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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WAMC Programs
3:06 pm
Tue March 26, 2013

The Book Show #1288 - Stephen Dobyns

  Award-winning novelist and poet, Stephen Dobyns, returns to the thriller genre after a fifteen-year hiatus with The Burn Palace.

The novel is a blend of suspense, supernatural underpinnings and sexual shenanigans set in a provincial New England town. Dobyns creates an insular community sideswiped by madness when a series of odd, violent crimes occur in rapid succession.

The Roundtable
11:40 am
Tue March 26, 2013

"Hidden Cities" by Moses Gates

    Moses Gates is a new breed of adventurer for the 21st century. He thrives on the thrill of seeing what others do not see, let alone even know exists. It all began quite innocuously. After moving to New York City and pursuing graduate studies in Urban Planning, he began unearthing hidden facets of the city—abandoned structures, disused subway stops, incredible rooftop views that belonged to cordoned-off buildings.

In his memoir of his experiences, Hidden Cities, Gates details his travels through underground canals, sewers, subways, and crypts, in metropolises spanning four continents.

Gates describes his immersion in the worldwide subculture of urban exploration; how he joined a world of people who create secret art galleries in subway tunnels, break into national monuments for fun, and travel the globe sleeping in centuries-old catacombs and abandoned Soviet relics rather than hotels or bed-and-breakfasts.

The Roundtable
11:12 am
Tue March 26, 2013

"Present Shock: When Everything Happens Now" by Douglas Rushkoff

  This is the moment we’ve been waiting for, explains award-winning media theorist Douglas Rushkoff, but we don’t seem to have any time in which to live it. Instead we remain poised and frozen, overwhelmed by an always-on, live-streamed reality that our human bodies and minds can never truly inhabit. And our failure to do so has had wide-ranging effects on every aspect of our lives.

Well, the future’s arrived. We live in a continuous now enabled by Twitter, email, and a so-called real-time technological shift. Yet this “now” is an elusive goal that we can never quite reach. And the dissonance between our digital selves and our analog bodies has thrown us into a new state of anxiety: present shock.

Douglas Rushkoff brings together seemingly disparate events and trends into a rich, nuanced portrait of how life in the eternal present has affected our biology, behavior, politics, and culture.

The Roundtable - Book Picks
10:10 am
Tue March 26, 2013

Book Picks - Battenkill Books

  Connie Brooks from Battenkill Books in Cambridge, NY is in Studio A this week with a list of great titles.

List after the break. 

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The Roundtable
9:00 am
Tue March 26, 2013

3/26/13 - Panel

  Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Newsman Ray Graf and Times-Union Associate editor, Mike Spain. Joe Donahue moderates.

This morning our discussion topics include:
Hillary Clinton and Rand Paul 2016 Presidential talk
Why are many of us slaves to technology
As Supreme Court considers gay marriage, abortion comparisons rise
Senators blast NRA for robocalls in Newtown

The Roundtable
11:35 am
Mon March 25, 2013

"The True Secret of Writing: Connecting Life with Language" by Natalie Goldberg

    Natalie Goldberg, teacher and author of Writing Down the Bones, joins us to talk about her new book: The True Secret of Writing: Connecting Life with Language.

She offers writing guidance learned from years of teaching and practice in the second part of the hour.

The Roundtable
10:35 am
Mon March 25, 2013

"Dollars and Sex" by Marina Adshade

    Like Freakonomics, Dollars and Sex takes economics and converts it into a science by applying the principles of supply and demand, and other market forces, to matters of love, courtship, sex, and marriage.

As she does in her blog, author Marina Adshade explores the marketplace for sex and love using research, economic analysis, and humor to reveal just how central the interplay of libido, gender, love, power, and economic forces is to the most important choices we make in our lives. Call it "Sexonomics."

The Roundtable
10:10 am
Mon March 25, 2013

"100 Days" Countdown to the public opening of the Roosevelt Library's new permanent museum exhibits

Credit Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum

    On Friday, the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum in Hyde Park, New York kicked off their "100 Days" Countdown to the public opening of the Roosevelt Library's new permanent museum exhibits on June 30th. Today marks 97 days.

These exhibits will tell the story of the Roosevelt presidency beginning in the depths of the Great Depression and continuing through the New Deal years and World War II with an emphasis on both Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt’s relationship with the American people. Special interactives, immersive audio‐visual theaters, and rarely seen artifacts will convey the dramatic story of the Roosevelt era as the Roosevelt Library brings a New Deal to a New Generation.

To help us countdown, we welcome Lynn Bassanese, Director of the FDR Presidential Library and Museum and Felica Wong, President and CEO of the Roosevelt Institute.

The Roundtable
9:00 am
Mon March 25, 2013

3/25/13 - Panel

  Today's panelists are WAMC's Morning Edition host David Guistina, WAMC Newsman Ray Graf, WAMC News Director, Ian Pickus, and University at Albany Journalism Professor and Investigative Reporter, Rosemary Armao. Joe Donahue moderates.

Today's topics include:
The High Court and same-sex marriage
Karl Rove says GOP candidate “could” back gay marriage
Bloomberg, NRA Brace for Senate Showdown on Guns
Washington Post Defends Not Running Article On Iraq Media Failure
NCAA – Road to Sweet 16

Arts & Culture
11:12 am
Fri March 22, 2013

"Inflatable Frankenstein" - Radiohole at EMPAC

    Inspired by meditations on horror films, the work of Antonin Artaud, and Ardunio open-source electronics, Radiohole’s Inflatable Frankenstein is a visually and sonically driven performance based on Mary Shelley’s early life and her novel Frankenstein.

Arising from a world of gods and monsters (and thousands of Walmart and Price Chopper grocery bags) is a desecration too terrible to behold and too beautiful to turn away from, leading to an improbable question: what is it like to be a metaphor for everything?

The project was supported by a 2012 EMPAC production residency.

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