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Sarah LaDuke


Sarah has been a public radio producer for over a decade. She grew up in Saranac Lake, New York where she worked part-time at Pendragon Theatre all through high school and college. She graduated from UAlbany in 2006 with a BA in English and started at WAMC a few weeks later as a part-time board-op in the control room. Through a series of offered and seized opportunities she is now the Senior Contributing Producer of The Roundtable  and Producer of The Book Show.  

  • Legendary director, actor and screenwriter Peter Bogdanovich has died at age 82. He shot to fame with “The Last Picture Show” in 1971, earning an Academy Award nomination in his early 30s. Other films included “Paper Moon,” “Mask,” “Saint Jack” and a long-running project to finish Orson Welles’ “The Other Side of the Wind” in 2019. A tabloid fixture throughout his life, Bogdanovich was introduced to a new generation with a recurring role on “The Sopranos.” He spoke with WAMC in 2011 when he was attending a screening of his film "Daisy Miller" at The Linda.
  • You have the pets? We have the vets! Call today at 2pm with your pet question. Dr. Carrie O'Loughlin of the Delmar Animal Hospital will join us to answer it.
  • Will Hermes is a long-time music writer and contributor to Rolling Stone, NPR, The New York Times, and Pitchfork. He is the author of "Love Goes to Buildings on Fire" and an upcoming biography of Lou Reed. He joins us often to share his expertise and at year's end we call on him to let us know what music we may have missed.
  • Poppy Harlow is a twice-Emmy-nominated journalist who co-anchors the morning edition of CNN Newsroom and hosts the podcast Bossfiles with Poppy Harlow. This season, she’s added “children’s book author” to her resume. “The Biggest Little Boy: A Christmas Story” follows Luca, a boy who loves big things, as he finds his perfect Christmas tree. The book is beautifully illustrated by freelance illustrator Ramona Kaulitzki.
  • On December 24, the series finale of the AppleTV+ series, "Dickinson" will be available to stream on the subscription platform. "Dickinson" stars Hailee Steinfeld in the eponymous role of the great American poet, Emily Dickinson. Set just before and during the American Civil War, we watch Emily Dickinson and her family and neighbors in Amherst, Massachusetts experience love, loss, obligation and creativity and debate the usefulness of tradition, the abolition of slavery, gender equality, and the value of fame.
  • The Berkshire International Film Festival is hosting the regional debut of “Down with the King” at The Mahaiwe in Great Barrington, Massachusetts on Thursday, December 9 at 7 p.m. Diego Ongaro joins us.
  • Hung With Care, Big Gay Hudson Valley’s queer holiday burlesque spectacular will return to The Linda - WAMC’s Performing Arts Studio on November 28 at 7 p.m - with performances the previous two nights in Newburgh and Rosendale. Big Gay Hudson Valley Co-Founder Stephan Hengst joins us to tell us more.
  • Ten years ago, I interviewed my mom, Carolyn LaDuke, for an on-air StoryCorps inspired celebration of Mother’s Day. We recorded the interview on her 70th birthday in April 2011. Two years later, I recorded an interview with her again - after she’d recovered from a heart attack and while she was undergoing treatment for a second recurrence of breast cancer. This past April, she turned 80. The last time we went to Tennessee, Paul and I had a meeting with my parents, their priest and one of my brothers about funeral planning, my dog played with the dog my Dad got to keep him company when my mom dies, and I recorded a new conversation with my Mom.
  • This weekend, Saratoga Arts presents a concert of works by multi-Instrumentalist/Composer Gary Schall written for piano, voice and marimba. The work is entitled "Memory of an Own: Variations on Steve Reich Themes In Memory of James Preiss." The music marks the 58th anniversary of the JFK assassination with original modern-minimalist music and a multimedia video montage of the JFK funeral created by Schall in collaboration with Skidmore Digital Media Department.
  • Will Hermes is the author of “Love Goes to Buildings on Fire” and an upcoming biography of Lou Reed. He is a frequent contributor on the subject of music for NPR, Rolling Stone, and other publications. Sometimes he permits me (Sarah LaDue) to record and share his expertise and music taste with you, the WAMC listening audience.