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If you want to get ahead in life, you have to learn to make good decisions. And that should start at an early age. Today on the Best of Our Knowledge, we’ll hear about a program in upstate New York called the Leadership project that is working to help 5th graders make good choices.

We’ll also hear about a new bachelor’s degree in homeland security, find out what a warm line is (hint: it’s kinda like a hot line…only less urgent), and we’ll spend an academic minute learning from our mistakes.

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Partners spearheading creation of a trail linking Beacon and Cold Spring unveiled the first sign for the project this week. The trail will help improve pedestrian safety.

On this week’s 51%, we feature a discussion with the author of a book about the criminalization of Black girls in school. And we have a Women in History spotlight on two notorious women.

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The Great Barrington Select Board has given the thumbs up to a medical marijuana dispensary in town.

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Burlington’s Memorial Auditorium has been in disrepair for years.  Last fall, the Public Works Department and city engineers began inspecting its leaking roof, cracked support beams and rusty steel girders.  The mayor’s office has now confirmed that the city engineer deems the building unsafe for use or occupancy.

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Less than a month after Vermont’s fiscal year 2017 budget went into effect, state economists told administration and legislative leaders a downgrade would be necessary.  While the adjustment is described as minor, critics say it’s another example of the state’s overspending.

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On the third night of the Democratic National Convention when President Obama and Vice President Biden are expected to speak, our capital correspondent Karen Dewitt has the latest from Philadelphia. 

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Facebook: Project Native

An environmental nonprofit in the Berkshires focused on the stewardship of native habitats has come to an end.

On Wednesday, Weitz & Luxenberg filed its suit on behalf of plaintiff James Donavan. The complaint alleges that exposure to the chemical PFOA, which was discovered in the village drinking water supply and private wells, has caused Donavan’s ulcerative colitis and other illnesses.

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The largest emergency homeless shelter in western Massachusetts is planning to merge with a regional social service provider.

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While Tanglewood is known as a unique open air venue for classical and modern music, every summer the sprawling grounds become home to one of the country’s premier music schools. The Boston University Tanglewood Institute is celebrating 50 years and WAMC went to class.

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The sewer leak into a tributary of the Mohawk River began Monday morning. A NY-Alert Wednesday afternoon says the untreated sewage, caused by a broken pipe, was flowing into the river at an estimated 50 gallons per minute.

Keith Strudler -The NFL’s Problem With Numbers

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As is often said, numbers never lie. People, on the other hand, are quite adept in the art. Particularly when it comes to numbers. It’s like Mark Twain popularized, there are lies, damn lies, and statistics.

Paul Caiano's Afternoon Forecast

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  Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the afternoon Weather Summary for wednesday, July 27, 2016.

   The opioid addiction crisis has become a major issue in a high profile local election contest in western Massachusetts.

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Foreign trade deals are a contentious issue at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. Now New York’s Senior Senator, Chuck Schumer, is weighing in, saying he’s against the Trans Pacific Partnership proposal, known as the TPP.

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  From the tales of a certain web-slinging vigilante to the adventures of heroes in a half-shell and beyond, pop culture is more influential in society than ever. We’re on today with comics writer Ron Marz and professional geek Rick Marshall, and it’s time to talk comics!

Herb London: America Must Watch the Chinese Tiger

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In the wake of a decision by the Permanent Court of International Arbitration that there isn’t any legal basis for China’s claim to territory in the so-called “nine-dash line” (an area which covers most of the South China Sea), the Chinese National Defense Ministry said “China’s armed forces would firmly safeguard national sovereignty, security and maritime interests and rights, firmly uphold regional peace and stability, and deal with all kinds of threats and challenges.”

Has Bernie Sanders created a movement that he no longer controls? At the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, some Sanders supporters have heeded the Vermont senator's call to support the party nominee, Hillary Clinton, but others remain committed to Sanders. Dr. Luke Perry is chair of the department and associate professor of government and politics at Utica College and has been covering the convention for WKTV in Utica.

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  It’s supposed to be Hillary Clinton’s convention, but all of the focus Monday was on her primary challenger Bernie Sanders and his delegates, who continue to stew over a wikileaks release of DNC emails that showed favoritism to Clinton over Sanders.

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At the Crandall Library in Glens Falls, users of the 518 area code were asked a tough question: because the combination of seven-digit numbers is running out, given the growing ubiquity of mobile phones, how would you like to see a new area code incorporated?

Paul Caiano's Midday Weather Forecast

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Newschannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano
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Meteorologist Paul Caiano of WNYT delivers the midday weather summary for July 27, 2016.

  Poster Boy is a new American musical inspired by actual events surrounding the 2010 suicide of Tyler Clementi, a college student who brought national attention to cyber-bullying, In the show, a community of gay men in an online chat room come together to discover what drove one of their own to take his life.

Directed by Olivier Award-nominee Stafford Arima with movement by Danny Mefford, Poster Boy, is in its world premiere production on the Nikos Stage at the Williamstown Theatre Festival through August 7th.

Composer and lyricist, Craig Carnelia and bookwriter Joe Tracz join us.

  The Berkshire Theatre Group is presenting the World Premiere of playwright Shem Bitterman’s The Stone Witch at the Fitzpatrick Main Stage in Stockbridge, MA. It is directed by Drama Desk and Humanities Award-winning theatre & television director Steve Zuckerman and features Tony Award, Golden Globe Award, Emmy Award and Obie Award-winning actor Judd Hirsch.

In the play, Peter, an aspiring children’s book author, is sent to the cabin of his idol, Simon, played by Hirsch, a reclusive award-winning author and illustrator of children’s books, to help him finish what might be his last book. Desperate to save his own career, Peter hopes to discover the secret of Simon’s genius, but first he must accept the impossible task: helping Simon confront the monsters that populate the woods inside his mind.

We are joined by actors Judd Hirsch, Rupak Ginn, and Kristin Griffith.

  Tip O’Neill said all politics is local.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Zephyr Teachout, the Democratic candidate in New York’s 19th House district, talks taxes with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

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               An emergency fund has been re-opened to help western Massachusetts farmers whose fruit crops were damaged by an extreme cold snap in mid-February. 

               The Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture ( CISA) is offering zero-interest short term loans up to $10,000.  

              WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with CISA executive director Philip Korman.

             More information about the fund can be found at the website: buylocalfood.org.

The unmistakable voice filled with raw emotion and tinged with Southern Comfort made Janis Joplin a must-see headliner from Monterey to Woodstock.

A Night with Janis Joplin, now running at Capital Repertory Theatre in Albany, NY, is a musical journey celebrating Janis and her biggest musical influences.

The show is created, written and directed by Randy Johnson and stars Kelly McIntyre as Janis Joplin. 

The Carey Institute for Global Good and Yehuda Hanani have teamed up to produce the 6th Annual Catskill High Peaks Music Festival which will take place from August 8th-18th at the Carey Institute. The Festival combines a Residency program for 50 hand-picked emerging artists from around the world with evenings of classical music concerts for the public.

The mission of Catskill High Peaks Festival is to infuse students with love and enthusiasm for their musical vocation, instill a spirit of musical adventure and discovery, and imbue an appreciation for past traditions.

To tell us more, we are joined this morning by cellist and Artistic Director Yehuda Hanani and Hannah Hannani - Vice President of Close Encounters with Music and co-founder of the Catskill High Peaks Festival.

7/27/16 Panel

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

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