Joe Donahue

Senior Director of 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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The Saratoga Performing Arts Center is presenting the 17th Annual Saratoga Wine & Food Festival taking place September 8th & 9th. Over the course of the weekend, patrons will indulge in a variety of premier wines, spirits and exhibitors from across the country, while enjoying mouthwatering cuisine from some of the finest restaurants in the Capital Region. The goal of the Festival is to help raise funds for the Saratoga Performing Art’s Center Children’s Education Program.

The Troy Savings Bank Music Hall and the Madison Theatre have teamed up to present works from two very different artists.

Randy Newman performs at the Hall on Saturday, September 16 at 8 PM.  The Madison will play Cars 3 over the weekend of September 8, and on September 9 play Pleasantville.  Randy Newman scored both and is well known not only for his film scores (The Natural, Awakenings, Ragtime, all three Toy Story pictures, Seabiscuit, James and the Giant Peach, A Bug’s Life, Disney/Pixar’s Monsters Inc., Monsters University), but has a list of hits, both serious and satirical.  The Hall is not equipped to show movies and so approached The Madison.

The Madison will play Searching for Sugar Man on Friday, September 22, and Rodriguez will play at Troy Savings Bank Music Hall that Monday, September 25.  

Theatre On The Road

Sep 7, 2017

Theatre on the Road is the creation of Frank and Kristen Marquette. They have been producing public and private theatrical events since 1998.

Under the name Murder Café, the Marquettes had an 11 year run in Las Vegas where they specialized in corporate entertainment with an emphasis on comedy murder mysteries. Frank and Kristen returned to their native New York State in 2009 and brought Murder Café with them.

Since returning to New York, the Maruqettes created Theatre on the Road to bring educational performances to schools, historic sites, and local theaters.

Theatre on the Road’s performance venues include The Vanderbilt House in Philmont, The Beekman Arms in Rhinebeck, Bannerman Island Castle, the Pride of the Hudson in Newburgh, Dutch’s Spirits in Pine Plains, Columbia-Greene Community College in Hudson, and Mohonk Mountain House in New Paltz.

Their fall shows include Whiskey Women and War of the Worlds.

9/7/17 Panel

Sep 7, 2017

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

Today's panelists are: WAMC's Alan Chartock, writer Joe Bruchac, and Communications Consultant Theresa Bourgeois.

Paul Theroux is the author of many highly acclaimed books. His novels include The Lower River and The Mosquito Coast, and his renowned travel books include Ghost Train to the Eastern Star and Dark Star Safari.

Mother Land is a piercing portrait of how a parent’s narcissism impacts a family. While the particulars of this tale are unique, Theroux encapsulates with acute clarity and wisdom a circumstance that is familiar to legions of readers.

Mark Lukach is a teacher and freelance writer. His work has been published in the New York Times, The Atlantic, Pacific Standard, Wired, and other publications. He is currently the ninth grade dean at The Athenian School, where he also teaches history.

Mark and Giulia’s life together began as a storybook romance. They fell in love at eighteen, married at twenty-four, and were living their dream life in San Francisco. When Giulia was twenty-seven, she suffered a terrifying and unexpected psychotic break that landed her in the psych ward for nearly a month. One day she was vibrant and well-adjusted; the next she was delusional and suicidal, convinced that her loved ones were not safe.

Mark recounts their experience in My Lovely Wife in the Psych Ward: A Memoir.

In recent years, the young, educated, and affluent have surged back into cities, reversing decades of suburban flight and urban decline. And yet all is not well, Richard Florida argues in The New Urban Crisis. Florida, one of the first scholars to anticipate this back-to-the-city movement in his groundbreaking The Rise of the Creative Class, demonstrates how the same forces that power the growth of the world's superstar cities also generate their vexing challenges: gentrification, unaffordability, segregation, and inequality.

Richard Florida is University Professor and Director of Cities at the Martin Prosperity Institute at the University of Toronto's Rotman School of Management and Distinguished Fellow at NYU's Schack Institute of Real Estate. He is Senior Editor at The Atlantic, editor-at-large for The Atlantic's CityLab, and founder of the Creative Class Group.

9/6/17 Panel

Sep 6, 2017

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

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, epidemiological-spatial analyst, environmentalist, and past president of the Sierra Club Aaron Mair, and Communications Consultant Theresa Bourgeois.

Caroline Leavitt’s new novel, Cruel Beautiful World is about coming of age in 1969; about wild love, rebellion, and finding oneself in the time of Woodstock and the Manson murders.

The novel is a haunting, nuanced portrait of love, sisters, and the impossible legacy of family.   

John A. Farrell is the author of Clarence Darrow: Attorney for the Damned, which won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Biography, and Tip O'Neill and the Democratic Century. A longtime journalist, he worked at The Denver Post and at The Boston Globe, where he served as White House correspondent and on the vaunted Spotlight team.

His book is Richard Nixon: The Life.

Matt Tannenbaum joins us to present a fine list of books that will have you up all night turning the pages. Matt is from The Bookstore in Lenox, Mass. 

The World of Tomorrow by Brendan Mathews

Ka: Dar Oakley in the Ruins of Ymr by John Crowley (Oct)

Totalitopia by John Crowley

The Ninth Hour by Alice McDermott

Hats of Faith by Medeia Cohen

A screening of the new documentary, Backpack Full Of Cash, about the effects of privatization of America’s public schools, will be followed by Q&A with award-winning director/producer Sarah Mondale and producer/editor Vera Aronow on Friday, September 8 at 7:00 PM in Page Hall on the University at Albany downtown campus.

Narrated by Academy Award-winning actor, Matt Damon, the documentary film Backpack Full Of Cash explores the real cost of privatizing America’s public schools.

9/5/17 Panel

Sep 5, 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 Albany County District Attorney David Soares.

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The 11th Annual Washington County Cheese, Wine and Beer Tour is taking place - September 9th and 10th.

In Raising Cooperative Kids, research psychologists Marion Forgatch and Gerald Patterson, one of the original developers of Time Out, provide parenting techniques that tap deep-rooted human instincts, making them universal and easy to use no matter where you live or how your family is structured.

Developed over 40 years of practice and tested in clinical and prevention trials, these skills empower parents to teach their children new behaviors, change unwanted behaviors, and reduce family conflicts. Together, Forgatch, Patterson, and Friend give parents the formula to overcome family struggles and inspire children to cooperate -- from toddlerhood into their teens.

9/1/17 Panel

Sep 1, 2017

 

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

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Former EPA Regional Administrator Judith Enck, Counter-terrorism Expert Malcolm Nance, and Aaron Pacitti - Associate Professor of Economics at Siena College.

Treat Williams in American Buffalo at Dorset Theatre Festival
Gerry Goodstein

Actor Treat Williams is currently starring in the Dorset Theatre Festival production of David Mamet’s American Buffalo. The show takes a fresh look at a trio of misguided misfits who are a little out of luck and way out of their league as they plot the theft of a rare coin collection. 

Treat is the star of major motion pictures such as Hair and Prince of the City, he recently concluded filming the second season of Chesapeake Shores for the Hallmark Channel. 

American Buffalo runs through September 2.

As firsthand survivors of many of the twentieth century's most monumental events―the Holocaust, Pearl Harbor, the Killing Fields―begin to pass away, Elizabeth Rosner’s new book, Survivor Café, addresses urgent questions: How do we carry those stories forward? How do we collectively ensure that the horrors of the past are not forgotten? 

Elizabeth Rosner organizes her book around three trips with her father to Buchenwald concentration camp―in 1983, in 1995, and in 2015―each journey an experience in which personal history confronts both commemoration and memorialization. Examining current brain research, Rosner depicts the efforts to understand the intergenerational inheritance of trauma, as well as the intricacies of remembrance in the aftermath of atrocity. Survivor Café becomes a lens for numerous constructs of memory―from museums and commemorative sites to national reconciliation projects to small-group cross-cultural encounters. 

Niskayuna native Elizabeth Rosner will be speaking at the Schenectady County Public Library tonight at 6:30

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

Seen: Ingrid Goes West, Good Time, The Hitman’s Bodyguard

Upcoming:
Andrew Schneider’s AFTER - (the theatrical debut of EMPAC’s Wave Field Synthesis speaker array) EMPAC Theater, Troy, Thursday 8/31 and Friday 9/1, 7:30 PM
The Last of the Mohicans Madison Theater, Albany, Thursday 8/31 through Sunday 9/3, various times
1st Friday: Albany Opalka Gallery, Albany Institute of History & Art, Albany Barn, Albany Center Gallery, more Albany, Friday 9/1, 5-9 PM
Big Sandy and His Fly Rite Boys - Helsinki Hudson, Hudson, Friday 9/1, 9 PM
Zac Brown Band - SPAC, Saratoga Springs, Saturday 9/2, 7 PM
Warpaint - Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park, Saturday 9/2, 8 PM
Christopher K. Morgan: Pohaku - PS 21, Chatham, Saturday 9/2 & Sunday 9/3, 8 PM
Pete Townshend’s Classic Quadrophenia - Tanglewood, Lenox, Mass, Sunday 9/3, 8 PM
Eilen Jewell - Helsinki Hudson, Hudson, Sunday 9/3, 8 PM
Betty Who - The Hollow, Albany, Tuesday 9/5, 8 PM

New movies: Patti Cake$, Tulip Fever, I Do . . . Until I Don’t

8/31/17 Panel

Aug 31, 2017

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

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Communications Consultant Theresa Bourgeois, and Communications Consultant Joe Bonilla.

 

Rachel Kadish’s new novel The Weight of Ink is set in London. It is the interwoven tale of two women of remarkable intellect – one an emigrant from Amsterdam who is permitted to scribe for a blind rabbi, just before the plague hits the city; the other an ailing historian with a love of Jewish history.

Local improv company Happier Valley Comedy has a new addition to their Comedy School line up of classes for this Fall. Family Improv is a six-week class held on Sunday afternoons beginning in September and is geared to kids 8-12 and their adults.

Family Improv gives families the opportunity to laugh with a loved one and bond over fun improvisation games and exercises. The Family Improv curriculum is guided by the principles of acceptance, mindfulness, quieting judgment of self and others, and strengthening communication, all while having a blast playing together. 

Happier Valley Comedy is the heart of improv comedy in the Pioneer Valley, and offers a full curriculum improv school, regular improv comedy shows, and the "Through Laughter" program for professional and personal development. Happier Valley Comedy was founded in 2015 by Pam Victor in her quest to make the Happy Valley happier. 

8/29/17 Panel

Aug 29, 2017

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

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Founder and Publisher of Empire Report J.P. Miller, Times Union Associate Editor Mike Spain and Political Consultant Libby Post.

The ruins of Daniel Shays's fortified settlement reveal the hidden story of the famous rebellion. Shays and the Regulators founded the settlement deep in the Vermont wilderness after fleeing the uprising they led in 1787 in Massachusetts.

Rediscovered in 1997 and under study since 2013, these remnants divulge secrets of Shays's life that previously remained unknown, including his connection to Millard Filmore and the Anti-Federalist lawyer John Bay.

As the leader of the site's first formal study, Stephen Butz is here to tell us about the archaeological investigation, along with Shays's heroic life in the Continental army, his role in the infamous rebellion that bears his name and his influence on American law. His new book is: Shays' Settlement in Vermont: A Story of Revolt and Archaeology.

Paula Poundstone is a popular panelist on NPR’s weekly comedy quiz program Wait Wait . . . Don’t Tell Me!. She tours regularly, performing standup throughout the country. Poundstone was the first woman ever to share the stage with the President as host at the White House Correspondents' Dinner. Her new book is The Totally Unscientific Study of the Search for Human Happiness.

She will perform at The Mahaiwe in Great Barrington, MA at the Fairview Hospital Gala on September 16, at Troy Savings Bank Music Hall on October 13, and at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts on October 14.

Taking Charge Of Cancer

Aug 28, 2017

Radiation oncologist and cancer researcher, Dr. David Palma joins us to discuss his new book, Taking Charge of Cancer. The book offers an insider’s guide to understanding and receiving the best treatment options, choosing the right medical team, and approaching this difficult time with knowledge and hope. 

Taking Charge of Cancer is a different type of book for cancer patients—one that goes beyond the cancer information that is currently available, allowing you to truly take control of your cancer treatment. You’ll learn how to obtain and understand medical records, and why these records are critical to your care.

  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.

This morning we focus on Hixny - fostering collaboration within the healthcare community; a collaboration that would result in the secure, digital exchange of patient data. Bryan Cudmore is a Hixny Vice-President. 

8/28/17 Panel

Aug 28, 2017

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

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Communications Consultant Theresa Bourgeois, and Albany County District Attorney David Soares.

Berkshire Opera Festival continues its second season, featuring Strauss’s Ariadne auf Naxos this weekend. Following its widely-acclaimed inaugural season, BOF will present three fully-staged performances August 26, 29, and September 1 at The Colonial Theatre.

To tell us more, we welcome Co-Founder and Director Jonathon Loy, and performers Sam Schultz and Adriana Zabala.

8/25/17 Panel

Aug 25, 2017

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

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Communications Consultant Joe Bonilla, Aaron Pacitti -Associate Professor of Economics at Siena College and the Douglas T. Hickey Chair in Business, and counter-terrorism expert Malcolm Nance.

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