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A new president has been chosen to the lead the University at Albany.

Lawmakers who represent Saratoga Springs have announced passage of a bill to aid a gambling facility facing competition from Schenectady’s full-scale casino.


We welcome back our esteemed panel of experts to respond to your scientific inquiries. Barbara Brabetz, Jim Pickett and Ed Stander make up our panel. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.

The United States attorney in charge of prosecuting federal cases in nearly three dozen upstate New York counties is stepping down.

(Airs 6/22/17 @ 1 p.m.) WAMC's Alan Chartock In Conversation with Julianne Boyd, Artistic Director of Barrington Stage Company.

Jason Caterina's Midday Forecast

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Meteorologist Jason Caterina

Meteorologist Jason Caterina delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Thursday, June 22, 2017.

Vermont House meets in special session 6-21-17
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Lawmakers headed back to Montpelier Wednesday as the Vermont Legislature met for a special veto session.  After a long day of twists and turns, the House and Senate eventually approved the 2018 state budget, which includes an adjusted teacher health care deal that the governor wanted included in the fiscal plan.

Boston Conservatory at Berklee President Richard Ortner – who had a stint as Tanglewood’s administrator – will retire July 1st as the school turns 150 this year. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief JD Allen spoke with Ortner about his career preparing musicians for the 21st century and what’s next for him in the Berkshires.

Nels Cline

  The Solid Sound Festival - Wilco’s music and arts festival - takes place this weekend at MASS MoCA in North Adams, MA and Nels Cline - one of Rolling Stones’ top 100 guitarists of all time - will perform at least 3 times -- twice with Wilco and once with Julian Lage, Scott Colley and Tom Rainey in a quartet called The Nels Cline Four.

The Campi by Melissa McGill installed at Studio Scatturin, a privately owned masterpiece by the great Venetian architect Carlo Scarpa. Sculptural sound box Campo Box (Santa Maria Formosa) shown here with corresponding archival pigment print, Campo Santa M
Luca Marella

  Melissa McGill has been exhibiting her artwork internationally since 1991 including one-person exhibitions at White Cube, London; Power House, Memphis; and CRG Gallery, New York. She is a graduate of Rhode Island School of Design.


The Beacon-based artist has joined us previously on The Roundtable to discuss Palmas, a work created for Manitoga in Garrison, New York and Constellation - a light and sculpture installation now in it’s last summer of exhibition on The Bannerman Castle ruin in The Hudson River.


Her most recent project is entitled The Campi - which was inspired by and installed during La Biennale di Venezia this year.

Congressman Paul Tonko
Congressman Paul Tonko

Advocates for the environment aren’t taking kindly to the White House’s budget proposal.

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

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

Seen: My Cousin Rachel, Wonder Woman, Citizen Jane: Battle for the City

Upcoming events:

Sullivan's Beaverkill Covered Bridge Reopens

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo Wednesday announced the reopening of the historic Beaverkill Covered Bridge in Sullivan County after a $2.6 million rehabilitation project.

6/22/17 Panel

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

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Communications Consultant Theresa Bourgeois, and Associate Editor of The Times Union Mike Spain.

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses President Donald Trump promising more on the campaign trail, healthcare overhaul, whether secret recordings of Trump and Comey actually exist, and the New York State Assembly adjourned before deciding on two separate bills, one to name the new Tappan Zee bridge after Mario Cuomo and the other over New York City schools control. 

Meteorologist Jason Caterina's Morning Forecast

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Meteorologist Jason Caterina


Mostly sunny, highs in the mid 70s.


A chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 10pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 67. South wind 3 to 6 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.


The New York Yankees ended a seven-game losing streak and took over first place in the AL East, a half-game ahead of the Boston Red Sox. Didi Gregorius smacked a two-run homer and Austin Romine provided a two-run double as the Yankees doubled up the Los Angeles Angels, 8-4. The Red Sox held a 4-2 lead in the eighth until Salvador Perez unloaded a grand slam to give Kansas City a 6-4 victory over Boston.

More and more students in the US are choosing to take a “gap year”…a 12 month break from school between high school and college to travel and experience the world. In fact there is one country that is actively encouraging those students to come on down and take that gap year with them.

Today on the Best of Our Knowledge, a conversation about Masa Israel Journey.

Children at school on a computer
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Voters in Egremont and Monterey, Massachusetts will try again to approve an unchanged regional school budget. 

    Management at a western Massachusetts hospital is taking steps to try to block a one-day strike called by unionized nurses in a bitter contract dispute.


    There are rumblings the Boston Red Sox’s top minor league team may soon be looking for a new home.   Could the team end up in Springfield?

Picture of Heroin
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Connecticut’s drug overdose crisis isn’t slowing down. Elected officials are raising the alarm.

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On this week’s 51%, a reform advocate in New York retires from her post, we hear about empowering girls through dance and we meet a female playwright whose work is about children in military families. I’m Allison Dunne and this is 51%.

2010 Republican gubernatorial candidate and current Buffalo School Board member Carl Paladino will appear at hearing at the New York State Education Department in Albany on Thursday morning.  He’s accused of breaking the rules of an executive session of the board, and telling a local paper the details of confidential talks with the teachers union over a new contract.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

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Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Wednesday, June 21, 2017.

The Adams-Cheshire Regional School Committee will resubmit the same $19.2 million budget that was rejected by voters in Cheshire, Massachusetts last week. 


      Movies will play in public parks in Springfield, Massachusetts this summer.


It’s our Pets & Vets program this afternoon, and here to take your calls is Dr. Carrie O’Loughlin of Delmar Animal Hospital in Delmar, New York. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.

     On the last day of the current school year, a new contract has been finalized for teachers in the second-largest school district in Massachusetts.

Beaver Meadow Falls
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The Adirondack 46 are staples of hiking in upstate New York. WAMC’s Jim Levulis summited one of the 4,000-footers and sent this report.