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
10:35 am
Fri November 16, 2012

The Graves Are Walking: The Great Famine and the Saga of the Irish People

John Kelly’s new book about the Irish Potato Famine is deeply researched, compelling in its details, and startling in its conclusions about the appalling decisions behind a tragedy of epic proportions.

It started in 1845 and before it was over more than one million men, women, and children would die and another two million would flee the country. Measured in terms of mortality, the Great Irish Potato Famine was the worst disasters in the nineteenth century—it claimed twice as many lives as the American Civil War.

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The Roundtable
10:10 am
Fri November 16, 2012

Hacks, Sycophants, Adventurers, and Heroes: Madison's Commanders in the War of 1812

While President James Madison was a brilliant scholar, author of much of the country’s early documents, organizer of the executive branch of government, and astute politician, he was no commander-in-chief.

He relied totally upon appointed commodores and generals to conduct a war for the conquest of Canada on one hand and survival on the other. Often confused by advisors of little military talent, in the end he put his trust and that of the people in the grasp of hacks, sycophants, adventurers, and a few good men.

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The Roundtable - Equality Series
9:04 am
Fri November 16, 2012

Will We Ever Learn?: The Struggle for Equality One Group at a Time - Part 1

This is part one of our grant project “Will We Ever Learn?: The Struggle for Equality One Group at a Time.”

Partial support for this project comes from Mass Humanities, State-Based Affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. The Mass Humanities grant is part of their initiative - Crisis, Community, and Civic Culture.

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The Roundtable
11:12 am
Thu November 15, 2012

360 Sound: The Columbia Records Story by Sean Wilentz

The 125-year legacy of Columbia Records is told in the just-released book 360 Sound: The Columbia Records Story. The five-pound tome, written by historian and Princeton professor Sean Wilentz, is a curated collection of anecdotes and images chronicling the storied legacy of the country’s first record label.

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The Roundtable
10:10 am
Thu November 15, 2012

Detroit City is the Place to Be: The Afterlife of an American Metropolis

Once America's capitalist dream town, Detroit is one of our country's greatest urban failures, having fallen the longest and the farthest. But the city's worst crisis yet has managed to do the unthinkable: turn the end of days into something of a laboratory for the future. Urban planners, land speculators, and utopian environmentalists have been drawn to Detroit's decaying, nothing-left-to-lose frontier.

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The Roundtable
9:35 am
Thu November 15, 2012

Wicked at Proctors

In October of 2003, a green phenom named Elphaba took the stage at the Gershwin Theatre in New York City and she’s been defying gravity there ever since.

The multi-award winning musical - based on the Gregory Maguire’s novel Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West- has music and lyrics by the great Stephen Schwartz and a book by Winnie Holzman. The National Tour of Wicked is a Proctors in Schenectady, NY through November 25th and we are joined now by two actors from the company.

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The Roundtable - Question of the Day
9:20 am
Thu November 15, 2012

Question of the Day - Favorite Album?

What is your favorite album?

The Roundtable
11:35 am
Wed November 14, 2012

Harold Holzer

Harold Holzer is one of the country's leading authorities on Abraham Lincoln and the political culture of the Civil War era. A prolific writer and lecturer, and frequent guest on television, Holzer serves as chairman of The Lincoln Bicentennial Foundation.

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The Roundtable
11:10 am
Wed November 14, 2012

Steven Spielberg: A Retrospective by Richard Schickel

Famed film critic, writer, and film historian Richard Schickel has written a retrospective of Spielberg’s career (Steven Spielberg: A Retrospective). We speak with him about the book and he shares his thoughts on the director’s latest film.

Film clip audio copyright DreamWorks Pictures and 20th Century Fox

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The Roundtable
10:50 am
Wed November 14, 2012

Thistle Hill Weavers and Lincoln's Shawl

In chilly weather, Lincoln often wore a dark wool shawl over his shoulders. Many years later Robert Todd Lincoln gave his father's shawl to a friend and it now in the American History collection at The Smithsonian (though not currently on display). In the new movie, Lincoln is seen often wearing a shawl.

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