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  In his remarkable novel, Tod Wodicka, author of All Shall Be Well; and All Shall Be Well; and All Manner of Things Shall Be Well, has crafted a story of a most curious friendship.

The Household Spirit is poignant, big-hearted, and often very humorous novel about two unique individuals unceremoniously thrown together. It is a story about how little we know the people we see every day - and of the unexpected capabilities of the human heart.

Tod Wodicka was born in Glens Falls, New York and now lives in Berlin.

U.S. Mint

Last week officials from the U.S. Mint and National Park Service met at Schuylerville Junior-Senior High School to unveil the new Saratoga National Historical Quarter. The coin, depicting the moment British General John Burgoyne surrendered to American General Horatio Gates at Saratoga in 1777, considered the turning point in the Revolution, is the last of the five new American The Beautiful Quarters put into circulation this year.

WAMC's Lucas Willard spoke with Eric Schnitzer,  a park ranger at Saratoga National Historical Park, about the coin and the image chosen for it.

Police say a 23-year-old man has been charged with causing about $6,000 in damage to a thoroughbred statue unveiled in a Saratoga Springs park last summer.

Joanne Yepsen declares victory in Saratoga
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  Patrick Madden has won a four-way race for mayor of Troy, New York. In Saratoga, Joanne Yepsen won another term.  Schenectady Mayor Gary McCarthy defeated Roger Hull to win another term in office. We hear reports from WAMC's Lucas Willard, Jessica Bloustein-Marshall and Dave Lucas.  

  Each region of the country has its own distinctive history and culture that set it apart from others. The Capital Region of New York—consisting of Albany, Rensselaer, Schenectady, and Saratoga Counties— is no different.

Last month, The Albany Institute of History and Art opened an exhibition celebrating the heritage of this area. The Capital Region in 50 Objects will be on view through April 3rd.

The exhibition was planned in partnership with the Times Union and was made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts. Additional funding was provided by the New York Council for the Humanities and the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area.

The Albany Institute of History and Art is just down the road from our studio in Albany. I went there to talk about the exhibition with Chief Curator Doug McCombs and Curator Diane Shewchuk.

  Longtime local journalist Thomas Dimopoulos has a new book out this summer, Saratoga Stories: Magic and Loss.

It is a collection of short stories and photographs that weaves in an exclusive timeline of Saratoga Springs and the Saratoga Performing Arts Center to tell the story of Saratoga.

Dimopoulos has worked as a journalist in Saratoga since 1998, including more than a decade as an award-winning staff writer at The Post-Star, The Saratogian and Saratoga Wire.

Courtesy of the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library & Museum

  An effort is underway in Saratoga Springs to obtain funding to rebuild a Depression-era bathhouse and re-open it as a wellness center. 


  The new opera The Long Walk is based on Brian Castner’s critically acclaimed book of the same name. The opera is a deeply personal exploration of a soldier’s return from Iraq where he served as an officer in an Explosive Ordnance Disposal unit and his battle with what he calls “the Crazy” as he tries to reintegrate into his family life upon returning from the war.

Opera Saratoga at the Spa Little Theatre is presenting the world premiere of The Long Walk in partnership with American Lyric Theater. Internationally renowned theater and opera director David Schweizer makes his Opera Saratoga debut.

Grammy Award winning baritone Daniel Belcher returns to Opera Saratoga to create the role of Brian, alongside mezzo-soprano Heather Johnson, who makes her company debut as his wife Jessie. The two performers join us for this interview.

A Saratoga Springs Police officer has been suspended after tangling with a First Amendment rights crusader from Troy.

Hot Yoga

Apr 23, 2015
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  This semester, Natalie Zeunges - a senior at Siena College – has been an intern here at WAMC, helping out behind the scenes with production work on The Roundtable – and she’s been simply great. A huge help and a quick learner. Unfortunately for us, today is here last day here. This interview is her final project.

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As a society, we are eager to use exercise as a means to reduce stress, build strength, lose weight, and feel better. Emerging in our wellness-focused world is the practice of hot yoga—a $27 billion dollar industry, growing in popularity. This relatively new variation of a 5,000 year old discipline provides its practitioners with the myriad benefits of yoga while adding the detoxifying advantages of being in a heated room.  

Cindy Lunsford, Owner of Hot Yoga Saratoga and co-owner of Lake Placid Hot Yoga joins us to tell us more about hot yoga.

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