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

The Albany School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences along with the Iraqi Refugee Project is presenting a talk by Columbia University Professor of Arabic and Islamic Science, George Saliba, on Thursday, April 6

We welcome author, Carole DeSanti, and talk about her new book, The Unruly Passions of Eugenie R..

Dr. Gerard Girasole and personal trainer Cara Hartman tell us about their book, <em>7 Steps to a Pain-Free Life: How to Rapidly Relieve Back and Neck Pain</em>.

Music Education

Apr 4, 2012

David Alan Miller, Meastro of The Albany Symphony Orchestra, joins us to talk about music education.

We welcome Lizzie (E.M.) Collingham and discuss her book, The Taste of War: World War II and the Battle for Food.

David Corn is the Washington bureau chief for Mother Jones. He joins us to talk about his new book, Showdown: The Inside Story of How Obama Fought Back Against Boehner, Cantor, and the Tea Party.

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During the summer of 1972, five men were arrested in the middle of the night for breaking into the Democratic Party headquarters at the Watergate office building in Washington, D.C.

The Hunt for KSM

Apr 3, 2012

Terry McDermott and Josh Meyer discuss their book, The Hunt for KSM: Inside the Pursuit and Takedown of the Real 9/11 Mastermind, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed.

The Presidents

Apr 3, 2012

Dennis Gaffney joins us to talk about the book he co-authored with his brother, Peter. The book is The Seven-Day Scholar: The Presidents: Exploring History One Week at a Time .

Music - "The Presidents" by Jonathan Coulton.

We welcome Susan Hertog and discuss her book, Dangerous Ambition: Rebecca West and Dorothy Thompson: New Women in Search of Love and Power.

Amy Lane from Open Door is this week's bookseller!

The Gods of Gotham by Lyndsay Faye
Say Her Name by Francisco Goldman
The Book of Jonas by Stephen Dau
Drift by Rachel Maddow
Paris versus New York by Vahram Muratyan
Waterlife by Rambharos Jha
Cinder by Marissa Meyer
More by I. C. Springman, Illustrated by Brian Lies

Kevin Costner

Apr 3, 2012

Actor/Director/Musician, Kevin Costner, and his band will play at Northern Lights in Clifton Park, NY on Friday, April 6.

Kevin Costner and Modern West - "Superman" and "Backyard"

Jamal Joseph speaks with us about his life - from the streets of Harlem to Riker’s Island and Leavenworth to the halls of Columbia University.

A Place for Mom

Apr 2, 2012

There are an estimated 45 million Americans serving as caregivers for their aging parents. A Place for Mom, the nation’s largest senior living referral service. We learn more about the organization from Amy Bryant, who works with A Place for Mom in the Albany area, and Joan Lunden – former host of Good Morning America on ABC.

Canstruction, will once again take over the New York State Museum. The exhibition, Zoo Can Do It, will feature more than a dozen zoo animal structures designed by teams of the Capital Region's best and brightest architects, engineers, contractors and students, using only canned goods.


Martha Frankel, Shalom Auslander, Abigail Thomas and Johanna Hall share a preview of this year's Woodstock Writer's Festival.

Joe Donahue speaks with Laura Vikmanis about her book, It’s Not About the Pom-Poms. Vikmanis is a Ben-Gal, and the oldest cheerleader in the NFL.

We welcome Kyle Keiderling to the show and talk about his book, The Perfect Game: Villanova vs Georgetown For The National Championship.

The Amazing Kreskin

Mar 30, 2012

Mentalist, The Amazing Kreskin, is performing at The Charles R. Wood Theatre in Glens Falls, NY on March 30.

We speak with Richard Zacks about his book, Island of Vice: Theodore Roosevelt's Doomed Quest to Clean Up Sin-Loving New York.

The Obama Question

Mar 30, 2012

Gary Dorrien's book, The Obama Question: A Progressive Perspective presents a reasoned critique of The Obama Presidency.

Anne Lamott, author of Operating Instructions: A Journal of My Son's First Year returns with a new book about her first year as a grandmother, Some Assembly Required: A Journal of My Son's First Son.

Arlen Specter

Mar 28, 2012

Former Senator, Arlen Specter, has a new book out entitled, Life Among the Cannibals: A Political Career, a Tea Party Uprising, and the End of Governing As We Know It.

Moody Blues are playing at Proctors in Schenectady, NY on April 5th.

Jacqueline Winspear's Maise Dobbs mysteries have been called by USA Today "less whodunits than why-dunits, more PD James than Agatha Christie." The books are set in "between the wars" England, time currently in the spotlight given the success of the Downton Abbey  TV series on PBS.

Joe Donahue speaks with Hope Sullivan about IS183 Gala, the Buckaroo Bollywood Ball.

Joe Donahue speaks with William Broad about his book, The Science of Yoga: The Risks and the Rewards.

Joe Donahue welcomes Shealeen Meaney and Sally Roesch Wagner as we host a Community Conversation supported by New York Council for the Humanities.

Chef/Owner of Terrapin Restaurant, Josh Kroner, and Mixologist, Jean Michel, join Joe and Sarah to give a preview of the restaurant's premiere party on Sunday.

Bill Carter

Mar 23, 2012

Joe Donahue speaks with Bill Carter about the Season 5 premiere - and general success - of Mad Men.