Albany, NY – A recent survey at Harvard University found that the #1 dream job for Americans is to be a TV sitcom writer, but while we may watch TV, few of us probably know how to write for television. Enter Ellen Sandler --she is a full-time TV writer-- having written for such shows as Everybody Loves Raymond, Coach, Taxi and Kate and Allie-- and is the author of the new book: "The TV Writer's Workbook." She speaks about how she came to write a manual for TV writer wannabees.
Albany, NY – Many characters in mystery fiction come and go-- meaning some die and some live. Well, Ian Rankin's main character, John Rebus, has been around for 20 years. The character was born in a ground floor apartment in Edinburgh, Scotland. Rankin's latest novel featuring Rebus is titled: The Naming of the Dead. Joe Donahue speaks with Rankin about how this novel came about.
The Naming of the Dead, by Ian Rankin. Published by Little Brown.
Pittsfield, MA – The carpentry program at Taconic High School has rehabilitated a number of homes in Pittsfield, Massachusetts over the past 15 years. But this year, for the first time, the home they restored will be put back on the market as affordable housing. Berkshire Bureau Chief, Carrie Saldo, toured the house Thursday afternoon and filed this report;
Plattsburgh, NY – The man with extremely drug resistant tuberculosis, who flew into Montreal and entered the U-S at the Champlain, New York border crossing, has raised numerous health concerns. But the incident is also raising questions, and the ire of critics, over how he so easily crossed the border. WAMC's North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley has more.
Springfield, MA – Child safety experts are holding a two day conference in Springfield Massachusetts to share strategies for protecting children from predators. WAMC's Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports....
Albany, NY – The number of people on food stamps has increased by nearly 50 percent since 2001. Many social services workers feel the program falls short of recipients' needs, with an average benefit of a little more than $3 a day. Yet there are still many more impoverished people living in the suburbs that are unaccounted for. In the second of his two-part series, Dave Lucas takes a look at the why the numbers don't add up.
Albany, NY – For the first time in History, more poor Americans live in the suburbs than in all our cities combined. In the first of two reports, Capital District Bureau Chief Dave Lucas, finds out why the suburbs are becoming more attractive for impoverished families.
Albany, NY – Governor Eliot Spitzer has created a state Higher Education Commission with the goal of identifying ways to improve higher education in New York. Capital District Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports.