Brian Shields

Senior News Anchor

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


12:38 pm
Mon November 18, 2013

Alzheimer's Foundation Of America President Urges Early Detection

Credit Alzheimer's Foundation of America

When does a senior moment turn into something more serious? We can be forgetful at any age, and that’s likely to increase as we get older, but when does memory loss become a diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease. November is National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month. Carol Steinberg, the President of the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, says five million people in the U.S. have Alzheimer’s and that number is expected to be at least 15-million by 2050.

New York News
12:20 pm
Fri November 8, 2013

Assemblywoman Cracks Down On Puppy Mills

Credit Linda Rosenthal

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is being urged to sign into law a bill that would give local governments across New York more power to regulate pet dealers, thereby cracking down on abusive puppy mills that supply dogs.

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New York News
12:38 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

Activist Fluke To Headline Regional Planned Parenthood Celebration

Sandra Fluke

In February of last year, Georgetown University law student Sandra Fluke testified before Congress regarding religious exemptions to the birth control coverage in the Affordable Care Act.

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12:15 pm
Mon October 14, 2013

Wisdom From The Oval Office

Credit History Publishing Co.

“Ask not what your country can do for you,” ”Walk softly and carry a big stick” and “The buck stops here,” all well-known and often quoted sayings from Presidents John F. Kennedy, Theodore Roosevelt, and Harry Truman, respectively, but all of the presidents have said many things over the years, much of which has never been heard, or has been forgotten, until now. Pierce Word, a writer and historian based in Chicago, has collected all of those presidential quotes in the book Wisdom from the Oval Office-Words from George Washington to the Present, published by history publishing company.  The author broke down the quotes into 40 chapters, all with different themes Including democracy, god, liberty, life, trust and war, and each chapter begins with the early presidents and continues in order to Barack Obama.

3:32 pm
Fri September 20, 2013

EPA Regional Administrator Judith Enck On Power Plant Pollution

The Environmental Protection Agency says global warming is one of the most significant public health threats of our time. That's according to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy. McCarthy is defending a plan to curb carbon pollution in a speech this morning. She says global warming is not just about melting glaciers. The proposal is the first significant step in President Barack Obama's climate plan, but the plan only deals with future power plants. Judith Enck is the EPA Regional Administrator.

3:40 pm
Fri September 13, 2013

Nippertown's Greg Haymes' Weekend Music Picks With Brian Shields

Credit Times Union

Nippertown's Greg Haymes visits with some September music selections.

M.R. POULOPOULOS: "Skeleton Dream" from his new album Harvest the Heart playing at The Linda at 8 p.m. tonight and at Art in the Park at Congress Park in Saratoga Springs at noon on Saturday.

JIM GAUDET & THE RAILROAD BOYS: "Johnny Was an Outlaw" from their new album, Reasons That I Run playing at the Steamer No. 10 Theatre in Albany at 8 p.m. on Saturday.

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12:18 pm
Fri September 13, 2013

Counterterror Expert Discusses Syrian Rebels

Credit CIA

We have heard a lot about the rebels fighting in the Syrian civil war against the forces of Bashar Al-Assad, but who are these fighters? Malcolm Nance spent 20 years as a counter-intelligence officer in the U.S. military and taught terrorism survival. He also lived in Syria and Lebanon and can speak  Syrian-dialect Arabic.

Nance will speak tonight at 7 p.m. at the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce at 1 North St. in Hudson, in a speech sponsored by the Columbia County Democratic Committee.

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Arts & Culture
3:35 pm
Fri September 6, 2013

Steve Katz Brings Varied Legacy To Linda


Steve Katz will bring his more than five decades in music to the Linda, WAMC’s performing arts studio, tomorrow night. Steve Katz began his musical journey as a youngster in Schenectady, and headed to Greenwich Village before carving out a career with groups including the Blues Project and Blood, Sweat and Tears. He also worked as a record producer and “A & R” man.  Steve Katz will bring his guitars and his memories to the Linda tomorrow night. But it all began with a TV appearance on the old Teenage Barn program on WRGB in Schenectady.

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New York News
12:12 pm
Tue August 27, 2013

Poor Test Scores Loom Over New School Year

Tim Kremer

Students in New York will return to class with some rather gloomy test results hanging over the new school year. This summer, state education officials released statewide test results that showed a drop in the math and English scores for third through eighth graders as the new Common Core standards take hold. What does it mean for the schools? We spoke today to the executive director of the New York State School Boards Association, Tim Kremer.

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