The Media Project #1312

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(Airs 7/25 & 7/25) The Media Project is an inside look at media coverage of current events with WAMC’s CEO Alan Chartock, Albany Times Union Editor Rex Smith, and Daily Freeman Publisher Emeritus Ira Fusfeld. On this week's show they talk about media coverage of the Republican National Convention, whether Leslie Stahl should have been tougher on Donald Trump and Mike Pence during her 60 Minute’s interview, whether we’ve entered the post fact era, and much more.

There were these two blokes in England, about 150 years ago…who started writing the stories and composing the music for what were at the time called comic operas.  Some of you are already ahead of me with the names of Gilbert and Sullivan.  And you are spot-on. 

Song of the Deep composite image with Author Brian Hastings
Insomniac Games/Sterling Books

Song of the Deep, a new video game by Insomniac Games is hitting a frequently untapped market when it comes to children. A book produced in parallel with the game tells the story of a young girl named Merryn, who one night builds a submarine to venture out into open water in search of her father… who one stormy night at sea, never came back home. RetConned’s Patrick Garrett spoke with author and co-founder of Insomniac Games, Paul Hastings on what the games and book industry are doing to help encourage young girls.

RetConned is a program of assorted geekery - movies, comic books, video games and everything in between. You can subscribe to RetConned via, via iTunes, Stitcher, and the Google Play store.

Dairy cow
WAMC/Pat Bradley

The National Agricultural Statistics Service monthly report on milk production shows that while production is up in Vermont, prices to farmers are down.

Strange Universe: 07/24/16

8 hours ago

This week, Bob discusses Niberu.

Baseball greats Ken Griffey, Jr. and Mike Piazza will be entered into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown on Sunday.

UpstateNYer / Wikipedia

A former student of the Emma Willard school in Troy is claiming she was sexually abused by a staff member nearly two decades ago.

NY Governor Signs Two Lyme Disease Bills

9 hours ago
WAMC / Dave Lucas

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed into law two bills concerning Lyme and Tick-Borne diseases. The bills were sponsored by Hudson Valley lawmakers.

Most Shakespearean scholars – of which I am not – classify The Merchant of Venice as a comedy. This play was written following a period when William Shakespeare became known for his popular portrayals of English kings.


   The Massachusetts Gaming Commission has approved the request of a western Massachusetts town for more money to help cope with anticipated traffic from the MGM Springfield casino.

At a press conference in Latham Saturday morning, New York State Police and Hamilton County officials said 24-year-old Rachael Mattice has been charged with falsely reporting an incident, a misdemeanor, related to her disappearance June 23rd. 

Lucas Willard / WAMC

Nearly 33,000 people attended Saratoga Race Course on opening day.


The New York State Nurses Association, whose nurses were locked out after a one-day demonstration outside Nathan Littauer Hospital in Gloversville in early January, says nurses will receive back pay  after a  National Labor Relations Board finding of ”merit” and complaint against the healthcare provider.

State officials say the man responsible for promoting economic development projects in Vermont through the federal EB-5 program has resigned from his position.

All of New York State's medical examiners and coroners will soon have to share fingerprints and other information about their unidentified dead with a federal data center trying to match remains with America's missing.

(Airs 7/22/16) The Legislative Gazette is a weekly program about New York State Government and politics. On this week's Gazette: New York’s delegation is in the national spotlight at the Republican National Convention, our political observer Alan Chartock shares his thoughts on his conversation with Republican Committee Chair Ed Cox about the convention, and Governor Cuomo’s office issued a report on the impact tourism has on New York’s economy.

Rutland, VT
Doug Kerr-Dougtone/Flickr

Rutland's Board of Aldermen has voted to launch an investigation into whether Mayor Christopher Louras broke any laws when he proposed that the Vermont city become a refugee resettlement site.


New learning standards being crafted for New York are likely to be similar to the Common Core standards they will replace, according to a new research report from the New York State School Boards Association.

The Massachusetts Legislature is holding a rare formal session Saturday.

NY DEC / enhanced by Dave Lucas

New York has authorized fluorescent pink as alternate protective coloring for young hunters in an appeal to girls who'd rather not wear blaze orange.

Lt. John Fitzpatrick launches
Pat Bradley/WAMC

A multi-state, international Homeland Security training, water quality and boating enforcement exercise is under way on Lake Champlain.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Jul 22, 2016

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Friday, July 22, 2016.

BasicGov, flickr

   The Massachusetts legislature is considering a bill that would allow cities to require banks to pay for the upkeep on foreclosed properties.  It is an effort to revive local laws that were struck down in court.

   In the midst of the foreclosure crisis in 2011, the Springfield City Council approved two anti-foreclosure ordinances.  One required banks to post a $10,000 bond with each foreclosure. The city could use this money to maintain foreclosed properties if the banks failed to do so.

The Springfield Sting logo in front of City Hall

    The American Basketball Association (ABA) is bringing a team to the birthplace of the game.

Paladino, Trump's NY Chair, Reflects On RNC

Jul 22, 2016

Now that Donald Trump has accepted the Republican Party's nomination for president, party officials and delegates are heading home to begin the sprint to election day. Trump's chairperson in New York is 2010 gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino, who spoke with WAMC News on Friday about the GOP's chances to carry New York.

Michael Kiser @MichaelWDWS / twitter

Once again, the University at Albany is saying goodbye to its president. Robert Jones announced his departure this week.

SABIC's Bob Basila Senior Director for Procurement for the Americas Region presents Berkshire United Way CEO Kristine Hazzard with a plaque commemorating the company's $1 million endowment gift at SABIC's Plastics Avenue facility in Pittsfield, Mass.
Jim Levulis / WAMC

SABIC, a major employer in the Berkshires, announced a $1 million endowment for the Berkshire United Way today ahead of the company’s exit from Pittsfield.

Chef Mike Niccoli of Restaurant Navona in Albany joins us to answer your questions about cooking and fine dining.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

Thursday night’s Goshen Town Planning Board session on a proposed Legoland New York theme park was the first time the public had a chance to comment. And they did, for more than three hours.

A delegation from western Massachusetts is scheduled to depart later today for Poland to attend the Catholic Church’s World Youth Day.