Joe Donahue

Senior Director of 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. 

Ways to Connect

God Of Carnage Performance
Christopher Duggan

Shakespeare & Company is adding a special benefit performance to its God of Carnage run on October 5th. Proceeds will help those impacted by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria and will be donated to the One America Appeal.

Yasmina Reza’s God of Carnage is running through October 8th in the Elayne P. Bernstein Theatre in Lenox, Massachusetts. The Tony and Olivier Award-winning play, directed by Regge Life, is about two sets of parents that meet to address their son’s recent playground fight. Tensions rise and liquor flows, leading to unexpected twists and turns the entire performance.  

Shout Out Saugerties is a new Festival of the Arts and Humanities that launches this month with more than 64 local and area artists and public figures participating. Over four weekends from October 6 through October 29, Saugerties joins communities across the country in the nation-wide National Art and Humanities Month that promotes culture in America. 

Jacqueline Kellachan from The Golden Notebook in Woodstock, NY joins us with this week's Book Picks.

Fiction:
Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan

A Legacy of Spies by John LeCarre

Stay With Me: A Novel by Ayobami Adebayo

The Fisherman by John Langan (Event Sunday, October 29 3PM)

Music:
Woman Walk The Line: How The Women In Country Music Changed Our Lives edited by Holly Gleason

Never Can Get Enough of NYC Books:
Greater Gotham: A History of New York City From 1898 to 1919 by Mike Wallace

Going Into Town A Love Letter To New York by Roz Chast

Tenements Towers & Trash An Unconventional History of New York City by Julia Wertz

Vanishing New York: How A Great City Lost Its Soul by Jeremiah Moss

It is the 27th Anniversary of the Agricultural Stewardship Association and on October 7th, ASA will present their 16th Annual Landscapes for Landsake Art Sale & Exhibition.

The event is a fundraiser to support local farmland conservation, the show features thirty-one artists whose work is inspired by the region's working landscapes. It takes place in the historic barn at Maple Ridge in the hamlet of Coila, just west of the Village of Cambridge.

10/3/17 Panel

Oct 3, 2017

The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond.

Today's panelists are: WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Times Union Associate Editor Mike Spain and the Empire Report’s J.P. Miller.

    

  The Second Amendment was written to calm public fear that the new national government would crush the state militias made up of all (white) adult men—who were required to own a gun to serve.

In The Second Amendment: A Biography, Michael Waldman recounts the raucous public debate that has surrounded the amendment from its inception to the present.

Waldman is the president of the prestigious Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law.

Lori Van Buren / Times Union

Public Service Professor at the College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security & Cybersecurity and Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy University at Albany  SUNY, Rick Mathews joins us to discuss last night's mass shooting in Las Vegas.

10/2/17 Panel

Oct 2, 2017

    The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond.

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Political Consultant Libby Post, Communications Consultant Theresa Bourgeois, and Counter-Terrorism Expert, Malcolm Nance.

A new sexual revolution is sweeping the country, and college students are on the front lines. Women use fresh, smart methods to fight entrenched sexism and sexual assault even as they celebrate their own sexuality as never before. Many “woke” male students are more sensitive to women’s concerns than previous generations ever were, while other men perpetuate the most cruel misogyny. Amid such apparent contradictions, it’s no surprise that intense confusion shrouds the topic of sex on campus.

Vanessa Grigoriadis dispels that confusion as no other writer could by traveling to schools large and small, embedding in their social whirl, and talking candidly with dozens of students – among them, both accusers and accused-- as well as administrators, parents, and researchers. Her unprecedented investigation presents a host of new truths. She reveals which times and settings are most dangerous for women (for instance, beware the “red zone”); she demystifies the welter of conflicting statistics about the prevalence of campus rape; she makes a strong case that not all “sexual assault” is equivalent; and she offers convincing if controversial advice on how schools, students, and parents can make college a safer, richer experience. The sum of her fascinating, fly-on-the-wall reportage is a revelatory account of how long-standing rules of sex and power are being rewritten from scratch.

Vanessa Grigoriadis is a contributing editor at The New York Times magazine and Vanity Fair. Her new book is Blurred Lines: Rethinking Sex, Power, and Consent on Campus.

When Ethan, a hotshot twenty-something blogger ends up snowed-in at a Bed and Breakfast with failed novelist Olivia, sparks fly! One thing leads to another, as these two writers both discover what they really want — but in the morning….things are not quite what they seemed to be the night before.  Soon it becomes clear that this passionate weekend will change both of their lives.

Laura Eason’s Sex With Strangers, directed by Stephen Nachamie is running at the Capital Repertory Theatre in Albany, NY through October 15th.  

Jenny Strassburg, who stars as Olivia, returns to CapRep for the first time since 2013, when she played Vanda in Venus in Fur.

Capitalism has been a fundamental part of the American story from the very beginning, when the country became a place for people to dream, invent, and bet the farm in pursuit of a better life.

In the new book, Americana, author Bhu Srinivasan explores four hundred years of the American spirit of innovation and ambition through a series of Next Big Things—the inventions, techniques, and industries that drove American history forward—from the telegraph, the railroad, guns, and radio to banking, flight, suburbia, and cellphones.

Bhu Srinivasan is a media entrepreneur whose career has spanned digital media, pop culture, technology, publishing, and financial content. 

9/29/17 Panel

Sep 29, 2017

The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond.

Today's panelists are: WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Political Consultant Libby Post, and Former EPA Regional Administrator Judith Enck.

What’s the proper way to hold a wine glass? What’s an appropriate gift to bring a host—and what shouldn’t you bring? How should you correctly introduce guests to each other? What is appropriate cell phone usage at a business dinner? Here are just a few of important etiquette questions.

In their new book, Modern American Manners: Dining Etiquette for Hosts and Guests, Fred Mayo and Michael Gold have written a guide to help us learn appropriate manners so we can enjoy the pleasures of good food, good drink, and good company without worrying about what behavior is proper. 

Chapters cover how to be a good host, how to be a good guest, and how to behave at business events, cocktail parties, formal dinners, and restaurants. There is also a unique chapter discussing pet peeves and how to handle them with grace, civility, and appropriate manners.

The Food Pantries for the Capital District is a coalition of 56 food pantries in Albany, Rensselaer, and Saratoga Counties. They provide funding, delivery, coordination of services and food drives, and education and training to their member food pantries. 

Their fundraiser, the Harvest Evening Celebration, will be happening next Thursday at Revolution Hall in Troy, NY. 

We are joined by Natasha Pernicka, Executive Director for The Food Pantries for the Capital District;  Katie Doran, Shareholder of TBC CPA Firm the Presenting Sponsor for Harvest Evening Celebration; Ruth Kassel, Ph.D., Assistant Director for the Siena College Academic Community Engagement for Community Engaged Teaching and Learning; and Kizzy Williams, Owner and Chef at Allie B.’s Cozy Kitchen.

Shawn Stone joins us to talk about what he's seen lately and what cultural events are coming up this week in our region.

Seen: Kingsman: The Golden Circle

An Evening with Cowboy Junkies
Helsinki Hudson, Hudson, Thursday 9/28, 8 PM

Boudry/Lorenz: Telepathic Improvisation, a film based on a 1974 work by Pauline Oliveros
EMPAC Theater, Troy, Thursday 9/28, 7 PM

Lost Lake, a one-act play by David Auburn
Berkshire Theatre Group’s Unicorn Theatre, Stockbridge, Mass., Thursday 9/28 through 10/22 at 7pm

​Troy Night Out: Traveling Circus
Downtown Troy, Troy, Friday 9/29, 5 to 9 PM

Tango Fire
The Egg, Albany, Saturday 9/30, 8 PM

Sameer Gupta
MASS MoCA, North Adams, Mass., Saturday 9/30, 8 PM

Sonic Spindle Experience: 1967-77 featuring Backward Dream, Stone Revival Band, The Wheel
Cohoes Music Hall, Cohoes, Saturday 9/30, 7 PM

Murder Mystery Double Feature: Charlie Chan in Egypt & Murder, She Said
Capitol Theatre, Rome, Saturday 9/30, 7 PM

The Legend of Boggy Creek with Bruce G. Hallenbeck panel discussion
Madison Theater, Albany, Saturday 9/30, 7 PM

The Appleseed Collective
Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs, Sunday 10/1, 7 PM

New Movies: Battle of the Sexes, Woodshock, American Made, Flatliners

9/28/17 Panel

Sep 28, 2017

  The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond.

Today's panelists are: WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Daily Freeman Publisher Emeritus Ira Fusfeld, Professor of Political Science at Siena College Vera Eccarius-Kelly, Communications Consultant Theresa Bourgeois and Associate Professor of American Studies at Dickinson College Marisol LeBron.  

While researching the toxic and addictive properties of sugar for his New York Times bestseller Fat Chance, Dr. Robert Lustig, a neuroendocrinologist at UCSF, made an alarming discovery - our pursuit of happiness is being subverted by a culture of addiction, depression, and chronic disease from which we may never recover.

In his new book, The Hacking of the American Mind: The Science Behind the Corporate Takeover of Our Bodies and Brains, Dr. Lustig presents the fundamental differences between pleasure and happiness – at the biological and chemical level—and explains the way big business is taking advantage of advances in neuroscience to confuse and conflate pleasure with happiness, and getting into our heads.

Dr. Robert Lustig is professor of pediatrics in the Division of Endocrinology and a member of the Institute for Health Policy Studies at University of California, San Francisco. 

9/27/17 Panel

Sep 27, 2017

    The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond.

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, and Communications Consultants Theresa Bourgeois and Joe Bonilla.

Set over the course of one week in June of 1939, the new novel The World of Tomorrow by Brendan Mathews is a story about siblings, the joys of music, love (mutual and unrequited), and the meaning of home.

It is a New York novel, but also one of the world, of big dreams and big love and what it means to be willing to pay any price for your family. 

Mayhem: A Memoir

Sep 26, 2017

In the summer of 2012 a woman named Eva was found dead in the London townhouse she shared with her husband, Hans K. Rausing. The couple had struggled with drug addiction for years, often under the glare of tabloid headlines. Now, writing with singular clarity and restraint, Hans’ sister, the editor and publisher Sigrid Rausing, tries to make sense of what happened. 

In Mayhem, she asks the difficult questions those close to the world of addiction must face. “Who can help the addict, consumed by a shaming hunger, a need beyond control? There is no medicine: the drugs are the medicine. And who can help their families, so implicated in the self-destruction of the addict? Who can help when the very notion of ‘help’ becomes synonymous with an exercise of power; a familial police state; an end to freedom, in the addict’s mind?”

Sigrid Rausing is the founder of the Sigrid Rausing Trust. She is also the owner of Granta magazine and Granta Books. Her book is titled Mayhem: A Memoir. 

O+ was founded in 2010 in Kingston, NY by a small group of artists-activists, doctors and a dentist. It is now a national nonprofit working in cities around the country that builds long-term relationships between creatives and health & wellness providers to help strengthen local communities. 

Their year-round efforts culminate in one-day and weekend-long celebrations, during which underinsured artists and musicians create and perform in exchange for a variety of services donated by doctors, dentists and complementary care providers.

This year’s O+ Festival in Kingston takes place October 6-8 and the line-up includes Singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Amanda Palmer, San Francisco-based rock band Deerhoof, songwriter/guitarist Steve Gunn of Brooklyn, New York's White Hills, Baltimore rap artist Abdu Ali along with local favorites The Mammals and The Big Takeover.

Suzanna Hermans from Oblong Books and Music joins us with this week's Book Picks list.

List:

What Girls Are Made Of by Elana K. Arnold

Far from the Tree by Robin Benway

All the Wind in the World by Samantha Mabry

You Bring the Distant Near by Mitali Perkins

Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds

I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika L. Sánchez

Orphan Island by Laurel Snyder

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Clayton Byrd Goes Underground by Rita Williams-Garcia

American Street by Ibi Zoboi

Al Gini and Book Cover - The Importance of Being Funny
The Main Edge

When E. B. White said “analyzing humor is like dissecting a frog; few people are interested and the frog dies,” he hadn’t seen Al Gini’s hilarious, incisive, and informative take on jokes, joke-telling, and the jokers who tell jokes. For Gini, humor is more than just foolish fun: it serves as a safety valve for dealing with reality that gives us the courage to endure that which we cannot understand or avoid. Not everyone tells jokes. Not everyone gets a joke, even a good one. But, Gini argues, joke-telling can act as both a sword and a shield to defend us from reality. As the late, great stand-up comic Joan Rivers put it: ‘If you can laugh at it, you can live with it!’ 

Al Gini is a Professor of Business Ethics at the Quinlan School of Business at Loyola University Chicago. For over twenty-seven years he was the Resident Philosopher on National Public Radio’s Chicago affiliate, WBEZ-FM, and can currently be heard on WGN/Tribune Radio. His newest book is The Importance of Being Funny: Why We Need More Jokes In Our Lives.

9/26/17 Panel

Sep 26, 2017

  The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond.

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Times Union Associate Editor Mike Spain and the Empire Report’s J.P. Miller.

The second annual “Brew U” is on tap for Saturday, October 7th at The Egg in the Student Commons at the Culinary Institute of America’s Hyde Park, NY campus. Brew U is an exciting beer festival that will combine sampling from top breweries - including the Brewery at the CIA - with delicious food from the CIA and fun, educational seminars for beer and culinary enthusiasts.

You have the chance to tour the CIA Brewery, learn about the college’s Art & Science of Brewing course, and meet CIA Head Brewer Hutch Kugeman and other New York State brewers and beer experts, all while sampling beers and ciders. You’ll also enjoy delicious dishes perfectly paired with beer and prepared by CIA chefs.

Hutch joins us along with CIA Professor of Hospitality and Service Management – John Fischer. 

The 29th annual Hudson Valley Garlic Festival will take place this Saturday, September 30th from 10 - 6 and Sunday, October 1st from 10 - 5. Held at Cantine Veterans Memorial Complex in Saugerties, NY, the festival is a major fundraiser for the Saugerties Kiwanis Club.

Over 200 food, crafts, and garlic farmer vendors participate in the festival – there is live music, chef lectures, and garlic farmer lectures and a children’s area that includes a rock climbing wall.

This two day celebration of the yearly garlic harvest was started in 1989 at Pat Reppert’s Shale Hill Farm in Saugerties and has expanded from a few hundred attendees to thousands of garlic lovers enjoying each day.

Chairperson of the Festival Richard Kappler and Treasurer of the Festival Beth Becktold join us.

After adopting an Irish sight hound, Laura Schenone discovers a remarkable and little-known fight to gain justice for dogs and for all animals.

The Dogs of Avalon introduces us to the strong-willed Marion Fitzgibbon, born in rural Ireland, where animals are valued only for their utility. But Fitzgibbon believes that suffering is felt by all creatures, and she champions the cause of strays, baffling those around her―including her family―as she and a group of local women rescue any animal in need and taking on increasingly risky missions.

Laura Schenone is an award-winning author who has written A Thousand Years Over a Hot Stove ​and The Lost Ravioli Recipes of Hoboken. Her newest book is The Dogs of Avalon: The Race to Save Animals in Peril.

Our Falling into Place series spotlights the important work of -and fosters collaboration between- not-for-profit organizations in our communities; allowing us all to fall into place.

Falling Into Place is supported by The Seymour Fox Memorial Foundation, Providing a helping hand to turn inspiration into accomplishment. See more possibilities … see more promise… see more progress.

Brian Hassett, President and CEO, United Way of the Greater Capital Region joins us to tell us about its Dial 2-1-1 program and Rensselaer Runs United.

9/25/17 Panel

Sep 25, 2017

  The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond.

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Political Consultant Libby Post, Communications Consultant Theresa Bourgeois, Albany County District Attorney David Soares, and Director of the School of Communication and Media at Montclair State University, Keith Strudler. 

National Voter Registration Day is on Tuesday, September 26th this year. Organizations all over the state will be participating in the event day by holding voter registration drives. 

The League of Women Voters operates a non-partisan electronic ballot website www.vote411.org. The ballot site provides non-partisan election information about all the candidates New Yorkers will be voting on in November.

We welcome Jennifer Wilson - Program and Policy Director for The League of Women Voters of New York State and Kathy Koebrich from the Saratoga League and Patricia Sibilia of the Albany League. 

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