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Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

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Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Friday, August 26, 2016.

       Drivers using Massachusetts-issued E-ZPass transponders will get a small discount when all-electronic tolling begins later this year on the state turnpike.

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A new center is being formed in Vermont to study the sound impact industrial wind turbines have on the surrounding area.  But an advocacy group claims such studies would be biased, pointing to the sponsoring group’s anti-wind stance.

Chef Nicholas Armstrong
Rascals

  Our region boasts some of the finest chefs in the country. And we want to get to know as many of them as possible here on Food Friday. Today we are on with Chef Nicholas Armstrong. He’s the culinary mind behind Rascals steakhouse in Albany. He is particularly skilled at the art of plating and presenting food. 

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

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Newschannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano
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Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Friday, August 26, 2016.

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

An ethics bill New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says will increase accountability and transparency was signed into law Wednesday. But good-government groups say the measure is just a band-aid on chronic corruption in Albany.

  Mary Martin was one of the greatest stars of her day. Growing up in Texas, she was married early to Benjamin Hagman and gave birth to her first child, Larry Hagman. She was divorced even more quickly. Martin left little Larry with her parents and took off for Hollywood. She didn't make a dent in the movie industry and was lured to New York where she found herself auditioning for Cole Porter. Six years later, she became the Toast of Broadway when she starred in South Pacific. After that, she flew as Peter Pan, yodeled in The Sound of Music, took Hello, Dolly! on the road and shared a four-poster with Robert Preston in I Do! I Do!.

Her personal life was just as interesting and it's all covered in David Kaufman's book, Some Enchanted Evenings: The Glittering Life and Times of Mary Martin.

A bicycle sharing station
Wikipedia

      Federal funding has been approved and if all goes according to plan a bike sharing program will debut next summer in four municipalities in western Massachusetts. 

     The Pioneer Valley Planning Commission is coordinating the project. 

     WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with chief planner Christopher Curtis.

  In this week’s Classical Music According to Yehuda, Alan Chartock and Yeuda Hanani continue their conversation about female composers, hearing "Sicilienne" by Maria Theresa von Paradis performed by The Castle String Quartet.

  In Raising Human Beings, internationally renowned child psychologist and New York Times bestselling author of Lost at School and The Explosive Child Ross W. Greene Ph.D. explains how to cultivate a better parent-child relationship while also nurturing empathy, honesty, resilience, and independence.

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The Mid-Summer Derby returns to Saratoga on Saturday. The day punctuated by the 147th running of the Travers Stakes promises to draw visitors to Saratoga Race Course from across the Capital Region and around the world.

  Can the Republicans keep control of Congress?

In today’s Congressional Corner, Tim Vercellotti of the Western New England University poll and professor of political science, tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that the Democrats are charging hard.

  In our Ideas Matter segment we take time just about every week to check in with the state humanities councils in our 7-state region.

Today, we will talk about some of the issues that shape misperceptions of Muslims in the United States, and about the “Dialogues Across Divides” series about these issues taking place this fall throughout Western Massachusetts and supported by Mass Humanities.

We are joined today by Mehlaqa Samdani, executive director of Critical Connections, the nonprofit organizing the dialogues in partnership with the Karuna Center for Peacebuilding. The first event will take place on September 15th in Longmeadow, MA, and will address different kinds and causes of violent extremism in the United States; the second event is on September 28th in Amherst, MA, and will tackle Islam and homosexuality.

  Parasites are tiny organisms can only live inside another animal, and they have many evolutionary motives for manipulating their host’s behavior. Far more often than appreciated, these puppeteers orchestrate the interplay between predator and prey.

We humans are hardly immune to the profound influence of parasites. Kathleen McAuliffe's book is This Is Your Brain on Parasites: How Tiny Creatures Manipulate Our Behavior and Shape Society.

8/26/16 Panel

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  The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond.

Today's panelists are Times Union Associate Editor Mike Spain, TU Columnist Chris Churchill, and author and activist Barbara Smith.

WAMC's David Guistina talks with Jesse McKinley, Albany Bureau Chief for the New York Times about one of NY Governor Andrew Cuomo’s economic development programs, a Film Hub, where he found vacant studios, lawsuits and little action.

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Morning Forecast

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

Mostly cloudy with scattered showers and storms possible this morning, then increasing sunshine with lower humidity this afternoon.  Highs in the mid to upper 80's.

Mostly clear tonight. Lows near 60.

Mostly sunny tomorrow.  Highs in the mid 80's.

MLB:

In baseball, in the American League, Tampa Bay edged Boston 2-1, the Angels oubled up Toronto 6-3, Texas blanked Cleveland 9-0, the White Sox beat Seattle 7-6, and it was Detroit over Boston 2-1.

Senator Bernie Sanders at Our Revolution launch
WAMC/Pat Bradley

When he withdrew from the race for the Democratic presidential nomination, Vermont U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders promised supporters that his movement was only beginning. Last night, Sanders launched “Our Revolution,” the organization and plan to continue his political revolution.  

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker, right, with Berkshire Mountain Distillers CEO Chris Weld in Sheffield.
Jim Levulis / WAMC

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker this week marked a milestone in the construction of a Springfield factory designed to build rail cars for Boston’s transit system. But, the Republican says his administration is also reviewing rail expansion options in western Massachusetts.

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        Work is ahead of schedule on a major highway project that has caused traffic tie-ups from time to time in western Massachusetts.

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

The first phase of Albany's Madison Avenue “road diet” is now a reality.  WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports on the latest step to make the Capital City — and one of its busiest streets — more bike-friendly.

Composite Image by Dave Lucas (WAMC)

A judge says former New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver can remain free until at least late October while he appeals his conviction and 12-year prison sentence.

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Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker was in Springfield today to mark a major milestone in the construction of a $95 million rail car factory.

A public university in New York says "hashtag StopWhitePeople2K16," used as the title of a recent training session, was chosen for its irony — and the session — about diversity — wasn't anti-white.

Karen Magee: Thoughts On Back To School

Aug 25, 2016

In just a few weeks, parents will send their children back to school. Already, we see vans and S-U-Vs on the Thruway, packed to the gills with the belongings that college students need to fill their dorm rooms and start the semester off right.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Aug 25, 2016

  Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Thursday, August 25, 2016.  

Facebook: Elizabeth Warren

U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren is planning to give a presentation on her vision for America in Pittsfield Saturday.

(Airs 8/25/16) Host Alan Chartock speaks with Ken Lovett, Albany Bureau Chief for the New York Daily News.

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Joining us for our gardening program is arborist Fred Breglia of Landis Arboretum.

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