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In the studio today to answer your gardening questions are a few familiar voices. Bob Graves is a horticulturist and co-owner of Faddegon’s Nursery in Latham, New York. Fred Breglia is director of horticulture and operations at the Landis Arboretum in Esperance, New York. Greg Ward runs Ward’s Nursery in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. WAMC’s Ray Graf hosts. 

(Airs 3/16/17 @ 1p.m. – On this program, WAMC's Alan Chartock and Lou Cannon, Reagan biographer, columnist, and award-winning reporter set the scene and provide context and analysis of President Ronald Reagan's Inaugural Address. In addition, listeners will have an opportunity to actually hear the speech as it was delivered on January 20th, 1981.

The latest Nintendo video game console has been released to much fanfare. 

"Coach Mac" celebrates winning the America East title.
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The University at Albany women’s basketball team just won a record sixth-straight America East conference championship. But now, the biggest challenge of all awaits the Great Danes in the NCAA Tournament. UAlbany is heading to Storrs, Connecticut to face UConn in the first round on Saturday at 11 a.m. UConn has won 107 games and four national championships in a row. The woman in charge of figuring out a way to knock the Huskies off is first-year UAlbany coach Joanna Bernabei-McNamee. “Coach Mac” tells WAMC’s Ian Pickus that she was stunned to be matched up with UConn.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Mar 16, 2017
Newschannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano
WNYT

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Thursday, March 16, 2017.

Listener Essay - I Was Wrong

Mar 16, 2017

Steven Lewis is a former Mentor at SUNY-Empire State College, current member of the Sarah Lawrence College Writing Institute faculty, and longtime freelancer. His new novel, Loving Violet, will be published by Cohill Press in summer 2017.

I Was Wrong

I am beginning this piece in the early days of the United States’ descent into the Dystrumpian Future. So many among us holding our breaths, preparing for the coming repressions, the planetary insults to reason and civilized behavior, the Armageddon-Sans-Rapture that awaits this great country. And it’s already far worse than many of us feared.

Congressional Republican leaders and the White House are scrambling to salvage the proposed replacement to the Affordable Care Act following a report from the Congressional Budget Office this week that found 14 million people would lose health insurance next year, and 24 million after 10 years.  Vermont’s at-large Democratic Congressman Peter Welch held a conference call Wednesday with Vermont hospital executives to discuss the potential impact of the GOP’s American Health Care Act.

As the state Department of Environmental Conservation continues to investigate the presence of toxic chemicals known as PFC’s in upstate New York, the presence of PFOA and PFOS has been detected at a composting facility in Washington County.

Until the late 1960s, tens of thousands of American children suffered crippling birth defects if their mothers had been exposed to rubella, popularly known as German measles, while pregnant; there was no vaccine and little understanding of how the disease devastated fetuses. In June 1962, a young biologist in Philadelphia, using tissue extracted from an aborted fetus from Sweden, produced safe, clean cells that allowed the creation of vaccines against rubella and other common childhood diseases. Two years later, in the midst of a devastating German measles epidemic, his colleague developed the vaccine that would one day wipe out homegrown rubella. The rubella vaccine and others made with those fetal cells have protected more than 150 million people in the United States, the vast majority of them preschoolers. 

Meredith Wadman covered biomedical research politics from Washington for twenty years. She is a reporter at  Science and has written for NatureFortune, the New York Times, and the Wall Street Journal. A graduate of Stanford and Columbia, she began medical school at the University of British Columbia and completed her medical degree as a Rhodes scholar at the University of Oxford.

Her new book is The Vaccine Race: Science, Politics, and the Human Costs of Defeating Disease

This Friday and Saturday, The Theatre Institute at Sage will present a staged reading of the rarely-produced play Greenwood: An American Dream Destroyed by Celeste Bedford Walker. The reading is directed by Lynnie Godfrey, the inaugural artist of the Scrimshaw Distinguished Visiting Artist Fund. Godfrey, an actress, singer, director and producer based in New York City, is at Sage for a week-long residency thanks to the generous support of the fund established by The Sage Colleges President Susan Scrimshaw.

Greenwood: An American Dream Destroyed is a drama that tells the story of events surrounding the 1921 race disaster in Greenwood, Oklahoma. Greenwood, the premier Black Boomtown of its era, was referred to as the “Negro Wall Street”, and had successfully achieved complete economic independence from its neighbor Tulsa, Oklahoma. That all ended when 14 blocks of the town were burned down in one night. Follow the progress, success, joy and prosperity of the township of Greenwood and eventually the story of its demise.

Here to tell us more are aforementioned director Lynnie Godfrey and Theare Institute at Sage Artistic Director, Leigh Strimbeck. 

Albany Common Councilor Frank Commisso Jr. has joined the short list of mayoral candidates. On Wednesday he sat down with WAMC's Dave Lucas to outline his platform.
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Albany Common Council member Frank Commisso Jr. recently tossed his hat in the ring in a bid to capture the Democratic Party’s mayoral nomination. The son of the County Legislature’s majority leader, Commisso joins a field already featuring Common Council President Carolyn McLaughlin and Green Party hopeful Dan Plaat. First-term Democratic incumbent Kathy Sheehan has not yet announced a reelection bid. Commisso sat down Wednesday with WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas.


The production of culture was once the domain of artists, but beginning in the early 1900s, the emerging fields of public relations, advertising and marketing transformed the way the powerful communicate with the rest of us. A century later, the tools are more sophisticated than ever, the onslaught more relentless. 

In Culture as Weapon, acclaimed curator and critic Nato Thompson reveals how institutions use art and culture to ensure profits and constrain dissent--and shows us that there are alternatives.

  Shawn Stone, Digital Editor of The Alt joins us to talk about what he's seen lately and what cultural events are coming up this week in our region.

Seen: Garth Brooks at the TUC (Sunday)

Upcoming:

·         Blue Velvet - Madison Theater, Albany, Thursday 3/16-Sunday 3/19, various times

·         Photography Regional Select - Albany Center Gallery, opening reception Friday 3/17, 5-9 PM, through April 21

·         David Lindley, Chris Smither - The Egg, Albany, Friday 3/17, 7:30 PM

·         Brian Regan - Palace Theatre, Albany, Friday 3/17, 8 PM

·         Shawn Wayans - The Funny Bone, Albany, Friday 3/17, 7:30 & 10 PM; Sat 3/18, 7 & 9:45 PM

·         Lunasa - Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Saturday 3/18, 8 PM

·         Jimmy Webb: The Glen Campbell Years - Colonial Theatre, Pittsfield, Mass., Saturday 3/18, 8 PM

·         Barbara Nissman (pianist; Ginastera, Prokofiev, Liszt, Bartok) - Troy Chromatic Concerts/Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Sunday 3/19, 3 PM

·         Albany Symphony Orchestra: Captain American, Musical Avenger - Palace Theatre, Albany, Sunday 3/19, 3 PM

·         The Red Shoes - GE Theatre at Proctors, Monday 3/20, 1:30, 4:15 and 7 PM

New movies: Beauty and the Beast, The Sense of an Ending

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Governor Andrew Cuomo says he is sending more assets to New York's southern tier region.

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The Vermont Legislature has given final approval to a bill that will give the governor greater control over how and when the state's police forces are used by the federal government to enforce President Donald Trump's immigration policies.

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There is a bill before the New York state legislature that would allow nurse practitioners in the state to sign do-not-resuscitate orders. Currently only physicians are allowed to do so. 

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Following the winter storm that hit parts of the mid-Hudson Valley harder than expected, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that additional resources were headed to two cities in Dutchess County.

3/16/17 Panel

Mar 16, 2017

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

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Communications Specialist Theresa Bourgeois, and Editor of The Daily Gazette, Judy Patrick.

Belleayre Might Extend Season After Major Snowfall

Mar 16, 2017
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The winter storm earlier this week that left feet of snow in some areas of New York has ski enthusiasts eager to hit the slopes. In the Hudson Valley, Belleayre Ski Resort benefited from the massive snowfall.

Help may be coming for students at New York's public universities after lawmakers in Albany backed plans to increase tuition assistance.

Cooperstown’s Clayton Truax navigates his snow blower through a sea of drifts on Delaware Street Wednesday morning, digging out from Winter Storm Stella, a record-breaking lady.
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WAMC's David Guistina talks with Jim Kevlin of Hometown Oneonta, the Freeman's Journal, and AllOtsego.com about the region's historic snowfall.

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses a federal judge's knockdown of President Donald Trump's new travel ban, Netherland's "Donald Trump" losing bid for Prime Minister, an op-ed on allowing employers to ban Muslim women and others who wear signs of their faith, and cuts to the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and the National Endowment for the Arts and the Humanities.

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Morning Forecast

Mar 16, 2017
Newschannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano
WNYT

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

Mostly cloudy, windy and cold today.  Highs in the mid to upper 20's.

Clearing tonight. Lows in the teens.

Mostly sunny with less wind tomorrow.  Highs in the lower to mid 30's.

NCAA:

In college men's basketball, Andrew White III made seven of his nine 3-point attempts and scored 34 points in leading Syracuse, disappointed not to be in the NCAA Tournament, to a 90-77 victory over UNC Greensboro in a first-round NIT game last night. White set the Syracuse single-season record with 109 3-pointers, on 269 attempts.

#1382: "Lab Girl"

Mar 16, 2017

Hope Jahren was one of those rare children who had a definite answer when someone asked her what she wanted to do when she grew up. She wanted to build her own lab, and work in it every day. Just like her father. Today on the Best of Our Knowledge, we’ll talk to Dr. Jahren about her book called Lab Girl, which talks about her science, her labs and her life.

We’ll also tour a new manufacturing institute in New York, and spend an Academic Minute hitting the slopes.

#1441: Disordered Eating, Women Of Greenpeace

Mar 15, 2017

On this week’s 51%, a writer from the Midwest pens a memoir of hunger and disordered eating with a message about ageism. And we learn about women in the earlier days of Greenpeace. I’m Allison Dunne and this is 51%.

March 2017 snow, Plattsburgh NY
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The late-season storm that pummeled the Northeast has ended up being the third-biggest snowstorm ever recorded in South Burlington, Vermont.

SUNY administration in Albany
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The legislature’s one house budgets make some changes to Governor Andrew Cuomo’s $163 million proposal to offer free tuition at public colleges in New York to some middle class students.

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Desautels Faculty of Management

For nine years McGill University in Quebec has taken students to emerging economic regions of the world.  During the trip about 40 students meet with corporate leaders, government officials, and alumni.  Past treks have included Tel Aviv and Jerusalem; Moscow and St Petersburg; and last year’s trip to Santiago and Bogota.  This year students traveled to Manila, Palawan and Hong Kong.

Winter’s not over yet, but horse racing fans can look forward to summer as season passes for the 40-day meet at Saratoga Race Course are now on sale.

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