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
11:45 am
Fri March 8, 2013

"Taps on the Walls: Poems from the Hanoi Hilton"

How did a prisoner of war survive six years and eight months of soul-crushing imprisonment in the Hanoi Hilton during the Vietnam War? By writing poetry. And how did he do it without pencil or paper?

Then-Captain John Borling "wrote" and memorized poems to keep his mind sharp and spirits up. He shared his creations with fellow captives by their only means of communication—the forbidden POW tap code. Rapping on the cell walls with his knuckles, he tapped poems, certainly of pain and despair, but also of humor, encouragement, and hope, to keep everyone’s strength and spirits alive.

John Borling joins us to talk about Taps on the Walls: Poems from the Hanoi Hilton.

Arts & Culture
11:35 am
Fri March 8, 2013

Michelle Williams in FELA!

Credit Carol Rosegg

  FELA! is the story of legendary Nigerian musician Fela Kuti, whose soulful Afrobeat rhythms ignited a generation.

Inspired by his mother, a civil rights champion, he defied a corrupt and oppressive military government and devoted his life and music to the struggle for freedom and human dignity.

Grammy winner and former member of Destiny's Child, Michelle Williams, is in town to perform in the run of the musical FELA! at Proctor’s in Schenectady tonight and for two shows tomorrow.

The Roundtable
11:12 am
Fri March 8, 2013

"Eighty Days" - Nellie Bly and Elizabeth Bisland race around the world

  On November 14, 1889, Nellie Bly, the crusading young female reporter for Joseph Pulitzer’s World newspaper, left New York City by steamship on a quest to break the record for the fastest trip around the world.

Also departing from New York that day—and heading in the opposite direction by train—was a young journalist from The Cosmopolitan magazine, Elizabeth Bisland. Each woman was determined to outdo Jules Verne’s fictional hero Phileas Fogg and circle the globe in less than eighty days. The dramatic race that ensued would span twenty-eight thousand miles, captivate the nation, and change both competitors’ lives forever.

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The Roundtable
10:35 am
Fri March 8, 2013

"Hank Greenberg" by John Rosengren

    Baseball in the 1930s was more than a national pastime; it was a cultural touchstone that galvanized communities and gave a struggling country its heroes despite the woes of the Depression. Hank Greenberg, one of the most exciting sluggers in baseball history, gave the people of Detroit a reason to be proud.

But America was facing more than economic hardship. With the Nazis gaining power across Europe, political and social tensions were approaching a boiling point. As one of the few Jewish athletes competing nationally, Greenberg became not only an iconic ball player, but also an important and sometimes controversial symbol of Jewish identity and the American immigrant experience.

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The Roundtable
9:35 am
Fri March 8, 2013

"The Terror Courts" by Jess Bravin

    In the aftermath of the Sept. 11 attacks, the U.S. rounded up hundreds of suspected terrorists in Afghanistan and around the world. Many ended up at a special military detention center in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

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Arts & Culture
11:35 am
Thu March 7, 2013

Albany Symphony's March 9th and 10th Presentations

   This weekend the Albany Symphony Orchestra will present two quite different concerts at The Palace Theatre in Albany, NY.

On Saturday March 9th, the orchestra will perform Mussorgsky's "Pictures at an Exhibition," and a recent violin concerto entitled “Fire and Blood” by Michael Daugherty. Then on Sunday, Cowboy Dave rides again in a program called “Compose Yourself with Cowboy Dave!”

Maestro "Cowboy Dave" David Alan Miller joins us now to tell us more.

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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