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
9:00 am
Mon December 23, 2013

12/23/13 Panel

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

Topics include:
China iPhone
Obama Denial
Colorado Shooting Victim Dies
Utah Gay Marriage
Duck Dynasty Boycott

The Roundtable
11:35 am
Fri December 20, 2013

The Man He Became: How FDR Defied Polio To Win The Presidency" By James Tobin

James Tobin writes in his new biography of Franklin Delano Roosevelt: "It is a truism to say Roosevelt overcame polio to become President. It is just as accurate to say that Roosevelt would not have been the President he became, probably would not have been President at all, had it not been for the germ that had infected him in 1921."

National Book Critic Circle Award winner James Tobin, author of the acclaimed Ernie Pyle’s War, writes in his detailed account of the defining event of Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s life, and the greatest comeback in America’s political history.

Arts & Culture
11:12 am
Fri December 20, 2013

"Weather Event" At The NYS Museum

    Weather Event from the Burchfield Penney Art Center is now on display at The New York State Museum through February 23, 2014 in the West Gallery at the NYS Museum.

Weather Event focuses on Charles Burchfield’s depictions of the weather south of Lake Erie, where the artist lived for most of his life. Individual weather events are examined through both an artistic and scientific lens.

The exhibition presents the dramatic and complex natural phenomenon chronicled in more than 50 years of Burchfield's writings, drawings and paintings.

To tell us more – we welcome Mark Schaming, Director of New York State Museum, Anthony Bannon, Director of the Burchfield Penney Art Center, and Tullis Johnson, Curator and Manager of Archives at the Burchfield Penney Art Center.

The Roundtable
10:35 am
Fri December 20, 2013

Ideas Matter: Christmas In Our Culture

    Today in our ongoing Ideas Matter: Checking in with the Public Humanities series, we bring you two outstanding public humanists, and we’ll discuss the idea of Christmas as one feasting holiday among others, enjoyed as a religious and not-so-religious holiday by many.

We’re talking about Christmas’ role in our culture.

Joining us – both from the Culinary Institute of American in Hyde Park, NY are Beth Forrest Associate Professor of Liberal Arts and Deirdre Murphy, Professor of Liberal Arts.

The Roundtable
10:10 am
Fri December 20, 2013

"Days Of Fire: Bush And Cheney In The White House" By Peter Baker

    In Days Of Fire: Bush And Cheney In The White House, Peter Baker, Chief White House Correspondent for The New York Times, takes us on a gripping and intimate journey through the eight years of the Bush and Cheney administration in a tour-de-force narrative of a dramatic and controversial presidency.

The Roundtable
9:00 am
Fri December 20, 2013

12/20/13 Panel

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

Topics include:
Commuting Sentences
Obama Aides Rethink Departures
Duck Dynasty Controversy
London Theatre Collapse
Lockdown Reaction
Stories from The TU

The Roundtable
11:35 am
Thu December 19, 2013

"Sex Itself" By Sarah Richardson

 Human genomes are 99.9 percent identical—with one prominent exception. Instead of a matching pair of X chromosomes, men carry a single X, coupled with a tiny chromosome called the Y.

Using methods from history, philosophy, and gender studies of science, Sarah Richardson examines in her new book, Sex Itself, how gender has helped to shape the research practices, questions asked, theories and models, and descriptive language used in sex chromosome research.

Sarah Richardson is assistant professor of the history of science and of studies of women, gender, and sexuality at Harvard University.

The Roundtable
11:12 am
Thu December 19, 2013

"Sharing Is Good" By Beth Buczynski

  Society is at a crossroads. We can either continue on the path of consumption at any cost, or we can make new choices that will lead to a happier, more rewarding life, while helping to preserve the planet for future generations. Unfortunately, we can't all afford to install solar panels or buy a Prius. Does this mean we are doomed in our quest to live a truly sustainable life?

According to our next guest, collaborative consumption is a new way of living, in which access is valued over ownership, experience is valued over material possessions, and "mine" becomes "ours," and everyone's needs are met without waste.

Beth Buczynski is a freelance writer and editor who covers clean technology, sustainable design and environmental issues. Her new book is Sharing is Good: How to Save Money, Time and Resources through Collaborative Consumption.

The Roundtable
10:10 am
Thu December 19, 2013

Family Of Norman Rockwell Angered Over Conclusions Drawn In New Rockwell Biography

  A week ago on this program, we spoke to art critic Deborah Solomon about her new biography of iconic artist, Norman Rockwell, American Mirror: The Life and Art of Norman Rockwell. The book is a 493-page account of the life and work of the longtime illustrator for The Saturday Evening Post.

Since the release of the book and recording of our interview with Solomon, the family of Norman Rockwell has come out saying they are angered by the book and shocked at the suggestions that Rockwell could have been secretly gay or had pedophilic impulses.

A statement issued by the Norman Rockwell Family Agency says – "Ms. Solomon's conclusions demand scrutiny. The Family now feels that her purpose in befriending us and writing this fictionalized account was publicity, financial gain and self-aggrandizement.”

Thomas Rockwell is Norman Rockwell’s second son and an author. Perhaps best known for his young adult classic, How to Eat Fried Worms He joins us along with his daughter, Norman Rockwell’s granddaughter, Abigail Rockwell.

The Roundtable
9:00 am
Thu December 19, 2013

12/19/13 Panel

  Today's panelists are WAMC newsman Ray Graf, WAMC’s Alan Chartock and Daily Gazette editor, Judy Patrick.

Topics include:
Target Stolen Shopper Data
Data Mining
Health Care Poll
Death Penalty
FCC Blackout Rule

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