Plattsburgh, NY – The Common Council in the city of Plattsburgh is letting the public mull over cuts in their proposed budget before voting to finalize it next week. The budget offers substantial cuts to city services and activities. But those cuts will lower a double digit tax increase to only four percent. WAMC's North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley has more.
Albany, NY – Dr. Jonathan Diamond is a psychotherapist, and a good one. He has a successful practice in Massachusetts, helping his patients through the grieving process. At the moment he learned his own father was dying, Diamond, whose relationship with him as a rocky one, decided to navigate his own emotions in an attempt to take back what was stolen - a healthy relationship with his father.
Albany, NY – When Daniel Mendelsohn would walk into a room, his older Jewish relatives would invariably pinch his cheeks and exclaim in think Yiddish accents, "He looks so much like Shmiel." Smiel was his grandfather's brother who was murdered, along with his wife and four daughters in Poland during World War II. But that was all the family he knew.
Albany, NY – Sixty years later, the Holocaust still horrifies us in large part because of the mass systematic extermination that took place. Yet, at the same time, it's because there were so many victims that today we have a hard time grasping the enormity of the event.
Bard Professor Daniel Mendelsohn has just come out with a new book that helps personalize the tragedy. It's called, "The Lost: A Search for Six of Six Million." In it, he takes the reader on a quest to find out what happened to his own Polish relatives during WWII.
Albany, NY – Coming up on In Our Backyard: Ward holds forth on foie gras. We'll hear his top resolutions for a long, prosperous and environmentally sound 2007. Somewhere, Jules Verne is smiling. The reason? A giant squid was filmed for the first time this past week by a Japanese Research team.
Plattsburgh, NY – Ski areas have been struggling with a lack of snow and the warm weather all season. The week between Christmas and New Year's is the industry's prime week of the season. But ski areas in this region had a lukewarm holiday, both in temperatures and lack of snow. WAMC's North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley has more.