Albany, NY – Get out your watering can and don't forget the mulch, it's another edition of Gardening Vox Pop. WAMC's natural gardener Larry Sombke and the Landis Arboretum's Fred Breglia tell host Jennifer Nathan about a fungus that can actually help your trees grow and explain why we should all keep our eyes on the root flare.
Albany, NY – A formerly abandoned garage and gas station was recently razed and turned into a park, which, for motorists traveling I-90, is the first thing they see as they enter the streets of the City of Albany. The centerpiece of that park is a statue of Albany war hero, Henry Johnson. The bust was dedicated this morning by Albany Mayor Jerry Jennings. Capital District Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports.
Albany, NY – Last month, hundreds of nurses from around the state lobbied legislators for new labor standards that they said would lead to better patient care. The nurses, representing five different unions, called for an end to mandatory overtime as well as a measure that would require lower patient-to-nurse ratios. That piece of legislation is halfway home: Capital District Bureau Chief Dave Lucas Reports:
Albany, NY – Rob Gifford, a former NPR correspondent in China, was traveling on Rt. 312, a highway that crosses the entire length of China. His book about his extraordinary travels, China Road: A Journey Into the Future of a Rising Power, chronicles his observations of China's enormous advancement in recent decades, and the equally large challenges that lie ahead.
China Road: A Journey Into the Future of a Rising Power, by Rob Gifford. Published by Random House.
Albany, NY – Leslie has run Parnassus Records since 1969, a Saugerties music seller and publisher. The shop has its own small line of classical CDs. Leslie writes about music for the Woodstock Times, the American Record Guide, and Amazon.com. No stranger to radio, he's also contributed to NPR's Performance Today. He shares some of his favorite picks.
Albany, NY – Miki Conn is the Executive Director of the Hamilton Hill Arts Center, and African-American Cultural Arts Center in Schenectady, New York. She tells us about the center's Juneteenth festivities in celebration of the day that Major General Gordon Granger trotted into Galveston, Texas to free the slaves-- a full two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation.
Albany, NY – When Lanie and Bud Delphin met through a national dating site seven years ago, they couldn't believe how much they had in common. They quickly fell in love and got married a few years later. Then they devoted their lives to helping others find love by melding the technology of the 21st century with the time honored ways of the yenta. In honor of wedding season, they tell us the story of Mass Match, and old fashioned matchmaking service with a modern twist, which focuses exclusively on Western Massachusetts and neighboring states.
Albany, NY – Senate Republicans have unveiled major property tax reform legislation that would replace the property tax on primary homes as a funding source for public schools with a state subsidy over a five-year period. Capital District Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports.