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Ceremony Sends Off Clearwater With Cargo Of Concern

Jun 19, 2017
WAMC, Allison Dunne

The Great Hudson River Revival in New York over the weekend included a sendoff for the sloop Clearwater’s sail to Washington, D.C. The Clearwater Festival returned to Croton Point Park after a one-year hiatus and with it the reenactment of a voyage to stand up for federal clean water protections.

Meteorologist Jason Caterina's Midday Weather Summary

Jun 19, 2017

Meteorologist Jason Caterina delivers the midday weather summary for June 19, 2017.

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Berkshire County is mourning the death of Gailanne Cariddi, a state representative from North Adams who died over the weekend at age 63. 

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Late last week, Troy's Police Department placed its entire Drugs and Firearms Interdiction Unit on administrative leave.


  Barrington Stage Company’s first Boyd-Quinson Mainstage musical this season is Ragtime -- which opens in Pittsfield, MA on June 21st and runs through July 15th.

 

Ragtime features a book by Terrence McNally, lyrics by Lynn Ahrens and music by Stephen Flaherty. It is based on a novel by E. L. Doctorow and is directed at Barrington Stage by Joe Calarco. The original Broadway production of Ragtime won Tony Awards for Best Book of a Musical and Best Original Musical Score.

 

Members of Barrington Stage’s cast join us at The Linda to discuss the show and perform a few songs.

We welcome Elizabeth Stanley (“Mother”); J. Anthony Crane (“Tateh”); Darnell Abraham (“Coalhouse”); Zurin Villanueva ("Sarah”); and musical director - providing piano accompaniment - Darren Cohen.

Admiral James Stavridis is one of the most admired admirals of his generation and the only admiral to serve as Supreme Allied Commander at NATO. His new book Sea Power: The History and Geopolitics of the World’s Oceans takes readers on a voyage through the world’s most important bodies of water, providing the story of naval power as a driver of human history and a crucial element in our current geopolitical path. 

A retired 4-star admiral with 35 years of active service in the Navy, Stavridis served as the Supreme Allied Commander for Global Operations at NATO from 2009 to 2013. Again, his new book is Sea Power: The History and Geopolitics of the World’s Oceans

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      A State Senator from western Massachusetts is in the middle of a tour today intended to highlight support for expanding passenger rail service between Springfield and Boston.

Our Falling into Place series spotlights the important work of -and fosters collaboration between- not-for-profit organizations in our communities; allowing us all to fall into place.

Falling Into Place is supported by The Seymour Fox Memorial FoundationProviding a helping hand to turn inspiration into accomplishment. See more possibilities … see more promise… see more progress.

Caring Together is an organization dedicated to providing support, education, and advocacy for women with ovarian cancer and to supporting research efforts aimed at finding an early detection test and a cure. They are best known for their monthly support group and yearly ovarian cancer run in Albany's Washington Park.

Joining us this morning is Kelly Quist-Demars, survivor and administrative assistant to the board. 

This is a picture of Adams Hinds who is running for the Massachusetts Senate.
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State Senator Adam Hinds will host a session of the Massachusetts Clean Energy Future Tour in Pittsfield on Monday. 

6/19/17 Panel

Jun 19, 2017

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

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, political consultant and lobbyist, Libby Post, and Communications Consultant Theresa Bourgeois. 

A Catskill Mountain swimming hole is so crowded that state officials are encouraging people to swim elsewhere. 

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WAMC's David Guistina talks with Ken Lovett of the New York Daily News about a plan to temporarily tax the rich of New York State to help fix New York City's transit problem, NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio's control over city public schools, and groups that oppose a state constitutional convention.

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses another terrorist attack in London that struck Muslims after evening prayers, Trump's lawyer saying that the President isn't under investigation, and NBC's interview with InfoWars' Alex Jones. 

Stonewall Inn
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The philanthropic wing of the internet search giant Google says it is donating $1 million to preserve an oral history of the 1969 Stonewall riots.

U.S. Open at Erin Hills
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PGA:

Brooks Koepka has picked up his first career Major victory by taking the U.S. Open at Erin Hills by four shots over Brian Harman and Hideki Matsuyama. Koepka grabbed control with three straight birdies on the back nine and matched Rory McIlroy's U.S. Open record by finishing at 16 under. He is the seventh straight first-time major champion in men's golf.

Meteorologist Jason Caterina's Morning Forecast

Jun 19, 2017
Meteorologist Jason Caterina
WFXR

Today: Showers and thunderstorms, some storms could produce gusty winds and torrential rain, highs in the 70s to low 80s.

Tonight: Showers and thunderstorms, some storms could produce gusty winds and torrential rain, lows in the low and mid 60s.

Tuesday: Partly sunny, chance showers and t'storms, highs in the 70s and low 80s.

(Airs 6/18 & 6/19/17) The Media Project is an inside look at media coverage of current events with WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Albany Times Union Editor Rex Smith, and Daily Freeman Publisher Emeritus Ira Fusfeld. On this week’s Media Project, Alan, Rex and Ira talk about Fox News and their new slogan, blaming the media for the Alexandria VA shootings, whether Megyn Kelly’s interview with conspiracy theorist Alex Jones should air, and much more.

Will democracy in America survive?

First remember that democracy matters. No human institutions are perfect but democracy makes it possible to remove officials without going to war. Democracy doesn’t mean anyone alone can make good things happen. Democracy reflects the collective power of people. Collectively, if the rules are followed that protect speakers, publishers, candidates and fair elections, democracy gives us the possibility – though nothing is certain – of throwing the bastards out. That’s important.

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Midday Weather Summary

Jun 18, 2017
Paul Caiano
WNYT

NewsChannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the midday weather summary for June 18, 2017.

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New York state health officials are warning against possible measles exposures in Saratoga and Warren Counties.

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The 18 people arrested for blocking Kinder Morgan from expanding its gas pipeline project into Western Massachusetts will have their day in court this week. 

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The Vermont Ski Areas Association is celebrating a comeback season in which almost 3.9 million skier visits boosted the industry after a weak season last year.

Strange Universe: 06/18/17

Jun 18, 2017

This week, Bob discusses the summer solstice.

Saint-Gobain's plant in Hoosick Falls, NY
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Residents of Hoosick Falls in Rensselaer County are being encouraged to attend a public meeting Monday evening to discuss the latest findings related to the PFOA-contamination of local water supplies.

This is a picture of a bottle of naloxone
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Police in Dalton, Massachusetts will start carrying the overdose reversal drug Narcan as early as next week. 

Ralph Gardner Jr: Hunting For Hawthorne

Jun 17, 2017
An acquisition at the Kinderhook, NY Memorial Library book sale
Ralph Gardner, Jr.

A local library book sale isn’t the place you’d expect to go to learn you’re a has-been. But that’s what happened to me last weekend at the Kinderhook Memorial Library book sale in Kinderhook, New York.

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Gailanne Cariddi, a state representative from North Adams, has died.

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Midday Weather Summary

Jun 17, 2017
Paul Caiano
WNYT

NewsChannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the midday weather summary for June 17, 2017.

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The Vermont Department of Labor says the state's unemployment rate for May remains unchanged from April at 3.1 percent.

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