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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Arts & Culture
10:45 am
Tue July 16, 2013

Berkshire Theatre Group's production of "Extremities"

    In William Mastrosimone’s psychological thriller, a young woman is violently attacked in her own home. However, once the tables turn, Extremities raises provocative and difficult questions about rape and its aftermath, violence and its justification, justice and its reliability. Who will be held responsible in this riveting game of cat and mouse?

Directed by original cast member, Karen Allen for The Berkshire Theatre Group, Extremities runs through July 27th at The Unicorn Theatre.

Arts & Culture
10:35 am
Tue July 16, 2013

Maverick Concerts 98th Season

    Maverick Concerts, America’s oldest continuous summer chamber music festival and winner of the Chamber Music America/ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming, thrives on the love of great music and the spirit of its unique site in the unspoiled woods. The rustic 1916 concert hall is ideally suited to chamber music and the intimacy of live performance.

This is Maverick’s 98th Season and they are focusing on the great 20th century British Composer, Benjamin Britten, who spent the summer of 1939 in Woodstock.

Maverick Concerts Music Director, Alexander Platt, and Publicity Director, Mary Fairchild join us to tell us more.

The Roundtable
10:10 am
Tue July 16, 2013

Book Picks - The Bookstore

  Today's Book Picks come from Matt Tannenbaum of The Bookstore in Lenox, MA.

List:
Shanghai Factor by Charles McCarry
The Third Coast by Thomas Dyja
Russ and Daughters by Mark Russ
Federman Transatlantic by Colum McCann
Memories of a Marriage by Louis Begley
Forty-One False Starts by Janet Malcolm
Possibility: Essays Against Despair by Patricia Vigderman
Abraham Lincoln: A Life (Vol 1 & 2) by Michael Burlingame

The Roundtable
9:00 am
Tue July 16, 2013

7/16/13 - 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:
Filibuster
Petraeuss CUNY Salary
Spitzer/Weiner Poll
TU Headlines

The Roundtable
11:35 am
Mon July 15, 2013

"A Dog Walks Into a Nursing Home: Lessons in the Good Life from an Unlikely Teacher" by Sue Halpern

    At loose ends with her daughter leaving home and her husband on the road, Sue Halpern decided to give herself and Pransky, her under-occupied Lab mix, a new lease on life by getting the two of them certified as a therapy dog team.

She writes about the experience in her book, A Dog Walks Into a Nursing Home: Lessons in the Good Life from an Unlikely Teacher.

Arts & Culture
11:12 am
Mon July 15, 2013

Yidstock 2013

    Continuing with the theme established in their inaugural year, Yidstock 2013 will bring the best in klezmer and new Yiddish music to the stage at the Yiddish Book Center in Amherst, MA.

There will be performances from Klezmer Conservatory Band, Golem, Klezperanto and Margot Leverett and the Klezmer Mountain Boys – as well as workshops and lectures.

Seth Rogovoy, Yidstock’s Festival Programmer, and Lisa Newman, Director of Communications for The Yiddish Book Center join us to tell us more.

Arts & Culture
10:35 am
Mon July 15, 2013

"When the Lights Went Out" at Powerhouse

Laura Innes and Cotter Smith in rehearsal for "When The Lights Went Out"
Credit Buck Lewis / © Vassar & New York Stage and Film / Buck Lewis

    On the night of the Northeast blackout of 2003, six New Yorkers connect through interwoven stories. In the darkness, two strangers fall in love during an epic walk across Manhattan; an older couple marooned in their apartment must finally grapple with their past; and a conflicted Iraqi immigrant makes her way across the Brooklyn Bridge chasing memories of her lost son and her homeland through the shadows.

The play, by Mozhan Marnò is the second New York Stage and Film Mainstage show this Powerhouse season at Vassar College. Kate Whoriskey directs and Laura Innes stars. They joins us to discuss the piece.

Science
10:10 am
Mon July 15, 2013

"The Universe in the Rearview Mirror: How Hidden Symmetries Shape Reality" by Dave Goldberg

    Why is the sky dark at night? Is it possible to build a shrink-ray gun? If there is antimatter, can there be antipeople? Why are past, present, and future our only options? Are time and space like a butterfly's wings? Dave Goldberg, perhaps the planet’s coolest nerd physicist, not only answers those questions, but he also reveals the most profound discoveries of physics with infectious enthusiasm and accessibility.

Dave Goldberg, an award-winning professor and director of undergraduate studies in the Department of Physics at Drexel University, writes the “Ask a Physicist” column for the popular science site io9.com and blogs at usersguidetotheuniverse.com. His new book is: The Universe in the Rearview Mirror: How Hidden Symmetries Shape Reality.

Symmetry is the unsung great idea behind all the big physics of the last one hundred years—and what lies ahead.

The Roundtable
9:00 am
Mon July 15, 2013

7/15/13 - Panel

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

Topics include:
Zimmerman Verdict Fallout
Obama's Call for Calm
Gay Blood Ban
Texas Abortion Measure
Holder & Reporter's Data

Arts & Culture
11:45 am
Fri July 12, 2013

Dracula or The Undead - Free Theatre at WTF

Noah Averbach-Katz (Count Dracula) and Elsa Carette (Lucy Westenra)
Credit Paul Fox

    The Free Outdoor production of Dracula, or, The Un-dead plays tonight, tomorrow and next week at the Poker Flats Field in Williamstown.

The production is adapted by Steve Lawson and directed by Jordan Fein and the Dracula duo joins us.

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