WAMC Programs
3:06 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

The Book Show #1357 - Joanna Rakoff

    At twenty-three, after leaving graduate school to pursue her dreams of becoming a poet, Joanna Rakoff moved to New York City and took a job as assistant to the storied literary agent for J. D. Salinger. She was tasked with answering Salinger’s voluminous fan mail.

Her memoir of that time is called: My Salinger Year.

Hudson Valley News
1:49 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Public Hearings Focus On DEC Proposal For Indian Point Summer Closures

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A proposal from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation to force the closure of Indian Point during periods of the summer season to cut down on fish kills is the subject of public hearings Tuesday in Westchester County. Both sides say they want to protect the Hudson River, but the methods differ.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:50 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Bob Goepfert: Saratoga Shakespeare's "MacBeth"

At the top of the conventional wisdom list is the assumption that if you do a play of William Shakespeare in an outdoor setting, you must choose a comedy or a romance.  Under no circumstance should you do a tragedy outside.

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New England News
12:45 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

New Political Action Committee Formed In Vermont

Credit Vision to Action Vermont

A new political action committee has been formed in Vermont. Founders of the bi-partisan PAC plan to support candidates who will promote and advocate for fiscal responsibility.

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Capital Region News
12:33 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

CDTA Gets "Smart"

Credit WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

New technology and changing social norms are impacting public transportation. "Smart" devices, electric buses and smoking all are being scrutinized by the Capital District Transportation Authority.

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Central New York News
12:32 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Utica College Students Visit Ancient Albanian Archaeological Site

Utica college students taking a class on osteology - the study of bones - in Albania's Butrint National Park
Credit Tom Crist

Earlier this summer, a group of students from Utica College and a few other schools spent three weeks at an ancient archeological site in southern Albania. It was the most recent group to take part in an unlikely collaboration between the college and a national park in a little known part of the world.

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New York News
12:30 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

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Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Tuesday, July 22, 2014.

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The Roundtable
11:35 am
Tue July 22, 2014

"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 July 22, 2014

David Kinney's 'Adventures In The Land Of Bob'

Bob Dylan turned 73 this year, and his music has spawned more than a half-century of enjoyment, argument, scholarship, social change and bewilderment. Often, fan interest has crossed the line over to obsession unique to Dylan fans, many of whom think the meaning of life might be buried somewhere on Self Portrait.

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Congressional Corner
10:50 am
Tue July 22, 2014

Congressional Corner With Sean Eldridge

Credit Courtesy of Sean Eldridge for Congress

  The Common Core has divided many Americans.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Sean Eldridge — a Democratic candidate for New York’s 19th district seat — discusses education with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.