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(Airs 2/11/16) WAMC’s Alan Chartock In Conversation with Stephen Gottlieb, The Jay and Ruth Caplan Distinguished Professor of Law at Albany Law School, WAMC Commentator, and Author of the new book Unfit for Democracy: The Roberts Court and the Breakdown of American Democracy.

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Connecticut’s Secretary of State wants to repeal a statute that allows political parties to expel members for a “lack of good-faith party affiliation.” The so-called “party purging” is done by working with town voter registrars. Secretary of State Denise Merrill says her office recently learned about the statute. The Democrat spoke with WAMC’s Jim Levulis about her effort to repeal it.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

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Newschannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano
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Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Thursday, February 11, 2016.

Tom Hanks as James Donovan (inset) in Bridge of Spies
The Adirondack Film Society & the Lake Placid Institute for the Arts & Humanities

On Feb 10, 1962 a prisoner exchange occurred at the height of Cold War tensions between the U.S. and Soviet Union.  The two nations exchanged convicted Soviet spy Rudolph Abel and American U-2 pilot Francis Gary Powers. Bridge of Spies, nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture, is based on the true story of the man behind the negotiations:  Brooklyn insurance lawyer James Donovan.   Donovan and his wife met and vacationed in Lake Placid and he is buried there.  His granddaughter Beth Amorosi says she, her sister and mother will talk about the Steven Spielberg film and James Donovan’s life at a screening Sunday in Lake Placid.

  Ally Sheedy, a highly accomplished actress perhaps best known for her roles in The Breakfast Club, War Games and Short Circuit, is directing an amazing one-woman performance based on the 2015 award winning memoir, Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom: My Story of the 1965 Selma Voting Rights March by Lynda Blackmon Lowery.

The performance will take place at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 13th at M.C. Smith Intermediate School in Hudson, NY. It will feature the Hudson High School Choir, who will open the event by performing songs from the Civil Rights era.

The story recounts the experiences of a young Lowery growing up in Selma, Alabama during the height of the Civil Rights Movement. Lowery was jailed nine times before her 15th birthday as a result of her participation in marches for voting rights. The show stars actress Damaras Obi. Damaras and Ally Sheedy join us in studio this morning and Lynda Blackmon Lowery joins us via phone from NYC.

  What does a Republican have to do to win statewide in New York?

In today’s Congressional Corner, retiring Congressman Chris Gibson tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock about his platform for a potential 2018 gubernatorial campaign. 

  Shawn Stone joins us to talk about what he's seen lately and what cultural events are coming up this week in our region.

  Former Senator Gary Hart’s The Republic of Conscience is a meditation on the growing gap between the founding principles of the United States Constitution and our current political landscape.

2/11/16 Panel

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

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses Bernie Sanders' record with people of color, the results of New Hampshire's primary, and the possible Bloomberg presidential run.

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