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 January 11, 2013

Any Questions? #72

Hosted by WAMC’s Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel, this week’s Any Questions? focuses on the initials “DH.”

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WAMC News
12:10 pm
Sun January 6, 2013

Boston Globe's Johnson on Barney Frank's Senate gambit

Barney Frank, Congressman from Massachusetts (Democrat), 4th District; Chairman, Financial Services Committee, USA captured during the session 'The Next Global Crisis' of the Annual Meeting 2010 of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, January 27, 2010
Credit World Economic Forum

Political observers widely expect Massachusetts Senator John Kerry to be confirmed as the nation’s next Secretary of State, leaving an interim Senate term to be filled in his wake. What they didn’t expect was the about-face this week by now retired Democratic Congressman Barney Frank, who announced that he would be interested in filling Kerry’s seat in the run-up to a special election. WAMC’s Ian Pickus spoke about Frank’s next act with Glen Johnson, who covers politics for The Boston Globe.

Arts & Culture
6:25 pm
Fri January 4, 2013

Any Questions? #71

John Linnell and John Flansburgh of They Might Be Giants

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are thrilled to welcome a special guest player, John Flansburgh of They Might Be Giants.

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The Roundtable
10:35 am
Fri January 4, 2013

Songwriter Kenny Young mixes African sounds and pop

WAMC's Ian Pickus speaks with songwriter and producer Kenny Young (“Under the Boardwalk”), who heads a climate change effort called Artists Project Earth whose latest album, Rhythms Del Mundo: Africa, is now out. The project gets local artists to reinterpret American pop songs.

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The Roundtable
11:35 am
Thu January 3, 2013

A Light That Never Goes Out: Tony Fletcher on The Smiths

WAMC's Ian Pickus speaks with Hudson Valley-based rock journalist Tony Fletcher, author of A Light That Never Goes Out: The Enduring Saga of the Smiths.

Thanks to a short but brilliant run of greatness, a rash of timeless songs, and focused self-mythologizing by their eternally fascinating frontman, The Smiths remain a cultural touchstone more than 25 years since their acrimonious breakup.

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The Roundtable
10:10 am
Thu January 3, 2013

Janie Hendrix on her brother's lasting lyrics

WAMC's Ian Pickus speaks with Janie Hendrix, sister of Jimi and compiler of Jimi Hendrix: The Ultimate Lyric Book. Janie Hendrix heads the company Experience Hendrix, LLC.

Had Jimi Hendrix lived past his untimely death in 1970, he would have turned 70 in November. The world can only guess at all of the music and experimental performances we’ve missed out on over the past four decades.

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Politics
12:10 pm
Sun December 30, 2012

Massachusetts Senate seat scramble begins

Mark Arsenault

WAMC’s Ian Pickus speaks with  Mark Arsenault, a Boston Globe Metro reporter who covers politics and who wrote this week about the coming Senate seat scramble in the Bay State.

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Arts & Culture
6:25 pm
Fri December 28, 2012

Any Questions? #70

With 2012 coming to a close, it's time for Ian and Mike to clear the shelves of old trivia.

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Arts & Culture
6:25 pm
Fri December 21, 2012

Any Questions? #69

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel undertake what might well be their very last show.

Last week's challenge
Think of an eight-letter word beginning with T that names a part of an airport. Change one letter to an O to spell the name of a foreign city. What is the word and what is the city?
Answer: The word is TERMINAL. If you change the T to an O, you can spell MONTREAL.

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The Roundtable - Tune for Today
11:25 am
Tue December 18, 2012

Tune for Today

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