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Alan Chartock leads a discussion of current events, including Donald Trump’s lead in the polls, Hillary Clinton’s slippage due to “Email-gate,” and the California legislature’s approval of a bill to legalize assisted dying. We want to hear from you on this issues!

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  Pollsters are predicting low voter turnout around our region and around the nation this Election Day. Yet this year’s midterm elections are drawing a lot of media coverage, as leadership at the state and federal level hangs in the balance. So how come people don’t vote?

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Today we’re talking about the very important topic of self-defense. We have two self-defense experts in the studio with us today to answer your questions about self-defense and self-defense techniques. John Borter is owner and head instructor of the Modern Self-Defense Academy here in Albany, and Dan Tuczinski, a self-defense instructor and a lawyer specializing in legal issues surrounding self-defense.

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It’s primary election season. New York and Massachusetts are looking at somewhat heated democratic gubernatorial primaries next week, while Vermont voters head to the polls today to decide which GOP candidate will challenge incumbent Democrat Peter Shumlin. Earlier this month, Connecticut GOP voters chose Tom Foley to challenge Governor Dan Malloy in November.

  There’s a new blip on the 2016 presidential race radar, and her name is Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts. Is she the new Barack Obama? Could that spell trouble for presumed candidate Hillary Clinton? Primary Day 2016 may be over a year away—and no one has actually said they’re running—but it’s already shaping up to be an interesting political contest. What do you think?

April was both Sexual Assault Awareness Month and Alcohol Awareness Month. And May is Mental Health Awareness Month. These very serious issues are often tragically intertwined, and are the focus of many college campus support programs and initiatives.

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The New York State Assembly passed a bill yesterday that would allow local officials in Long Island and New York City to operate speed cameras in school zones during school hours. The city is already using some, and they’ve racked up over $600,000 in fines.

Bus drivers in Vermont’s largest county are in the second week of a strike, after a weekend of failed negotiations with county transportation officials. It has created quite a stir in the region.


The U.S. is showing its support today for Ukraine's new leadership as Secretary of State John Kerry visited the capital. Kerry’s visit to Kiev, lasting just hours, comes as Ukraine's government grapples with a Russian military takeover of Crimea—a mostly pro-Russian region in southeastern Ukraine.

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  As Ukraine struggles to piece itself together under the looming threat of economic disaster, the possibility of distancing itself from Moscow and turning westward has major implications for the balance of power in Europe—and the rest of the world.