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Shakespeare & Company was founded in 1978 and since then they’ve been presenting world-class classical and contemporary theater with a focus on none other than The Bard of Avon in Lenox, MA.

The season includes three Shakespeare plays: The Merchant of Venice, The Two Gentlemen of Verona and Twelfth Night, plus Regional Premieres by three women playwrights: of Or, by Liz Duffy Adams; The Taming by Lauren Gunderson and Ugly Lies the Bone by Lindsey Ferrentino, a bracing drama fresh from an acclaimed Off-Broadway production.

Additional titles include Sotto Voce by Pulitzer Prize-winner Nilo Cruz, and the return of Stephan Wolfert in Cry "Havoc!", and a new adaption of Aphra Behn’s Emperor of the Moon by Jenna Ware.

Ariel Bock and Jonathan Croy are serving as co-interim Artistic Directors at Shakespeare & Company. They join us along with Daniella Varon who is directing Ugly Lies the Bone

I am a Marine combat veteran of the Vietnam War. Many veterans and I have felt the public has seen us as being at the bottom of the barrel. Soldiers have and are spent by politicians like bit coin. Statesmen use moral rhetoric to convince troops that going to war is their duty. Returning from war our veterans are perceived as broken wounded paid out human beings.  In the eyes of the public the veteran forever remains the victim.

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Two years ago, a scandal erupted at VA Medical Centers across the country.  The hospitals had shifted record keeping regarding wait times to indicate “short” or “none” when veterans actually waited months or years for their appointments.  While it appeared at the time that the White River Junction VA Medical Center in Vermont was not a part of the controversy, it now appears that schedulers there were also adjusting wait times.

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Two New York congressional representatives have announced a grant for a college’s Veterans Education Program.

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According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, New York is home to more than 65,000 women veterans. A community forum scheduled for tonight in Schenectady aims to bring the issues they face into focus.

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Every dog has its day, and when it comes to police and military dogs, two New York lawmakers say that day should be March 13.

HV Congressman To Host Town Hall For Veterans

Feb 26, 2016
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Hudson Valley Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney will host a town hall for veterans in Dutchess County Saturday morning.

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The New York State Division of Veterans’ Affairs unveiled its new mobile app to help the state’s 900,000 vets connect to important state and federal programs.

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The New York State Veterans App is designed to connect users with information about federal and state benefits, help them find a job, or locate housing.

Republican State Senator Kathy Marchione commended the New York State Division of Veterans’ Affairs for developing the free mobile app.

Democratic Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara, an army veteran, said connecting veterans with services has been a main topic of conversation in Albany.

The app is available on Android and iOS devices.

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On Wednesday Governor Andrew Cuomo announced New York will participate in the U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Ready Vets program. The program at Fort Drum will begin on January 11th.

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Pittsfield’s Veterans Day Parade was cancelled because of a steady rain throughout the morning, but the city still came together to honor current and former members of the armed forces today.

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The scenic highway that winds up Prospect Mountain overlooking Lake George in the southeastern Adirondacks is extending its hours and waiving fees this weekend to honor Veterans Day.

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A new documentary screening in Albany tomorrow focuses on America’s disabled veterans.

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After a successful launch last year, hundreds of American flags will fly for one month in downtown Pittsfield in honor of area veterans.

  For years, theater director Bryan Doerries has led an innovative public health project that produces ancient tragedies for current and returned soldiers, addicts, tornado and hurricane survivors, and a wide range of other at-risk people in society.

Drawing on these extraordinary firsthand experiences, Doerries clearly and powerfully illustrates the redemptive and therapeutic potential of this classical, timeless art: how, for example, Ajax can help soldiers and their loved ones better understand and grapple with PTSD, or how Prometheus Bound provides new insights into the modern penal system. These plays are revivified not just in how Doerries applies them to communal problems of today, but in the way he translates them himself from the ancient Greek, deftly and expertly rendering enduring truths in contemporary and striking English.

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As the nation pauses on the 14th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks tomorrow, a ceremony in Saratoga Springs will recognize the service of local veterans. 

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New York Senator Charles Schumer was in the North Country Monday to push for passage of a bill he has introduced to enhance job opportunities for returning veterans.

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A high school teacher from upstate New York has published a book on World War II from interviews veterans gave to his history class.

Several portions of state highways are being renamed in honor of New York service members killed in the line of duty.

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Veterans across the region were recognized over the Memorial Day weekend.  WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief reports on two events in Plattsburgh honoring those who have served the nation.

  

  Today in our Ideas Matter segment, we check in with the Vermont Humanities Council to talk about their program Standing Together: Veterans Book Groups. We are joined by Michael Heaney, a retired American History Professor, lawyer, and a wounded combat veteran of the Vietnam War. In 1965 and 1966, he served in Vietnam with the 1st Cavalry Division as an infantry platoon leader. Much of his post-war life has been devoted to working with combat veterans, and to writing, teaching, and leading discussions about war- and veteran-related matters. For 15 years, he led wilderness expedition courses for combat veterans, in a program jointly sponsored by Outward Bound and the Veterans Administration.

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U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut toured the delayed Denver VA Medical Center construction site.

2/19/15 Panel

Feb 19, 2015

  The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond.

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, SUNY at Albany journalism professor and investigative journalist, Rosemary Armao, and Editor of The Poughkeepsie Journal, Stu Shinske.

Topics include: Obama on ISIS, Immigration Response, Jeb Bush, and VA Prescriptions.

  For well over a century, traditional Civil War histories have concluded in 1865, with a bitterly won peace and Union soldiers returning triumphantly home.

In his new book, Marching Home: Union Veterans And Their Unending Civil War, Civil War historian Brian Matthew Jordan creates an entirely new narrative. These veterans— tending rotting wounds, battling alcoholism, campaigning for paltry pensions— tragically realized that they stood as unwelcome reminders to a new America eager to heal, forget, and embrace the freewheeling bounty of the Gilded Age.

1/26/15 Panel

Jan 26, 2015

  The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond.

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, WAMC Newsman Ray Graf and University at Albany Journalism Professor and Investigative Reporter, Rosemary Armao.

Topics include: President Obama in India, Elections in Greece, Blizzard, Reactions to American Sniper, and Medical Treatments Tailored to Patient's DNA.

1/7/15 Panel

Jan 7, 2015

  The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond.

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, political consultant Libby Post, and WAMC newsman, Ray Graf.

Topics include: Shootings in France at the offices of Charlie Hebdo and in El Paso at the Veterans Affairs Health Care System's clinic, Gay Marriage in Florida, Robert F. McDonnell sentenced to two years in prison, Boehner beats dissent.

  We are very happy to continue our regular feature – Ideas Matter: Checking in with the Public Humanities. It is our chance to check in with the Humanities Councils throughout our 7-State area to discuss important ideas and why they do indeed matter.

Today we check in with MASS Humanities and learn about “Literature, Medicine and the Experience of War” - a six-month, scholar-led, humanities reading and discussion program for health professionals and staff in medical facilities administered by the US Department of Veterans Affairs and/or veterans and military service organizations.

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U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, visited American Legion Post 574 in Hudson Falls to present a retired army veteran with a medal initially awarded nearly 60 years ago.

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Like many around the country, Pittsfield, Massachusetts residents are honoring veterans this week for their service to our country. On this day, one veteran’s moving poem highlighted the city’s Veterans Day Parade.

    There are nearly twenty-five million veterans and active-duty soldiers in North America. Some experts estimate that more than one quarter of these men and women suffer from post-traumatic distress, and many other military persons experience difficulty reintegrating into civilian life.

The new book: Field Exercises: How Veterans Are Healing Themselves through Farming and Outdoor Activities shares the stories of men and women who are finding relief from stressful and traumatic military experiences, while also establishing community networks and other peer support initiatives. Stephanie Westlund has authored the book and holds a PhD in peace and conflict studies. She has been conducting research with veterans since 2009.

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