Muppeteers and Big Bird

  The Northampton Arts Council presents a special screening of I Am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story on Friday February 12th at the Academy of Music Theatre in Northampton.

The film will be followed by a Q&A session at which Mr. Spinney, his wife Debra and a very special guest will be discussing their journey and answering questions.

The documentary chronicles the life of Caroll Spinney, the man who has been Sesame Street's Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch since 1969. For over 4 decades, Caroll's characters have been cherished by generations of children. At 81 years old, the tenacious and enthusiastic performer has no intention of slowing down.

Caroll Spinney joins us this morning.

2/8/16 Panel

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

Marist College Names New President

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A law school dean has been named president of Marist College in Poughkeepsie. Loyola University Chicago School of Law Dean and Professor David Yellen will become the fourth president in Marist’s 87 years as a college. Yellen will succeed President Dennis Murray, who has held office since 1979. Murray announced last year his plan to step down from the position on June 30 after 37 years leading Marist. Yellen has written extensively on sentencing issues and served as an advisor on white collar crime to President Clinton's transition team.

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An upstate New York town that repeatedly found itself without power for days during a string of storms is planning a dramatic step — pulling its municipal buildings entirely off the electric grid.

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara's visit to Albany and Republican Congressman Chris Gibson's possible gubernatorial run.

The Amistad is a replica of a 19th century slave ship seized by African captives is a symbol of America's early anti-slavery movement. It is docked in Connecticut.
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Many people don't realize that slavery was widespread across the Americas, even in what is now the Northeastern U.S.

U.S Attorney Preet Bharara
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WAMC's Lucas Willard talks with Ken Lovett of the Daily News about U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara's visit to Albany and Republicans on Marco Rubio.

Morning Forecast

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At the Martin Luther King Memorial in Albany: Congressman Paul Tonko, Mayor Kathy Sheehan and County Executive Dan McCoy. (January 2014)
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Observed nationwide since 1976,  Black History Month is an annual observance across the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom.  It descended from “Negro History Week,” the brainchild of  historian Carter G. Woodson and other prominent African Americans.

Super Bowl 50


The Denver Broncos forced four Carolina turnovers, including a pair of fumbles by quarterback Cam Newton, and won Super Bowl 50 by beating the Panthers 24-10. In what may have been his final game, 39-year-old Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning completed 13 of 23 for 141 yards and afterward said he would "take some time to reflect" on his future.