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Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey announces a crackdown on illegal sales of assault weapons Wednesday.
Twitter: @MassAGO

In the wake of recent shootings across the nation, Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey on Wednesday announced a crackdown on what she says are illegal sales of assault weapons.

Rudy Giuliani
Karen DeWitt

Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, in a speech to New York’s delegates, assailed Hillary Clinton for her husband’s extramarital affairs when he was President in the 1990s, saying Hillary tried to shut the women up. 

A tee shirt with Catholic youth Day Logo
Diocese of Springfield

A group of almost 50 young people from western Massachusetts leaves Friday to attend the Catholic Church’s World Youth Day in Poland.

(Airs 7/21/16) Host Dr. Alan Chartock is joined by John Faso, Former New York State Assembly Minority Leader and Republican Candidate for the 19th Congressional District seat.

This is a picture of a car's wheel
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Today on Vox Pop, we’re joined by Gordon Fricke – owner and operator of Barber & Fricke Automotive Incorporated, an independent repair, auto body, towing and used car facility in Hoosick, New York, to talk cars and car repair.

Donald Trump at the Flynn Theatre
Pat Bradley/WAMC

Donald Trump will formally accept the presidential nomination tonight at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, and the New York delegation will be front and center. Jon Campbell, with the USA Today Network's Albany Bureau, spoke to WAMC News Thursday after the New York delegation breakfast and before tonight's big speech by Trump.

A lecture and screening of two documentary films about transgender youth in the Catskills are planned in Woodstock Saturday. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne spoke with the filmmaker and psychology professor who will be on hand about the films and transgender discrimination.

St. Mary the Morning Star Church on Tyler St. in Pittsfield, Mass. has been closed since 2008.
Jim Levulis / WAMC

The Pittsfield Zoning Board of Appeals has denied a variance for a Dunkin’ Donuts restaurant at the site of a shuttered church.

Roger McGuinn
John Chiasson

WAMC’s Alan Chartock In A 2012 Conversation with Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, folk musician and former member of The Byrds, Roger McGuinn. McGuinn recently turned 74 years old.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Jul 21, 2016
Newschannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano
WNYT

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Thursday, July 21, 2016.

Lucas Willard / WAMC

At a breakfast hosted by the Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce, NYRA CEO Chris Kay spent most of his time at the podium outlining a slew of completed projects and new initiatives for guests and workers at the famed flat track.

Jonathan Stafford
Henry Leutwyler

  Our final guest today is Jonathan Stafford. Jonathan is a ballet master at New York City Ballet and a member of the faculty at the School of American Ballet, NYCB’s official school.

Born in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, Mr. Stafford began his dance training at the age of eight. He was invited to become an apprentice with New York City Ballet in October 1998 and joined the Company as a member of the corps de ballet in February 1999. He was promoted to the rank of soloist in March of 2006 and became a principal dancer in May 2007. After retiring from the Company in May 2014, he was appointed an NYCB ballet master.

At the School of American Ballet, Mr. Stafford served as a member of SAB’s guest faculty during the 2006-07 school year and joined the School’s permanent faculty in September 2007. Mr. Stafford received the Martin E. Segal Award from the School of American Ballet in 1999.

NYCB performs Balanchine's A Midsummer Night's Dream
Paul Kolnik

  Marquerite Mehler is the Director of Production of New York City Ballet and has been stage managing for more than 20 years, primarily in dance. Since joining the Production Department of New York City Ballet in 1995, she has stage managed more than 2000 performances of more than 150 ballets in the New York City Ballet repertory, including world premieres by Peter Martins, Justin Peck, Alexei Ratmansky, Jerome Robbins, and Christopher Wheeldon.

With the production staff, Ms. Mehler supervises scenery, lighting, and all other production elements of the NYCB repertory both at home and on tour. She also coordinates with the other NYCB departments and supervises the NYCB and State Theatre stagehands.

Maria Kowroski
Paul Kolnik

  Maria Kowroski is a principal dancer with New York City Ballet. She began her training in Grand Rapids, where she was born.

Ms. Kowroski entered the School of American Ballet in the fall of 1992. She became an apprentice with New York City Ballet in the summer of 1994 and was invited to join the Company as a member of the corps de ballet in January of 1995. In the spring of 1997, Ms. Kowroski was promoted to the rank of soloist and in the spring of 1999, she was promoted to principal dancer.

Ms. Kowroski was a recipient of the Princess Grace Award in 1994. She will perform the principal role in Balanchine’s Agon while at SPAC.

  Troy Schumacher is a choreographer and member of New York City Ballet’s corps de ballet.

In 2010, Schumacher founded BalletCollective, and as the company’s director and resident choreographer, he collaborates closely with composers, artists, and designers on original works. He was born in Atlanta, Georgia, began his ballet training with Atlanta Ballet and the Chautauqua School of Dance before entering the School of American Ballet in 2002.

He became a New York City Ballet apprentice in 2005 and a member of the corps de ballet in December of that year. His second work for New York City Ballet, Common Ground, will have its SPAC premiere at the sold-out Gala performance. He will also perform the role of “Puck” in Balanchine’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Lauren Lovette
Luis Pons

  Lauren Lovette is a Principal Dancer with New York City Ballet. She was born in Thousand Oaks, California and began studying ballet at the age of 11 at the Cary Ballet Conservatory in Cary, North Carolina

Ms. Lovette became an apprentice with NYCB and joined the Company as a member of the corps de ballet in September 2010. She was promoted to soloist in February 2013 and to principal in June 2015. She was the 2012-2013 recipient of the Janice Levin Award.

Ms. Lovette will choreograph her first-ever work for New York City Ballet, which will premiere in the fall of 2016. She will perform a principal role in Balanchine’s “Rubies” from Jewels and will have her debut in Christopher Wheeldon’s most recent work for NYCB, American Rhapsody, set to Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue,” when it has its second SPAC performance on 7/30.

  Peter Martins first joined the New York City Ballet in 1970, having already achieved international fame with the Royal Danish Ballet. His career in New York saw him move from Principal Dancer to his current position as Ballet Master-in-Chief.

Martins most popular performances as a dancer include Apollo and as the Cavalier in mentor George Balanchine’s Nutcracker. His contributions as a world renowned choreographer include Calcium Light Night, Sleeping Beauty and Romeo and Juliet.

Martins has accompanied the Ballet on their annual summer journey up to Saratoga, and has taken the time to speak with us this morning.

Environment Massachusetts State Director Ben Hellerstein joins Pittsfield’s Open Space and Natural Resource Manager Jim McGrath Wednesday at Pittsfield City Hall.
Jim Levulis / WAMC

A statewide environmental group has recognized a number of western Massachusetts cities as clean energy leaders. Environment Massachusetts is recognizing about 15 communities for leading the way toward 100 percent renewable energy.

  Andrews Sill is the Associate Music Director of New York City Ballet. He joined New York City Ballet in the spring of 2009 and served as Interim Music Director from 2012 to 2015. He also serves as Music Director of Milwaukee Ballet.

Andrews was just fifteen years old when he was accepted as a conducting and piano student at Yale University, where received his bachelor’s degree with honors. He continued his education under scholarship and fellowship awards from the Manhattan School of Music, earning his doctorate in 1987.

He will be conducting A Midsummer Night’s Dream and the Gala program of Contemporary works on Saturday night.

Justin Peck
New York Times

  Justin Peck is a Soloist and the Resident Choreographer of New York City Ballet. He has created more than 25 works for a range of companies including New York City Ballet, the Paris Opéra Ballet, San Francisco Ballet and Miami City Ballet.

In 2011, NYCB Ballet Master in Chief Peter Martins designated Justin to receive New York Choreographic Institute’s first year-long choreographic residency. Peck was named New York City Ballet’s Resident Choreographer, the second in the Company’s history, in July of 2014.

His latest work Scherzo Fantastique will premiere here at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center on Saturday Night for SPAC’s 50th. It will be his 11th work for the Company.

  Taylor Stanley has danced at SPAC before. But, this summer marks his first performances in Saratoga as a Principal dancer.

In September 2009, Taylor became an apprentice with NYCB, and joined the Company as a member of the corps de ballet a year later. He was promoted to soloist in 2013 and to principal dancer in May of this year.

He will be performing a principal role in Justin Peck’s SPAC World Premiere Scherzo Fantastique which will be performed this Saturday Night as part of the Anniversary Gala. Taylor will also perform in Balanchine’s Jewels presented twice next week.

Marcia White
DONNA ABBOTT VLAHOS

  Marcia White, in a former life was a nurse and political aide, but for the past 12 seasons – she has been SPAC’s president and executive director.

In February of this year – she announced that this 50th Anniversary season – would be her last and she will retire at its conclusion. Marcia was appointed the president of SPAC in 2005 and is credited for leading major renovations, bringing the facility out of the red and maintaining SPAC’s classical offerings.

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses the Republican National Convention last night.

New York’s delegation to the RNC is the national spotlight for casting the votes to put Donald Trump over the top for the Presidential nomination in Cleveland this week. But not all of the state’s politicians are in agreement over some of Trump’s most controversial foreign policies.

WAMC's David Guistina talks to Jim Kevlin of Hometown Oneonta about Sunday's baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony.

Vassar President To Leave Earlier Than Planned

Jul 21, 2016
Courtesy of Vassar College

The president of Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, who announced in March she would conclude her presidency in June 2017, is leaving earlier.

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Morning Forecast

Jul 21, 2016
Newschannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano
WNYT

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

Mostly sunny and warmer today.  Highs in the upper 80's.

Partly cloudy tonight.  Lows in the mid 60's.

Partly sunny tomorrow with scattered showers and thunderstorms.  Highs in the upper 80's.

 

Vermont officials say suspected cancer causing chemicals have been found in groundwater at a closed landfill in Shaftsbury.

MLB:

There's been at change at the top of the American League East standings. Boston is on top, Baltimore drops a half-game behind and the New York Yankees are two games over .500 for the first time since April. To usher in the change, the Yankees blanked Baltimore 5-0, Seattle edged the White Sox 6-5 in 11 innings, the Angels won against Texas 7-4, Houston shut out Oakland 7-0, Cleveland beat Kansas City 11-4, and it was Minnesota over Detroit 4-1.

Being a teacher means mastering quite a few disciplines. Communication, innovation, empathy and you may not have thought of this one…ethics. In fact, educators come across ethical dilemmas almost every day…and how they deal with them affects students in profound ways. Not to mention themselves.

Today on the Best of Our Knowledge, we’ll talk to the co-author of a new book on educational ethics.

We’ll also spend an academic minute seeing if lapses in ethics can be blamed on your hormones.

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