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Could I summon the resolve to eat a grasshopper?

That was the question.

It's certainly a good idea to think about eating insects. Food specialists would like people around the world to think about eating insects — an excellent source of protein.

Not everyone is a fan of the idea, for the obvious reasons.

But in northeastern Nigeria, deep-fried grasshoppers, spiced with powdered chili, are a local favorite.

Ado Garba told me that he loves eating grasshoppers. I could tell, admiringly, that he is a hopper connoisseur.

Facebook: New York State Police

A U.S. Army soldier was charged Monday with murder in the fatal shooting of a New York State Police trooper who was responding to a domestic dispute.

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses this morning's roundtable in the Berkshires, upcoming meeting between President Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin, a hacking at a U.S. nuclear facility, and Governor Cuomo's pressure to improve public transit before his reelection.

WAMC's David Guistina talks with Mike Spain, associate editor of the Times Union about a charter school proposal that would allow uncredited teachers to work, and a push to sue pharmaceutical companies that produce opioids.

Cyclist Marcel Kittel
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CYCLING: Marcel Kittel had little trouble winning the sixth stage of the Tour de France in a mass sprint finish Thursday with Peter Sagan and Mark Cavendish both no longer in the race. Chris Froome held on to the leader's yellow jersey. It was Kittel's second victory in this year's race and 11th overall in his Tour career.

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Morning Forecast

Jul 7, 2017
Paul Caiano

Here's NewsChannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano's WAMC Regional Forecast:

Mostly cloudy today with scattered showers and thunderstorms.  Highs in the lower 80's.

Cloudy with showers and thunderstorms tonight. Lows in the 60's.

Mostly cloudy tomorrow with scattered showers and thunderstorms.  Highs in the lower 80's.

Five Mualimm-ak remembers the first time he saw his son Omar, and all the preparation he did for that moment.

"I went to classes. I had like 50 books, so that I could help deliver you," Five tells Omar. "I wanted to make sure I was the first person to touch you."

The night Omar was born, Five says he fell asleep in the hospital holding him.

"I think it was the most joyous time in my life," he says.

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses the North Korea nuclear threat, President Trump's upcoming meeting with Vladimir Putin, and a republican condemnation of President Trump's tweets.

Meteorologist Jordan Sherman's Morning Forecast

Jul 6, 2017

Here's Meteorologist Jordan Sherman's Forecast:

Today: Mostly sunny becoming mostly cloudy...Highs in the mid 70s to lower 80s with light south wind. Shower chances are generally limited to west of the Hudson Valley

Tonight: Mostly Cloudy skies with organized rain for southern zones. Rain is heaviest for the lower Hudson Valley and Southern New England. Lighter, but steadier rain is still possible for parts of the Mid Hudson Valley, Taconics, and Western New England into Southern Vermont. Temps will be in the lower 60s.

Tomorrow: Mostly cloudy skies, with some breaks of sunshine...Temps range from the mid 7os to lower 80s...South to Southwest wind will be around 5-10 mph

A trial is set to begin in a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of a Massachusetts law that requires voters to register at least 20 days before an election.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts, along with the national ACLU Voting Rights Project and a Boston law firm, filed the lawsuit in November.

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WAMC'S David Guistina talks with Judy Patrick of the Daily Gazette about the death of a Northville police officer, and the swearing in of new U.S. citizens on the Fourth of July.

Basketball player Gordon Hayward

NBA: Gordon Hayward has decided to sign with the Boston Celtics, and leave the Utah Jazz after seven seasons. Hayward has told the Jazz that he is leaving and reuniting with his college coach, the Celtics' Brad Stevens. The Miami Heat also were in the race to land Hayward in free agency.

With well over $1.2 billion in deals done and counting, NBA teams are spending again during free agency this summer. But unlike a year ago, there seems to be a bit more caution in how these deals are put together, by both the teams and the players involved. Kevin Durant has agreed to a two-year, $53 million deal. He'll have the option to return to free agency again next summer.

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Meteorologist Jordan Sherman's Morning Forecast

Jul 4, 2017

Meteorologist Jordan Sherman's forecast...

Today: Sunny skies and comfortable humidity levels. Highs in the 70s to 80s. Light wind.

Tonight: Clear skies with light wind. Lows primarily in the 50s

Tomorrow: Mostly sunny skies. Highs in the 70s to 80s. Light Wind.

Two years ago, near the end of California's devastating drought, Tom Moore stood on the banks of the depleted Kern River in Southern California and looked out at the slow-moving waters dejectedly.

"We call that a creek," he said of the mighty Kern.

Moore is the owner of Sierra South, a whitewater recreation company in Kernville, Calif. And with the drought, there wasn't much in the way of whitewater.

Oh, how things change.

New York City Subways.

WAMC's David Guistina talks with Ken Lovett of the New York Daily News about Governor Andrew Cuomo's efforts to resolve the MTA transit crisis before his reelection next year, and Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.  

#SportsReport: Rookies Command MLB All Star Vote

Jul 3, 2017
Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper.
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MLB:  Nick Pivetta allowed one hit in seven impressive innings for his second major league win, and the Philadelphia Phillies stopped the New York Mets' four-game winning streak with a 7-1 victory. Maikel Franco had a two-run double in a four-run second aided by a pair of sacrifice bunts. Rookie catcher Andrew Knapp added an RBI single and dashed home from second on a wild pitch by Rafael Montero.

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Trump's Latest Tweet Is Roundly Criticized

Jun 30, 2017

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Let's go next to India, where the world's largest democracy tomorrow rolls out an overhaul of the tax system, which has a lot of Indians concerned. NPR's Julie McCarthy reports.

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A hundred years ago this month, American soldiers known as doughboys began arriving in France to fight in World War I. As NPR's Eleanor Beardsley reports, all year long, France is going to be remembering Uncle Sam's troops.


WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses President Trump's upcoming meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, a potential subpoena from the House Intelligence Committee regarding tapes, recordings or memos of meetings between the president and former FBI Director James Comey and Trump's tweets about MSNBC's "Morning Joe" co-host Mika Brzezinski. 

New York state Capitol
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WAMC's Jim Levulis speaks with Ken Lovett of the New York Daily News about the end of a special legislative session in New York, Governor Andrew Cuomo declaring a state of emergency in regards to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and the expansion of ride-hailing services in upstate New York and Long Island.

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Morning Forecast

Jun 30, 2017
Paul Caiano

Here's NewsChannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano's WAMC Regional Forecast:

Mostly cloudy, warm, and humid today with scattered showers and thunderstorms.  Highs in the mid 80's.

Mostly cloudy with scattered showers and thunderstorms tonight. Lows near 70.

Mostly cloudy, warm and humid tomorrow with scattered showers and thunderstorms.  Highs in the mid 80's.

#SportsReport: NBA Free Agent Deals to Begin

Jun 30, 2017
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Following a frightening moment for Yankees outfielder Dustin Fowler in the first inning of his major league debut, Melky Cabrera and David Robertson combined to foil Aaron Judge, and the Chicago White Sox beat the New York Yankees 4-3 last night. Fowler was set to have surgery for an open rupture of the patellar tendon in his right knee after being carted off the field. The 22-year-old started in right field and slammed into the short sidewall near the corner trying to catch Jose Abreu's foul ball with one out.

Ten-year-old triplets Maddy, Zoë and Nick Waters share everything from a birthday to a bedroom. But in a StoryCorps booth in Bloomington, Ind., they discover — even as they finish each other's sentences — that there are still some things they needed to learn about each other.

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses lawmakers appear to have a tentative deal on control over NYC schools, healthcare in the country, and sketch artists in the White House press briefings.


WAMC's David Guistina talks with Jim Kevlin of Hometown Oneonta, the Freeman's Journal, and about the Glimmerglass Opera.