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
Fri March 1, 2013

"Fellow Mortals" by Dennis Mahoney

    Dennis Mahoney’s debut novel, Fellow Mortals: A Novel, is about mailman Henry Cooper who lights a cigar and tosses away the match, accidentally sparking a fire that turns deadly. The story focuses on Henry as he tries to make things right.

Fellow Mortals is Mahoney's first published novel. He will read from the book tonight in an event at St. Rose College in Albany, NY.

The Roundtable
10:10 am
Thu February 28, 2013

My Name Is Jody Williams: A Vermont Girl's Winding Path to the Nobel Peace Prize

   From her modest beginnings to becoming the tenth woman--and third American woman--to receive the Nobel Peace Prize, Jody Williams is here to describe the ups and downs of her tumultuous and remarkable life.

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Arts & Culture
9:45 am
Thu February 28, 2013

Len Cariou at Helsinki on Broadway

  Len Cariou will be celebrating fifty years in show business at Helsinki Hudson on March 10th with a recollection of great stories and songs he has sung during his illustrious career on the Great White Way.

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The Roundtable
11:45 am
Wed February 27, 2013

Phillip Lopate

Credit Sally Gall

    Phillip Lopate is the author of countless books and the editor of a number of anthologies on various topics: he's a fiction writer, an essayist, a memoirist, a movie critic, and more.

Now, Free Press releases two new books: To Show and To Tell, a guide to the craft of literary non-fiction and Portrait Inside My Head, a new collection of personal essays that stretch back to his childhood in Brooklyn through marriage, parenthood, and sibling rivalry with Leonard Lopate.

Arts & Culture
11:35 am
Wed February 27, 2013

The Berkshire Festival of Women Writers 2013

    The Berkshire Festival of Women Writers is a month-long festival of women writers. We get a preview of all the events including panels, readings, lectures, and networking events.

A myriad of voices will be celebrated during the festival, including published playwrights; poets and novelists; bloggers; non-native speakers learning to write expressively in English and emerging writers. Panel discussions will be led by publishers, literary agents, social media strategists and other experts in the creative writing field.

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Arts & Culture
11:12 am
Wed February 27, 2013

Jacob’s Pillow Dance and MASS MoCA co-present Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal

    This weekend, Jacob’s Pillow Dance and MASS MoCA co-present world-renowned contemporary ballet ensemble Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal at MASS MoCA’s Hunter Center.

The Montréal-based dance company blends a variety of dance styles, influences, and music in three diverse works by prominent, international choreographers.

This co-presentation coincides with the final month of MASS MoCA’s Oh, Canada exhibit, the largest survey of Canadian contemporary art ever produced outside of Canada.

Ella Baff, Jacob’s Pillow Executive and Artistic Director, and Sue Killam, Director of Performing Arts at MASS MoCA, join us to tell us more.

Arts & Culture
10:35 am
Wed February 27, 2013

“No Further Instructions” at the Arthur Zankel Music Center

   “No Further Instructions,” a performance by Howard Fishman with New York Times travel journalist and photographer Michael Benanav, gets under way at 8-PM Friday in the Arthur Zankel Music Center at Skidmore College. Howard will also perform at the Hudson Opera House on the 2nd, at The Falcon on the 3rd.

The program combines original music, historical memoir, storytelling and compelling photography to share the duo’s exploits and experiences as American Jews in rural Romania.

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WAMC Programs
3:06 pm
Tue February 26, 2013

The Book Show #1284 - Tracy Kidder and Richard Todd

    In 1973 in the offices of The Atlantic Monthly in Boston, a young freelance writer named Tracy Kidder came looking for an assignment. Richard Todd was the editor that encouraged him.

After much success they have written the new book, Good Prose: The Art of Nonfiction, which explores three major non-fiction forms: narratives, essays, and memoirs.

The Roundtable
11:35 am
Tue February 26, 2013

"With or Without You" by Domenica Ruta

Domenica Ruta grew up in a working-class, Italian town north of Boston. Her mother, Kathi, a notorious figure in this place, was a drug addict and sometime dealer whose life swung between welfare and riches, whose highbrow taste was at odds with her base appetites.

With or Without You: A Memoir is the story of Domenica Ruta’s unconventional coming of age—a darkly hilarious chronicle of a misfit ’90s childhood and the necessary and painful act of breaking away, and of overcoming her own addictions and demons in the process.

The Roundtable
11:12 am
Tue February 26, 2013

"The Age of Edison: Electric Light and the Invention of Modern America" by Ernest Freeberg

    The late nineteenth century was a period of explosive technological creativity, but arguably the most important invention of all was Thomas Edison’s incandescent light-bulb.

The light bulb became a catalyst for the nation’s transformation from a rural to an urban-dominated culture. City streetlights defined zones between rich and poor, and the electrical grid sharpened the line between town and country.

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