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
10:10 am
Mon August 5, 2013

"Friend of the Court: On the Front Lines with the First Amendment" by Floyd Abrams

    

  Since 1971, when the Pentagon Papers were leaked to the New York Times and furious debate over First Amendment rights ensued, free-speech cases have emerged in rapid succession.

Floyd Abrams has been on the front lines of nearly every one of these major cases, which is also to say that, more than any other person, he has forged this country’s legal understanding of free speech.

The Roundtable
9:00 am
Mon August 5, 2013

8/5/13 - Panel

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

Topics include:
Terror Threat
Snowmen Asylum
Food Stamps
Uruguay Same Sex Marriage

Arts & Culture
11:35 am
Fri August 2, 2013

Tanglewood - Shakespeare & Company - Mother Courage

    Considered by many to be one of the greatest plays of the 20th Century, Bertolt Brecht’s Mother Courage and Her Children is set against the backdrop of the Thirty Years War and follows the fate of Mother Courage, an artful canteen woman with the Swedish Army, intent on keeping her business and family alive amid the destruction of war.

Mother Courage and Her Children still resonates today as a profound insight into the moral implications of war. The show is running in the Tina Packer Playhouse as part of Shakespeare and Company’s season through August 25th.

The production is directed by Shakespeare and Company’s Artistic Director, Tony Simotes and features Olympia Dukakis, Apollo Dukakis, and John Douglas Thompson.

Arts & Culture
11:12 am
Fri August 2, 2013

Tanglewood - Stéphane Denève

    Recognized internationally as a conductor of the highest caliber, Stéphane Denève has won praise from audiences and critics alike for his performances and programming. With the Royal Scottish National Orchestra he has performed at the BBC Proms, Edinburgh International Festival, and at many other celebrated venues throughout Europe.

Denève enjoys close relationships with many of the world’s leading solo artists and is also a conductor of opera – having worked at the Royal Opera House, La Scala, Netherlands Opera, Cincinnati Opera and with many other phenomenal companies around the world.

He's conducting the BSO at Tanglewood tonight in a program featuring Strauss, Beethoven and Poulenc with the Tanglewood Festival Chorus.

Arts & Culture
10:50 am
Fri August 2, 2013

Tanglewood - Tony Fogg, Artistic Director of The Boston Symphony Orchestra

    Tanglewood is a name that's recognized around the world and pretty much every time we interview a conductor or musician, they mention the venue's reputation and cache. There’s a hard-working team of professionals that keeps Tanglewood on the lips of both audience-members and performers.

And the man behind the music is the BSO’s Artistic Administrator, Tony Fogg.

Arts & Culture
10:35 am
Fri August 2, 2013

Tanglewood - Lang Lang

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    Heralded as the "hottest artist on the classical music planet" by the New York Times, 31 year-old Lang Lang has played sold out recitals and concerts in every major city in the world and is the first Chinese pianist to be engaged by the Vienna Philharmonic, Berlin Philharmonic and all the top American orchestras.

Testimony to his success, Lang Lang appeared in the 2009 Time 100 - Time magazine's annual list of the 100 Most Influential People in the World. In 2008, over four billion people viewed Lang Lang's performance in Beijing's opening ceremony for the Olympic Games, where he was seen as a symbol of the youth and the future of China.

The superstar pianist Lang Lang joins the BSO and Maestro Charles Dutoit as soloist in Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 1 tomorrow night at 8:30 in the shed at Tanglewood.

Arts & Culture
9:15 am
Fri August 2, 2013

Tanglewood - Mark Volpe, Managing Director of The Boston Symphony Orchestra

    How are things going this year at Tanglewood? Well there have been amazing performances, some huge crowds, and pretty nice weather.

To find out more than surface details, we should ask the guy who runs the place - and that would be our good friend – Mark Volpe. Mark is the Managing Director of the BSO and it is a pleasure to welcome him back for a State of Tanglewood Report.

The Roundtable
11:12 am
Thu August 1, 2013

"Mortal Sins: Sex, Crime, and the Era of Catholic Scandal" by Michael D'Antonio

    Mortal Sins: Sex, Crime, and the Era of Catholic Scandal by Michael D'Antonio is an explosive, sweeping account of the scandal that has sent the Catholic Church into a tailspin -- and the brave few who fought for justice.

The Roundtable
10:10 am
Thu August 1, 2013

"Looking for Palestine: Growing Up Confused in an Arab-American Family" by Najla Said

  Najla Said could be called the “Eloise” of Academia. Growing up in New York City as the daughter of Edward Said, the famous Palestinian intellectual, and a sophisticated Lebanese mother, it wasn’t rare for Najla to answer the door as a young girl to world-renowned scholars; to sit in on heated political discussions over dinner or to receive a kiss on the cheek by Yasir Arafat.

Yet in spite of her extraordinarily cultured and colorful upbringing, Najla admits to being a young American girl who simply wished to fit in and who often felt conflicted about her cultural background and identity.

Looking for Palestine: Growing Up Confused in an Arab-American Family is her memoir born out of Najla’s hugely popular one-woman show, Palestine, which had a nine-week sold-out run Off Broadway.

The Roundtable
9:00 am
Thu August 1, 2013

8/1/13 - Panel

  For the first half of today's panel, Alan Chartock, Ray Graf, and Joe Donahue are joined by James Ketterer - Director of International Academic Initiatives & Senior Fellow at Bard College and just returned from 2-years in Egypt to discuss Egypt.

For the second half of the show, Fay Vincent, former Commissioner of Commissioner of Major League Baseball talks about the current and on-going steroid scandals in the sport.

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