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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Arts & Culture
11:35 am
Mon April 15, 2013

Woodstock Writer's Festival - April 18-21

Phillipe Petit, Joe Donahue, Martha Frankel

    The Woodstock Writers Festival is a collection of writers and their readers who meet for the weekend in Woodstock, NY from April 18-21.

It is the 4th annual event and there are plenty of events and panels. There will be panels on spirituality, comedy writing, Sex, Drugs and Rock and Roll and discussions on poetry, the short story, and a look at the writing of memoir.

Among the writers who will be on hand are Cheryl Strayed, Lydia Davis, Philippe Petit, James Lasdun, Abigail Thomas, Ann Hood, Christa Parravani and many more.

To tell us more we welcome Festival Organizer Martha Frankel and festival headliner, Philippe Petit, whose new book is Why Knot?: How to Tie More Than Sixty Ingenious, Useful, Beautiful, Lifesaving, and Secure Knots!

The Roundtable
11:12 am
Mon April 15, 2013

Susannah Sheffer, Project Director at Murder Victims' Families for Human Rights at SUNY Albany

  Susannah Sheffer, Project Director at Murder Victims' Families for Human Rights, will be speaking tonight at SUNY Albany’s School of Criminal Justice about her new book: Fighting for Their Lives: Inside the Experience of Capital Defense Attorneys.

The book tackles such questions as: How do attorneys who represent clients facing the death penalty cope with the stress and trauma of their work? Through conversations with twenty of the most experienced and dedicated post-conviction capital defenders in the United States.

What it is like for these capital defenders in their last visits or phone calls with clients who are about to be taken to the execution chamber? Or the next mornings, in their lives with their families, in their dreams and flashbacks and moments alone in the car?

Today’s event is at 5:30 at Husted Hall Amphitheatre.

Arts & Culture
10:10 am
Mon April 15, 2013

Pulitzer Prize winner Charles H. Fuller at The Egg on 4/18

  The African American Cultural Center of the Capital Region is committed to educating, enriching, and empowering residents of the Capital Region through a variety of programs that raise the collective consciousness of all ethnicities to the rich and vibrant history, contribution, and culture of African Americans.

This Thursday, April 18th, The African American Cultural Center of the Capital Region will hold a Gala fundraiser in the Swyer Theater at The Egg in Albany, New York.

The evening will include performances of scenes from A Soldier's Play, by Pulitzer Prize winning playwright, Charles H. Fuller, a conversation with -and award presentation to- Fuller – and more.

The Roundtable
9:00 am
Mon April 15, 2013

4/15/13 - Panel

  Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock and Ray Graf, and Mike Spain, Associate Editor of the Times Union. Joe Donahue moderates.

Today's topics include:
• Times Union Headlines
• Latest on North Korea
• April 15th – Tax Day
• Immigration Bill Support

The Roundtable
11:12 am
Fri April 12, 2013

2013 Orion Book Award - Craig Childs' "Apocalyptic Planet: Field Guide to the Everending Earth"

    Craig Childs’ book Apocalyptic Planet: Field Guide to the Everending Earth has won the 2013 Orion Book Award in recognition of its success in addressing the human relationship with the natural world in a fresh, thought-provoking, and engaging manner.

Speaking for the jury, Orion Magazine associate editor Hannah Fries said, “A mixture of adventure, science, and engaging storytelling, Apocalyptic Planet demonstrates an open-mouthed awe of the earth in all its dynamism, a spirit of passionate curiosity, and a fresh and humbling way of thinking about the planet and our place within its grand, catastrophic life.”

Craig Childs and Amanda Fries join us.

The Roundtable
10:35 am
Fri April 12, 2013

Ideas Matter: Checking in with the Public Humanities

  We are very happy to be kicking off a new regular feature on the Roundtable entitled - Ideas Matter: Checking in with the Public Humanities. It is our chance to check in with the Humanities Councils throughout our 7-State area to discuss important ideas and why they do indeed matter.

We welcome: Pleun Bouricius - Assistant Director of Mass Humanities. Before that she managed the Women, Enterprise, and Society project at Baker Library at Harvard Business School; and taught in the History and Literature, and Women’s Studies Programs at Harvard University and the Harvard Extension School.

Also joining us is Sara Ogger. Sara joined the staff of the New York Council for the Humanities in March 2002 as Grants Officer. She was appointed Executive Director in April 2007 after a successful effort to secure state funding. Before coming to the Council, Sara was an assistant professor of German at Montclair State University in New Jersey.

The Roundtable
9:35 am
Fri April 12, 2013

Anne Lamott

Joe Donahue and Anne Lamott

    Renowned author Anne Lamott, whose latest work of non-fiction is Help, Thanks, Wow: The Three Essential Prayers is in town this morning to speak at Hudson Valley Community College in Troy at 11 AM. We are thrilled she stopped by here first.

Lamott uses humor to get her messages across about motherhood, loss, spirituality and alcoholism in her novels and non-fiction. Among her works are Operating Instructions, Hard Laughter, Rosie, and Some Assembly Required: A Journal of My Son’s First Son – which is just out in paperback.

The Roundtable
9:00 am
Fri April 12, 2013

4/12/13 - Panel

  Today's panelists are WAMC's Alan Chartock, Ray Graf, and Sarah LaDuke. Joe Donahue moderates.

In this abbreviated RTonTheRT we discuss whether or not we'd go on a cruise and we invite WAMC listeners to call in and talk on the subject.

The Roundtable
11:42 am
Thu April 11, 2013

"Simple: Conquering the Crisis of Complexity"

  Alan Siegel and Irene Etzkorn have long consulted with businesses and organizations around the world, looking to streamline products, services, processes and communications. And they have achieved dramatic results.

In the new book, Simple: Conquering the Crisis of Complexity, Siegel and Etzkorn show us how having empathy, striving for clarity, and distilling your message can reduce the distance between company and customer, hospital and patient, government and citizen-and increase your bottom line.

Examining the best and worst practices of an array of organizations big and small-including the IRS, Google, Philips, Trader Joe's, Chubb Insurance, and ING Direct, and many more - Siegel and Etzkorn recast simplicity as a mindset, a design aesthetic, and a writing technique.

The Roundtable
9:00 am
Thu April 11, 2013

4/11/13 - Panel

  Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, news man Ray Graf and executive editor of the Poughkeepsie Journal, Stu Shinske. Joe Donahue moderates.

Today's topics include:
• The latest news from the lower Hudson Valley
• The Economy vs. the Environment
• Viewers Give up on Television
• Trust in Cruise Ships in down sharply

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