(Airs 10/04) The Media Project is an inside look at media coverage of current events with WAMC’s Alan Chartock, University at Albany Professor and Investigative Journalist Rosemary Armao, and Times Union Associate Editor Mike Spain. On this week's show they talk about major layoffs and downsizing at the New York Daily News, The Pope meets secretly with Kentucky Clerk Kim Davis in Washington DC., Donald Trump makes up with Fox news, and much more.


One of the leading advocates in western Massachusetts for the welfare of animals has stepped down as executive director of the Dakin Humane Society.   Leslie Harris spent nearly 20 years with the organization.   On her next to last day in the job, Harris spoke with WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill at the organization’s animal shelter and adoption center in Springfield.

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This week, Bob Berman tells us about the third quarter moon. 

Connecticut Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman is leading a weeklong business and trade mission to Taiwan.

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Fort Ticonderoga has been awarded a federal education grant that will be used to host history workshops for teachers next summer.

Two central Vermont school supervisory unions have already begun the process of merging and officials want input to help plan the future of education in the new unified supervisory union.

U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer says proposed spending cuts in Congress could lead to big problems with the nation's weather satellites.

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Saratoga Springs Republican John Safford is running against incumbent Democratic mayor Joanne Yepsen. WAMC's Lucas recently spoke with Safford about some of the issues facing the Spa City that is seeing a boom in downtown investment and development.

To hear a conversation with incumbent Democratic mayor Joanne Yepsen, click here.


Italian culture and the achievements of Italian-Americans are highlighted during the month of October.

In Springfield, Massachusetts, where the mayor is the son of Italian immigrants, an Italian flag will fly over city hall this month. 

The Italian Cultural Center of western Massachusetts has several events, including a big festival planned Columbus Day weekend, according to the group’s president Lou Planzo.


The Vermont Department of Public Service is seeking public opinion on a draft of the state's comprehensive energy plan.