From Don Winslow, the internationally best-selling author of the acclaimed novel The Power of the Dog comes The Cartel, a gripping, true-to-life, ripped-from-the-headlines epic story of power, corruption, revenge, and justice spanning the past decade of the Mexican-American drug wars.

The Cartel is a story of revenge, honor, and sacrifice, as one man tries to face down the devil without losing his soul. It is the story of the war on drugs and the men—and women—who wage it.

During the past 20 years, approximately 1,400 girls who are poor and work in the factories of Juarez, Mexico have been abducted, sexually abused and then murdered. Their story and the story of an Irish artist who is working to keep their memories alive are told in the film Blood Rising, to be shown tonight at 7 at the University at Albany's Recital Hall. Admission is free. The director Mark McLoughlin, the arist profiled in the film, Brian MaGuire, and Marisela Ortiz-Rivera, the mother of one of the murdered women of Juarez, will be at tonight's screening.

What Is Cinco De Mayo?

May 5, 2014


  Cinco de Mayo has become a big deal in the U.S. in recent years. But it is not a major holiday in Mexico. It is the commemoration of a Mexican military victory over France.

It was actually a marketing push by Corona beer that created the Cinco de Mayo we know today, filled with parties, food and, of course, lots of drink. St. Patrick's Day has a similar disconnect between the holiday in the home country and the way it is celebrated in America.

Here now to speak about how the U.S. appropriates ethnic and cultural holidays from other countries are Culinary Institute of America Professors Beth Forrest and Deirdre Murphy.

2/25/14 Panel

Feb 25, 2014

  Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, newsman Ray Graf and also joining us is University at Albany Journalism Professor and Investigative Reporter, Rosemary Armao.

Topics include:
Ukraine Update
Pentagon Plans
Drug Lord Fallout
John Dingell Retires

2/24/14 Panel

Feb 24, 2014


  Today's panelists are WAMC's Alan Chartock, University at Albany Journalism Professor and Investigative Reporter, Rosemary Armao and political consultant Libby Post.

Topics include:
Ukraine Update
Olympics Close
Arizona Anti-Gay Bill
Captured Drug Lord

Amy S. Greenberg is Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of History and Women's Studies at Penn State University. She is a leading scholar of Manifest Destiny and has held fellowships from the Huntington Library, the New-York Historical Society, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the American Philosophical Society.

El Valador on POV

Sep 26, 2012

Produced by American Documentary Inc. and celebrating its 25th season on PBS; the award-winning POV is the longest running showcase on American television to feature the work of today’s independent documentary filmmakers. Thursday night on PBS, POV presents “El Velador” – The Night Watchman – a film by award winning director, Natalia Almada. El Valador was an official selection of the 2011 canne film festival directors’ fortnight and new directors new films festival.