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
Mon February 10, 2014

"His Day Is Done: A Nelson Mandela Tribute" By Maya Angelou

      In His Day is Done, Maya Angelou delivers an authentically heartfelt and elegant tribute to the late Nelson Mandela, who stood as David to the mighty Goliath of Apartheid and who, after twenty-seven years of unjust imprisonment on the notorious Robben Island, emerged with “His stupendous heart intact / His gargantuan will / Hale and hearty” to lead his people into a new era.

Maya Angelou joins us to discuss the poem and the loss of a man she feels fortunate to have called a friend.

The Roundtable
9:00 am
Mon February 10, 2014

2/10/14 Panel

  Today's panelists are WAMC's Alan Chartock, Ray Graf, and Associate Editor of The Times Union, Mike Spain.

Topics include:
Same-Sex Protection
Snowden Tool
Women Jobless Rate
Sochi
Christie Editorial Remorse

WAMC Programs
3:06 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

The Book Show #1333 - Paul Harding

    Pulitzer Prize-winning author Paul Harding returns with a follow-up to 2009's Tinkers. This time, Harding builds his story around the grandson of Tinkers protagonist, George Crosby.

In Enon: A Novel, Harding follows a year in the life of Charlie Crosby as he tries to come to terms with a shattering personal tragedy.

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The Roundtable
11:35 am
Fri January 31, 2014

Alyson Martin And Nushin Rashidian's "A New Leaf" At Frequency North

  College of Saint Rose alumna Alyson Martin and Nushin Rashidian, investigative journalists and authors of a groundbreaking book on the movement toward legalization of marijuana, will read from their new book, A New Leaf: The End of Cannabis Prohibition, as part of the 2014 Frequency North writers series at The College of Saint Rose on Thursday February 6th.

In November 2012, voters in Colorado and Washington passed landmark measures to legalize the production and sale of cannabis for social use—a first not only in the United States but also the world. Medical cannabis is now legal in twenty states and Washington, D.C., and more than one million Americans have turned to it in place of conventional pharmaceuticals.

Yet the federal government refuses to acknowledge these broader societal shifts and continues to raid and arrest people: 49.5 percent of all drug-related arrests involve the sale, manufacture, or possession of cannabis.

The Roundtable
10:30 am
Fri January 31, 2014

"The Agent: My 40-Year Career Making Deals And Changing The Game" By Leigh Steinberg

    Leigh Steinberg is renowned as one of the greatest sports agents in history, representing such All-Pro clients as Troy Aikman, Bruce Smith, and Ben Roethlisberger. Over one particular seven-year stretch, Steinberg represented the top NFL Draft pick an unheard of six times.

In The Agent: My 40-Year Career Making Deals And Changing The Game real-life "Jerry Maguire," superagent Leigh Steinberg shares his personal stories on the rise, fall, and redemption of his game-changing career in the high-stakes world of professional sports.

The Roundtable
9:00 am
Fri January 31, 2014

1/31/14 Panel

  Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Times Union Associate Editor Mike Spain and University at Albany professor and Investigative Journalist Rosemary Armao.

The Roundtable
11:35 am
Thu January 30, 2014

Baird Hersey - Nada Yoga And Prana Music

    A dedicated practitioner of yoga and overtone singing, Baird Hersey has had a celebrated career in music. He’s received commissions from Harvard University and the New Mexico Council for the Arts, performed at prestigious venues worldwide, and composed extensively for television.

In the ’70s and ’80s, he led the highly acclaimed jazz-rock fusion band The Year of The Ear. In recent years, Hersey has led Prana, a group of singers that applies the overtone techniques of ancient Tibetans without the gravelly, low tones commonly associated with the method. His new book is The Practice of Nada Yoga and he joins us this morning.

He will give a book signing and talk at Mirabai Books in Woodstock, NY on February 8th at 2pm. The CD release party with Prana will take place that night at 7pm at Mountain View Studio also in Woodstock.

The Roundtable
11:12 am
Thu January 30, 2014

Albany Symphony Orchestra's Grammy Win And February 8th Concert

   The Albany Symphony Orchestra won a Grammy Award on Sunday for Best Classical Instrumental solo for its recording of composer John Corigliano's "Conjurer — Concerto For Percussionist & String Orchestra," recorded in the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall.

This percussion concerto was conducted by David Alan Miller who joins us this morning to tell us how much a Grammy weighs and about their upcoming concert at The Palace in Albany, featuring Ravel’s Bolero, selections from Wagner’s powerful, historic opera Tristan and Isolde, and more.

The Roundtable
10:10 am
Thu January 30, 2014

Good Fight Herb Co. Seminar At Verdigris Tea & Chocolate Bar

  Herbalist and founder of Good Fight Herb Co, Lauren Giambrone, will be teaching a seminar on herbal medicines at Verdigris Tea & Chocolate Bar in Hudson, NY on Saturday, February 1st. Giambrone has studied at the Northeast School of Botanical Medicine and apprenticed with 7Song. The class runs from 5 – 7pm.

Lauren and Good Fight Herb Co offer medicinal herb products, health consultations, volunteer & work trade opportunities, community organizing opportunities, skillshares and workshops.

Lauren joins us to teach us a bit about tinctures, tonics and teas that help promote “natural” health. We are also joined by Betsy Miller who will tell us more about Verdigris Tea & Chocolate Bar.

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The Roundtable
9:00 am
Thu January 30, 2014

1/30/14 Panel

  Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Albany Journalism Professor and Investigative Reporter, Rosemary Armao and newsman Ray Graf.

Topics include:
Christie E-Mails
Grimm on NY1
Post Expansion
Stem Cells
Southern Storm

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