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
10:35 am
Fri March 29, 2013

Junot Diaz at Bard College on 4/1

    Pulitzer Prize-winner Junot Díaz’s first book, Drown, established him as a major new writer. His first novel, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, won the Pulitzer Prize. His latest, This Is How You Lose Her, features nine stories. At the center of each - is Yunior, a Dominican American who, despite his macho exterior, aches to be loved and the book explores the haunting, impossible power of love.

Diaz will be at Bard College on Monday, April 1st.

The Roundtable
10:10 am
Fri March 29, 2013

"Comandante: Hugo Chavez's Venezuela" by Rory Carroll

    Hugo Chavez’s death has drawn the world’s attention as Venezuela faces regime change for the first time in fourteen years. Since he came to power in 1999, Chavez has loomed large on the world stage as a hugely controversial and contradictory leader.

In Comandante: Hugo Chavez’s Venezuela - journalist Rory Carroll investigates how Chavez went from being an impoverished boy from the plains with big league baseball aspirations, to becoming a military officer, coup-leader, media darling, and elected leader.

Formerly The Guardian’s Latin American bureau chief, Rory Carroll has covered war zones, survived a kidnapping in Iraq, and reported on South Africa’s post-apartheid transition. He was stationed in Caracas for the research and writing of Comandante.

The Roundtable
9:00 am
Fri March 29, 2013

3/29/13 - Panel

  Today's panelists are WAMC newsmen Ray Graf and David Guistina, and The Roundtable's producer, Sarah LaDuke. Joe Donahue moderates.

Topics aren't set - we'll open the phones (800 348 2551) and talk about whatever you'd like to talk about.  We're looking to have a free-and-easy weekend ease-in conversation.

**Update**

With your calls leading the way, we wound up talking a little about music, spring and weekend plans, and gun control. 

Arts & Culture
11:35 am
Thu March 28, 2013

The Peter Evans Quintet at EMPAC

Credit empac.rpi.edu

  The Peter Evans Quintet has been performing since 2009, and has played in New York, as well as toured internationally.

Taking jazz ensembles into the 21st century, the Peter Evans Quintet uses real-time sound processing and traditional instruments to create their sound. The live electronics permit the group to change their sound from smooth and melodious to sharp and rattling to cacophonous reverberation. The quintet draws on traditional jazz as source material and contorts them into something resembling classical European avant-garde.

The ensemble arrived at EMPAC in Troy on Tuesday to begin their EMPAC recording residency and they are performing this Friday night.

Peter Evans and EMPAC music curator, Argeo Ascani join us.

The Roundtable
11:12 am
Thu March 28, 2013

"Salt, Sugar, Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us" by Michael Moss

    Pulitzer Prize–winning investigative reporter, Michael Moss, from The New York Times joins us to tell the explosive story of the rise of the processed food industry and its link to the emerging obesity epidemic.

Moss reveals how companies use Salt, Sugar, and Fat to addict us and, more important, how we can fight back.

The Roundtable
10:10 am
Thu March 28, 2013

3rd Annual Capital Region CANstruction at The NYS Museum - "CAN You Imagine?"

    

  This year is the third annual Capital Region CANstruction event and involves 10 teams challenged with building structures that would fit the Capital Region Canstruction 2013 theme of “Can You Imagine?”

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The Roundtable
9:00 am
Thu March 28, 2013

3/28/13 - Panel

  Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, WAMC's Morning Edition host David Guistina, and University at Albany Journalism Professor and Investigative Reporter, Rosemary Armao.

This morning our discussion topics include:
Supreme Court set to end ban on benefits to gay spouses?
States weigh sports betting as way to raise cash.
How Secure is the Mexican Border?
Nike’s new Tiger Woods ad causes a stir.

The Roundtable
11:35 am
Wed March 27, 2013

"Young Titan: The Making of Winston Churchill" by Michael Shelden

    In modern memory, Winston Churchill remains the man with the cigar and the equanimity among the ruins. Few can remember that at the age of 40, he was considered washed up, his best days behind him.

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The Roundtable
10:10 am
Wed March 27, 2013

"Emily & Herman: A Literary Romance" by John J. Healey

    The new novel, Emily & Herman, is a romantic account of Emily Dickinson and Herman Melville’s relationship.

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The Roundtable
9:00 am
Wed March 27, 2013

3/27/13 - Panel

  Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, WAMC's News Director, Ian Pickus, and Stephen Gottlieb, the Jay and Ruth Caplan Distinguished Professor at Albany Law School. Joe Donahue moderates.

Topics include:
The Supreme Court on Gay Marriage
The shaping of the Supreme Court
Nate Silver on Americans’ views on Gay Marriage
North Dakota’s strict Abortion law
Supreme Court accepts second case on race-based college admissions

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