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
11:35 am
Thu December 5, 2013

"Someone" By Alice McDermott

  One life, its devastating pains and unexpected joys, its burst of brilliant clarity, and moments of profound confusion - this is the subject of Someone, Alice McDermott’s new novel, her first in 7 years.

Alice McDermott is the author of 6 previous novels including, After This, Child of My Heart, and Charming Billy. She is also the winner of the 1998 National Book Award.

The Roundtable
10:10 am
Thu December 5, 2013

"Finding Grandma" With Mary Beth Wenger

    Author Mary Beth Wenger, longtime Albany-area TV news anchor and reporter, joins us this morning to discuss her new book, Finding Grandma: A Sentimental Journey Through 1920s Columbia County Recipes.

The book is the story of Wenger's search for the grandmother she never knew. Stumbling over a hidden legacy left behind by Grandma Edna in an authentic 1920s recipe collection, she embarked on a voyage of discovery.

The turn of every crumbling, yellowed page unlocked mysteries, as she uncovered recipes either handwritten or snipped from newspapers, often affixed with straight pins to the pages! This was an unexpected springboard into the past, spurring a nostalgic journey that jumps back and forth from the 1920s to today.

The Roundtable
9:00 am
Thu December 5, 2013

12/5/13 Panel

  Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, newsman Ray Graf and University at Albany Journalism Professor and Investigative Reporter, Rosemary Armao.

Topics include:
China Zone
US in Decline
Martin Bashir Resigns
Newtown 9-1-1 Calls
Rockwell Sale

The Roundtable
11:35 am
Wed December 4, 2013

"Far From The Tree: Parents, Children And The Search For Identity" By Andrew Solomon

Far From the Tree: Parents, Children and the Search for Identity, Andrew Solomon’s book on parents, children and the bond between them and the cases of extreme difference - was published to ecstatic acclaim last year - landing on best-seller lists across the country, and "Best of" lists from The New York Times, Amazon, The Economist and more.

The book has now been released in paperback. Solomon opens Far From the Tree with an autobiographical chapter detailing his experience as a gay son of heterosexual parents. At the time of his youth, homosexuality was considered an illness and a crime. The book is about the struggle for those who are different and their need to find their own identity.

The Roundtable
11:12 am
Wed December 4, 2013

The Irish Edge

Telling the stories of Irish businesses that have successfully integrated their Irishness with the demands of the global marketplace, The Irish Edge, is a new guide intended as an inspiration to entrepreneurs/innovators and owners of export-oriented businesses.

The Irish Edge tells the stories of successful Irish enterprises that have survived and thrived through the recession, building on culture, tradition, place, identity, language and sustainability.

The enterprises in this book compete, not only on the basis of identity, but by adapting themselves to what is now called the modern ‘experience’ economy.

James Kennelly is co-author of the book and is professor of International Business at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York.

Arts & Culture
10:35 am
Wed December 4, 2013

Rosendale Theatre's Live Radio Play Presentation Of "It's A Wonderful Life"

 

 On December 13th, 14th, and 15th The Rosendale Theatre will present the holiday classic It’s a Wonderful Life as a Live 1940’s Radio Play.

Frank Capra, the film’s director, wanted It’s a Wonderful Life to be a celebration of the lives and dreams of America's ordinary citizens, who tried the best they could to do the right thing by themselves and their neighbors. This is an enduring and beloved story.

The show will be performed with live sound effects and music and features 5 actors playing 50 roles. This special benefit presentation at and for The Rosendale Theatre is directed by Ann Citron - Managing Director for the Rosendale Theatre - who joins us to tell us more.

The Roundtable
9:00 am
Wed December 4, 2013

12/4/13 Panel

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Albany Journalism Professor and Investigative Reporter, Rosemary Armao and chief of Capital New York's Albany bureau, Jimmy Vielkind.

Topics include:
Detroit Bankruptcy
Health Law Challenged - Again
US in Decline
Train Crash Investigation
Moreland Commission Update

WAMC Programs
3:06 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

The Book Show #1324 - Mitch Albom

    Mitch Albom has written seven books, including the bestselling memoir, Tuesdays with Morrie.

In his new novel, The First Phone Call From Heaven, Mitch Albom follows the residents of the small town of Coldwater, MI, several of whom begin to receive phone calls that seem to be from the dead.

The Roundtable
11:45 am
Tue December 3, 2013

"Living In The Shadow Of The Cross" By Paul Kivel

Over centuries, Christianity has accomplished much which is deserving of praise. Its institutions have fed the hungry, sheltered the homeless, and advocated for the poor. Christian faith has sustained people through crisis and inspired many works for social justice. Although the word "christian" implicates the epitome of goodness, the actual story is much more complex.

That story is explored in Paul Kivel’s new book Living in the Shadow of the Cross- which reveals the ongoing everyday impact of Christian power and privilege on beliefs, behaviors, and public policy.

The Roundtable
11:35 am
Tue December 3, 2013

"Perv: The Sexual Deviant In All Of Us" By Jesse Bering

Simply utter the word "perv" and you will get snickers and perhaps nudges- describe someone as a pervert and you smear their name painting him and or her as a monster who derives enormous sexual satisfaction from harming children.

In Perv: The Sexual Deviant in All of Us, Jesse Bering reclaims the word and delves into the subject - inviting readers to unpack the morality and sexual deviance. He argues that as a society we must stop asking what is normal and natural, and instead ask what is harmful.

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