Ralph Gardner Jr: Dancing To Nature

5 hours ago
Stephen Petronio at Crow’s Nest, the Petronio Residency Center in Roundtop,NY
Ralph Gardner, JR.

There are studies coming out every day about the therapeutic benefits of nature. A walk in the woods, besides being pretty and good exercise, increases mental health, not to mention spiritual development.

Greg Pollak
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NewsChannel 13 Meteorologist Greg Pollak provides the Regional Midday Weather Summary for Saturday, August 17th, 2019.

NYC DEP Bypass Tunnel Connects To Dutchess

8 hours ago
Courtesy of the NYC DEP

The New York City Department of Environmental Protection has reached a milestone in its $1 billion effort to repair leaks in the longest tunnel in the world.

Cannabis-related poison control calls about kids doubled following legalization of medical marijuana in Massachusetts, according to research published Friday.

By Ziko van Dijk - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0,

Ulster County legislators are considering a measure to include additional single-use plastic items in a law pertaining to plastic straws. The county executive supports the proposed law while the legislature’s minority leader has concerns.

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The Vermont Drug Task Force says 59 people were arrested during a state-wide drug sweep.

Bennington Battle monument
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Vermont’s historic preservation officer, Laura Trieschmann, says Bennington Battle Day festivities at the Bennington Monument this weekend will include cannon fire despite earlier talk of banning it due to resident complaints.

Bob Goepfert Reviews "Hamilton" At Proctors

Aug 16, 2019
Company, HAMILTON National Tour
Joan Marcus

How rare and wonderful it is when things in life exceed your expectations. Thank you “Hamilton” and Proctors for providing one of those rare occasions.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Aug 16, 2019

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Friday, August 16, 2019.

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As the smash-hit musical “Hamilton” continues its run at Proctors in Schenectady, the actors who portray three sisters of the prominent Schuyler family learned a bit more today about the real-life people they depict on stage.

Milton, Vermont Fire Department responds to crash at Cornerstone Community Church
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Police say a 14-year-old driver was at the wheel of a fast-moving car that hit a church in Milton, Vermont.

Arise for Social Justice

     A noted activist in western Massachusetts has died.

Jim Levulis / WAMC

Today on Food Friday, we welcome two folks invovled in the 4th annual Grillsdale event taking place August 24 in Hillsdale, NY. Chef Jack Peele of Jacuterie in Ancramdale, NY and event organizer Joanna Virello are in the studio to answer your grilling questions. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Aug 16, 2019
Paul Caiano

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Friday, August 16, 2019.

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What say you? Let's find out! Here are this week's highlights from the WAMC Listener Comment Line. 

Berkshire Community College is set to host a debate for city councilor candidates at its Pittsfield, Massachusetts campus. WAMC’s Josh Landes has more.

Plattsburgh City Hall
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The city of Plattsburgh won $10 million in the first round of New York Downtown Revitalization Initiative grants.  A major part of the redevelopment will occur at the Durkee Street parking lot in the city center.  An advisory committee has been working on recommendations to deal with the loss, shuffling and management changes of the nearly 300 spaces expected to be impacted. The Plattsburgh Common Council accepted their recommendations at its Thursday meeting.

Mayor Linda Tyer holds a "Tyer For Mayor" sign in front of a brick wall
Josh Landes / WAMC

As the Pittsfield, Massachusetts mayoral race heats up, incumbent Linda Tyer is making her case for a second term.

The Arts Mid-Hudson Folk Arts Program, Latinx Project, the Reher Center for Immigrant Culture and History, the Hudson Valley LGBTQ Center, and Kingston City Hall present “The Spaces Between;” a series of exhibitions and programs facilitating exploration of the social spaces of marginalized status in American culture.

“The Spaces Between” challenges traditional views of "marginalized status" by considering the many ways people can be marginalized, including the undocumented community, the LGTBQ community, and the immigrant community through an exploration of statuses related to race, gender, and sexual identity. The project runs through September.

Elinor Levy is the Folk Arts Program Manager at Arts Mid-Hudson and she joined us to tell us more.

In this week’s Classical Music According to Yehuda, we continue to learn about the composer Gioachino Rossini.

Music played: 3rd movement of Rossini’s Sonata for Strings No 3. In C Major performed by Frankfurt Strings.

   A renowned community organizer in western Massachusetts has died.

Suzan-Lori Parks’ “Topdog/Underdog” won the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for drama and was the number-one choice in last year’s New York Times list of “The 25 Best American Plays Since ‘Angels in America.’” The play is now being performed at Shakespeare & Company through September 8th.

In the play: two brothers, Lincoln and Booth, are locked in a battle of wits and struggle to come to terms with their identity and what history has handed them, even their names.

Director Regge Life; actors Deaon Griffin-Pressley and Bryce Michael Wood joined us.

As he awaits a Democratic opponent, President Donald Trump is readying for another campaign.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Tim Vercellotti of the Western New England University poll continues his conversation with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

Bill Barclay returns to Tanglewood for a Concert Theatre Works development project in partnership with the Tanglewood Learning Institute.

The object of his creative attention for "Full Tilt" this summer is Joseph Bologne, the Chevalier de Saint-Georges. Bologne was a decorated military officer, champion swordsman, acclaimed violinist, composer, and conductor, a true Renaissance man of the Classical period and an artist of color in 18th-century France.

Director of Music for Shakespeare’s Globe, Bill Barclay’s original music has been performed across the United States, around the world, for President Obama, the British Royal Family, the Olympic Torch, at the UN, in Buckingham Palace, and in refugee camps in Jordan and Calais. He is the founder of the new label Globe Music.

8/16/19 Panel

Aug 16, 2019

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

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Albany County District Attorney David Soares, Joseph Bruchac - author, poet, novelist, storyteller and scholar of Native American culture, Senior Fellow and Visiting Professor at Bennington College, Founder of Beyond Plastics, former EPA regional administrator Judith Enck.

WAMC's Alan Chartock shares his thoughts on Israel agreeing to bar two U.S. Lawmkers after being urged to do so by President Trump, the President's remarks on the economy at a rally in New Hampshire, and much more.

WAMC's David Guistina speaks with Ken Lovett, Senior Vice President for Communications and Albany Director for Metropolitan Public Strategies about lawsuits filed this week under the Child Victims Act, and much more.

Paul Caiano's Morning Forecast

Aug 16, 2019
Paul Caiano

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

Mostly cloudy and humid today with a shower or thunderstorm possible. Highs in the upper 70s to lower 80s.

(AP) Jose Ramirez and Carlos Santana each hit two of the Indians’ seven home runs in a 19-5 thrashing of the Yankees. Ramirez belted his first career grand slam in a seven-run first, and Greg Allen and Santana went back-to-back in a five-run eighth against rookie designated hitter Mike Ford. Every Cleveland starter had at least two of the team's 24 hits as the Indians stayed a half-game behind the AL Central-leading Twins.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

A New York state Senator was in Millbrook today to present a check to the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies in support of a project aimed at Lyme disease prevention.