Capital Region News
11:41 am
Fri January 23, 2015

Wrinkles In Schenectady Casino Planning

Mohawk Harbor Brownfield sign at the site of the planned Rivers Casino in Schenectady.

As the Rivers Casino project in Schenectady moves forward,  there are some bumps in the road.

A little more than a month ago, public officials and businesspeople were celebrating Schenectady’s casino win. But now, David Giacalone of anti-gaming group Stop the Schenectady Casino is raising concerns over proposed C-3 Waterfront-Casino zoning amendments.

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Arts & Culture
11:35 am
Fri January 23, 2015

World Premiere Of 'How Water Behaves' At TheRep


  It all begins when sweet Nan and her out-of-work webmaster hubby, Steve, realize they can't afford to keep up the extravagant gift giving that has become their family's tradition. In an effort to make everyone happy, they announce that they have made a gift to a charity in everyone's name. Except it's a fictitious charity. No problem — until the website that Steve creates to seal the deal becomes prey to cyberspace hijinks, with deliciously funny and unpredictable results.

This is the plot of the play How Water Behaves by Sherry Kramer – the world premiere of which is currently running at Capital Repertory Theatre in Albany, NY. The show is directed by acclaimed theatre director Gordon Greenberg and co-stars Nisi Sturgis as Nan and Michael McCorry Rose as Hank.

New England News
11:32 am
Fri January 23, 2015

Pittsfield Commission Dismisses Discrimination Complaint Against Mayor

Credit Jim Levulis / WAMC

Pittsfield’s Human Rights Commission has dismissed a discrimination complaint against Mayor Dan Bianchi made by a black woman last year.

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The Roundtable
11:25 am
Fri January 23, 2015

Classical Music According To Yehuda #143

  In this week's Classical Music According to Yehuda, Alan Chartock and Yehuda Hanani continue their discussion of baroque music and share Bach's Coffee Cantata.

The Roundtable
11:12 am
Fri January 23, 2015

'The Grown Ups' By Robin Antalek

  There will be a reading and book launch celebration at Northshire Bookstore for Saratoga Springs author Robin Antalek’s new novel, The Grown Ups.

The book is an evocative coming-of-age novel involving three friends who explore what it means to be happy, what it means to grow up, and the difficulties in doing both together.

Antalek is also the author of The Summer We Fell Apart. She will be at the Northshire Bookstore in Saratoga Springs at 6PM on Thursday, January 29th.

Congressional Corner
10:50 am
Fri January 23, 2015

Congressional Corner With Joe Courtney

  Parts of our region play a major role in the country’s naval defenses.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Connecticut representative Joe Courtney tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock about Electric Boat.

New York News
10:36 am
Fri January 23, 2015

In 2010, Silver Briefly Discussed Lawmakers' Outside Income On WAMC

Speaker Silver
Credit WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

U.S. Attorney Preet Bhara said Thursday that New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver traded his influence to amass millions of dollars in graft. Silver, a Manhattan Democrat who has run the Assembly for two decades, was arrested and faces up to 100 years in prison if convicted on all counts. At issue is Silver’s outside income as a lawyer, earned on top of his $121,000 salary as speaker. Over the years, Silver has been a frequent guest on WAMC’s Capitol Connection with Alan Chartock. The outside income issue came up during a 2010 show, recorded during negotiations over an ethics bill with then-Governor David Paterson.

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The Roundtable
10:35 am
Fri January 23, 2015

Ideas Matter - Vermont Reads And Why Stories Matter

  We are very happy to continue our regular feature – Ideas Matter: Checking in with the Public Humanities.

Today we check in with Vermont Humanities Council and discuss why stories matter. This is the thirteenth year of Vermont Reads, in which the Vermont Humanities Council distributes, free, thousands of copies of a single book to communities around the state and invites Vermonters to use the book as the foundation for community activities related to its themes.

This year’s book is Salman Rushdie’s Haroun and the Sea of Stories. Joining us now are Peter Gilbert, Vermont Humanities Council Executive Director and Amy Cunningham, Director of Community Programs, Vermont Humanities.

The Roundtable
10:10 am
Fri January 23, 2015

Why Prison Doesn't Work And How We Can Do Better

  Through the stories of prisoners and their families, including her own family’s experiences, Maya Schenwar shows in her book, Locked Down, Locked Out: Why Prison Doesn't Work and How We Can Do Better, how the institution that locks up 2.3 million Americans and decimates poor communities of color is shredding the ties that, if nurtured, could foster real collective safety.

The Roundtable
9:00 am
Fri January 23, 2015

1/23/15 Panel

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

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Newsman Ray Graf, and Times Union Associate Editor Mike Spain.

Topics include: Sheldon Silver Charged - Should He Step Down?, King Abdullah Dead, Patriots, turmoil in Yemen, Obama and Netanhayu will not meet.