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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Arts & Culture
11:12 am
Fri August 31, 2012

Restoration Funstival 2012

This year’s Restoration Funstival – taking place at St. Joseph’s Church in Downtown Albany September 7th through the 9th – is poised to be the best RestFest yet.

St. Jopseph’s was dedicated in 1860, held its last service in 1993, and in 2003, ownership was transferred to Historic Albany Foundation.

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Arts & Culture
9:35 am
Fri August 31, 2012

Evanescence at Tanglewood

Grammy award-winning rockers, Evanescence, play at Tanglewood tomorrow night. The multi-platinum hard rock band, led by Amy Lee’s operatic, passionate vocals, has had the major hits, "Fallen" and “Bring Me To Life,” which snagged the band a Grammy for best hard rock performance. Amy Lee joins us.

Arts & Culture
11:32 am
Thu August 30, 2012

Shakespeare and Company - Satchmo at the Waldorf

Kevin Sprague

Satchmo at the Waldorf is a new one-man play by Terry Teachout. It runs at Shakespeare and Company’s Tina Packer Playhouse through September 16th.

The play takes us to the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in March of 1971 as jazz-great, Louis Armstrong, prepares for what will be his last performance. The production is directed by Gordon Edelstein, the award-winning Artistic Director of the Long Wharf Theatre, and stars OBIE Award winning actor, John Douglas Thompson.

We are joined now by Terry Teachout and John Douglas Thompson. 

The Roundtable
11:12 am
Thu August 30, 2012

Wayne Pacelle - President of the Humane Society of the United States

Wayne Pacelle, the president of the Humane Society of the United States, joins us this morning to talk about his new book, The Bond: Our Kinship with Animals, Our Call to Defend Them, an examination of the deep links of the human-animal bond, as well as the conflicting impulses that have led us to betray this bond.

The Roundtable
10:10 am
Thu August 30, 2012

Falling in Love with Joseph Smith by Jane Barnes

When award-winning documentary film writer, Jane Barnes, was working on the PBS special series The Mormons, she was surprised to find herself inexplicably drawn to Joseph Smith and the Mormon religion.

The Roundtable - Question of the Day
9:15 am
Thu August 30, 2012

Question of the Day - Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver’s handling of sexual harassment allegations?

The National Organization of Women and the good-government group Common Cause formally asked the state Joint Commission on Public Ethics to look into the circumstances surrounding Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver’s handling of sexual harassment allegations against Assemblyman Vito Lopez, and Silver's decision to quietly settle an earlier complaint against the Brooklyn Democrat with a $103,000 payment. Do you support such an investigation?

Politics
11:35 am
Wed August 29, 2012

The Party Is Over: How Republicans Went Crazy, Democrats Became Useless, and the Middle Class Got Sh

Mike Lofgren spent twenty-eight years working in Congress, the last sixteen as a senior analyst on the House and Senate Budget committees, which gave him ringside seats on TARP, Hurricane Katrina disaster relief, debates on the Pentagon budget and the amazing antics of various deficit–reduction commissions.

The Roundtable
11:12 am
Wed August 29, 2012

Portrait of a Novel: Henry James and the Making of an American Masterpiece

Henry James has had many biographers, but Michael Gorra has taken an original approach to this great American novelist, combining elements of biography, criticism, and travelogue in re-creating the dramatic backstory of James’s masterpiece, Portrait of a Lady. Literary critic Michael Gorra joins us to discuss Portrait of a Novel: Henry James and the Making of an American Masterpiece.

The Roundtable
10:10 am
Wed August 29, 2012

Spencertown Festival of Books - Frank Delaney

We welcome Frank Delaney back to the program. He'll be at the Spencertown Festival of Books this coming weekend. His most recent book is The Last Storyteller: A Novel of Ireland.

WAMC Programs - The Book Show
3:30 pm
Tue August 28, 2012

The Book Show #1258 - Peter Steiner

Peter Steiner is a writer, artist and former New Yorker cartoonist. While he may be best known for his 1993 New Yorker cartoon, “On the Internet, nobody knows you’re a dog,” Peter Steiner has recently been making a name for himself as a writer of powerful thrillers. His most recent novel is The Resistance: A Thriller (Louis Morgon Thriller).

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