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
11:12 am
Wed August 14, 2013

Chronogram’s 20th Anniversary Block Party in Kingston, NY

    Chronogram magazine, launched in 1993 to chronicle life in the Hudson Valley, is celebrating its 20th anniversary with a massive Block Party on Saturday.

The Block Party will provide entertainment for Chronogram fans of all ages. For the kids: A DIY art tent, popular children’s band Dog on Fleas, and a dunking booth to benefit the Kingston YMCA Farm Project. For the adults: swing dancing with Got2Lindy, a beer and wine garden and an after-hours masquerade dance party at BSP Lounge.

Chronogram Editorial Director, Brian Mahoney, joins us to tell us more.

The Roundtable
10:35 am
Wed August 14, 2013

Critical Decisions: How You and Your Doctor Can Make the Right Medical Choices Together

  We welcome physician and a behavioral scientist, Dr. Peter Ubel, to the show and speak with him about his book, Critical Decisions: How You and Your Doctor Can Make the Right Medical Choices Together.

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The Roundtable
10:10 am
Wed August 14, 2013

Free To Be...You and Me - A Conversation About Children, Families & The Future at The Mahaiwe

    Free to Be You and Me is a record/book/theater piece/TV special conceived by Marlo Thomas that challenges gender and racial stereotypes by emphasizing strong positive values such as personal aspiration, individuality, cooperation, self-esteem, tolerance, and comfort with one?s identity.

The Mahaiwe in Great Barrington, MA celebrates the 40th Anniversary of Free to Be You and Me with a live panel discussion with Marlo Thomas, Alan Alda, and Letty Cottin Pogrebin about the empowering children's classic and the difference it made, as well as societal problems that persist for children today and strategies for progress.

Marlo Thomas joins us to tell us more.

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.

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