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Albany County DA David Soares
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Albany County District Attorney David Soares is the guest for today's show. Soares, a Democrat, has been in office since 2005. WAMC's Alan Chartock hosts.

Hudson Hall at the historic Hudson Opera House
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After more than 19 years leading the transformation on an abandoned municipal center into a thriving cultural and arts center, Gary Schiro will step down at the end of the year as the executive director of Hudson Hall at the historic Hudson Opera House in Hudson, New York. 

Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty in 1967's Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty in 1967's Bonnie and Clyde.
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It has been 50 years since Bonnie and Clyde arrived like a shot in movie theaters. If the last time you thought about Berkshires resident Arthur Penn’s 1967 classic was when Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty fumbled the Moonlight Best Picture Oscar announcement, it’s time to give it another look.

U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders at the Franklin County Senior Center
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Vermont U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders was in Franklin County Monday.  His stops included the Franklin County Senior Center, where health care and Social Security dominated the discussion.

Jason Caterina's Midday Forecast

Aug 15, 2017

Meteorologist Jason Caterina delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Tuesday, August 15, 2017.

Lauren Lipton is an award-winning journalist for the New York Times, the Wall Street JournalAllureSelfTown & Country, and Condé Nast Traveler, among other publications.

Her new book is Yoga Bodies: Real People, Real Stories, & the Power of Transformation.

The Dorset Theatre Festival production of The Legend of Georgia McBride runs through Saturday.

He’s young, he’s broke, his wife is having a baby. And now, Casey has lost his gig as an Elvis impersonator. When his club brings in a drag act led by Miss Tracy Mills, Casey is given the opportunity to trade one sequined outfit for another.

We are joined now by David Turner who plays Miss Tracy Mills and Vasthy Mompoint who plays Jo. 

Local leaders say a new initiative called U-CAN has the potential to change the lives of young offenders.  "United Against Crime - Community Action Network" is the brainchild of Cohoes City Court Judge Andra Ackerman.

    Today's Book Picks list comes from Mike Hare of The Northshire Bookstore.

List:
1777 by Dean Snow
The Graybar Hotel by Curtis Dawkins
Dynastic, Bombastic, Fantastic by Jason Turbow
The Electrifying Fall of Rainbow City by Margaret Creighton
The Party by Robyn Harding
American Heiress by Jeffrey Toobin
Here by Wistala Szymborska
Born on Third Base by Chuck Collins

Corey Dolgon is professor of sociology and director of community-based learning at Stonehill College in Easton, Massachusetts. He is the author of three other books, including the award-winning The End of the Hamptons: Scenes from the Class Struggle in America’s Paradise.

His new book, Kill It to Save It, lays bare the hypocrisy of contemporary US political discourse, documenting the historical and theoretical trajectory of capitalism’s triumph over democracy.

Maverick Concerts

Aug 15, 2017

Maverick Concerts, America’s oldest continuous summer chamber music festival and winner of the Chamber Music America/ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming, thrives on the love of great music and the spirit of its unique site in the unspoiled woods. The rustic 1916 concert hall is ideally suited to chamber music and the intimacy of live performance.

This is Maverick’s 102nd season and we will hear about the remainder of their season including next weekend’s Chamber Orchestra Concert featuring the Maverick Concert Players. We welcome Maverick Concerts Music Director and Conductor, Alexander Platt. 

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     This is National Health Center Week.

8/15/17 Panel

Aug 15, 2017

     The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond.

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Associate Editor of The Times Union Mike Spain, and Publisher of Empire Report J.P. Miller.

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses President Trump's delayed response to the events over the weekend in Charlottesville, VA, heightened tensions within the Democratic party in the New York state senate and Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

Rockies Pitcher Chad Bettis
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MLB:

Chad Bettis drew a standing ovation when he took the mound for the first time since cancer treatment, then threw seven impressive innings Monday night as the Colorado Rockies beat the Atlanta Braves 3-0.

Bettis scattered six hits, walked none and struck out two. He hadn't pitched in the majors since being diagnosed with testicular cancer in November.

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WAMC's David Guistina talks with Mike Spain of the Times Union about brown water in Mechanicville, and a major Arizona company delaying their move to settle in upstate New York.

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Morning Forecast

Aug 15, 2017
Paul Caiano
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Here's NewsChannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano's WAMC Regional Forecast:

A mix of sun and clouds today with scattered showers and thunderstorms.  Highs in the lower 80's.

Evening scattered showers and thunderstorms, then partly cloudy overnight tonight. Areas of fog.  Lows in the lower 60's.

Becoming mostly sunny tomorrow.  Highs in the lower 80's.

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A small plane that took off from Great Barrington, Massachusetts on Sunday crashed in Salisbury, Connecticut. 

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The Berkshire Regional Planning Commission will hold a workshop in Lenox, Massachusetts to teach political leaders about recreational marijuana, which is now legal statewide

Governor Andrew Cuomo
Office of Gov. Andrew Cuomo

Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law a measure that would create new penalties for people who make bomb threats against community centers. The action stems from bomb threats made to Jewish Community Centers in New York and around the nation last winter.

Downtown North Adams, Massachusetts
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It’s a five-way race for mayor of North Adams, Massachusetts. The preliminary election is in September.

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Democrats in Albany appear to favor incumbent Mayor Kathy Sheehan for another term as mayor. Figures are in from a new Spectrum News/Siena College poll.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Aug 14, 2017

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Monday, August 14, 2017.

City of Springfield, Office of the Mayor

     There is widespread condemnation by elected officials in Springfield, Massachusetts over a social media post, attributed to a city cop, which mocked the dead and injured among the counter-protestors in Charlottesville, Virginia.

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The director of the Norman Rockwell Museum is defending the Berkshire Museum’s board of trustees – despite coming out against that museum’s plan to sell two Rockwell works to fund an expansion and endowment plan. 

Dr. Paul Singh
Albany Medical Center

Dr. Paul Singh of Albany Medical Center joins the show to discuss bariatric surgery. Dr. Singh specializes in laparoscopic and minimally invasive procedures. He is widely recognized for applying his robotic surgical expertise to gastroenterology and other general surgery, including robotic gastric bypass surgery. He also performs advanced minimally invasive hernia repair, as well as gastro-esophageal reflux and gastric bypass surgery. WAMC's Alan Chartock hosts.

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Entrepreneurs made their pitch on Friday at Demo Day at LEVER —  a business incubator in North Adams, Massachusetts that aims to support local economic development.  

Jason Caterina's Midday Forecast

Aug 14, 2017

Meteorologist Jason Caterina delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Monday, August 14, 2017.

Uncle Andy Paints a Soup Can 2003 Illustration for Uncle Andy’s: A Faabbbulous Visit with Andy Warhol by James Warhola, Picture Puffin Books Watercolor and pencil on paper Collection of the artist
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Inventing America: Rockwell and Warhol is the first exhibition linking Norman Rockwell and Andy Warhol, two iconic visual communicators who embraced populism, shaped national identity, and opened new ways of seeing in twentieth century America.

Original iconic artworks; process materials and studies; archival photography, manuscripts, and documents; film/video footage; and props, costumes, and personal artifacts are all on view at the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, MA.

And there is also the special compendium exhibition by Warhol’s nephew: James Warhola: Uncle Andy And Other Stories. Both exhibits are on display through October 29th. James Warhola is with us this morning along with curators Stephanie Plunkett and Jesse Kowalski.


  This Thursday at 4 p.m., The Mount in Lenox, Massachusetts presents Women Writing Through Loss: Connecting Through Calamity featuring Dr. Lucy Kalanithi, Rebecca Soffer, and Emily Rapp Black as they read from their work and discuss the power of connection as friends, as writers, as mothers, and as women who forged powerful friendships after experiencing great personal loss, and writing their way out of it.

 

Rebecca Soffer joined us to tell us more.

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