Joe Donahue | WAMC

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

4/3/20 Panel

4 hours ago

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

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, President and CEO The Business Council of New York State Heather Briccetti, Senior Fellow and Visiting Professor at Bennington College, Founder of Beyond Plastics, former EPA regional administrator Judith Enck, and Siena College Economics Professor, Aaron Pacitti.

Boston Mayor Martin Walsh announced last week that he was bringing on the firm run by retired General Stanley McChrystal to oversee the city's emergency response to the coronavirus pandemic as cases rise in the city.

McChrystal is a retired four-star Army general who is best known for leading the Joint Special Operations Command in the 2000s and commanding the U.S. forces in Afghanistan. For the next two months, the team at the McChrystal Group will focus on the coordination of city agencies, integrating theirour response plans, and ensuring effective and transparent communication of those plans to city residents.

McChrystal’s advice on how to lead the nation through the coronavirus pandemic is instill confidence, tell the truth, be unified and fight it like a war.

4/2/20 Panel

Apr 2, 2020

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

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Siena College Professor of Comparative Politics Vera Eccarius-Kelly, Tetherless World Professor of Computer, Web and Cognitive Sciences at RPI and Director of the RPI-IBM Artificial Intelligence research collaboration Jim Hendler, and Skidmore College President Philip Glotzbach.

More than 5,000 ships left Ireland during the great potato famine in the late 1840s, transporting the starving and the destitute away from their stricken homeland. The first vessel to sail in the other direction, to help the millions unable to escape, was the USS Jamestown, a converted warship, which left Boston in March 1847 loaded with precious food for Ireland.

In an unprecedented move by Congress, the warship had been placed in civilian hands, stripped of its guns, and committed to the peaceful delivery of food, clothing, and supplies in a mission that would launch America’s first full-blown humanitarian relief effort.

In the new book, "Voyage of Mercy: The USS Jamestown, the Irish Famine, and the Remarkable Story of America's First Humanitarian Mission," Stephen Puleo tells the incredible story of the famine, the Jamestown voyage, and the commitment of thousands of ordinary Americans to offer relief to Ireland, a groundswell that provided the collaborative blueprint for future relief efforts, and established the United States as the leader in international aid. The USS Jamestown’s heroic voyage showed how the ramifications of a single decision can be measured not in days, but in decades.

Unity House is a Rensselaer County-based human service agency that provides a wide range of services to meet the otherwise unmet needs of people in the community who are hurting and struggling. They assist those who are living in poverty, adults living with mental illness or HIV/AIDS, victims of domestic violence, and children with developmental delays. They work to achieve social justice in our community and to create a better understanding of those we serve.

4/1/20 Panel

Apr 1, 2020

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

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, investigative journalist and UAlbany adjunct professor Rosemary Armao, and Dean of the College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Cybersecurity at the University at Albany Robert Griffin.

Times Union Columnist Chris Churchill joined us for awhile but had to leave due to technical difficulties.

James McBride is the author of the National Book Award winning "The Good Lord Bird" and the modern classic "The Color of Water." His new book is "Deacon King Kong," a wise and witty tale about what happens to the witnesses of a shooting. 

This week's Book Picks come from Kira Wizner of Merritt Bookstore in Millbrook, NY.

List:
"Valentine" by Elizabeth Wetmore
"The Glass Hotel" by Emily St John Mandel
"Writers and Lovers" by Lily King
"The Mountains Sing" by Que Mai Phan Nguyen
"Untamed" by Glennon Doyle
"The City We Became: A Novel" by N. K. Jemisin

3/31/20 Panel

Mar 31, 2020

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

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, investigative journalist and UAlbany adjunct professor Rosemary Armao, The Empire Report’s J.P. Miller, and former Associate Editor of The Times Union, Mike Spain.

David Randall is a senior reporter at Reuters and author of the New York Times bestseller "Black Death at the Golden Gate: The Race to Save America from the Bubonic Plague."

It is the story of how the bubonic plague came to San Francisco in 1900 and how, in the face of inaction and obfuscation from local government, press, railroad barons, etc., one federal health officer and his team saved the city and contained the spread of the disease.

The denial and feet-dragging of those in power when confronted with the plague resonates with our current situation, as does the racism and xenophobia that blossomed with its spread.

Our Falling into Place series spotlights the important work of -and fosters collaboration between- not-for-profit organizations in our communities; allowing us all to fall into place.

Falling Into Place is supported by The Seymour Fox Memorial Foundation, Providing a helping hand to turn inspiration into accomplishment. See more possibilities … see more promise… see more progress.

This morning we focus on the Albany Damien Center and welcome Executive Director Perry Junjulas.

Amitava Kumar's "Every Day I Write the Book" features interviews with an array of writers whose distinct work offers inspiring examples for students and academics alike, the book's pages are full of practical advice about everything from how to write criticism to making use of a kitchen timer.

Amitava Kumar is Helen D. Lockwood Professor of English at Vassar College and the author of numerous books, including "Lunch with a Bigot;" "A Matter of Rats;" "Nobody Does the Right Thing," and "Immigrant, Montana: A Novel."

3/30/20 Panel

Mar 30, 2020

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

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, investigative journalist and UAlbany adjunct professor Rosemary Armao, Bard Center for Civic Engagement Senior Fellow and Dean of the School of Continuing Education at the American University Cairo Jim Ketterer, and political consultant and lobbyist Libby Post.

3/27/20 Panel

Mar 27, 2020

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

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Senior Fellow and Visiting Professor at Bennington College, Founder of Beyond Plastics, former EPA regional administrator Judith Enck, Artistic Director/CEO of Berkshire Theatre Group Kate Maguire, Siena College Economics Professor, Aaron Pacitti.

The emergence of strange new diseases is a frightening problem that seems to be getting worse. In this age of speedy travel, it threatens a worldwide pandemic. Coronavirus is here and before it we heard about Ebola, SARS, AIDS, and something called Hendra killing horses and people in Australia―but those reports miss the big truth that such phenomena are part of a single pattern.

The bugs that transmit these diseases share one thing: they originate in wild animals and pass to humans by a process called spillover. In his new book, "Spillover: Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic, Science" journalist David Quammen tracks this subject around the world. He recounts adventures in the field―netting bats in China, trapping monkeys in Bangladesh, stalking gorillas in the Congo―with the world’s leading disease scientists.

3/26/20 Panel

Mar 26, 2020

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

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, investigative journalist and UAlbany adjunct professor Rosemary Armao, Corporate Attorney Rich Honen, Skidmore College President Philip Glotzbach.

Founded in 1983, Joseph’s House and Shelter in Troy, NY is a community-based, not for profit corporation that provides a continuum of homeless services to residents of the Capital Region.

Joseph’s House provides emergency shelter or support services to an average of 1700 men, women and children yearly. Central to Joseph’s House mission is to provide non-judgmental services to end homelessness. The staff works to build relationships based on each guest’s & tenant’s strengths and capacities. Treating each person with dignity & respect, and promoting self-determination empowers guests and tenants to make healthier choices.

So, with these unprecedented times, Joseph’s House is working to ensure they are prepared in the face of circumstances which are devastating to the most vulnerable community members. We speak with Executive Director Kevin O'Connor.

3/25/20 Panel

Mar 25, 2020

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

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, investigative journalist and UAlbany adjunct professor Rosemary Armao, Bard Center for Civic Engagement Senior Fellow and Dean of the School of Continuing Education at the American University Cairo Jim Ketterer, and Times Union Columnist Chris Churchill.

Jenny Offill's new novel, "Weather," is about a family, and a nation, in crisis.

Lizzie Benson slid into her job as a librarian without a traditional degree, but this gives her a vantage point from which to practice her other calling: she is a fake shrink which sees her advice grow increasingly apocalyptic and unhinged.

Today's Book Picks list comes from Rachel Person of The Northshire Bookstore.

We weren't able to speak with Rachel because we were airing Governor Cuomo - but we share her list below.
Many local independent bookstores are fulfilling online and mail orders.

For small children:
"Frog and Toad All Year" by Arnold Lobel
"I'm Worried" by Michael Ian Black, illustrated by Debbie Ridpath Ohi

For bigger children:
"Where the Mountain Meets the Moon" by Grace Lin
"Ghost" by Jason Reynolds

For Teens:
"Almost American Girl" by Robin Ha
"Dragon Hoops" by Gene Luen Yang

For adults:
"Spinning Silver" by Naomi Novik
"Red, White, and Royal Blue" by Casey McQuiston
"Heirloom Kitchen" by Anna Francese Gass

3/24/20 Panel

Mar 24, 2020

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

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, investigative journalist and UAlbany adjunct professor Rosemary Armao, The Empire Report’s J.P. Miller, and former Associate Editor of The Times Union, Mike Spain.

Given unprecedented times, The Food Pantries for the Capital District is working to ensure that our local food pantries are prepared in the face of circumstances which are devastating to the most vulnerable community members.

Schools are closing down, hourly and low wage workers are losing income, businesses are hurting, and seniors are isolated. Local food pantries able to help. 

Natasha Pernicka is the Executive Director of The Food Pantries for the Capital District. 

3/23/20 Panel

Mar 23, 2020

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

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Tetherless World Professor of Computer, Web and Cognitive Sciences at RPI and Director of the RPI-IBM Artificial Intelligence research collaboration Jim Hendler, Bard Center for Civic Engagement Senior Fellow and Dean of the School of Continuing Education at the American University Cairo Jim Ketterer, and political consultant and lobbyist Libby Post.

Congressman Paul Tonko
Congressman Paul Tonko

Even with the coronavirus outbreak, it’s still a presidential election year.

In today’s Congressional Corner, New York Congressman Paul Tonko, a Democrat from the 20th district, speaks with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

     Thomas Chulak and Joanne Trapanese from Chatham Bookstore in Chatham, NY join us with this week's Book Picks.

List:
"Race Against Time" by Jerry Mitchell
"Deacon King Kong" by James McBride
"American Birds: A Literary Companion" edited by Andrew Rubenfeld and Terry Tempest Williams
"If We Were Giants" by Dave Matthews and Clete Barrett Smith
"Blackbird Girls" by Anne Blankman
"I Dream of a Journey" by Akiko Miyakoshi
"Lilah Tov Good Night" by Ben Gundersheimer, Illustrated by Noar Lee Naggan
"The Nest That Wren Built" by Randi Sonenshine, Illustrated by Anne Hunter

3/20/20 Panel

Mar 20, 2020

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

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Senior Fellow and Visiting Professor at Bennington College, Founder of Beyond Plastics, former EPA regional administrator Judith Enck, Director, Actor and Educator Kristen van Ginhoven - co-founder and artistic director of WAM Theatre, Siena College Economics Professor, Aaron Pacitti.

3/19/20 Panel

Mar 19, 2020

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

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Siena College Professor of Comparative Politics Vera Eccarius-Kelly, Tetherless World Professor of Computer, Web and Cognitive Sciences at RPI and Director of the RPI-IBM Artificial Intelligence research collaboration Jim Hendler, SUNY New Paltz Communications Professor and former NYS Senator Terry Gipson.

What is there to do? How about a hike with the dog? Our next guest has written a comprehensive guidebook for dog owners that includes seventy-seven great hikes from the Adirondacks through the Catskills.

More than a guidebook showing readers great places to hike with their canine companions in upstate New York, "Doghiker" is a dog owner’s operating manual and tool kit.

A lifelong dog owner, Alan Via makes a strong case for responsible ownership and offers guidance on selecting a canine hiking companion, training, safety, appropriate gear, canine first aid, and keeping your dog fit and healthy.

3/18/20 Panel

Mar 18, 2020

      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, President of Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Dr. Greg Dewey, Dean of the College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Cybersecurity at the University at Albany Robert Griffin.

Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul Krugman is one of the most recognizable and trusted voices on economics and policy today. His new book "Arguing with Zombies: Economics, Politics and the Fight for a Better Future” explains the complexities of health care, housing bubbles, tax reform, Social Security, with his trademarked clarity and precision.

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