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11:35 am
Thu September 18, 2014

Sam Amidon - Lily-O And FreshGrass

Sam Amidon
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  Vermont-native Sam Amidon has won critical acclaim and an energetic following in the indie world for his ability to re-invent songs on guitar, banjo, and fiddle.

Sam will perform this Sunday at MASS MoCA’s weekend-long FreshGrass Festival and Lily-O, a new album of re-imagined folk songs will be released on Nonesuch on September 30th.

The Roundtable
11:12 am
Thu September 18, 2014

PBS POV Documentary Koch

  Whether loving him or hating him, just about everybody had to admit that three-term Mayor Ed Koch was the quintessential New York City politician. He was blunt, funny, combative and shrewd. He was charismatic in a typically uncharismatic New York way.

Visitors walking the city's clean streets and pedestrian plazas today would hardly recognize the New York of the '70s and '80s. Rampant crime, near-bankruptcy, urban blight, graffiti, the AIDS epidemic and racial conflict marked the mayor's tenure.

The new PBS POV documentary Koch is an insider's account that mixes a wealth of archival material with Ed Koch's ruminations and ceaseless political activity through his final years. Koch has its national broadcast premiere on Monday, Sept. 22nd at 10 PM on PBS as part of the 27th season of POV.

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Congressional Corner
10:50 am
Thu September 18, 2014

Congressional Corner With Richard Neal

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    The world’s focus has been on Ireland and Scotland in recent weeks.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Massachusetts Representative Richard Neal tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that Ian Paisley left a mixed legacy.

The Roundtable
10:35 am
Thu September 18, 2014

Metroland 9/18/14

  Shawn Stone, the Arts Editor of Metroland, lets us know what is coming to area stages and screens this week.

The Roundtable
10:20 am
Thu September 18, 2014

Adirondack Balloon Festival

Credit Paul Gallo

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  In the early 1970's Warren County’s tourism and publicity office was looking for an idea for an event which would bring visitors to the region after Labor Day. At that time, there were relatively few hot air balloons in the nation. One such balloonist, John Marsden from Manchester, VT shared photos of his balloon with some visionary Glens Falls residents, including Walter Grishkot, and the Adirondack Balloon Festival was born shortly thereafter.

This year's Adirondack Balloon Festival launches today and runs through this weekend. We learn more about it from Mark Donahue, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the festival.

The Roundtable
10:10 am
Thu September 18, 2014

Tom Chapin - Saratoga Peace Fair

  Sunday marks the UN International Day of Peace and the fifth annual Saratoga Peace Fair will be staged from noon to 4PM Sunday at the Presbyterian - New England Congregational Church in Saratoga.

Part of the activities will be a special event featuring singer Tom Chapin. Chapin will create a video for peace with local vocalists and sing his song, “Sing for Peace.”

More than fifty exhibitors will also be on hand, promoting peace through environmental stewardship, fair trade, civil action and non-violent conflict resolution.

The Roundtable
9:00 am
Thu September 18, 2014

9/18/14 Panel

  Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, University at Albany Journalism Professor and Investigative reporter, Rosemary Armao and Times Union Associate Editor, Mike Spain.

Topics include:
House ISIS Vote
Times Poll on Obama Security Plan
Times Square Security
Debtor Rules
Health Stories

Politics
8:04 am
Thu September 18, 2014

Pro-Cuomo Ad Criticized For Editing Opponent's Son Out Of Picture

Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino
Credit WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas

This election season seems to feature more than the usual amount of negative ads in New York, with television spots painting opponents in a dark light. But an ad that criticized a candidate’s choice of a football team may have backfired when controversy arose over a picture that was altered to cut out his son.

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WAMC News
7:44 am
Thu September 18, 2014

Dr. Alan Chartock's Morning Commentary

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses the WAMC Locked Box and Scottish independence.

World News
7:26 am
Thu September 18, 2014

One Activist Hopes For Independence In Scotland

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Voters are heading to the polls in Scotland today to vote on whether to break from the United Kingdom. One passionate supporter of independence is Lindsay Jarrett, who suffers from a lung disease and made headlines by climbing and hanging a “Yes” sign on the cliffs near Edinburgh Castle. Jarrett says she is confident the referendum will pass.

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