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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The Roundtable
11:12 am
Thu March 7, 2013

"Fear Itself" by Ira Katznelson

    Redefining our traditional understanding of the New Deal, the new book, Fear Itself, examines this pivotal American era through a sweeping international lens that juxtaposes a struggling democracy with enticing ideologies like Fascism and Communism.

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The Roundtable
10:10 am
Thu March 7, 2013

"Raising the Curve" by Ron Berler

   Journalist Ron Berler spent a full year at Brookside Elementary in Norwalk, Connecticut, sitting in on classes, strategy sessions, and even faculty meetings. He was there for the first day of a new school year as the school another chance to improve its failing scores on the annual statewide standardized test known as the CMT.

In his new book, Raising the Curve, Berler introduces us to the students, teachers, and staff who make up the Brookside community. Though their school is classified as failing—like so many others across the country—they never give up on themselves or on one another. In his portrait, Berler captures their concerns, as well as their pride, resilience, and faith.

The Roundtable
9:45 am
Thu March 7, 2013

"The Myth of Persecution" by Candida Moss

    In The Myth of Persecution, Candida Moss, a leading expert on early Christianity, reveals how the early church exaggerated, invented, and forged stories of Christian martyrs and how the dangerous legacy of a martyrdom complex is employed today to silence dissent and galvanize a new generation of culture warriors.

According to cherished church tradition and popular belief, before the Emperor Constantine made Christianity legal in the fourth century, early Christians were systematically persecuted by a brutal Roman Empire intent on their destruction.

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The Roundtable
9:35 am
Thu March 7, 2013

Irshad Manji at MCLA Public Policy Lecture Series

    Irshad Manji is Director of the Moral Courage Project at New York University and she will be speaking at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts in North Adams Thursday night at 7PM.

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The Roundtable
10:48 am
Wed March 6, 2013

"Mafia Summit: J. Edgar Hoover, the Kennedy Brothers, and the Meeting That Unmasked the Mob"

    Mafia Summit: J. Edgar Hoover, the Kennedy Brothers, and the Meeting That Unmasked the Mob is the true story of how a small-town lawman in upstate New York busted a Cosa Nostra conference in 1957, exposing the Mafia to America. The book is by Gil Reavill.

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WAMC Programs
3:06 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

The Book Show #1285 - Robert Crais

  Robert Crais is the author of the best-selling Elvis Cole novels and was the 2006 recipient of the Ross Macdonald Literary Award.

His latest novel, Suspect, tells the story of Scott and Maggie - an LAPD K9 team nobody trusts--damaged goods who are wounded, scared, and suspect. Who work together to solve a murder and regain trust.

Arts & Culture
11:12 am
Tue March 5, 2013

"Day After Day: The Diaristic Impulse" at the SUNY Albany University Art Museum

    The University Art Museum at the State University of New York University at Albany is currently showing Day After Day: The Diaristic Impulse. The exhibition explores the personal and immediate act of documenting day to day life – in ways that only the artistic mind could manage.

Janet Riker, Director of The University Art Museum, joins us to tell us more.

Also joining us – Ed Schwarzschild - associate professor at the University at Albany, SUNY, and a fellow at the New York State Writers Institute. A short story by Ed entitled “For the Record” is included the exhibition catalog. Tonight, Ed and fellow author Scott Hutchins will give a reading at the museum at 7pm.

The Roundtable
10:35 am
Tue March 5, 2013

"Undaunted: The Real Story of America's Servicewomen in Today's Military" by Tanya Biank

    Since 9/11, more than 240,000 women have fought in Iraq and Afghanistan—more than 140 have died there, and they currently make up fourteen percent of the total active-duty forces.

Despite advances, today’s servicewomen are constantly pressed to prove themselves, to overcome challenges men never face, and to put the military mission ahead of all other aspects of their lives, particularly marriage and motherhood.

In an insider’s look at the women defending our nation, Tanya Biank brings to light the real issues—of femininity, belonging to an old boys’ club, veiled discrimination, dating, marriage problems, separation from children, questions about life goals, career trajectories, and self-worth—that servicewomen are facing by focusing on four individual stories.

Her new book is: Undaunted: The Real Story of America's Servicewomen in Today's Military.

The Roundtable
10:10 am
Tue March 5, 2013

Book Picks - Odyssey Bookshop

  Emily Crowe from The Odyssey Bookshop in South Hadley, MA joins us with this week's Book Picks.

List after the break.

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The Roundtable
9:45 am
Tue March 5, 2013

Poet Richard Blanco at Union College

Credit Nico Tucci/Courtesy Richard Blanco

    Richard Blanco, who last month became the fifth presidential inaugural poet, will be at Union College in Schenectady tonight at 7-PM to read from his works. Previous inaugural poets have included Robert Frost and Maya Angelou.

Although his poems have appeared in top literary journals and anthologies, including The Nation, New Republic, Michigan Quarterly Review and The Best American Poetry, Blanco was not widely known until he was chosen by President Barack Obama as the inaugural poet.

Obama selected Blanco because his “deeply personal poems are rooted in the idea of what it means to be an American.” Blanco became the first immigrant, the first Latino and the first openly gay person to be named the inaugural poet. At the inauguration, Blanco read his poem, One Today – which is being released in book form today.

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