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
9:45 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.

The Roundtable
11:35 am
Mon March 4, 2013

"Detroit: An American Autopsy" by Charlie LeDuff

  Back in his broken hometown, Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist Charlie LeDuff searches through the ruins for clues to its fate, his family’s, and his own in his new book Detroit: An American Autopsy.

If Detroit is America’s vanguard in good times and bad, then here is the only place to turn for guid¬ance in our troubled era. While redemption is thin on the ground in this ghost of a city, Detroit: An American Autopsy is no hopeless parable. LeDuff shares an unbelievable story of a hard town in a rough time filled with some of the strangest and strongest people our country has to offer. Detroit is a dark comedy of the absurdity of American life in the twenty-first century, a deeply human drama of colossal greed and endurance, ignorance and courage.

The Roundtable
11:12 am
Mon March 4, 2013

"Banished" by Lauren Drain

    You've likely heard of the Westboro Baptist Church. Perhaps you've seen their pickets on the news, the members holding signs with offensive messages, protesting at events such as the funerals of soldiers, the 9-year old victim of the recent Tucson shooting, and Elizabeth Edwards, all in front of their grieving families.

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The Roundtable
10:35 am
Mon March 4, 2013

"All My Sons" in Glens Falls, NY

Neil Akins (seated L), Nick Baroudi, Avery Clark (seated C) and Barbara Miner (seated R)

  This coming Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, Arthur Miller’s classic drama All My Sons will be presented at the The Charles R. Wood Theater in Glens Falls, New York. The show is a co-production of three producing companies: Rabine Productions, Inc., Wrightstage Productions and The Charles R. Wood Theater.

All My Sons is one of Miller’s first full-length dramas, preceding Death of a Salesman, which followed two years later in 1949. Both plays are considered masterpieces of the American dramatic canon.

The show is directed by Terry Rabine.

Arts & Culture
10:10 am
Mon March 4, 2013

They Might Be Giants release (an album titled) Nanobots

    They Might Be Giants' 16th studio album, Nanobots, will be released tomorrow on Idlewild Recordings.

The guys are out on a huge tour promoting the album, but just before they hit the road, John Flansburgh took our call to talk about the new record, bass clarinets, what he likes and dislikes about doing press, and the new free TMBG app.

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The Roundtable
9:35 am
Mon March 4, 2013

"How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia" by Moshin Hamid

  The author of The Reluctant Fundamentalist, Moshin Hamid, will be at the Odyssey Bookshop in South Hadley, Massachusetts to talk about his new novel - the boldly imagined tale of a poor boy’s quest for wealth and love.

How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia: A Novel is the astonishing and riveting tale of a man’s journey from impoverished rural boy to corporate tycoon, it steals its shape from the business self-help books devoured by ambitious youths all over “rising Asia.”

It follows its nameless hero to the sprawling metropolis where he begins to amass an empire built on that most fluid, and increasingly scarce, of goods: water. Yet his heart remains set on something else, on the pretty girl whose star rises along with his, their paths crossing and re-crossing, a lifelong affair sparked and snuffed and sparked again by the forces that careen their fates along.

The Roundtable
9:20 am
Mon March 4, 2013

Question of the Day - Sequester?

What do you make of the sequester?

The Roundtable
11:12 am
Fri March 1, 2013

"Blindspot: Hidden Biases of Good People" with Anthony Greenwald

    Psychologist from the University of Washington, Anthony Greenwald, joins us to discuss the hidden biases we all carry from a lifetime of exposure to cultural attitudes about age, gender, race, ethnicity, religion, social class, sexuality, disability status, and nationality.

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The Roundtable
10:35 am
Fri March 1, 2013

TMI Project

  TMI Project is a nonprofit organization that offers memoir writing workshops that culminate in staged true storytelling performances - sort of like The Moth meets The Vagina Monologues. Their slogan is "Changing the world, one story at a time."

This past year, after receiving a grant, they launched the TMI Project Community Outreach Initiative, which brings the TMI workshop to under-served populations.

While doing that, they have also continued regular workshops and shows. On March 11th they begin their first "for the page" 9-week workshop. It's an essay writing class, and will culminate in a small collection of essays that will be for sale, and a reading at a book store.

They’ll have their third women's retreat workshop at LifeBridge Sanctuary in Rosendale March 15th - 17th.

There’s a LOT going on and Eva Tenuto, Executive Director of TMI Project, and Sari Botton, Editorial Director join us to tell us more.

The Roundtable
10:10 am
Fri March 1, 2013

Pulitzer Prize winner, Tim Weiner, at Carey Center for Global Good in Rensselaerville, NY

   Enemies: A History of the FBI is the first definitive history of the FBI’s secret intelligence operations, from an author whose work on the Pentagon and the CIA won him the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award.

We think of the FBI as America’s police force. But secret intelligence is the Bureau’s first and foremost mission. Enemies is the story of how presidents have used the FBI as the most formidable intelligence force in American history.

Here is the hidden history of America’s hundred-year war on terror. As a correspondent for The New York Times, Tim Weiner he covered the Central Intelligence Agency in Washington and terrorism in Afghanistan, Pakistan, the Sudan, and other nations. Enemies is his fourth book. Weiner will be speaking tomorrow at the Carey Center for Global Good in Rensselaerville.

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