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Graphic novel author, Marika McCoola joins us this morning to tell us about her debut, Baba Yaga’s Assistant.

In the book - Russian folklore icon Baba Yaga mentors a lonely teen in a wry graphic novel that balances between the modern and the timeless. Emily Carroll is the graphic artist for the book.

Marika McCoola has an MFA in writing for children from Simmons College and is the former children’s department director at the Odyssey Bookshop, where there will be a book launch party tomorrow at 6PM.

Joining us today is Dr. John Mastrangelo. He’s the Chief of Radiology at Nathan Littauer Hospital in Gloversville and is a board-certified radiologist practicing at Millenium Medical Imaging. He’s here to answer your questions.

The Catskill High Peaks Music Festival is a 10-day chamber music festival which boasts a schedule of concerts, master classes, and lectures with performances by internationally renowned violinist Peter Zazofsky, pianist and conductor Michael Chertock, as well as Yehuda Hanani, the acclaimed cellist and festival director.

With regional inspiration from Frederick Church to Mark Twain, the programming uses music to inspire current artists and audiences to continue the area’s tradition of creative work. This Summer brings artists from around the globe, including China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Mexico, France, Japan and Korea.

This year’s events will take place from August 9th - 19th amid the rolling hills, intimate parlors, and performance halls of The Carey Institute for Global Good’s 100+ acre campus in Rensselaerville, NY.

Here now to tell us more are Yehuda Hanani - Internationally Performing Cellist, Director of the Catskill High Peaks Music Festival, and founder of Close Encounters with Music; Gareth Crawford - President and CEO of the Carey Institute for Global Good; Carol Ash – Board Chair for the Carey Institute for Global Good.

The Olana Partnership’s much-anticipated summer party returns to the Hudson Valley on Saturday, August 8 from 5-8pm. This year’s theme “Icebergs in August” celebrates Frederic Church’s epic 1859 voyage to Newfoundland and Labrador and will offer guests an evening of ice, art and arctic inspired hors d’oeuvres.

Church’s Olana will appear behind an immense iceberg created for the evening by ice artist Sean Taylor of Capital City Carvers.

To tell us more we welcome - Sean Sawyer, President of The Olana Partnership; Christine Jones, Board Member and Co-Chair of the Event and Chef Brian Alberg from the Red Lion Inn.

  Donald Trump is currently a front-running candidate for the White House.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Union College political science professor Brad Hays tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that the clock is ticking on The Donald.

Tony and Golden Globe winner Linda Lavin takes the Club Helsinki stage this Sunday, performing Broadway favorites, standards, jazz, and even some songs she learned from the great girl singers.

Broadway audiences remember her from It’s a Bird…It’s a Plane…It’s Superman, Last of the Red Hot Lovers, Broadway Bound, Collected Stories, The Diary of Anne Frank, Gypsy, The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife, and many others know her as Alice Hyatt in the long-running hit TV series Alice and her recent stint on The Good Wife.

A veteran of the cabaret stage, she’ll be joined by Musical Director Billy Stritch for Helsinki on Broadway.

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  Dave Isay is the founder of StoryCorps and the recipient of numerous honors, including six Peabody Awards, a MacArthur "Genius" Fellowship and the 2015 $1 million TED prize.

StoryCorps is one of the largest oral history projects of its kind. Since 2003, StoryCorps has collected and archived more than 50,000 interviews from more than 100,000 participants. Each conversation is recorded on a free CD to share, and is preserved at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress. Millions listen to weekly broadcasts on NPR’s Morning Edition on Friday mornings.

Isay is the author/editor of numerous books that grew out of his public radio documentary work, including three StoryCorps books. He will be at The Mahaiwe in Great Barrington, MA on Wednesday, August 5.

8/3/15 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 New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's presidential ambitions and the Greek Stock Market opening today.

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Morning Forecast

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Here's NewsChannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano's WAMC Regional Forecast:

A mix of sun and clouds today with scattered showers and thunderstorms, some strong.  Highs in the upper 80's.

Evening showers and storms, then mostly cloudy overnight tonight.  Lows in the mid 60's.

A mix of sun and clouds tomorrow with a passing shower or thunderstorm.  Highs in the lower to mid 80's.

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