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(Airs 2/17 & 2/18/19) The Media Project is an inside look at media coverage of current events with WAMC’s CEO Alan Chartock, Albany Times Union Editor Rex Smith, Judy Patrick, Vice President for Editorial Development for the New York Press Association, and Cailin Brown, Chair of the Department of Communication at the College of St. Rose. On this week’s Media Project Alan, Rex, Judy and Cailin talk about whether news aggregators are good for journalism or bad, Bob Costas says he was punished for his commentary on concussions and the NFL, Jill Abramson and whether she committed plagiarism, and more.

(Airs 2/17 & 2/18/19) The Media Project is an inside look at media coverage of current events with WAMC’s CEO Alan Chartock, Albany Times Union Editor Rex Smith, Judy Patrick, Vice President for Editorial Development for the New York Press Association, and Cailin Brown, Chair of the Department of Communication at the College of St. Rose. On this week’s Media Project Alan, Rex, Judy and Cailin talk about whether news aggregators are good for journalism or bad, Bob Costas says he was punished for his commentary on concussions and the NFL, Jill Abramson and whether she committed plagiarism, and more.

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There are four city council seats up for election in Burlington on Town Meeting Day next month.  The Democrat running in the Central City district race is an attorney who leads the Vermont Community Law Center and teaches at the Vermont Law School.  Jared Carter tells WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley that economic justice issues are key to his “Burlington Leads” platform.

Greg Pollak's Midday Forecast

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NewsChannel 13 Meteorologist Greg Pollak delivers the Regional Midday Weather Summary for Sunday, February 17, 2019.

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With Presidents Day just around the corner, the Siena College Research Institute has released its sixth poll of presidential scholars, historians and political scientists, ranking U.S. Presidents.

Zeovadis Tavarez-Polanco
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On Sunday, teachers from across the country are gathering in El Paso, Texas to call for the closure of all federal detention centers housing immigrant children. The Teach In For Freedom event organized by the American Federation of Teachers union features presentations on a number of immigration-related topics.

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Progressive groups will be holding demonstrations across the region against President Donald Trump’s declaration of a national emergency to build a wall on the southern border.

Strange Universe: 02/17/19

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This week, Bob Berman discusses the supermoon.

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Pittsfield Prospers

A new group in Pittsfield, Massachusetts says it will working to rehabilitate the city’s narrative.

Ralph Gardner Jr: The Presence Of Pets

Feb 16, 2019
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Ralph Gardner Jr.

There are words in other languages that nail aspects of the human experience and for which there are no English equivalents.

Paco DeFrancis
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Town Meeting Day is coming up soon in Vermont, and a number of candidates are running for the four open seats for the Burlington City Council.  Financial analyst Paco DeFrancis is a native Vermonter who moved to Burlington about three years ago after he graduated from college. The Independent candidate tells WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley he’s running because he’s seen too many of his peers leave Burlington.

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Massachusetts casino regulators are being asked to help fund the expansion of a free bus service linking the MGM Springfield casino with the city’s hotels and cultural attractions.

After leaders from New York communities gathered at the state capitol earlier this week to oppose proposed cuts to state aid for municipalities, Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced a change intended to assist local governments. 

(Airs 2/15/19 @ 10 p.m.) The Legislative Gazette is a weekly program about New York State Government and politics. On this week’s Gazette: Amazon cancels its plan to build a second headquarters in New York City, our political observer Alan Chartock share his thoughts on Governor Cuomo’s meeting with President Trump, and Municipal leaders deliver a message to state lawmakers.

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are back with a show about a supercomputer. (No, not Mike.)

The Westchester County executive is pushing a proposal to bring in new revenue. In a move to combat a limited SALT deduction and a winnowing fund reserve, the new funding stream would not raise property taxes.

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Hampshire College

With layoffs looming, faculty members at Hampshire College are rallying together.

As Massachusetts considers legalizing sports betting, bar owners want in on the action.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Feb 15, 2019

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Friday, February 15, 2019.

Professor Mia Mask, Vassar College

On this week’s 51%, hear from a professor about where women stand in the film industry given the Academy Award nominees; learn about Minnesota’s first women-only theater company; and a teen gives her take on dating.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo is proposing to close three New York state prisons and make other cost-cutting moves to close what he says is a multi-billion-dollar budget shortfall caused by a decrease in tax revenues.

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Big Y

A supermarket in Berkshire County is closing, laying off around 90 workers. WAMC’s Josh Landes has more.

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A beer bottle from a 133-year-old shipwreck may yield yeast for a new brew in upstate New York. 

Composite photo by Dave Lucas

The first of a series of free fishing days are scheduled this weekend across New York state. 

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Today on Food Friday, we discuss the sweet treat of maple syrup. Lanore Hahn along with Marian and JP Welch of Justamere Tree Farm in Worthington, Massachusetts join WAMC's Brian Shields to detail all aspects of the maple industry. 

A copy of the executive summary of the Berkshire Blueprint 2.0 from regional economic development organization 1Berkshire.
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An economic development group in Berkshire County has unveiled a new regional strategy for the first time in 12 years.

Rogovoy Report 2/15/19

Feb 15, 2019

This week’s cultural highlights in our region include several jazz events, a new play festival, indie rock, chamber music, Cajun music, and a whole lot more.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Feb 15, 2019
Paul Caiano
WNYT

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano deliver the Midday Weather Summary for Friday, February 15, 2019.

Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger announces opioid related overdose deaths down in Chittenden County
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In 2013, Vermont began tracking the number of opioid overdose related fatalities in the state on a county-by-county basis. Officials in Chittenden County, Vermont’s most populous, announced Thursday that there was a significant drop in overdose deaths last year.

A group that organized after the Saratoga Springs City School District decided to disarm certain grounds monitors is entering the upcoming race for school board.

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