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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Arts & Culture
6:25 pm
Fri June 7, 2013

Any Questions? #93

Guest player Doug Peterson

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel welcome loyal listener Doug Peterson all the way from California to play.

Last week's challenge:

Start with the last name of an actor in All The President’s Men. If you add three letters, you can rearrange to name a key figure in the Watergate affair. Who are these people?

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Arts & Culture
6:25 pm
Fri May 31, 2013

Any Questions? #92

Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward of Watergate fame.
Credit CBS News

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel switch seats for a show about Watergate.

Last week's challenge
Think of a six-letter word starting with E associated with a famous codebreaking event in history. Change one letter to an R and rearrange the result to get another word associated with that event. What are the words?

Answer: The word is Enigma. If you replace the I with an R, you can rearrange the letters to spell German.

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The Roundtable
11:45 am
Fri May 31, 2013

"Twin Peaks" Alum Ray Wise Celebrates Turn Among "All These Devils" In Hollywood

Actor Ray Wise hopes to portray the devil again.

Actor Ray Wise is a familiar face on stage and screen, who first became known to a national audience more than three decades ago thanks to roles on shows like Dallas, T.J. Hooker, Trapper John, L.A. Law, Knots Landing, Star Trek: The Next Generation, and countless others.

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Arts & Culture
6:25 pm
Fri May 24, 2013

Any Questions? #91

The telegraph

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel get ready for Memorial Day with a show about codes.

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The Roundtable
11:50 am
Tue May 21, 2013

Dead At 74, Doors Founder Ray Manzarek Celebrated Dionysian Legacy

Ray Manzarek

Organist Ray Manzarek, a founding member of The Doors, died yesterday after a battle with cancer.

If Jim Morrison got the life-after-death rock sainthood that attaches itself to the genre’s fallen frontmen, Ray Manzarek became the torchbearer for the sometimes loved, sometimes despised, always compelling group that was both a pop success and a beguiling circus.

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Politics
12:43 pm
Mon May 20, 2013

New York State Senator Hoylman Concerned About LGBT Violence In District, JCOPE

Sen. Hoylman
Credit Sen. Hoylman

This weekend, an openly gay man was shot to death after a confrontation in Greenwich Village Friday in what police commissioner Ray Kelly is calling a hate crime. According to New York state Senator Brad Hoylman of Manhattan, whose district includes Greenwich Village, the incident was at least the fifth instance of anti-gay violence in Manhattan this month.

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Politics
12:50 pm
Sun May 19, 2013

David Brooks: Times Columnist, NPR Pundit, Skidmore College Honoree

David Brooks
Credit Josh Haner/The New York Times

New York Times columnist David Brooks visited our region this weekend to receive an honorary degree at Skidmore College’s commencement ceremony in Saratoga Springs.  Brooks is familiar to WAMC listeners as a political analyst for National Public Radio whose Friday segments with E.J. Dionne are required week-in-review listening.  He spoke with WAMC's Ian Pickus about his advice to young people and the political week that was.

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Arts & Culture
8:34 am
Fri May 17, 2013

Any Questions? #90

WAMC’s Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel focus on famous scandals tagged with the “-gate” moniker.

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The Roundtable
10:10 am
Mon May 13, 2013

Knicks Great Earl "The Pearl" Monroe Looks Back, Ahead

Simply one of the greatest basketball players of all time, Earl Monroe rose from the rough streets of South Philadelphia to the Hall of Fame in nearby Springfield.

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