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New England News
12:45 pm
Tue January 27, 2015

State Officials Outline Enhanced Water Quality Initiatives

Vermont Attorney General Bill Sorrell (left), Vermont Agriculture Secretary Chuck Ross (center) and Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner David Mears (right) at St. Albans meeting
Credit WAMC/Pat Bradley

Vermont officials have outlined new steps to address agricultural pollution in Lake Champlain that emphasize stewardship and enhanced accountability.

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Hudson Valley News
12:43 pm
Tue January 27, 2015

START-UP At Stewart Is Met With Different Views

Credit The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey

A proposal to make Stewart International Airport in Orange County a tax-free zone, included in New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s State of the State address earlier this month, is drawing mixed reviews. 

When speaking about infrastructure during his January 21 State of the State address, Governor Andrew Cuomo addressed plans for two regional airports.

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New England News
12:04 pm
Tue January 27, 2015

Eastern Parts Of MA And CT Hit Hardest By Storm, Affects Entire Region

Credit National Weather Service

Many parts of Massachusetts and Connecticut are breaking out of a standstill after a highly-touted winter storm blanketed the region. But, the blast wasn’t as powerful as most anticipated.

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The Roundtable
12:00 pm
Tue January 27, 2015

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The Roundtable
11:50 am
Tue January 27, 2015

Listener Essay - My Long Lost Friend

  

  Albert Stern's stories have appeared in the New York Times, Salon.com, Nerve.com, and the Jewish Daily Forward. He lives in Berkshire County, and works as a tutor, editor, and writing coach.

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Vox Pop
11:39 am
Tue January 27, 2015

Open Forum: Winter Storm Juno

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  Yesterday there were dire predictions about a noreaster named Juno that would bring record-breaking blizzard conditions to the northeast. It prompted state-of-emergency declarations, mass transit shutdowns, school closings and road closings. For the most of the region, its bark was larger than its bite, as snowfall totals came in far under what was predicted. But some parts of our region did indeed get pummeled. 

The Roundtable
11:30 am
Tue January 27, 2015

"Animal Madness" By Laurel Braitman

  Charles Darwin developed his evolutionary theories by looking at physical differences in Galapagos finches and fancy pigeons. Alfred Russell Wallace investigated a range of creatures in the Malay Archipelago. Laurel Braitman got her lessons closer to home—by watching her dog. Oliver snapped at flies that only he could see, ate Ziploc bags, towels, and cartons of eggs. He suffered debilitating separation anxiety, was prone to aggression, and may even have attempted suicide. Her experience with Oliver forced Laurel to acknowledge a form of continuity between humans and other animals that, first as a biology major and later as a PhD student at MIT, she’d never been taught in school. Nonhuman animals can lose their minds. And when they do, it often looks a lot like human mental illness.

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The Roundtable
11:12 am
Tue January 27, 2015

'Once Upon A Revolution: An Egyptian Story' By Thanassis Cambanis

  In January 2011, in Cairo’s Tahrir Square, a group of strangers sparked a revolution. Basem, an apolitical middle-class architect, jeopardized the lives of his family when he seized the chance to improve his country. Moaz, a contrarian Muslim Brother, defied his own organization to join the opposition.

These revolutionaries had little more than their idealism with which to battle the secret police, the old oligarchs, and a power-hungry military determined to keep control.

In Once Upon A Revolution: An Egyptian Story, Thanassis Cambanis tells the story of the dreamers who brought Egypt to the brink of freedom, and the dark powerful forces that—for the time being—stopped them short.

The Roundtable
10:45 am
Tue January 27, 2015

Renegade Farmers And The Future of Food In America

  The story of the Lentil Underground begins on a 280-acre homestead rooted in America’s Great Plains: the Oien family farm. Forty years ago, corporate agribusiness told small farmers like the Oiens to “get big or get out.” But twenty-seven-year-old David Oien decided to take a stand, becoming the first in his conservative Montana county to plant a radically different crop: organic lentils. Unlike the chemically dependent grains American farmers had been told to grow, lentils make their own fertilizer and tolerate variable climate conditions, so their farmers aren’t beholden to industrial methods.

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The Roundtable
10:10 am
Tue January 27, 2015

The Fight To Fix Our Broken Healthcare System

  America's Bitter Pill: Money, Politics, Back-Room Deals, and the Fight to Fix Our Broken Healthcare System is Steven Brill’s much-anticipated, sweeping narrative of how the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, was written, how it is being implemented, and, most important, how it is changing—and failing to change—the rampant abuses in the healthcare industry.

Brill probed the depths of our nation’s healthcare crisis in his trailblazing Time magazine Special Report, which won the 2014 National Magazine Award for Public Interest.

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