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 - Book Picks
10:10 am
Tue March 26, 2013

Book Picks - Battenkill Books

  Connie Brooks from Battenkill Books in Cambridge, NY is in Studio A this week with a list of great titles.

List after the break. 

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The Roundtable
9:00 am
Tue March 26, 2013

3/26/13 - Panel

  Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Newsman Ray Graf and Times-Union Associate editor, Mike Spain. Joe Donahue moderates.

This morning our discussion topics include:
Hillary Clinton and Rand Paul 2016 Presidential talk
Why are many of us slaves to technology
As Supreme Court considers gay marriage, abortion comparisons rise
Senators blast NRA for robocalls in Newtown

The Roundtable
11:35 am
Mon March 25, 2013

"The True Secret of Writing: Connecting Life with Language" by Natalie Goldberg

    Natalie Goldberg, teacher and author of Writing Down the Bones, joins us to talk about her new book: The True Secret of Writing: Connecting Life with Language.

She offers writing guidance learned from years of teaching and practice in the second part of the hour.

The Roundtable
10:35 am
Mon March 25, 2013

"Dollars and Sex" by Marina Adshade

    Like Freakonomics, Dollars and Sex takes economics and converts it into a science by applying the principles of supply and demand, and other market forces, to matters of love, courtship, sex, and marriage.

As she does in her blog, author Marina Adshade explores the marketplace for sex and love using research, economic analysis, and humor to reveal just how central the interplay of libido, gender, love, power, and economic forces is to the most important choices we make in our lives. Call it "Sexonomics."

The Roundtable
10:10 am
Mon March 25, 2013

"100 Days" Countdown to the public opening of the Roosevelt Library's new permanent museum exhibits

Credit Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum

    On Friday, the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum in Hyde Park, New York kicked off their "100 Days" Countdown to the public opening of the Roosevelt Library's new permanent museum exhibits on June 30th. Today marks 97 days.

These exhibits will tell the story of the Roosevelt presidency beginning in the depths of the Great Depression and continuing through the New Deal years and World War II with an emphasis on both Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt’s relationship with the American people. Special interactives, immersive audio‐visual theaters, and rarely seen artifacts will convey the dramatic story of the Roosevelt era as the Roosevelt Library brings a New Deal to a New Generation.

To help us countdown, we welcome Lynn Bassanese, Director of the FDR Presidential Library and Museum and Felica Wong, President and CEO of the Roosevelt Institute.

The Roundtable
9:00 am
Mon March 25, 2013

3/25/13 - Panel

  Today's panelists are WAMC's Morning Edition host David Guistina, WAMC Newsman Ray Graf, WAMC News Director, Ian Pickus, and University at Albany Journalism Professor and Investigative Reporter, Rosemary Armao. Joe Donahue moderates.

Today's topics include:
The High Court and same-sex marriage
Karl Rove says GOP candidate “could” back gay marriage
Bloomberg, NRA Brace for Senate Showdown on Guns
Washington Post Defends Not Running Article On Iraq Media Failure
NCAA – Road to Sweet 16

Arts & Culture
11:12 am
Fri March 22, 2013

"Inflatable Frankenstein" - Radiohole at EMPAC

    Inspired by meditations on horror films, the work of Antonin Artaud, and Ardunio open-source electronics, Radiohole’s Inflatable Frankenstein is a visually and sonically driven performance based on Mary Shelley’s early life and her novel Frankenstein.

Arising from a world of gods and monsters (and thousands of Walmart and Price Chopper grocery bags) is a desecration too terrible to behold and too beautiful to turn away from, leading to an improbable question: what is it like to be a metaphor for everything?

The project was supported by a 2012 EMPAC production residency.

The Roundtable
10:35 am
Fri March 22, 2013

"Breaking Point" by C. J. Box

    C. J. Box is the author of thirteen Joe Pickett novels and three stand-alones, and has won the Edgar, Anthony, Macavity, Gumshoe, and Barry Awards, as well as the French Prix Calibre .38.

His latest Joe Pickett novel is Breaking Point. Every man reaches his breaking point. In this book, Joe Pickett may just have reached his.

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The Roundtable
10:00 am
Fri March 22, 2013

3/22/13 - Panel

Actor and musician Kevin Bacon at Comic-Con 2012 in San Diego.
Credit Wikimedia Commons/Genevieve

Today’s panelists are WAMC's Ray Graf, WAMC's David Guistina, and WAMC's Patrick Donges. Roundtable host Joe Donahue moderates.

For the part of this hour we'll also be joined by Kevin and Michael Bacon to discuss their careers in music and film, the Bacon Brothers Band, and the cultural phenomenon that is the six degrees of Kevin Bacon.   

Today's topics include:

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