Albany, NY – Jayne Williams is the author of Slow Fat Triathlete. After earning a degree in Russian literature at Harvard and organizing white-water rafting expeditions in Siberia, she launched her dream of becoming a triathlete at the age of 35, weighing over 260 pounds. Her book encourages anyone who thinks they are too out of shape or undisciplined to become an athlete to get off the couch and give it a try.
Albany, NY – University at Albany President, Kermit Hall is in Nanjing, China right now, to promote and strengthen international collegiate relations. He spoke to WAMC's Glenn Busby about the duel diploma program that the University at Albany has partnered with East China Normal University. But first President Hall tells us about the city of Nanjing.
Boston, MA – Less than a week after New York's highest court rejected gay marriage rights, reaction is pouring in to yesterday's decision by Massachusetts lawmakers to postpone a vote on whether that state will allow the public to vote on an amendment that would ban further gay marriages in the baystate. Massachusetts is the only state in the country with legalized gay marriage. Details from WAMC's Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Dan Bobkoff.
Albany, NY – Award-winning novelist Monica Ali is the guest on this week's show, talking about her latest novel "Alentejo Blue." The book tells a number of intertwining stories about the residents of a small Portuguese village, some natives, some expatriates. Ali discusses the book's non-linear structure and her individual take on the importance of research to a writer.
Boston, MA – The investigation continues into the structural failure that sent a concrete slab falling onto a car and killing a woman in a section of Boston's long-troubled , nearly 15 billion dollar Big Dig tunnel and highway project. Now, there are criminal probes and a calls for accountability. An update from WAMC's Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Dan Bobkoff.
Albany, NY – The Canada geese settled in an Upstate New York village are safe this season. Plans to euthanize them have been scrapped at the recommendation of the United States Department of Agriculture Wildlife Services. WAMC's Capital District Bureau Chief Jessica Bloustein has the story:
Ray Brook, NY – Adirondack Park Agency commissioners will this week review a request from a North River homeowner to power her Adirondack farmhouse with a windmill that will stand more than one hundred feet tall. While the issue of wind farms and towers have brought heated debate, this project appears to be acceptable to most. WAMC's North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley has more.
Kingston, NY – Tomorrow night, area leaders and residents will gather in a Kingston church to watch a widely-circulated movie questioning the practices of the world's largest retailer. WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Julia Taylor explains.