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 7, 2014

"Good Kings, Bad Kings" By Susan Nussbaum

Proclaimed by the Chicago Tribune as a joy for readers-Susan Nussbaum’s made her debut as the 2012 winner of Barbra King Solver’s Pen Bellwether prize, for socially engaged fiction.

Inspired by Nussbaum’s personal experiences and told in alternating perspectives by a varied and vocal cast of characters, Good Kings, Bad Kings, pulls back the curtain to reveal the complicated life inside the walls of an institution for young adults with disabilities.

The Roundtable
10:35 am
Tue January 7, 2014

"The Willpower Instinct" By Dr. Kelly McGonigal

    

  As a health psychologist, Dr. Kelly McGonigal’s job is to help people manage stress and make positive changes in their lives. After years of watching people try to control their bodies, emotions, and choices, she realized that much of what they believed about willpower was sabotaging their success and creating unnecessary stress.

It became clear that many scientific insights about self-control had not yet become part of public understanding. This led to the creation of Kelly’s Stanford University course, “The Science of Willpower,” which has helped hundreds of people achieve their goals by understanding the science behind why we give in to temptation, and how we can find the strength to resist.

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The Roundtable
10:10 am
Tue January 7, 2014

Book Picks - Odyssey Bookshop

   This week's Book Picks come to us from Hannah Moushabeck from The Odyssey Bookshop in South Hadley, MA.

List:
Journey by Aaron Becker
Paul Meets Bernadette by Rosy Lamb
Warning Do Not Open This Book! by Adam Lehrhaupt, illustrated by Matthew Forsythe
All the Truth That's In Me by Julie Berry
Defy by Sara B. Larson
The Boundless by Kenneth Oppel

The Roundtable
9:00 am
Tue January 7, 2014

1/7/14 Panel

  Today's panelists are WAMC's Alan Chartock and Newsman, Ray Graf. Meteorologist, Paul Caiano, will join us for part of the show to talk about the record breaking cold weather.

Topics include:
Utah - Supreme Court
Cheney Out of Race
Yellen In
Polar Vortex
Biden in Albany
Burglary Exposed J. Edgar Hoover's FBI

The Roundtable
11:35 am
Mon January 6, 2014

"The Big Picture: America In Panorama"

 At the turn of the twentieth century, innovations in photographic technology and an American culture of optimism and self-celebration helped create panoramic group photography. Organizations famed and obscure commissioned images that sometimes encompassed a full 360 degrees. No public event, be it circus, train wreck, or Army-Navy football game, was too grand or too humble to deserve its own wide-angle commemoration.

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The Roundtable
10:50 am
Mon January 6, 2014

"Fear Nothing" By Lisa Gardner

    

    Thriller writer Lisa Gardner is back with her 21st novel and the eighth crime book featuring Detective DD Warren.

Her latest, Fear Nothing, focuses on two sisters – one a successful therapist, Doctor Adeline Glen, who suffers from congenital analgesia (she can’t feel pain), the other, Shana Day, a serial killer serving time in prison for multiple murders.

As daughters of mass murderer Harry Day, they now have to join forces to help DD catch a predator copying their late father’s modus operandi.

The Roundtable
10:10 am
Mon January 6, 2014

"To The Letter" By Simon Garfield

  Few things are as exciting—and potentially life-changing—as discovering an old letter. And while etiquette books still extol the practice, letter writing seems to be disappearing amid a flurry of e-mails, texting, and tweeting.

The recent decline in letter writing marks a cultural shift so vast that in the future historians may divide time not between BC and AD but between the eras when people wrote letters and when they did not. So New York Times bestselling author Simon Garfield asks: Can anything be done to revive a practice that has dictated and tracked the progress of civilization for more than five hundred years?

The Roundtable
9:00 am
Mon January 6, 2014

1/6/14 Panel

    Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, political consultant Libby Post and WAMC newsman, Ray Graf.

Topics include:
NY Marijuana
Iraq - US
Gun Journalist
Vatican on Pope's Gay Remarks
Jobless Benefits

The Roundtable
10:35 am
Fri January 3, 2014

Ideas Matter: MASS Humanities Literature & Medicine: Humanities at the Heart of Health Care

  This morning we’ll discuss MassHumanities Literature & Medicine: Humanities at the Heart of Health Care – it’s a six-month long program that allows medical professionals to reflect on their work through the power of literature. Hospitals host scholar-led discussion groups and together they explore works of fiction, poetry, drama, and nonfiction that illuminate issues central to caring for people, whether they are well, sick, or dying.

Our guests are Pleun Bouricius, Director of Grants and Programs for MASSHumanities, and Robert Meagher, Professor of Humanities at Hampshire College.

The Roundtable
10:10 am
Fri January 3, 2014

"My Promised Land: The Triumph And Tragedy Of Israel" By Ari Shavit

My Promised Land: The Triumph and Tragedy of Israel, is a deeply personal narrative history of the state of Israel by Ari Shavit - one of the most influential Israeli journalist writing about the Middle East today.

As it examines the complexity and the contradictions of the Israeli condition, My Promised Land asks difficult but important questions- Why did Israel come to be? How did it come to be? And can Israel survive?

Shavit draws on an almost 30 year long careered delve into his countries most defining conflicts, ambitions, successes, and disappointments- as well as to explore his own families history, and the story of other ordinary individuals.

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