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
Fri June 27, 2014

6/27/14 Panel

  Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, political activist Libby Post and newsman Ray Graf.

Topics include:
SCOTUS Decisions
Big Soda Ruling
Syrian Rebel Training
Suing Obama

The Roundtable
11:12 am
Thu June 26, 2014

Shirley Jackson Day

    

  It is Shirley Jackson Day – commemorating the day her famous story, "The Lottery," was published in The New Yorker. We welcome Susan Scarf Merrell whose new novel is Shirley - a psychological thriller set at Bennington College in the 1960s.

A young woman who moves with her professor husband into the home of novelist Shirley Jackson and Jackson’s husband, Stanley Edgar Hyman, narrate the book. She uncovers a chilling connection between the celebrated couple and the disappearance of a young co-ed on campus years before.

Arts & Culture
10:10 am
Thu June 26, 2014

"The Babylon Line" At Powerhouse

Leslie Bibb and Josh Radnor
Credit © Vassar & New York Stage and Film / Buck Lewis

    It's 1967 and a 38-year-old writer from bohemian Greenwich Village commutes to Levittown, on Long Island in New York, to teach an adult-education creative writing class. He finds anything but the cookie-cutter lives he expected in this straight-laced community, as his students come to discover the power of storytelling to transform their lives. And one special student – a kindred spirit? or something more? – reawakens him to his own artistic impulses.

The Babylon Line is a new play by Richard Greenberg, directed by Terry Kinney for New York Stage and Film and Vassar College's Powerhouse Theatre season. The production runs tonight through July 12th and stars Josh Radnor and Leslie Bibb who join us to tell us more.

The Roundtable
9:00 am
Thu June 26, 2014

6/26/14 Panel

  Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Political Activist Libby Post and Daily Freeman Publisher Emeritus, Ira Fusfeld.

Topics include:
SCOTUS Decisions
Utah and Indiana Gay Marriage
Democratic reunification of state senate
Iran - Iraq
New Anchor for ABC News
Boehner Sues Obama

Arts & Culture
11:35 am
Wed June 25, 2014

The Sandisfield Players Present Dylan Thomas’ "Under Milk Wood"

    

  The Sandisfield Players are presenting a production of Dylan Thomas’ Under Milk Wood. It features a cameo performance by Simon Winchester and narration by Benjamin Luxon.

This is a rare opportunity to hear the poetry and humor of Thomas’ wonderful creation, Under Milk Wood. The play spans one entire day and a dreaming night in the life of a small Welsh seaside town through a series of lyric adventures, each with its own cast of eccentric and sometimes bawdy characters.

Commissioned in 1953 by the BBC it was finished only a month before Dylan Thomas’ death at age 39.

Benjamin Luxon is the narrator and director. In the 1970’s and 80’s, Luxon was one of the most versatile and gifted operatic Baritones singing all over the world, and in almost every genre of music. But Luxon’s career was cut short by acute hearing loss. Now instead of Opera, it’s the spoken word.

The Roundtable
11:12 am
Wed June 25, 2014

"The Preservationist" By Justin Kramon

    

  Justin Kramon is a Philadelphia-based writer whose first novel was Finny and who’s latest is The Preservationist. The popular novel is about a thrilling love triangle that takes place between three college students.

The Preservationist stars Julia, a damaged young woman who finds herself in the sights of two men, one a fellow college student, the other older and an employee of a restaurant she frequents. So, the big question – which one is the psycho.

Kramon has also taught at several universities, including Haverford and Arcadia.

Arts & Culture
10:35 am
Wed June 25, 2014

Ashokan Center Summer 2014

  Located in Olivebridge, New York on 374-acres of Catskill forests, streams and farmland, Ashokan Center is a special blend of geologic, natural and human history. Our mission is to teach, inspire and build community through shared experiences in nature, history, and the arts.

And this Summer they’ll be busy! They’re having a Swing Dance and BBQ this Saturday, hosting a Western and Swing week, a guitar camp, and a Seeger Tribute Dance & Sing – all of that now and into the first half of July! Their Summer Hoot is August 22nd-24th.

Gina Gould is the Executive Director of Ashokan Center and she joins us now along with our friend Jay Ungar and Molly Mason.

The Roundtable
10:10 am
Wed June 25, 2014

"The History Of The Hudson River Valley: From Wilderness To The Civil War" By Vernon Benjamin

  Sailing down the river that would later bear his captain’s name, explorer Robert Juet described the Hudson River Valley in 1609 as a “drowned land” submerged by a “great lake of water.” Over the next two centuries, this drowned landscape would be the site of a truly historic flowering of art, literature, architecture, innovation, and revolutionary fervor—drawing comparisons to another fertile cultural haven built around a might mighty river in Western Europe.

As historian Vernon Benjamin chronicles in The History Of The Hudson River Valley: From Wilderness To The Civil War, the Hudson River Valley has been a place of contradictions since its first settlement by Europeans. Discovered by an Englishman who claimed it for the Dutch, the region soon became home to the most vibrant trading outpost for the New World colonies—the Island of Manhattan—even as the rest of the valley retained the native beauty that would inspire artists from James Fenimore Cooper to Thomas Cole.

The Roundtable
9:00 am
Wed June 25, 2014

6/25/14 Panel

    

  Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Newsman Ray Graf and Political Consultant, Libby Post.

Topics include:
Putin on Ceasefire
Tabloid Exec Not Guilty
Turkey Paying Iraq Price
Election Results

WAMC Programs
3:06 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

The Book Show #1353 - Francine Prose

    Francine Prose's new novel is about a cross-dressing French racecar driver who collaborates with the Nazis and is recounted by various alternating voices.

Prose has written more than a dozen novels dating back to 1973 to her latest opus, Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932.

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