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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Mon October 20, 2014

2014.10.20 - This Week on The Academic Minute

Monday, October 20
Dr. Doug Smith of UC San Diego applies physics to the study of DNA.

Tuesday, October 21
Dr. Tamara Bogdanovic of Georgia Tech discusses breakthroughs in our understanding of black holes.

Wednesday, October 22
Dr. Megan Ferry of Union College traces the shifting environment of foreign language learning.

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New England News
3:08 pm
Sun October 19, 2014

Rally To Call For Citywide Climate Action Plan

Michael Fenton, president of the Springfield City Council, has sponsored a resolution calling for a citywide climate action plan

A climate march is planned Monday in Springfield, Massachusetts.

   A coalition of community groups involved in the environment, public health, neighborhood causes, and anti-poverty work organized the march. It will start at two different places simultaneously with participants meeting for a rally at Springfield City Hall.  Springfield City Council President Michael Fenton has sponsored a resolution calling for a city-wide climate action plan.

  " Springfield has taken a great many steps in the course of the last decade to reduce our carbon footprint."

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New England News
12:50 pm
Sun October 19, 2014

Massachusetts Offers Comparison Shopping For Health Care

Credit getthedealoncare.org

Officials in Massachusetts launched a new effort this week to educate people about the cost of health care.  The prices charged by different hospitals, clinics, and physician practices for hundreds of common medical procedures are available online.  So, the idea is people in need of a new knee or an MRI can find the best deal.  WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with the Massachusetts Undersecretary for Consumer Affairs Barbara Anthony.

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New York News
11:45 am
Sun October 19, 2014

Community Corner: Baker Rorick On The 6th Annual Woodstock Invitational Luthiers Showcase

Next weekend, the 6th annual Woodstock Invitational Luthiers Showcase returns to the Bearsville Theater in Woodstock, New York.

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New England News
11:30 am
Sun October 19, 2014

Vermont Yankee Says Shutdown To Cost $1.24 Billion

Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Plant
Credit Courtesy NRC and Entergy Corp.

The Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant has released a new estimate of what it will cost to decommission the reactor, manage high-level radioactive waste and restore the plant site.

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New England News
3:15 pm
Sat October 18, 2014

Brattleboro Retreat Must Fix Problems By Nov. 5

Brattleboro Retreat
Credit Beyond My Ken/Wikimedia Commons

A private psychiatric hospital that houses patients for the state of Vermont must fix problems by Nov. 5 or risk losing federal funding.

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Hudson Valley News
2:14 pm
Sat October 18, 2014

SUNY New Paltz Adds Engineering Degree

Credit Courtesy of SUNY New Paltz

With the growth of advanced manufacturing in the mid-Hudson Valley and a shortage of engineers, a college in Ulster County is adding a degree.

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New England News
1:00 pm
Sat October 18, 2014

Conversation With Donald Laackman As He Is Inaugurated Eighth President Of Champlain College

Donald Laackman
Credit Champlain College/Stephen Mease

Champlain College is a not-for-profit private college in Burlington, Vt. Founded in 1878, it is inaugurating its eighth president today. Donald Laackman became president of the small Vermont college on July 1, following the retirement of its previous leader. Laackman tells WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley that this is an exciting time for him and Champlain College.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:50 pm
Sat October 18, 2014

David Nightingale: Erwin Schroedinger (1889-1961)

When Schrodinger was a student in Vienna, Adolf Hitler, “twice rejected as an art student [ref.1, p.5], [and] having pawned his overcoat to buy bread and milk, was prowling about the snowy streets ... trying to sell... pictures of Viennese churches...” [Ref.1, p.5]

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New York News
12:47 pm
Sat October 18, 2014

Community Corner: EPA Region 2 Administrator Judith Enck

Judith Enck
Credit Lucas Willard / WAMC

Until December 1st, U.S. residents have the opportunity to make comments on theU.S. Environmental Protection Agency's draft regulations on greenhouse gas emissions and carbon pollution.

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