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  As of 2012, overall life expectancy in the United States is at a record high—78.8 years of age. But what are we doing with our lives in those golden years? And how do we handle dying? We have two women in the studio with us today who are eminently knowledgeable on this topic – Eleanor Aronstein of the Captial Region chapter of the Final Exit Network, and Hedi McKinley, a 95-year-old with a remarkable life story. They’re here to lead a discussion and answer your questions about end-of-life issues.

It’s St. Patrick’s Day, a celebration of Irish heritage worldwide. Here in the United States however, it has become a troublesome holiday for authorities looking to crack down on drunken revelry, and a frustrating day for the LGBT community, which has long been excluded from official celebrations.

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Joining us for this special “winter” gardening program is gardener Greg Ward of Ward’s Nursery and Garden Center in Great Barrington, and arborist Fred Breglia of Landis Arboretum in Esperance.

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It’s pets and vets today, and joining us in the studio are veterinarians Dr. Michel Hardaker and Dr. Kelly Spence of the Central Veterinary Hospital in Albany.

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  Yesterday there were dire predictions about a noreaster named Juno that would bring record-breaking blizzard conditions to the northeast. It prompted state-of-emergency declarations, mass transit shutdowns, school closings and road closings. For the most of the region, its bark was larger than its bite, as snowfall totals came in far under what was predicted. But some parts of our region did indeed get pummeled. 

Today on Vox Pop, we’re joined by Gordon Fricke – owner and operator of Barber & Fricke Automotive Incorporated, an independent repair, auto body, towing and used car facility in Hoosick, New York, to talk cars and car repair.

Developments with the Keystone XL pipeline and other proposed oil pipelines throughout the country have dominated headlines recently, and there has been a lot of concern among citizens of our region around the impact crude oil transport can have. We’ve brought in two environmental advocates from Riverkeeper today to have a discussion. 

It’s a day of mixed emotions as we remember the iconic Mario Cuomo, who died last week, mere hours after his son, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo was sworn in for his second term.

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  Today on the Vox Pop, 2015 is almost upon us. So it’s time to make our annual political predictions for the New Year. Who will run for president? Who will make a power grab? Who is going to be the center of the next scandal? We’ll tell you ours. But we want to know, what are your political predictions for 2015?

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We’re going under the sea for a look at fish and aquatic life, and the world of building aquariums. We have three fish fanciers—aquarium experts from the Pioneer Valley Aquarium Society in the studio. E. Michael Silakowski, Tony Gai and Jacob Guinasso.

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