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  We will be honest, we had two very successful mystery writers booked to be on this morning’s show. But, after what happened in Baton Rouge yesterday after what happened over the past 10 days, we became uncomfortable with the idea of talking about police and crime as entertainment. We will have both authors on in the days to come – but this morning – we wanted to talk with Dr. Frankie Bailey instead.

She is a professor in the School of Criminal Justice at the University at Albany. She studies crime history, and crime and mass media/popular culture. She is also the author several mysteries including two police procedural novels featuring Albany police detective Hannah Stuart. 

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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.

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Citizens joined activists and community leaders in Albany chanting enough is enough.

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Three UAlbany women involved in a CDTA bus attack in January were arraigned this morning in Albany Police Court.

  In 2013, The New Black Fest in New York City commissioned six very diverse playwrights to write 10-minute plays on the topic of Trayvon Martin, race and/or privilege. This commission resulted in a collection of one-acts titled Facing our Truth which continue to be presented around the country, often around February 5th, Trayvon Martin’s birthday. Facing Our Truth's purpose is to spark serious discussion in our collective communities around these urgent issues.

Multicultural BRIDGE, WAM Theatre, Berkshire Theatre Group and Yvette “Jamuna” Sirker are joining together to present a reading of Facing Our Truth on Saturday, February 6 at 7:30PM at The Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield, MA with a moderated panel and community discussion to follow.

Here to tell us more are Kristen van Ginhoven, Artistic Director of WAM Theatre, and Gwendolyn Hampton-VanSant, CEO and Founding Director of Multicultural BRIDGE.

  Richard Price is known for his bestsellers Clockers and Freedomland as well as writing for the HBO hit – The Wire.

His latest book, The Whites, is a tale of a New York City police detective under siege by an unsolved murder, his own dark past, and a violent stalker out of revenge.

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Five months have passed since the taser-related death of Donald "Dontay" Ivy at the hands of Albany Police. Slow-paced investigations by the department and the Albany County District Attorney's office have upset citizens and alarmed activists.

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America's ongoing debate over the Confederate flag has stirred conflict in the Catskills.

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There’s been another fatal shooting in Albany. In the meantime, police have announced a change in taser policy.

The city stun-gun policy change comes in the aftermath of a pair of tasing incidents in Arbor Hill. April 2nd, 39-year old Dontay Ivy, a paranoid schizophrenic with heart problems, died at Albany Medical Center shortly after police tased him. The Albany County D.A. is investigating.

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.

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With police still investigating the latest gun death in Albany, the weekend was marked by social awareness events around the region.

People moved by headlines assembled Saturday in Albany and also Kingston observing a national day of protest in support of the people of Baltimore, calling for justice for Freddie Gray and all victims of police brutality.

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At a time when protests against police are springing up across the country, a forum tonight at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts will focus on how communities respond to racial unrest. Two students from Harvard’s Graduate School of Education will present their case study on August’s shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.

The grand jury decision not to indict Darren Wilson in the August shooting of Michael Brown has sparked outrage and protest around the country. It’s on everyone’s minds today, and we are still seeing the aftermath play out.

Community organizations, labor unions, and individuals from throughout the Hudson Valley and the Capital Region are coming together this evening to mark the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington.

Groups will assemble for a night of remembrance, celebration, and discussion for the future of the civil rights movement. They'll commemorate the march and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I have a dream" speech.

An event in Pittsfield Monday night served as a reflection and call to action and service in honor of the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation and the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. But during a discussion forum, community members were very much focused on current events.

The program titled “From Emancipation to Equality: The Unfinished Business of the Civil War and Civil Rights” was held as part of the countywide Lift Ev’ry Voice Biennial Celebration, and brought together members of the Berkshire County community with experts on race relations.

Civil rights leaders in Springfield Massachusetts, where a black church was burned four years ago, are urging local churches to be on guard as election day approaches.  WAMC”s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.

   The Springfield branch of the NAACP has sent a 19 page security guide to more than 100 churches in western Massachusetts. The Springfield NAACP president, Rev. Talbert Swan said the organization is concerned that African American churches  could be the targets of hate crimes should President Obama be re-elected.

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Civil rights authorities say they've seen a serious uptick in housing discrimination complaints in Massachusetts.  Its further fall out from the foreclosure crisis.  WAMC's Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.