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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Some of the most memorable moments in sports history aren’t highlights, but snapshots — photographs of a brief time that define a game or an athlete for generations. Indeed, during the recent Rio Olympics, it was a Getty composite of sprinter Usain Bolt that went viral — not a video of his race. Many of these photos—and other, lesser known examples—are gathered in the new book Who Shot Sports: A Photographic History, 1843 to Present, by photography expert Gail Buckland. The book is published by Knopf.

Any Questions #262

Sep 2, 2016

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel switch seats to kick off the sixth season.

Ian Pickus and E.J. Dionne
Sarah LaDuke

E.J. Dionne of the Washington Post is a frequent presence on WAMC's airwaves, discussing the news of the week with David Brooks each Friday on All Things Considered. On Friday, he did his NPR segment from WAMC's studios in Albany and stopped by the Roundtable during his visit. His latest book Why The Right Went Wrong is now out in paperback.

Lucas Willard / WAMC

A longshot has won the marquee race at Saratoga Race Course in the fastest time in history.

Any Questions #261

Aug 26, 2016
The flad of Chad

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel chad it up this week.

Any Questions #260

Aug 19, 2016

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are back for a show all about 500.

Any Questions #259

Aug 12, 2016

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel try to keep cool by switching seats.

The Hike
Penguin

In his second novel, Drew Magary shares some characteristics with the protagonist — they’re both Marylanders by way of Minnesota with a wife and three kids. But in this modern, fantasy take on the Odyssey, none of the rules of our dimension apply. What The Hike shares with his first novel, The Postmortal, is a keen eye for action and a deep understanding of human needs, fears and longing. Magary, a correspondent for GQ and a columnist for Deadspin, has written three other books, but is maybe most proud to be a Chopped champion.

Albany International Airport
wikipedia.org

Three flights out of Albany International Airport were affected by the global Delta Airlines computer problem, which had grounded all flights. Flights from Albany to Atlanta, Detroit and Minneapolis had been delayed, affecting about 220 passengers. Airport spokesman Doug Myers spoke with WAMC News around 8:15 a.m. Monday.

Per Albany International Airport:

Delta Air Lines operations at Albany International Airport have resumed.

Delta’s Albany-Detroit flight departed at 8:33 am.

Passengers are now boarding Delta’s Albany-Minneapolis flight.

Any Questions #258

Aug 5, 2016

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are hoping to pass with flying colors.

Zika: The Emerging Epidemic book cover
Zika: The Emerging Epidemic

We've all heard plenty about the Zika virus by now, but it's hard to know how worried to be. What are our chances of getting it? Should we postpone travel plans? Donald G. McNeil Jr. is a science writer for the New York Times, and he attempts to answer those questions and more in his new book Zika: The Emerging Epidemic.

Scott Sharrard
Scott Sharrard

The guitar virtuoso Scott Sharrard is spending a good bit of time in our region over the next few weeks, and it’s a chance to hear one of the best working axmen on the road today. The music director for the Gregg Allman band, which he joined in 2008, Sharrard has also toured and recorded with The Chesterfields and as a solo artist. Right now, he’s touring with the Brickyard Band. Sharrard will play the Athens Summer Concert series in Greene County on Friday; the Madison Theater in Albany on Saturday, and the Falcon in Marlboro, NY October 14th. With Gregg Allman, Sharrard is back in Albany August 24 at the Times Union Center and in Hartford a week later.

Any Questions #257

Jul 29, 2016

It's weekly quiz time for the Pickus-Nothnagel clan.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo
Matt Ryan

New York Governor Cuomo had a full schedule Tuesday at the Democratic National Convention, aimed at showcasing some of his strengths, including supporting LGBT rights and helping the homeless. But first, he shared the stage with Hillary Clinton’s primary opponent, Senator Bernie Sanders.

Rachel Martin
Katie Burk/NPR

This week and last on WAMC we’ve been bringing you special coverage of the national political conventions from our partners at PBS and NPR. Rachel Martin has been in the thick of it — on the floor talking to delegates in the midst of stirring convention speeches. Martin is heard each week on these airwaves as host of Weekend Edition Sunday, and she joins us now from Philadelphia. 

Former Mayor George Primeau died at 62.
Dave Lucas

The city of Cohoes in Albany County is pausing to remember its former mayor.

Any Questions #256

Jul 25, 2016

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel try to short-circuit this week's show.

Any Questions #255

Jul 15, 2016

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel focus on cable news this week.

Any Questions #254

Jul 8, 2016
Wall Street Journal
Wall Street Journal / Wall Street Journal

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothangel switch seats for a show about the media.

Greg Haymes
Times Union

WAMC's Ian Pickus gets the July music picks from Nippertown's Greg Haymes.

Saint-Gobain's plant in Hoosick Falls
Lucas Willard

One day after the New York state Assembly announced it will hold hearings on water safety, Congress is getting involved in investigating the PFOA crisis in Hoosick Falls. The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform has written to the EPA and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo seeking documents about the water contamination crisis in Rensselaer County.  

Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks.
Tedeschi Trucks Band

It’s hard to believe that Tedeschi Trucks Band has only been around for six years, because they’re the kind of group that sounds permanent. The blues and rock juggernaut released its third album Let Me Get By in January, and it quickly earned popular and critical praise. And if it’s summer, it means Derek Trucks, widely considered one of the greatest guitarists in the world, is on the road. Trucks joined the Allman Brothers Band as a teen and has toured and collaborated with a who’s who of the music industry in the years since.

Any Questions #253

Jul 1, 2016

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are too clever by half.

Warren Haynes
Warren Haynes

A gifted, versatile and always busy guitar master is coming back to our region on Friday. Warren Haynes, known for his work with The Allman Brothers Band, Gov’t Mule, and The Dead, will be at Tanglewood for the latest stop on his Jerry Garcia Symphonic Celebration. Joining the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra, Haynes will be performing the music of Jerry Garcia starting at 8 p.m. Haynes will continue the tour at Bethel Woods in Sullivan County August 6 and returns with Gov’t Mule to Utica August 16.

Everybody Behaves Badly
Everybody Behaves Badly

It’s hard to imagine now, but about 90 years ago, Ernest Hemingway was not yet a modern literary master. In fact, he hadn’t even published his first novel. Living in relatively poverty in what would come to be known as the Lost Generation-era Paris, the young husband and father was on the cusp of greatness — but he needed a story. He found one in the fiesta in Pamplona — one that came as a surprise to his cohorts who later found thinly-veiled fictionalized versions of themselves in the pages of The Sun Also Rises. These events are the subject of Lesley Blume’s compelling new book Everybody Behaves Badly: The True Story Behind Hemingway’s Masterpiece The Sun Also Rises.

Any Questions #252

Jun 24, 2016

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel return with a St. John-themed show.

Rep. Neal
Jim Levulis / WAMC

Global reaction to the results of the Brexit vote has been mixed, with some supporters cheering Great Britain’s decision to leave the European Union. Others who wanted England to remain — including President Obama — are warning of financial turmoil in the wake of the 52-48 vote Thursday. Massachusetts Congressman Richard Neal, a Democrat from the 1st district, has long worked on foreign relations in the U.K. Congressman Neal discussed the Brexit vote with WAMC’s Ian Pickus on Friday.

House Democrats at a sit-in Wednesday.
Office of Rep. Esty

House Democrats have been holding a sit-in today to try to force Republicans who control the chamber to allow a vote on gun control legislation. Reports say the procedural gambit has only been attempted twice since the 1970s.  Civil Rights icon and Georgia Congressman John Lewis is among the protestors. New York Democrat Paul Tonko of the 20th district discussed the sit-in with WAMC News Wednesday afternoon.

Any Questions #251

Jun 17, 2016

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel try cool off with a quiz about ice.

Our region gets to bid farewell to one of popular music’s most beloved albums this weekend, at least on the stage. Brian Wilson and his impeccable band are coming to Tanglewood on Sunday afternoon. The tour is billed as a 50th anniversary celebration — and final concert performance in its entirety — of Pet Sounds. There are two fellow Beach Boys on tour with Wilson, including Blondie Chaplin and longtime collaborator and original member Al Jardine.

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