Troy, NY – Researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York, and at the University of Toronto are perfecting a means of counteracting the sometimes fatal effects of the anthrax toxin on humans. Details from Capital District Bureau Chief Jessica Bloustein.
Albany, NY – Julia Alvarez, author of the bestselling novel "How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents," talks about her latest novel "Saving the World." The book is the story of women in two time periods, one a 21st-century Vermont writer who finds herself fascinated by the story of the other, a 19th-century woman who travels the world inoculating people against smallpox.
Burlington, VT – During a symposium in Vermont assessing how the media affect the public perception of political heroes, the discussion turned to the failure of Howard Dean's Presidential campaign. Dean was a panelist and said what's thought of most often - his infamous scream - was a minor factor in his campaign's downfall. WAMC's North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley has more.
Albany, NY – The New York State Assembly's Republican minority is pushing a measure it says could save New Yorkers about 10 cents per gallon at the pump. The lawmakers are looking at capping the 4% state sales tax on gasoline and establishing a fund to promote the use of alternative fuel sources. Gas prices per gallon in New York State are the highest in the Northeast. More from Capital District Bureau Chief Jessica Bloustein.
Burlington, VT – The University of Vermont hosted a symposium Tuesday looking at how the media affect society's perspective of politicians as heroes. WAMC's North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley was at UVM's Ira Allen Chapel.
Pittsfield, MA – Berkshire County District Attorney David Capeless wants to get a new task force up and running -- designed to prevent what he called the area's most pressing problem from escalating -- up and running. Capeless says the proposed "guns and gangs" task force would do just that. More from WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief, Carrie Saldo;
Albany, NY – Joe talks with Times-Union writer Paul Grondahl about his new book: NOW IS THE TIME: A History of Parsons Child and Family Center, 1829-2004. The book chronicles the history of Parsons Child and Family Center of Albany, N.Y., which was founded in 1829. Joe also speaks with Parson's Executive Director Raymond Schimmer.
Springfield, MA – Some community leaders in Springfield, Massachusetts have some strong opinions about who should fill the soon to be vacant schools assistant superintendent position. WAMC's Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Dan Bobkoff has the story.
Albany, NY – Coming up on In Our Backyard: Ward & his son Jeremiah take a trip to an old stream that has marked some changes over the last 30 years. A woman from Vermont says she saw a Catamount near Pittsford. Also, we'll read from your letters.