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Ralph Gardner JR: Soul Of The Cat

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Only once did a walk in the woods upstate disappoint me. It happened in the spring of 2015 shortly after my family and I returned from a safari in Botswana.

Meteorologist Jason Caterina's Midday Weather Summary

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Meteorologist Jason Caterina delivers the midday weather summary for February 25, 2017.

Metro-North Partners With Zipcar

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A new Metro-North program allows riders to go from the train to Zipcar at certain stations along three of the railroad’s lines.

For the second time in four weeks, corrections officers were attacked and injured by prisoners at Green Haven Correctional Facility in Stormville.

Kingston Residents Hold Congressional Town Hall Without Faso

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Earlier this week, constituents in New York’s North Country held a town hall without their congressional representative, Republican Elise Stefanik. Organized by a progressive group on Friday, residents of Republican Congressman John Faso’s 19th District  did the same in Kingston.

A boost is in store for the New York economy. Empire State Development says 43 businesses are expanding or coming to New York state to partner with colleges and universities.

(Airs 2/24/17) The Legislative Gazette is a weekly program about New York State Government and politics. On this week’s Gazette: The legislature has the week off, but an unusual amount of protests and arrests are already part of this years’ legislative session, our political observer Alan Chartock shares his thoughts on New York U.S. Senator Gillibrand saying Governor Cuomo would be a great candidate to face President Trump in 2020, and New York State ranks fourth in the nation for the number of active hate groups.

Demonstrators gather in front of Congresswoman Stefanik's Plattsburgh office
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About three dozen people from across the North Country met in Plattsburgh Friday afternoon to demonstrate their displeasure over Congresswoman Elise Stefanik’s refusal to hold a town hall meeting with constituents.

Rep. Neal visits the U.S.-Mexico border in Texas on Friday.
Office of Rep. Neal

Massachusetts Congressman Richard Neal was part of a delegation that visited the U.S.-Mexico border on Friday. The ranking Democrat on the House Ways and Means Committee says he is doubtful about the border wall President Trump has proposed — raising concerns about both the cost and effectiveness of a wall along the 1,900-mile border.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Feb 24, 2017

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Friday, February 24, 2017.

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U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer and other officials are calling on the Air Force to expand its PFOS cleanup plan for Stewart Air National Guard base in Newburgh. They want contaminated waterways outside the base to be included.

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U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer has awarded a Troy police officer a Congressional Badge of Bravery for heroism in the line of duty.  Thursday's ceremony was held at Hudson Valley Community College.

A Moroccan dish from Tara Kitchen

Today we welcome back Aneesa Waheed of TARA Kitchen in Schenectady, New York which specializes in Moroccan food. WAMC’s Ray Graf hosts.

You have the floor. We're all ears.  Here are this week's highlights from the WAMC Listener Comment Line. 

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With the city’s budget’s in limbo, Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan has launched a social media campaign to shore up a $12.5 million dollar deficit and find a permanent solution to end the annual funding crisis.

Jason Caterina's Midday Forecast

Feb 24, 2017

Meteorologist Jason Caterina delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Friday, February 24, 2017.

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Hoosick Falls residents were angered Thursday night after a meeting where the village board was scheduled to discuss a settlement agreement between the village and companies deemed responsible for contaminating local water supplies with the chemical PFOA abruptly ended. 

Everyone knows that America is 50 states and…some other stuff. Scattered shards in the Pacific and the Caribbean, the not-quite states—American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, the Northern Mariana Islands, and the U.S. Virgin Islands—and their 4 million people are often forgotten, even by most Americans. But they’re filled with American flags, U.S. post offices, and Little League baseball games. How did these territories come to be part of the United States? What are they like? And why aren’t they states?

Doug Mach explores these questions in his book, The Not-Quite States of America: Dispatches from the Territories and Other Far-Flung Outposts of the USA.

  In this week’s Classical Music According to Yehuda, Alan Chartock and Yehuda Hanani continue their series of discussions about women who influenced classical composers. This week’s composer is Ludwig van Beethoven.

Break-in cards
Vermont State Police

Vermont State Police have implemented a project to raise awareness about car break-ins at state parks and other outdoor recreation areas.  Troopers at the Williston barracks will check vehicles and place a card on the driver’s side window if there are valuables in plain sight.  Corporal Andrew Leise, who is leading the Williston barracks on the project, says it’s an effort to raise awareness amid an increase in break-ins.

Lisa Dickey traveled across the whole of Russia three times - in 1995, 2005 and 2015 - making friends in eleven different cities, then coming back again and again to see how their lives had changed. Like the acclaimed British documentary series Seven Up!, she traces the ups and downs of ordinary people’s lives, in the process painting a deeply nuanced portrait of modern Russia.

Her book is Bears in the Streets: Three Journeys across a Changing Russia.

New York Congresswoman Elise Stefanik
Office of Congresswoman Elise Stefanik

2016 is just behind us, but another election always looms.

In today’s Congressional Corner, New York Republican Elise Stefanik continues her discussion with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

In Why Won't You Apologize?: Healing Big Betrayals and Everyday Hurts, renowned psychologist and bestselling author of The Dance of Anger sheds new light on the two most important words in the English language - I’m sorry - and offers a unique perspective on the challenge of healing broken connections and restoring trust.

Dr. Harriet Lerner has been studying apologies—and why some people won’t give them—for more than two decades. Now she offers compelling stories and solid theory that bring home how much the simple apology matters and what is required for healing when the hurt we’ve inflicted (or received) is far from simple.

2/24/17 Panel

Feb 24, 2017

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

Today's panelists are WAMC's Alan Chartock, Associate Editor of the Times Union Mike Spain, and Director of the Journalism Program at the University at Albany Rosemary Armao, and author and activist, Barbara Smith.  

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Two New York congressional members are demanding federal reimbursement for costs of securing Trump Tower in midtown Manhattan. They say New York taxpayers should not shoulder the cost for a federal responsibility.

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses witches calling for a spell to drive Trump from office, Democrats concern with Trump, and Kim Jong Nam's death.

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In the NBA, Cleveland topped New York 119-104, Portland beat Orlando 112-103, Detroit won against Charlotte in overtime 114-108, Sacramento bested Denver 116-100, and it was Houston over New Orleans 129-99.

Meteorologist Jason Caterina's Morning Forecast

Feb 24, 2017
Meteorologist Jason Caterina


A chance of showers and t'storms, Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with highs in the low to mid 60s. Winds could gusts to near 25mph


A slight chance of showers overnight. Mostly cloudy and breezy, with lows in the upper 40s and low to mid 50s


Rain likely and maybe a thunderstorm, highs in the 50s to low 60s

A 14-year-old New Hampshire boy taking a flight to a baseball tournament in Florida was shocked when airport authorities said he was on a U.S. government watch list.