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
Fri November 1, 2013

11/1/13 Panel

  Today's panelists are WAMC Newsman Ray Graf, Daily Gazette Editor, Judy Patrick, and University at Albany Journalism Professor and Investigative Reporter, Rosemary Armao.

The Roundtable
11:35 am
Thu October 31, 2013

Robert Thurman To Give Lecture At SUNY New Paltz On 11/4

Robert A.F. Thurman is the Jey Tsong Khapa Professor of Indo-Tibetan Buddhist Studies in the Department of Religion at Columbia University, President of the Tibet House U.S., a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and promotion of Tibetan civilization, and President of the American Institute of Buddhist Studies, a non-profit affiliated with the Center for Buddhist Studies at Columbia University and dedicated to the publication of translations of important texts from the Tibetan Tengyur.

He will present a lecture entitled "Tibetan Culture as World Treasure: What It Is, How It Came to Be, What Are Its Gifts Today" at the State University of New York at New Paltz on November 4th . The lecture is presented jointly by the Dorsky and SUNY New Paltz's Distinguished Speaker Series, in conjunction with The Dorsky exhibition, Anonymous: Contemporary Tibetan Art.

Robert Thurman’s latest book is Love Your Enemies: How to Break the Anger Habit & Be a Whole Lot Happier, co-authored by Sharon Salzberg.

The Roundtable
11:12 am
Thu October 31, 2013

"Sea And Civilization" By Lincoln Paine

    

  Historian Lincoln Paine has just written a monumental retelling of world history through the lens of maritime enterprise, revealing in breathtaking depth how people first came into contact with one another by ocean and river, lake and stream, and how goods, languages, religions, and entire cultures spread across and along the world’s waterways, bringing together civilizations and defining what makes us most human.

In his book, Sea and Civilization: A Maitime History of the World, Lincoln Paine takes us back to the origins of long-distance migration by sea with our ancestors’ first forays from Africa and Eurasia to Australia and the Americas.

The Roundtable
10:50 am
Thu October 31, 2013

A History Of The World's Most Liberal City From Russell Shorto

    

  From the author of the acclaimed Island at the Center of the Earth comes Amsterdam: A History of the World's Most Liberal City; an endlessly entertaining portrait of the city of Amsterdam and the ideas that make it unique.

Weaving in his own experiences in his adopted home, Russell Shorto provides an ever-surprising, intellectually engaging story of Amsterdam from the building of its first canals in the 1300s, through its brutal struggle for independence, its golden age as a vast empire, to its complex present in which its cherished ideals of liberalism are under siege.

Russell Shorto is the bestselling author of Descartes' Bones and The Island at the Center of the World and will be at Northshire Bookstore in Saratoga on Saturday at 7PM.

The Roundtable
9:00 am
Thu October 31, 2013

10/31/13 Panel

  Today's panelists are WAMC newsman Ray Graf, former Daily Freeman Publisher - Ira Fusfeld and University at Albany Journalism Professor and Investigative Reporter, Rosemary Armao.

Topics include:
Contrite White House
Taking Blame
World Series
Democrats on Shutdown
Halloween – Sex or Treat?

The Roundtable
10:10 am
Wed October 30, 2013

“Johnny Carson” By Henry Bushkin

From 1962 until 1992, Johnny Carson hosted The Tonight Show and permeated the American consciousness.  During the apex of his reign, Carson’s longtime lawyer and best friend was Henry Bushkin.

Bushkin writes of his time with Carson in the new book, Johnny Carson.

WAMC Programs
3:06 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

The Book Show #1319 - Anne and Christopher Rice

Joe Donahue with Anne and Christopher Rice

    On this week’s Book Show we welcome two writers – a mother and her son – both who are no strangers to bestseller lists.

Anne Rice is one of America's most read and celebrated authors. Her books are rich tapestries of history, belief, philosophy, religion, and compelling characters. Her latest is The Wolves of Midwinter.

Christopher Rice is the author of four bestsellers, his latest being the supernatural thriller, The Heaven’s Rise.

The Roundtable
11:35 am
Tue October 29, 2013

"Young Mr. Roosevelt" By Stanley Weintraub

    In Young Mr. Roosevelt, acclaimed historian Stanley Weintraub evokes Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s political and wartime beginnings. An unpromising patrician playboy appointed assistant secretary of the Navy in 1913, Roosevelt learned quickly and rose to national visibility in World War I.

Democratic vice-presidential nominee in 1920, he lost the election but not his ambitions. While his stature was rising, his testy marriage to his cousin Eleanor was fraying amid scandal quietly covered up. Even polio a year later would not suppress his inevitable ascent.

Stanley Weintraub will talk about his new book at the FDR Presidential Library and Museum on Sunday, November 3 at 2pm.

The Roundtable
11:12 am
Tue October 29, 2013

Miss Manners Minds Your Business

    America’s foremost etiquette columnist Judith Martin, aka Miss Manners, has partnered with her son, executive Nicholas Ivor Martin, for her seventeenth book, Miss Manners Minds Your Business. As technologies have advanced and social mores have shifted, generational gaps have widened and business manners have all but expired.

The Roundtable
10:35 am
Tue October 29, 2013

"The Trolley Problem" by Thomas Cathcart

      Tom Cathcart, author of Plato and a Platypus Walk Into a Bar, joins us this morning to discuss his new book, The Trolley Problem. The Trolley Problem is an ethical thought experiment dreamed up in 1978 by British philosopher Philippa Foot.

The Trolley Problem explores the problem through the lens of a trial in the court of public opinion—readers are members of the jury. Cathcart presents two distinct philosophical takes on the problem through the lawyers’ closing statements, but also offers up a number of alternate outlooks on related conundrums through a variety of other media.

Tom Cathcart spent most of his career in health care, including directing a boarding home for people with HIV/AIDS in Portland, Maine. His old college pal, Danny Klein, enlisted him as co-author of a book about how jokes can illuminate philosophical ideas. His new book is his first solo project.

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