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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Science & Technology
11:35 am
Tue June 18, 2013

Jesse Feiler - The Other Side of Social Media

    Facebook, Twitter, and even mobile apps aren't just communication tools.

They're highly automated systems that provide a vast storehouse of data you can use to measure your organization's reach and influence -- and to help with grant-writing and fundraising.

Our tech guru, Jesse Feiler, joins us to tell us more.

Arts & Culture
11:12 am
Tue June 18, 2013

"Scott and Zelda" reading at Williamtown Theatre Festival

    F. Scott Fitzgerald and Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald share a famously tumultuous and public life together. In Scott and Zelda, we hear the story in their own words – drawn from novels, including The Great Gatsby and Tender Is the Night, alongside commentary from intimates like Ernest Hemingway and others. Their edgy union, challenged by traumatic breakdowns and critical failures, found its best expression in their final letters, which are among the most moving ever written.

The Williamstown Theatre Festival will present a reading of Kay Cattarulla’s Scott and Zelda on Monday, July 1st. The reading will feature John Benjamin Hickey and Patricia Clarkson and will be directed by Maria Tucci.

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The Roundtable - Book Picks
10:10 am
Tue June 18, 2013

Book Picks - The Open Door Bookstore

    

  Today's Book Picks come to us from Amy Lane of The Open Door Bookstore and Gift Gallery in Schenectady, NY.

List after the break.

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The Roundtable
9:00 am
Tue June 18, 2013

6/18/13 - Panel

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

Topics include:
GOP Abortion Agenda
G8 Meeting
Obama on Surveillance
Graduation Rates
Green Transit

The Roundtable
11:35 am
Mon June 17, 2013

"Turnaround: Third World Lessons for First World Growth" by Peter Blair Henry

    

  Thirty years ago, China seemed hopelessly mired in poverty, Mexico triggered the Third World Debt Crisis, and Brazil suffered under hyperinflation. Since then, these and other developing countries have turned themselves around, while First World nations, battered by crises, depend more than ever on sustained growth in emerging markets.

In Turnaround: Third World Lessons for First World Growth, economist Peter Blair Henry argues that the secret to emerging countries’ success (and ours) is discipline—sustained commitment to a pragmatic growth strategy.

Arts & Culture
10:35 am
Mon June 17, 2013

Teri Roiger Celebrates Juneteenth and The Music of Abbey Lincoln

   This Wednesday at the Falcon Arts Center in Marlboro, NY - Teri Roiger will be singing the music of Abbey Lincoln in celebration of Juneteenth - the annual holiday celebrating the announcement of the abolition of slavery in the U.S.

Abbey Lincoln was a legendary singer, poet, songwriter, actress, and civil rights activist and Teri’s latest CD “Dear Abbey” captures the spirit of the rising civil rights movement and showcases Lincoln’s talents as a lyricist, mixing personal confession with larger social and political implications.

The album has been a real passion project for Teri and she joins us to tell us more.

The Roundtable
10:10 am
Mon June 17, 2013

"As I Knew Him: My Dad, Rod Serling" by Anne Serling

    To Anne Serling, the imposing figure the public saw hosting The Twilight Zone each week, intoning cautionary observations about fate, chance, and humanity, was not the father she knew. Her fun-loving dad, Rod Serling, would play on the floor with the dogs, had nicknames for everyone in the family.

After his unexpected death at 50, Anne, just 20, was left stunned. Gradually, she found solace for her grief by talking to his friends, poring over old correspondence, and recording her childhood memories.

Now she shares personal photos, eloquent, revealing letters, and beautifully rendered scenes of his childhood, war years, and their family's time together. Her new book is: As I Knew Him: My Dad, Rod Serling.

The Roundtable
9:00 am
Mon June 17, 2013

6/17/13 - Panel

  Today's panelists are WAMC's President and Political Observer, Alan Chartock and WAMC News Director, Ian Pickus. Joe Donahue moderates.

Topics include:
New Obama Poll
Apple Requests
Composting in NYC
Media Conflicts
Bullying Siblings

The Roundtable
11:12 am
Fri June 14, 2013

"Saving Italy: The Race to Rescue a Nation's Treasures from the Nazis" by Robert Edsel

    When Hitler’s armies occupied Italy in 1943, they also seized control of mankind’s greatest cultural treasures. As they had done throughout Europe, the Nazis could now plunder the masterpieces of the Renaissance, the treasures of the Vatican, and the antiquities of the Roman Empire. 

Robert Edsel joins us to talk about the efforts to save Italy’s great artistic treasures from the Nazis. 

His book is Saving Italy: The Race to Rescue a Nation's Treasures from the Nazis.

The Roundtable
10:35 am
Fri June 14, 2013

Ideas Matter: New York Council for the Humanities and Summer Reading

  We are very happy to continue our new regular feature on The Roundtable, entitled – Ideas Matter: Checking in with the Public Humanities.

It is our chance to check in with the Humanities Councils throughout our 7-State area to discuss important ideas and why they do indeed matter.

This morning we spotlight New York State’s Summer Reading kick-off. Erika Halstead is program officer for the NY Council for the Humanities and she joins us to tell us more.

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