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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WAMC Programs
3:06 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

The Book Show #1357 - Joanna Rakoff

    At twenty-three, after leaving graduate school to pursue her dreams of becoming a poet, Joanna Rakoff moved to New York City and took a job as assistant to the storied literary agent for J. D. Salinger. She was tasked with answering Salinger’s voluminous fan mail.

Her memoir of that time is called: My Salinger Year.

The Roundtable
11:35 am
Tue July 22, 2014

"Animal Madness" By Laurel Braitman

  Charles Darwin developed his evolutionary theories by looking at physical differences in Galapagos finches and fancy pigeons. Alfred Russell Wallace investigated a range of creatures in the Malay Archipelago. Laurel Braitman got her lessons closer to home—by watching her dog. Oliver snapped at flies that only he could see, ate Ziploc bags, towels, and cartons of eggs. He suffered debilitating separation anxiety, was prone to aggression, and may even have attempted suicide. Her experience with Oliver forced Laurel to acknowledge a form of continuity between humans and other animals that, first as a biology major and later as a PhD student at MIT, she’d never been taught in school. Nonhuman animals can lose their minds. And when they do, it often looks a lot like human mental illness.

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Arts & Culture
10:35 am
Tue July 22, 2014

The 7th Annual Mount Tremper Arts Summer Festival

Katie Workum’s Black Lakes

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  The 7th annual Mount Tremper Arts Summer Festival is up and running through August 23rd featuring groundbreaking music events, visceral dance works and boundary-pushing theater. The festival showcases risk-taking work, but also fosters an environment where audiences and artists can come together to form a community that values dialogue and experimentation.

The festivals remaining events this year include four world premieres!

Co-founder and Artistic Director Mathew Pokoik and Executive Director Abigail Guay join us to tell us more.

The Roundtable
10:10 am
Tue July 22, 2014

Book Picks - Battenkill Books

  This week's Book Picks come from Connie Brooks of Battenkill Books in Cambridge, NY.

List:
The Care and Management of Lies: A Novel of the Great War by Jacqueline Winspear
A History of the Future: A World Made by Hand Novel by James Howard Kunstler (Event 9/12/14)
Unruly Places: Lost Spaces, Secret Cities, and Other Inscrutable Geographies by Alistair Bonnett
Tomlinson Hill: The Remarkable Story of Two Families Who Share the Tomlinson Name - One White, One Black by Chris Tomlinson
Travels with Casey by Benoit Denizet-Lewis
Conversion by Katherine Howe
Anna & Solomon by Elaine Snyder and illustrated by Harry Bliss (Event 7/31/14)

The Roundtable
9:00 am
Tue July 22, 2014

7/22/14 Panel

  Today's panelists are WAMC's Alan Chartock and political consultant, Libby Post.

Topics include:
Crash Investigation
Rikers Injuries
Guard Deployed to Border
NYC Chokehold
Marathon Bombing Trial

The Roundtable
11:35 am
Mon July 21, 2014

"The Wrongs Of The Right: Language, Race, And The Republican Party In The Age Of Obama"

  Despite the utopian proclamations that we are now live in a color-blind, postracial country, the grim reality is that implicit racial biases are more entrenched than ever.

In Wrongs of the Right, Matthew W. Hughey and Gregory S. Parks set postracial claims into relief against a background of pre- and post-election racial animus directed at Obama, his administration, and African Americans.

The Roundtable
10:35 am
Mon July 21, 2014

"American Crucifixion: The Murder Of Joseph Smith And The Fate Of The Mormon Church" By Alex Beam

    On June 27, 1844, a mob stormed the jail in the dusty frontier town of Carthage, Illinois. Clamorous and angry, they were hunting down a man they saw as a grave threat to their otherwise quiet lives: the founding prophet of Mormonism, Joseph Smith. They wanted blood.

At thirty-nine years old, Smith had already lived an outsized life. In addition to starting his own religion and creating his own “Golden Bible”—the Book of Mormon—he had worked as a water-dowser and treasure hunter. He’d led his people to Ohio, then Missouri, then Illinois, where he founded a city larger than fledgling Chicago. He was running for president. And, secretly, he had married more than thirty women.

In American Crucifixion, Alex Beam tells how Smith went from charismatic leader to public enemy: How his most seismic revelation—the doctrine of polygamy—created a rift among his people; how that schism turned to violence; and how, ultimately, Smith could not escape the consequences of his ambition and pride.

Arts & Culture
10:10 am
Mon July 21, 2014

Anna Chlumsky Is "Living On Love" At The Williamstown Theatre Festival

Douglas Sills and Anna Chlumsky in "Living on Love" at The Williamstown Theatre Festival
Credit T. Charles Erickson

Anna Chlumsky is in Williamstown, MA co-starring in Living on Love, a play about an opera diva - played by Renée Flemming, her mastro husband played by Douglas Sills, and the autobiography ghostwriters - played by Chlumsky and Justin Long - who come between them. The show runs at WTF through July 26th.

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The Roundtable
9:00 am
Mon July 21, 2014

7/21/14 Panel

  Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Newsman Ray Graf and Political Consultant, Libby Post.

Topics include:
Kerry on Russia
Ukraine Remains
Auto Bubble
James Garner Dies

The Roundtable
11:35 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Yiddish Book Center - The Klezmer Conservatory Band

 

Since its formation in 1980 the Klezmer Conservatory Band has performed concerts from coast to coast. In April of 1990, it made its debut tour abroad, performing several concerts in Germany and giving a performance at the first-ever International Yiddish Festival in Krakow, Poland. The band has toured Europe regularly, and has also appeared at Australia's Adelaide Festival, New Zealand's International Festival of the Arts and Womad.

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