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  Congressional Democrats have been lost in the wilderness for some time.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Union College political science professor Brad Hays discusses their hopes to retake control with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

  The Democratic primary outcome might be obvious, but the race isn’t over.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Union College political science professor Brad Hays continues his discussion with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

  With only eight jurists, the Supreme Court has been punting of late.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Union College political science professor Brad Hays talks about this new paradigm with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

  In 1965 George Gmelch signed a contract to play professional baseball with the Detroit Tigers organization. Growing up sheltered in an all-white, affluent San Francisco suburb, he knew little of the world outside. Over the next four seasons, he came of age in baseball’s Minor Leagues through experiences ranging from learning the craft of the professional game to becoming conscious of race and class for the first time.

Playing with Tigers is not a typical baseball memoir. Now a well-known anthropologist at Union College, Gmelch recounts a baseball education unlike any other as he got to know small-town life across the United States against the backdrop of the Vietnam War, civil rights protests, and the emergence of the counterculture. The social and political turmoil of the times spilled into baseball, and Gmelch experienced the consequences firsthand as he played out his career in the Jim Crow South.

Drawing from journals he kept as a player, letters, and recent interviews with thirty former teammates, coaches, club officials, and even former girlfriends, Gmelch immerses the reader in the life of the Minor Leagues, capturing—in a manner his unique position makes possible—the universal struggle of young athletes trying to make their way.

City of Schenectady

There is debate in Schenectady over town-and-gown issues between Union College and city hall.

  The Supreme Court wrapped up its term last month by deciding several important cases.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Union College political science professor Brad Hays delves into the decisions with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

The Union College Concert Series’ 2014-2015 Season offers fifteen performances by a wonderful array of leading international artists and ensembles that you won’t want to miss. There’s something for everyone – six debuts, some of your favorite artists, two all-Beethoven programs, and even Schubert’s Winterreise song cycle. Learn more.

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  Union College’s 43rd International Festival of Chamber Music offers fifteen performances by a wonderful array of leading international artists and ensembles. We are about half-way through their season with Brentano String Quartet having performed in Memorial Chapel yesterday.

Derek Delaney is the Artistic Director of the Union College Concert Series and he joins us now to tell us what is left in their season to look forward to.

  Science popularizer, Chad Orzel received his BA in physics from Williams College, his Ph.D. in chemical physics from the University of Maryland, and his postdoctorate from Yale University. He maintains the blog Uncertain Principles and is the author of How to Teach Physics to Your Dog and How to Teach Relativity to Your Dog. He is a professor at Union College in Schenectady, New York.

In his new book, Eureka: Discovering Your Inner Scientist, Orzel argues that even the people who are most forthright about hating science are doing science, often without even knowing it.

The Academic Minute for 2015.1.5 - 1.9

Jan 9, 2015

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2015.01.05 - This Week on The Academic Minute

Jan 5, 2015

Monday, January 5
Kimberly Fenn of Michigan State University shows how social media might be corroding the accuracy of memory.

Tuesday, January 6
Jacob Hirsh of The University of Toronto explores the predicative nature of personality traits.

Wednesday, January 7
New York University media professor Charlton McIlwain analyzes the journalistic slant present in news coverage of Michael Brown's death.

The Academic Minute for 10.20-10.24

Oct 24, 2014

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Monday, October 20
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Molecular Motors
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2014.10.20 - This Week on The Academic Minute

Oct 20, 2014

Monday, October 20
Dr. Doug Smith of UC San Diego applies physics to the study of DNA.

Tuesday, October 21
Dr. Tamara Bogdanovic of Georgia Tech discusses breakthroughs in our understanding of black holes.

Wednesday, October 22
Dr. Megan Ferry of Union College traces the shifting environment of foreign language learning.

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October is recognized in New York State and nationally as Domestic Violence Awareness Month. In Schenectady, New York, the Union College men's hockey team is partnering with student leaders to combat domestic violence and sexual assault on college campuses.  Lieutenant Governor Bob Duffy  joined the leaders and athletes as they issued the challenge Tuesday afternoon at the Nott Memorial on the Union Campus.

  November is getting closer, which means election season is getting into full swing.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Union College political science professor Brad Hays and WAMC’s Alan Chartock discuss some key races in the WAMC listening area.

  Several important cases could be making their way to the Supreme Court.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Union College political science professor Brad Hays tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock what he has his eye on.

  The final days of the Supreme Court’s term were a flurry of high-profile cases.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Union College political science professor Brad Hays tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock about some of the key decisions.

Sports Report: Union Parade; Chad Johnson Joins CFL

Apr 18, 2014

The Union College skating Dutchmen got to celebrate their NCAA title victory with a parade in Schenectady yesterday after Saturday’s landmark win.

4/17/14 Panel

Apr 17, 2014

    Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Publisher Emeritus of The Daily Freeman, Ira Fusfeld, and Associate Editor of The Times Union, Mike Spain.

Topics include:
Citizen Bloomberg vs. NRA
NY Lawmakers push for higher minimum wage for chain employees
Deportations dramatically down over last 5 years
TU Stories
Union Hockey Celebration

The New York Jets have signed former Titans running back, Chris Johnson, nine days after he was officially released by Tennessee. Free agent and quarterback Josh Freeman and the New York Giants have agreed to a one-year contract, according to ESPN.


Schenectady, New York is throwing a parade for Union College’s men’s hockey team after its 7-4 victory over Minnesota Saturday. Union College defenseman and captain Mat Bodie has agreed to an entry-level contract with the New York Rangers. ESPN said Bodie will finish his degree this spring and join the Rangers for developmental camp this summer. Bodie led all NCAA defensemen with 39 points this season and will join Union rival RPI alumni Ryan Haggerty on the roster for the Rangers.

Schenectady is throwing a parade for Union College's Division I national champion men's hockey team. 

WHAT:          Union Championship Parade to celebrate 2014 NCAA Division I Men’s Ice Hockey Champions

WHEN:          Thursday, April 17

                        4 p.m. to 6 p.m.



Studying how insects metabolize and process oxygen could bring some relief for farmers hoping to protect their crops without using dangerous pesticides.

Dr. Scott Kirkton of Union College is learning a great deal about the biochemistry that triggers a grasshopper's molting process.

WAMC Sports Update: NCAA Final and Frozen Four Set

Mar 31, 2014

In men’s college basketball, the NCAA Final Four has been set after No. 7 UConn beat favorite No. 4 Michigan State 60-54 and will see a game Saturday against No. 1 Florida who outshot No. 11 Dayton 62-52. No. 2 Wisconsin saw a close victory over No. 1 Arizona 64-63 and will go head to head with No. 8 Kentucky who defeated Michigan 75-72 in the closing seconds.

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — Max Novak had a goal and an assist and top-seeded Union beat Providence 3-1 on Saturday to win the NCAA East Region championship and advance to the Frozen Four for the second time in three years.

Mat Bodie and Matt Hatch also scored for Union (30-6-4), which is unbeaten in its last 15 games.

The Dutchmen, who lost in the 2012 national semifinals to Ferris State, are ranked No. 1 in the nation for the first time in program history. They also were playing in their third straight regional final.

WAMC Sports Report: NFL Remembers Ralph Wilson

Mar 26, 2014

Bills owner and American Football League co-founder Ralph Wilson has died at 95. He was instrumental in the AFL/NFL merger and saw his team win four consecutive AFC championships from 1990-93. And Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly is expected to undergo surgery following the return of oral cancer. Kelly led the Bills to four consecutive Super Bowls, the only quarterback in history to do so.

After winning their third straight ECAC championship over the weekend, Union College is the No. 1 hockey team in the nation for the first time in school history, according to the U.S. College Hockey Online poll released today. The Skating Dutchmen (28-6-4), unbeaten in their past 13 games, received 31 of the 50 first-place votes.

WAMC Sports Report: NCAA Bracket Picture

Mar 17, 2014

Last night’s NCAA tournament announcements had a few regional college teams heading to the dance. The America East Conference Champions, UAlbany, will go against Mount Saint Mary’s, a Maryland team, in the first round on Tuesday at 6:40 PM in Dayton Ohio, on truTV. The winner will face No. 1 Florida on Thursday. No. 3 Syracuse will go head to head with No. 14 Western Michigan on Thursday at 2:45 PM in Buffalo on CBS. No. 6 UMass will face the winner of the Iowa/Tennessee game on Friday. No. 7 UConn vs No. 10 Saint Joseph’s on Thursday at 6:55 PM in Buffalo, on tbs. On March 20th, No. 13 Manhattan will face off with No. 4 Louisville at 9:50PM in Orlando on TNT.

Villanova Could Lose No. 1 Seed

Mar 14, 2014

In top 25 men’s college basketball: It's one and done for the top seed in the Big East tournament. Regular season champ Villanova saw its hopes for a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament field damaged when it lost to Seton Hall 64-63.

Union College has suspended hockey coach Rick Bennett two games for his role in Saturday's brawl that followed a 2-1 loss to RPI at Times Union Center. The fight started after the final horn sounded on RPI's victory, which snapped a 10-game losing streak Union.

The fight also resulted in suspensions for Union center Eli Lichtenwald, Union defenseman Mat Bodie, RPI center Mike Zalewski and RPI defenseman Luke Curadi, all of whom received game disqualifications for fighting.