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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. 

  • A new series of discussions about the state of the arts in 2022, including issues of equity, programming, audience engagement, funding, and working as independent artists. "Listening to the Field," is online and facilitated by David Andrew Snider, lecturer in the arts administration program at Skidmore College, executive and artistic director of Hubbard Hall, and author of the new professional playbook "Managing Arts Organizations."The series begins Wednesday January 26, and continues on February 16, March 23, and April 6 at 7pm.
  • In post-American Revolution New York City, Theodosia Burr, a scholar with the skills of a socialite, is all about charming the right people on behalf of her father—Senator Aaron Burr, who is determined to win the office of president in the pivotal election of 1800. Meanwhile, Philip Hamilton, the rakish son of Alexander Hamilton, is all about being charming on behalf of his libido. When the two first meet, it seems the ongoing feud between their politically opposed fathers may be hereditary. But soon, Theodosia and Philip must choose between love and family, desire and loyalty, and preserving the legacy their flawed fathers fought for or creating their own. "Love, Theodosia" by Lori Anne Goldstein is a smart, funny, swoony take on a fiercely intelligent woman with feminist ideas ahead of her time who has long-deserved center stage.
  • 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, political consultant and lobbyist Libby Post, and Albany Law School professor, director of the Immigration Law Clinic Sarah Rogerson.
  • This morning we meet Kim Reed and look at her nearly two decades in the New York City restaurant scene, including her time working with Joe Bastianich, and what happens when your job consumes your life.Workhorse is a deep-dive into coming of age in the chaos of New York City’s foodie craze and an all-too-relatable look at what happens when your job takes over your identity, and when a scandal upends your understanding of where you work and what you do. After spending years making the impossible possible for someone else, Kim realized she had to do the same for herself.
  • The New York State Craft Brewers Association will be holding their seventh annual New York Craft Brewers Festival on Saturday January 29th at the Desmond Hotel in Albany.
  • The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond. Today's panelists are WAMC's Alan Chartock, Chief of Staff and Vice President for Strategy and Policy at Bard College Malia DuMont, Siena College Professor of Economics Aaron Pacitti, and Albany County District Attorney David Soares.
  • The new book “Fear of Black Consciousness”  is a journey through the historical development of racialized Blackness, the problems this kind of consciousness produces, and the many creative responses from Black and non-Black communities in contemporary struggles for dignity and freedom. Lewis R. Gordon is an Afro-Jewish philosopher, political thinker, educator, and musician. He is Professor and Head of the Philosophy Department at UCONN-Storrs. In the book, Gordon exposes the bad faith at the heart of many discussions about race and racism not only in America but across the globe, including those who think of themselves as "color blind."
  • Even after a decades-long opioid overdose crisis, intense controversy still rages over the fundamental nature of addiction and the best way to treat it. In "The Urge: Our History of Addiction," Carl Erik Fisher draws on his own experience as a clinician, researcher, and alcoholic in recovery as he traces the history of a phenomenon that, centuries on, we hardly appear closer to understanding—let alone addressing effectively.
  • The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond. Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Immigration attorney and partner with the Albany law firm of Whiteman Osterman & Hanna Cianna Freeman-Tolbert, best-selling author and counter-terrorism expert Malcolm Nance, and political consultant and lobbyist Libby Post.
  • Comics have conquered America. From our multiplexes, where Marvel and DC movies reign supreme, to our television screens, where comics-based shows like The Walking Dead have become among the most popular in cable history, to convention halls, best-seller lists, Pulitzer Prize–winning titles, and MacArthur Fellowship recipients, comics shape American culture, in ways high and low, superficial, and deeply profound.