Ian Pickus

News Director

A lifelong resident of the Capital Region, Ian has been with WAMC as a producer since late 2008. He began working on Morning Edition and has produced The Capitol Connection, Congressional Corner, and several other WAMC programs. Ian can also be heard filling in as Morning Edition and Weekend Edition anchor and on The Roundtable, various newscasts, and Any Questions?. An avid fan of sports and music, Ian holds a BA in English and journalism and an MA in English, both from the University at Albany. He became news director in March 2013.

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The Roundtable
11:12 am
Tue July 22, 2014

David Kinney's 'Adventures In The Land Of Bob'

Bob Dylan turned 73 this year, and his music has spawned more than a half-century of enjoyment, argument, scholarship, social change and bewilderment. Often, fan interest has crossed the line over to obsession unique to Dylan fans, many of whom think the meaning of life might be buried somewhere on Self Portrait.

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Arts & Culture
6:25 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Any Questions #151

Walter Hickey

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are joined by special guest player Walter Hickey of FiveThirtyEight.

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Arts & Culture
6:25 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Any Questions #150

To celebrate show No. 150, WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel head 150 years back in time.

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Arts & Culture
6:25 pm
Fri July 4, 2014

Any Questions #149

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel take a break from the poolside grill for a show about the Declaration.

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The Roundtable
11:20 am
Wed July 2, 2014

Graham Nash: "CSNY 1974" Incredible Album Amid The Madness

'CSNY 1974'

Crosby, Stills Nash and Young were at the height of their powers – and their excesses – when they reformed for a 24-city stadium trek in 1974 that David Crosby would term “the doom tour.” It proved to be an expensive trip with too many drugs and some of the tension that often emerges when the musicians get together. But musically, the foursome was never better – mixing a rash of new songs with blistering jams and the acoustic harmony that has been the band’s trademark for decades.

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The Roundtable
10:35 am
Tue July 1, 2014

Chris Carter Remembers "X-Files" And The Decade That Spawned It

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It was the decade that gave us OJ, Lewinsky, Seinfeld and Titanic, but also a robust economy and relative peace, and now the 1990s are getting their due.

National Geographic Channel is airing a six-part miniseries called The ‘90s: The Last Great Decade?, which examines the politics, pop culture and emerging technology of the era. Few television programs were as influential then as The X-Files, which ran for nine seasons, spawned two movies, and had Americans looking to the skies.

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New York News
10:40 am
Mon June 30, 2014

Top New York Court Upholds "Home Rule" Fracking Decision

Credit Karen DeWitt

New York's top court has ruled that local officials can approve zoning laws to ban hydraulic fracturing within their borders.

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Arts & Culture
6:25 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Any Questions #148

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel take a tour of awards.

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Congressional Corner
10:50 am
Tue June 24, 2014

Congressional Corner With Jim McGovern

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  College graduates are struggling to find jobs and pay off their loans.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Massachusetts Representative Jim McGovern tells WAMC’s Ian Pickus, sitting in for Alan Chartock, that the government should reform the student loan process.

The Roundtable
11:32 am
Mon June 23, 2014

Damien Echols, Lorri Davis Found Love On Death Row

Newly freed from prison, once-convicted child murderer Damien Echols appeared on our program two years ago and shared the troubling story of the flimsy case that sent him to death row. Arrested as teen in 1993 and charged in the murders of three Arkansas 8-year-olds, Echols faced the death penalty after a trial marked by faulty testimony and hysteria.

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