Albany, NY – Operas tend to be about things like love, or hate. Or in the case of Tommy, troubled pin-ball wizards. But the Squonk Opera is fashioning an opera about our very own city of Albany. Susan speaks with the minds behind Squonk, Steve O'Hearn and Jackie Dempsey, along with the University at Albany's Kim Engel, and asks them how the great city of Albany will be captured in song.
Albany, NY – March 5th, 2007 marks the 150th anniversary of the Dred Scott decision: the Supreme Court decision in which Chief Justice Tawney declared that frree blacks could never be citizens of the United States and that they had "no rights." Our poll question today is How far have we come in the struggle for equality in America?
Albany Law School's Paul Finkelman joins Susan in the studio to discuss the legacy of this decision and to answer listener questions.
Albany, NY – From the overwhelming response to a previous poll question on the pros and cons of compact fluorescent light bulbs, it's obvious that our listeners care about the environment. But they also have a lot of questions about mercury and proper disposal. So we asked Professor Russ Leslie, associate director at the Lighting Research Center at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, to answer our questions.
Albany, NY – The Berkshires are a lovely place to visit and even a comfortable home base for many of us, but for someone who has just arrived in this country, becoming a part of this tight knit community can be a challenge.
Where do you work? What about the language barrier? How do you navigate customs and traditions that might be very different from home?
The Berkshire Immigrant Center has made it their mission to make this transition easier for the area's burgeoning immigrant population.
Albany, NY – It's easy to stereotype hip hop as misogynistic music that promotes violence and drug use. And it was those stereotypes that compelled filmmaker Byron Hurt to turn a critical eye on hip hop in his new film Hip Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes. He tells Susan and Joe what inspired this journey.
Albany, NY – In the best of worlds, every child learns how to read, write, and count by the end of elementary school. But if you could send your child to any school in the country to learn these basic skills and more, where would they go?
Montessori schools are a unique option where children learn through curiosity, creativity, and imagination.
In honor of Montessori Week and the 100th anniversary of the Montessori method, Susan and Joe speak with two teachers who ascribe to this method