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
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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The Roundtable
10:35 am
Mon September 17, 2012

Gloria Steinem at Vassar College

Jenny Warburg

Gloria Steinem co-founded Ms. Magazine in 1972. She was one of its editors for 15 years and continues to serve as a consulting editor for Ms., and played an integral part in the magazine’s move to be published by the Feminist Majority Foundation. In 1968 she helped found New York magazine, where she was a political columnist and wrote feature articles.

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The Roundtable
10:10 am
Mon September 17, 2012

78th Annual Berkshire Harvest Festival

Poster by Marc and Eileen Rosenthal

The 78th Annual Berkshire Harvest Festival --one of the largest and longest running events of its kind in the country-- takes place at the Berkshire Botanical Garden in Stockbridge, MA on October 6th and 7th from 10:00am to 5:00pm. The Berkshire Harvest Festival features crafts, food, live music, a silent auction, kids’ activities – and more!

We are joined by Executive Director of the Berkshire Botanical Garden, Molly Boxer and Chairman of their Trustees, Matt Larkin.

The Roundtable - Question of the Day
9:20 am
Mon September 17, 2012

Question of the Day - Decided voter?

Election Day is just seven weeks away, and the President and Governor Romney are working to convince swing voters -- and swing states -- to support them. Our Question of the Day: have you already made up your mind, and if not, what could change it before you vote?

New York News
7:16 am
Mon September 17, 2012

Deceptive Texting Company to Pay Penalty

AG. Eric Schneiderman

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says a California company that sent 150,000 deceptive text messages to cell phones in New York has agreed to stop the texting and pay a $500,000 penalty.

He says Game Theory LLC of San Jose sent messages mentioning things like a "secret crush," diet tips and the phrase "Someone thinks you're hot!" to trick recipients into unwittingly signing up for $9.99-a-month textmessaging services from May 23, 2011 to July 5, 2011.

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Arts & Culture
5:18 pm
Fri September 14, 2012

Any Questions #55

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel don their finest black robes for a show about famous court cases.

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New York News
7:44 am
Fri September 14, 2012

NY Primaries Set the Stage for November

David Soares' primary win virtually assures a third time as Albany District Attorney

Two incumbent New York state Senators who broke with the Republican party over last year’s same-sex marriage vote woke up this morning unsure of whether they would survive Thursday’s close primary. 

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Capital District News
1:00 pm
Thu September 13, 2012

Democratic District Attorney Primary Ends Hard Fight

Lee Kindlon

Today’s primary voting marks the conclusion of a bitter campaign for the Democratic nomination for Albany County District Attorney. 

Incumbent David Soares is seeking a third four-year term against attorney Lee Kindlon, an ex-Marine prosecutor who works in his family’s high-profile Capital District firm and blames Soares for Albany County’s high crime rate.

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New York News
7:33 am
Thu September 13, 2012

New York Primary Elections Take Place Around State

Voters across New York state are headed to the polls today for state and local primary elections. 

Polls opened at 6 this morning in Nassau, Suffolk, Westchester, Rockland, Orange, Putnam and Erie Counties, and will remain open until 9. Voting begins at noon in all other counties.

Republican State Senator Roy MacDonald is hoping to hold off a challenge from Saratoga County Clerk Kathy Marchione in the 43rd district, a race MacDonald likely would not be running if not for his aisle-crossing vote for same-sex marriage last year.

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WAMC News
7:50 am
Tue September 11, 2012

Thousands of MA Immigrants Set for Citizenship

Martha Johnson from Liberia, right, attends and American history and civic class in Chelsea, Mass., in preparation for a naturalization test.
Rodrique Ngowi AP

Thousands of immigrants living in Massachusetts are set to swear allegiance to the United States during a naturalization ceremony in Boston.

Nearly 2,400 immigrants from 132 countries will take the Oath of Allegiance at TD Garden on Tuesday afternoon.

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services says this is one of the largest groups of foreign-born residents to be naturalized at the home of the Boston Bruins.

Former Boston mayor and U.S. ambassador to the Vatican, Ray Flynn, will address the new Americans.

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