Courtesy of Riverkeeper

A recent accidental release of firefighting foam from a hangar at New York Stewart International Airport in Orange County is the subject of debate. The foam made its way into a stream, and testing on behalf of the City of Newburgh shows high levels of PFOA and PFOS. But the company that operates the hangar says the foam does not contain PFOA or PFOS. The state is awaiting separate results.

Plastic straws
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A town board in New York’s Hudson Valley recently passed a resolution to reduce multiple single-use plastic items, and a few other disposables. And phase one of implementation began earlier this week, on Earth Day.

Matt Ossenfort
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Montgomery County Executive Matt Ossenfort gave his sixth State of the County address Thursday. Now in his second four-year term, the Republican talked about how the Mohawk Valley county has changed during his time in office.

Woodstock 50 Ticket Sales Delayed

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Woodstock 50

The much-anticipated sale of tickets for this summer's Woodstock 50 anniversary concerts has been put on hold for now.

Paul Caiano's Evening Forecast

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Paul Caiano

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the evening weather forecast for Thursday, April 25, 2019.

The panel (L to R): Judith Enck, Richard Webster, David Walker.

Locals packed a meeting in Catskill, New York this week to discuss an incinerator toxic ash dump proposed for an abandoned quarry on U.S. Route 9W.

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City of Pittsfield

A Pittsfield, Massachusetts city councilor will challenge first-term Mayor Linda Tyer in this fall’s municipal election.

(4/25/19 & 4/28/19 @ 3 p.m. & 5 a.m.) WAMC's Alan Chartock speaks with New York Governor Andrew Cuomo.

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Josh Landes / WAMC

At this week’s City Council meeting, Mayor Linda Tyer’s “At Home In Pittsfield” program was narrowly voted down after a bitter debate.

Courtesy of SUNY Chancellor Dr. Kristina Johnson

State University of New York Chancellor Kristina Johnson is nearing the end of her tour of all 64 SUNY campuses. Today, two Hudson Valley campuses were on her agenda — SUNY Sullivan and SUNY Orange. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne spoke with Chancellor Johnson about her tour… and much more.

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Our expert gardeners return to Vox Pop to answer your quetions. On the show today, Fred Breglia, director of the Landis Arboretum in Esperance, New York and Greg Ward of Ward's Nursery in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.

(4/25/19 @ 1 p.m.) Today at 1 O’clock, WAMC’s Alan Chartock In Conversation with Psychiatrist and Author Dr. Bick Wanck about his new book Mind Easing: The 3 Layered Healing Plan for Anxiety and Depression.

The Vermont House gave final approval Wednesday to a bill that would raise the legal age to purchase and use tobacco products in the state to 21.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

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Paul Caiano

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Thursday, April 25, 2019.

Jim Levulis, WAMC News

An important access point for hikers in New York’s Adirondack Mountains will be closed after this weekend.

Ted Rosenthal is a jazz pianist, educator, and as of late, a composer of operas. He has a rich history in the Berkshires, from childhood visits to Tanglewood and Jacob’s Pillow to regular appearances as a professional musician over the last few decades. Rosenthal is back in town Saturday at the Berkshire Museum for a program put together by Berkshires Jazz and the museum for the Massachusetts ArtWeek. In the latter half of the show, the pianist and his trio will be joined by local youth from the Kids 4 Harmony program. Rosenthal tells WAMC about what to expect from the performance, what it’s like to teach young people jazz today, and the story behind his debut opera.

Jewish Voice for Peace -Hudson Valley has scheduled a panel entitled “We All Belong Here: Hearing the Voices of Muslim Women,” the event is a panel discussion with Muslim women to examine the intersectionality of diversity and “otherness” and how those inform our perceptions and governmental policies.

The discussion will be based on the personal experiences and narratives of Muslim women living in our region. This event will take place on Saturday, May 4th 1:30-4 pm at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Kingston.

Our guests are Cheryl Qamar - an Arab-American & social activist from Saugerties, New York who is the Chair of the Anti-Islamophobia Committee for Jewish Voice for Peace-Hudson Valley and Susan Smith, Director of operations at the Fellowship of Reconciliation, community liaison for the Muslim Peace Fellowship, and a member of the Community of Living Traditions at Stony Point Center, New York, an intentional residential community of Jews, Christians and Muslims.

Jackson Murphy (a.k.a. Lights-Camera-Jackson) began his career as a movie critic at the age of 7 1/2, doing reviews in our region. He has talked movies and made award predictions on numerous television programs. He currently is the mind behind the entertainment website, Lights-Camera-Jackson. He joins us this morning to talk about the start of Summer Movies – beginning with the new Avengers tale.

American Lung Association

According to the American Lung Association, more than 140 million people are breathing unhealthy air — 7 million more than last year.

MASS MoCA clock tower sunset
Paul Gallo

MASS MoCA is holding holding a summerlong birthday celebration to mark its 20th year with performances, installations, and the return of the Solid Sound Festival.

Headlining the birthday bash on May 25 will be Annie Lennox in a sold-out gig. Capturing MASS MoCA’s energy and spirit of embracing music and art in all forms, the 20th birthday party spreads across the museum campus — from Marshall Street to the interior courtyards and galleries — encompassing new exhibitions, wild versions of your favorite games, terrific music by performers from both near and far, great food and a world of fun.

Star attractions for the rest of summer include Solid Sound, The Pretenders, Annie Lennox, Maggie Rogers and Laurie Anderson – just to name a few. We hear all about it now with Director of Communications Jodi Joseph and Director of Performing Arts Sue Killam.

The American people have had a week to digest the Mueller report.

In today’s Congressional Corner, WAMC’s Alan Chartock continues his interview with Connecticut Representative Joe Courtney, a Democrat from the 2nd district.

Beetlejuice musical artwork and photograph of director Alex Timbers
Photo of Timbers: Morris Mac Matzen/Stage Entertainment

Tonight a show about death opens at The Winter Garden Theatre on Broadway. A very funny, extremely wacky, semi-familiar show about death.

Beetlejuice: The Musical,” adapted from the 1988 Tim Burton film, features a book by Scott Brown and Anthony King and music by Eddie Perfect - who is further represented on Broadway this season with “King Kong."

The ghost-with-the-most, played memorably by Michael Keaton, in the film is dusted-off and deaded-up by Alex Brightman. Lydia, a grieving but righteous teen, is artfully inhabited by Sophia Anne Caruso. Kerry Butler and Rob McClure play the recently deceased Barbara and Adam. Adam Dannheisser and Leslie Kritzer play Charles and Delia; the sort-of-crazy sort-of-couple that buys Barbara and Adam’s now-haunted house. It’s a powerful cast, all joyfully mourning and energetically filling David Korins’ memorable-moveable set eight shows a week. Musical Supervision, Orchestrations, and Incidental Music is by Kris Kukul, formerly the Music Director at The Williamstown Theatre Festival, and Connor Gallagher is the choreographer.

Alex Timbers directs. His previous Broadway credits include “Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson,” “The Pee-Wee Herman Show,” “Peter and the Star-Catcher,” “Rocky,” and “Oh, Hello.” He directed the stand-up special “John Mulaney: Kid Gorgeous at Radio City.” Some of his off-Broadway productions are “Gutenberg! The Musical!,” “Here Lies Love,” “The Robber Bridegroom.” He is the co-creator of the Amazon series “Mozart in the Jungle.” His next directorial project is the stage adaptation of “Moulin Rouge” which begins previews at the Hirschfeld Theatre in June.

4/25/19 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, Siena College Professor of Comparative Politics Vera Eccarius Kelly, Fran Berman - the Edward Hamilton Distinguished Professor of Computer Science at RPI and recent electee to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and corporate attorney Rich Honen.

Dr. Alan Chartock
Eric Korenman

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses President Trump's changing response to the Mueller report, and reports that former Vice President Joe Biden has officially joined the 2020 presidential race. He also comments on a meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Pro-immigrant protestors
Karen DeWitt

A bill to allow undocumented immigrants to obtain driver's licenses in New York is gaining support in the state legislature. But there’s also a growing backlash, and several upstate county sheriffs, county  clerks and state lawmakers are explaining why they oppose the measure.

Who's The Boss? NPR Or Member Stations?

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There is some real tension between National Public Radio and its member stations. WAMC pays a great deal of money, collected from you, our members, for NPR programming and services – around $800,000 a year. In other words, by the time it’s all done, the proceeds of nearly one whole fund drive are used to pay NPR for what amounts to two programs -- Morning Edition and All Things Considered

Sean Kingston

WAMC's David Guistina speaks with Jim Kevlin, Editor and Publisher of Hometown Oneonta, The Freeman's Journal, and, about a Sean Kingston concert that was canceled by SUNY Oneonta and Hartwick College in response to a rape allegation faced by the singer in 2010.

Paul Caiano's Morning Forecast

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Paul Caiano

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

Mostly sunny today. Highs in the 60s.

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WikiMedia Commons

The Stanley Cup playoffs will continue without any of the four division leaders, including the defending champions. Brock McGinn scored 11:05 into double-overtime to complete the Carolina Hurricanes' comeback-within-a-comeback in a 4-3 victory in Washington. 

teacher on trial dot com

The longest and most expensive trial in the history of the state of Georgia had nothing to do with robbery, rape or murder. It involved teachers, erasers and a whole lot of history. Today on the Best of Our Knowledge, we’ll talk to one of the teachers convicted in the scandal.

Follow Shani's appeal at teacher on trial dot com.

We’ll also spend an Academic Minute becoming political consumers.