Albany, NY – Operas tend to be about things like love, or hate. Or in the case of Tommy, troubled pin-ball wizards. But the Squonk Opera is fashioning an opera about our very own city of Albany. Susan speaks with the minds behind Squonk, Steve O'Hearn and Jackie Dempsey, along with the University at Albany's Kim Engel, and asks them how the great city of Albany will be captured in song.
Albany, NY – March 5th, 2007 marks the 150th anniversary of the Dred Scott decision: the Supreme Court decision in which Chief Justice Tawney declared that frree blacks could never be citizens of the United States and that they had "no rights." Our poll question today is How far have we come in the struggle for equality in America?
Albany Law School's Paul Finkelman joins Susan in the studio to discuss the legacy of this decision and to answer listener questions.
Albany, NY – Education is the topic this week on the Capitol Connection. Alan Chartock welcomes New York's Education Commissioner, Richard Mills. Commissioner Mills talks about the big changes ahead if the governor's budget proposals are approved. Other topics include teacher pay, accountability, educational standards and much more.
Montpelier, VT – The Vermont legislature's House Human Services Committee has voted to move the proposed Death With Dignity bill forward. The proposal would allow people with less than six months to live to receive a lethal prescription from their physician. WAMC's North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley has more.
Great Barrington, MA – The Federal Environmental Protection Agency is seeking comments on actions steps proposed by General Electric for clean-up of a PCB contaminated portion of the Housatonic River. Berkshire Bureau Chief, Carrie Saldo, has details of and reaction to General Electric's proposal;
Albany, NY – From the overwhelming response to a previous poll question on the pros and cons of compact fluorescent light bulbs, it's obvious that our listeners care about the environment. But they also have a lot of questions about mercury and proper disposal. So we asked Professor Russ Leslie, associate director at the Lighting Research Center at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, to answer our questions.
Albany, NY – The Berkshires are a lovely place to visit and even a comfortable home base for many of us, but for someone who has just arrived in this country, becoming a part of this tight knit community can be a challenge.
Where do you work? What about the language barrier? How do you navigate customs and traditions that might be very different from home?
The Berkshire Immigrant Center has made it their mission to make this transition easier for the area's burgeoning immigrant population.
Albany, NY – It's easy to stereotype hip hop as misogynistic music that promotes violence and drug use. And it was those stereotypes that compelled filmmaker Byron Hurt to turn a critical eye on hip hop in his new film Hip Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes. He tells Susan and Joe what inspired this journey.