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In May, the New York Civil Liberties Union filed suit against New York state, seeking to allow farmworkers’ collective bargaining rights.  The New York Farm Bureau is now challenging the lawsuit.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Jun 20, 2016
Newschannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano
WNYT

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Monday, June 20, 2016.

WAMC Podcasts

Jun 20, 2016

  On-demand isn't all there is - but it is important. We're making sure that WAMC is on track in providing our radio content - and more - to you when and where you choose. 

Patrick Garrett and Ashleigh Kinsey join us to tell us more about WAMC Podcasts - which you can find on iTunes, Stitcher , and the Google Play store.

It's 2016 and podcasts have been out for over a decade. What makes a podcast a podcast? We delve into that and more with WNYC's Chief Content Officer Dean Capello. 

The Mount
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  The Mount is a turn-of-the-century home, designed and built by Edith Wharton in 1902 in Lenox, MA. A National Historic Landmark, today The Mount is a cultural center that celebrates the intellectual, artistic and humanitarian legacy of Edith Wharton.

The Mount’s executive director, Susan Wissler, joins us now to tell us what they have coming up this summer. 

  We’re still learning about the victims of the Orlando shooting at a gay nightclub.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Connecticut Representative Elizabeth Esty tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that the U.S. should be proud of its recent record on LGBT rights. 

  The Boys in the Boat: The True Story of an American Team's Epic Journey to Win Gold at the 1936 Olympics by Daniel James Brown tells the story of the University of Washington’s 1936 eight-oar crew and their epic quest for an Olympic gold medal, a team that transformed the sport and grabbed the attention of millions of Americans. The sons of loggers, shipyard workers, and farmers, the boys defeated elite rivals first from eastern and British universities and finally the German crew rowing for Adolf Hitler in the Olympic games in Berlin, 1936.

First released in 2013, the best-selling book has been released in a Young Readers Adaptation by Viking Books.

Berkshire Sculling Association in Pittsfield is hosting John Biglow, member of the 1984 Olympic rowing team. John has developed a talk around the The Boys in the Boat book, which he’ll be presenting at the Duffin Theater in Lenox on Sunday June 26 at 2:30.

  Now in his mid-seventies, Russell Banks has indulged his wanderlust for more than half a century.

In Voyager, Russell Banks, a lifelong explorer, shares highlights from his travels: interviewing Fidel Castro in Cuba; motoring to a hippie reunion with college friends in Chapel Hill, North Carolina; eloping to Edinburgh, with his fourth wife, Chase; driving a sunset orange metallic Hummer down Alaska’s Seward Highway.

Russell Banks will be at Northshire Bookstore in Saratoga Springs on Friday, June 24th.

6/20/16 Panel

Jun 20, 2016

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

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses the end of the legislative session in NY, Uber & Airbnb, and Britain's possible exit from the European Union. 

Governor Andrew Cuomo
Office of Governor Andrew Cuomo

WAMC's David Guistina talks with Ken Lovett of the New York Daily News about the final bills to come out of the closing session of the New York State Legislature on Friday.

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Morning Forecast

Jun 20, 2016
Newschannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano
WNYT

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

LeBron James and Kevin Love of the Cleveland Cavaliers celebrate after defeating the Golden State Warriors 93-89 in Game 7 of the 2016 NBA Finals at Oracle Arena on Sunday in Oakland, Calif.
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NBA:

It's over. Cleveland's 52-year championship drought ended with an electrifying 93-89 victory over Golden State to give the Cavaliers their first NBA title. The Cavs are also the first NBA team to rally from a 3-1 deficit in the NBA Finals.

(Airs 6/19 & 6/20/16) The Media Project is an inside look at media coverage of current events with WAMC’s CEO Alan Chartock, University at Albany Professor Rosemary Armao and Daily Gazette Editor Judy Patrick. On this week's show they talk about How the Orlando Sentinel, with a third of the staff it once had, covered the country’s deadliest mass shooting, Donald Trump revoking the press credentials of the Washington Post, the tragic story of the alligator attack on a 2 year old boy in Orlando, and much more.

Saratoga Springs residents will be able to get more information on a draft of the city’s Complete Streets Plan to make the city more bike and pedestrian friendly.

City councilors in Springfield, Massachusetts Monday are expected to take steps to boost the city’s severely underfunded pension account. 

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Popular daily fantasy sports sites still face uncertainty in New York even after state lawmakers passed legislation designed to regulate them.

The long-forgotten remains of 14 slaves discovered more than a decade ago in upstate New York have been reburied.

Courtesy of Clearwater

After an eight month U.S. Coast Guard mandated restoration of Clearwater’s hull, the sloop is back on the Hudson River with sails set to begin in July.

WAMC Composite Photo by Dave Lucas

Environmental activists are planning to go door-to-door in Massachusetts this summer to promote adopting a 100 percent renewable energy policy.

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Voluntary testing of the water systems in the Enlarged City School District of Middletown has turned up high lead levels in some areas.

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey, second from the left, tours the Greylock Mill redevelopment project in North Adams.
Jim Levulis / WAMC

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey was in Greenfield Friday celebrating the opening of a family drug court, the first of its kind in the state.

NYS Legislature Passes Bill For Rondout Creek

Jun 18, 2016
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The New York state legislature passed a bill that designates a Hudson Valley creek as an inland waterway.

The state capitol in Albany.
WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas

Hours before the close of the 2016 legislative session early Saturday morning, lawmakers and Governor Andrew Cuomo Friday reached an agreement on a 5-point ethics reform plan.

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New Yorkers will now be able to order a drink, or two, with their brunch, or in some cases breakfast, at bars and restaurants on Sunday morning.  The current law forbids sale of alcohol before noon on Sunday. But starting when Governor Cuomo signs the bill into law, alcohol will be available starting two hours earlier.

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The New York Legislature has adjourned following votes to extend Mayor Bill de Blasio's control of New York City schools for one year.

Construction work has been halted at an upstate New York high-tech manufacturing complex after old cylinders from the property's stint as a Cold War rocket fuel test site were discovered.

(Airs 6/17/16) The Legislative Gazette is a weekly program about New York State Government and politics. On this week's Gazette: the legislative session winds down, our political observer Alan Chartock shares his thoughts on lawmakers agreement over rail improvements, and Muslims and public officials in NY call for peace after the mass shooting in Orlando.

North Adams Mayor Richard Alcombright
Jim Levulis / WAMC

A Democrat running for a western Massachusetts state senate seat has picked up the support of North Adams’ mayor.

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey
Jim Levulis / WAMC

In the wake of the shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando that killed 49 victims, Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey says one of the weapons used to carry out the attack, an AR-15, should not publicly available.

“But this particular kind of weapon, a military-style assault weapon, to my mind has no place in our communities or in the hands of civilians,” Healey said. “They are weapons that are and intended to be for military use and for the use of law enforcement personnel.”

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