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Ralph Gardner Jr: A Hudson Wine Tasting

11 hours ago
Phil Sareil leading a wine tasting at Hudson Wine Merchants
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One of the more pleasant experiences I’ve had lately was a Saturday evening wine tasting at Hudson Wine Merchants. They’re on Warren Street in Hudson, NY.

NYS AG Announces Grants For Land Banks

13 hours ago
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New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman Friday announced $20.9 million in new grants to 19 land banks that are rebuilding neighborhoods across the state. Two recipients are in the Hudson Valley.

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The Vermont state Senate has unanimously approved a measure that would provide robust protections for Vermont journalists.

(Airs 3/24/17) The Legislative Gazette is a weekly program about New York State Government and politics. On this week’s Gazette: Proponents of raising taxes on New York’s wealthiest cite the continued bad news from Washington about deep federal cuts to health care and other areas, our political observer Alan Chartock will share his thoughts on that and Former U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara’s new job, and NY’s Lt. Governor makes a clean energy announcement.

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Authorities say two New York state troopers received minor injuries in a multi-vehicle collision while chasing a suspect on an Adirondack road.

Several proposals in Washington right now including the changes to the Affordable Health Care Act, could mean multibillion dollar budget gaps for New York State. With the budget due in one week, Governor Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders think that at the very least, they may have to come back later in the year to revise the spending plan.

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand at the Strand Center for the Arts in Plattsburgh
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U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand was at the Strand Center for the Arts in Plattsburgh this morning to advocate for the restoration of funding to the arts and humanities that has been zeroed out in President Trump’s budget proposal.

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The president of the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities system is recommending tuition hikes. 

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The Mohawk River, which begins in the Southern Adirondacks and empties into the Hudson in Cohoes, has had a new health assessment.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Mar 24, 2017

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Friday, March 24, 2017.

Vermont Governor Phil Scott
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The Vermont Legislature has reached the midpoint of its current session.  The governor’s weekly press conference at the Statehouse on Thursday included a look at what progress has occurred since the session began in January.

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More manufacturing work is coming to a rail car factory in Springfield, Massachusetts.

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Sidehill Farm

Despite the cold temperatures and lingering snow, spring officially started on Monday. Soon enough farms across our region will be in full swing. To get us up to speed on farm fresh products, Paul Lacinski and Amy Klippenstein of Sidehill Farm in Hawley, Massachusetts are in the studio.  WAMC’s Ray Graf hosts.

TMI Project Presents #BlackStoriesMatter

Mar 24, 2017

This weekend, Kingston-based non-profit group TMI Project will debut #BlackStoriesMatter--Live!, a performance featuring true stories from 11 participants about the experience of being black in America. And it will be the first time TMI Project live-streams a performance and kicks off a national digital campaign. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne spoke with TMI Project co-founder and executive director Eva Tenuto about the effort, starting with how it came about.

Hugh Hardy Remembered For Mahaiwe Restoration

Mar 24, 2017
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Legendary architect Hugh Hardy died last Friday, according to his company. Among Hardy’s many projects was the restoration of the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Theater in Great Barrington, Massachusetts for its Centennial Celebration in 2005 – preserving its quintessential early 20th century ambience.

Cheshire Parents May Opt To Move Children

Mar 24, 2017
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Residents of the Town of Cheshire, Massachusetts are struggling to choose what school their children will go to when the local elementary school closes next year. 

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Let's find out what our listeners have to say. Here are this week's highlights from the WAMC Listener Comment Line.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Mar 24, 2017
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Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Friday, March 24, 2017.

Brad Gooch is a poet, novelist, and biographer, whose most recent book is Rumi's Secret: The Life of the Sufi Poet of Love. He is the author of ten previous works, including: the memoir Smash Cut; the acclaimed biography of Frank O'Hara, City Poet; and Flannery: A Life of Flannery O'Connor, which was a finalist for a National Book Critics Circle Award in Biography, a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, and New York Times best seller. The recipient of National Endowment for the Humanities and Guggenheim fellowships, he earned his Ph.D. at Columbia University and is Professor of English at William Paterson University in New Jersey.

In Rumi's Secret, Gooch brings to life the man and puts a face to the name Rumi, vividly coloring in his time and place—a world as rife with conflict as our own.

Workers in 2016 attend to the broken pipe, preparing to weld new pieces.
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Next week the city of Troy will begin work to replace a water line that burst in January 2016, impacting several nearby communities and rerouting traffic for weeks.

In Anne Makepeace’s new documentary, two Native American judges reach back to traditional concepts of justice in order to reduce incarceration rates, foster greater safety for their communities, and create a more positive future for their youth. By addressing the root causes of crime, they are providing models of restorative justice that are working. Mainstream courts across the country are taking notice.

The film will screen at The Moviehouse in Millerton, NY on Sunday, March 26 at 11 a.m. The screening is presented by FilmWorks Forum.

Anne Makepeace has been a writer, producer, and director of award-winning independent films for more three decades. Tribal Justice, will premiere at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival in February 2017, and will culminate in a national PBS broadcast later this year.

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Established in 1934 by the Lenox Garden Club, The Berkshire Botanical Garden is a not-for-profit, membership-supported educational organization encompassing 15 acres of cultivated land in Stockbridge, Massachusetts.

As un-Spring-like as it feels outside in the region today, we are going to learn about Berkshire Botanical Garden’s spring and summer plans and their The Center House Project expansion.

We are joined by Mike Beck, the Executive Director of The Berkshire Botanical Garden and Matt Larkin, the Chairman of the Board of Trustees. 

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    A special committee has begun working to identify ways to improve relations between the police and the community in one western Massachusetts city.

In today’s Congressional Corner, New York representative Sean Patrick Maloney, a Democrat from the 18th district, concludes his discussion with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

Jacqueline Kellachan from The Golden Notebook in Woodstock, NY joins us with this week's Book Picks.

List:
Exit West by Moshin Hamid
Blitzed: Drugs in The Third Reich by Norman Ohler
South and West by Joan Didion
I Feel Bad. All Day. Every Day. About Everything by Orli Auslander
Radiant Child by Javaka Steptoe
Out of Wonder: Poems Celebrating Poets by Kwame Alexander, illustrated by Ekua Holmes

Barney: Grove Press and Barney Rosset, America’s Maverick Publisher and His Battle against Censorship by Michael Rosenthal
The Quarry Fox and Other Critters of The Wild Catskills by Leslie Sharpe

3/24/17 Panel

Mar 24, 2017

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

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, author and activist Barbara Smith, and Associate Editor of the Times Union, Mike Spain.

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses Donald Trump's demand for a vote on GOP healthcare bill and what happens if it fails.

NCAA:

Last night's NCAA regional semifinals consisted of three close games and a blowout. Xavier, Gonzaga and Oregon managed to win their NCAA Tournament games by a combined six points, while Kansas enjoyed a 32-point blowout over Purdue.

No. 8 Wisconsin takes on No. 4 Florida tonight at 10 p.m., No. 3 Baylor faces No. 7 South Carolina at 7:30 p.m., No. 1 North Carolina goes head to head with No. 4 Butler at 7 p.m., and No. 2 Kentucky faces No. 3 UCLA at 9:30 p.m.

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Morning Forecast

Mar 24, 2017
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WNYT

Here's NewsChannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano's WAMC Regional Forecast:

Cloudy with a little light snow, sleet or freezing rain this morning, then afternoon rain showers.  Highs in the lower 40's.

Cloudy with showers tonight.  Areas of fog.  Lows in the upper 30's.

Cloudy with the chance of showers tomorrow.  Highs in the lower 40's.

Report Shows HV Urban Areas Are Poised For Growth

Mar 23, 2017

Revitalization of the Hudson Valley’s cities and urban areas is setting the stage to attract a new wave of residents and businesses. So says a report from Hudson Valley Pattern for Progress, which finds that safer and more attractive downtowns, regional amenities and more are part of the scene.

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