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
Tue July 30, 2013

7/30/13 - Panel

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

Topics include:
On Gay Priests, Pope Francis Asks, ‘Who Am I to Judge?’
Verdict to Be Read on Tuesday for Bradley Manning WikiLeaks Case
NYTimes: William Scranton, Former Pennsylvania Governor, Dies at 96
Scientists Seek to Rein In Diagnoses of Cancer
Saratoga 150 Track Attendance Down

The Roundtable
11:35 am
Mon July 29, 2013

"The Dispensable Nation: American Foreign Policy in Retreat" by Vali Nasr

    Vali Nasr worked closely with Hillary Clinton at the State Department on Afghan and Pakistani affairs. In his new book, The Dispensable Nation, he takes us behind the scenes to show how Secretary Clinton and her ally, Ambassador Richard Holbrooke, were thwarted in their efforts to guide an ambitious policy in South Asia and the Middle East.

Arts & Culture
10:10 am
Mon July 29, 2013

Bartlett Sher and Steven Pasquale - "The Bridges of Madison County" at Williamstown Theatre Festival

    The Williamstown Theatre Festival's Broadway-bound production of The Bridges of Madison County musical, starring Steven Pasquale and Elena Shaddow opens on August 1st.

Directed by Tony winner Bartlett Sher, Bridges will play the main stage through August 18th. The show then moves to the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre on Broadway, with performances beginning January 13th and officially opening in late-February.

Based on Robert James Waller’s 1992 bestselling novel, The Bridges of Madison County features a score by Tony winner Jason Robert Brown and a book by Tony and Pulitzer Prize winner Marsha Norman. The musical tells the story of Robert Kincaid (played by Steven Pasquale) and his life-changing, four-day love affair with Iowa farm wife, Francesca Johnson.

Sher’s Broadway credits include Golden Boy, South Pacific, Awake and Sing!, The Light in the Piazza, Joe Turner’s Come and Gone and Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown. Steven Pasquale - a series regular on the seven-season FX hit Rescue Me - last appeared on Broadway in the Neil LaBute play Reasons to Be Pretty and was here at Williamstown last season in Far From Heaven.

The Roundtable
9:00 am
Mon July 29, 2013

7/29/13 - Panel

  Today's panelists are WAMC's Alan Chartock and Newsman Ray Graf. Joe Donahue moderates.

Topics include:
Weiner Campaign Manager Quits
GOP Abortion Battle
Economic Struggle
Road Repairs Needed
Peace Talks Continue

Arts & Culture
10:35 am
Fri July 26, 2013

"Johnny Baseball" at Williamstown Theatre Festival

James Snyder as Johnny O’Brien
Credit T Charles Erickson

    The Red Sox musical Johnny Baseball is now running on the Nikos Stage at the Williamstown Theatre Festival.

Johnny Baseball brings to life the "Curse of the Bambino" through the stories of three orphaned souls -- hard-luck 1919 Red Sox right-hander Johnny O'Brien; his idol, Babe Ruth, and Daisy Wyatt, a dazzling African-American blues singer. Their intertwining fates reveal the source of the curse and the secret to its triumphant end in 2004, while also examining social and racial undertones that have impacted the team throughout its history.

Willie Reale wrote the lyrics and conceived the story of Johnny Baseball with playwright Richard Dresser.

The Roundtable
11:45 am
Thu July 25, 2013

"The End of Big" by Nicco Mele

    

  In The End of Big, social media pioneer, political and business strategist, and Harvard Kennedy School faculty member Nicco Mele offers a fascinating, sometimes frightening look at how our ability to stay connected - constantly, instantly, and globally - is dramatically changing our world.

Arts & Culture
11:12 am
Thu July 25, 2013

The Woodstock Playhouse's 75th Anniversary Season

    The Woodstock Playhouse is celebrating its 75th anniversary. The Playhouse has gone through several incarnations. It began as an offshoot of the bohemian theater scene of the Maverick Arts Colony, with founder Robert Elwyn's vision that the Playhouse become on of the first rural extensions of Broadway. Larry Hagman and Dick Van Patten, along with Mary martin and Diane Keaton, started their careers on the Playhouse stage.

Woodstock Playhouse Company Manager and Co-Founder Doug Farrell joins us this morning along with Mary Mullaney – Director of PR, and actor Robby Haltiwanger who was in Fiddler on the Roof this season and will be playing the lead role in Tommy.

The Roundtable
10:10 am
Thu July 25, 2013

Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival's 27th Season

  The Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival is celebrating its 27th season with three shows - The Three Musketeers, All’s Well That Ends Well and King Lear.

Shakespeare’s masterpiece about an aging king’s attempt to divide his kingdom between his three daughters. Deceived by misplaced affection and flattery, the king makes a series of terrible decisions, tearing his family and kingdom apart, and is pushed to the brink of madness.

The festival's founding Artistic Director, Terry O’Brien joins us this morning along with Stephen Paul Johnson, who plays Lear, and Jason O’Connell who is in both Lear and All’s Well.

The Roundtable
9:00 am
Thu July 25, 2013

7/25/13 - Panel

  Today's panelists are WAMC's Alan Chartock, Newsman Ray Graf, and Daily Freeman Publisher Emeritus - Ira Fusfeld. Joe Donahue moderates.

Topics Include:
NSA Vote
Obama on Economy
Caroline Kennedy - Ambassador to Japan
Egypt
Weiner Update

The Roundtable
11:35 am
Wed July 24, 2013

"Life in a Marital Institution: Twenty Years of Monogamy in One Terrifying Memoir" by James Braly

    James Braly is the first two-time winner of The Moth GrandSlam, a contributor to This American Life, and currently touring the country with his Off-Broadway hit Life In a Marital Institution (20 Years of Monogamy in One Terrifying Hour).

His new memoir is also entitled: Life In a Marital Institution.

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