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Ralph Gardner Jr: One Less Carp

Jun 24, 2017
NYS Department of Environmental Conservation Officer Jeffrey Cox
Ralph Gardner, Jr.

About a month ago I penned a commentary about the single fish in my pond – a grass carp. I suggested that I probably ought to give him a name because, after a number of years swimming around in solitude and growing to the approximate size of an ocean-going tuna, he’d assumed the status of a family pet.

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The major project to resurface the elevated 2-mile section of Interstate 91 through downtown Springfield, Massachusetts is now in its second year.

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Midday Weather Summary

Jun 24, 2017
Paul Caiano
WNYT

NewsChannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the midday weather summary for June 24, 2017.

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Midday Weather Summary

Jun 24, 2017
Paul Caiano
WNYT

NewsChannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the midday weather summary for June 24, 2017.

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   The grand-opening celebrations are this weekend at Springfield’s restored Union Station, but the new transit center will only partially be operational.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

A bill to safeguard the Hudson River from proposed anchorage sites passed the New York state Senate and Assembly this week. And now supporters are urging Governor Andrew Cuomo to sign the measure into law. 

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A Vermont legislative panel has deferred action on a proposal to create new sound standards for wind turbines.

(Airs 6/23/17 @ 10 p.m.) The Legislative Gazette is a weekly program about New York State Government and politics. On this week’s Gazette: Both houses of the legislature adjourn for the 2017 session with many issues unresolved, our political observer Alan Chartock  shares his thoughts on the politics of the end of session, and already dealing with a PFOA contaminated state superfund site, the Village of Hoosick Falls may add other locations to the list.

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel return for their trivia fix.

Lake Champlain
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Officials from the U.S., Canada, New York, Vermont and Quebec were in Crown Point, New York this week to renew the Lake Champlain Basin Program’s management plan for the lake.

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National Endowment for the Arts Chairwoman Jane Chu toured the cultural district of downtown Pittsfield, Massachusetts today to see and discuss how the city has grown its arts community. 

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WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand was in Troy Friday, talking about the Trump administration’s proposed budget that would cut SNAP benefits by $193 billion dollars over a decade.

A Johnstown woman who disappeared last summer and claimed she was kidnapped, setting off a massive search effort, has pleaded guilty to falsely reporting an incident.

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Today’s program is all about pairing food and drink. Wine expert Bill Johnston is joined by food aficionado Peter Blackman. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.

Ear trumpet from 18th century
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And now we open the microphone for our listeners. Here are this week's highlights from the WAMC Listener Comment Line. 

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Jun 23, 2017
Paul Caiano
WNYT

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Friday, June 23, 2017.

Solid Sound Festival

Some 8,000 people are expected to make the pilgrimage to the three-day Solid Sound Festival at MASS MoCA in North Adams this weekend — the first of the summer. 

Governor Phil Scott (left) and Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger launch the Vermont Climate Pledge Coalition
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Vermont environmental, municipal and state officials were at the ECHO Center for Lake Champlain this week to announce the launch of a new coalition to help bridge the environmental chasm caused when President Trump withdrew the U.S. from the Paris Climate Accord.

WAMC composite image by Dave Lucas / wikipedia

Two of the front-running Albany mayoral candidates have been trading barbs over tax exemptions.

Troy could be getting a financial boost. Word came this week that the Rensselaer County city would receive funding after several steps to share services and lower costs were approved by the state. Meanwhile, inaction during the state legislative session threatens tax revenues.

In Raising Cooperative Kids, research psychologists Marion Forgatch and Gerald Patterson, one of the original developers of Time Out, provide parenting techniques that tap deep-rooted human instincts, making them universal and easy to use no matter where you live or how your family is structured.

Developed over 40 years of practice and tested in clinical and prevention trials, these skills empower parents to teach their children new behaviors, change unwanted behaviors, and reduce family conflicts. Together, Forgatch, Patterson, and Friend give parents the formula to overcome family struggles and inspire children to cooperate -- from toddlerhood into their teens.

  In this week’s Classical Music According to Yehuda, Alan Chartock and Yehuda Hanani begin a series of conversations about quoting (sampling, borrowing) in music.

Corey Cott in Bandstand
Jeremy Daniel


  The Broadway musical Bandstand -- currently running at the Jacobs Theatre in New York City, brings the swing-fueled, against-all-odds story of singer/songwriter Donny Novitski and his band of mismatched fellow vets brilliantly to the stage.

 

Starring Laura Osnes and Corey Cott and directed and choreographed by Andy Blankenbeuler -- who won a Tony Award this month for his incredible choreography, Bandstand features music and lyrics by Richard Oberacker and book and lyrics by the Capital Region’s own Robert Taylor.

 

The original Broadcast cast recording is available today from Broadway Records.

 

We spoke with intensely talented leading man, Corey Cott, in New York a couple of months ago -- right after the show opened and while they were recording the album.  Cott’s previous Broadway roles include Jack in Disney’s Newsies and Gaston in the 2015 revival of Gigi.

 

Berkshire County has lost a political leader.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Massachusetts Congressman Richard Neal speaks with WAMC’s Alan Chartock. 

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   A new era in transportation in western Massachusetts begins in a few days. After being closed for decades, Union Station in Springfield is reopening following a years-long $95 million dollar restoration and redevelopment. 

    James Sullivan, 96, remembers Union Station during its glory days.

    " I can remember coming down from Northampton on the old railroad,"  Sullivan recalled during a visit to Union Station earlier this year with veterans from the Holyoke Soldiers Home. 

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Chris Botti will perform with The Boston Pops Orchestra (with very special Guest Conductor Lawrence Loh) at Tanglewood in Lenox, MA on Saturday, June 24.

Since the release of his 2004 critically acclaimed CD "When I Fall In Love", Chris Botti has become the largest-selling American instrumental artist. His success has crossed over to audiences usually reserved for pop music and his ongoing association with PBS has led to four #1 jazz albums, as well as multiple Gold, Platinum and Grammy Awards.

Most recently, his latest album "Impressions" won the Grammy for Best Pop Instrumental Album at the 2013 55th Grammy Awards. Performing worldwide and selling more than four million albums, he has found a form of creative expression that begins in jazz and expands beyond the limits of any single genre.

Clearwater Cancels Voyage To Washington, D.C.

Jun 23, 2017
WAMC, Allison Dunne

After setting sail for Washington, D.C. Monday, the sloop Clearwater reversed course and returned to the Hudson River.

6/23/17 Panel

Jun 23, 2017

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

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Communications Consultant Theresa Bourgeois, and Times Union Columnist, Chris Churchill. 

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses the GOP healthcare bill, Obama's reaction to the plan, and whether there are tapes of former FBI Director James Comey and President Donald Trump.

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Morning Forecast

Jun 23, 2017
Paul Caiano
WNYT

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

Mostly cloudy, warm and humid with scattered showers and thunderstorms.  Highs in the mid 80's.

Scattered showers and storms tonight. Lows in the mid to upper 60's.

A morning shower tomorrow, then a mix of sun and clouds and breezy with lower humidity by the end of the day.  Highs in the lower to mid 80's.

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