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Audrey Kupferberg: The City Without Jews

Sep 15, 2020

The City Without Jews, an Austrian silent feature film from 1924, has been rediscovered and restored.  It is available for home viewing with a musical score on Blu-ray and DVD through Flicker Alley.  The title is a shocker, especially coming several years before Hitler’s rise to power and well more than a decade before the Holocaust.  But anti-Semitism didn’t originate with the Nazis; it’s ages old.  In this story, the Jewish population is expelled from a fictional version of Vienna.  The head councilor is warned ahead of time, “Abandon your project!  Inhumanity doesn’t make for good politics.”  Now, to my mind, that is a warning that has never grown stale.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Sep 15, 2020
Paul Caiano

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Tuesday, September 15, 2020.

WAMC Composite Image by Dave Lucas

Voters in one Rensselaer County town are at the polls today deciding on the public library budget and picking two trustees.

   The redevelopment of a former school into apartments, an effort to control invasive plants, and a feasibility study on building a bike and skate park are among 15 projects being recommended for funding by a citizens committee in Springfield, Massachusetts.

Nolan Gasser is a critically acclaimed composer, pianist, and musicologist. Most notably, he is the architect of Pandora Radio’s Music Genome Project and the chief musicologist from its founding in 2000. Dr. Gasser lectures widely on the nature of musical taste and the intersections of music, science, and culture. He received his Ph.D. in musicology from Stanford.

His new book is "Why You Like It: The Science and Culture of Musical Taste."

This week's Book Picks come from Kira Wizner of Merritt Bookstore in Millbrook, New York.

“His Truth is Marching On: John Lewis and the Power of Hope” by Jon Meacham and John Lewis
“Transcendent Kingdom” by Yaa Gysai
“What Are You Going Through” by Sigrid Nunez
“Hamnet” by Maggie O’Farrell
“Lying Life of Adults” by Elena Ferrante
“Big Friendship” by Aminatou Sow and Ann Friedman
“Three Keys” by Kelly Yang
“Experience and Education” by John Dewey
I Give It to You” by Valerie Martin
"Heroes Wear Masks: Elmo's Super Adventure"

Proponents of large-scale learning have boldly promised that technology can disrupt traditional approaches to schooling, radically accelerating learning and democratizing education. In "Failure to Disrupt: Why Technology Alone Can’t Transform Education," Justin Reich delivers a sobering report card on the latest supposedly transformative educational technologies.

Reich takes readers on a tour of auto-graders, computerized “intelligent tutors,” and other educational technologies whose problems and paradoxes have bedeviled educators. Technology does have a crucial role to play in the future of education, Reich concludes. We still need new teaching tools, and classroom experimentation should be encouraged. But successful reform efforts will focus on incremental improvements, not the next killer app.

A wide river is flanked by banks covered in grass and trees
Josh Landes / WAMC

The Environmental Protection Agency is holding a second public hearing on a controversial Berkshire County river cleanup plan tonight.

A small round brick building with a little orange flag on its roof sits in a body of water under swollen grey clouds
Josh Landes / WAMC

On Wednesday, water use restrictions in Pittsfield, Massachusetts are moving from voluntary to mandatory as the city’s water supply continues to drop amid a statewide drought. Outdoor water activities like watering lawns and gardens, washing cars or filling swimming pools must happen before 7 a.m. or after 7 p.m. and only on alternating days. Pittsfield’s Department of Public Services and Utilities will be enforcing the new restrictions, with fines issued for all offenses after the first. WAMC spoke with Department Commissioner Ricardo Morales.

9/15/20 Panel

Sep 15, 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, The Empire Report’s J.P. Miller, and former Associate Editor of The Times Union Mike Spain.

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock speaks with WAMC's David Guistina about President Trump's visit to California and his comments on climate change amid the state's wildfires.

WAMC's David Guistina speaks with Times Union City Editor Mike Goodwin about the tragic drive-by shooting death of Ayshawn Davis in Troy, NY.

Courtesy of the City of Poughkeepsie

A city in the Hudson Valley has released its proposal to use federal COVID-19 funding.

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

Sunny today. Highs in the mid to upper 60s.  

Clear tonight. Lows in the mid 40s.

Mostly sunny and breezy tomorrow. Highs in the mid 70s.

Ben Roethlisberger looked like his former self on Monday after missing the final 14 games of last season following elbow surgery.

Emerald Ash Borer
courtesy NYS DEC

Activities are happening around Vermont this week to raise awareness about an invasive forest pest that has destroyed millions of the country’s ash trees.

Absentee ballots from a ward's district stacked and ready to be processed
Pat Bradley/WAMC

Vermont’s head of elections is advising registered voters in the state that they will soon receive ballots in the mail.

WInged Foot Golf Club, Mamaroneck, NY
Courtesy of the U.S. Open Championship

The Westchester County executive delivered his weekly COVID-19 briefing today. Democrat George Latimer addressed a positive case identified in a school district. He also talked about the U.S. Open golf tournament set to tee off later this week.

This is a picture of a teacher's classroom desk
Adobe Stock

Monday was the first day back at school for many of New York’s kindergarten through 12th grade students, though some students will learn remotely. Health officials say they will monitor whether the in-person classes cause any outbreaks of COVID-19.

Officials cut the ribbon at the Troy Seawall, 09-07-20.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Troy's new seawall, celebrated last week, has been nine years in the making.


     Halloween is still several weeks away, but the largest city in western Massachusetts has made a decision about how it can safely be celebrated during the pandemic.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Sep 14, 2020

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Monday, September 14, 2020.

Ralph Gants of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court
Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court / Ralph Gants

The chief justice of Massachusetts’ highest court has died after suffering a heart attack earlier this month. 

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
Courtesy of SVMC

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.