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11:35 am
Wed October 22, 2014

'Private Eyes' At Shakespeare & Company

  Shakespeare & Company currently presents the comedy thriller Private Eyes written by Steven Dietz and directed by Jonathan Croy. Private Eyes runs weekends only in the Elayne P. Bernstein Theatre September 20 – November 9.

In the play, Theatre and life intertwine when actors Matthew and Lisa, a happily married couple, find the truth nearly too impossible to uncover. The cast features Company artists Caroline Calkins and Luke Reed and they join us now along with director, Jonathan Croy.

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The Roundtable
11:12 am
Wed October 22, 2014

'The Republic Of Imagination: America In Three Books'

  Azar Nafisi, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Reading Lolita in Tehran, is here to tell us bout her new book: The Republic of Imagination: America in Three Books.

Ten years ago, Nafisi wrote Reading Lolita in Tehran, which told the story of how she taught American literature to eager students in Iran, revealing how fiction can be a liberating force in a totalitarian society.

Blending memoir with close readings of four of her favorite novels—Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Sinclair Lewis’s Babbitt, Carson McCullers’s The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter and James Baldwin’s Another Country—Azar describes how she first discovered America and its fictional landscape as a young girl in Tehran and reminds us of the crucial role that literature played in the lives of the founding fathers.

Arts & Culture
10:45 am
Wed October 22, 2014

15th Annual FilmColumbia Festival

  FilmColumbia is a five-day festival dedicated to showing world-class independent and international films. Produced by the Chatham Film Club, the festival has consistently offered its audiences an early look at films that go on to garner critical approval, major box office success and awards.

This year’s festival kicks-off today and runs through Sunday in Chatham and Hudson, NY. In addition to screenings of anticipated films like The Imitation Game, Low Down, Birdman (and many others) the festival includes industry panels, filmmaker events, and great parties. 

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Arts & Culture
10:35 am
Wed October 22, 2014

"Winslow Homer: The Nature And Rhythm Of Life" At The Arkell Museum

Winslow Homer (1836-1910); Moonlight, 1874; watercolor

  Winslow Homer: The Nature and Rhythm of Life is a new exhibition at the Arkell Museum at Canajoharie. It will be on display through January 4, 2015.

Bartlett Arkell, the founder and first president of the Beech-Nut Packaging Company, brought Homer’s paintings and watercolors to his hometown of Canajoharie for the enjoyment of its citizens.

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New York News
10:16 am
Wed October 22, 2014

NY To Require CPR Training In High School

Credit WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

New York state is expected to soon require high schools to train students in CPR.  Governor Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday signed into law a measure directing the state's commissioner of education to come up with a CPR training curriculum.

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The Roundtable
10:10 am
Wed October 22, 2014

Geoffrey C. Ward And 'The Roosevelts: An Intimate History' At FDR Tonight

  The FDR Presidential Library will host an author talk and signing at 7 p.m. with Geoffrey C. Ward, coauthor (with Ken Burns) of The Roosevelts: An Intimate History in the Henry A. Wallace Center at the FDR Presidential Library and Home.

The book, created in conjunction with the PBS documentary series of the same name, chronicles the lives of Theodore, Franklin, and Eleanor Roosevelt, three members of the most prominent and influential family in American politics.

The Roundtable
10:10 am
Wed October 22, 2014

'I Wear The Black Hat: Grappling With Villains (Real And Imagined)' By Chuck Klosterman

    Chuck Klosterman, “The Ethicist” for The New York Times Magazine, has walked into the darkness. In I Wear the Black Hat, he questions the modern understanding of villainy.

When we classify someone as a bad person, what are we really saying, and why are we so obsessed with saying it? How does the culture of malevolence operate?

New York News
10:09 am
Wed October 22, 2014

Legal Petition Seeks NY Ban On Outdated Rail Cars

Credit Harvey Henkelmann/Wikimedia Commons

A coalition of environmental groups and city residents has filed a legal petition seeking a ban on older model rail tanker cars carrying volatile crude oil from North Dakota to the Port of Albany.

The petition filed Tuesday by a group represented by Earthjustice asks Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joe Martens to issue an order prohibiting receipt of crude in DOT-111 tank cars at the port.

A DEC spokesman said the federal government has sole authority to regulate oil transport by rail.

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The Roundtable
9:00 am
Wed October 22, 2014

10/22/14 Panel

  Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, political consultant Libby Post, and University at Albany Journalism Professor and Investigative Reporter, Rosemary Armao.

Topics include:
Ben Bradlee
Marijuana
Cybersecurity and iCloud in China
CIA on Panetta
Ukraine Economy
Renee Zellweger

WAMC News
7:43 am
Wed October 22, 2014

Dr. Alan Chartock's Morning Commentary

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses gubernatorial debates in Massachusetts and New York.

On Tuesday at 7 p.m., WAMC aired WGBH and The Boston Globe’s one-on-one Massachusetts gubernatorial debate between Democrat Martha Coakley and Republican Charlie Baker.

On Wednesday at 8 p.m., WAMC will air WBFO/WNED’s New York’s gubernatorial debate featuring Democratic incumbent Andrew Cuomo, Republican Rob Astorino, Howie Hawkins of the Green Party and Michael McDermott of the Libertarian Party.

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