9/9/14 Panel

Sep 9, 2014

  Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Times Union Associate Editor Mike Spain & Albany Journalism Professor and Investigative Reporter, Rosemary Armao.

Topics include:
Ray Rice
Ferguson Changes
New Iraq Government
Cuomo Event
Unused Pills
TU Stories


   In Against Football, Steve Almond details why, after forty years as a fan, he can no longer watch the game he still loves.

Keith Strudler: Ray Rice's Suspension

Jul 30, 2014

There is literally nothing one can say in defense of Ray Rice, the Baltimore running back just suspended two games for assaulting his then girlfriend/now wife Janay Palmer, the aftermath of which was caught on tape as Rice dragged a lifeless Palmer out of a hotel elevator. Even though charges were dropped, thanks largely to Palmer’s unwillingness to press them, the verdict on Rice’s character is long decided. The fact is and will remain that a brutish NFL star pulled an inert female out of an elevator as if she were a piece of luggage, an obvious victim of his brutality.

Keith Strudler: God, Football And Righteousness

Jul 23, 2014

If football is truly a religion, making an NFL roster is some kind of sainthood.  It is to fly amongst the angels, gods in pads and helmets.

Buffalo Bills

Three people who have reviewed documents concerning the sale of the Buffalo Bills say a Toronto group that includes rocker Jon Bon Jovi is interested in buying the team.  The trio spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity Friday because the process is private and the Toronto group has not revealed its intentions.

7/17/14 Panel

Jul 17, 2014

  Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Political Activist Libby Post and executive editor of the Poughkeepsie Journal, Stu Shinske.

Topics include:
Obama on Iran
Russia Sanctions
Clinton Speech
Cuomo Money
Federal Terrorism Insurance
O'Malley Mulls Presidential Run
Atlantic City's Decline
NFL Drug Abuse

7/16/14 Panel

Jul 16, 2014

  Today's panelists are Newsman Ray Graf, Political Consultant, Libby Post, and Editor of The Daily Gazette, Judy Patrick.

Topics include:
GM Silence
Cuomo Money
Federal Terrorism Insurance
O'Malley Mulls Presidential Run
Atlantic City's Decline
NFL Drug Abuse

7/15/14 Panel

Jul 15, 2014

  Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, corporate lawyer Rich Honen of Phillips Lytle LLP, and Political Consultant Libby Post.

Topics include:
Citibank Settlement
Immigration Legislation
O'Malley Mulls Presidential Run
Atlantic City's Decline
NFL Drug Abuse

Keith Strudler: Michael Sam And The NFL Draft

May 14, 2014

Last week we released a Marist Poll that looked at the NFL draft. In particular, we looked at what football fans thought would happen to Michael Sam, whether the fact that he came out would affect where a team might select him. Overwhelmingly, 65% of football fans thought his sexual orientation would have no impact on where the defensive lineman from Missouri would be selected. Only 25% though it would make teams less likely to pick him.

For Rich Cohen and millions of other fans, the 1985 Chicago Bears were more than a football team- they were the greatest football team ever. A gang of colorful nuts, dancing and pounding their way to victory-they wont a Superbowl and even saved a city.

Cohen was 17 years old when the Bears won their first and only Superbowl. He was in the super dome when they defeated the New England Patriots 46-10.

In his new book Monsters: The 1985 Chicago Bears and The Wild Heart of Football- he recounts the thrilling story of their sole championship season, as well as the history of the franchise and the history of the early NFL.