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A while back we had a great discussion about cosmic voids…and how they are everywhere and take up a huge amount of space in the universe. One thing we heard about that day was Dark Energy. Now, scientists from around the country are launching a new project that hopes to expand our understanding just what the heck that is!

Today on the Best Of Our Knowledge, we’ll talk to one of the researchers chosen to participate in the DESI Project.

We’ll also keep it dark by spending an academic minute learning a little more about Dark Matter.

Siena College today inaugurated Brother Ed Coughlin as its 11th president.

Poll: $15 Minimum Wage Resonates With New York Dems

Sep 24, 2015

A new poll finds New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s campaign for a phased in $15 an hour minimum wage is resonating among his base group of supporters. The Siena poll also finds the governor’s job approval rating is still at near record low levels.

The Vatican


Pope Francis is scheduled to arrive at Andrews Air Force Base at around 4pm, where he will be greeted by President and Mrs. Obama. Here to discuss the Pope's visit is Brother Ed Coughlin, President of Siena College.

Siena College adjuncts and visiting professors voted to form a collective bargaining unit affiliated with Service Employees International Union.

Cuomo Lagging In Latest Siena Poll

May 26, 2015
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

A new poll finds Governor Andrew Cuomo with the lowest approval ratings since he took office, in a year where corruption scandals have dominated news at the Capitol. 

Poll: Cuomo's Ratings At Lowest Point Yet

May 26, 2015

A new poll finds Governor Andrew Cuomo with the lowest approval ratings since he took office.

Geoffrey Canada has devoted his life to help change the quality of life of inner city children across the United States. From 1990 to 2014, he served as the President and Chief Executive Officer for the Harlem Children’s Zone, an organization which has guided more than 13,000 children and 14,000 adults through programs which focus on education, housing development, and community pride. In response to the program’s success, the Obama administration announced a replica program, Promise Neighborhoods, which in 2010 was awarded $10 million in federal grants in hopes of aiding 21 poverty-stricken communities in U.S. cities.

In 2011, Geoffrey Canada was named to the TIME 100 list of most influential people, and, in 2014, was named as one of Fortune’s 50 greatest leaders in the world. He will be speaking at Siena College’s Marcelle Athletic Complex on Thursday, March 26 at 7 p.m. as part of Siena’s Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King Lecture Series on Race and Nonviolent Social Change. 

   In the summer of 2009, as she was covering the uprisings in Tehran for the New York Times, Iranian journalist Nazila Fathi received a phone call. “They have given your photo to snipers,” a government source warned her. Soon after, with undercover agents closing in, Fathi fled the country with her husband and two children, beginning a life of exile.

In The Lonely War, Fathi interweaves her story with that of the country she left behind, showing how Iran is locked in a battle between hardliners and reformers that dates back to the country’s 1979 revolution. Fathi was nine years old when that uprising replaced the Iranian shah with a radical Islamic regime.

Women Against War has brought Nazila Fathi to the Albany area to speak about Iran and about growing up in Iran and pursuing a career as a journalist reporting from Tehran. She will speak at Siena College from 4:30 – 6 PM today. The lecture will take place in the Kuhn Boland Room in Building #15 on the Siena Map.

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Siena College has picked its 11th president.  Brother Edward Coughlin, who prefers to be called "Brother Ed," has hit the hallowed Siena grounds just outside Albany running, and believes the timing is "just right."