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
10:10 am
Fri January 4, 2013

"Reinventing Bach" by Paul Elie

In Reinventing Bach, Paul Elie tells the story of how musicians of genius have made Bach’s music new in our time, at once restoring Bach as a universally revered composer and revolutionizing the ways that music figures into our lives.

As a musician in eighteenth-century Germany, Bach was on the technological frontier—restoring organs, inventing instruments, and perfecting the tuning system still in use today.

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The Roundtable
9:35 am
Fri January 4, 2013

Final Vision: The Last Word on Jeffrey MacDonald by Joe McGinness

The Jeffrey MacDonald case is one of the most horrifying—and controversial—murder cases of its time, with chilling echoes of the Manson Family’s “Helter Skelter” killings: a handsome, Ivy League–educated Green Beret Army doctor accused of brutally stabbing and clubbing to death his pregnant wife and two young daughters in the middle of the night. MacDonald was eventually convicted and is serving three consecutive life sentences.

Perhaps no one is better qualified to address these questions than Joe McGinniss, who was first drawn into the story in 1979, when he began work on what became the definitive account of the case, Fatal Vision.

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The Roundtable
9:30 am
Thu January 3, 2013

"Making Habits, Breaking Habits: Why We Do Things, Why We Don't, and How to Make Any Change Stick"

It's that time of year again when millions of Americans vow to create good habits and break bad ones.

We welcome Jeremy Dean, the psychologist behind PsyBlog,  to explain why it is so difficult to modify our behavior -- and to stick with the change. His book is called Making Habits, Breaking Habits: Why We Do Things, Why We Don't, and How to Make Any Change Stick.

The Roundtable
11:12 am
Wed January 2, 2013

"No Way Out: A Story of Valor in the Mountains of Afghanistan"

In a remote, enemy-held valley in Afghanistan, a Special Forces team planned to scale a steep mountain to surprise and capture a terrorist leader. But before they found the target, the target found them…

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The Roundtable
10:35 am
Wed January 2, 2013

"Almost Home: Helping Kids Move from Homelessness to Hope"

Covenant House is the largest privately funded agency in the country providing shelter, food and crisis care to homeless, and runaway youth. The book, Almost Home: Helping Kids Move from Homelessness to Hope, tells the stories of six kids from Covenant House.

We speak about the book with Tina Kelley.

The Roundtable
10:10 am
Wed January 2, 2013

Pride & Passion: The African-American Baseball Experience at the Poughkeepsie Public Library

The exhibit Pride & Passion: The African-American Baseball Experience opens tomorrow at the Poughkeepsie Public Library.

This nationally touring exhibition, which chronicles the remarkable history of baseball’s Negro leagues and the challenges and successes of African-American baseball players, opens today in Library’s Rotunda area.

An accompanying program series features lectures that relate the history of pre-integration baseball and the days leading to Jackie Robinson’s efforts to break the color barrier in America’s national pastime.

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The Roundtable - Question of the Day
8:37 am
Wed January 2, 2013

Question of the Day - Fiscal Cliff Deal?

The House of Representatives late Tuesday easily approved emergency bipartisan legislation sparing all but a sliver of America’s richest from sharp income tax hikes -- while setting up another “fiscal cliff” confrontation in a matter of weeks.

Lawmakers voted 257-167 to send the compromise to President Barack Obama to sign into law. Eighty-five Republicans and 172 Democrats backed the bill, which passed in the Senate by an 89-8 margin. Opposition comprised 151 Republicans and 16 Democrats.

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WAMC Programs
2:06 pm
Tue January 1, 2013

The Book Show #1276 - Michael Chabon

Telegraph Avenue is the eighth novel by Michael Chabon who won the Pulitzer in 2001 for  The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay.

WAMC Programs - The Book Show
3:06 pm
Tue December 25, 2012

The Book Show #1275 - Martin Amis

Martin Amis' latest novel is his 15th work of fiction. Lionel Asbo: State of England centers around a thuggish, yet occasionally endearing antihero, Lionel Asbo, whose last name results from being handed down at age 3 an Anti Social Behavior Order, a civil order issued in Britain against conduct that includes things like begging, graffiti and excessive noise.

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The Roundtable
9:25 am
Fri December 21, 2012

How an Obscure Renaissance Astrologer Became the Modern Prophet of Doom

We all know the name Nostradamus, but who was he really? Why did his predictions become so influential in Renaissance Europe and then keep resurfacing for nearly five centuries? And what does Nostradamus’s endurance in the West say about us and our own world?

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