Commentary & Opinion
12:45 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Herbert London: Middle East Scorpions

The old story of the scorpion and the frog is pertinent yet again. A scorpion says to a frog, “will you escort me across the Red Sea? The frog replies, “Are you crazy, you will bite me and I will drown. The scorpion notes if I bite you and you drown I will drown as well since I cannot swim. The frog, persuaded by the logic, reconsiders and asks the scorpion to hop on his back as he starts to swim across the sea. Half way to his destination, the scorpion bites him. As the frog descends, he says to the scorpion, “why would you do this? Now we will both die.” The scorpion replies: “Because this is the Middle East.”

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Vox Pop
12:30 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Pets & Vets : Dr. Carrie O'Loughlin : 8/27/14

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It’s our Pets & Vets program this afternoon, and here to take your calls is Dr. Carrie O’Loughlin of Delmar Animal Hospital in Delmar, New York. 

Weather
12:26 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Meteorologist Jason Caterina's Midday Forecast

Jason Caterina
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Newschannel 13 meteorologist Jason Caterina delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Wednesday, August 27, 2014. 

New England News
12:20 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

In Wake Of Shooting, Pittsfield Community Highlights Need For Involvement And Opportunity

People lined the walls of the gym at Morningside Community School for the meeting in the wake of gang-related shooting involving two teenagers in Pittsfield, Mass.
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More than 200 people turned out for a community meeting in Pittsfield, Massachusetts Monday night to address concerns in the wake of a shooting involving two teenagers last week.

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New York News
12:15 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Democrats Hold "Women For Woolf" Rally In Glens Falls

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Democrats gathered in Glens Falls Tuesday, where Congressional candidate Aaron Woolf discussed his platform on protecting women’s rights, healthcare, and Social Security.

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The Roundtable
12:00 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Roundtable Music 8/27

The Roundtable
11:35 am
Wed August 27, 2014

'Sister Mother Husband Dog ' By Delia Ephron

  Delia and Nora Ephron were writing partners; they co-wrote the movies You've Got Mail and The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants as well as the off-Broadway hit Love, Loss and What I Wore. Delia was an assistant producer on Nora's film Sleepless in Seattle.

In her latest book, Sister Mother Husband Dog, novelist Delia Ephron writes that losing her older sister, Nora Ephron, was like "losing an arm, it's that deranging." Nora, who wrote When Harry Met Sally, died of acute myeloid leukemia in June 2012.

But for all their collaboration and closeness, Delia acknowledges that sister relationships are complicated. Sister Mother Husband Dog is a collection of autobiographical essays.

The Roundtable
11:12 am
Wed August 27, 2014

'Excellent Sheep: The Miseducation Of The American Elite And The Way To A Meaningful Life'

  As a professor at Yale, Bill Deresiewicz saw something that troubled him deeply. His students, some of the nation’s brightest minds, were adrift when it came to the big questions: how to think critically and creatively, and how to find a sense of purpose.

His new book, Excellent Sheep: The Miseducation Of The American Elite And The Way To A Meaningful Life, takes a sharp look at the high-pressure conveyor belt that begins with parents and counselors who demand perfect grades and culminates in the skewed applications Deresiewicz saw firsthand as a member of Yale’s admissions committee.

Congressional Corner
10:50 am
Wed August 27, 2014

Congressional Corner with Chris Murphy

  The last time he appeared on this program, Connecticut U.S. Senator Chris Murphy was in the House of Representatives .

In today’s Congressional Corner, Murphy tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that he has enjoyed the transition to the upper chamber.

Arts & Culture
10:35 am
Wed August 27, 2014

'Tomorrow in the Battle' At Stageworks/Hudson

  Stageworks/Hudson is presenting a return engagement of the play, Tomorrow in the Battle by Kieron Barry through August 31 at Stageworks’ Max and Lillian Katzman Theater, in Hudson, New York.

Starring Danielle Skraastad, Christopher Kelly and Olivia Gilliatt, under the direction of Laura Margolis, Tomorrow in the Battle received its world premiere at Stageworks in August 2012. Brought back by popular demand, the production played to enthusiastic houses and critical acclaim. Tomorrow in the Battle finds Simon, a heart surgeon, in a heated affair with Jennifer who is a successful young investor that he met at an opera. Though oblivious to her husband’s betrayal, Simon’s wife Anna has contrived a romantic seduction of her own.

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