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The 16th annual Saratoga Choral Festival takes place at the Spa Little Theater in Spa State Park - this Sunday, July 31st, at 3:00 PM. The festival will present a concert of music for children featuring a semi-staged production of the popular Magic Tree House: The Musical. 

The Magic Tree House: The Musical is based on the popular series of children’s books by Mary Pope Osborne. This show has seen sold out performances for its national tour. Several musical selections have been adapted for chorus, and special guest performers from the Saratoga Children’s Theater will provide extra speaking roles and also sing with the choir.

Also included on the program - Never-Ending Song, a Young Person’s Guide to the Choir. Originally premiered by the Vancouver Chamber Choir in 2001, the Never-Ending Song takes children through a brief history of choral singing through music.

The Saratoga Choral Festival began in the summer of 2001 and we are joined by Festival Director, Andrea Goodman, and by chorus members Mira DeGregory and Jackson Cherry. 

  In The Highest Glass Ceiling, best-selling historian Ellen Fitzpatrick tells the story of three remarkable women who set their sights on the American presidency. Victoria Woodhull (1872), Margaret Chase Smith (1964), and Shirley Chisholm (1972) each challenged persistent barriers confronted by women presidential candidates.

Their quest illuminates today’s political landscape, showing that Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign belongs to a much longer, arduous, and dramatic journey.

  Water scarcity is on everyone's mind. Long taken for granted, water availability has entered the realm of economics, politics, and people's food and lifestyle choices. But as anxiety mounts - even as a swath of California farmland has been left fallow and extremist groups worldwide exploit the desperation of people losing livelihoods to desertification - many are finding new routes to water security with key implications for food access, economic resilience, and climate change.

Water does not perish, nor require millions of years to form as do fossil fuels. However, water is always on the move. In Water in Plain Sight, Judith D. Schwartz presents a refreshing perspective on water that transcends zero-sum thinking.

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The resignation of DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz over the release of emails showing that staff  favored Hillary Clinton over Bernie Sanders overshadowed other news at the beginning of the Democratic National Convention.  

WAMC's David Guistina talks with Ken Lovett of the New York Daily News about the upcoming Democratic National Convention.

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Today:  mostly cloudy, scattered showers and t'storms, some storms could be strong to severe, highs in the mid 80s to low 90s.

Tonight:  mostly cloudy, scattered showers and t'storms during the evening, some storms could be strong to severe, low in the mid to upper 60s.

Tuesday:  Sunny, breezy, and warm with highs in the mid and upper 80s.

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Ken Griffey Jr. and Mike Piazza are the newest members of Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York. Griffey played 22 years in the big leagues and finished with 630 home runs. Piazza, a 12-time All-Star catcher who perhaps was the finest 62nd round draft pick in history, posted a career batting average of .308 and is fourth all-time in runs driven in by catchers.

New York is lifting its ban on serving food or beverages at funeral homes next year under a law signed by Governor Andrew Cuomo.

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Low-income New Yorkers age 60 and older can get free produce at local farm stands and farmers markets under a new policy of the state Department of Agriculture and Markets.

(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. 

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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 wamcpodcasts.org, via iTunes, Stitcher, and the Google Play store.

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

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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.

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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

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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.

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   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. 

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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