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
11:12 am
Mon November 26, 2012

Unlearning Liberty: Campus Censorship and the End of American Debate

For over a generation, shocking cases of censorship at America’s colleges and universities have taught students the wrong lessons about living in a free society.

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The Roundtable
9:35 am
Mon November 26, 2012

A John Waters Christmas

Like a wayward Santa for the Christmas-obsessed, John Waters will cruise into town with his sleigh full of sticks and stones, spreading yuletide cheer and lunacy in his critically acclaimed one-man show.

A John Waters Christmas will be at The Bardavon in Poughkeepsie on Saturday, December 1st and at The Egg in Albany on Sunday, December 2nd. 

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The Roundtable
9:35 am
Wed November 21, 2012

Ken Burns - The Dust Bowl

Ken Burns' latest PBS series is The Dust Bowl, it chronicles the worst man-made ecological disaster in American history, in which the frenzied wheat boom of the "Great Plow-Up," followed by a decade-long drought during the 1930s nearly swept away the breadbasket of the nation.

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WAMC Programs - The Book Show
3:06 pm
Tue November 20, 2012

The Book Show #1270 - Da Chen

Da Chen’s debut novel, Brothers - set during the Chinese cultural revolution - received tremendous praise for its insight into the period. His new book, My Last Empress: A Novel, is a mystical and poetic story of romance and palace intrigue set in 19th Century China.

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The Roundtable
11:35 am
Tue November 20, 2012

Jesse Feiler - Personal Privacy on Facebook and Twitter

In a statement, Facebook’s chief privacy officer, Erin Egan recently said that the company is “committed to making sure people understand how to control what they share and with whom.” We will discuss how users can control their information on Facebook with Jesse Feiler.

Jesse is a developer, consultant, and author specializing in iOS, FileMaker databases, and technologies for small businesses, nonprofits, and municipal governments. His most recent books are iWork for Dummies, Sams Teach Yourself Core Data in 24 Hours, and its companion Objective-C in 24 Hours.

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The Roundtable
11:12 am
Tue November 20, 2012

David Talbot - "Season of the Witch"

We welcome David Talbot and speak with him about his book, Season of the Witch: Enchantment, Terror and Deliverance in the City of Love, which tells the story of San Francisco between 1967 and 1982.

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The Roundtable
10:10 am
Tue November 20, 2012

Every Day is an Athiest Holiday! by Penn Jillette

Magician/actor/author Penn Jillette doesn’t need to carve a turkey or wait for Santa Claus to declare a holiday. As Jillette explains, “The word ‘holiday’ comes from ‘holy day’ and holy means ‘exalted and worthy of complete devotion.’

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The Roundtable - Equality Series
9:04 am
Tue November 20, 2012

Will We Ever Learn?: The Struggle for Equality One Group at a Time - Part 3

It can be said a confluence of challenges has led to a fraying of the social contract, as Americans seem to be losing faith in the ability of our systems of government to deal with even the most tractable problems.

However, history teaches that if the challenges we face today are to be resolved, we must find ways to reach consensus on the underlying causes of the problems and develop responses to them grounded in the best available information and in mutual trust and collaboration. This morning we welcome two distinguished guests who have been doing just that.

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The Roundtable
10:10 am
Mon November 19, 2012

The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined by Steven Pinker

Joe Donahue speaks with Steven Pinker about his book, The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined.

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