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. 

Ways To Connect

  The twenty-first century has relegated airplane flight—a once remarkable feat of human ingenuity—to the realm of the mundane.

Mark Vanhoenacker, a 747 pilot who left academia and a career in the business world to pursue his childhood dream of flight, asks us to reimagine what we—both as pilots and as passengers—are actually doing when we enter the world between departure and discovery. Vanhoenacker's book is Skyfaring: A Journey with a Pilot.

7/27/15 Panel

Jul 27, 2015

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

  When Sukey Forbes lost her six-year-old daughter, Charlotte, to a rare genetic disorder, her life felt as if it were shattered forever. Descended from two distinguished New England families, Forbes was raised in a rarefied—if eccentric—life of privilege. Yet, Forbes’s family history is also rich with spiritual seekers, including her great-great-great-grandfather Ralph Waldo Emerson. On the family’s private island enclave off Cape Cod, apparitions have always been as common as the servants who once walked the back halls. But the “afterlife” took on new meaning once Forbes dipped into the world of clairvoyants to reconnect with Charlotte.

With a mission to help others by sharing her own story, Forbes chronicles a world of ghosts that reawakens us to a lost American spiritual tradition. The Angel in My Pocket tells a moving tale of one mother’s undying love for her child.

Today in our Ideas Matter segment we check in with a program funded by a Mass Humanities grant, The Charlemont Forum, an annual series of panel discussions in Charlemont, Mass, that this year focuses on immigration history and policy.

We are joined by one of the panelists, David A. Martin, the Warner-Booker Distinguished Professor of International Law at the University of Virginia School of Law, and by the moderator, Charlemont Forum board member David Little.

  Blair Underwood stars as Blue in the new play, Paradise Blue - a drama by Dominique Morisseau receiving its World Premiere on the Mainstage at The Williamstown Theatre Festival. The production is directed by Ruben Santiago-Hudson and runs through August 2nd.

Blair Underwood is known for his roles on L.A. Law, The Event, The New Adventures of Old Christine, and is currently on Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.. He was last on Broadway playing Stanley Kowalski in A Streetcar Named Desire.

Tony-Award winner Ruben Santiago-Hudson was at The Williamstown Theatre Festival in 2002 with his amazing one-man show, Lackawanna Blues. He returns to WTF this summer directing Blair Underwood, De’Adre Aziza, and Andre Holland in the world premiere of Paradise Blue - a drama from Dominique Morisseau.

Blue (Underwood), a gifted trumpeter, contemplates selling his once-vibrant jazz club in Detroit’s Blackbottom neighborhood to shake free the demons of his past and better his life. But where does that leave his devoted Pumpkin, who has dreams of her own?

  Rinker Buck is no stranger to grand adventures. His first travel narrative, Flight of Passage, was hailed by The New Yorker as “a funny, cocky gem of a book,” and with The Oregon Trail he brings the most important route in American history back to glorious and vibrant life.

Traveling from St. Joseph, Missouri, to Baker City, Oregon, over the course of four months, Buck is accompanied by three cantankerous mules, his boisterous brother, Nick, and an “incurably filthy” Jack Russell terrier named Olive Oyl.

7/24/15 Panel

Jul 24, 2015

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

  In Marla Klein and Ivy Wilde’s world, teens are the gatekeepers of culture. A top fashion label employs sixteen-year-old Marla to dictate hot new clothing trends, while Ivy, a teen pop star, popularizes the garments that Marla approves. Both girls are pawns in a calculated but seductive system of corporate control, and both begin to question their world’s aggressive levels of consumption. Will their new “eco-chic” trend subversively resist and overturn the industry that controls every part of their lives?

Material Girls is a YA novel that questions the cult like mentality of fame and fashion.

Katherine Myers

  The Bang on a Can Summer Festival culminates with "Bang on a Can Plays Art," – the second week of a jam-packed music extravaganza featuring 13 concerts in 8 days, from July 25 - Aug 1.

Bang on a Can Plays Art draws inspiration from the visual art on display in the galleries at MASS MoCA. Each concert showcases music that interacts with the art on various levels – stylistically, thematically, and whimsically – performed by the Bang on a Can All-Stars, Festival Artists and Fellows, and special guest Alvin Lucier.

Bang on a Can co-founder and composer Michael Gordon joins us this morning to tell us more. This Saturday the Bang on a Can All Stars play Gordon’s oratorio, Van Gogh.

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