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
11:45 am
Thu October 10, 2013

Thomas Cole Historic Site - America’s Eden: Thomas Cole and "The Voyage of Life"

Thomas Cole, "Voyage of Life: Youth", 1840, 52 ½ x 78 ½ in. Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute, Utica, NY.

The 8th Annual Raymond Beecher Lecture at the Thomas Cole Historic Site entitled: America’s Eden: Thomas Cole and 'The Voyage of Life will take place this Sunday afternoon at 2PM.

Dr. Paul Schweizer, Museum Director Emeritus of the Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute (MWPAI) in Utica, will share new findings about one of Thomas Cole’s most iconic series.

The talk heralds the occasion of this iconic series embarking on a new national tour in the exhibition, America’s Eden: Thomas Cole and "The Voyage of Life". The exhibition, curated by Schweizer, who also wrote the new exhibition catalogue on the series, will open at the Taft Museum of Art in Cincinnati in June 2014, exactly 175 years since Cole first began the paintings. We welcome Paul Schweizer and Betsy Jacks, Executive Director at the Thomas Cole National Historic Site in Catskill.

Arts & Culture
11:12 am
Thu October 10, 2013

Gillian Jagger - And Then, And Now: New Work From The Cave At The John Davis Gallery

And The and Now, 2012-2013, mixed media, 11 feet x 8 feet 5 inches x 7 feet 6 inches and Bull Drawing III, 2012, mixed media, 11 x 11 feet

  Artist Gillian Jagger has shown work continuously since 1956 in New York City at major galleries. Jagger is Professor Emeritus at the Graduate School, Pratt Institute, New York and had received many grants and awards include a Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship, Nancy Graves Foundation Grant, International Art Critics Foundation, and Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Grant. In summer 2012, she was selected for an award from the Henry Moore Foundation in London.

Her new work, And Then, And Now: New Work from the Cave will be on display at The John Davis Gallery in Hudson, NY October 12th through November 3rd.

The Roundtable
10:10 am
Thu October 10, 2013

M. Night Shyamalan Talks About "I Got Schooled" And Closing America's Education Gap

    In 2008, Oscar-nominated film director M. Night Shyamalan (The Sixth Sense, Unbreakable, Signs) decided to take an active role in helping fix what’s wrong in American public education.

He learned that there are five keys to closing America’s achievement gap. But just as we must do several things to maintain good health— eat the right foods, exercise regularly, get a good night’s sleep—so too must we use all five keys to turn around our lowest-performing schools. These five keys are used by all the schools that are succeeding, and no schools are succeeding without them. He joins us to tell us more.

The Roundtable
9:00 am
Thu October 10, 2013

10/10/13 - Panel

  Today's panelists are WAMC’s Ray Graf, University at Albany Journalism Professor and Investigative Reporter, Rosemary Armao, and regional vice president of news for New England Newspapers Inc., Kevin Moran.

Topics include:
Government Shutdown
Egypt
Weapons Inspections in Syria
Alice Munro Wins Novel Prize for Literature

The Roundtable
11:12 am
Wed October 9, 2013

Made in the Berkshires

Curated by Hilary Somers Deely and Barbara Sims, Made in the Berkshires is a locally-grown festival of new works including theatre, film, dance, poetry, music, short stories, performance and visual art.  

The 2013 Made in the Berkshires Festival being held from October 11 to October 13 at The Colonial Theatre, The Garage, and The Unicorn Theatre. Hilary and Barbara join us to tell us more.

The Roundtable
10:35 am
Wed October 9, 2013

Berkshire Theatre Group Presents “Mary And Edith: Musings By Women A Century Apart”

In the Berkshire Theatre Group’s Mary and Edith: Musings by Women a Century Apart, Mary Mott shares stories of her life and Kate Maguire and Kim Taylor perform a stage adaptation of a short story by one of the Berkshires’ most well known authors, Edith Wharton.

In Roman Fever, Mrs. Ansley and Mrs. Slade are old friends vacationing in Rome with their daughters. As the two reminisce, they begin to realize that the secrets they each hold about the past may not be as hidden as they thought.

Roman Fever by Edith Wharton and adapted by Eric Hil is directed by Keira Naughton and stars Kate Maguire (Berkshire Theatre Group and Artistic Director/CEO) and Kim Taylor who join us this morning to tell us more.

Interview includes a surprise visit from Kim's husband - James Taylor.

The Roundtable
10:10 am
Wed October 9, 2013

Malalai Joya

Malalai Joya was named one of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People of 2010. An extraordinary young woman raised in the refugee camps of Iran and Pakistan, Joya became a teacher in secret girls’ schools, hiding her books under her burqa so the Taliban couldn’t find them.

She helped establish a free medical clinic and orphanage in her impoverished home province; and at a constitutional assembly in Kabul, Afghanistan, in 2003, she stood up and denounced her country’s powerful NATO-backed warlords. She was twenty-five years old.

Two years later, she became the youngest person elected to Afghanistan’s new Parliament. In 2007, she was suspended from Parliament for her persistent criticism of the warlords and drug barons.

Malalai Joya has a pair of events in our region today. She will be speaking tonight at 7:00 pm at the First Unitarian Universalist Society of Albany on Washington Avenue and at 1:00 pm at the Bush Memorial Auditorium at Russell Sage College in Troy, NY

The Roundtable
9:00 am
Wed October 9, 2013

10/9/13 - Panel

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Ray Graf, Times Union Associate Editor, Mike Spain, and University at Albany Journalism Professor and Investigative Reporter, Rosemary Armao.

Topics include:
Yellen at Fed
Women at Central Banks
Obama: Lift Threats
UN Sued over Haiti Cholera

WAMC Programs
3:06 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

The Book Show #1316 - Louise Penny

    Louise Penny’s New York Times bestselling and critically revered mystery series has been synonymous with the words elegance, depth, and empathy since her mystery debut, Still Life, 7-years ago.

Now, the wise and beleaguered Chief Inspector Armand Gamache faces his nemesis and uncovers shattering revelations in How the Light Gets In.

Arts & Culture
11:12 am
Tue October 8, 2013

"Venus in Fur" at CapRep

Thomas Novachek, a writer-director, laments the woeful parade of actresses who have auditioned for his new play, Venus in Fur. Enter Vanda, an out-of-work actress, who is the epitome of every fault he has described: crude, desperate and needy – or is she?

In the course of 90 minutes, we discover there is much more to Vanda, as she turns the tables and takes charge in this sexual roundelay about power and powerlessness. The play, written by David Ives, is currently running at Capital Repertory Theatre in Albany, NY and stars Timothy Deenihan as Novachek and Jenny Strassburg as Vanda.

Jenny joins us along with Maggie Mancinelli-Cahill, Producing Artistic Director at Capital Rep and director of Venus in Fur, to tell us more.

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