Joe Donahue

Senior Director of 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. 

Ways to Connect

In her new biography, “Elizabeth Warren: Her Fight. Her Work. Her Life.,” bestselling author Antonia Felix carries readers from Warren’s hardscrabble roots in Norman, Oklahoma, to her career as one of the nation’s most distinguished legal scholars and experts on the economics of working Americans.

In the book, Felix reveals how Warren brought her expertise to Washington to become a leader in progressive politics in a deeply divided nation and weaves together never-before-told stories from those who have journeyed with Warren from Oklahoma to the halls of power in Washington, DC.

Shawn Stone joins us to talk about what he's seen lately and what cultural events are coming up this week in our region.

Upcoming: Dom Flemons “Black Cowboy Tour” - Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs, Thursday 8/30, 7 PM

"Mean Girls" - GE Theatre at Proctors, Schenectady, Friday 8/31, 7 PM

Natalie MacMaster & Donnell Leahy “Visions from Cape Breton & Beyond” - The Egg, Albany, Friday 8/31, 7:30 PM

Cory Henry & The Funk Apostles - MASS MoCA, Courtyard C or Hunter Center, North Adams, Mass., Saturday 9/1, 8 PM

Steve Martin & Martin Short: An Evening You Will Forget for the Rest of Your Life - Tanglewood, Lenox, Mass., Sunday 9/2, 2:30 PM

Trio Solisti (Haydn, Dvorak, Chausson) - Maverick Concerts, Woodstock, Sunday 9/2, 4 PM

Michelle Wolf - Funny Bone Comedy Club, Guilderland, Sunday 9/2, 9:45 PM

Chapel - The Hollow Bar + Kitchen, Albany, Tuesday 9/4, 8 PM

New movies: "Juliet, Naked;" "The Bookshop;" "Kin;" "Searching"

8/30/18 Panel

Aug 30, 2018

The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond.

Today's panelists are WAMC's Alan Chartock, Daily Freeman Publisher Emeritus Ira Fusfeld, Siena College Professor of Comparative Politics, Vera Eccarius-Kelly and Vice president for editorial development at New York Press Association Judy Patrick.

Anthony Salvanto, PhD, is CBS News Director of Elections and Surveys. He currently conducts all polling across the nation, states, and congressional races, and heads the Decision Desk that projects outcomes on Election Nights. He appears regularly on Face the Nation, the CBS Evening News, CBS This Morning, and more. "Where Did You Get This Number?" is his first book.

Salvanto’s job to understand you—what you think and how you vote. He’s the person behind so many of the poll numbers you see today, making the winner calls on election nights and surveying thousands of Americans. In "Where Did You Get This Number? A Pollster’s Guide to Making Sense of the World," Salvanto takes readers on a fast-paced, eye-opening tour through the world of polling and elections and what they really show about America today, beyond the who's-up-who’s-down headlines and horse races. Salvanto is just the person to bring much-needed clarity in a time when divisions seem to run so deep.

Donna Hicks is an associate at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Harvard University. As a conflict resolution specialist, she has facilitated diplomatic efforts in the Middle East and other high-conflict regions and conducted numerous training seminars worldwide. She is the author of the award-winning book, "Dignity: Its Essential Role in Resolving Conflict."

Her new book is "Leading with Dignity: How to Create a Culture That Brings Out the Best in People."

Our attention has never been as overwhelmed or in demand as it is today. We've grown uncomfortable with boredom and the lack of stimulation or distraction, and instead try to cram as much into every moment of our life as we can. Many of us know our brains are unable to multitask, but feel compelled to do it anyway, in the process sacrificing our happiness, productivity, and even our creativity.

Productivity expert Chris Bailey looks to help with a simple and practical model he outlines in "Hyperfocus: How to Be More Productive in a World of Distraction."

8/29/18 Panel

Aug 29, 2018

The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond.

Today's panelists are WAMC's Alan Chartock, Albany County District Attorney David Soares, and Berkshire Eagle reporter, Jenn Smith. 

Nancy Pearl has worked as a librarian and a bookseller for more than three decades, she is regularly featured on NPR’s Morning Edition talking about her favorite books.

The author of several works on non-fiction, she has now written her first novel, George & Lizzie, an emotional novel about an unlikely marriage as a crossroads.

Peter Steiner has been a cartoonist for over thirty years. He created the cartoon "On the internet nobody knows you're a dog," the most reproduced cartoon The New Yorker has ever published. In the late 1990's he began writing novels, at first for his own amusement. Then his first novel, "A French Country Murder" was published in 2003. His second followed in 2008; his third in 2010.

His new work is a graphic novel entitled "An Atheist In Heaven."

  This week's Book Picks come from Kira Wizner of Merritt Bookstore.

List:
"Vox" by Christina Dalcher
"Beyond Birds and Bees" by Bonnie J. Rough
"The Lies That Bind" by Kwame Anthony Appiah
"Darius the Great is Not Okay" by Adib Khorram
"Draw Your Day/ Draw Your Day Sketchbook" by Samantha Dion Baker
"Where the Crawdads Sing" by Delia Owens
"Mating in Captivity" by Helen Zuman
"Always Eat Left Handed" by Rohit Bhargava

Spencertown Academy Arts Center’s 13th annual Festival of Books takes place over Labor Day weekend, August 31 through September 3.

The Festival features a giant used book sale, two days of discussions with and readings by esteemed authors, and a children’s program.

Authors’ books will be available for purchase and signing. The Festival, which began in 2006 as a book sale to raise funds for the Academy’s community arts programs, has grown into one of the biggest and most eagerly anticipated cultural events of the year. Academy Board member and event co-chair David Highfill is here to tell us more.

8/28/18 Panel

Aug 28, 2018

    The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond.

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Times Union Associate Editor Mike Spain, and The Empire Report’s J.P. Miller.

As the president of the student group Uncomfortable Learning at Williams College, Zachary Wood knows all about intellectual controversy. From John Derbyshire to Charles Murray, there's no one Zach refuses to debate or engage with simply because he disagrees with their beliefs and this controversial view has given him a unique platform on college campuses and in the media.

But Zach has never shared the details of his own personal story, and how he came to be a crusader for open dialogue and free speech. In "Uncensored," he reveals for the first time how he grew up poor and black in Washington, DC, in an environment where the only way to survive was to resist the urge to write people off because of their backgrounds and their perspectives.

Craft beer is on the rise across the country, and New York has been near the center of the revolution. With now over 400 breweries across the state, New York is currently ranked 4th in the country for number of craft breweries. But craft beer is not about mass production; it is about passionate locals employing artisan skills to infuse the values of their community into flavorful and memorable brews.

In each half hour episode of the new PBS show, "Brewed in New York," hosts Matt and Maya travel to a different tourism region of the state, visiting craft breweries and learning how the unique geography, agriculture, and character of the region influences each brewery’s individual story and craft.

Daniel Swinton and Leanne Robinson-Maine are both producers and writers on the show -- which starts airing on WMHT on September 9.

Steve Martin and Martin Short
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Comedy legends Steve Martin and Martin Short have joined forces for their hit show "An Evening You Will Forget For The Rest Of Your Life" and they will bring it to Tanglewood in Lenox, Massachusetts on September 2. They'll be joined by the Grammy Award winning bluegrass band Steep Canyon Rangers and Jeff Babko.

Audiences can expect an evening of nonstop laughs as the duo recall their iconic careers, creative influences and most memorable encounters, uniquely presented though a blend of stand-up, musical numbers and conversations about their lives in show business.

8/27/18 Panel

Aug 27, 2018

  The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond.

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Political Consultant Libby Post, Albany Law School Professor Sarah Rogerson who directs the Immigration Law Clinic and communications consultant, Joe Bonilla.

News10 Anchorman, John Gray, is an Emmy Award winning journalist and writer. When John’s puppy, Samuel, died unexpectedly at just six months old it brought a profound sadness to their home and a sense that this was just not fair. For the first time John understood how a child must feel when they lose a pet of any age, asking themselves, “Why?”

Hoping to turn his pain into something positive, John put pen to paper and wrote a story to help any child who has lost a pet. His new book, "God Needed a Puppy" guides children through the grieving process by using friendly animals from the forest to explain the reasons why a beloved pet sometimes has to leave us.

The play, “Ann,” is an intimate, brash, and feisty portrait of Ann Richards, legendary Governor of Texas. 

Written by award-winning actress and writer Holland Taylor, “Ann” is an inspiring and hilarious play that brings us face to face with the complex, colorful, and captivating character bigger than the state from which she hailed. The Dorset Theatre Festival production is performed by two-time Tony nominee Jayne Atkinson (“House of Cards,” "Madam Secretary”) and directed by Kristen van Ginhoven. 

On August 11 the Fenimore Art Museum in Cooperstown, New York opened the exhibit "Seen & Unseen: Photographs by Imogen Cunningham." It is on view through October 14.

The photographs of Imogen Cunningham (1883-1976) reflect vital developments in 20th century art and photography. She is recognized for helping to establish photography as an art form. Never tied to one style of photography or subject, Cunningham had a signature view in what she created. Working for over seventy years, her photographs are seductive and dynamic and inspired by a multitude of sources.

Chris Rossi is Director of Exhibitions for The Fenimore Art Museum.

For well over thirty years, T. Jefferson Parker has been a legend in the mystery-thriller genre. C.J. Box called Parker “the poet of American crime fiction,” and Ridley Pearson noted, “There are few if any crime writers out there this good.”

Parker is perhaps best known for both his Charlie Hood and Merci Rayborn series, as well as over a dozen standalone thrillers. Last year, he began a new mystery series, starring San Diego–based private detective Roland Ford, a former Marine with deep ties to the Southern California community. Parker returns with "Swift Vengeance," the second book in his new series.

In "Swift Vengeance," Roland Ford is on the trail of a mysterious killer who is beheading CIA drone operators and leaving puzzling clues at each crime scene.

8/24/18 Panel

Aug 24, 2018

The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond.

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Former EPA Regional Administrator Judith Enck, Siena College Economics Professor Aaron Pacitti, and Dean of International Studies at Bard College and Academic Director of the Bard Globalization and International Affairs program James Ketterer.

Like so many of us, including most of America’s workforce, and nearly two-thirds of all university students, Andrew Santella procrastinates. Concerned about his habit, but not quite ready to give it up, he set out to learn all he could about the human tendency to delay. He studied history’s greatest procrastinators to gain insights into human behavior, and also, he writes, to kill time, “research being the best way to avoid real work.” His new book is "Soon: An Overdue History of Procrastination, from Leonardo and Darwin to You and Me."

Andrew Santella has written for such publications as GQ, the New York Times Book Review, Slate, and the Atlantic.com.

Written by Obie Award-winner Christopher Durang, the comedic double feature, “Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All For You” and “The Actor’s Nightmare” is an absurdly hilarious evening of theatre. The Berkshire Theatre Group production of the show, running now in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, is directed by Matthew Penn and features Tony Award-winner Harriet Harris, Levi Hall, Anna O'Donoghue, Tom Story, Matt Sullivan and Ariana Venturi.

Hailed as “consistently clever” by The New York Times when it first opened in 1981, “Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All For You” and “The Actor’s Nightmare” are still bitingly witty satires on the psychology of belief and belonging. The show runs at BTG’s Unicorn Theatre through August 31st. Here to tell us more we welcome: Harriet Harris, Anna O’Donoghue, and Matt Sullivan.

Frelinghuysen Morris House And Studio - Stairway
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George L. K. Morris and Suzy Frelinghuysen, prolific abstract artists since the late 1930s, were a remarkable couple at the leading edge of the national and international art scene. Collectors and intellectuals, they created a Berkshire home that reflected their aesthetic worlds.

Upon her death in 1988, Suzy Frelinghuysen left instructions that the House & Studio and art collection be used for an educational purpose. The House & Studio opened for visitation in 1998.

Visitors can walk through the House with all of its original furnishings and view not only the works of Morris and Frelinghuysen on the walls, but walk right up to the works of some of their more famous colleagues and contemporaries including Picasso, Braque, Leger and Gris.

Kinney Frelinghuysen is the Director of the Frelinghuysen Morris House & Studio in Lenox, Mass.

Shawn Stone joins us to talk about what he's seen lately and what cultural events are coming up this week in our region.

Seen: "The Spy Who Dumped Me"

Upcoming:

  • "Annie" - Mac-Haydn Theatre, Chatham, opens Thursday 8/23 at 2 and 8 PM; through Sept. 2
  • Blue Öyster Cult - Empire State Plaza, Albany, Thursday 8/23, 5:30-8:30 PM
  • Dick Dale - Iron Horse Music Hall, Northampton, Thursday 8/23, 7 PM
  • The Blasters - Hangar On the Hudson, Troy, Friday 8/24, 8 PM
  • The Wailin’ Jennys - Calvin Theatre, Northampton, Saturday 8/25, 8 PM - The Egg, Albany, Sunday 8/26, 7:30 PM
  • Crystal Clear Acoustic Concert Series: House Sparrow - Thomas Schutte installation at Stone Hill, Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, Sunday 8/26, noon-2 PM
  • Borromeo String Quartet; music of Mozart, Bach, Mendelssohn, Ned Rorem - Maverick Concerts, Woodstock, Sunday 8/26, 4 PM
  • "Guardians of the Galaxy" - Outside the Times Union Center, Albany, Monday 8/27, 6:30 preshow/7:30 movie
  • "Sharon Bates: Exhibit B" - Opalka Gallery, Sage Colleges, Albany, opens Tuesday 8/28 through Oct. 13; opening reception Sept. 7

New movies: "Operation Finale," "Papillon," "Skate Kitchen," "The Happytime Murders"

8/23/18 Panel

Aug 23, 2018

The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond.

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Investigative Reporter Rosemary Armao, Berkshire Eagle Reporter Jenn Smith, and Albany County District Attorney David Soares.

Psychotherapist Teresa Gil joins us this morning discuss her new book: "Women Who Were Sexually Abused Children: Mothering, Resilience, and Protecting the Next Generation." The book is made up of stories of mothers who survived sexual abuse as children reveal the struggles, challenges, and triumphs of this special group of women.

Unraveling the veil of silence and capturing the experiences of mothers who were sexually abused as children, this book offers a first step in both supporting mothers and disrupting the cycle of intergenerational abuse that keeps these mothers isolated and alone in their mothering challenges and successes.

Teresa Gil, PhD, has been a psychotherapist, professor, and trainer for more than 25 years. She has a private practice working with women, children, and families dealing with recovery from child abuse and trauma. She is a full professor and teaches General Psychology, Abnormal Psychology, Child Psychology, and Psychology of Women at Hudson Valley Community College.

The Clark Art Institute’s summer 2018 exhibition, “Women Artists in Paris, 1850–1900,” celebrates an international group of artists who overcame gender-based restrictions to make extraordinary creative strides, taking important steps in the fight for a more egalitarian art world. It is on view in Williamstown through September 3.

In addition to “Women Artists in Paris,” The Clark is the exclusive venue for the exhibition “The Art of Iron: Objects from the Musée Le Secq des Tournelles, Rouen, Normandy.” The exhibition presents thirty-six historic objects in an installation celebrating the craft and beauty of wrought iron. That exhibition is on view through September 16th.

(Left) Grille, Italian, 18th century. Wrought iron, polychromed, 33 7/8 x 25 5/8 x 1 5/8 in. Réunion des Musées Métropolitains, Rouen, Normandy, LS.4513 (Right) Circular Grille, French (Amiens), c. 1700. Wrought iron and rolled iron, cut and embossed, 39 3/8 diameter x 2 3/4 in. Réunion des Musées Métropolitains, Rouen, Normandy, LS.4231 Edit | Remove

Considered one of the most acclaimed mystery writers at work today, Steve Hamilton has penned multiple New York Times bestsellers, and is one of only three authors to win an Edgar Award for both Best First Novel and Best Novel.

When "A Cold Day in Paradise" was published in 1998, introducing readers to Hamilton’s sharp prose and his beloved Alex McKnight, the novel was awarded both the Edgar and Shamus Awards for Best First Novel, propelling Hamilton to a place among the greats of contemporary crime fiction.

Now, after five years away, Hamilton returns to the series that put him on the map with "Dead Man Running," the eleventh entry in his Alex McKnight series, featuring the former Detroit cop, occasional PI, and general problem-solver in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

Steve Hamilton will be discussing and signing his new novel at the Barnes & Noble in Kingston, New York next Thursday, August 30th at 7 p.m.

8/22/18 Panel

Aug 22, 2018

 

The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond.

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Investigative Journalist Rosemary Armao, Retired League of Women Voters Legislative Director in NY, Barbara Bartoletti, and Corporate Attorney Rich Honen.

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