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Albany's most famous war veteran has been remembered at city hall. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas attended the ceremony honoring Henry Johnson.

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Oct 12, 2016

Recently the Russian military force deployed an advanced anti-missile system and sophisticated radars over Syria. In doing so, Russia and its allies in Iran and Hezbollah realize the ability of the U.S. to assist the rebel groups in Aleppo is severely limited. Gary Johnson, the Libertarian candidate for president, may not know what Aleppo is, but for anyone following current events this city of 250,000 is now a “killing field.”

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From Baton Rouge to Minneapolis to Dallas, it has been a fraught week in the United States. Tonight, University of Massachusetts Amherst Professor Sut Jhally is speaking at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts about race relationships in America. Jhally is the founder and executive director of the Media Education Foundation. He is best known for producing and directing films on politics, violence and social issues. Jhally spoke with WAMC about how he thinks the election of Barack Obama affected racial identity in the United States.

11th ward Albany city councilman Judd Krasher
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The deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history has sent shockwaves around the world and throughout our region. Capital Region Muslims and public officials are jointly calling for peace after Orlando.

Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan and Police Chief Brendan Cox speak with reporters at City Hall, June 2, 2016.
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The United States Department of Justice will be keeping an eye on the Albany Police Department. Albany’s force is being held up as a positive example.

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President Obama brought some representatives from our area along with him to Cuba. In today’s Congressional Corner, Vermont representative Peter tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock about the experience.

President Obama has been making a landmark visit to Cuba. Massachusetts Representative Jim McGovern discussed his role in the visit on the Congressional Corner with WAMC’s Alan Chartock before flying to the island nation.

President Obama has more than 300 days left in office. In today’s Congressional Corner, Congressional Quarterly’s David Hawkings tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that the White House intends to nominate a new Supreme Court justice during that time.

An eight-person Supreme Court is either an emergency or the new normal depending on who you ask. In today’s Congressional Corner, Massachusetts Representative Richard Neal tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that President Obama isn’t a lame duck for another eight months.

Amani Olugbala  is a Black Lives Matter organizer who came to Albany from Brooklyn 10 years ago.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

President Barack Obama will pay a historic visit to Cuba in the coming weeks, becoming the first president to set foot on the island in nearly seven decades. Twenty residents of New York's Capital Region recently returned from a trip to the island nation.

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Reaction has been coming in from all sides on President Obama’s State of the Union Address. The reaction from Republican presidential candidates was as negative as you’d expect. The other side of the aisle was more positive. Today on the Best of Our Knowledge, a conversation with, Randi Weingarten , President of the American Federation of Teachers. Then we’ll hear part one of a series of stories on how the common core standards are being viewed in the southern states, spoiler alert…they’re...

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He shall from time to time give to Congress information of the State of the Union and recommend to their Consideration such measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient. That’s the line from Article II, Section 3 of the U.S. Constitution that has morphed into the president’s annual state of the union address. And most years, that address has a section devoted to education. Today on the Best of Our Knowledge, we’ll review President Obama’s final state of the union. We’ll also hear two...

Mayor Kathy Sheehan and other stakeholders launched the City of Albany’s “My Brother’s and Sister’s Keeper” (MBSK) at City Hall, an initiative that will focus on improving opportunities of young men and women of color in Albany and reducing the levels of violence that far too many of them experience.

President Obama has delivered his final State of the Union. In today’s Congressional Corner, Union College political science professor Brad Hays discusses the address with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

TPP Protesters outside the Federal Building, Albany NY
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A coalition of labor and civic groups gathered in downtown Albany today at the Leo O'Brien Federal Building to protest the Trans Pacific Partnership trade bill.

The peaceful transfer of power is little more than a year away. In today’s Congressional Corner, Rutgers University political science professor Ross Baker discusses the end of the Obama administration with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

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Malcolm Gladwell has been a staff writer for The New Yorker since 1996. Previously he worked at The Washington Post . He is the author of three New York Times best-sellers: The Tipping Point , Blink , and Outliers ; a collection of his New Yorker articles titled What the Dog Saw and most recently, David and Goliath . This episode was recorded live at The White Hart Inn in Salisbury, CT and presented by Oblong Books and Music.

It’s one of the most anticipated votes of the year. In today’s Congressional Corner, Congressional Quarterly’s David Hawkings tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that President Obama has no support from Republicans on the Iran nuclear deal.

Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney is the latest New York lawmaker to oppose President Barack Obama's Iran nuclear agreement. Maloney posted a statement Thursday on her congressional website that she intends to vote against the deal.

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Jon's Stewart's celebrated and long tenure as host of The Daily Show is coming to an end tonight. After 16 years, it's his last night on Comedy Central.

The White House has begun a hard sell on the Iran deal. In today’s Congressional Corner, Massachusetts Representative Richard Neal tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that he’s busy going line-by-line before deciding.

Albany legend Henry Johnson memoralized in Washington Park.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

With onlookers beaming from the White House to Albany City Hall, today’s awarding of the Medal of Honor to Sgt. Henry Johnson capped a decades-long campaign.

5/5/15 Panel

May 5, 2015

The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond. Today's panelists are WAMC's Alan Chartock, Associate Editor of The Times Union, Mike Spain, and essayist, author, editor and activist - Barbara Smith. Scheduled topics include: Skelos arrest, Obama Minority Initiative, Race Relations Poll, Fox News on Baltimore, Marine Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr. nomination for chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

4/13/15 Panel

Apr 13, 2015

The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond. Today's panelists are WAMC's Alan Chartock, SUNY Albany Journalism Professor and Investigative Professor, Rosemary Armao, and political consultant, Libby Post. Scheduled topics include Hillary Rodham Clinton officially enters the presidential race; President Obama in Cuba; Walter Scott Case Update; NYT Editorial - "A New Phase in Anti-Obama Attacks"; Jordan Spieth wins Masters.

4/6/15 Panel

Apr 6, 2015

The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond. Today's panelists are WAMC's Alan Chartock, SUNY Albany Journalism Professor and Investigative Professor, Rosemary Armao, and political consultant, Libby Post. Scheduled topics include Rolling Stone retracts rape story; President Obama makes his case for Iran Nuclear Deal; Chinese women's rights activists arrested; and California drought.

3/19/15 Panel

Mar 19, 2015

The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond. WAMC’s Alan Chartock, WAMC newsman Ray Graf, and Poughkeepsie Journal Editor Stu Shinske. Scheduled topics: Tunis Attack; UN Israel Relations; Obama on Budget; Senate on Budget; State Dept. on Clinton E-mails.

3/10/15 Panel

Mar 10, 2015

The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond. Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, SUNY at Albany journalism professor and investigative journalist, Rosemary Armao, and essayist, author, editor and activist - Barbara Smith. Topics include: White House Upset Over GOP Iran Talks; Oklahoma Fraternity; Obama in Selma Reaction; Obamacare Costs Lower; Diane Rehm; Ferguson Cases.

3/3/15 Panel

Mar 3, 2015

The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond. Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, SUNY at Albany journalism professor and investigative journalist, Rosemary Armao, and political consultant, Libby Post. Topics include: President Obama and Prime Minister Netanyahu on Iran; Hillary Clinton's personal email use; Ebola nurse sues hospital; Warren Buffett warns banks; and Lewinsky reference in Bill Clinton’s official portrait.

2/20/15 Panel

Feb 20, 2015

The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond. Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, SUNY at Albany journalism professor and investigative journalist, Rosemary Armao, and Associate Editor of The Times Union, Mike Spain. Topics include: Rudy Giuliani's recent comments about President Obama, Winter weather, Walmart Wages, Jeb Bush, the Oscars.

1/26/15 Panel

Jan 26, 2015

The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond. Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, WAMC Newsman Ray Graf and University at Albany Journalism Professor and Investigative Reporter, Rosemary Armao. Topics include: President Obama in India, Elections in Greece, Blizzard, Reactions to American Sniper , and Medical Treatments Tailored to Patient's DNA.

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