many others.   He also has a long-standing involvement with performance working extensively over the last 25 years with choreographer Karole Armitage, creating sets and costumes for many of her ballets and operas.  Salle is also a prolific writer on art. His new book is How To See.

On Wednesday, March 23, he will be featured in the New York Writers Institute The Creative Life Series in conversation with Joe Donahue, live in the Recital Hall at UAlbany at 7pm. 

The Academy of Music Theatre is mounting a new work by playwright Carol Carpenter entitled Sweet, Sweet Spirit on March 24th and 25th at 7:30 p.m.  The play addresses gay bashing and child abuse within a West Texas conservative family whose gay teenage son is beaten into a coma by his father.

Carpenter takes her audience deeper into an exploration of a family struggling with their own fear and heart.  The son, Tyler, who is described as “different,” but not referred to by his family members as gay, affects each of the members of this Southern Christian family in disparate ways.

We are joined Debra J'Anthony, Academy of Music Theatre's Executive Director and Sheila Siragusa, director of Sweet, Sweet Spirit.

Shawn Stone, Digital Editor of The Alt joins us to talk about what he's seen lately and what cultural events are coming up this week in our region.

Seen: Kedi

Upcoming:

·        Liz Longley - Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs, Thursday 3/23, 7 PM

·        They Live - Madison Theater, Albany, Thursday-Sunday, 3/23-26, various times

·        Kate Campbell - The Eighth Step at Underground at Proctors, Friday 3/24, 7:30 PM

·        Capital Trash Invasion 2: featuring Tex Railer’s Doomtown, The Televisionaires, Harmonica Lewinsky, and more - The Fuze Box, Albany, Saturday 3/25, 8 PM

·        Mavis Staples - MASS MoCA, North Adams, Mass., Saturday 3/25, 8 PM

·        Hyperion String Quartet - de Blasiis Chamber Music Series/The Hyde Collection, Glens Falls, Sunday 3/26, 3 PM

·        New York Theatre Ballet’s Sleeping Beauty - The Egg, Albany, Sunday 3/26, 3 PM

·        Langhorne Slim - Helsinki Hudson, Hudson, Sunday 3/26, 8 PM

·        Mitsuko Uchida - Union College Memorial Chapel, Schenectady, Monday 3/27, 7 PM

·        Helena Byrne - Irish American Heritage Museum, Albany, Monday 3/27, 7 PM

New movies:

Wilson, Land of Mine, Power Rangers, The Last Word, CHiPs

3/23/17 Panel

Mar 23, 2017

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

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Daily Freeman Publisher Emeritus Ira Fusfeld, and corporate attorney Rich Honen.

In Madame President: The Extraordinary Journey of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist and bestselling author Helene Cooper tells the harrowing and triumphant story of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, leader of the Liberian women’s movement, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, and the first democratically elected female president in African history.

3/20/17 Panel

Mar 20, 2017

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

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Times Union Associate Editor Mike Spain and WAMC Newsman, Ray Graf.

An Iliad At TheRep

Mar 17, 2017

Running now through April 2nd, Cap Rep’s production of An Iliad is a sprawling yarn based on Homer’s epic poem. This Obie Award-winning adaptation spins the familiar tale of gods and goddesses, undying love and battles of The Trojan War told through an original and immediate narrator -- whose knowledge cuts across time -- to bring the past and present together.

We are joined by actor David Barlow, cellist Kathleen Bowman, and director Margaret E. Hall.

3/17/17 Panel

Mar 17, 2017

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

Today's panelists are WAMC's Alan Chartock, author and activist Barbara Smith, and Associate Editor of The Times Union, Mike Spain.

Until the late 1960s, tens of thousands of American children suffered crippling birth defects if their mothers had been exposed to rubella, popularly known as German measles, while pregnant; there was no vaccine and little understanding of how the disease devastated fetuses. In June 1962, a young biologist in Philadelphia, using tissue extracted from an aborted fetus from Sweden, produced safe, clean cells that allowed the creation of vaccines against rubella and other common childhood diseases. Two years later, in the midst of a devastating German measles epidemic, his colleague developed the vaccine that would one day wipe out homegrown rubella. The rubella vaccine and others made with those fetal cells have protected more than 150 million people in the United States, the vast majority of them preschoolers. 

Meredith Wadman covered biomedical research politics from Washington for twenty years. She is a reporter at  Science and has written for NatureFortune, the New York Times, and the Wall Street Journal. A graduate of Stanford and Columbia, she began medical school at the University of British Columbia and completed her medical degree as a Rhodes scholar at the University of Oxford.

Her new book is The Vaccine Race: Science, Politics, and the Human Costs of Defeating Disease

This Friday and Saturday, The Theatre Institute at Sage will present a staged reading of the rarely-produced play Greenwood: An American Dream Destroyed by Celeste Bedford Walker. The reading is directed by Lynnie Godfrey, the inaugural artist of the Scrimshaw Distinguished Visiting Artist Fund. Godfrey, an actress, singer, director and producer based in New York City, is at Sage for a week-long residency thanks to the generous support of the fund established by The Sage Colleges President Susan Scrimshaw.

Greenwood: An American Dream Destroyed is a drama that tells the story of events surrounding the 1921 race disaster in Greenwood, Oklahoma. Greenwood, the premier Black Boomtown of its era, was referred to as the “Negro Wall Street”, and had successfully achieved complete economic independence from its neighbor Tulsa, Oklahoma. That all ended when 14 blocks of the town were burned down in one night. Follow the progress, success, joy and prosperity of the township of Greenwood and eventually the story of its demise.

Here to tell us more are aforementioned director Lynnie Godfrey and Theare Institute at Sage Artistic Director, Leigh Strimbeck. 

The production of culture was once the domain of artists, but beginning in the early 1900s, the emerging fields of public relations, advertising and marketing transformed the way the powerful communicate with the rest of us. A century later, the tools are more sophisticated than ever, the onslaught more relentless. 

In Culture as Weapon, acclaimed curator and critic Nato Thompson reveals how institutions use art and culture to ensure profits and constrain dissent--and shows us that there are alternatives.

  Shawn Stone, Digital Editor of The Alt joins us to talk about what he's seen lately and what cultural events are coming up this week in our region.

Seen: Garth Brooks at the TUC (Sunday)

Upcoming:

·         Blue Velvet - Madison Theater, Albany, Thursday 3/16-Sunday 3/19, various times

·         Photography Regional Select - Albany Center Gallery, opening reception Friday 3/17, 5-9 PM, through April 21

·         David Lindley, Chris Smither - The Egg, Albany, Friday 3/17, 7:30 PM

·         Brian Regan - Palace Theatre, Albany, Friday 3/17, 8 PM

·         Shawn Wayans - The Funny Bone, Albany, Friday 3/17, 7:30 & 10 PM; Sat 3/18, 7 & 9:45 PM

·         Lunasa - Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Saturday 3/18, 8 PM

·         Jimmy Webb: The Glen Campbell Years - Colonial Theatre, Pittsfield, Mass., Saturday 3/18, 8 PM

·         Barbara Nissman (pianist; Ginastera, Prokofiev, Liszt, Bartok) - Troy Chromatic Concerts/Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Sunday 3/19, 3 PM

·         Albany Symphony Orchestra: Captain American, Musical Avenger - Palace Theatre, Albany, Sunday 3/19, 3 PM

·         The Red Shoes - GE Theatre at Proctors, Monday 3/20, 1:30, 4:15 and 7 PM

New movies: Beauty and the Beast, The Sense of an Ending

3/16/17 Panel

Mar 16, 2017

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

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Communications Specialist Theresa Bourgeois, and Editor of The Daily Gazette, Judy Patrick.

Music, comedy and great drama are on the schedule for the newly announced Summer season at the Berkshire Theatre Group's Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield and Fitzpatrick Main Stage and Unicorn Theatre in Stockbridge.

Here are some of the highlights: Arsenic and Old Lace, The Music Man, Million Dollar Quartet, a drama by an iconic American playwright, Edward Albee and Lost Lake, a new play by David Auburn.

BTG CEO and artistic director Kate Maguire joins us by phone this morning with a preview. 

In his popular new TED Talk "What reality are you creating for yourself?," former Saved by the Bell teen star-turned-entrepreneur Isaac Lidsky recalls how the sales person he waved to in the store was really a mannequin, and how he reached down to wash his hands and realized it was a urinal and not a sink.

He learned of his diagnosis at thirteen: a degenerative eye disease that would lead to his blindness by age 25. After initially believing his blindness signaled the end of his independence and achievement, Lidsky found other pathways of perception, turning his life around with his Eyes Wide Open philosophy.

He graduated from Harvard Law School, worked as a law clerk under the guidance of Sandra Day O’Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and eventually became an entrepreneur.

His new book is Eyes Wide Open: Overcoming Obstacles And Recognizing Opportunities In A World That Can't See Clearly, where Isaac Lidsky probes the many facets of perception, detailing the neuroscience of sight and drawing on his own experience to show how our perception shapes—and often limits—our reality. 

3/15/17 Panel

Mar 15, 2017

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

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Communications Specialist Theresa Bourgeois, Associate Editor of the Times Union, Mike Spain, and corporate attorney, Rich Honen.

At the end of Mark Twain’s masterwork, Huckleberry Finn declares that he plans to “light out for the Territory” to avoid getting “sivilized.”

For 130-plus years, readers have been left guessing about the adventures in the West. But now, Huck is back, thanks to prize-winning novelist Robert Coover. His novel is Huck Out West.

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Fish & Game restaurant in Hudson, New York, is a leader in the local foods movement. Its core approach—engaging intimately with nature both wild and domestic, building relationships with farmers, and exploring the joys of fermentation—is one of interest to anyone, anywhere, who yearns to cook and eat better food.

Project 258: Making Dinner at Fish & Game presents an enticing selection of seasonal recipes, profiles of key producers who supply the restaurant, and a fascinating, beautifully illustrated look at the processes—both intellectual and culinary—behind the food at Fish & Game.

Chef Zakary Pelaccio and artist Peter Barrett join us to tell us more.

  Giovanni Boivin from The Book Loft in Great Barrington, MA joins us with this week's Book Picks list.

List:
Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman
2084: The End of the World by Boualem Sansal
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
Gilded Cage by James Vic
100 Plants to Feed the Bees by the Xerces Society
Forever, or a Long, Long Time by Caela Carter

Elliot Ackerman is the author of the critically acclaimed novel Green on Blue, is based out of Istanbul, where he has covered the Syrian Civil War since 2013. His writings have appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The New Republic, and The New York Times Magazine, among other publications, and his stories have been included in The Best American Short Stories. He is both a former White House Fellow and Marine, and served five tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan where he received the Silver Star, the Bronze Star for Valor, and the Purple Heart.

In his new novel, Dark at the Crossing, Haris Abadi is a man in search of a cause. An Arab American with a conflicted past, he is now in Turkey, attempting to cross into Syria and join the fight against Bashar al-Assad's regime.

But he is robbed before he can make it, and is taken in by Amir, a charismatic Syrian refugee and former revolutionary, and Amir's wife, Daphne, a sophisticated beauty haunted by grief. As it becomes clear that Daphne is also desperate to return to Syria, Haris's choices become ever more wrenching: Whose side is he really on? Is he a true radical or simply an idealist? 

Sheldon Whitehouse represents Rhode Island in the U.S. Senate. He has served as a federal and state prosecutor, business regulator, courtroom litigator, environmental advocate, and government reformer.

In his new book, Captured: The Corporate Infiltration of American Democracy, he offers an eye-opening take on what corporate influence looks like today from the Senate Floor, adding a first-hand perspective to Jane Mayer’s Dark Money

The Hudson Opera House in Hudson, NY has completed the final phase of a major restoration project begun in April of 2016. The re-opening of the historic theater is accompanied by a name change: the Hudson Opera House will be renamed Henry Hudson Hall.

In honoring the city’s historic namesake, Henry Hudson, the new name marks a significant evolution for the iconic venue, which, from its founding in 1855 until the building was abandoned in 1962, has witnessed some of the most exciting cultural, social and political events of the day.

The 2017 season at Henry Hudson Hall Center for the Arts opens with The Proprietors Ball on Saturday, April 22, followed by a Community Day on Sunday, May 21 with free performances and workshops by Hudson’s own Bindlestiff Family Cirkus

Here to tell us more about the restoration and upcoming exciting events are Gary Schiro, Executive Director of the Hudson Opera House, and Megan Kent, founder of the Megan Kent Branding Group.

Our Falling into Place series spotlights the important work of -and fosters collaboration between- not-for-profit organizations in our communities; allowing us all to fall into place.

Falling Into Place is supported by The Seymour Fox Memorial Foundation, Providing a helping hand to turn inspiration into accomplishment. See more possibilities … see more promise… see more progress.

Brad Shear is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Mohawk Hudson Humane Society, the oldest and largest animal protection organization in New York’s Capital Region.  He has worked in the animal protection field since 1996 and has been the Director of the Society since April 2007.  

3/13/17 Panel

Mar 13, 2017

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

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, political consultant and lobbyist, Libby Post, and Communications Specialist Theresa Bourgeois.

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