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 February 11, 2014

"The Kept" By James Scott

    Set in rural New York state at the turn of the twentieth century, superb new talent James Scott makes his literary debut with The Kept - a propulsive novel reminiscent of the works of Michael Ondaatje, Cormac McCarthy, and Bonnie Jo Campbell, in which a mother and her young son embark on a quest to avenge a terrible and violent tragedy that has shattered their secluded family.

Arts & Culture
10:35 am
Tue February 11, 2014

The Musicians Of Ma'alwyck Present "Despite All Obstacles Of Nature: Composers With Hearing Loss"

      Musicians of Ma’alwyck is a flexible-size chamber ensemble in residence at the Schuyler Mansion New York State Historic Site and Schenectady County Community College. This week, the group is performing a program entitled "Despite all Obstacles of Nature: Composers with Hearing Loss."

Featured on the concert are works of Beethoven, Smetana, Faure and the world premiere of a work by Richard Einhorn written expressly for Musicians of Ma'alwyck and this concert.

Between pieces, letters of all of the composers will be read that describe their utter despair, sense of loss of credibility and ultimate triumph over their affliction. Each of the works was written after their deafness had begun to descend.

Violinist and director Ann-Marie Barker Schwartz joins us to tell us more.

The Roundtable
10:10 am
Tue February 11, 2014

Book Picks – The Open Door Bookstore

      This week's Book Picks from Amy Lane at The Open Door Bookstore and Gift Gallery in Schenectady, NY.

List:
The Good Luck of Right Now by Matthew Quick
The Crane Wife by Patrick Ness
A Star for Mrs. Blake by April Smith
I Shall Be Near to You by Erin Lindsay
Unremarried Widow by Artis Henderson
The Port Chicago 50 by Steve Sheinkin
The Ghosts of Tupelo Landing by Sheila Turnage
Brimsby's Hats by Andrew Prahin

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The Roundtable
9:00 am
Tue February 11, 2014

2/11/14 Panel

    

  Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Albany Journalism Professor and Investigative Reporter, Rosemary Armao and Times Union Associate editor, Mike Spain.

Topics include:
Gay Player to NFL
Hillary Clinton on Lewinsky
Obamacare Mandate Delay
Bosnia Shutdown
NYC Inequality Gap

The Roundtable
11:35 am
Mon February 10, 2014

"For The Benefit Of Those Who See" By Rosemary Mahoney

  In the tradition of Oliver Sacks's The Island of the Colorblind, Rosemary Mahoney tells the story of Braille Without Borders, the first school for the blind in Tibet, and of a remarkable blind woman who founded the school. Fascinated and impressed by what she learned from the blind children of Tibet, Mahoney was moved to investigate further the cultural history of blindness.

By living among the blind, Rosemary Mahoney enables us to see them in fascinating close up, revealing their particular "quality of ease that seems to broadcast a fundamental connection to the world." Her book is For the Benefit of Those Who See: Dispatches from the World of the Blind.

The Roundtable
10:35 am
Mon February 10, 2014

Ken Burns Screens Clips From "The Roosevelts" In Shelburne Falls, MA

      Award winning documentary filmmaker, Ken Burns, will be at the Memorial Hall in Shelburne Falls, MA on February 12 at 7pm to present clips from his new seven-part film The Roosevelts: An Intimate History. The 14 hour film will air on PBS later this year. The event will help the Arms Library raise money for the first phase of a multi-year project to restore the historic Pratt Memorial Library Building. To reserve tickets call 413 625 0306.

“The Roosevelts” weaves together the stories of Theodore, Franklin, and Eleanor Roosevelt – three members of one of the most prominent and influential families in American politics.

Ken Burns has been making films for more than thirty years. Since the Academy Award nominated Brooklyn Bridge in 1981, Ken has gone on to direct and produce some of the most acclaimed historical documentaries ever made, including The Civil War, Baseball, Jazz, The National Parks: America’s Best Idea, The Dust Bowl – and many others.

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.

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