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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Arts & Culture
10:10 am
Fri June 14, 2013

Audra McDonald at The Colonial 6/15

  In the seven years since her last album, Audra McDonald has kept busy…including singing the hook for Neil Patrick Harris' rap at the conclusion of Sunday’s Tony Awards. She spent several years in Hollywood, filming the television series Private Practice. She's gotten divorced and remarried, absorbed the shock of losing her father in a plane crash and watched her daughter, grow up from a kindergartener to a middle-schooler.

Last year, McDonald returned to New York, starred in The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess and won a fifth Tony Award. All the ups and downs, triumphs and tragedies are reflected on her new album, Go Back Home. She will be performing at The Colonial in Pittsfield, MA tomorrow night at 8pm.

The Roundtable
9:00 am
Fri June 14, 2013

6/14/13 - Panel

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

Topics include:
Syria
RPI
Local parks and playgrounds
Superman

The Roundtable
10:10 am
Thu June 13, 2013

"Superman: The High-Flying History of America's Most Enduring Hero" by Larry Tye

    Seventy-five years after he came to life, Superman remains one of America’s most adored and enduring heroes. Now Larry Tye, the prize-winning journalist and New York Times bestselling author of Satchel, has written the first full-fledged history not just of the Man of Steel but of the creators, designers, owners, and performers who made him the icon he is today.

The book is entitled Superman: The High-Flying History of America's Most Enduring Hero.

The Roundtable
9:00 am
Thu June 13, 2013

6/13/13 - Panel

  Today's panelists are Alan Chartock, Ray Graf, and Ira Fusfeld. Joe Donahue moderates.

Topics include:
NSA Hacks and Leaks
Community College Graduation Rates
Hilary Clinton on Twitter
LCA Show

WAMC Programs
3:06 pm
Tue June 11, 2013

The Book Show #1299 - Michael Connelly

    Michael Connelly started his career as a newspaper reporter, eventually working as a police and crime reporter for The Los Angeles Times. While there, he covered the 1992 riots – a time and place to which he returns in the book, The Black Box, which stars LAPD detective, Harry Bosch.

Previously aired as Book Show #1279.

WAMC Programs
3:06 pm
Tue June 4, 2013

The Book Show #1298 - Rilla Askew

At the heart of Rilla Askew’s new novel, Kind of Kin, are social and political issues that continue to rend the fabric of America: illegal immigration, conflicting cultures, the abuse of power, and the tension between faith and government.

Askew has written an investigation of how sweeping, agenda-driven legislation affects real, individual lives.

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Arts & Culture
11:45 am
Wed May 29, 2013

David Greenberger and A Strong Dog - So Tough

David Greenberger has just released his latest CD, So Tough, recorded with his new band, A Strong Dog (Kevin Maul, Mitch Throop, and Matthew Loiacono). For decades, David has collected stories from elderly people. Rather than portraying them as repositories of wisdom and memory, Greenberger illuminates their full and present humanity. David's monologues are entwined with live music in a show that is emotionally rich, charming, funny and evocative.

The works all draw from David's conversations with the elderly in nursing homes, senior centers and mealsites. Some reflect memory loss or other aspects of cognitive decline, while others simply mirror the process of two people coming to know one another through conversation and listening.

David Greenberger and A Strong Dog will perform at Caffe Lena in Saratoga Springs, NY on May 31st at 8pm.

The Roundtable
11:35 am
Wed May 29, 2013

"The Civil War in 50 Objects"

    In The Civil War in 50 Objects, Lincoln scholar Harold Holzer sheds new light on the war by examining fifty objects from the New-York Historical Society’s acclaimed collection. A daguerreotype of an elderly, dignified ex-slave, whose unblinking stare still mesmerizes; a soldier’s footlocker still packed with its contents; Grant’s handwritten terms of surrender at Appomattox—the stories these objects tell are rich, poignant, sometimes painful, and always fascinating. They illuminate the conflict from all perspectives—Union and Confederate, military and civilian, black and white, male and female—and give readers a deeply human sense of the war.

The Roundtable
11:12 am
Wed May 29, 2013

"Through the Perilous Fight: Six Weeks That Saved the Nation" by Steve Vogel

    In his new book, Through the Perilous Fight: Six Weeks That Saved the Nation, veteran reporter Steve Vogel tells the gripping story of the burning of Washington and the improbable last stand at Baltimore that helped save the nation and inspired its National Anthem.

The Roundtable
10:35 am
Wed May 29, 2013

Musicians of Ma'alwyck - Kona Coffee Contata

    Contemporary Hawaiian composer Jerre Tanner parodies Bach's Coffee Cantata in the Kona Coffee Contata - a hilarious and charming voice and chamber orchestra piece. The presentation by the Musicians of Ma'alwyck - on June 7 at the First Reformed Church in Schenectady, NY - will be semi-staged and feature vocalists Tim Reno and Sabrina Manna with a ten-piece ensemble directed from the keyboard by Tom Savoy.

They've partnered with Ambition, The Daily Grind, and Liquid Assets who will provide coffee for the event.

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