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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. 

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Artwork for Treat Williams' "Grant: An Evening with the General" at Great Barrington Public Theatre
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Tonight and tomorrow night, Great Barrington Public Theater's Wet Ink Reading Series presents "Grant: An Evening With The General."

The new solo play is written and performed by actor Treat Williams ("Everwood;" "Chesapeake Shores") and takes a revealing look at the 18th president of the United States, Ulysses S. Grant.

8/2/21 RT Panel

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

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Lecturer and Adjunct Professor in Communications for SUNY New Paltz and RPI Terry Gipson, Tetherless World Professor of Computer, Web and Cognitive Sciences at RPI and Director of the RPI-IBM Artificial Intelligence research collaboration and Chair of ACM Technology Policy Council Jim Hendler, and political consultant and lobbyist Libby Post.

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Bang on a Can and MASS MoCA present LOUD Weekend this weekend which will be a fully loaded eclectic super-mix of minimal, experimental and electronic music.

LOUD Weekend features two days of ear-bending music and mind-blowing art exhibitions taking place throughout the museum's vast galleries and its stunning collection of indoor and outdoor performing arts venues.

Featured performers include Kronos Quartet, Mazz Swift, and Bang on a Can All-Stars among many others. The opening concert on Friday July 30 at 4pm begins with Julius Eastman's FEMENINE followed by world premiere performances of music by Frederic Rzewski, Terry Riley, and much more.

Bang on a Can co-founders and artistic directors David Lang, and Julia Wolfe join us this morning.

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Dance has returned to Becket! The Jacob’s Pillow 2021 festival includes in-person events with limited capacity through August 29.

Witness premier companies bring their performances outside for special week-long engagements on the Henry Leir Outdoor Stage, experience site-specific performances on the Pillow grounds, visit the Archives, and attend PillowTalks and Sunday workshops led by Festival Artists.

To tell us all about it, we welcome Jacob’s Pillow Director Pamela Tatge.

WAMC's 40th Anniversary Show

Jul 30, 2021

  This week marks the 40th anniversary of WAMC’s independent charter.

Our show today was a special celebration of four decades of bringing you the news and programming you love. We’ll listen back to classic clips from the archive and speak with some key figures in WAMC history - Alan Chartock, David Galletly, and Selma Kaplan.

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Abolitionist Frederick Douglass delivered a speech about U.S. politics to an audience of several thousand at Poughkeepsie’s College Hill Park in August of 1858.

Celebrating the African Spirit in will commemorate the event on August 1st where you can hear parts of his powerful speech recited by acclaimed actor - Paul Oakley Stovall. Stovall played George Washington in the touring production of "Hamilton."

7/29/21 RT Panel

Jul 29, 2021
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    The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond.

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Publisher Emeritus of The Daily Freeman Ira Fusfeld, and Lecturer and Adjunct Professor in Communications for SUNY New Paltz and RPI Terry Gipson.

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“Alien/Nation” an immersive world premiere theatrical experience that takes you on a journey throughout Williamstown, Massachusetts -- revealing unexpected surprises.

Commissioned and Originally Produced by the Williamstown Theatre Festival, audiences who attend “Alien/Nation” may choose to experience the unique site-specific performance by foot or by car.

Tony Award-nominated director Michael Arden and the company of The Forest of Arden invite WTF audiences to plunge themselves into the center of stories inspired by real events that took place in Western Massachusetts in 1969. The two-part play is ritten and devised by Eric Berryman, Jen Silverman, and the Company of The Forest of Arden.

Joe Donahue speaks with Michael Arden.

Book cover for "I Alone Can Fix It"
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Carol Leonnig and Philip Rucker are authors of the New York Times bestseller "A Very Stable Genius." With unparalleled sources, including a wide-ranging and revealing interview with President Trump himself, their new book "I Alone Can Fix It" presents a behind-the-scenes account of Trump’s final year in office.

Carol Leonnig is a national investigative reporter at The Washington Post, where she has worked since 2000, covering Donald Trump’s presidency and previous administrations. She won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for her reporting on security failures and misconduct inside the Secret Service. She also was part of the Post teams awarded Pulitzers in 2018, and in 2014. Leonnig is an on-air contributor to NBC News and MSNBC and the author of "Zero Fail: The Rise and Fall of the Secret Service."

7/28/21 RT Panel

Jul 28, 2021
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  The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond.

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, UAlbany adjunct professor and investigative journalist Rosemary Armao, Edward Hamilton Distinguished Professor of Computer Science at RPI and Faculty Associate at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University Fran Berman, and Actor and Educator and co-founder and Artistic Director of WAM Theatre Kristen van Ginhoven.

Book cover for "Widespread Panic" by James Ellroy
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From the modern master of noir James Ellroy comes the new novel “Widespread Panic” about the malevolent monarch of the 1950s Hollywood Underground. The novel is a tale of pervasive paranoia teeming with communist conspiracies, FBI finks, celebrity smut films, and strange bedfellows.

7/27/21 RT Panel

Jul 27, 2021
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The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond.

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, UAlbany adjunct professor and investigative journalist Rosemary Armao,  and political consultant and lobbyist Libby Post.

Book cover for "Ethel Rosenberg: An American Tragedy"
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In June 1953, Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, a couple with two young sons, were led separately from their prison cells on Death Row and electrocuted moments apart. Both had been convicted of conspiracy to commit espionage for the Soviet Union, despite the fact that the US government was aware that the evidence against Ethel was shaky at best and based on the perjury of her own brother.

"Ethel Rosenberg: An American Tragedy" by Anne Sebba focuses on one half of that couple using new evidence which has surfaced since then. Seventy years after her trial, this is the first time Ethel’s story has been told with the full use of the dramatic and tragic prison letters she exchanged with her husband, her lawyer and her psychotherapist over a three-year period, two of them in solitary confinement.

Anne Sebba is a prize-winning biographer, lecturer, and former Reuters foreign correspondent who has written several books, including That Woman and American Jennie. Anne is a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Historical Research. We are also joined by Mike Meeropol, son of Ethel Rosenberg who was a valuable source for Sebba.

Artwork for "An Iliad" at Weston playhouse
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Weston Playhouse Theatre Company has returned to live performance with: An Iliad, running through August 6th under the Tent at Walker Farm.

The eternal, enchanting power of storytelling comes to life in Denis O’Hare and Lisa Peterson’s acclaimed adaptation of Homer’s classic. A chorus of ancient muses perform original compositions by winner Jenny Giering as a solitary storyteller throws us into the midst of conflict.

To tell us more we welcome Executive Artistic Director Susanna Gellert and David Bonanno who plays The Poet, an ancient teller of tales destined to share the story of war until the day human nature changes; until the day our love of rage comes to an end.

7/26/21 RT Panel

Jul 26, 2021
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The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond.

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, UAlbany Lecturer in Africana Studies Jennifer Burns, best-selling author and counter-terrorism expert Malcolm Nance, and political consultant and lobbyist Libby Post.

We are also joined, for a portion of the program, by Dr. James Fagin, MD, an Immunology & Allergy Specialist in New Hyde Park, New York.

Guthrie Center in Great Barrington, MA
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The band Urban Renewal returns to the Guthrie Center tonight and tomorrow night. They blend a mixture of 70's funk with West African polyrhythms. The group features high energy vocals, a tight rhythm section, with some kickin' horns and percussion.

This band is a blast and lots of fun. Expect a dance floor and a very party feel! All proceeds benefit the Guthrie Center.

Featuring the music of some of the greats: Earth Wind & Fire, Tower of Power, Aretha, Stevie Wonder and Sly & The Family Stone. Band member Matthew Penn joins us this morning to tell us more.

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We all witnessed some of the most shocking and confounding political events of our lifetime: the careening last stage of Donald J. Trump’s reelection campaign, the president’s audacious election challenge, the harrowing mayhem of January 6, the buffoonery of the second impeachment trial. But what was really going on in the inner sanctum of the White House during these calamitous events? What did the president and his dwindling cadre of loyalists actually believe? And what were they planning?

Michael Wolff pulled back the curtain on the Trump presidency with his #1 bestselling blockbuster "Fire and Fury." Now, in "Landslide," he closes the door on the presidency with a final candid account.

7/23/21 RT Panel

Jul 23, 2021
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  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, Visiting Professor at Bennington College, and President of Beyond Plastics Judith Enck, Albany County District Attorney David Soares, and Vice President for Editorial Development at the New York Press Association Judy Patrick.

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Nate Ebner is a two-sport athlete who is the only person to ever compete in the Olympics as an active NFL player and then gone on to win a Super Bowl. He has won 3 Super Bowls with the New England Patriots and participated in the 2016 Rio Olympic Games as one of twelve members of the United States Rugby team, and now plays for the New York Giants. In his youth, Ebner bonded with his father through rugby. After Ebner tragically lost his father, he kept his promise to him to walk onto the football team at Ohio State and make it in the NFL.

His memoir "Finish Strong" (written with Paul Daugherty) tells an astonishing story of what a father will do for a son and what a son will do for a father.

The 90th Anniversary Woodstock Library Fair will be held this Saturday, July 24 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The event features a Book Barn Sale, live music all day, kids art craft projects, food pop-ups and trucks, beer & wine, kids costume parade & maypole dance, and a real carousel.

Michael Hunt is President of the Friends of the Library Board and he joins us.

7/22/21 RT Panel

Jul 22, 2021
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       The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond.

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Cohoes City Director of Operations Theresa Bourgeois, Siena College Professor of Comparative Politics Vera Eccarius-Kelly, and Vice President for Editorial Development at the New York Press Association Judy Patrick.

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Great Barrington Public Theater caps its eclectic season of new plays with a drama by David Mamet entitled "The Christopher Boys Communion" - in performance July 29 through August 8 at the Daniel Art Center at Bard College at Simon's Rock in Great Barrington, Massachusetts.

"The Christopher Boys Communion" is a gripping, chilling story of crime, evil, privilege and justice with an all star cast to Berkshire actors. The play poses the question of just how much a parent will sacrifice to preserve one of their own.

David Mamet is the author of many plays, including "The Monarchist," "Glengarry Glen Ross," "American Buffalo," "Race," "Speed the Plow" and "Sexual Perversity in Chicago" - just to name a few.

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This morning we get a preview of the Hilltown 6 Pottery Tour - a sampling of the work of a group of nationally recognized potters based in the Hilltowns of Western Massachusetts.

Each summer, they open their studios for a coordinated tour, inviting neighbors, friends, collectors, and the curious to see their workshops, kilns, showrooms, and new work.

This year’s tour runs for both July 24 and 25 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. To tell us more, we welcome two of the potters - Christy Knox and Maya Machin

7/21/21 RT Panel

Jul 21, 2021
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      The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond.

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Times Union columnist Chris Churchill, Chairman of Capital District Latinos Dan Irizarry, and Lecturer and Adjunct Professor in Communications for SUNY New Paltz and RPI Terry Gipson.

Book cover for "Falling" By TJ Newman
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Former flight attendant T. J. Newman wrote much of her new novel, “Falling,” on cross-country red-eye flights while her passengers were asleep. “Falling” follows pilot Bill Hoffman after he’s been given an impossible choice: crash the plane he’s currently flying, or let his kidnapped family die.

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We love animals, but does that make the animals’ lives any happier? With factory farms, climate change and deforestation, this might be the worst time in history to be an animal. If we took animals’ experiences seriously, how could we eat, think and live differently?

Henry Mance's new book, "How to Love Animals," is a lively and important portrait of our evolving relationship with animals, and how we can share our planet fairly.

DO Talk To Strangers

Jul 20, 2021
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Joe Keohane is a veteran journalist who has held high-level editing positions at Medium, Esquire, Entrepreneur, and Hemispheres.

In his new book, "The Power of Strangers," Keohane sets out on a journey to discover what happens when we bridge the distance between us and people we don’t know. He learns that while we’re wired to sometimes fear, distrust, and even hate strangers, people and societies that have learned to connect with strangers benefit immensely.

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    This week's Book Picks come to us from Joan Grenier and Jesse Hassinger of Odyssey Bookshop in South Hadley, Massachusetts.

List:
Damnation Spring by Ash Davidson
Fulfillment: Winning and Losing in One-Click America by Alex MacGillis
Rainbow Milk by Paul Mendez
Wake: The Hidden History of Women-Led Slave Revolts by Rebecca Hall
Other People’s Comfort Keeps Me Up at Night by Morgan Parker
A Little Devil in America by Hanif Abdurraqib

7/20/21 RT Panel

Jul 20, 2021
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        The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond.

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, The Empire Report’s J.P. Miller, best-selling author and counter-terrorism expert Malcolm Nance, Albany Law School professor and Director of the Immigration Law Clinic Sarah Rogerson, and former Associate Editor of The Times Union Mike Spain.

Book cover for "The Water Defenders"
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At a time when countless communities are resisting powerful corporations—from Flint, Michigan, to the Standing Rock Reservation, to Didipio in the Philippines, to the Gualcarque River in Honduras—The Water Defenders tells the inspirational story of a community that took on an international mining corporation at seemingly insurmountable odds and won not one but two historic victories.


In the early 2000s, many people in El Salvador were at first excited by the prospect of jobs, progress, and prosperity that the Pacific Rim mining company promised. However, farmer Vidalina Morales, brothers Marcelo and Miguel Rivera, and others soon discovered that the river system supplying water to the majority of Salvadorans was in danger of catastrophic contamination. With a group of unlikely allies, local and global, they committed to stop the corporation and the destruction of their home.

Based on over a decade of research and their own role as international allies of the community groups in El Salvador, Robin Broad and John Cavanagh unspool this untold story—a tale replete with corporate greed, a transnational lawsuit at a secretive World Bank tribunal in Washington, violent threats, murders, and—surprisingly—victory. 

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