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An upstate New York town that repeatedly found itself without power for days during a string of storms is planning a dramatic step — pulling its municipal buildings entirely off the electric grid.

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara's visit to Albany and Republican Congressman Chris Gibson's possible gubernatorial run.

The Amistad is a replica of a 19th century slave ship seized by African captives is a symbol of America's early anti-slavery movement. It is docked in Connecticut.
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Many people don't realize that slavery was widespread across the Americas, even in what is now the Northeastern U.S.

U.S Attorney Preet Bharara
U.S Attorney Preet Bharara

WAMC's Lucas Willard talks with Ken Lovett of the Daily News about U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara's visit to Albany and Republicans on Marco Rubio.

Morning Forecast

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At the Martin Luther King Memorial in Albany: Congressman Paul Tonko, Mayor Kathy Sheehan and County Executive Dan McCoy. (January 2014)
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Observed nationwide since 1976,  Black History Month is an annual observance across the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom.  It descended from “Negro History Week,” the brainchild of  historian Carter G. Woodson and other prominent African Americans.

Super Bowl 50


The Denver Broncos forced four Carolina turnovers, including a pair of fumbles by quarterback Cam Newton, and won Super Bowl 50 by beating the Panthers 24-10. In what may have been his final game, 39-year-old Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning completed 13 of 23 for 141 yards and afterward said he would "take some time to reflect" on his future.

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The New Hampshire primary is set for Tuesday and all eyes are on the Granite State as presidential hopefuls are drumming up support.

David Nightingale: John Burroughs (4/3/1837 - 3/29/1921)

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My younger son suggested an essay on John Burroughs, but I told him that probably everyone in the N-E knew more about the famous naturalist than I ever did. Apart from seeing a plaque at the top of Slide Mountain and a long-ago visit to his cabin, Slabsides, I knew very little.

The Media Project is an inside look at media coverage of current events with WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Times Union Editor Rex Smith, and Daily Freeman Publisher Emeritus Ira Fusfeld. On this week's show they talk about a listener letter about who's tired of the press, coverage in Iowa, and certain states in the United States who are exempt from the Freedom of Information Law.