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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Ace Atkins

May 3, 2012

Robert B. Parker’s famed detective, Spenser, lives on in the new novel, Lullaby, by Ace Atkins, who has taken over Parker’s franchise following his death in 2010. Ace Atkins joins us to talk about the pressure and honor of writing Parker's characters.



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Aaron Sorkin, creator of The West Wing and Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip as well as Golden Globe and Oscar winning writer for The Social Network is also the author of the play, The Farnsworth Invention, which details the invention of television. The Albany Civic Theatre is producing the play and we speak with director, Aaron Holbritter and by the actor playing the title character, Philo T. Farnsworth, Tom Templeton.

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Author and journalist Tom Wilber join us to discuss his new book, Under the Surface: Fracking, Fortunes, and the Fate of the Marcellus Shale. He'll be at Oblong Books and Music in Rhinebeck on May 4th.

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Howard Wasdin is a former member of the elite SEAL Team Six and we welcome him and talk with him about his experiences and book, SEAL Team Six: Memoirs of an elite Navy SEAL Sniper.

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Photo by Ken Dreyfack

The new novel from Shalom Auslander includes among its characters, Anne Frank. In Hope: A Tragedy: A Novel, she survived the Holocaust and is discovered hiding in the attic of a house in rural New York State being rented by the book's main character.

Auslander is a best-selling memoirist, short story writer, and regular contributor to the public radio program This American Life. With "Hope: A Tragedy," Auslander says he set out to write a comic novel about genocide.

Stanley Whitney

Stanley Whitney: Six Paintings will be on exhibit from April 7 – June 3 at Omi International Arts Center -The Fields Sculpture Park Visitors Center and Gallery

New York at War

May 1, 2012

We welcome Steven Jaffe and speak with him about his book, New York at War: Four Centuries of Combat, Fear, and Intrigue in Gotham.

Emily Crowe from The Odyssey Bookshop joins us with this week's list.

List:
Masque of the Red Death by Bethany Griffin
Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk by Ben Fountain
The Family Fang by Kevin Wilson
The Lifeboat by Charlotte Rogan
Arcadia by Lauren Groff
The Last Werewolf by Glen Duncan
Silver Sparrow by Tayari Jones
The Lola Quartet by Emily St. John Mandel

 

To wrap up National Poetry Month we welcome poets Paul Elisha and Jay Rogoff to the studio for an extended discussion on the work and life of Walt Whitman.

The Hudson Children's Book Festival is on 5/5. We learn all about it from Lisa Dolan and Maria Suttmeier, Co-Directors of the festival.

Charlaine Harris

Apr 30, 2012

We welcome Charlaine Harris and speak with her about Deadlocked (Sookie Stackhouse, Book 12) .

We welcome Zach Wahls and speak with him about his book, My Two Moms: Lessons of Love, Strength, and What Makes a Family .

Richard Michelson joins us to talk about his new book for kids: Twice as Good: The story of William Powell and Clearview, the only golf course designed, built, and owned by an African-American.

On Saturday and Sunday April 28 and 29, nine western MA pottery studios will celebrate the potter’s art and the advent of spring by opening their doors to the public for the Asparagus Valley Pottery Trail. Mary Barringer (Editor of The Studio Potter) tells us more.

Kevin Allison (The State) joins us to talk about Risk! True Stories Boldly Told Live, which he bringing to The Linda on 4/28.

Saratoga Vital Aging Network (SVAN) is sponsoring an event with Skidmore College on 4/28. The event features Meika Loe from Colgate University (her book is, Aging Our Way: Lessons for Living from 85 and Beyond) - she joins us to tell us more.

Rent vs Own

Apr 26, 2012

Jane Hodges has written extensively on residential and investment real estate for The Wall Street Journal, MSNBC.com, AOL Real Estate, The Seattle Times, and more. Her new book is Rent vs Own.

David Lacks and his son, David Lacks Jr., join us to talk about their Saratoga Reads event.

We speak with Ron Reagon about his book, My Father at 100, now out in paperback.

Image from the author's website.

Acclaimed biographer Anne Sebba offers the first full scale biography of Wallis Simpson, exploring the mind of one of the most glamorous and reviled figures of the 20th century--and one of the most talked about women of her generation. Anne Sebba will join us this week to discuss That Woman.

Jesse Feiler (North Country Consulting) is here for his monthly visit and tells us about the ever evolving world of where you keep your bytes.

Retirement on the Line

Apr 24, 2012

We welcome Caitrin Lynch and speak with her about her book, Retirement on the Line: Age, Work, and Value in an American Factory .

Co-director, Karen Schimmer, and participating author, Matthew McElligott, join us to talk about the fourth Albany Children's Book Festival.

Alden Graves from Northshire Bookstore in Manchester, VT joins us with this week's Book Picks list.

The List:
Canada by Richard Ford
Midnight in Peking by Paul French
Dead End Gene Pool by Wendy Burden
Oklahoma City by Andrew Gumbel and Roger G. Charles
Eisenhower by Jean Edward Smith Canada by Richard Ford

Mike Wallace: A Life

Apr 24, 2012

We speak with Peter Rader about his book, Mike Wallace: A Life .

Eboo Patel, one of the leading voices for cultivating greater understanding and acceptance of diverse faith backgrounds on college campuses, will speak Tuesday, April 24, at 5:30 p.m. in Memorial Chapel at Union College. More information here.

M. L. Carr

Apr 23, 2012

In 1984, legendary Boston Celtics player M.L. Carr executed a steal and dunk in the NBA finals to seal the victory for the Boston Celtics against the Lakers, which eventually led them to a championship title that year. On April 27, Carr will be again be front and center as the keynote speaker for a fundraising gala benefitting the Catholic Schools of Pittsfield at “An Evening with the Stars.”

There will be a staged reading of War Stories, a performance about the effect of war based on writings from the Empire State College community on April 24 in the Proctors GE Theater in Schenectady, NY. Elaine Handley, Cindy Bates, and Claudia Hough join us to tell us more.

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