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
9:35 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Yiddish Book Center - Yidstock 2014

 

Yidstock 2014: The Festival of New Yiddish Music will bring to the stage at the Yiddish Book Center the top names in Klezmer and new Yiddish music.

The bands include the Klezmer Conservatory Band, Nigunim Trio, the Klezmatics, Daniel Kahn & the Painted Bird and Frank London's Klezmer Brass Allstars with Eleanor Reissa.

Also on the bill are Yiddish dance workshops, Yiddish song workshops, lectures, and more. The idea for Yidstock was conceived by Susan Bronson who launched the annual festival in 2012. She joins us along with Seth Rogovoy, who is the program organizer for Yidstock and Yiddish Book Center's Founder and President, Aaron Lansky.

The Roundtable
9:00 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Yiddish Book Center - RT Panel

 

 We start off our Yidstock 2014 broadcast from The Yiddish Book Center with an abbreviated Roundtable panel and welcome our host for the morning - The Yiddish Book Center's Founder and President, Aaron Lansky, and our regular panelist, political consultant and panel roadie – Libby Post.

Arts & Culture
11:35 am
Thu July 17, 2014

Saratoga Choral Festival

    

  The fourteenth annual Saratoga Choral Festival will feature the choral music of Aaron Copland, including the rarely heard complete Old American Songs for chorus and full orchestra. Also on the program is the music from Bernstein's A Wonderful Town and selections from Candide.

Andrea Goodman joins us now to tell us more.

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Arts & Culture
11:12 am
Thu July 17, 2014

Kate Burton And Campbell Scott - Selected Shorts At The Mahaiwe 7/19

  

Joe Donahue speaks with Kate Burton.

  Symphony Space's Selected Shorts returns to The Mahaiwe in Great Barrington, MA this Saturday, July 19th at 8pm. The theme of the evening will be Wishes and Dreams.

  

Sarah LaDuke speaks with Campbell Scott.

    Stage and screen stars Kate Burton, Jane Curtin and Campbell Scott perform great short stories at this taping for the hit public radio series.

The Roundtable
10:10 am
Thu July 17, 2014

"My Two Italies" By Joseph Luzzi

    Joseph Luzzi is the author of Romantic Europe and the Ghost of Italy, which won the Scaglione Prize for Italian Studies from the Modern Language Association. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Bookforum, and The Times Literary Supplement. He has received an essay award from the Dante Society of America, a teaching prize from Yale College, and a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities. The first American-born child in his Italian family, he earned his doctorate from Yale University and is a professor at Bard College.

In his new book, My Two Italies, Joseph Luzzi - child of Italian immigrants and an award-winning scholar of Italian literature - straddles these two perspectives to link his family’s dramatic story to Italy’s north-south divide, its quest for a unifying language, and its passion for art, food, and family.

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The Roundtable
9:00 am
Thu July 17, 2014

7/17/14 Panel

  Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Political Activist Libby Post and executive editor of the Poughkeepsie Journal, Stu Shinske.

Topics include:
Obama on Iran
Russia Sanctions
Clinton Speech
Cuomo Money
Federal Terrorism Insurance
O'Malley Mulls Presidential Run
Atlantic City's Decline
NFL Drug Abuse

Arts & Culture
11:45 am
Wed July 16, 2014

Sarah Lee And Johnny At The Guthrie Center 7/18

  Sarah Lee Guthrie and Johnny Irion have been busy and away from home for most of the last year, touring in support of their album, Wassaic Way - which was produced by Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy and Patrick Sansone. Nearly a decade after the folk-rock duo put out their first album together, the husband-and-wife pair feel like they’ve finally hit their stride.

Sarah Lee and Johnny will play at The Guthrie Center in Great Barrington, MA this Friday night at 8 o’clock.

The Roundtable
11:42 am
Wed July 16, 2014

Help Find This Dragon

    In the heart of the city, among the taxis and towers, a small boy travels uptown and down, searching for his friend. Readers will certainly spot the glorious beast, plus an array of big-city icons they can count. Is the dragon taking the crosstown bus, or breathing his fiery breath below a busy street? Maybe he took a taxi to the zoo or is playing with the dogs in the park.

Steve Light’s masterful pen-and-ink illustrations, decorated with meticulous splashes of color, elevate this counting book (numbers 1–20) to new heights.

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The Roundtable
11:12 am
Wed July 16, 2014

Paul Doiron's "The Bone Orchard"

  Bestselling author Paul Doiron is the editor in chief of Down East: The Magazine of Maine. A native of Maine, he attended Yale University and holds an MFA from Emerson College. His first book, The Poacher's Son, is the winner of the Barry award, the Strand award for best first novel, and a finalist for the Edgar and Anthony awards. His latest book is The Bone Orchard.

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The Roundtable
10:53 am
Wed July 16, 2014

Orion Book Award Winner "Sightlines" By Kathleen Jamie

  

  With a poet’s eye and naturalist’s affinity for wild places, Kathleen Jamie reports from the field in a collection of fourteen essays in her book, Sightlines, which has won the 2014 Orion Book Award for Non-Fiction.

Jamie roams her native Scottish byways and hills and sails north to encounter whalebones and icebergs. Interweaving personal history with her scrutiny of landscape, she dissects whatever her gaze falls upon from vistas of cells beneath a hospital microscope, to orcas rounding a headland, to the aurora borealis lighting up the frozen sea.

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