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
Tue December 31, 2013

Best of 2013 - Non-Fiction - Lawrence Wright's "Going Clear"

  In Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief by Lawrence Wright, we learn about Scientology’s complicated cosmology and special language. We see the ways in which the church pursues celebrities, such as Tom Cruise and John Travolta, and how such stars are used to advance the church’s goals. And we meet the young idealists who have joined the Sea Org, the church’s clergy, signing up with a billion-year contract.

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The Roundtable
9:00 am
Tue December 31, 2013

12/31/13 Panel

    

  Today's panelists are WAMC's Alan Chartock, Associate Editor of the Times Union, Mike Spain, and political consultant, Libby Post.

Topics include:
Top Stories of the Year
Evolution Poll
Russian Bombing
Tebow Hired
TU Stories

The Roundtable
11:12 am
Mon December 30, 2013

Best of 2013 - Non-Fiction - Simon Winchester's "The Man With The Electrified Brain"

Part 1

   Simon Winchester has never shied away from big, even enormous, topics—as evidenced by his bestselling biography of the Atlantic Ocean, his account of the Krakatoa volcanic eruption, and his wildly popular The Professor and the Madman, about the making of the Oxford English Dictionary.

Part 2

In his new memoir, The Man with the Electrified Brain, he takes on arguably his most daunting subject yet: his own flirtation with madness, and one of nature’s greatest and most enduring mysteries, the human brain.

The Roundtable
11:12 am
Fri December 27, 2013

Best Of 2013 - Non-Fiction - Scott Anderson's "Lawrence in Arabia"

  Based on years of intensive primary document research, Lawrence in Arabia: War, Deceit, Imperial Folly and the Making of the Modern Middle East definitively overturns received wisdom on how the modern Middle East was formed. Sweeping in its action, keen in its portraiture, acid in its condemnation of the destruction wrought by European colonial plots, this is a book that brilliantly captures the way in which the folly of the past creates the anguish of the present.

Scott Anderson is an American novelist, journalist, and a veteran war correspondent.

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The Roundtable
10:35 am
Fri December 27, 2013

Best Of 2013 - Non-Fiction - Tracy Kidder and Richard Todd's "Good Prose"

  Our interview with Tracy Kidder and Richard Todd originally aired on The Book Show. It is online here

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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