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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Life Is Good: The Book

Nov 23, 2015

  Bert and John Jacobs are brothers and the men behind the Life is Good brand. The Jacobs brothers grew up in a family of eight in working class Boston where they weathered many difficulties. Despite their hardships, their optimistic mother, Joan, would put a humorous and positive spin on everything and this unflagging optimistic outlook on life took hold for the youngest Jacobs brothers and became the basis for their future endeavor together.

In 1989, after graduating college, Bert and John knew one thing: they didn't want a real job.

Designing t-shirts seemed like the fun way for them to start a business. They starting selling their designs in the streets of Boston and out of an old van at colleges and street fairs. After many trials and errors, their optimistic look at life caught on. Today their company is a $100 million clothing company with one simple, unifying mission: to spread the power of optimism.

  Glyn Johns' work as a producer and engineer of the most seminal rock and roll records of his time not only contributed to an unsurpassed string of hits, but helped to define a sound of a generation.

Many of the artists with whom he worked—The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, The Who, Led Zeppelin, The Eagles, Eric Clapton, among many others—have stood the test of time and are considered classics of the genre.

In his memoir Sound Man: A Life Recording Hits, now out in paperback, Johns opens up about his life and career in the studio, contributing to the annals of music history and sharing anecdotes.

John Feinstein is an award-winning columnist and one of the nation's most successful and prolific sports authors. He has written over two dozen books to date including the bestsellers A Good Walk Spoiled and A Season On The Brink.

In addition to hosting a radio show on CBS Sports Radio, he writes for the Washington Post, and is a regular commentator on the Golf Channel.

11/23/15 Panel

Nov 23, 2015

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

  Songwriter Stephin Merritt has been called “the Cole Porter of his generation” by TimeOut New York. His work includes the Magnetic Fields masterpiece 69 Love Songs and two dozen albums under four different band names besides.

He’s the author of the book 101 Two-Letter Words – which was illustrated by New Yorker cartoonist, Roz Chast.

He will be at MASS MoCA in North Adams, MA this Saturday, November 21st at 8pm, playing 26 songs pulled from Merritt's repertoire, played in alphabetical order with Magnetic Fields bandmate and cellist Sam Davol.

  In our Ideas Matter segment we take time just about every week to check in with the state humanities councils in our 7-state region.

Today we are talking with Pleun Bouricius, director of Grants and Programs at Mass Humanities, about the art of and need for public discussion and conversation of topics we do not agree on, like immigration or the role of religion in public life, and Mass Humanities’ new Common Good Reads discussion grant program, funded by the Pulitzer Foundation.

  Singer-Songwriter, Martin Sexton, is playing The Calvin in Northampton, MA on Saturday, November 21st. Sexton's latest release is Mixtape of the Open Road. He is a walking blender of American music including soul, gospel, country, rock, blues, and rhythm and blues. His elastic vocal range, improvisational ability, scat singing, guitar solos, and finger-style guitar picking come along with a very comfy, varied, feel.

Sexton began his career busking in Harvard Square. After releasing two recordings on Atlantic Records he eventually launched his very own label.

He joined us at The Linda to talk about his musical inspirations and to play a few tunes.

11/20/15 Panel

Nov 20, 2015

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

Ginger Strand will talk about her new book The Brothers Vonnegut, a biography of major American author Kurt Vonnegut and his brother Bernard Vonnegut, a research scientist at General Electric in Schenectady and long-time professor of Atmospheric Science at the University at Albany.

Strand will present a talk about the book as the keynote lecture of the Researching New York Conference, at 7:30 tonight in the Clark Auditorium of the NYS Museum in downtown Albany.

In southeast England there exists a 6,000 acre tract of land that is among the most beloved (and protected) on earth - the Ashdown Forest, inspiration for the hundreds of illustrations published in the original Winnie-the-Pooh books. And yet, as certain as readers are of the look of the Hundred Acre Woods, few have known that there is a real place that provided the origin for E.H. Shepherd’s iconographic drawings.

On Thursday, November 19th, landscape designer and author, Kathryn Aalto, will be sharing her photos of Ashdown Forest along with her “map” of Pooh’s world. Aalto will be at The Spotty Dog Books & Ale in Hudson at 7:00pm. A portion of book sales will benefit the Campaign for the New Hudson Area Library

Aalto is a writer, designer, historian and lecturer who lives in Exeter, England. For the past twenty-five years, her focus has been on places where nature and culture intersect. Here newest book is The Natural World of Winnie-the-Pooh: Exploring the Real Landscapes of the Hundred Acre Wood