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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Arts & Culture
10:35 am
Tue January 21, 2014

"The Mountaintop" At CapRep

    In The Mountaintop by Katori Hall; it’s the eve of his assassination and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (Brandon Jones) cools down in a lonely Memphis hotel room after delivering the speech of a lifetime—when an unexpected visit from a feisty, young hotel maid (Liz Morgan) pushes King into a confrontation with his doubts, fears, and haunting premonitions.

The man behind the public image and the great ideals that formed a new America come alive in a soul-stirring hit play from London and Broadway that is currently running at Capital Repertory Theatre in Albany, NY – directed by Nick Mangano.

The Roundtable
10:10 am
Tue January 21, 2014

Book Picks - Northshire Bookstore

  Today's Book Picks list comes from Gail King of The Northshire Bookstore.

List:
Paperboy by Vince Vawter
Counting by 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan
Ghost Hawk by Susan Cooper
P. S. Be Eleven by Rita Williams-Garcia
The Thing About Luck by Cynthia Kadahota
Will in Scarlet by Matthew Cody
(other books by Matthew Cody: Powerless, Super, and Villainous [Fall 2014])
The Water Castle by Megan Frazer Blakemore
The Real Boy by Anne Ursu
The Center of Everything by Linda Urban
Port Chicago 50: Disaster, Mutiny and the Fight for Civil Rights by Steve Sheinkin
The Ghosts of Tupelo Landing by Sheila Turnage

The Roundtable
9:00 am
Tue January 21, 2014

1/21/14 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:
Syria
Christie Troubles
Wendy Davis - Texas
Cuomo Budget
Aging Study
TU Stories

The Roundtable
10:48 am
Mon January 20, 2014

"On Such A Full Sea" By Chang-Rae Lee

    Novelist Chang-rae Lee is known for his sober depictions of the world as we know it - family, immigration, war - and that makes his newest novel, On Such A Full Sea, something of a departure.

The new novel takes place in a chilling dystopia, a century or so beyond the present, where abandoned post-industrial cities like Baltimore have been converted into forced labor colonies and populated with immigrant workers. China is a distant, mythical memory.

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The Roundtable
10:10 am
Mon January 20, 2014

Thomas Maier On The Couple Who Taught America How to Love

   Showtime's dramatic series Masters of Sex, starring Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan, is based on this real-life story of sex researchers William Masters and Virginia Johnson.

Convincing hundreds of men and women to shed their clothes and copulate, the pair were the nation’s top experts on love and intimacy. Highlighting interviews with the notoriously private Masters and the ambitious Johnson, critically acclaimed biographer Thomas Maier shows how this unusual team changed the way we all thought about, talked about, and engaged in sex while they simultaneously tried to make sense of their own relationship.

The Roundtable
9:00 am
Mon January 20, 2014

1/20/14 Panel

    Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, political consultant Libby Post and University at Albany Journalism Professor and Investigative Reporter, Rosemary Armao.

Topics include:
Sochi Concerns
Hoboken v. Christie
Obama on NSA
Obama on Pot
Cuomo Rips Far Right
Superbowl

The Roundtable
10:10 am
Fri January 17, 2014

Kathy Mattea At Troy Savings Bank Music Hall On 2/1

    One of country music’s most distinctive and acclaimed artists, two-time Country Music Association Female Vocalist of the Year, Kathy Mattea, will perform at Troy Savings Bank Music Hall on 2/1 at 8 p.m.

With hits such as "Where've You Been?", the bluesy "455 Rocket", and the iconic "Eighteen Wheels and a Dozen Roses", Mattea is always ahead of the curve - both in Nashville’s sound and its conscience.

She has remained grounded as a folk-based, roots performer who lets her instincts be her guide. Calling Me Home, Mattea’s follow-up to her hit Coal, is a collection of songs that celebrates the Appalachian culture of her native West Virginia. Her music has been hailed for both its contemporary edge and its traditional flavor, and her passionate live performances keep fans coming back from all around the world.

The Roundtable
11:12 am
Thu January 16, 2014

"Flyover Lives" By Diane Johnson

  Growing up in a small river town in Illinois, Diane Johnson always dreamed of floating down the Mississippi and off to see the world. Years later, at home in France, a French friend teases her: “Indifference to history—that’s why you Americans seem so naïve and don’t really know where you’re from.”

In her new memoir, Flyover Lives, Johnson explores the Midwest and the family’s history. In digging around, she discovered letters and memoirs written by generations of stalwart pioneer ancestors.

The Roundtable
10:10 am
Thu January 16, 2014

"The Priority List" By David Mansche

    David Menasche lived for his work as a high school English teacher. When a six-year battle with brain cancer ultimately stole David’s vision, memory, mobility, and—most tragically of all—his ability to continue teaching, he was devastated by the thought that he would no longer have the chance to impact his students’ lives each day.

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The Roundtable
9:00 am
Thu January 16, 2014

1/16/14 Panel

    

  Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, newsman Ray Graf and Daily Freeman Publisher Emeritus, Ira Fusfeld.

Topics include:
Benghazi Report
Albany Rivalry
Abortion Clinic Zones
Net Neutrality

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