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WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock examines how ranked choice voting is impacting Tuesday's Democratic mayoral primary in New York City. 

Yancey Roy
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WAMC's David Guistina speaks with Yancey Roy of Newsday for a preview of some of Tuesday's biggest primaries in New York state. 

Paul Caiano's Morning Forecast

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Paul Caiano

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

Partly sunny, breezy and humid with scattered showers and thunderstorms today. Highs near 90.

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Neither of the NBA's No. 1 seeds are still alive in the playoffs. The Hawks made sure of that by downing the 76ers to earn the right to take on the Milwaukee Bucks. The Hawks advanced with a 103-96 win over the 76ers in Philadelphia, putting Atlanta in the Eastern Conference Finals for the first time in six years.

(Airs 06/20/21 @ 6 p.m. & 06/21/21 @ 3 p.m.) The Media Project is an inside look at media coverage of current events with WAMC’s CEO Alan Chartock, Former Times Union Editor Rex Smith, Rosemary Armao, Investigative Journalist and Adjunct Professor at the University at Albany, and Daily Freeman Publisher Emeritus Ira Fusfeld. On this week’s Media Project, Alan, Rex, Rosemary and Ira talk about whether President Biden is right when he said the news focuses on the negative, the Pulitzer prizes are out but sports reporting loses again, and much more.

Reid Kisselback's Midday Forecast 6/20/21

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Reid Kisselback
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NewsChannel 13 Meteorologist Reid Kisselback provides his regional forecast for Saturday, June 20th, 2021. 

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WAMC Listening Party as aired on Saturday, June 19th, 2021:

Alysha Umphress, Alan H. Green, Allison Blackwell , Jacob Tischler and Britney Coleman
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One of the most  misused words in the world of entertainment is genius.   However, when it comes to describing the talent of George Gershwin, genius is almost too modest a term.  There is desire to add to the description with adjectives like insightful, happy and brilliant.

Ralph Gardner Jr: Just A Bulb

Jun 19, 2021
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Ralph Gardner Jr.

The strange, unrecognizable sound was something that bore resemblance to both a fizzle and a sizzle, if you’ll allow me that distinction. Whatever it was, my reaction once I did identify the source, was disbelief followed by grief. The cause of the noise, and the ensuing darkness, was an expensive light bulb I’d invested in back in 2013 under the premise that it might outlive me. It was, for its time, cutting edge illumination technology: an LED bulb that promised to shed warm, cozy light for 22.8 years when employed an average of three hours a day. If you can remember that far back cold, harsh light better adapted to an interrogation room than a living room was the norm for pretenders to the incandescent throne.

Reid Kisselback
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NewsChannel 13 Meteorologist Reid Kisselback delivers his regional forecast for Saturday, June 19th, 2021.

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Each weekday morning, WAMC’s President and CEO and Political Observer, Alan Chartock, and Roundtable Host Joe Donahue are joined by various experts, journalists, educators, and commentators to discuss current events. 

On Roundtable Panel: The Week in Review, we feature your favorite panelists discussing the most important issues of the week.

Person Place Thing Featuring Actor Penn Badgely

Jun 18, 2021
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Tonight on Person Place Thing, actor Penn Badgely, who is perhaps best known as Dan Humphrey in “Gossip Girl” and Joe Goldberg in the Netflix series “You,” is modest about his craft. “The only thing that’s ours as actors is how we feel, as we say lines we didn’t write, as we wear clothes we didn’t purchase or even choose.” Badgely talks about D’Angelo, Union Square and his first stereo.

The Vermont Supreme Court says a former school principal serving a five-year prison sentence for secretly recording teenage girls in his home will be able to appeal his sentence.

(Airs 06/18/21 @ 10 p.m.) The Legislative Gazette is a weekly program about New York State Government and politics. On this week’s Gazette: the Governor lifts all remaining Covid-19 restrictions, our political observer Alan Chartock shares his thoughts on rank choice voting, and take a look at the step forward for three bills in Congress intended to upgrade the country’s drinking water system and deal with toxic pollution.

UVM Medical Center main entrance
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Officials at the University of Vermont Health Network still don't know the full financial impact of a cyberattack last October.

Plattsburgh City Beach  panorama
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Plattsburgh’s City Beach officially opened Friday.  As the gates officially opened, entry fees increased.

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In a reversal, a Washington County school district will now drop its "Indians" mascot and logo.

Cuomo's Troubles Give GOP Hope In Blue New York

Jun 18, 2021
Lee Zeldin
Fox News

The next election for governor of New York is still nearly a year and half away, but state Republicans are already trying to get behind a single candidate who they hope has a chance of winning in an increasingly blue state. 

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Jun 18, 2021

Meteorol0gist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Friday, June 18, 2021.

             The newest federal and Massachusetts state holiday was celebrated today in Springfield. WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.               Juneteenth, which commemorates the end of slavery in America, was observed in front
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   The newest federal and Massachusetts state holiday was celebrated today in Springfield.

Chef Gail Sokol in the WAMC studio.
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Today we are baking with Chef Gail Sokol! WAMC's Ray Graf hosts. 

A giant American flag at West Point
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Earlier this month, in the final days of the New York State legislative session, lawmakers passed a bill to establish a commission to prepare for America’s 250th birthday.

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Lend an ear... or two! Here are this week's highlights from the WAMC Listener Comment Line.

Albany Police Chief Eric Hawkins gives double thumbs-up to Bike To Work Day as the city's new Master Plan is announced.
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Albany Police Chief Eric Hawkins is one of four finalists looking to become Akron, Ohio's next police chief. He participated Thursday evening in a virtual forum with residents and officials there.

Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger
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Burlington, Vermont officials celebrated the end of the city’s pandemic state of emergency this week and officials are looking forward to recovery. Mayor Miro Weinberger, a Democrat, presented his proposed $87.3 million 2022 budget to the city council on Monday. Outside City Hall Wednesday, Weinberger told WAMC North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley he is confident the city will have a budget at the beginning of the new fiscal year on July 1st.

Book cover for The Division of Light and Power
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Former Mayor, Congressman and two-time Presidential Candidate Dennis Kucinich will tell us about his new book "The Division of Light and Power," a gripping account of the hidden mechanisms of corporate power in the United States and what happens when these corporate interests are challenged.

Kucinich gives an insider’s account of his battle against a shadow city government that engaged in corporate espionage, sabotage, price-fixing, cut-throat competition, anti-trust activities, organized crime, and wholesale fraud. That is, until Kucinich, then America’s youngest big-city mayor at age 31, fought back, risking assassination attempts and the destruction of his personal life.

He will be a candidate in the upcoming mayoral primary in an attempt to become mayor of Cleveland again.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Jun 18, 2021
Paul Caiano

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Friday, June 18, 2021.

Amy Helm
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Musician Amy Helm returned to a familiar place — for her and for many of us in the region — to make her new album “What the Flood Leaves Behind.” Helm recorded in Levon Helm Studios, also known as The Barn, with a cast of stellar musicians.

The Mount
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Susan Wissler, executive director at The Mount, Edith Wharton's Home, joins us in the studio this morning to discuss their 2021 summer programs and events.

Highlights include a variety of outdoor performances, lectures, and the return of the SculptureNow outdoor sculpture exhibit.

And The Mount hopes to embark on a historical renovation project to restore the Laurel Lake shorefront farmhouse built by Wharton and her husband, Teddy, in 1906.