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Service Dog Training Program Adapts During COVID-19

Sep 14, 2020
Animal Farm Foundation, Amenia NY
WAMC, Allison Dunne

Generally, there is a long waiting list to be matched with a service dog. And the cost of training a service dog can average around $20,000. A foundation in Dutchess County is focused on bringing dogs and people together to end discrimination, and COVID-19 has shifted some of how this happens. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne recently visited the nonprofit Animal Farm Foundation in Amenia to learn more.

Dr. Amy Freeth
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Joining us for Medical Monday is Dr. Amy Freeth, an endocrinologist with Southwestern Vermont Medical Center. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts. 

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Sep 14, 2020
Paul Caiano

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Monday, September 14, 2020.

An image of young people in masks under the text "RESPONDING TOGETHER Outcomes and Impacts of the COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund for Berkshire County"

An emergency COVID-19 relief fund focused on Berkshire County is pausing its efforts after raising millions for the region’s most vulnerable.

The new book, "A Wonderful Life," is a series of essays that explore the notion of what brings significance to our existences, clarifying why we have this longing beyond the present moment and an insatiable dissatisfaction with where we are, scholar Frank Martela tackles the subject of finding meaning in life.

Our Falling into Place series spotlights the important work of -and fosters collaboration between- not-for-profit organizations in our communities; allowing us all to fall into place.

Falling Into Place is supported by The Seymour Fox Memorial Foundation, Providing a helping hand to turn inspiration into accomplishment. See more possibilities … see more promise… see more progress.

This week we focus on the Independent Living Center of the Hudson Valley and welcome their Executive Director - Denise Figueroa.

American politics are obsessed with sex and religion has been wound up in these political struggles, and blamed for not a little of the resistance to meaningful change in America political life.

In "The Sex Obsession," Janet R. Jakobsen examines how gender and sexuality have reappeared time and again at the center of political life, marked by a series of widely recognized issues and movements.

P. J. O’Rourke says we’ve worked ourselves into a state of anger and perplexity, and it’s no surprise because perplexed and angry are what Americans have been since the Roanoke Colony got lost.

His new book, "A Cry From the Far Middle," looks at the state of these United States and includes essays on everything from the political effects of social media, (“Whose Bright Idea Was It to Make Sure that Every Idiot in the World Is in Touch with Every Other Idiot?”) to a plan advanced to reform federal poverty programs (“Just Give Them the Money”); and a rant is made against the “Internet of Things” because your juicer is sending fake news to your Fitbit about what’s in your refrigerator.

P. J. O’Rourke has written nineteen books on subjects as diverse as politics and cars and etiquette and economics. He is a regular panelist on NPR's "Wait Wait…Don't Tell Me," a contributing writer for the Washington Post editorial page, and the editor in chief of the free web magazine "American Consequences."

A photo of Lou Deepe
Wildwood Programs

The Wildwood Programs, which offers a number of services for people living with developmental disabilities in New York’s Capital Region, has named a new CEO. Lou Deepe, the organization’s chief operational officer, will take over for the retiring Mary Ann Allen at the start of 2021. 

Protestors outside the State Education Building in Albany, 09-12-20
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Parents, students and teachers rallied against 20 percent New York state aid cuts to school districts outside the state education building Saturday.

Young Boy Killed In Troy Drive-By Shooting

Sep 14, 2020

Police are investigating after a child was killed in a drive-by shooting in Troy, New York Sunday night. 

9/14/20 Panel

Sep 14, 2020

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

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, investigative journalist and UAlbany adjunct professor Rosemary Armao, political consultant and lobbyist Libby Post, and Bard Center for Civic Engagement Senior Fellow and Dean of the School of Continuing Education at the American University Cairo Jim Ketterer.

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Jesse King

Colleges across New York state are increasing testing as they grapple with spikes in COVID-19. 

Dr. Alan Chartock
Eric Korenman

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses President Trump's upcoming visit to California, where 24 people have died as a result of multiple wildfires that continue to ravage the state. 

Morning Headlines With Yancey Roy

Sep 14, 2020
Yancey Roy
Yancey Roy

WAMC's David Guistina speaks with Yancey Roy, Albany bureau chief for Newsday, about why county jail populations are down across New York state. 

Paul Caiano's Morning Forecast

Sep 14, 2020
Paul Caiano

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

Mostly sunny and breezy today. Highs near 70. 

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The New England Patriots' new quarterback had a better day than the old one. Cam Newton rushed for two touchdowns and the Pats held on to beat the Dolphins 21-11. Newton rushed for 15 times for 75 yards and threw for 155 yards. He guided an offensive attack that did most of its damage on the ground in their first game since the departure of Tom Brady this offseason. Sony Michel added a game-clinching TD run for New England.

(Airs 09/13/20 @ 6 p.m. & 09/14/20 @ 3 p.m.) The Media Project is an inside look at media coverage of current events with WAMC’s CEO Alan Chartock, Times Union Editor-at-Large Rex Smith, Rosemary Armao, Editor and Investigative Journalist and Professor at the University at Albany, and Judy Patrick, Former Editor of the Daily Gazette and Vice President for Editorial Development for the New York Press Association. On this week’s Media Project Alan, Rex, Rosemary, and Judy talk about the ethical controversy over Bob Woodward’s new book Rage, the President tries to have a Fox News reporter fired, how the coronavirus has impacted local news organizations, and more.

Strange Universe 9/13/20

Sep 13, 2020


NewsChannel 13 Meteorologist Reid Kisselback delivers the Regional Midday Weather Summary for Saturday, September 12th. 

Ralph Gardner Jr: The Earl Show

Sep 12, 2020
Linda Mussmann, founder of Time & Space Limited with her portrait by Earl Swanigan
Ralph Gardner, Jr.

I didn’t know Earl Swanigan. Apparently, I’m one of the few people who frequents Hudson, NY who didn’t. Earl, an artist and local presence who died last year, is the subject of a major retrospective that runs through the end of October at Time and Space Limited, an arts organization in Hudson. He’d probably be described as an outsider or naïve artist, one who’s self-taught.

Courtesy of SUNY New Paltz

As mental health issues mount during the COVID-19 pandemic, college students are among those facing lots of stress. A new initiative at SUNY New Paltz aims to outfit students with coping skills, with the help of their peers.

(Airs 09/11/20 @ 10 p.m.) The Legislative Gazette is a weekly program about New York State Government and politics. On this week’s Gazette: New York U.S. Senator Schumer comes to Albany to promote bipartisan legislation to help the arts economy, our political observer Alan Chartock shares his thoughts on how the Governor has handled potential, massive cuts to the state budget, and as children across NY head back to school, the Dutchess County Executive tells us what he’s hearing from parents.

Vermont Governor Phil Scott
Pat Bradley/WAMC

At his regular COVID briefing today, Vermont Governor Phil Scott began by remembering the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Sep 11, 2020

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Friday, September 11, 2020.


While some communities canceled 9-11 ceremonies or held them virtually today, the city of Springfield, Massachusetts went ahead with its remembrance.

Albany Common Councilor Owusu Anane represents the neighborhood
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

With coronavirus on the rise in Albany County and a spike in new cases in the college community, officials are taking steps to stave off a "second wave" of infections.

Joshua Bell
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Largely dormant this summer due to the pandemic, Saratoga Performing Arts Center kicks off its virtual concert series Saturday night with a private performance by world-renowned violinist Joshua Bell. WAMC’s Jesse King has a preview. 

Deanna Fox joins us for a baking episode today! WAMC's Ray Graf hosts. 

Hudson Valley Counties Remember Lives Lost On 9/11

Sep 11, 2020
Rockland County 9/11 remembrance ceremony
Courtesy of Rockland County government

Remembrance ceremonies are taking place throughout New York and elsewhere today, honoring the lives of those who died in the September 11th terrorist attacks 19 years ago. And for the first time, some remembrances are virtual because of COVID-19 safety concerns. A few Hudson Valley counties held their ceremonies this morning, while others will host evening ceremonies on what is now called Patriot Day.