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The Roundtable
10:10 am
Mon December 22, 2014

'Does Santa Exist?: A Philosophical Investigation' By Eric Kaplan

    Metaphysics isn’t ordinarily much of a laughing matter. But in the hands of acclaimed comedy writer and scholar Eric Kaplan, a search for the truth about old St. Nick becomes a deeply insightful, laugh-out-loud discussion of the way some things exist but may not really be there. Just like Santa and his reindeer.

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The Roundtable
9:00 am
Mon December 22, 2014

12/22/14 Panel

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

Today's panelists are Times Union Associate Editor Mike Spain, College of St. Rose Communications Professor Mary Alice Molgard and political consultant Libby Post.

Topics include: Murder of NYPD Police Officers, North Korea, DeBlasio Tensions, and Marijuana in New York.

Weather
6:56 am
Mon December 22, 2014

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Morning Forecast

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

Mostly cloudy today.  Highs in the mid 30's.

Thickening clouds tonight with light snow developing. Snow mixing with and changing to freezing rain, then rain by sunrise from I-90 south.   Lows in the lower 30's.

A morning wintery mix north tomorrow.  Rain showers south.  Rain showers everywhere in the afternoon.  Highs in the lower 40's.

WAMC News
6:44 am
Mon December 22, 2014

Morning Headlines With Ken Lovett Of The New York Daily News

WAMC's David Guistina talks with Ken Lovett of the New York Daily News about Governor Andrew Cuomo's plan for education reform, and it's shot at the state teacher's union and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, and the state inspector general's office finalizing an investigation into the New York State Thruway Authority.

Sports
6:20 am
Mon December 22, 2014

Sports Report: Patriots In The Playoffs, Bills Now Out

NFL:

The New England Patriots clinched a first-round playoff bye with a 17-16 victory over the New York Jets yesterday.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Mon December 22, 2014

2014.12.22 - This Week on The Academic Minute

Monday, December 22
Stephen Stearns of Yale University offers a contemporary analysis of human evolution.

Tuesday, December 23
Brooke Macnamara of Case Western Reserve University explores the efficacy of practice.

Wednesday, December 24
SUNY ESF's Tim Volk profiles the renewable resource: biomass.

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Media Project
5:30 pm
Sun December 21, 2014

The Media Project #1229

The Media Project is an inside look at media coverage of current events with WAMC's Alan Chartock, Albany Times Union Editor Rex Smith, and University at Albany Professor and Investigative Journalist Rosemary Armao. On this week's show they talk about the SONY hacking story, fake news stories, Camille Cosby blames the media for the latest news about her husband's, and much more.

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Central New York News
3:18 pm
Sun December 21, 2014

Oneidas Opening New Casino Near Syracuse

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The Oneida Indian Nation has announced plans to open a $20 million casino with a "Wizard of Oz" theme in the village where Oz author L. Frank Baum was born.

Ray Halbritter, chief executive officer of the Oneida Nation, tells the Syracuse Post-Standard (http://bit.ly/1wSda3w ) the casino will open in the spring in Chittenango, 14 miles east of Syracuse.

The Oneidas announced plans for the Yellow Brick Road Casino four days after a state panel recommended licensing three non-Indian casinos, including one 42 miles west of Syracuse.

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New York News
12:33 pm
Sun December 21, 2014

Gannett Capitol Reporter: Many Fracking Questions Still Unanswered

Jon Campbell

A six-year de facto moratorium defined by passionate protests, lawsuits and fierce lobbying came to a conclusion with Wednesday’s announcement by the Cuomo administration’s health and environmental conservation commissioners that they would not allow hydraulic fracturing to go forward in New York. Few people have covered the fracking wars as closely as reporter Jon Campbell, who covers the capitol for Gannett. Campbell was at the key cabinet meeting and tells WAMC’s Ian Pickus several questions about the decision remain unanswered.

New York News
9:09 am
Sun December 21, 2014

New York Government Leaders Condemn Police Killings

Government leaders from New York are reacting to the killing of two New York City police officers, Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos. Both were shot while sitting in a patrol car in Brooklyn’s Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood.

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