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David Thomson is a film critic and frequent contributor to the New York Times, the Guardian, and more. He is the author of The Biographical Dictionary of Film, now in its sixth edition, and Moments that Made the Movies.

His latest book, Television: A Biography celebrates and analyzes the stories being told on the small screen.

Facebook: Price Chopper Supermarkets

One of the region’s best known companies may be sold. The Reuters News Agency is reporting that talks are underway that could lead to the sale of Price Chopper supermarkets to Albertsons, a national chain. 

New York’s senior Senator will be the head Democrat in the Senate.

In today’s Congressional Corner, New York Congressman Paul Tonko, a Democrat from the 20th district, tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock what that means for the party.

The art of hula is thriving in cities all over the country and the world, but it is not always understood.

In The Natives Are Restless, journalist Constance Hale presents the largely untold story of the dance tradition, using the twin keyholes of Kumu Patrick Makuakane (a Hawai‘i-born, San Francisco–based hula master), and his 350-person arts organization (Na Lei Hulu i ka Wekiu).

In the background, she weaves the poignant story of an ancient people and the resilience of their culture. In the foreground, she tells the story of an electrifying new form of hula that has emerged from a restless generation of artists like Makuakane.

On this week’s 51% a New York-based Haiti Project includes a focus on women; we meet a chef intent on village transformation in Malawi; and a writer tells a post-election story. I’m Allison Dunne and this is 51%.

11/30/16 Panel

Nov 30, 2016

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

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Director of the Journalism Program at the University at Albany Rosemary Armao and Communications Specialist Theresa Bourgeois.

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses flag burning, Trump's pick for Secretary of the Treasury, and whether Rep. Nancy Pelosi will retain her Minority Leader seat.

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Morning Forecast

Nov 30, 2016
Newschannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano
WNYT

Here's NewsChannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano's WAMC Regional Forecast:

Cloudy with dense fog this morning, then rain moves in by noon from south to north.  Rain in the afternoon. High in the lower 50's.

More rain and areas of fog tonight.  Lows in the lower 40's.

Mostly cloudy and breezy tomorrow with a few scattered showers. High in the upper 40's.

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Department of Housing and Urban Development

WAMC's David Guistina talks with Judy Patrick of the Daily Gazette about New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development met in Schenectady to discuss the Capital Region.

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Chapecoense Real soccer team logo

NBA:

In the NBA, Brooklyn won against the Clippers in double overtime 127-122, Milwaukee beat Cleveland 118-101, New Orleans won against the Lakers 105-88, Orlando beat San Antonio 95-83, Utah blasted Houston 120-101, and it was Detroit over Charlotte 112-89.

NY Governor Signs Bill Directing Rail Crossings Study

Nov 30, 2016
WAMC, Allison Dunne

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo this week signed a bill into law that will allow for a comprehensive review of the state’s rail crossings. The bill was sponsored by Hudson Valley lawmakers.

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The ultra-low cost carrier Allegiant Air is ending its direct service between Vermont's Burlington International Airport and Sanford, Florida.

The Troy City Council
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Inside a tense City Council chambers Tuesday night, after weeks of often pointed public debate, Republican City Council President Carmella Mantello said communication between the Majority Steering Committee and Mayor Patrick Madden had broken down.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

A Poughkeepsie-based environmental group is calling on the U.S. Coast Guard to halt the rulemaking process regarding a controversial proposal for anchorage sites in the Hudson River. The call comes one week before the end of the comment period.

Burlington City Hall
WAMC Photo

The City Council in Burlington, Vermont, is showing support for welcoming Syrian refugees.

Jay Peak Resort
Ski Vermont

Seven months after the Securities and Exchange Commission accused Jay Peak's owner and president of massive fraud, the ski resort is set to open for the season on Saturday with the federal receiver overseeing it saying there is a $6.5 million shortfall.

The first alleged violator has been caught under a camera littering law in northern Westchester County. The supervisor of Yorktown says the law is the first of its kind in the U.S. and will go a long way in helping the town’s “Do Not Litter” campaign. 

GlobalFoundaries, Essex Junction VT
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Green Mountain Power and GlobalFoundries have partnered on a new solar project that will help power the technology company and provide data to the Sandia National Laboratory.

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Massachusetts’ top elections official says procedural issues could slightly delay the state's new marijuana law.

Governor Andrew Cuomo spoke at the Capital Region Sustainable Development Conference in Schenectady.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

This morning, Governor Andrew Cuomo and the HUD secretary spoke at the Capital Region Sustainable Development Conference in Schenectady.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Nov 29, 2016

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening forecast for Tuesday, November 29, 2016.

Howard Frank Mosher is one of America’s most acclaimed writers. His fiction set in the world of Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom chronicles intertwining family histories of the natives, wanderers, outcasts, and fugitives.

His eleventh novel is God’s Kingdom.

The U.S. Attorney for New York’s Southern District says his office has settled a religious discrimination lawsuit against a city in Orange County.

Mayor Mark Boughton
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The mayor of Danbury, Connecticut may try once again to become governor of Connecticut. Republican Mark Boughton ran for governor two years ago, but suspended his campaign amid fundraising problems before supporting GOP candidate Tom Foley, who lost to Democratic Gov. Dannel Malloy. Boughton says he has filed the papers to set up an exploratory committee for the 2018 election.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Nov 29, 2016
Newschannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano
WNYT

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Tuesday, November 29, 2016.

Alice Guy-Blaché was the first female film director and the first film studio owner. She made her first film, by her own account, in 1896 at age 23. She went on to write, direct, or produce more than 1,000 films.

Upstate Women in Film and Television (UPWIFT) will present a selection of films by Alice Guy-Blaché at the Rosendale Theater in Rosendale, NY on Wednesday, November 30th; at The Linda in Albany, NY on Friday, December 2nd; and at Upstate Films in Rhinebeck on Sunday, December 11th.

Part of the presentations will be a Skype Q&A with producer and director Pamela Green, who is currently making a feature full-length documentary film about Alice Guy-Blaché for which she has been conducting extensive research for the past five years.

Pamela Green joins us now along with Hanna Sawka, President of UPWIFT.

You can learn all about the art of Improv through the program -  The Zen of Improv: A One-Day Intensive with Pam Victor at Mopco on Saturday, December 3rd from 10:00am 4:00pm at the Mopco Improv Theatre on Jay Street in Schenectady.

Pam Victor is an improv comedian, author, teacher, consultant, from Western Mass. She is the founder and Head of Happiness of Happier Valley Comedy, the epicenter of improv in Western Mass, where Pam teaches The Zen of Improv, and brings the power of improvisation to the workplace in her "Through Laughter" program. She is also co-author of Improvisation at the Speed of Light, The TJ & Dave Book.

We welcome her to the RT this morning along with MopCo’s Co-Director, Michael Burns.

  Suzanna Hermans from Oblong Books and Music joins us with this week's Book Picks list.

List:
Atlas Obscura by Joshua Foer, Dylan Thuras, & Ella Morton
In the Company of Women by Grace Bonney (book signing in Rhinebeck, 12/10 from 2-3:30)
Born a Crime by Trevor Noah
The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
Swing Time by Zadie Smith
The Doll People's Christmas by Ann M. Martin & Laura Godwin (event in Rhinebeck, 12/3 at 3pm)
Under Water, Under Earth by Aleksandra Mizielinska & Daniel Mizielinski
Frazzled by Booki Vivat

Should House Democrats get a new leader?

In today’s Congressional Corner, New York Congressman Paul Tonko, a Democrat from the 20th district, tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock why he’s standing by Nancy Pelosi.

  Garth Risk Hallberg's debut novel, City on Fire, was named one of the best books of 2015 by The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, The Wall Street Journal, NPR, and Vogue.

City on Fire is set in New York City and spans a seven month period between New Year’s Eve 1976 through the city’s blackouts in July of 1977. The story revolves around a varied web of characters—two estranged heirs to one of the city’s great fortunes; two suburban teenagers involved in Manhattan’s punk scene; a magazine reporter; and a detective—whose lives interconnect around a shooting in Central Park.

Hallberg will read from his bestselling debut novel today at Page Hall on the University at Albany’s downtown campus at 8 p.m. At 4:15 p.m. the author will hold an informal seminar in the Assembly Hall, on UAlbany’s uptown campus. Free and open to the public, the events are sponsored by the New York State Writers Institute

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