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
10:10 am
Thu August 1, 2013

"Looking for Palestine: Growing Up Confused in an Arab-American Family" by Najla Said

  Najla Said could be called the “Eloise” of Academia. Growing up in New York City as the daughter of Edward Said, the famous Palestinian intellectual, and a sophisticated Lebanese mother, it wasn’t rare for Najla to answer the door as a young girl to world-renowned scholars; to sit in on heated political discussions over dinner or to receive a kiss on the cheek by Yasir Arafat.

Yet in spite of her extraordinarily cultured and colorful upbringing, Najla admits to being a young American girl who simply wished to fit in and who often felt conflicted about her cultural background and identity.

Looking for Palestine: Growing Up Confused in an Arab-American Family is her memoir born out of Najla’s hugely popular one-woman show, Palestine, which had a nine-week sold-out run Off Broadway.

The Roundtable
9:00 am
Thu August 1, 2013

8/1/13 - Panel

  For the first half of today's panel, Alan Chartock, Ray Graf, and Joe Donahue are joined by James Ketterer - Director of International Academic Initiatives & Senior Fellow at Bard College and just returned from 2-years in Egypt to discuss Egypt.

For the second half of the show, Fay Vincent, former Commissioner of Commissioner of Major League Baseball talks about the current and on-going steroid scandals in the sport.

Arts & Culture
11:30 am
Wed July 31, 2013

"Avenue Q" at The Adirondack Theatre Festival

Stacia Newcomb, Kate Monster, Joe Donahue, Rod, Noah Zachary, Nicky, and Rob Morrison.

Avenue Q opened on Broadway 10 years ago today. It's a Tony Award winner for Best Musical, Best Score, and Best Book and is simply a blast. Part flesh (humans) and part felt (puppets) - Avenue Q is a laugh-out-loud musical.

In it, we meet Princeton a recent college grad who moves into a shabby apartment all the way out on Avenue Q. There, he meets Kate, Rod, Trekkie, Lucy the Slut, Gary Coleman, and many other colorful types who help Princeton discover his life’s purpose.

Avenue Q is now being produced by the Adirondack Theatre Festival and on stage through August 3rd.

Avenue Q at ATF is headed by artists involved with the Broadway production. Gary Adler, an ATF regular, was the show’s original Musical Director and Jennifer Barnhart, the show’s Director, was in the Original Broadway cast - sticking with the show for its entire Broadway run. Both join us this morning along with Producing Artistic Director of ATF – Mark Fleischer and cast members: Noah Zachary who plays Princeton and Rod, Stacia Newcomb who plays Lucy and Kate Monster, and Rob Morrison who plays Nicky and Trekkie Monster.

Arts & Culture
11:12 am
Wed July 31, 2013

Monica Bill Barnes Company at PS21

    The Monica Bill Barnes Company will be at PS21 in Chatham on Friday and Saturday night with two productions - Luster and Suddenly Summer Somewhere. Both pieces were choreographed by Monica Bill Barnes and performed by Monica and Anna Bass.

Luster premiered at The American Dance Festival in July 2012. Featuring themes of endurance and triumph, this duet highlights autobiographical moments of the performers, who are entering their tenth year of dancing together.

In Suddenly Summer Somewhere, two small women stand on top of a dining room table. In silence, carefully navigating the table top, they send silverware crashing to the floor. Simultaneously hilarious and painful, the piece explores how the passage of time affects the collective lives of two people.

Arts & Culture
10:10 am
Wed July 31, 2013

Pearl: An Opera in Development Benefit Performance Shakespeare and Company

  On Monday evening August 5th, Maureen O'Flynn and John Cheek - leading singers from the Metropolitan opera - will be among the performers in the return performance of the new opera Pearl, which is a modern retelling of The Scarlet Letter from the viewpoint of the daughter of Hester Prynne – now with new music and a new ending.

The project was initiated by the conductor Sara Jobin, a Berkshire resident and the first woman to conduct the San Francisco Opera, the composer is Amy Scurria and the libretto, written by Carol Gilligan and her son Jonathan Gilligan, based on her play, The Scarlet Letter, which was commissioned and produced by Shakespeare & Company in 2002.

Joining this morning, Librettist Carol Gilligan, Music Director and Producer Sara Jobin and soprano Maureen Flynn.

The Roundtable
9:00 am
Wed July 31, 2013

7/31/13 - Panel

  Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock and WAMC newsman Ray Graf and special guest - Professor Christine Chung, co-director of the joint Albany Law School / University at Albany Institute for Financial Market Regulation. Joe Donahue moderates.

Topics include:
Detroit's Bankruptcy
Other recent notable bankruptcies
Upstate New York municipalities' economic straits

WAMC Programs
3:06 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

The Book Show #1306 and #1307 - Richard Russo

Part 1

  After eight commanding works of fiction, Pulitzer Prize winner Richard Russo now turns to memoir in a hilarious, moving, and always surprising account of his life, his parents, and the upstate New York town they all struggled variously to escape.

Anyone familiar with Richard Russo's acclaimed novels will recognize Gloversville - once famous for producing gloves and anything else made of leather. This is where the author grew up, the only son of an aspirant mother and a charming, feckless father who were born into this close-knit community. But by the time of his childhood in the 1950s, prosperity was replaced by poverty and illness (often tannery-related), with everyone barely scraping by.

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The Roundtable
11:45 am
Tue July 30, 2013

"God's Hotel: A Doctor, a Hospital, and a Pilgrimage to the Heart of Medicine" by Victoria Sweet

    San Francisco’s Laguna Honda Hospital is the last almshouse in the country, a descendant of the Hôtel-Dieu (God’s hotel) that cared for the sick in the Middle Ages. Ballet dancers and rock musicians, professors and thieves—“anyone who had fallen, or, often, leapt, onto hard times” and needed extended medical care—ended up here. So did Victoria Sweet, who came for two months and stayed for twenty years.

Laguna Honda, relatively low-tech but human-paced, gave Sweet the opportunity to practice a kind of attentive medicine that has almost vanished. Gradually, the place transformed the way she understood her work. Alongside the modern view of the body as a machine to be fixed, her extraordinary patients evoked an older idea, of the body as a garden to be tended. God’s Hotel tells their story and the story of the hospital itself, which, as efficiency experts, politicians, and architects descended, determined to turn it into a modern “health care facility,” revealed its own surprising truths about the essence, cost, and value of caring for the body and the soul.

The Roundtable
11:35 am
Tue July 30, 2013

"Shadow Warrior: William Egan Colby and the CIA" by Randall B. Woods

    World War II commando, Cold War spy, and CIA director under presidents Nixon and Ford, William Egan Colby played a critical role in some of the most pivotal events of the twentieth century.

In Shadow Warrior: William Egan Colby and the CIA, eminent historian Randall Woods presents a riveting biography of Colby.

The Roundtable
11:12 am
Tue July 30, 2013

"The Longest Road" by Philip Caputo

    Standing on the weatherworn shores of the Alaskan coast, Pulitzer Prize winning author Philip Caputo watched Eskimo schoolchildren pledge allegiance to the same flag as the children of Cuban immigrants in Key West, six thousand miles away, and began to wonder: How does the United States, as diverse as it is large, remain united?

In 2011, in a nation mired in war abroad and rocked by the greatest economic calamity since the Great Depression, Caputo loaded his wife and two English setters into an Airstream camper and hit the open road in search of answers.

Captuo’s The Longest Road: Overland in Search of America from Key West to the Arctic Ocean follows the epic 4 month road trip that lead the couple down country roads, meeting Americans from all walks of life.

Philip Caputo is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and the author of many works of fiction and nonfiction, including A Rumor of War.

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