Albany, NY – Before he became Governor, Eliot Spitzer leaped to political prominence investigating wrondoings in the financial sector, making a name for himself as "The Sheriff of Wall Street". Now Spitzer is concerned Wall Street's status as the world's financial capital may be slipping. Capital District Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports the Governor has assembled a blue-ribbon panel to look into rewriting outdated regulations governing financial services companies.
Albany, NY – This week, Alan Chartock is joined by Senator Frank Padavan, Vice President Pro Tempore of the New York State Senate. Senator Padavan talks about newly passed legislation to crack down on human trafficking, a bill to curb childhood obesity, Medicaid spending, government reform and much more.
Montpelier, VT – Vermont is facing the potential loss of two-thirds of its in-state electrical generation capacity within the next decade. Many of the state's utilities have now banded together to conduct a study on the potential for building electric generation facilities. WAMC's North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley has more.
Albany, NY – We begin with a story. The first woman to run for president didn't even try to appeal to the broad swath of voters that Hillary Clinton courts. Victoria Woodhull ran against Ulysses S. Grant in 1872. Her unconventional platform is subject of this short biography, which appears in the book Wild Women by Autumn Stevens. 51% contributor Selma Kaplan reads this summary of Woodhull's story.
Albany, NY – Dorothy Schiff was the owner of the New York Post for almost 40 years. She was best known as Dolly and she presided over the paper during the first stirrings of feminist politics in the workplace, the high tide of American Liberalism and the excitement of muck-raking journalism. Journalist Marilyn Nissenson paints a vivid picture of Schiff in her new book, The Lady Upstairs: Dorothy Schiff and the New York Post.
Albany, NY – You don't have to travel to Sundance or hop a plane to Cannes to keep up with the latest independent film. Just drive over to Woodstock where the locals get to see everything first. It's all thanks to the Woodstock Film Festival and its new summer film series. Meira Blaustein, Co-Founder and Festival Director of the Woodstock Film Festival tells us all about it.
Albany, NY – Julia Taylor previews WAMC's women's show, 51%, on which issues of women in politics, and how the landscape is changing with a female presidential candidate like Hillary Clinton are discussed. She interviews two women from each side of the aisle: Republican Jane Swift, former governor of MA, and Laura Flanders, host of RadioNation on the left-wing Air America.