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Joe Donahue

Round Table Host / Senior Advisor

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. 

  • In April 2023, Jane Curtin was our guest for the UAlbany Creative life series to discuss her life and work. You know her from "Third Rock from the Sun." You know her from "Kate & Allie." She won two Emmys for that. And of course, you know her as one of the original Not Ready for Primetime Players on the National Broadcasting Corporation's "Saturday Night Live."
  • Ann Napolitano took the literary world by storm with her tear-jerker of a novel “Dear Edward.” Her latest, “Hello Beautiful,” is an homage to Louisa May Alcott’s classic, “Little Women.” “Hello Beautiful” is a portrait of what is possible when we choose to love someone not in spite of who they are, but because of it.
  • The new book, "HBCU MADE: A Celebration of the Black College Experience," edited and with a foreword by Ayesha Rascoe, host of National Public Radio’s Weekend Edition Sunday is an essay collection and includes a diverse set of contributors including Oprah Winfrey, Stacey Abrams, Branford Marsalis, Roy Wood Jr, along with other prominent and up-and-coming alumni.
  • In his new novel, “Cold Victory,” New York Times bestselling author Karl Marlantes delivers a sweeping tale of Cold War intrigue set in post-war Finland in which loyalty, friendship, and love are put to the ultimate test. The book is layered with action, historical detail, and a keen eye for the way totalitarianism and loss of truth and privacy threatens love and friendship.
  • Two-time GRAMMY Award-winning Albany Symphony is throwing a gigantic 100th birthday-party concert for Rhapsody in Blue, featuring Kevin Cole, the world’s foremost interpreter of George Gershwin’s piano music. The program also includes An American in Paris, Carlos Simon’s AMEN! and Simon Says, a world premiere trombone concerto by Jack Frerer. The concert takes place on Saturday, February 10th at 7:30pm at Proctors Theatre.
  • The Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College kicks off its spring semester this week with two events: the seventh-annual Winter/Miller Lecture on Thursday and a spring opening reception on Saturday.The Winter/Miller Lecture features acclaimed multimedia artist Mickalene Thomas. She is known for her monumental portraits of Black women that critique standard ideas about beauty, race, and gender. Her work has been shown at museums around the world, including at the Tang. The Lecture is at 6pm on Thursday.
  • Three contributors will be celebrating the release of the book, "Fourteen Days" this Friday, February 9th at 6PM at the Bookstore in Lenox. Roxanna Robinson, Rachel Vail, and Mary Pope Osborne will be in attendance.
  • “Alphabetical Diaries” by Sheila Heti contains a decade’s worth of thoughts, arranged in alphabetical order. The book is a chronicle of the self, of the fundamentals and idiosyncrasies of human experience, that plays out thrillingly in the space that Heti has staked out between life and art, reality and fiction.
  • This week's Book Picks come from Kira Wizner of Merritt Bookstore in Millbrook, New York. As well as Lily Bartels from Open Door Bookstore in Schenectady, NY
  • Barrington Stage Company will present their 13th Annual 10X10 New Play Festival, part of the 2024 10X10 Upstreet Arts Festival.