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
11:12 am
Fri May 17, 2013

"Tap Dance ... Made in America" with Brenda Bufalino

    For seven decades, famed tap dancer Brenda Bufalino has been dancing and promoting the genre, which she describes as “our American art form.” The dancer and choreographer, will present the lecture “Tap Dance ... Made in America” and offer classes on Sunday at the National Museum of Dance in Saratoga Springs. The even comes just before May 25th, National Tap Dance Day which coincides with the birthday of legendary dancer Bill “Bojangles” Robinson. 

Brenda Bufalino is also author of the book, Tapping the Source.

The Roundtable
10:35 am
Fri May 17, 2013

Ideas Matter: Pennsylvania Humanities Council and The Souls of Black Baseball

  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 the Pennsylvania Humanities Council and specifically, The Souls of Black Baseball.

Bob Allen, a former Philosophy Instructor at Penn State has spent the last ten years traveling in the United States, visiting and interviewing every surviving player of the Negro Leagues in an effort to preserve the history and stories of Negro League Baseball.

He is currently working on an oral history project titled, The Souls of Black Baseball.

Science & Technology
9:35 am
Fri May 17, 2013

"The New Digital Age" by Eric Schmidt and Jared Cohen

    In an unparalleled collaboration, two leading global thinkers in technology and foreign affairs give us their widely anticipated, transformational vision of the future: a world where everyone is connected—a world full of challenges and benefits that are ours to meet and to harness.

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The Roundtable
9:00 am
Fri May 17, 2013

5/17/13 - Panel

  Today University at Albany Journalism Professor and Investigative Reporter, Rosemary Armao and College of St. Rose Communications professor and for WNYT News Director, Paul Conti and Joe Donahue discuss social media.

The Roundtable
11:35 am
Thu May 16, 2013

Ann M. Martin

Ann M. Martin and Joe Donahue in Ann's office.

    Ann M. Martin is the author of the iconic and beloved The Baby-Sitters Club series which has sold over 176 million copies and inspired a generation of young readers. Her acclaimed novels include Belle Teal, the Newbery Honor book A Corner of the Universe, Here Today, A Dog’s Life, and On Christmas Eve.

Family Tree, is her new quartet, which brings the past and the present together one girlhood at a time, and shows readers the way a family grows.

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The Roundtable
11:12 am
Thu May 16, 2013

"Ghosts of Jim Crow" by F. Michael Higginbotham

    When America inaugurated its first African American president, in 2009, many wondered if the country had finally become a "post-racial" society.

In Ghosts of Jim Crow, F. Michael Higginbotham argues that America remains far away from that imagined utopia.

The Roundtable
10:35 am
Thu May 16, 2013

"Improbable Scholars" by David L. Kirp

    Statistically speaking, most of our youngsters will continue to be educated in mainstream public schools. The good news, as Education Writer David L. Kirp reveals in Improbable Scholars, is that there's a sensible way to rebuild public education and close the achievement gap for all students. Indeed, this is precisely what's happening in a most unlikely place: Union City, New Jersey, a poor, crowded Latino community just across the Hudson from Manhattan.

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The Roundtable
10:10 am
Thu May 16, 2013

"The Last Men on Top" by Susan Jacoby

    Susan Jacoby, feminist—and the bestselling author of The Age of American Unreason, looks back at the last pre-feminist generation of men who supposedly had it all and asks: what exactly did they have?

She does so in her new book, Last Men on Top.

The Roundtable
9:00 am
Thu May 16, 2013

5/16/13 - Panel

  Today's panelists are WAMC's President and CEO Alan Chartock, , Times Union Capital Reporter Jimmy Vielkind, and University at Albany Journalism Professor and Investigative Reporter, Rosemary Armao.

Topics include:
Media Shield Law
IRS Chief Out
Benghazi E-Mail

The Roundtable
10:10 am
Wed May 15, 2013

"Beyond War" by David Rohde

    In Beyond War: Reimagining American Influence in a New Middle East, Pulitzer Prize winning journalist David Rohde distills eleven years of expert reporting into a call for change.

An incisive look at the evolving nature of war, Rohde exposes how a dysfunctional Washington squandered billions on contractors in Iraq and Afghanistan, neglected its true allies in the war on terror and failed to employ its most potent nonmilitary weapons.

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