Commentary & Opinion
3:45 pm
Tue December 23, 2014

Steve Gottlieb: Yalda And A Healthy New Year

I’m writing this after a party for what Persians call Yalda, the winter soltice. There is a significant Persian community in this area, refugees, immigrants and students. This group was put together by the Alaei brothers. They are the doctors who were imprisoned in Iran for the temerity of trying to treat people with Aids and discussing the best techniques for doing it with other doctors around the globe.  When he was released, Kamiar came here to Albany to finish his doctorate at the School of Public Health. We spent the better part of a year praying for the release of his brother Arash and as soon as he was released he joined Kamiar here in Albany. They have now been joined by their sister and Kamiar by his bride.

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WAMC News
3:43 pm
Tue December 23, 2014

Meteorologist Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Tuesday, December 23, 2014.

New England News
3:08 pm
Tue December 23, 2014

Mass. Extends Payment Deadline For Jan. 1 Health Insurance

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Due to what it’s calling heavy interest, Massachusetts is extending its payment deadline for people who want a state-based health insurance plan to December 28th.  But, people must still choose a plan by the end of today.

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WAMC Programs
3:06 pm
Tue December 23, 2014

The Book Show #1379 - Garrison Keillor

    Garrison Keillor is a storyteller, humorist, essayist, newspaper columnist, screenwriter, poet and broadcaster.

Now a single volume brings together the full range of his work: essays, stories, excerpts from novels and newspaper columns. 

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Hudson Valley News
2:02 pm
Tue December 23, 2014

Beacon's Hannukah Honors Community

Credit Courtesy of Donna Mikkelsen

Tonight is the last night of the second year of Beacon’s Hannukah celebration, honoring different sectors of the community each night. The celebration is held at the corner of a busy intersection, and this year the rabbi had an added activity – a trip to the White House.

Beacon Hebrew Alliance and BeaconArts teamed up to celebrate Illumin8tion: Lighting Up Our Community for Eight Nights of Hannukah at the Beacon bicycle menorah. The candles are bicycle wheels, strung with lights. Brent Spodek is Rabbi of Beacon Hebrew Alliance.

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Vox Pop
12:58 pm
Tue December 23, 2014

Open Forum: Holiday Cooking & Dining

Hanukkah is coming to an end, the Christmas holiday is days away, and Kwanzaa and New Year’s Eve are right around the corner. Merriment is all around, and much of it centers around dining, and entertainment. Sometimes, that requires a bit of skill in the kitchen, specifically with equipment like knives. We have Chef Bill Collins in the studio with us today, who has a few tips for carving up a delicious meal for the holidays.  

Commentary & Opinion
12:50 pm
Tue December 23, 2014

David Nightingale: A Return Trip from the Middle East

It was a month to the end of my sojourn in the Middle East.

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New York News
12:45 pm
Tue December 23, 2014

Polls: Voters Support NY Gov's Fracking Ban

Flashback to July 2010: At the New York State Capitol, actor Mark Ruffalo raises a jar of tainted water from a home near a Pennsylvania gas drilling well.
Credit WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

When New York became the second state in the nation (after Vermont)  to ban the controversial gas drilling method hydraulic fracturing, some were surprised that Governor Andrew Cuomo finally took a stance on the issue.

The fracking announcement December 17th came after six years of a de facto moratorium with a long-awaited health impact study. New York State acting Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker, who said “I cannot support high volume hydraulic fracturing in the great state of New York.”

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New England News
12:40 pm
Tue December 23, 2014

Governor Stops Vermont’s Move Towards Single-Payer

Credit Vermont Workers Center

Last week Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin told Vermonters he would stop his efforts to implement single-payer health care in the state.  The decision has upset supporters, but they say it won’t stop efforts at the state or national level to implement single-payer. 

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New England News
12:31 pm
Tue December 23, 2014

Pittsfield Teen Pleads Not Guilty In Parking Lot Shooting

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The Pittsfield teenager charged in a parking lot shooting that killed a Goshen, Massachusetts man has pleaded not guilty to murder.

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