Ralph Gardner Jr: The Novel In Performance

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Performance artist Tim Youd at Thomas Cole National Historic Site
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I was unaware that when Hunter Thompson was a young writer he typed out “The Great Gatsby” and “The Sun Also Rises” to deconstruct how F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway achieved their effects and created their masterpieces. 

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NewsChannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the regional midday weather summary for Saturday, July 21, 2018.

File: Governor Andrew Cuomo at Norsk Titanium in Plattsburgh
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Democratic New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s economic development programs have been the subject of two federal corruption trials that ended with convictions for two of Cuomo’s former associates. Some say problems with the state’s $9 billion economic development programs go beyond corruption, and that the structure of the programs is flawed.


More colleges are beginning to offer income share agreements, in which colleges receive a percentage of the student's future salary, in place of some student loans.

Fort Ticonderoga

A battle reenactment involving some 500 people this weekend will commemorate the epic 1777 siege of Fort Ticonderoga in northern New York. 

(Airs 7/20/18 @ 10 p.m. & 7/22/18 @ 2 p.m.) The Legislative Gazette is a weekly program about New York State Government and politics. On this week’s Gazette: Governor Cuomo continues to call the State Senate to comeback and work on what he says is unfinished business, our political observer Alan Chartock shares his thoughts on his conversation with state comptroller Tom Dinapoli about immigration, and NY US Senator Gillibrand proposes new legislation to make prescription drugs more affordable for older Americans.

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Vermont officials say a chemical found to cause cancer has been detected in elevated levels in a Franklin County town's water supply.

Adirondack Park sign
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The Adirondack Park Agency recently approved amended management plans for areas in the central Adirondacks.  But some conservation groups are critical of the move.

Brattleboro Retreat
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This week, the Vermont Attorney General’s office announced that an investigation into allegations of improper Medicaid claims by the Brattleboro Retreat had been concluded.  T.J. Donovan’s office says while there was no criminal misconduct, the facility needs to make corrections in its procedures.

Holyoke Mayor's Office

A western Massachusetts city has a new police chief. 

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Jul 20, 2018

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Friday, July 20, 2018.

    Massachusetts state lawmakers this week passed a budget that increased funding for the agencies that provide public bus service outside greater Boston.   But it may not be enough to prevent cuts to some of that service.  

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Friday marked the start of another summer season at Saratoga Race Course. As WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports, fans are already exploring new amenities at the track.

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Food writer and photographer Peter Barrett joins Food Friday with recipes and tips utilizing summer fruits and vegetables. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.

The former hip-hop career of the Democratic candidate in New York’s 19th congressional district is being targeted by Republicans. An attack ad focuses on Antonio Delgado’s lyrics, and The New York Times published an editorial accusing Congressman John Faso of race-baiting.

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Now we turn the microphone over to our listeners. Here are this week's highlights from the WAMC Listener Comment Line.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Jul 20, 2018
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Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Friday, July 20, 2018.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren in western Mass. in 2017.
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Massachusetts U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren is heading to the Berkshires this weekend. The Democrat spoke with WAMC in advance of Sunday’s town hall meeting in Great Barrington.

In his new book, "Eager," environmental journalist Ben Goldfarb reveals that our modern idea of what a healthy landscape looks like and how it functions is wrong, distorted by the fur trade that once trapped out millions of beavers from North America's lakes and rivers.

The consequences of losing beavers were profound: streams eroded, wetlands dried up, and species from salmon to swans lost vital habitat. Today, a growing coalition of "Beaver Believers," including scientists, ranchers, and passionate citizens, recognizes that ecosystems with beavers are far healthier, for humans and non-humans alike, than those without them.

Ben Goldfarb’s new book is "Eager: The Surprising Secret Life of Beavers and Why They Matter."

The Capitol Steps were founded in December, 1981 when some staffers for Senator Charles Percy were planning entertainment for a Christmas party. Since then, they’ve been putting the “mock” in democracy in Washington, D.C., on tour, on the radio, and – during the summer – in Lenox, Massachusetts.

The musical satirists call The Cranwell Spa and Golf Resort their summer home – performing here every night except Tuesday through August 31.

The CapSteps latest album is “Make America Grin Again.” We are joined this morning by longtime steppers, Bari Biern and Jack Rowles.

The Woodstock Shakespeare Festival, celebrating its 22nd Anniversary, will stage the bard’s beloved tragedy “Romeo and Juliet” this summer. The production will run on Woodstock’s outdoor Elizabethan stage every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from July 27 through September 2.

Bird-On-A-Cliff Theatre Company co-founders and artistic co-directors David Aston-Reese and Elli Michaels have run the Woodstock Shakespeare Festival since its beginning 22 years ago and they join us this morning along with “Romeo and Juliet” director, Christopher Martin.

Chris Kay holds the microphone as NYRA officials cut the ribbon for The Stretch, a new premium seating area at Saratoga Race Course
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It's opening day at Saratoga Race Course. With the arrival of another summer season at the Spa, the New York Racing Association is continuing its strategy to upgrade infrastructure and provide new amenities to fans. 

Fallout from Helsinki continues.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Massachusetts Congressman Jim McGovern, a Democrat from the second district, continues his discussion with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

Daniel Silva is the award-winning, #1 New York Times bestselling author of "The Unlikely Spy," "The Mark of the Assassin," "The Marching Season," "The Kill Artist," "The English Assassin," "The Confessor," "A Death in Vienna," "Prince of Fire," "The Messenger," "The Secret Servant," "Moscow Rules," "The Defector," "The Rembrandt Affair," "Portrait of a Spy," "The Fallen Angel," "The English Girl," "The Heist," "The English Spy," "The Black Widow," and "House of Spies." He is best known for his long-running thriller series starring spy and art restorer Gabriel Allon.

His new Allon novel, "The Other Woman," takes place in an isolated village in the mountains of Andalusia, a mysterious Frenchwoman begins work on a dangerous memoir. It is the story of a man she once loved in the Beirut of old, and a child taken from her in treason’s name. The woman is the keeper of the Kremlin’s most closely guarded secret. Long ago, the KGB inserted a mole into the heart of the West—a mole who stands on the doorstep of ultimate power.

Only one man can unravel the conspiracy: Gabriel Allon, the legendary art restorer and assassin who serves as the chief of Israel’s vaunted secret intelligence service.


       After six years as superintendent of the only National Park in western Massachusetts, James Woolsey is moving to a new assignment with the National Park Service.

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City of Albany

Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan says she will appoint Southfield, Michigan Police Chief Eric Hawkins as the new Chief of the Albany Police Department. 

7/20/18 Panel

Jul 20, 2018

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

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Former EPA Regional Administrator Judith Enck, Albany County District Attorney David Soares, Siena College Economics Professor Aaron Pacitti, and Professor of Computer Science at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Fran Berman.

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Auto parts retailer AutoZone has agreed to pay $3.3 million to the Connecticut families of three people who were killed when one of the company's trucks struck their car.


A federal judge has tossed out New York City's effort to hold oil companies responsible for global warming, saying it's not the judiciary's responsibility.

The top federal prosecutor in Massachusetts says supervised injection sites for drug users would violate U.S. law and could lead to criminal charges.