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
11:35 am
Wed October 17, 2012

Randy Bachman, from radio fanatic to radio staple

Randy Bachman

WAMC's Ian Pickus speaks with rock legend Randy Bachman, who has both shaped the sound of popular music over the past 50 years and served as one of its leading fans and curators, a living torchbearer for a many eras of rock and roll.

A guitarist, songwriter, performer and producer who penned countless hits for The Guess Who and Bachman-Turner-Overdrive, Bachman has been the host of Vinyl Tap on satellite radio since 2005, where you can hear his stories of a lifetime in music and the songs he treasures.

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New England News
7:10 am
Tue October 16, 2012

Patrick to Attend 2nd Debate

Governor Deval Patrick is heading out of town again, this time to attend the second presidentialdebate between President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney.

Patrick told reporters Monday that during the first debate Obama was great on substance but Romney was better on style.

Patrick said he thinks the fellow Democrat will be "pumped" during Tuesday's town hall style debate at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y.

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WAMC News
7:07 am
Mon October 15, 2012

9/11 Victims' Families to Watch Hearings in Cuba

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A military installation in Brooklyn is welcoming families of 9/11 victims this week — to watch pretrial hearings in Cuba for five men charged in the terrorist attacks.

The sessions in Guantanamo Bay are closed to the public. But relatives who register can see them on closed-circuit television at Fort Hamilton, a U.S. Army base. Another space there is reserved for first responders.

The military commission hearings will also be shown at forts in New Jersey, Massachusetts and Maryland.

The suspects include the self-professed mastermind of the Sept. 11 attacks.

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Arts & Culture
6:25 pm
Fri October 12, 2012

Any Questions? #59

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel take a trip to the great white way.

Last week's challenge

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Arts & Culture
6:25 pm
Fri October 5, 2012

Any Questions? #58

Touchstone Pictures

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel embark on a trivial pursuit of happiness with a Before and After show.

Last week's challenge
Think of two five-letter synonyms for “stupid person.” One starts with D, and the other starts with I. Drop one letter, and you can rearrange the remaining nine letters to spell a process that a stupid person probably isn't very good at. What are the synonyms and what is the process?

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Arts & Culture
6:26 pm
Fri September 28, 2012

Any Questions #57

It's Stupid Question day at AQ Elementary

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel finally cut to the heart of their show: this week's quiz is all about stupid questions.

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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

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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.

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