Albany, NY – A group of local teens recently returned from a spring break trip to Mexico. But they didn't spend the week tanning by the beach. The New York Labor-Religion Coalition group traveled along the U.S./Mexican border to visit the maquiladoras that produce many of the goods we buy every day. Susan Arbetter spoke to them about free trade, fair trade, and what it takes to change this country's economic policy.
Albany, NY – Operas tend to be about things like love, or hate. Or in the case of Tommy, troubled pin-ball wizards. But the Squonk Opera is fashioning an opera about our very own city of Albany. Susan speaks with the minds behind Squonk, Steve O'Hearn and Jackie Dempsey, along with the University at Albany's Kim Engel, and asks them how the great city of Albany will be captured in song.
Albany, NY – March 5th, 2007 marks the 150th anniversary of the Dred Scott decision: the Supreme Court decision in which Chief Justice Tawney declared that frree blacks could never be citizens of the United States and that they had "no rights." Our poll question today is How far have we come in the struggle for equality in America?
Albany Law School's Paul Finkelman joins Susan in the studio to discuss the legacy of this decision and to answer listener questions.
Albany, NY – From the overwhelming response to a previous poll question on the pros and cons of compact fluorescent light bulbs, it's obvious that our listeners care about the environment. But they also have a lot of questions about mercury and proper disposal. So we asked Professor Russ Leslie, associate director at the Lighting Research Center at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, to answer our questions.
Albany, NY – The Berkshires are a lovely place to visit and even a comfortable home base for many of us, but for someone who has just arrived in this country, becoming a part of this tight knit community can be a challenge.
Where do you work? What about the language barrier? How do you navigate customs and traditions that might be very different from home?
The Berkshire Immigrant Center has made it their mission to make this transition easier for the area's burgeoning immigrant population.