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
Wed August 14, 2013

8/14/13 - Panel

  Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock and the Times Union Capital Reporter, Jimmy Vielkind. Joe Donahue moderates.

Topics include:
Airlines Merger
Snowden Interview
NSA Cuts Administrators
Sex in College
NYC Mayoral Poll
Goo-goos surveying about changes to JCOPE
Subpoenas to a major real estate developer/Cuomo donor

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The Roundtable
11:30 am
Tue August 13, 2013

2013 Rensselaerville Festival of Writers

    The Rensselaerville Festival of Writers gets underway on Thursday, August 15 and runs through the 18th in several venues throughout the idyllic Helderberg hamlet of Rensselaerville, NY. Readings, workshops, and receptions feature local and regional writers as well as nationally known professionals including: Joan Walsh, Lizz Winstead, Peter Trachtenberg, Paul La Farge, David Rees, John Bowe, Sara J. Henry and Sarah Van Arsdale.

This summer marks the fourth Rensselaerville Festival of Writers. Festival proceeds benefit the historic Rensselaerville Library. Joining us are festival organizers: Marilyn Olivia and Janet Botaish.

Arts & Culture
11:12 am
Tue August 13, 2013

Jazz in the Valley

    Jazz in the Valley in Poughkeepsie began as an afternoon of music when TRANSART received an individual artist commission from the New York State Council on the Arts to commission Ahmad Jamal to create an original composition for the organization. Inspired by the natural beauty of the area he created “Picture Perfect” and it was first heard in a concert in the summer of 2000.

It has grown into an annual festival, showcasing music performed by world-class musicians, fittingly complemented by breathtaking views of the Hudson River Valley as backdrop.

Jazz in the Valley has an intergenerational programming philosophy. Its programming allows living legends and younger voices to continue to expand the jazz idiom. TRANSART’s President Greer Smith joins us for a preview.

Arts & Culture
10:35 am
Tue August 13, 2013

2013 Lake George Music Festival

    The Lake George Music Festival was founded three years ago with the goal of bringing some of the world’s most promising musicians to Lake George.

As executive director of the festival, Alexander Lombard, has seen his vision of bringing free classical music to the people thrive. This year's festival opens this Friday and runs through Aug. 22. It will, once again, bring celebrated composers and an original commission to audiences. Seventy musicians, including some of the most prestigious names in classical music, will perform at venues around the village.

Alexander Lombard, joins us this morning as does Barbora Kolarova, the festival’s Artistic Director and their Music Director – Roger Kalia.

The Roundtable
10:10 am
Tue August 13, 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:
& Sons by David Gilbert
The Sound of Things Falling by Juan Gabriel Vasquez
Visitation Street by Ivy Pochoda
18 in America by Dylan Dethier
Dogtripping by David Rosenfelt
The Imperfect Environmentalist by Sara Gilbert
The LEGO Play Book written by Daniel Lipkowitz, created by LEGO Fan Builders Stephen Berry, Yvonne Doyle, Tim Goddard, Tim Johnson, Rod Gillies, Barney Main, Pete Reid, and Andrew Walker
The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt, Illustrated by Oliver Jeffers
Hank Finds an Egg by Rebecca Dudley

The Roundtable
9:00 am
Tue August 13, 2013

8/13/13 - Panel

  Today's panelsists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock and Mike Spain, Associate Editor of the Times Union

Topics include:
Bulger Verdict
Drug Sentences
Stop and Frisk
Bigger Hospitals and Bills
Taxes
SUNY Grads
Lord & Taylor Returning to the Capital Region

Arts & Culture
11:35 am
Mon August 12, 2013

Oldcastle Theatre Company

  Formed by five New York actors in 1972, the Oldcastle Theatre Company in Bennington, VT is thrilled to be celebrating their 42nd Anniversary!

Oldcastle began as a touring company, settled in a few different spots between 1977 and 2012 when it moved to its new artistic home in downtown Bennington at 331 Main Street.

Plays developed at Oldcastle have been produced in more than 25 states and in such foreign countries as South Africa, Canada, Spain and Argentina.

Oldcastle Theatre Company’s current show is The Fox on the Fairway by Ken Ludwig. It’s a mad-cap adventure about love, life, and man's eternal love affair with...golf.

Founding member and Producing Artistic Director, Eric Peterson joins us.

Arts & Culture
10:35 am
Mon August 12, 2013

2013 Cooperstown Music Festival

  The Cooperstown Music Festival began with three events in 1999, and since then the Festival has offered the region nearly 100 concerts, from classical to contemporary, jazz to bluegrass, cabaret to kids’ concerts.

Festival Artistic Director (and flutist) Linda Chesis saw Cooperstown as an ideal location for a music festival, with its picturesque lake setting, small town charm, restaurants and attractions.

This year’s Cooperstown Music Festival has a few remaining concerts and Linda Chesis joins us know to tell us what is upcoming – and a bit about what we’ve missed.

The Roundtable
10:10 am
Mon August 12, 2013

"Rewire: Digital Cosmopolitans in the Age of Connection" by Ethan Zuckerman

    A cosmopolitan, by definition, is a “citizen of the universe” — someone who engages with issues across the globe, from politics, to war, to climate change. For example, we listen to WAMC, read the newspaper, check our Facebook pages and act like dutifully connected people.

But the Director of the MIT Center for Civic Media, Ethan Zuckerman, argues that we’re living in a state of “imaginary cosmopolitanism.” We expose ourselves to limited kinds of information, particularly that which is already of interest to us or to those closest to us. He confronts this issue in his new book, Rewire: Digital Cosmopolitans in the Age of Connection.

The Roundtable
9:05 am
Mon August 12, 2013

8/12/13 - Panel

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

Topics include:
Obama Presser
Autism’s Unexpected Link to Cancer Gene
Olympic Boycott?
Arid Southwest Cities’ Plea: Lose the Lawn
3-D Movies Fade

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