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Looming Chauvin Verdict Will Test Biden's Leadership On Race

When Joe Biden offered his condolences to the loved ones of George Floyd in a video address that played at Floyd's funeral service last year, he posed a question. "Why, in this nation, do too many Black Americans wake up knowing they could lose their life in the course of living their life?" Biden asked. Biden, then his party's presumptive presidential nominee, urged the country in that speech to use Floyd's death as a call for action to address systemic racism. "Now is the time for racial...

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U.S. Ambassador To Russia Returns To Washington As Relations Sour Further

The American ambassador to Russia is returning to Washington for "consultations" after a new round of sanctions imposed on Moscow last week by President Biden, including the expulsion of 10 U.S. diplomats – a move quickly followed by reciprocal measures from the Kremlin. A brief statement from the U.S. Embassy in Moscow on Tuesday announced that Ambassador John Sullivan was returning to the U.S. this week after his Russian counterpart was recalled amid increasingly strained relations between...

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SAINT PAUL, Minn. - Leaders from across the state gather for Governor Mark Dayton's 2014 State of the State address at the Capitol Apr. 30. The Minnesota National Guard has a ceremonial role in the annual event.
Minnesota National Guard

Former Vice President and U.S. Senator from Minnesota Walter Mondale died on Monday in Minneapolis. He was 93 years old.

We spoke with Mondale in 2010 about his memoir “The Good Fight: A Life in Liberal Politics.” 

Poster for "Conscience Point" doc

On April 22 at 7pm, Vassar College will host a panel discussion reflecting on the documentary “Conscience Point,” which chronicles decades-long resistance by the Shinnecock Nation to overdevelopment and extractive practices by their elite Hamptons neighbors.

Panel members will include Vassar alumna, Alli Joseph, longtime Shinnecock activists and Shinnecock Tribal attorneys. Professor Molly McGlennen and American Studies major Julia Noonan will facilitate the conversation. This “Earth Day” event highlights Vassar’s year-long reckoning with Native American land acknowledgment practices and relationship-building with Indigenous nations in the region. 

This morning we talk with Producer Alli Joseph, Vassar Student Julia Noonan, and Program Director of American Studies & Native Studies Professor Molly McGlennen.

More info at Vassar Events and Upstate Films.

Book covers for the books listed below on this page
provided - assorted publishers

  Today's Book Picks come from Matt Tannenbaum from The Bookstore in Lenox, Massachusetts.

Tom Stoppard: A Life by Hermione Lee
Mike Nichols: A Life by Mark Harris
The Smash-Up by Ali Benjamin
Fulfillment by Alec MacGillis
How to Resist Amazon and Why by Danny Caine
Stop Telling Women to Smile by Tatyana Fazlalizadeh

John King

Former U.S. Secretary of Education John King is running for governor in Maryland. King, a Democrat, was the New York State Education Commissioner from 2011 to 2014, when he was tapped to serve in the Obama administration.

Congressman Mondaire Jones
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The events of January 6 continue to reverberate.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Democratic Representative Mondaire Jones of New York’s 17th district continues his conversation with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

This interview was recorded April 16.

4/20/21 RT Panel

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

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Cohoes City Director of Operations Theresa Bourgeois, Tetherless World Professor of Computer, Web and Cognitive Sciences at RPI and Director of the RPI-IBM Artificial Intelligence research collaboration Jim Hendler, and The Empire Report's J.P. Miller.

The American ambassador to Russia is returning to Washington for "consultations" after a new round of sanctions imposed on Moscow last week by President Biden, including the expulsion of 10 U.S. diplomats – a move quickly followed by reciprocal measures from the Kremlin.

Photo of Alan Chartock, WAMC's President and CEO.
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WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses the murder trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, and considers how the public and the government may respond if Chauvin is found not guilty. 

Mike Goodwin
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WAMC's David Guistina speaks with Mike Goodwin of The Times Union about plans by the African American Cultural Center of the Capital Region to open a grocery store in Albany's South End. 

Paul Caiano's Morning Forecast

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Paul Caiano

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

Partly sunny with a few scattered showers in northern New York and New England today, and mostly sunny south. Highs in the 50s north and 60s to lower 70s south. 


Special Programming- Earth Day

BBC Specials on Thursday in celebration of Earth Day

“Witness History: The Environment” @ 11 a.m. & “In Deep: The Hidden Story of America’s Troubled Water Infrastructure” @ 1 p.m.

ALERT: WWES, 88.9 FM, Mt. Kisco, NY is BACK ON AIR

We've moved WWES to a new location and the signal has been restored.


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