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
Fri April 12, 2013

2013 Orion Book Award - Craig Childs' "Apocalyptic Planet: Field Guide to the Everending Earth"

    Craig Childs’ book Apocalyptic Planet: Field Guide to the Everending Earth has won the 2013 Orion Book Award in recognition of its success in addressing the human relationship with the natural world in a fresh, thought-provoking, and engaging manner.

Speaking for the jury, Orion Magazine associate editor Hannah Fries said, “A mixture of adventure, science, and engaging storytelling, Apocalyptic Planet demonstrates an open-mouthed awe of the earth in all its dynamism, a spirit of passionate curiosity, and a fresh and humbling way of thinking about the planet and our place within its grand, catastrophic life.”

Craig Childs and Amanda Fries join us.

The Roundtable
10:35 am
Fri April 12, 2013

Ideas Matter: Checking in with the Public Humanities

  We are very happy to be kicking off a new regular feature on the Roundtable entitled - Ideas Matter: Checking in with the Public Humanities. It is our chance to check in with the Humanities Councils throughout our 7-State area to discuss important ideas and why they do indeed matter.

We welcome: Pleun Bouricius - Assistant Director of Mass Humanities. Before that she managed the Women, Enterprise, and Society project at Baker Library at Harvard Business School; and taught in the History and Literature, and Women’s Studies Programs at Harvard University and the Harvard Extension School.

Also joining us is Sara Ogger. Sara joined the staff of the New York Council for the Humanities in March 2002 as Grants Officer. She was appointed Executive Director in April 2007 after a successful effort to secure state funding. Before coming to the Council, Sara was an assistant professor of German at Montclair State University in New Jersey.

The Roundtable
9:35 am
Fri April 12, 2013

Anne Lamott

Joe Donahue and Anne Lamott

    Renowned author Anne Lamott, whose latest work of non-fiction is Help, Thanks, Wow: The Three Essential Prayers is in town this morning to speak at Hudson Valley Community College in Troy at 11 AM. We are thrilled she stopped by here first.

Lamott uses humor to get her messages across about motherhood, loss, spirituality and alcoholism in her novels and non-fiction. Among her works are Operating Instructions, Hard Laughter, Rosie, and Some Assembly Required: A Journal of My Son’s First Son – which is just out in paperback.

The Roundtable
9:00 am
Fri April 12, 2013

4/12/13 - Panel

  Today's panelists are WAMC's Alan Chartock, Ray Graf, and Sarah LaDuke. Joe Donahue moderates.

In this abbreviated RTonTheRT we discuss whether or not we'd go on a cruise and we invite WAMC listeners to call in and talk on the subject.

The Roundtable
11:42 am
Thu April 11, 2013

"Simple: Conquering the Crisis of Complexity"

  Alan Siegel and Irene Etzkorn have long consulted with businesses and organizations around the world, looking to streamline products, services, processes and communications. And they have achieved dramatic results.

In the new book, Simple: Conquering the Crisis of Complexity, Siegel and Etzkorn show us how having empathy, striving for clarity, and distilling your message can reduce the distance between company and customer, hospital and patient, government and citizen-and increase your bottom line.

Examining the best and worst practices of an array of organizations big and small-including the IRS, Google, Philips, Trader Joe's, Chubb Insurance, and ING Direct, and many more - Siegel and Etzkorn recast simplicity as a mindset, a design aesthetic, and a writing technique.

The Roundtable
9:00 am
Thu April 11, 2013

4/11/13 - Panel

  Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, news man Ray Graf and executive editor of the Poughkeepsie Journal, Stu Shinske. Joe Donahue moderates.

Today's topics include:
• The latest news from the lower Hudson Valley
• The Economy vs. the Environment
• Viewers Give up on Television
• Trust in Cruise Ships in down sharply

Arts & Culture
11:35 am
Wed April 10, 2013

Lisa Loeb

    Grammy nominated singer/songwriter Lisa Loeb was catapulted into early success with the platinum selling No. 1 hit song “Stay (I Missed You),” and went on to record eight acclaimed albums, including this year’s No Fairy Tale.

She is also author of Lisa Loeb’s Silly Sing-Along: The Disappointing Pancake and Other Zany Songs, which won a Parent’s Choice Award. Her career encompasses music, film, television, an eyewear collection, award-winning children’s recordings.

Her new project – intended to get kids off the couch and get them singing and dancing instead is Lisa Loeb's Songs for Movin' and Shakin': The Air Band Song and Other Toe-Tapping Tunes.

The Roundtable
11:12 am
Wed April 10, 2013

Read Local! Red Hook Literary Festival

    This year’s Read Local! Red Hook Literary Festival takes place this Friday through Sunday.

The fest will include “Stories on Stage” Hudson Valley Actors Read Hudson Valley Authors; I Want to Be in a Band! – a Music & Movement Program for kids featuring author and musician Suzzy Roche, and illustrator Giselle Potter; Telling Stories: Conversations with Fiction Writers featuring Owen King, Kelly Braffet, Frank Delaney, and Marshall Karp – and much much more! All events are free and open to the public.

Suzanna Hermans, Co-Owner of Oblong Books and Music; Helen Seslowsky, event coordinator, and author and broadcaster, Frank Delaney, join us.

The Roundtable
10:35 am
Wed April 10, 2013

"Operation Storm" by John Geoghegan

    Operation Storm: Japan's Top Secret Submarines and Its Plan to Change the Course of World War II tells the riveting true story of Japan's top secret plan to change the course of World War II using a squadron of mammoth submarines a generation ahead of their time.

John Geoghegan has written extensively about aviation history, underwater exploration and marine engineering for The New York Times Science Section, Smithsonian Air & Space, WIRED, Popular Science, Aviation History, Military Heritage, Flight Journal and the San Francisco Chronicle Sunday Magazine.

The Roundtable
10:10 am
Wed April 10, 2013

"The Lost Daughter: A Memoir" by Mary Williams

    Mary Williams was born to Black Panther parents during the heart of the Black Power movement in Oakland, Calif., in the 1970s. She was just a toddler when her father went to San Quentin prison.

Her mother, struggled to support the family on her own, turning to alcohol, as her oldest sister turned to crack and prostitution. But when Williams was sent to spend the summer at a camp run by Jane Fonda, her life began to change.

Over the course of several summers, Fonda and Williams grew close, and eventually, the Hollywood star invited Williams, at age 16, to come live with her in Santa Monica. This was the beginning of a journey, which she chronicles in her new memoir, The Lost Daughter.

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