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From left: Garry Douglas, Jim Malatras and Ray DiPasquale hold partnership agreements
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The president of Empire State College was in Plattsburgh today to sign separate partnership agreements with the local chamber of commerce and the community college.

COVID-19 Diagram
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The Albany County Health Department says two restaurants have been temporarily closed after employees tested positive for COVID-19. 

A black man in a suit sits for a portrait
George Kendall Warren / National Archives and Records Administration

Readings of Frederick Douglass’s “The Meaning Of The Fourth Of July For The Negro” are planned in the Berkshires this weekend.

An aerial photo of a building complex set on a wooded hillside
Douglas Mason / MASS MoCA

Three Berkshire County museums plan to reopen next weekend.

Jacob's Pillow - All Styles Dance Battle 2018
Christopher Duggan / Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival

Becket, Massachusetts dance center Jacob’s Pillow has announced the full schedule for its virtual summer festival.

Any time after a station moves, rescan your TV or convertor box to find all the available channels in your area.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Some TV stations in the Northeast are switching frequencies this week.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Jul 2, 2020

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Thursday, July 2, 2020.

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Vox Pop veteran Bob Berman is joined by  Valerie Rapson of The Dudley Observatory for this astronomy edition of the show. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.

(Airs 07/02/20 @ 3 p.m. & 070420 @ 5:30 a.m.) WAMC's Alan Chartock speaks with Blair Horner, Executive Director of the New York Public Interest Research Group (NYPIRG).

(Airs 07/02/20) An encore 2011 Power of Words. On this program, WAMC's Alan Chartock and Historian Dr. Christopher Breiseth discuss FDR's Four Freedoms Speech. In addition, listeners will have an opportunity to  hear the speech as it was delivered on January 6, 1941.

Duane Todman Exhibit
Albany Center Gallery

A new exhibit at the Albany Center Gallery celebrates the life and work of the late Schenectady artist Duane Todman, who was fatally shot this spring.

Jason Caterina's Midday Forecast

Jul 2, 2020

Meteorologist Jason Caterina delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Thursday, July 2, 2020.

Rockland County Health Commissioner Dr. Patricia Schnabel Ruppert and Rockland County Executive Ed Day talk about the Clarkstown COVID-19 cluster, July 1, 2020
Courtesy of Rockland County government

Months after the lower Hudson Valley became the first epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic in the U.S., Rockland County officials say a new COVID-19 cluster has emerged after a person who was ill with the virus held a party in June. COVID has since spread, and the county health commissioner says partygoers have not been cooperating with contact tracing. And officials are promising enforcement July Fourth weekend as they find out about more parties.

On Friday, July 3, Tanglewood will present violinist Gil Shaham performing a new program for unaccompanied violin for the "Great Performers in Recital from Tanglewood" Series. Shaham will play works by three living American composers (including two works written for him) and works by Bach and Prokofiev.

Gil Shaham made his Tanglewood debut 27 years ago. He is is one of the foremost violinists of our time and is sought after throughout the world for concerto appearances with leading orchestras and conductors, and regularly gives recitals and appears with ensembles on the world’s great concert stages and at the most prestigious festivals.

Jamie Bernstein
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Jamie Bernstein is an author, narrator, and filmmaker. Her memoir, "Famous Father Girl," details her youth growing up with her father, composer-conductor Leonard Bernstein, and her mother, pianist and actress Felicia Montealegre.

This summer, Jamie Bernstein will introduce online airings of special Boston Symphony Orchestra Encore Performances from Tanglewood. The concerts will feature the BSO and Tanglewood Festival Chorus and will be available online on Sundays at 2:30 p.m. July 5 through August 23.

Carl Reiner, the ingenious and versatile writer, actor and director who broke through as a “second banana” to Sid Caesar and rose to comedy’s front ranks as creator of “The Dick Van Dyke Show” and straight man to Mel Brooks’ “2000 Year Old Man,” died on Monday. He was 98. Carl Reiner was one of show business’ best-liked men. His was a welcome face on the small and silver screens: In Caesar’s 1950s troupe; as the self-absorbed Alan Brady of “The Dick Van Dyke Show”; and in such films as “The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming” and “It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World.”

The Berkshire County Sheriff's Office logo, a gold star with the office's name on it and the state seal in the middle
Berkshire County Sheriff's Office

The longest-serving sheriff in Berkshire County history died last week, leaving a complicated legacy.

Congressman Paul Tonko
Congressman Paul Tonko

The U.S.-Russia relationship has taken another turn.

In today’s Congressional Corner, New York Congressman Paul Tonko, a Democrat from the 20th district, speaks with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

A state park in Sullivan County will close for July Fourth weekend amid concerns about spreading COVID-19.

7/2/20 Panel

Jul 2, 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, Siena College Professor of Comparative Politics Vera Eccarius-Kelly, and Berkshire Eagle reporter Jenn Smith.

Dr. Alan Chartock
Eric Korenman

Dr. Alan Chartock discusses reports that Russian voters have largely approved a number of amendments to the country's constitution, including one that keeps President Vladimir Putin in power until 2036. 

Jason Caterina's Morning Forecast

Jul 2, 2020

Here is Meteorologist Jason Caterina's WAMC Regional Forecast: 

Mostly sunny today, with a slight chance for an isolated shower or thunderstorm in the afternoon and evening. Highs in the mid and upper 80s, nearing 90.

New York State Assemblyman David Gantt, who served the Rochester area for decades, has died at age 78. 

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Baseball players began reporting to their teams Wednesday in the most significant step yet as MLB presses ahead with its plan for a 60-game sprint of a season. Most players underwent a battery of health checks, not only for COVID-19 but also for any other lingering ailments from spring training, ahead of planned workouts beginning Friday and Saturday. 

26 states now have active school voucher programs, but are those programs benefiting all students?

Today on the Best of Our Knowledge, we’ll hear about the segregationist history of the school choice movement.

We’ll also learn about laboratory developed medical tests, and spend an Academic Minute with inequality everywhere.

New York State Capitol

New York’s fiscal crisis amid the COVID-19 pandemic has led to temporary funding reductions for some cities and postponed planned pay raises for state workers. It has also led to reductions to some smaller programs, including an organization that has helped New Yorkers with intellectual disabilities during the pandemic. The program is slated for significant cuts this month. 

Chiquita D’Arbeau
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

The Albany Housing Authority is getting a new Executive Director.

Tasheena Davis in front of American flag in Springfield City Council chambers


    The City Clerk of Springfield, Massachusetts issued a public apology Wednesday after uttering an expletive during a livestreamed remote City Council meeting. 

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Jul 1, 2020

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Wednesday, July 1, 2020.

(Rye) Playland Park
Courtesy of Playland Park

A landmark amusement park in Westchester County will stay closed for the first time in history. The summer closure comes amid concerns about spreading COVID-19. Meantime, the number of positive cases from an outbreak at graduation events in Chappaqua is rising.