Brittany Hanrahan

A study believed to be the first of its kind explores the ecological consequences of amphetamines in streams. It was co-authored by a scientist in the Hudson Valley.

Lead has been found in water tests at a public school in Amherst, Massachusetts.


New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is catching criticism from conservationists for reeling in a 154.5-pound thresher shark off Long Island. The Democrat tweeted pictures of his catch Sunday.


    Labor Day is a week away, but school is back in session in many places including the second-largest public school district in Massachusetts.

Colleges and universities are kicking off their Fall semesters across the state.  As the summer winds down and the dorms open up, it is a good time to review how state policies are impacting higher education.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

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Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Monday, August 29, 2016.

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Albany County Executive Dan McCoy has appointed Judge Stephen Herrick to serve as Albany County Public Defender.

Dr. James Wise
Health Quest Medical Practice

  Joining us today is Dr. James Wise. He’s board-certified in internal medicine and rheumatology. He comes to us from the Division of Rhuematology at Health Quest Medical Practice and Northern Dutchess Hospital in Kingston, where he treats rheumatologic conditions like arthritis, lupus, fibromyalgia and gout. He’s here to answer your questions.

  Once the cameras roll, Meryl Streep can do anything. Meryl Streep can play anyone believably—and brilliantly.

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

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WNYT's Paul Caiano delivers the midday weather summar for Aug. 29, 2016.

  Lisa Scottoline is a New York Times bestselling and Edgar Award-winning author of twenty-seven novels. She has 30 million copies of her books in print in the United States, she has been published in thirty-five countries, and her thrillers have been optioned for television and film.

In her latest, Damaged, ten-year-old Patrick O'Brien is a natural target at school. Shy, dyslexic, and small for his age, he tries to hide his first-grade reading level from everyone: from his classmates, from the grandfather who cares for him, and from the teachers who are supposed to help him. But the real trouble begins when Patrick is accused of attacking a school aide. The aide promptly quits and sues the boy, his family, and the school district. Patrick's grandfather turns to the law firm of Rosato & DiNunzio for help and Mary DiNunzio is on the case. Soon Mary becomes Patrick's true champion and his only hope for security and justice.

  From the domestication of the bird nearly ten thousand years ago to its current status as our go-to meat, the history of this seemingly commonplace bird is anything but ordinary.

How did chicken achieve the culinary ubiquity it enjoys today? It’s hard to imagine, but there was a point in history, not terribly long ago, that individual people each consumed less than ten pounds of chicken per year. Today, those numbers are strikingly different: we consumer nearly twenty-five times as much chicken as our great-grandparents did.

Collectively, Americans devour 73.1 million pounds of chicken in a day, close to 8.6 billion birds per year. How did chicken rise from near-invisibility to being in seemingly "every pot," as per Herbert Hoover's famous promise?

Emelyn Rude explores this phenomenon in Tastes Like Chicken.

Ian Pickus and E.J. Dionne
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E.J. Dionne of the Washington Post is a frequent presence on WAMC's airwaves, discussing the news of the week with David Brooks each Friday on All Things Considered. On Friday, he did his NPR segment from WAMC's studios in Albany and stopped by the Roundtable during his visit. His latest book Why The Right Went Wrong is now out in paperback.

  On sabbatical from teaching literature to undergraduates, and wanting to educate a different kind of student, Mikita Brottman starts a book club with a group of convicts from the Jessup Correctional Institution in Maryland.

She assigns them ten dark, challenging classics—including Conrad’s Heart of Darkness, Shakespeare’s Macbeth, Stevenson’s Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Poe’s story “The Black Cat,” and Nabokov’s Lolita—books that don’t flinch from evoking the isolation of the human struggle, the pain of conflict, and the cost of transgression. Although Brottman is already familiar with these works, the convicts open them up in completely new ways. Their discussions may “only” be about literature, but for the prisoners, everything is at stake.

Gradually, the inmates open up about their lives and families, their disastrous choices, their guilt and loss. Brottman's book is The Maximum Security Book Club: Reading Literature in a Men's Prison.

Caleb Carr, bestselling author of The Alienist and The Angel of Darkness, has created a contemporary psychological thriller haunted by the shadowy hands of established power. His new novel is Surrender, New York.

Carr is an American novelist and military historian. He has worked at the Council on Foreign Relations, Foreign Affairs Quarterly, MHQ: The Quarterly Journal of Military History, and taught military history, including World Military History, the History of American Intelligence, and Insurgency/Counterinsurgency, at Bard College. We talk with him about his new novel on The Book Show this week and discuss current affairs with him in this interview.

8/29/16 Panel

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

Today's panelists are WAMC's Alan Chartock, Political Consultant Libby Post, and Director of the Journalism Program at the University at Albany Rosemary Armao.

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses the Little League World Series, a stop de Blasio line on the election ballot, and Trump being used to help state Democrats win control of the Senate.

New York’s affordable housing agency is now reportedly under the microscope. The Homes and Community Renewal agency is among the state agencies that have been subpoenaed by U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara of the Southern District. 

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WAMC's David Gusitina talks with Ken Lovett of the New York Daily News about state Democrats using Trump to win the Senate, Uber in upstate New York, Bernie Sanders and the Working Families Party.

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Morning Forecast

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

Mostly cloudy early this morning, then increasing sunshine with lower humidity this afternoon.  Highs in the lower to mid 80's.

Mostly clear tonight. Lows in the upper 50's.

A mix of sun and clouds tomorrow.  Highs in the lower to mid 80's.


An arm of the European Union is expected to weigh in on a request from Sweden to deem American lobsters an invasive species in much of Europe.

Endwell NY 2016 Little League World Series Team


Ryan Harlost led Endwell, New York, to the Little League World Series title, striking out eight and limiting South Korea to five hits in six innings in a 2-1 victory Sunday.

Teachers in the second largest public school district in Massachusetts will be back in the classroom today working without a current contract. 

(Airs 8/28 & 8/29) The Media Project is an inside look at media coverage of current events with Albany Times Union Editor Rex Smith, Daily Gazette Editor Judy Patrick, and Paul Conti, Assistant Professor in the Communications Department at The College of Saint Rose. On this week's show they talk about covering Donald Trump, Melania Trump suing the Media, frustrations for Journalists using the Freedom of Information Law (FOIL), a letter on press freedom rankings and much more.

(Airs 8/28/16) The Legislative Gazette is a weekly program about New York State Government and politics. On this week's Gazette: A look inside a recent Assembly hearing on the Governor’s economic development programs, a conversation about the relationship between the Governor the Mayor of New York City between our political observer Alan Chartock and Daily News Albany Bureau Chief Ken Lovett, and our Pat Bradley speaks with 21st district house Republican Elise Stefanik.

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Haunted Montreal

While there are common threads in lore throughout the world, nearly every country and culture has its own distinct tales. In the United Kingdom for example, many stories revolve around mystical creatures in the rolling hills and mists that are characteristic of the landscape. In the United States, we talk a lot about Bigfoot, who allegedly roams our forests and mountains.

In Canada, snow and winter imagery play a large role in legends there. On this episode of Listen with the Lights On, we explore a French Canadian tale from Montreal.

Strange Universe: 08/26/2016

Aug 28, 2016

This week Bob discusses Nikola Tesla.

When students head back to school Monday in the second largest school district in Massachusetts, basic supplies will include school-issued laptop computers.

Two hikers in Albany County came across a dead body Friday.

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A longshot has won the marquee race at Saratoga Race Course in the fastest time in history.