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
Tue January 14, 2014

"Phil Jackson: The Lord Of The Rings" By Peter Richmond

  Millerton resident Peter Richmond is a renowned sportswriter whose work has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, Vanity Fair, and Rolling Stone among others. His journalism has been included in a dozen different anthologies, including Best American Sportswriting of the Twentieth Century.

His previous books include The Glory Game with co-author Frank Gifford, and Badasses. In his new biography is Phil Jackson: The Lord of the Rings, Richmond gives an account of the life of the legendary coach of the Los Angeles Lakers and Chicago Bulls.

Richmond will be speaking Saturday at Oblong Books at 6PM in Millerton.

The Roundtable
10:35 am
Tue January 14, 2014

EepyBird's "How To Build A Hovercraft"

  From the Coke and Mentos fountain makers who found initial fame via Maker Faire and YouTube (more than 150 million views) comes a collection of DIY science projects guaranteed to inspire a love of experimentation. Their book is How to Build a Hovercraft.

Fritz Grobe and Stephen Voltz share their favorite projects: a giant air vortex cannon, a leaf blower hovercraft, a paper airplane that will fly forever, and many more.

Fritz Grobe and Stephen Voltz are the mad scientists behind EepyBird. Best known as "the Coke and Mentos guys," their viral videos have been seen over 150 million times. They experiment with soda and candy, sticky notes, paper airplanes, shampoo, plywood, and more, searching for ways to transform these everyday objects into something new and unforgettable. They are based in Buckfield, Maine. Half of the duo, Stephen Voltz joins us.

The Roundtable
10:10 am
Tue January 14, 2014

Book Picks - Battenkill Books

  This week's Book Picks come from Connie Brooks of Battenkill Books in Cambridge, NY.

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The Roundtable
9:00 am
Tue January 14, 2014

1/14/14 Panel

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

Topics include:
Christie - Part 2
Obamacare Update
A-Rod
Wrong Airport
TU Stories

The Roundtable
11:12 am
Mon January 13, 2014

"How To Work A Room"

  How To Work A Room by Susan RoAne is the classic bestselling self-help book on improving communication and socialization skills in business and life, giving you the confidence and tools to walk into any room and shine.

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The Roundtable
10:35 am
Mon January 13, 2014

"Duck Quacks Don't Echo" On National Geographic Channel

 Michael Ian Black is a comedian by trade, having starred in the sketch comedy series “The State,” “Stella,” “Michael & Michael Have Issues” and more.

But he is also a man of science.

He is set to co-host “Duck Quacks Don’t Echo,” a National Geographic reality series that puts over-the-top theories to the test through in-studio and pre-produced experiments.

Black will co-star alongside fellow comedians Tom Papa and Seth Herzog, who will conduct a variety of zany experiments in order to answer these questions: What happens if you give someone a nonalcoholic drink but tell them it contains alcohol — will they act drunk? Can four ceramic coffee mugs support the entire weight of a pick-up truck? Can pigeons can actually remember human faces?

The show premieres tonight at 10PM on National Geographic.

The Roundtable
10:10 am
Mon January 13, 2014

"The Angel Effect" By John Geiger

   Do “angels” exist? If so, are they heaven-sent or products of the human brain? After the publication of the bestseller The Third Man Factor, which examined the phenomenon of explorers who found themselves at the edge of death and experienced a benevolent presence that led them out of the impossible, John Geiger was inundated with firsthand accounts from people who had the same experience—a vivid presence that aided them as they faced crises ranging from physical and sexual assaults to automobile accidents, airplane crashes, serious illness, childbirth, and depression.

His new book, The Angel Effect, examines this phenomenon, and Geiger argues that it has the potential to aid us, even to save us, and asks whether it is a trainable skill.

The Roundtable
9:00 am
Mon January 13, 2014

1/13/14 Panel

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

Topics include:
Sharon Dies
Iran Deal
Utah Marriages
A-Rod Decision
West VA Water

The Roundtable
11:40 am
Fri January 10, 2014

"Falling Upwards: How We Took To The Air" By Richard Holmes

Falling Upward: How we took to the Air, tells the story of the enigmatic group of men and women who first risked their lives to take to the air- and so discovered a new dimension of human experience.

Why they did it, whether contemporaries thought of them, and how their flights revealed the secrets of our planet and holy unexpected ways is it unique subject. Richard Holmes joins us.

The Roundtable
10:35 am
Fri January 10, 2014

Ideas Matter: Service and Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Dr. Brian J. Purnell

  Our series, Ideas Matter: Checking in with the Public Humanities provides our chance to check in with the Humanities Councils throughout our 7-State area to discuss important ideas and why they do indeed matter. This morning we spotlight Service and Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Dr. Brian J. Purnell is the Assistant Professor of Africana Studies and History at Bowdoin College and he joins us to tell us more.

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