Ralph Gardner Jr: Let The Birds Be

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Male Wood Duck, Reifel Refuge, British Columbia.
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For those of us who were apparently under the misconception that America was pretty great before the current occupant of the White House came along and in no need of being restored to its former glory behind fortress walls, picking up the morning newspaper, or these days more likely your electronic device, can be a sullen and depressing exercise.


NewsChannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the regional midday weather summary for Saturday, September 22, 2018.

Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno

The mayor of the largest city in western Massachusetts has declared publically he plans to run for re-election in 2019.

UVM Medical Center main entrance
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Union nurses have issued a vote of no confidence with the University of Vermont Medical Center's Board of Trustees.

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Trailblazing dance icon Arthur Mitchell died this week at 84. WAMC’s Josh Landes reports his legacy is being celebrated in the Berkshires.

Vermont labor officials say the state's unemployment rate held steady at 2.8 percent in August.

(Airs 09/20/18 @ 10 p.m.) The Legislative Gazette is a weekly program about New York State Government and politics. On this week’s Gazette: We take a closer look at the general election for Governor as the race heats up, our political observer Alan Chartock will share his thoughts on what higher turnout in the primary means for the general election in November, and State Attorney General Barbara Underwood steps up her investigation of the Roman Catholic Church.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

The congressional candidates for New York’s spotlighted 19th District participated in a forum Thursday that allowed for sharing views with an audience rather than debating one another. Debate has been raging mainly among constituents, often on social media. Among the mainstream party candidates, though, it has been through ads.

Lake Placid fall foliage (file photo)
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There are varying predictions of what to expect as we approach this year’s fall foliage season — a key tourism driver in the Northeast.  WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley checked in with a forester who has been studying Vermont’s trees for decades.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Sep 21, 2018

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Friday, September 21, 2018.

 Thomas Cole's desk in the Old Studio (Catskill, NY)
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Albany International Airport’s Art & Culture Program and the Thomas Cole National Historical Site in Catskill have partnered to present a new exhibition.

nd other officials with new electric cars at Albany TU Center.
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Albany County has broadened its effort to become the "greenest" in New York.


   Now that MGM has opened the $960 million resort casino in downtown Springfield, Massachusetts, the company is facing a deadline to commit to a project to build off-site housing.

Feel Good Food by Richard and Mary Anne Erickson
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Richard and Mary Anne Erickson of Blue Mountain Bistro-To-Go in Kingston, NY join Food Friday with their book of recipes "Feel Good Food." WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.

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We roll back highlights from the WAMC Listener Comment Line every Friday. 

Drew Herzig

A forum in Pittsfield, Massachusetts tonight will explore the black experience in Berkshire County. 

The largest Northeast collegiate esports event is coming to Albany.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Sep 21, 2018
Newschannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Friday, September 21, 2018.

Congressman Paul Tonko
Congressman Paul Tonko

Democratic primary voters in New York decided to stick with Governor Andrew Cuomo.

In today’s Congressional Corner, New York Congressman Paul Tonko, a Democrat from the 20th district, continues his conversation with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

      The Springfield Symphony Orchestra is beginning its 75th concert season.

Manitoga’s Artist Residency Program and Annual Performance were launched in 2014 to invoke designer Russel Wright's legacy of experimentation and celebration of place at Manitoga – his home, landscape and creative muse.

The 2018 Annual Performance "United by Nature Concert Celebration" will take place on Saturday, September 29 at 4 p.m. featuring Grammy Award winning percussionist Jeff Haynes and Friends. Jeff Haynes is a world-renowned multi-genre percussionist who has toured extensively with Jazz, World Beat and Pop artists. He is a multi-genre percussionist and a multifaceted talent and resource in the Hudson Valley.

9/21/18 Panel

Sep 21, 2018

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

Today's Panelists are Albany County District Attorney David Soares, Associate Editor of the Times Union Mike Spain, and Siena College Economics Professor Aaron Pacitti.

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It finally happened. The 19-game winless streak is over. The Cleveland Browns have their first victory since December 2016, and their rookie quarterback led them to victory.

The Browns trailed 14-0 near halftime before first overall pick Baker Mayfield entered the game and rallied Cleveland to its first win in 635 days, 21-17 over the New York Jets.

Syracuse Police Say Girl, 8, Among 5 Shot During Memorial

Sep 21, 2018
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Police say five people, including an 8-year-old girl, have been shot during a memorial service in upstate New York.


Here's NewsChannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano's WAMC Regional Forecast:     

Partly sunny and windy today with a scattered shower or thunderstorm.  Highs in the mid 70s. 

Alzheimer's Association Facebook Page

WAMC's David Guistina speaks with Beth Smith-Boivin, the Executive Director and CEO of the Alzheimer's Association Northeastern New York Chapter, about the Walk To End Alzheimer's happening Saturday, September 22nd, at Siena College in Loudonville, New York.

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The Vermont Department of Health is recommending every school test its water for lead after the state found contamination in 16 schools.

WAMC, Allison Dunne


The Ulster County Chamber of Commerce hosted a congressional candidate debate Thursday morning in Kingston. Four candidates for New York’s 19th District took turns answering questions on issues ranging from health care to small business to climate change.

Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger announces proposed Clean Water Resiliency plan
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Burlington, Vermont Mayor Miro Weinberger announced a plan Thursday afternoon that is intended to solve the city's wastewater and stormwater runoff problems.