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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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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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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