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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

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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.

The Legislative Gazette #2125

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(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.

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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.

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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

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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

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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. 

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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      With new COVID-19 cases plummeting and vaccination rates slowly improving, the city of Springfield, Massachusetts has announced the next steps in reopening public buildings.

6/18/21 RT 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, 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.

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WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock reflects on Juneteenth, which became the country's 12th federal holiday Thursday. 

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WAMC's David Guistina speaks with Marina Villeneuve of the Associated Press about Juneteenth, which became the country's 12th federal holiday Thursday. In New York City, municipal workers will not be getting paid for the holiday this year, despite a previous pledge from Mayor Bill de Blasio. 

Paul Caiano's Morning Forecast

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

Sunshine with increasing late-day clouds today. Highs in the lower 80s.

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Khris Middleton scored 38 points, Giannis Antetokounmpo added 30 and the Milwaukee Bucks never trailed in a 104-89 victory over the Brooklyn Nets on Thursday to force a decisive seventh game in their second-round playoff series. Game 7 will take place Saturday night in Brooklyn.

A Vermont board on Thursday rejected a proposal to rename a brook that has an outdated racialized name to the name of a Black woman who was an early settler of the town.

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Gov. Phil Scott will award the Soldier's Medal to a Vermont National Guard member who risked his own life in rescuing two lost and injured skiers in Stowe last year.

Jackie Orchard walked at graduation May 2021, receiving her bachelor's in journalism from UAlbany.
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On today’s 51%, for graduation season, we celebrate non-traditional students who returned for their degree later in life. And we’ll hear a first-hand experience of walking across the graduation stage: mine.

Banner near the Church Street Marketplace promoting Burlington's Juneteenth
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The nation is poised to celebrate Juneteenth as a federal holiday.  Communities in the region have been planning local commemorations.  Both Plattsburgh and Burlington will hold their first Juneteenth celebrations on Saturday.

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Albany’s Pine Bush Preserve got a visit Thursday from a scientific data company that has worked to help conservation groups protect endangered species and ecosystems.