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. 

Ways to Connect


Apr 23, 2012

We welcome Coleen Murtagh Paratore to the program and speak with her about her book, Dreamsleeves.

We are thrilled to welcome the legendary Joan Rivers to the show prior to her weekend stand-up show at UPAC in Kingston.

We welcome Jim Robinson and speak with him about his book, The Man Who Planted Trees: Lost Groves, Champion Trees, and an Urgent Plan to Save the Planet.

JoAnn Falletta

Apr 23, 2012

We welcome JoAnn Falletta, she is guest conducting Carmina Burana with the Albany Symphony Orchestra.

Robert Hardman discusses his book, Her Majesty: Queen Elizabeth II and her Court.

We welcome Bob Dvorchak, co-author of, Game Over: Jerry Sandusky, Penn State, and the Culture of Silence.

We welcome Jessica Minahan and Nancy Rappaport and speak about The Behavior Code: A Practical Guide to Understanding and Teaching the Most Challenging Students.

We welcome Matthew Hutson and learn about his book, The 7 Laws of Magical Thinking: How Irrational Beliefs Keep Us Happy, Healthy, and Sane.

Featuring a combined mass choir directed by Rev. Elgin Joseph Taylor  of Sweet Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church in Albany, NY – this Sunday there will be a Gospel Jubilee at Proctor’s in Schenectady.

This special performance of selected songs of triumph, praise and healing is presented in association with Sista Factory.

Ian Pickus

WAMC's Joe Donahue speaks with legendary journalist Bob Woodward, who helped topple the Nixon presidency with his Watergate reporting and has covered the White House ever since in many books and for The Washington Post. Woodward spoke at Union College Thursday evening.

We speaks with Charles Duhigg about his book, The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business.

In early March, Alzheimer’s Association released its new facts and figures on the extent of the disease and its toll. They report that, in the United States, an estimated 5.4 million people are living with Alzheimer’s disease, including at least 800,000 who live alone. 

According the report, unless something is done to change the trajectory of the disease, as many as 16 million Americans will have Alzheimer’s by 2050.

We learn about Ryan + Trevor Oakes: The Periphery of Perception at EMPAC and the panel discussion related to it, this week.

This week's Book Picks List from Connie:

Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail Cheryl Strayed
London Under by Peter Ackroyd
The Beginner’s Goodbye by Anne Tyler
Moloka’i by Alan Brennert
Grave Mercy by Robin Lafevers
Ruby Redfort Look Into My Eyes by Lauren Child
Randy Riley’s Really Big Hit by Chris Van Dusen

We welcome Kevin Alterman and discuss his book, The Cause: The Fight for American Liberalism from Franklin Roosevelt to Barack Obama.

Photograph: David Azia/AP

In The New Republic: A Novel, acclaimed author Lionel Shriver—author of the National Book Award finalist So Much for That, The Post-Birthday World, and the vivid psychological novel We Need to Talk About Kevin, now a major motion picture—probes the mystery of charisma in a razor-sharp new novel that teases out the intimate relationship between terrorism and cults of personali

Diane Forsberg, Deputy Director & Chief Curator of The Arkell Museum at Canajoharie, joins us to talk about the exhibition, "Mark Adams and Beth Van Hoesen: Life Observed Up-Close" and this coming Sunday's Earth Day family events.

Richard Davenport-Hines is the acclaimed biographer of W. H. Auden and the Macmillan dynasty. His most recent book is Voyagers of the Titanic: Passengers, Sailors, Shipbuilders, Aristocrats, and the Worlds They Came From.Music - "Moonstruck" - Ian Whitcomb conducting The White Star Orchestra on the album, Titanic: Music As Heard On The Fateful Voyage

Nicholas Wade is the grandson of teacher and author Lawrence Beesley, a survivor of the RMS Titanic. Wade has written the afterward for the book, Titanic, First Accounts. We speak with him about his grandfather's story. Music: "That Mesmerizing Mendelssohn Tune" - Ian Whitcomb conducting The White Star Orchestra on the album, Titanic: Music As Heard On The Fateful Voyage

Hampton Sides is an American historian and journalist. He's written the Titanic cover story of this month's National Geographic.

Music: "The Merry Widow Waltz" - Ian Whitcomb conducting The White Star Orchestra on the album, Titanic: Music As Heard On The Fateful Voyage

Photograph by Mark Thiessen

We welcome the man who discovered the wreck of the RMS Titanic in 1985, Bob Ballard.

Music: "Mon Coeur S'Ouvre A Ta Voix" - Ian Whitcomb conducting The White Star Orchestra on the album, Titanic: Music As Heard On The Fateful Voyage.

Benjamin Busch —a decorated U.S. Marine Corps infantry officer who served two combat tours in Iraq, an actor on The Wire, and the son of celebrated novelist Frederick Busch - joins us to speak about his memoir, Dust to Dust.

He will be at Oblong Books and Music on 4/15, at The Odyssey Bookshop on 4/18, and at Vassar College on 4/19.

Abrahm Lustgraten is an award-winning reporter for ProPublica and a former writer for Fortune. He joins us to speak about his book,Run to Failure: BP and the Making of the Deepwater Horizon Disaster.

This is a special Off the Shelf edition of The Book Show – taped before a live audience at the Manchester Elementary Middle School in Manchester, Vermont presented by The Northshire Bookstore.

We speak with Jim Gullo about his book, Trading Manny: How a Father and Son Learned to Love Baseball Again.

Rachel Maddow

Apr 9, 2012

Rachel Maddow speaks with us about finishing her dissertation, moving to Lesbianville, USA, starting in radio, and how her MSNBC show works.

Kat Koppett (co-director of improve group Mopco, Mark Fleisher (Producing Artistic Director, Adirondack Theatre Festival), Leigh Strimbeck (WAM Theatre co-founder and Artistic Advisor) tell us about the second 24hr Berkshires/Capital Region Theatre Project.

Hot Cripple

Apr 5, 2012

Hogan Gorman's book is entitled Hot Cripple: An Incurable Smart-ass Takes on the Health Care System and Lives to Tell the Tale.