Brian Shields

Senior News Anchor

WAMC Senior Correspondent Brian Shields has been with WAMC for 23 years as senior news anchor, host and reporter.

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Immigrants in the U.S, both documented and undocumented, often face a number of challenges after they arrive from their homelands, and many of those problems need a lawyer. The Albany Law School has announced that beginning in the fall semester, students will be involved in a new immigration law clinic. Associate professor of law Sarah Rogerson is the director of the clinic.

A leading supporter of a universal health care system in the U.S. says five years after the Affordable Care Act, the law often called Obamacare just points out the deficiencies in American health care. Dr. David Himmelstein, a professor at the City University of New York School of Public Health and co-founder of Physicians For a National Health Program, will speak tonight at 7 at the UAlbany School of Public Health in East Greenbush. Dr. Himmelstein says Vermont was on the right track until Gov. Shumlin withdrew his plan.

Sari Feldman

There was a time when the public library was the place to take out books, do some studying, or research through spools of microfilm. You can still take out a book, but libraries have changed with the times. This is National Library Week, a time to speak with the president-elect of the American Library Association, Sari Feldman.

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WAMC's Brian Shields speaks with Nippertown's Greg Haymes about his April musical selections.

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Education took center stage this budget season in Albany, with teacher evaluations, testing, and tenure the major points of debate as New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and the legislature worked on the details of the spending plan, which passed this week. Tim Kremer, the Executive Director of the New York State School Boards Association, has been going over the fine print on some of the major education changes, including teacher evaluations.

While most museums focus on the past, the Iroquois Indian Museum in Howes Cave, New York makes sure the present is on display as well. Stephanie Shultes has been with the museum for 30 years, beginning as a volunteer and is now the newly appointed director.

The debate for and against Boston's bid for the 2024 Summer Olympics is well under way, with supporters now promising to bring the question to the voters in a statewide ballot referendum. Andrew Zimbalist, a professor of economics at Smith College, is the author of a new book Circus Maximus: The Economic Gamble Behind Hosting The Olympics And World Cup. He will be speaking later today at the College of Saint Rose in Albany. Zimbalist says the gamble is a long shot for Boston, with most cities losing. But he says there were two exceptions, Barcelona in 1992 and L.A. in 1984.

Times Union

WAMC's Brian Shields speaks with Nippertown's Greg Haymes about his March musical selections.

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What began four decades ago as simple garden plots in city neighborhoods has grown into an organization that now not only grows fresh food, but delivers it to people in urban neighborhoods, and also provides nutritional information for young people. To reflect their growth, Capital District Community Gardens recently changed its name to Capital Roots. Amy Klein is the Executive Director.

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The DREAM Act has once again passed the state Assembly in Albany. But once again the measure's future in the state Senate is uncertain. Supporters of the DREAM Act, which would allow the children of undocumented immigrants to receive college tuition assistance from the state, are more optimistic this year of the bill making it to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's desk. Steven Choi, the Executive Director of the New York Immigration Coalition, is in Albany today for a rally and lobbying.

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