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
9:35 am
Wed February 13, 2013

"Give Me Everything You Have: On Being Stalked" by James Lasdun

    Ten years ago, James Lasdun, a poet and novelist, taught a fiction-writing workshop at a college in New York. One of his students was a young woman, "Nasreen," as he calls her in his new nonfiction book, Give Me Everything You Have: On Being Stalked.

Lasdun will join us to discuss his strange and harrowing ordeal at the hands of the student, a self-styled “verbal terrorist,” who began trying, in her words, to “ruin him.” It is a frightening tale that continues for Lasdun to this very day.

New York News
12:24 pm
Tue February 5, 2013

Al Gore : Cuomo has "tough decision" to make on fracking

Al Gore
Credit Wikimedia Commons / World Resources Institute

Hydrofracking remains a controversial topic across the country, and perhaps no more so in New York, where state environmental and health officials are still determining if fracking can be done safely.

Yesterday, during a joint legislative hearing on Governor Andrew Cuomo’s proposed executive budget, Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joe Martens was peppered with questions from legislators about the administration’s fracking plans.

WAMC’s Joe Donohue spoke with former Vice President Al Gore and asked how he would advise Cuomo on the issue.

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Arts & Culture
10:10 am
Fri February 1, 2013

10x10 Upstreet Arts Festival and Barrington Stage Company’s 10X10 New Play Festival

  The 10x10 Upstreet Arts Festival features over 70 events during Pittsfield’s second annual contemporary winter arts festival February 14-24 – performers include dozens of artists, actors, musicians, writers, comedians and more.

One highlight of the festival is the Barrington Stage Company’s 10X10 New Play Festival which features ten new ten minute plays, chosen from over 180 entries.

We are joined by Megan Whilden - Director of Cultural Development for the City of Pittsfield, and Laura Roudabush - Director of Marketing at Barrington Stage Company.

The Roundtable
11:35 am
Thu January 31, 2013

"To Sell is Human" by Daniel Pink

According to Daniel Pink, whether we're entrepreneurs persuading funders, employees pitching colleagues, or parents and teachers cajoling kids, we spend our days trying to move others. Like it or not, we’re all in sales now, as he explains in his new book To Sell Is Human: The Surprising Truth About Moving Others.

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Arts & Culture
11:12 am
Thu January 31, 2013

Phillip Hayes Dean’s "Paul Robeson" presented by Unison Arts and SUNY New Paltz

Credit unisonarts.org

  Actor, singer, athlete, scholar, and social activist, Paul Robeson, was born in 1898 and died at 77 years old in 1976 having been blacklisted during the Second Red Scare in the 1950s but – until the end of his life sticking to his political stances and his beliefs.

To celebrate Black History Month, Unison Arts in New Paltz, NY has partnered with the Black Studies and Fine and Performing Arts Departments at SUNY New Paltz to present Phillip Hayes Dean’s play Paul Robeson.

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The Roundtable
10:10 am
Thu January 31, 2013

"The Art of Betrayal: The Secret History of MI6" by Gordon Corera

    Gordon Corera is a security correspondent for BBC News. In that role, he covers the work of Britain's intelligence agencies. His new book is The Art of Betrayal: The Secret History of MI6: Life and Death in the British Secret Service - in it, he provides a unique and unprecedented insight into this secret world and the reality that lies behind the fiction.

The Roundtable
11:35 am
Wed January 30, 2013

The Lost Battles: Leonardo, Michelangelo, and the Artistic Duel That Defined the Renaissance

In the early 1500s, the city of Florence, Italy, created a competition between two larger than life Renaissance figures: Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo. To glorify the political power of the Florentine Republic, the city commissioned these two artists to paint frescoes on opposite walls in an important public building.

In a new book, The Lost Battles: Leonardo, Michelangelo, and the Artistic Duel That Defined the Renaissance, art historian Jonathan Jones details the lives of these men, the competition between them and how their contrasting visions of mankind continue to influence art and culture today. 

Arts & Culture
11:12 am
Wed January 30, 2013

"The Liar" at Shakespeare and Company

Credit Kevin Sprague

  The Liar was originally penned by the classic 17th Century playwright Pierre Corneille, in 1664. The play as all of the ingredients of a perfect French farce - a tangled web of lies, misdirected advances, and the unmistakable confusion of love.

Shakespeare and Company is producing an adaptation by award-winning American playwright, David Ives, which merges the iambic humor of classic verse with a contemporary twist.

We are joined by director Kevin G. Coleman and actors David Joseph and Alexandra Lincoln.

The Roundtable
9:35 am
Wed January 30, 2013

"Five Myths about Nuclear Weapons" by Ward Wilson

    Ward Wilson is a senior fellow at the Center for Nonproliferation Studies of the Monterey Institute of International Studies. He has spoken before governments and at think tanks and universities on the issue of Nuclear Weapons.

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WAMC Programs
3:06 pm
Tue January 29, 2013

The Book Show #1280 - Caleb Carr

  Caleb Carr is the critically acclaimed author of The Alienist, The Angel of Darkness, The Lessons of Terror, and The Italian Secretary. He has taught military history at Bard College, and worked extensively in film, television, and the theater.

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