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 Strand
The Strand

When we last spoke with Andrew Gulli in April, the managing editor of The Strand magazine had just published a never-before-seen short story by F. Scott Fitzgerald, almost 75 years after his death. Now, Gulli and The Strand have done it again with another titan of American literature.

EPIX presents the Road to the NHL Winter Classic.
EPIX

One of the best new traditions in sports is coming up again — the NHL Winter Classic, which marries the magic of the pond hockey with some of sports’ grandest stages. This year, Original Six rivals the Boston Bruins and Montreal Canadiens are playing on New Year’s Day at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass.

Any Questions #224

Dec 11, 2015

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel rate this week's show NC-17.

WAMC's Midday Magazine broadcast from Dec. 9, 2015.

Any Questions #223

Dec 4, 2015

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are out to prove this wasn't all a flash in the pan.

Sheriff Paul J. Van Blarcum
Sheriff Paul J. Van Blarcum

Debate is continuing online a day after the Ulster County Sheriff, in a Facebook post, urged qualified residents to carry firearms in response to recent mass shootings.

Sheriff Paul J. Van Blarcum
Sheriff Paul J. Van Blarcum

One day after gunmen killed 14 and injured 17 more in Southern California, Ulster County Sheriff Paul J. Van Blarcum is getting a lot of attention, both supportive and critical, for a Facebook post today urging residents "who are licensed to carry a firearm to PLEASE DO SO." Van Blarcum discussed the post and the department's preparations following mass shootings with WAMC's Ian Pickus this afternoon.

Connie Shulman, left, with Laury Sacks.
Looks Like Laury, Sounds Like Laury

Looks Like Laury, Sounds Like Laury is one of the scariest films of the year, but it’s not a horror movie. It’s a loving documentary — a true story of a devastating decline. The subject is Laury Sacks, a lively actor and mother who in her mid-40s started struggling to speak. Her quick deterioration from a form of dementia affects everyone around her: family, caretakers, and a large group of friends who stand by her during the worst.

A lot has changed for our guest Vanessa Carlton since we spoke last in 2011 on the occasion of the release of her album Rabbits on the Run. The singer-songwriter moved to Nashville and married a fellow musician, then became a mother.

Any Questions #222

Nov 27, 2015

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel salute this Black Friday show.

Of all the grunge bands to emerge from the fertile Seattle scene about 25 years ago, Alice in Chains stood out for its mix of hard-driving rock and affecting harmonies. Despite Nirvana’s reputation as a groundbreaker, it was Alice in Chains that was the first to go national.

As it often does in music, however, success brought problems: drugs, canceled tours, and tragic deaths. All of this makes for compelling reading in the first proper biography of the band, Alice in Chains: The Untold Story, by David de Sola, who also charts the group’s unexpected resurgence over the past decade.

Tim Kremer
Tim Kremer

As New York state leaders work to fix the much-maligned Common Core education standards, one group with a seat at the table says standardized tests are causing anxiety among students — and now there’s data to back it up. The New York State School Boards Association and the New York Association of School Psychologists released a report Friday showing students, in many cases, internalize test pressure, especially during state tests. Tim Kremer, executive director of the New York State School Boards Association, discussed the report with WAMC’s Ian Pickus.

Ron Livingston plays John Carver in a new miniseries about the Pilgrims.
National Geographic Channcel

You might not immediately recognize Ron Livingston in the new miniseries Saints & Strangers, the two-night story of the Pilgrims’ arrival at Plymouth that debuts Sunday at 9 on the National Geographic Channel.

The actor known to a generation of fans from movies like Swingers and Office Space and series like Sex and the City and Band of Brothers appears under a matted mane as John Carver, the first governor of Plymouth Colony whose struggles began on the Mayflower and only got worse in the new world.

Any Questions #221

Nov 20, 2015

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel switch seats for a show about classic books they may or may not have read.

Richard Goldstein didn’t set out to be a literary pioneer — as a young man, he simply found himself drawn to Greenwich Village from his Bronx project where a new generation of young people was changing popular culture.

Any Questions #220

Nov 13, 2015

It's all about the Montgomerys on this week's show.

The leader of the New York state Senate, Republican John Flanagan, says he is not sympathetic to school districts who are complaining about a coming freeze on property tax collections in the next school year.

Any Questions #219

Nov 6, 2015

It's a birthday dirge today as resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel and WAMC's Ian Pickus switch seats.

Any Questions #218

Oct 30, 2015

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel return to an annual October tradition: the series.

Alan Barnes

Simon Townshend is highly regarded for his raw and honest songwriting, meticulous playing and distinctive vocals — apparent on his latest album, Denial, released last year. Over the past three-plus decades, Townshend has released seven studio albums, two live albums, and two EPs.

As The Who gears up for the last leg of what the band swears will be its last tour — a claim first made in the 1980s — they’ve been opening shows with their first proper single, “I Can’t Explain,” written more than five decades ago when rock was still seen as a passing fad.

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Congresswoman Nita Lowey, a Democrat from New York's 17th District, spoke with WAMC News Monday about a $10 million federal grant to develop bus rapid transit in the Hudson Valley as part of the construction of the New Tappan Zee Bridge project. She also discussed Paul Ryan's potential as Speaker and Hillary Clinton's campaign now that Vice President Joe Biden is officially not running.

Doby Photography /NPR

Our guest Ari Shapiro has been a frequent voice on WAMC's airwaves as an NPR correspondent for years. He spent four years covering the White House and five as Justice Correspondent; in fact, he was once an intern for NPR's Legal Affairs Correspondent Nina Totenberg. Now, he is on to his next job, and it's his highest-profile gig yet: anchor of All Things Considered, which airs on WAMC weekdays 4-6 p.m.

Any Questions #217

Oct 23, 2015

Listen up! Resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel is back.

Lucas Willard / WAMC

New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli on Tuesday toured a high-tech company in Troy. Apprenda, a software firm whose headquarters are on River Street, has received $1.2 million in investments from the New York State Pension Fund’s in-state private equity investment program. DiNapoli, a Democrat, oversees the state pension fund. He spoke with WAMC’s Ian Pickus about the tour and a push this week for more infrastructure spending.

Any Questions #216

Oct 16, 2015

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are blushing red this week.

The Cooking Channel

For many people around my age, Tia Mowry was familiar and welcome figure growing up; her sitcom with her twin Tamera, Sister Sister, was a sensation when it debuted in 1994. Mowry’s quick wit and winning performance endeared her to more than one generation of fans.

WAMC

As has been long expected, New York State Assemblyman Pete Lopez, a Republican from Schoharie, is the latest candidate to join the field to replace retiring Congressman Chris Gibson. Lopez, who represents the 102nd district, has been in the Assembly since 2007. Lopez once worked as a staffer for former gubernatorial candidate John Faso, who is also seeking the 19th district seat. Lopez discussed his potential candidacy with WAMC.

Any Questions #215

Oct 9, 2015

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel have a case of the Thursdays.

Any Questions #214

Oct 2, 2015

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel switch spots for a show about battles.

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