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
10:11 am
Fri September 28, 2012

Musician, author, recovering addict, baseball nut: Steve Earle reflects

Steve Earle

WAMC's Ian Pickus speaks with Steve Earle, whose solo acoustic tour visits the Bardavon in Poughkeepsie on September 30 at 7 p.m.

Earle has long touched his fans with his heartfelt lyrics and versatile voice, and the guitar-wielding son of the South has effortlessly glided between genres over his long career.

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New England News
7:13 am
Thu September 27, 2012

Colleagues Report Being Worried About Chemist's Work

AP File Photo

 

New documents connected to the Massachusetts drug lab scandal show colleagues of the chemist at the center of it had been concerned for years that she was testing too many samples and doing questionable work.

But police reports obtained by The Associated Press show they either convinced themselves their concerns were invalid or told supervisors who didn't intervene to stop her.

The documents also show Annie Dookhan admitted to police in August that she faked test results, forged signatures and skipped proper procedures.

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The Roundtable
11:35 am
Wed September 26, 2012

Clintons' personal, political partnership remains national influence

William Chafe

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says she will retire after the current term, and her husband, former President Bill Clinton, says he has "no earthly idea" if she'll mount another run for the White House. With the country poised to vote in November, veteran Clinton watchers are already looking ahead to 2016.

WAMC's Ian Pickus speaks with Duke University history professor William Chafe about the partnership between the two -- a partnership that has helped shape decades of American history.

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The Roundtable
9:35 am
Tue September 25, 2012

Damien Echols

As one of the West Memphis Three, Damien Echols spent nearly two decades on death row for the murders of three Arkansas Cub Scouts in 1993, a crime he says he didn't commit. Last year, due to a lack of evidence, the men were released amid a flood of publicity.

New England News
7:55 am
Tue September 25, 2012

Closed MA Crime Lab Could Taint 1,100 Inmates' cases

AP File Photo

Massachusetts officials say they have identified more than 1,100 defendants serving state sentences based at least partly on drug tests by a chemist accused of failing to follow protocols and mishandling samples in a now-closed state drug lab.

David Meier, an attorney appointed to help sort through the legal quagmire, released the number on Monday. Officials say chemist Annie Dookhan was involved in testing more than 60,000 drug samples involving about 34,000 defendants.

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

Any Questions #56

Benedict Arnold

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel switch sides this week for a quiz about historical figures (and quasi-historical figures) who also switched sides.

Last week's challenge: Start with the phrase SUPREME COURT. Rearrange these 12 letters to spell a two-word phrase (eight letters in the first word, four letters in the second) that names someone who's technologically savvy. Who is it?

Answer: The person is a COMPUTER USER.

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New England News
7:56 am
Fri September 21, 2012

MA Senate Candidates Try To Build Off Debate

Incumbent Senator Scott Brown

The candidates in Massachusetts closely-watched U.S. Senate race are hoping to seize the momentum for their campaigns coming off their first head-to-head debate.

Thursday night's match-up had Republican incumbent U.S. Sen. Scott Brown and Democratic rival Elizabeth Warren sparring on tax policy, Iran's nuclear ambitions and Warren's claims of Native American heritage.

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New England News
7:22 am
Thu September 20, 2012

Senator Brown, Warren Gear Up For First Debate

Elizabeth Warren

Massachusetts voters are getting a chance to size up Republican U.S. Sen. Scott Brown and Democratic challenger Elizabeth Warren in a live televised debate.

The Thursday match-up is the first of four planned debates.

The WBZ-TV debate could help voters begin to sort through a flurry of claims and counterclaims that the two candidates have hurled at each other in television ads and press releases.

Brown has tried to frame Warren as an out-of-touch academic who's determined to raise taxes and undermine free enterprise.

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New England News
7:22 am
Tue September 18, 2012

Hometown Honors For Ex-SEAL Killed in Libya Attack

Glen Doherty
AP

Family, friends and neighbors are preparing to honor a former Navy SEAL killed in last week's attack on the U.S. consulate in Libya.

A wake is planned Tuesday afternoon for Glen Doherty at St. Eulalia Parish in his home town of Winchester. Gov. Deval Patrick is among the hundreds of people expected.

The 42-year-old Doherty and three others, including the U.S. ambassador to Libya, died in the attack. They were honored by President Barack Obama at Andrews Air Force Base near Washington on Friday. Doherty was a private security contractor.

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Arts & Culture
11:12 am
Mon September 17, 2012

Architecture Omi - Skyline Adrift Cuban Art and Architecture

http://www.artomi.org/architecture/projects_CubanArt.php

Omi International Arts Center is an organization with residency programs for international visual artists, writers, musicians, and dancers. Architecture Omi, under the direction of Peter Franck, has the mission of facilitating projects that look at the intersection of architecture, art and landscape.

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