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 April 9, 2013

4/9/13 - Panel

  Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, WAMC’s newsman Ray Graf, and Capital Tonight host on YNN and State of Politics blogger, Liz Benjamin. Joe Donahue moderates.

This morning our discussion topics include:
• Governor Cuomo looking to oust Speaker Silver
• Ethics Scandals in NYS Legislature
• Legacy of Margaret Thatcher
• Viewers Give up on Television

The Roundtable
11:12 am
Mon April 8, 2013

"Battle Ready: Memoir of a SEAL Warrior Medic" by Mark L. Donald

    As a SEAL and combat medic, Mark Donald served his country with valorous distinction for almost twenty-five years and survived some of the most dangerous combat actions imaginable.

His new book, Battle Ready: Memoir of a SEAL Warrior Medic, immerses the reader in the unique life of the elite warrior-medic and describes his triumph over Post Traumatic Stress Disorder that threatened to destroy him and his family.

The Roundtable
10:10 am
Mon April 8, 2013

"Hopper" by Tom Folsom

    

  Dennis Hopper was the chopper-riding hippie outlaw in Easy Rider, the prophetic madman in the jungle in Apocalypse Now, the terrifying psychopath in Blue Velvet and the kid gone wrong in Rebel Without a Cause.

The actor was taken under the wing of James Dean, a friendship that set Dennis Hopper on his path to becoming a star. He was a quintessentially American dreamer longing to be the next Orson Welles, a hell-raising director who revolutionized Hollywood.

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The Roundtable
9:00 am
Mon April 8, 2013

4/8/13 - Panel

  Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Ray Graf, and Parry Teasdale – the man behind the Columbia paper and the news website: columbiapaper.com. Joe Donahue moderates.

This morning our discussion topics include:
• School taxes
• Library programs
• States consider taxing guns and ammo

The Roundtable
11:02 am
Fri April 5, 2013

"Brothers Emanuel: A Memoir of an American Family" by Ezekiel J. Emanuel

    For years, people have been asking Ezekiel “Zeke” Emanuel, the brash, outspoken, and fiercely loyal eldest brother in the Emanuel clan, the same question: What did your mom put in the cereal? Middle brother Rahm is the mayor of Chicago, erstwhile White House chief of staff, and one of the most colorful figures in American politics. Youngest brother Ari is a Hollywood super-agent. And Zeke himself is one of the world’s leading bioethicists and oncologists, and a former special advisor for health policy in the Obama administration.

In the new memoir, Brothers Emanuel: A Memoir of an American Family, Zeke tells his family's story.

The Roundtable
11:35 am
Thu April 4, 2013

"Democracy in Retreat" by Joshua Kurlantzick

    Journalist, Joshua Kurlantzick, joins us to talk about his book, Democracy in Retreat: The Revolt of the Middle Class and the Worldwide Decline of Representative Government.

The Roundtable
10:10 am
Thu April 4, 2013

David Sedaris - One new book and three regional shows

    David Sedaris' new book, Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls, will be released by Little Brown on April 23rd.

The satirist and public radio favorite will be at three venues in three different cities in our region: The Bardavon on 4/5The Mahaiwe on 4/6, and The Egg on 4/11.

Arts & Culture
10:10 am
Wed April 3, 2013

Johnny Mathis at The Palace on 4/4

    In 1955, Johnny Mathis landed a job singing weekends at Ann Dee's 440 Club. George Avakian, then head of Jazz A&R at Columbia, came to the club, heard Mathis sing and sent the now famous telegram to his record company: "Have found phenomenal 19-year-old boy who could go all the way. Send blank contracts." Mathis made his first appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show" in 1957, launching his career as a recording star and national celebrity.

Legendary crooner, Johnny "The Velvet Voice" Mathis, will perform at The Palace in Albany, New York tomorrow night at 8pm and in this interview we speak with him about his start, the support of people like Ella Fitzgerald, and how he feels about the term "crooner."

WAMC Programs
3:31 pm
Tue April 2, 2013

The Book Show #1289 - Jodi Picoult

    Jodi Picoult is the author of a string of best-selling novels with heavy themes ripped from the headlines.

Her latest book is The Storyteller, which is about a young woman who finds herself wrestling with a moral dilemma after she befriends an elderly man at a grief group who turns out to have been a Nazi war criminal.

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Arts & Culture
11:12 am
Tue April 2, 2013

Blue Note's Don Was Skidmore's Carr Lecturer

    Widely recognized as one of the best record producers working, Don Was has worked with artists including Bob Dylan, The Rolling Stones, Bonnie Raitt, Elton John, Willie Nelson and Brian Wilson. He has earned multiple Grammy Awards including Producer of the Year in 1995. A native of Detroit, Was grew up listening to jazz, blues, and the Rolling Stones.

He presented Skidmore College’s annual Carr Distinguished Interdisciplinary Lecture on Monday, April 1.

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