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
10:05 am
Fri December 27, 2013

Best Of 2013 - Fiction - George Saunders' "Tenth Of December"

  Our interview with George Saunders originally aired on The Book Show. It is online here.

The Roundtable
9:00 am
Fri December 27, 2013

12/27/13 Panel

Today's panelists are WAMC's Alan Chartock, Ray Graf, and Associate Editor of The Times Union, Mike Spain.

Topics include:
Clinton & Christie
Web Shopping
Msgr. Conviction Overturned
Gender Roles Data
TU Stories

The Roundtable
10:35 am
Thu December 26, 2013

Best Of 2013 - Non-Fiction - Christa Parravani's "Her"

    Christa Parravani is a photographer, capital region native, and author of the acclaimed new memoir, Her: A Memoir about the life and early death of her identical twin, Cara. For several years after her identical twin died of a drug overdose in 2006, Christa would look in the mirror and see her sister's face staring back at her. No matter where she went, she could not escape the image of her twin.

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The Roundtable
10:05 am
Thu December 26, 2013

Best Of 2013 - Fiction - Meg Wolitzer's "The Interestings"

  Our interview with Meg Wolitzer originally aired on The Book Show. The episode is online here.

WAMC Programs - The Book Show
3:06 pm
Tue December 24, 2013

The Book Show #1327 - Pete Hamill

Pete Hamill is a veteran New York journalist and novelist. He's the author of numerous books, including Downtown: My Manhattan and his memoir, A Drinking Life. His nine novels include Snow in August, Forever and Tabloid City. His new book is The Christmas Kid: And Other Brooklyn Stories, a collection of Brooklyn-based stories spanning thirty years.

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The Roundtable
9:00 am
Tue December 24, 2013

12/24/13 Panel

  Today's panelists are WAMC's Alan Chartock and commentator and political consultant, Libby Post.

Topics include:
Sudan
Obamacare Extension
Holiday Sales
Digital Toys
Holiday Heart Attacks
Merry Christmas v. Happy Holidays
Holiday Holy Day?

The Roundtable
11:35 am
Mon December 23, 2013

The Ghost of Christmas Longmire

    Spirit of Steamboat is a holiday tale from the New York Times bestselling author of the Walt Longmire mystery series, the inspiration for A&E’s hit show Longmire.

Sheriff Walt Longmire is reading A Christmas Carol in his office on December 24th when he’s interrupted by the ghost of Christmas past: a young woman with a hairline scar across her forehead and more than a few questions about Walt’s predecessor, Lucian Connally. Walt doesn’t recognize the mystery woman, but she seems to know him and claims to have something she must return to Connally. With his daughter, Cady, and his undersheriff Vic Moretti in Philadelphia for the holidays, Walt is at loose ends, and despite the woman’s reticence to reveal her identity, he agrees to help her.

The Roundtable
11:12 am
Mon December 23, 2013

And A Puppy In A Pear Tree

    W. Bruce Cameron's The Dogs of Christmas is a charming and heartwarming holiday tale that explores the power of love, trust, and a basket full of puppies.

While nursing a broken heart, Josh Michaels is outraged when a neighbor abandons his very pregnant dog, Lucy, at Josh’s Colorado home. But Josh can’t resist Lucy’s soulful brown eyes, and though he’s never had a dog before, he’s determined to do the best he can for Lucy—and her soon-to-arrive, bound-to-be-adorable puppies.

W. Bruce Cameron's other books include A Dog's Purpose, A Dog's Journey, and 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter.

The Roundtable
10:35 am
Mon December 23, 2013

Sleigh Rides, Jingle Bells, And Silent Nights: A Cultural History of Christmas Songs

When Bing Crosby’s “White Christmas” debuted in 1942, no one imagined that a holiday song would top the charts year after year. One of the best-selling singles ever released, it remains on rotation at tree lighting ceremonies across the country, in crowded shopping malls on Black Friday, and at warm diners on lonely Christmas Eve nights.

Resting just beneath the surface of familiar melodies and words, jolly Santas, winter wonderlands, and roasting chestnuts both mask and represent an intricate cultural landscape crowded with the meanings of a modern American Christmas.

Ronald D. Lankford Jr. explores all this holiday history in his book, Sleigh Rides, Jingle Bells, and Silent Nights: A Cultural History of American Christmas Songs.

The Roundtable
10:10 am
Mon December 23, 2013

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 Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
Amsterdam by Russell Shorto
American Mirror: The Life and Art of Norman Rockwell by Deborah Solomon
A Simpler Way of Life by William Morgan, Photography by Trevor Tondro
The Wes Anderson Collection by Matt Zoller Seitz
The Best American InfoGraphics 2013 Edited by Gareth Cook, Introduction by David Byrne
Go: A Kidd's Guide to Graphic Design by Chip Kidd
Exploralab: 150+ Ways to Investigate the Amazing Science All Around You by The Exploratorium

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