WAMC's David Guistina chats with Ken Lovett of the New York Daily News about Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver's meeting with Assembly Democrats today where he is widely expected to temporarily cede his power as Assembly Speaker.
Jimmy Graham grabbed two touchdown passes, including a 1-yard scoring grab from Matt Ryan on fourth down with 3:10 remaining to lift Team Irvin past Team Carter 32-28 in the Pro Bowl. Matthew Stafford was the offensive game MVP after throwing for 316 yards and two TDs. J.J. Watt came away with defensive MVP honors by intercepting a pass and recovering a fumble.
(Airs 1/25/ 1/26) The Media Project is an inside look at media coverage of current events with WAMC's Alan Chartock, Albany Times Union Editor Rex Smith, and University at Albany Professor and Investigative Journalist Rosemary Armao. On this week's show they talk about Fox news apologizing for "no go zones", Megyn Kelly and sexism in the media, and much more.
In one of its first actions the new House of Representatives voted to approve a rule that blocks the transfer of funds from the Social Security’s larger retirement and survivors’ trust fund to the disability trust fund. Vermont independent Senator Bernie Sanders, a critic of the action, notes that such transfers have been done routinely in the past under both Republican and Democratic presidents. Vermont’s junior Senator is working with The National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare to assure the reallocation occurs. WAMC North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley spoke with Max Richtman, the President and CEO of the National Committee, about its concerns over the House rule.
Vermont has passed the only law mandating the labeling of genetically modified — or GMO — foods. This week the state attorney general held a public hearing at the Statehouse on his proposed rule that would lead to the regulations to implement the law. It’s a law that is being challenged by some major food processing companies and supported by right-to-know advocates. Dr. Vandana Shiva is an internationally renowned environmental activist, scientist and the author of more than a dozen books. During a visit to Vermont, she talked with WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley about her support for the state’s GMO labeling law.