David Nightingale: Father Divine (~1879 - 1965)

May 14, 2017

Old-timers in the Hudson Valley sometimes talk about properties that belonged to Father Divine -- or rather, to the Peace Movement led by George Baker. These properties were referred to as 'Heavens' rather than houses.

Paul Caiano

News Channel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the midday weather summary for May 14, 2017.

David Stanley, via Wikimedia Commons

An almost decade-long dispute over food trucks on downtown streets in the largest city in western Massachusetts is about to be resolved. 

Strange Universe: 05/14/17

May 14, 2017

This week, Bob discusses how electrons behave like waves.

A key Senate panel is preparing its version of the state budget amid indications that further belt-tightening may be needed.

Matthew Trump

Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is revising the state budget proposal he unveiled in February to address a now-larger projected deficit.

Alexander Torrenegra/Wikimedia Commons

A proposal before state lawmakers would allow Uber and Lyft to start service in upstate New York in time for the Fourth of July holiday.

Ralph Gardner, Jr: A Fish With No Name

May 13, 2017
Grass Carp
U.S. Geological Survey / Public domain - Wikimedia Commons

I own exactly one fish. Lately I’ve been thinking I ought to give him a name.

Paul Caiano

News Channel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the midday weather summary for May 13, 2017.

The names of two law enforcement officers from Massachusetts who died in 2016 are being added this weekend to a national memorial in Washington, D.C.

State officials have started an internal investigation after guests and staff at an Albany hotel complained about late-night raucous behavior by a group of prison guards.

City of Pittsfield

Pittsfield is going back to the drawing board to prepare its Community Development Block Grant plan for the next fiscal year. 

(Airs 5/12/17 @ 10 p.m.) The Legislative Gazette is a weekly program about New York State Government and politics. On this week’s Gazette: fixing problems with economic development contracts remains as one of the top issues left before the legislature’s summer adjournment, our political observer Alan Chartock shares his thoughts on his conversation with State Comptroller Dinapoli, and two NY House Republicans face questions from constituents over their votes on the American Health Care Act.

Facebook: North Adams Mayor's Fitness Challenge

North Adams kicked off its fourth annual Mayor’s Fitness Challenge on Friday, with hopes of reaching a common goal for health and wellness in the city. 

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are back in action, hoping the quiz takes flight.

The Village of Hoosick Falls has received a financial boost to help cover costs related to its response to the chemical contamination of its water supplies. Meanwhile, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation says work is continuing on finding the village a source of clean drinking water.

Advocates talk to lawmakers about very personal stories about death and dying.
Compassion & Choices / Facebook

Supporters from across New York gathered in Albany this week to ask lawmakers to pass the Medical Aid in Dying Act, which would authorize doctors to prescribe lethal medication to terminally ill adults wishing to end their lives. 

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

May 12, 2017

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Friday, May 12, 2017.

Nippertown's Greg Haymes' May Music Selections

May 12, 2017
Greg Haymes
Times Union

WAMC's Brian Shields gets some May music choices from Nippertown's Greg Haymes.

Spirit of Springfield

   A hallmark event for more than 30 years in western Massachusetts will take place tomorrow, as Springfield hosts its annual pancake breakfast.  But the boast that it is the “world’s largest” is in dispute.

The Environmental Division of Vermont’s Superior Court has fined the Town of Bennington $15,000 for failing to maintain its wastewater treatment facility over the past several years.

Please pass the salt! How about a little pepper? We’re going to talk about the art of seasoning food today, and how it can enhance your culinary experience. Tony Carlotto and Darby Weigel are the proprietors of Rolling Rock Farm in Sheffield, Massachusetts. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.

Saint-Gobain's plant in Hoosick Falls, NY
Lucas Willard

Marking 500 days of water contamination in Hoosick Falls, residents gathered at the state capitol on Thursday to pressure state leaders to find a new, uncontaminated source.

Potential Democratic challengers to Republican Congressman John Faso of New York’s 19th District have been lining up to explore or formally announce a run. The most recent Democrat to begin testing the waters announced his interest this week.

Our listeners always have a lot to say.  Here are this week's highlights from the WAMC Listener Comment Line. 

Anja Adriaans, founder of "FAN" – the Friendship Albany-Nijmegen Association.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

The horrors of World War II and the humanity that emerged from it forever linked Albany with a city in northwestern Europe in a friendship forged with flowers.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

May 12, 2017
Paul Caiano

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Friday, May 12, 2017.

Jared Diamond is a professor of geography at the University of California, Los Angeles. He began his scientific career in physiology and expanded into evolutionary biology and biogeography. He has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the American Philosophical Society.

Among Dr. Diamond's many awards are the National Medal of Science, the Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement, Japan's Cosmos Prize, a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, and the Lewis Thomas Prize honoring the Scientist as Poet, presented by Rockefeller University. He has published more than six hundred articles and several books including the New York Times bestseller Guns, Germs, and Steel, which was awarded the Pulitzer Prize.

The 20th anniversary edition of Guns, Germs, and Steel features a new afterward by Diamond.

Billy Jones outside Plattsburgh City Hall
Pat Bradley/WAMC

Northern New York Assemblyman D. Billy Jones is in his first term representing the 115th district.  He has held a series of town halls, the most recent last night in Malone.  Despite the animus being seen at Congressional town halls, the Democrat says he has no qualms and finds them a useful tool.

Mark Lukach is a teacher and freelance writer. His work has been published in the New York Times, The Atlantic, Pacific Standard, Wired, and other publications. He is currently the ninth grade dean at The Athenian School, where he also teaches history.

Mark and Giulia’s life together began as a storybook romance. They fell in love at eighteen, married at twenty-four, and were living their dream life in San Francisco. When Giulia was twenty-seven, she suffered a terrifying and unexpected psychotic break that landed her in the psych ward for nearly a month. One day she was vibrant and well-adjusted; the next she was delusional and suicidal, convinced that her loved ones were not safe.

Mark recounts their experience in My Lovely Wife in the Psych Ward: A Memoir.