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Reid Kisselback
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NewsChannel 13 Meteorologist Reid Kisselback provides the regional forecast for Sunday, April 18th, 2021. 

"Row" - Outside at the Clark
The Clark

It’s not often you get to write a review that is also a preview. However, since the Williamstown Theatre Festival’s world premiere of the musical “Row” has just been released by Audible Theatre and almost simultaneously with the release it was announced it would be given a live production at the festival this summer, this is a two-for-one recommendation for the show.

Photo from 2018 Caroga Lake Music Festival. Matthew Whitaker Quartet with Caroga Arts Ensemble at Sherman's Park.
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The Caroga Arts Collective is planning a return to in-person events this summer. The 2021 Caroga Lake Music Festival will run from July 24th to August 22nd and is planned to feature a wider variety of performances than years past.

Albany Protest 4-17
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Black Lives Matter demonstrators marched through Albany Saturday evening, returning to the city police department’s South Station, where on Wednesday officers clashed with protesters.

Periodical cicadas. John H. Ghent, USDA Forest Service,

There’s buzz in the world of bugs. Soon, billions of periodical cicadas will emerge from the ground after 17 years.

Reid Kisselback
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NewsChannel 13 Meteorologist Reid Kisselback delivers his regional forecast for Saturday, April 17th, 2021. 

Ralph Gardner Jr: Farewell To An Old Friend

Apr 17, 2021
The writer’s dearly departed American Crown range
Ralph Gardner Jr.

We lost a friend, almost a family member, Tuesday afternoon. It’s not what you’re probably thinking. It wasn’t a person. It wasn’t even a pet. It was an appliance – our loyal, broad shouldered early Eighties 40” six-burner, double oven, double broiler American Crown gas range.

Police body cameras

The Orange County district attorney says his office is providing funding for body cameras for village police officers.

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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, giving you a chance to catch up, ponder or reconsider.

Person Place Thing Featuring David Lang

Apr 16, 2021
Peter Sterling

Tonight at 10:30 on Person Place Thing, Randy Cohen speaks with Pulitzer-winning composer David Lang. At age 9 Lang saw a Leonard Bernstein young people’s concert featuring Shostakovich and something happened, in a good way. Tune in to hear more about Lang’s person, place and thing.

The Legislative Gazette #2116

Apr 16, 2021

(Airs 04/16/21 @ 10 p.m.) The Legislative Gazette is a weekly program about New York State Government and politics. On this week’s Gazette: Criminal justice advocates say they want more reforms for members of Black and Brown communities who are incarcerated at higher rates than white New Yorkers, our political observer Alan Chartock shares his thoughts on police reform plans around the state, and a proposed hydroelectric project is scrapped after strong opposition.

Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan address reporters at South Station as Chief Eric Hawkins looks on.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

City officials held a press conference Friday afternoon to give a clearer picture of events that unfurled during a protest in Albany Wednesday evening that turned tense when Black Lives Matter protestors threw water bottles and yelled expletives at police officers and police appeared to spray some protestors.

Paul Caiano's Evening Forecast

Apr 16, 2021
Paul Caiano

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the evening weather forecast for Friday, April 16, 2021.


Business leaders in Massachusetts have launched an urgent lobbying campaign to get Beacon Hill to lower a surprise increase in their unemployment insurance tax bill.

Today on the show we are talking cookies with two bakers who have emerged during the COVID-19 pandemic and started a business - Cookie Therapy ALB! Ashley Brown and Faye Jones are on the line to answer your baking questions. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts. 

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Now it's your turn. Here are this week's highlights from the WAMC Listener Comment Line. 

A stone building with a colonnade sits below a grey sky amid snowdrifts.
Josh Landes / WAMC

More Pittsfield, Massachusetts city councilors have expressed dismay with the school committee’s selection of a new permanent superintendent. 

Tim Mead

The President of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown is resigning after less than two years on the job. In a statement Friday, Tim Mead cited family responsibilities in announcing he’ll step down in May.

Mead was named president in 2019 after a 40-year career working for the Los Angeles Angels. He spoke with WAMC just before joining the Hall.

the front of a school building
Paul Tuthill / WAMC

    Even as teaching and learning was upended last year with the start of the pandemic, the largest school district in western Massachusetts continued to see a decrease in dropouts.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Apr 16, 2021
Paul Caiano

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Friday, April 16, 2021.

people rallying with protest signs
Paul Tuthill / WAMC

In another blow to a controversial wood-burning power plant proposed in Springfield, Massachusetts, the Baker administration Friday announced regulations that would deny the project financial subsidies.

Six people in a Zoom meeting.
Josh Landes / WAMC

The candidate chosen by Williamstown, Massachusetts to serve as interim town manager has accepted the position.

A woman with blue and silver hair smiles into a camera
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Trixie Garcia – daughter of Grateful Dead front man and countercultural icon Jerry Garcia – will be in Western Massachusetts Saturday for the East Coast launch of her family’s marijuana brand. The event in the Liberty Easthampton dispensary parking lot is styled in the manner of the sprawling traveling markets that followed the Dead’s tours in their heyday known as Shakedown Street. Garcia spoke with WAMC about how the brand pays homage to her father’s legacy, and her work in the charitable arm of the Grateful Dead organization.

4/16/21 RT Panel

Apr 16, 2021
Microphone in radio studio

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

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Former EPA Regional Administrator, Visiting Professor at Bennington College, President of Beyond Plastics Judith Enck, Siena College Professor of Economics Aaron Pacitti, and Albany County District Attorney David Soares.

Photo of Alan Chartock, WAMC's President and CEO.
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WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses the Thursday shooting in which nine people, including the gunman, were killed at a FedEx warehouse in Indianapolis.

Marina Villeneuve
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WAMC's David Guistina speaks with Marina Villeneuve of the Associated Press about how New York lawmakers are responding to the state's nursing home deaths during the coronavirus pandemic.

Paul Caiano's Morning Forecast

Apr 16, 2021
Paul Caiano

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

Cloudy with rain and wet snow this morning, tapering off to valley rain showers and mountain snow showers. Highs in the lower 40s. An additional 1-3" of snow is possible in the mountains of western New England.

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The Celtics squandered most of a 27-point lead in the fourth quarter before Jaylen Brown scored four of his 40 points in the final minute to help them secure a 121-113 victory over the Lakers. Brown made 13 of his first 14 shots and hit three 3-pointers in Boston's fifth win in a row. Talen Horton-Tucker led a 24-2 run by the Lakers that forced Brown and the Boston starters back into the game.

William Morrow

This week on 51%, we hear the untold story of women resistance fighters in Hitler's ghettos.  We also speak with an author about life in Iraq under Saddam Hussein's regime.

(Rye) Playland Park
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The Westchester County Board of Legislators has approved a bankruptcy court settlement regarding the management of Playland. Legislators who support the revised agreement say it not only leaves the county amusement park in Westchester’s hands, but improves county controls and financial terms.