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
Tue October 8, 2013

Book Picks - The Golden Notebook

    

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

List:
Norman Mailer: A Double Life by J. Michael Lennon
Book of Ages: The Life and Opinion of Jane Franklin by Jill Lepore
David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and The Art of Battling Giants by Malcolm Gladwell
Flora and Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo, illustrated by K.G. Cambell
True Blue Scouts of Sugarman Swamp by Kathi Apelt
Foraging & Feasting: A Field Guide and Wild Food Cookbook by Dina Faconi, illustrated by Wendy Hollander
Goodbye to All That Writers on Loving and Leaving New York edited by Sari Botton
The Orphanmaster by Jeanne Zimmerman
Down in The Chapel: Religous Life in an American Prison by Joshua Dubler
Led Zepplin: The Oral History of The World's Greatest Rock Band by Barney Hoskyns

The Roundtable
9:00 am
Tue October 8, 2013

10/8/13 - Panel

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

Topics include:
Obama Challenge
Default Fears
Budget Poll
Redskins Name
Casinos

The Roundtable
11:12 am
Mon October 7, 2013

Of Dice And Men: The Story of Dungeons & Dragons And The People Who Play It

David M. Ewalt is an award-winning journalist and author. He is currently a senior editor at Forbes Magazine, where he writes about the game business, technology and Internet culture, and frequently appears as an expert on TV and radio programs. 

In Of Dice and Men, Ewalt recounts the development of Dungeons & Dragons from the game’s roots on the battlefields of ancient Europe, through the hysteria that linked it to satanic rituals and teen suicides, to its apotheosis as father of the modern video-game industry. 

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The Roundtable
10:50 am
Mon October 7, 2013

I Don't know: In Praise Of Admitting Ignorance (Except When You Shouldn't) By Leah Hager Cohen

    Leah Hager Cohen holds the Jenks Chair in Contemporary American Letters at the College of the Holy Cross, teaches in the MFA Program in Creative Writing at Lesley University, and is a frequent contributor to the New York Times Book Review.

In her new book, I don't know: In Praise of Admitting Ignorance (Except When You Shouldn't) she explores why, so often, we attempt to hide our ignorance, and why, in so many different areas, we would be better off coming clean.

The Roundtable
9:00 am
Mon October 7, 2013

10/7/13 - Panel

  

Today's panelists are WAMC's Alan Chartock, newsman Ray Graf, and University at Albany Journalism Professor and Investigative Reporter, Rosemary Armao. Joe Donahue moderates.

Topics include:
Shutdown Planning
Shutdown Impact
US Raid Questions
A-Rod Sues MLB
New $100 Bill

The Roundtable
11:12 am
Fri October 4, 2013

Lydia Davis

Joe Donahue and Lydia Davis

    

   Lydia Davis, winner of the 2013 Man Booker International Prize, has been called “one of the quiet giants . . . of American fiction” by the Los Angeles Times Book Review, “an American virtuoso of the short story form” by Salon, and “one of the best writers in America” by O Magazine.

She is renowned in literary circles for perfecting the craft of the “extremely short short story,” and is beginning to enjoy a much wider readership. Novelist Dave Eggers has said that Davis’s work, “blows the roof off of so many of our assumptions about what constitutes short fiction.”

Her most recent book is The Collected Stories, a compilation of pieces from four previously published volumes.

The ArtsWalk Literary Arts Festival takes place at the Hudson Opera House in Hudson this weekend. Lydia Davis will be reading with writer James Lasdun from 3:30 to 5 PM tomorrow.

The Roundtable
9:00 am
Fri October 4, 2013

10/4/13 - Panel

  Today's panelists are WAMC's Alan Chartock, newsman Ray Graf, and University at Albany Journalism Professor and Investigative Reporter, Rosemary Armao, and Jimmy Vielkind, newly a reporter at the Albany bureau of Capital New York. Joe Donahue moderates.

The Roundtable
11:45 am
Thu October 3, 2013

"Three Can Keep a Secret" by Archer Mayor

    Archer Mayor's New York Times bestselling Joe Gunther series returns with a complex case involving two corpses, one escaped mental patient, and a long-held secret that binds them together.

Joe Donahue welcomes Mayor back to the show and they discuss Three Can Keep a Secret: A Joe Gunther Novel and Mayor being mistaken for his characters.

The Roundtable
11:35 am
Thu October 3, 2013

"Bay Bridge: History and Design of a New Icon"

    An innovative landmark a quarter century in the making, the new eastern span of the San Francisco–Oakland Bay Bridge represents the latest spectacular chapter in the history of this storied structure.

The new bridge's architect, Donald MacDonald, joins us to talk about the bridge and the book, Bay Bridge: History and Design of a New Icon. With friendly text and charming illustrations, Bay Bridge reveals the design decisions that have shaped the evolution of the bridge over the last century—from the history of the original bridge, through the planning of the new span, to the construction of its signature 525-foot-high white tower.

The Roundtable
11:12 am
Thu October 3, 2013

Valerie Plame's "Blowback"

Valerie Plame, whose cover as a CIA agent was famously blown during the Bush Administration, joins us to talk about the new thriller she has written, Blowback.

In the book, Covert CIA ops officer Vanessa Pierson is finally close to capturing the world’s most dangerous international nuclear arms dealer: Bhoot, alias the ghost. One of her assets has information about Bhoot’s upcoming visit to a secret underground nuclear weapons facility in Iran—in only a few days. But just as Pierson’s informant is about to give her the location, they’re ambushed by an expert sniper. Pierson narrowly escapes. Her asset: dead.

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