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Strange Universe: 09/25/16

Sep 25, 2016

This week, Bob discusses the evening star, otherwise known as Venus.

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Sen. Charles Schumer says wireless emergency alerts should include photos — that includes the one sent to millions of New Yorkers last week about a bombing suspect.

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A broadband internet access initiative for low-income families is being introduced in the second-largest public housing authority in Massachusetts.

The Mayflower II
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The Massachusetts nonprofit that operates the deteriorating replica of the ship that the Pilgrims sailed to the New World has received a grant for much-needed repairs.

Former Commissioner of the New York State Office of General Services John Egan has died.

Authorities say a fifth person has died following a shooting at a shopping mall north of Seattle.

The University of Vermont College of Medicine has a new name after receiving the largest donation in the institution’s history.

(Airs 9/23/16) The Legislative Gazette is a weekly program about New York State Government and politics. On this week's Gazette: U.S. Attorney Preet Bharrara brings charges against two former Cuomo Administration officials and the head of SUNY Polytechic, our political observer Alan Chartock shares his thoughts the alleged pay to play charges and their impact, if any, on the Governor, and we’ll take you to Newburgh for a public meeting on water contamination.

Governor Cuomo
Governor Cuomo

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo spoke at Albright-Knox art museum in Buffalo on Friday, one day after nine people associated with  his administration were charged with corruption, and where he for the first time addressed the issue.

The logo for the 2016 Concert Across America To End Gun Violence
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More than 350 venues across the country will be hosting concerts on Sunday as part of the inaugural Concert Across America To End Gun Violence. One of the locations is Great Barrington in western Massachusetts. WAMC spoke with local organizer and anti-gun violence activist Elise Richman about the effort.

Click here for more information on Concert Across America To End Gun Violence.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Sep 23, 2016

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Friday, September 23, 2016.

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     Construction is under way on the last major rebuilding project stemming from the June 2011 tornado that tore through Springfield, Massachusetts.

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If you live in downtown Troy or are visiting for a bite to eat, chances are you may have difficulty finding parking.

SUNY Polytechnic Institute President Alain Kaloyeros was arraigned in Albany City Court on Friday.
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Suspended SUNY Poly president Alain Kaloyeros made his first court appearance this morning.

Linda Kindlon, mixes up some delicious goodies
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You know her from her Food Friday appearances with pop-up restaurateurs, "Three Chefs and a Baker."  This time, Linda Kindlon makes a solo appearance to talk about cookies and baking! Linda is the driving force behind Bake For You in Albany, NY - and she really knows her way around a cookie.   Ray Graf hosts. 

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Sep 23, 2016
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Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Friday, September 23, 2016.

Hattie’s Restaurant has been bringing classic Southern cooking to Saratoga Springs, New York, since 1938, when Louisiana native Hattie Gray, then a household cook, saved up enough money to start Hattie’s Chicken Shack.

Now, their traditional and timeless fare is featured in the Hattie’s Restaurant Cookbook, by Hattie’s owner and chef Jasper Alexander. This book traces the restaurant’s history from the beginning to the present through recipes, anecdotes, and photographs. From downhome jambalaya to good old-fashioned fried chicken, Alexander intertwines Hattie’s Southern roots with nostalgic homemade tastes.

Jasper Alexander studied at the Culinary Institute of America and is featured regularly in regional papers. He has also made several guest appearances on local television and radio. In 2006, he appeared on Throwdown with Bobby Flay, where he beat Flay in a chicken-frying contest. 

  In this week’s Classical Music According to Yehuda, Alan Chartock and Yehuda Hanani continue their conversation about female composers - focusing on Fanny Mendelssohn.

Tomorrow night, the Albany Symphony will kick off David Alan Miller’s 25th Anniversary Season at the Palace Theatre, celebrating the Grammy award-winning Conductor’s leadership and the orchestra’s world-class musicians. 

Miller, recipient of over 25 ASCAP Awards for adventurous and innovative programming and a 2014 Grammy Award for Best Classical Instrumental Solo, has established a reputation as one of the leading American conductors of his generation and a champion of American symphonic music. 

Miller’s commitment to giving voice to new works by living American composers will be celebrated on September 24, 2016 at 7:00PM with the Capital Region debut performance of “Aria” for Hindustani Soprano and Orchestra by two-time ASCAP Morton Gould Award winner, Reena Esmail. 

The Opening Night performance will also feature internationally acclaimed pianist Natasha Paremski performing, Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G, a three movement concerto inspired by partly by the jazz music Ravel encountered during his 1928 American concert tour; and a centennial performance of Sibelius’ Symphony No. 5, originally composed in 1915 and revised first in 1916.

It is a great pleasure to welcome David Alan Miller to the RT this morning. We are also joined by afore mentioned composer Reena Esmail and Hindustani Vocalist Saili Oak.

If you’re a Massachusetts voter, you have more to decide on than just the presidential race.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Tim Vercellotti of the Western New England University poll and professor of political science, tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock about four ballot questions.

On this week’s 51%, we speak with a woman who launched an airbrush-free women’s magazine. We meet a woman who helps Crow children connect with their heritage and a female scientist fills us on a cat parasite that could be especially harmful to women who are pregnant. I’m Allison Dunne and this is 51%.

Mike Reiss
Mike Reiss

Put down your steamed hams and get ready for a perfectly cromulent night in Woodstock on Saturday. As part of the Woodstock Comedy Festival, four-time Emmy and Peabody winner Mike Reiss is headlining The Secrets of the Simpsons at the Bearsville Theater at 9:30 p.m. In addition to nearly three decades with America’s favorite family, Reiss has written plays, books and worked on films like Ice Age and Kung Fu Panda.

Stafford Middle School teachers Brenda Bieber (left) and Debbie Favro help students with Indigenous People's Day presentation
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Five Stafford Middle school students and their teachers were on the SUNY Plattsburgh campus on Thursday to talk about their successful effort last year to get the city school board to change Columbus Day on school calendars to Indigenous People’s Day.

Living on a homestead in Homer, Alaska, singer-songwriter Jewel learned to yodel at age five, and joined her parents’ entertainment act, working in hotels, honky-tonks, and biker bars. Behind a strong-willed family life with an emphasis on music and artistic talent, however, there was also instability, abuse, and trauma.

At age fifteen, she moved out and tasked herself with a mission: to see if she could avoid being the kind of statistic that her past indicated for her future. Soon after, she was accepted to the prestigious Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan, and there she began writing her own songs as a means of expressing herself and documenting her journey to find happiness.

Jewel was eighteen and homeless in San Diego when a radio DJ aired a bootleg version of one of her songs and it was requested into the top-ten countdown, something unheard-of for an unsigned artist. By the time she was twenty-one, her debut had gone multiplatinum.

Jewel’s memoir Never Broken: Songs Are Only Half the Story is out in paperback.

EPA To Fund Clean Water Project For Hopewell Junction

Sep 23, 2016
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New York Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney Thursday announced the Environmental Protection Agency will invest $12 million for the first phase of a project to supply clean drinking water to a certain locale in Dutchess County.

     Thousands of volunteers are fanning out in four New England states today for an organized trash cleanup along the banks of the Connecticut River.

9/23/16 Panel

Sep 23, 2016

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

Today's panelists are WAMC's Alan Chartock, Director of the Journalism Program at the University at Albany Rosemary Armao, and author and activist Barbara Smith. 

NFL:

On Thursday Night Football, New England shut out Houston 27-0. Jacoby Brissett, the first rookie starting quarterback for New England since 1993, passed his first test last night -- big-time. The 23-year-old rookie third-stringer completed 11 of 19 passes for 103 yards, and ran for 48 yards and a 27-yard touchdown as the Patriots moved to 3-0 with a 27-0 rout of the Houston Texans.

Newburgh Receives Funding For Security Cameras

Sep 23, 2016

The U.S. Department of Justice has approved the City of Newburgh’s request to redirect funds for security cameras. The approval comes after U.S. Senator Charles Schumer and Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney urged that the funding be repurposed.

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses the aftermath of U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara's public corruption charges against nine defendants, which include two former top aides to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and SUNY Poly President Alain Kaloyeros.

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