Albany, NY – From the overwhelming response to a previous poll question on the pros and cons of compact fluorescent light bulbs, it's obvious that our listeners care about the environment. But they also have a lot of questions about mercury and proper disposal. So we asked Professor Russ Leslie, associate director at the Lighting Research Center at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, to answer our questions.
Albany, NY – The Berkshires are a lovely place to visit and even a comfortable home base for many of us, but for someone who has just arrived in this country, becoming a part of this tight knit community can be a challenge.
Where do you work? What about the language barrier? How do you navigate customs and traditions that might be very different from home?
The Berkshire Immigrant Center has made it their mission to make this transition easier for the area's burgeoning immigrant population.
Albany, NY – It's easy to stereotype hip hop as misogynistic music that promotes violence and drug use. And it was those stereotypes that compelled filmmaker Byron Hurt to turn a critical eye on hip hop in his new film Hip Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes. He tells Susan and Joe what inspired this journey.
Albany, NY – In the best of worlds, every child learns how to read, write, and count by the end of elementary school. But if you could send your child to any school in the country to learn these basic skills and more, where would they go?
Montessori schools are a unique option where children learn through curiosity, creativity, and imagination.
In honor of Montessori Week and the 100th anniversary of the Montessori method, Susan and Joe speak with two teachers who ascribe to this method
Montpelier, VT – Anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan is in Vermont this weekend on a barnstorming tour of the state. She began her visit at the statehouse in Montpelier, testifying before a Senate committee in favor of a resolution calling for the withdrawal of US troops from Iraq. WAMC's North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley has more.
Kingston, NY – Hydro Alumninum laid off 260 workers from its Ellenville plant this morning. It's a blow to a small community that's seen a few large employers leave in the last several years. WAMC's Julia Taylor reports.
Springfield, MA – The Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield Massachusetts has issued a report that recommends downsizing the church throughout Western Massachusetts. Details from WAMC's Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill....
Springfield, MA – A five year long public corruption saga has reached a climax in Springfield Massachusetts with the sentencing of a political family patriarch to a lengthy prison term..WAMC's Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports..