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Rob Edelman: Jackie Robinson, 1947 & 2015

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Given the recent, sad, disturbing events in Baltimore, Ferguson, Staten Island, and elsewhere across the country, the impact of Jackie Robinson becoming the first black man to play major league baseball in the 20th-century is well-worth recalling-- and discussing. This is a milestone that transcends sports. It is one of the bellwether occurrences of what at mid-century was the soon-to-burgeon civil rights movement. Cinematically-speaking, the travails of Jackie Robinson have been detailed in two films. One of them, titled 42, came to theaters in 2013. The other, titled THE JACKIE ROBINSON STORY, was released way back in 1950.

The Audi A7 parked by the side of the road on the test track in East Greenbush, NY.
Jessica Bloustein Marshall

The rate of traffic crashes in the United States is about three times higher at night than in the daytime. Visibility is a large contributing factor to that statistic. But a Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute professor is leading a study in the Capital Region that may revolutionize the way we drive at night. 

Ellis Medicine

In the studio today for Medical Monday is Dr. Christopher Dibble, a board certified cardiologist at Cardiology Associates of Schenectady and Ellis Medicine. He specializes in cardiovascular disease, pulmonary disease and critical care and is here to answer your questions on those topics.

Meteorologist Jason Caterina's Midday Forecast

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Meteorologist Jason Caterina
WNYT

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Jason Caterina delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Monday, July 6, 2015.

WAMC

An innovative health sciences charter school in Springfield, Massachusetts will welcome its first high school freshman class at the end of August.   The school uses the resources of the region’s largest hospital to put young people on a path to careers as health professionals.

  Dozens of children and their parents were excited to see the building where classes will start in August.  A former envelope company headquarters on Roosevelt Avenue in Springfield is undergoing a $3 million renovation to become the new home of the Baystate Academy Charter School.

Jim Levulis / WAMC

One person is dead and multiple people are injured after a shooting in Pittsfield on July 4th. Meanwhile, police were investigating another shooting scene about a block away Sunday afternoon.

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Now that New York state's Department of Environmental Conservation has officially banned hydrofracking, officials in Schoharie County would like the state to take a closer look at natural gas pipelines and compressor stations.

  Vermont's oldest professional theatre company has a new slogan: "Celebrating the classics. Nurturing the new." The 2015 Weston Playhouse season is underway and the Producing Artistic Director Steve Stettler joins us this morning to talk about the current season with a spotlight on two upcoming shows

Susan Haefner also joins us - she is playing Julianna, the lead role in The Other Place by Sharr White - a touching and witty play where a mystery unfolds as fact blurs with fiction, the past collides with the present, and the elusive truth about a successful neurologist boils to the surface.

Our final Weston guest is Matthew Wilkas who is playing the role of Black Stache in Peter and the Starcatcher - winner of five 2012 Tony Awards, the play with music asks the century-old question, "How did Peter Pan become The Boy Who Never Grew Up?"

  Hillary Clinton has picked up a lot of early support in the Northeast.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Connecticut Senator Chris Murphy tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that the former New York Senator is the best choice for president.

  In 1994 in his hometown of Portland, Oregon, Thomas Lauderdale was working in politics, thinking that one day he would run for mayor. Like other eager politicians-in-training, he went to every political fundraiser under the sun but was dismayed to find the music at these events underwhelming, lackluster, loud and un-neighborly.

Drawing inspiration from music from all over the world and hoping to appeal to conservatives and liberals alike, he founded the “little orchestra” Pink Martini in 1994. One year later, Lauderdale called China Forbes, a Harvard classmate who was living in New York City, and asked her to join Pink Martini. The rest, as they say, is history.

Pink Martini has released eight best-selling albums of tuneful, sultry songs in 25 languages that blend world, jazz, pop, lounge and classical styles. They are playing at the Sugar Loaf Performing Arts Center in Chester, NY this Wednesday and at The Mahaiwe in Great Barrington, MA on Monday, July 13th.

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