Brew Your Business

Jan 11, 2018

Craft beer culture and industry have recently grown exponentially with over 4000 craft brewers operating in the United States alone.

The new book: "Brew Your Business: The Ultimate Craft Beer Playbook" incorporates cultural, legal, business, public relations, management, science, networking, and brewing experience into one easily accessible book for everyone wanting to know more about craft beer brewing, tasting, and selling.

Karen McGrath has been researching, writing, and teaching for over 30 years, and has co-authored a book with Regina Luttrell entitled "The Millennial Mindset: Unraveling Fact from Fiction." Sean McGrath is a committed homebrewer with over 20 years of experience and many more years of enthusiasm regarding craft brews.

Regina Luttrell spent the first half of her career managing high-level public relations and marketing activities for Fortune 500 companies, governmental entities, as well as non-profit organizations. She now teaches public relations and social media at Syracuse University, S.I. Newhouse School. Todd Luttrell is a craft beer enthusiast and an accomplished scientist and business professional with nearly 20 years of discovery and leadership experience.

We’re also joined by Mike Wenzel Co-owner and Head Brewer at Helderberg Mountain Brewing Company.

“The Children Are Reading” is a new collection of poetry by Gabriel Fried that takes readers into the magically dark and twisted worlds of children’s literature and children’s imaginations, as well as the fearful fantasies of the adults who care for them.

Gabriel Fried is the author of "Making the New Lamb Take," winner of the Kathryn Morton Prize, which was named a top poetry collection of 2007 by Foreword Reviews and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. He is also the editor of an anthology, "Heart of the Order: Baseball Poems," and longtime poetry editor of Persea Books. He teaches in the creative writing program at the University of Missouri.

The tax overhaul is now the law of the land.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Massachusetts Congressman Richard Neal, a Democrat from the first district, speaks with WAMC’s Alan Chartock. 

1/11/18 Panel

Jan 11, 2018

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

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Communications Consultants Theresa Bourgeois and Joe Bonilla and Chair of the Department of Communication at the College of St. Rose Cailin Brown.

State officials say 19 local governments across New York are splitting nearly $10 million for consolidating.

Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo says the state funding through the Citizen Empowerment Tax Credit has gone to towns that have dissolved a village within their boundaries.

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses the WAMC Locked Box, President Donald Trump wanting to take a look at libel laws, and an op-ed in the New York Times where, in Germany, some are calling for Angela Merkel to step aside.

WAMC's David Guistina talks with Jim Kevlin of Hometown Oneonta, the Freeman's Journal, and about the death of a major donor to the Fenimore Art Museum. 


The New York Yankees are expanding netting to protect seats behind each dugout and for five sections past down both foul lines, a decision announced after several fans were injured last year. The team says green netting, designed to minimize visual impact, will rise 9 feet above each dugout but the bottom 3 feet will be retractable and pulled up during batting practice. Beyond the dugouts, nets will rise to about 5 1/2 feet above the wall, which is 8 feet above the field surface.

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Morning Forecast

Jan 11, 2018
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Here's NewsChannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano's WAMC Regional Forecast:

Mostly cloudy, breezy and milder tomorrow.  A passing rain shower possible.  Highs in the upper 40s.

Cloudy with rain moving in tonight.  Also areas of fog.  Lows in the 40s.

Rain, possibly heavy at times tomorrow.  Breezy and quite mild with areas of fog.  Highs in the lower to mid 50s.

There are some amazing young people with amazing young minds attending schools all over the country and for some reason, they are just plain bad at being students.

Today on the Best of Our Knowledge, we’ll talk to a veteran educator about what it takes to develop the skills that help a student learn how to learn.

Then we’ll meet a refugee family who live in central New York, who are going to school and building a family in a town that makes them feel welcome.

We’ll also spend an Academic Minute with politicians and the media because no one ever talks about that.

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The Berkshire Mall in Lanesborough, Massachusetts is losing another store. 

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North Adams, Massachusetts planners have approved an art museum devoted to man’s best friend. 


The Vermont Senate approved the legalization of small amounts of marijuana today and sent the measure to the governor for his signature.

NY Republicans Have Short Field For Governor's Race

Jan 10, 2018
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The 2018 election season is beginning, but state Republicans are still trying to settle on a strong candidate to challenge Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo, who has said he wants to seek a third term.  Republican State Party Chair Ed Cox says the GOP will have a “good,” qualified and viable candidate. 

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New York State Assemblyman D. Billy Jones was in Plattsburgh this morning to announce funding for the Substance Abuse Prevention and Recovery Coalition of Clinton County and new legislation to motivate businesses to hire people in recovery.

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Pittsfield, Massachusetts has approved tax incentives for a redevelopment project at a shuttered church property. 

Klein Denies Report About Unwanted Kiss

Jan 10, 2018
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The leader of the Independent Democrats in the Senate denies that he forcibly kissed a former staffer, and says he intends to remain as leader of the break away democratic faction.


    The top election official in Massachusetts has scheduled the state’s 2018 primary for September 4th — the day after Labor Day.  Secretary of State William Galvin is also proposing legislation to allow five days of early voting for the primaries.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Jan 10, 2018

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Wednesday, January 10, 2018.

#1485: A Film Director Rolls With It

Jan 10, 2018

On this week’s 51%, we meet a film director who almost quit the business and hear about an alternative healthcare program for female veterans. I’m Allison Dunne and this is 51%.

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A murder in North Adams, Massachusetts last week was the first reported homicide of a transgender person in the country in 2018. 

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Two New York Congress members have introduced a bipartisan bill to restore the SALT, or state and local tax deduction. The federal tax legislation President Trump signed last month curtails the deduction that many depend on in high-tax states like New York.


It’s Pets and Vets today, and joining us in the studio are Dr. Susan Sikule of the Just Cats veterinary clinics in Guilderland and Saratoga Springs, NY and Dr. Kris Dallas of Ancient Arts Holistic Veterinary Services in Saratoga Springs. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.

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The village of Hoosick Falls has voted to file two lawsuits related to the contamination of water supplies with the chemical PFOA. The first measure approved by the village board Tuesday night directs Albany lawfirm Nolan and Heller to begin litigation against Saint-Gobain and Honeywell, two companies being investigated for the PFOA contamination of local water supplies.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Jan 10, 2018
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Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Wednesday, January 10, 2018.

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Stockbridge, Massachusetts planners want public input on a proposed 320-acre luxury resort redevelopment project that would require zoning bylaw changes. Neighbors say the plan will hurt the rural town’s quality of life.

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Vermont environmental officials are reviewing a draft report submitted by company Saint-Gobain into soil and groundwater pollution found in Bennington. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard attended a meeting Tuesday night where officials provided details on next steps.

Ray Padgett founded the blog Cover Me in 2007 and has run it ever since, growing it into the largest blog devoted to cover songs on the web, with 80,000 individual readers a month.

His new book, "Cover Me," is packed with insight, photography, and music history. Each of the chapters investigates the origins of a classic cover and uses it as a framework to tell the larger story of how cover songs have evolved over the decades. 

     The Springfield Central Cultural District has received a $25,000 grant to help grow the creative economy in the Massachusetts city. 

John Perkel has spent more than three decades as an orchestra librarian for the Buffalo Philharmonic, Rochester Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic and Boston Symphony Orchestra. Perkel has also worked as the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra Librarian during summers before retiring in 2016. Perkel is now serving as music coordinator for the Berkshire Chamber Players. The group will perform its latest concert at The Stockbridge Library on January 19 at 6 p.m.