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
11:30 am
Wed August 7, 2013

"Bolivar" by Marie Arana

    

  Simón Bolivar freed six countries from Spanish rule, traveled more than 75,000 miles on horseback to do so, and became the greatest figure in Latin American history. His life is epic, heroic, straight out of Hollywood: he fought battle after battle in punishing terrain, forged uncertain coalitions of competing forces and races, lost his beautiful wife soon after they married and never remarried (although he did have a succession of mistresses, including one who held up the revolution and another who saved his life), and he died relatively young, uncertain whether his achievements would endure.

Drawing on a wealth of primary documents, novelist and journalist Marie Arana brilliantly captures early nineteenth-century South America and the explosive tensions that helped revolutionize Bolívar.

Sports
11:12 am
Wed August 7, 2013

Dallas Green and "The Mouth That Roared: My Six Outspoken Decades in Baseball"

    From profanity-laced clubhouse tirades and outspoken opinions on the state of the game to tears at an emotional funeral for his murdered granddaughter, Dallas Green tells his story for the first time in this autobiography. In his nearly 60 years in baseball as a pitcher; manager of three franchises, including both New York squads, the Mets and Yankees; general manager; and executive, Dallas Green has never minced words or shied away from making enemies.

This larger-than-life baseball personality shares insights from the mound, the dugout, and the front office as well as anecdotes of some of the game’s biggest stars and encounters with the press, player agents, and the unions.

The Roundtable
10:35 am
Wed August 7, 2013

"Unseen" by Karin Slaughter

    New York Times Best-selling author, Karen Slaughter’s latest thriller, Unseen, pits detectives, lovers, and enemies against one another in an unforgettable standoff between righteous courage and deepest evil.

Featuring her recurring character, detective Will Trent, the novel explores what happens when good people face the unseen evils in their lives.

The Roundtable
11:12 am
Tue August 6, 2013

Easton Mountain Retreat Center

    The Easton Mountain Retreat Center is an LGBTQ retreat center in Greenwich, New York. Part of Easton's mission as a non-profit organization is to work towards peace, nonviolence, and social justice and they are interested in cultivating the future leaders of America's gay rights movement.

Later this month, they will be holding their eighth consecutive summer program for LGBTQ youth, a four-day arts camp and leadership summit called Arts in the Woods. This weekend, they will also be holding a weekend-long LGBTQ music festival called Out in the Woods to fundraise for scholarships for disenfranchised young people to attend the camp.

John Stasio, Founder of Easton Mountain, and Wil Fisher, their Director of Youth Programming, join us to tell us more.

The Roundtable
10:35 am
Tue August 6, 2013

"Bending Toward Justice: The Voting Rights Act and the Transformation of American Democracy"

  Today, August 6th is the anniversary of the 1965 signing of the Voting Rights Act. Historian Gary May’s newest book is Bending Toward Justice: The Voting Rights Act and the Transformation of American Democracy. In it, he traces the history of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 from its creation during the heyday of the civil rights era to the challenges its historic provisions face. Recent developments have plunged the VRA—and the newest efforts to decimate it—back into the headlines.

The Roundtable
10:10 am
Tue August 6, 2013

Book Picks - Battenkill Books

  This week's Book Picks come from Connie Brooks of Battenkill Books in Cambridge, NY.

List:
The Rathbones by Janice Clark
Brewster by Mark Slouka
John Saturnall’s Feast by Lawrence Norfolk
The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton
The Telling Room: A Tale of Love, Betrayal, Revenge, and the World’s Greatest Piece of Cheese by Michael Paterniti
Heads in Beds: A Reckless Memoir of Hotels, Hustles, and So-Called Hospitality by Jacob Tomsky
Well Fed: Paleo Recipes for People Who Love to Eat by Melissa Joulwan
Journey by Aaron Becker
Bedtime Math by Laura Overdeck (Author), Jim Paillot (Illustrator)
Mesmerizing Math by Jonathan Litton (Author), Thomas Flintham (Illustrator)

The Roundtable
9:00 am
Tue August 6, 2013

8/6/13 - Panel

  Today's panelists are WAMC's Alan Chartock, Newsman Ray Graf, and Associate Editor of the Times Union, Mike Spain. Joe Donahue moderates.

Topics include:
Baseball suspensions
Globe and Washington Post being sold
New info on terror plots

The Roundtable
11:35 am
Mon August 5, 2013

"Sleepless in Hollywood: Tales from the New Abnormal in the Movie Business" by Lynda Obst

  Over the past decade, producer Lynda Obst gradually realized she was working in a Hollywood that was undergoing a drastic transformation. The industry where everything had once been familiar to her was suddenly disturbingly strange.

Combining her own industry experience and interviews with the brightest minds in the business, Obst explains what has stalled the vast moviemaking machine.

The Roundtable
11:12 am
Mon August 5, 2013

"Our Lives, Our Fortunes and Our Sacred Honor" by Richard Beeman

    

  In Our Lives, Our Fortunes and Our Sacred Honor, acclaimed historian Richard R. Beeman examines the grueling twenty-two-month period between the meeting of the Continental Congress on September 5, 1774 and the audacious decision for independence in July of 1776.

As late as 1774, American independence was hardly inevitable—indeed, most Americans found it neither desirable nor likely.

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.

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