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
Tue October 22, 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 Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
Longbourn by Jo Baker
Duke: A Life of Duke Ellington by Terry Teachout
The Men Who United the States by Simon Winchester
Well-Read Women by Samantha Hahn
Gobble You Up! text by Gita Wolf, art by Sunita
The Raven Boys Series by Maggie Stiefvater
Counting by 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan

The Roundtable
9:00 am
Tue October 22, 2013

10/22/13 Panel

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

Topics include:
Obama on Health Law
CNN Poll
Christie on Gay Marriage
GOP Gay Marriage Move
Another School Shooting

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The Roundtable
11:35 am
Mon October 21, 2013

15th Annual Williamstown Film Festival

The Williamstown Film Festival's 15th season will run October 30th through November 3rd. On the schedule: 30 films (many of them premieres) more than a half-dozen parties, and events at MASS MoCA, Williams College, the Clark Art Institute, and Images Cinema.

To tell us more we welcome Steve Lawson - the executive director of the Williamstown Festival and Joe Finnegan, President of the WFF Board and Sandra Thomas of Images Cinema.

The Roundtable
11:12 am
Mon October 21, 2013

Musicians Of Ma'alwyck - Macabre Music: Phantasmagoria

  

Musicians of Ma'alwyck is a flexible-size chamber music ensemble in residence at the Schuyler Mansion, a New York State Historic Site, and at the Schenectady County Community College, the group performs regularly on concert series in Upstate New York presenting programs specializing in the music of the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries. Each season they present five subscription series concerts, in addition to performing at historic sites throughout the region.

This week they’ll present their biannual Macabre Music program which this year features the world premiere of Jeffrey Brody's Phantasmagoria. Other works on the program include "scary" pieces of Villa-Lobos, Gliere, John Williams, and more. Host of the evening will be actor Brian Massman.

Ann-Marie Barker Schwartz; actor Brian Massman; and Seamus Caffrey, owner of the Olde English Pub, join us to tell us more.

The Roundtable
10:10 am
Mon October 21, 2013

“Free Spirit: Growing Up On The Road And Off The Grid” By Joshua Safran

When Joshua Safran was four years old, his mother--determined to protect him from the threats of nuclear war and Ronald Reagan--took to the open road with her young son, leaving the San Francisco countercultural scene behind. Together they embarked on a journey to find a utopia they could call home.

In Free Spirit: Growing Up On The Road And Off The Grid, Safran tells the harrowing, yet wryly funny story of his childhood chasing this perfect life off the grid--and how they survived the imperfect one they found instead.

The Roundtable
9:00 am
Mon October 21, 2013

10/21/13 Panel

Today's panelists are WAMC's Alan Chartock, activist and commentator Libby Post, and Ray Graf. Joe Donahue moderates.

Topics include:
Health Care Rollout
Cruz Vs. McConnell
GOP Still Divided over Healthcare
GOP Goals Ignored
Latest Siena Poll

Arts & Culture
11:45 am
Fri October 18, 2013

Esopus Chamber Orchestra 2013-2014 Season

  The Esopus Chamber Orchestra is a 25-member professional chamber orchestra based in the Hudson Valley. It was founded in 2009.

On Saturday at 8 pm at the Quimby Theater at the SUNY Ulster on Stone Ridge campus, the Esopus Chamber Orchestra will perform their 2013 Season Inaugural Concert. The concert will feature guest soloist Garry Kvistad (of Woodstock Chimes).

Music Director Nadege Foofat joins us now to tell us more.

The Roundtable
11:35 am
Fri October 18, 2013

Gordon Chaplin On Ocean Warming And A Father's Legacy

    

  Gordon Chaplin’s father was a seemingly happy-go-lucky, charismatic adventurer who married a wealthy heiress and somehow transformed himself into the author of a landmark scientific study, Fishes of the Bahamas, published by the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia.

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The Roundtable
11:12 am
Fri October 18, 2013

"Somebody Up There Hates You" By Hollis Seamon

  Making her young adult fiction debut, Hollis Seamon creates one of the most original voices to appear in young adult literature with Somebody Up There Hates You.

In the book, Richard Casey narrates a story that is unflinching, graphic, heartbreaking, funny, and above all life-affirming in its depiction of what it really means to be a teenager dying of cancer.

Hollis Seamon will participate in Troy Author Day at The Troy Public Library this Saturday.

The Roundtable
10:30 am
Fri October 18, 2013

Ideas Matter: NY Council For The Humanities' Vampires, Mummies, And Frankenstein: Oh My!

Ankhefenmut - Albany Institute of History & Art

    This morning we spotlight New York Council for the Humanities and get seasonal and talk about their spooky humanities projects across New York.

We are joined by: Dr. Tim Madigan, Associate Professor of Philosophy and Director of Irish Studies at St. John Fisher College. Tim, in addition to giving talks about Frankenstein through the Council's Speakers in the Humanities program, is the organizer of a one-day public conference, "The Irish Vampire," exploring the life and influence of the Irish novelist, Bram Stoker, and his immortal 1897 work, Dracula.

Erika Sanger, Director of Education, The Albany Institute of History & Art. Erika joins us to talk about the exciting slate of programs she's organized around The Albany's Institute new exhibit, The Mystery of the Albany Mummies, specifically an upcoming project on Amenhotep's Mask and the Book of the Dead.

Anne Field of the Friends of the Town of Pelham Library is here to talk about Pelham Reads Frankenstein, a community-wide reading festival around Mary Shelley's 19th century classic novel.

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