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  • Marie Yovanovitch was at the height of her diplomatic career when it all came crashing down. In the middle of her third ambassadorship, a rarity in the world of diplomacy, she was targeted by a smear campaign and abruptly recalled from her post in Kyiv, Ukraine. In the months that followed, she endured personal tragedy while simultaneously being pulled into the blinding lights of the first impeachment inquiry of Donald Trump. It was a time of chaos and pain, for her and for the nation.Her new book: "Lessons From The Edge: A Memoir" is the dramatic saga of one woman’s role at the vanguard of American foreign policy during a time of upheaval, for herself and for the country. Marie Yovanovitch will be speaking at a Salisbury Forum event on Wednesday, June 1st @ 7:00 PM at the Housatonic Valley Regional High School.
  • The Woodstock Film Festival returns to the Rosendale Theatre on May 5th for a special fundraiser and screening of the 2021 documentary National Museum, directed by award-winning Ukrainian filmmaker Andrei Zagdansky. National Museum explores the art and inner workings of the major art institution in Kiev, Ukraine. Restoration specialists, curators, art handlers, designers and, of course, visitors are fascinating characters in this unhurried, poignant and occasionally funny survey of what is cherished and revered by the nation of forty-five million.Curating, mounting and opening of two special exhibitions – one dedicated to the Ukrainian baroque and another one to a prominent avant-garde artist, Alexander Bogomazov –are the defining events in the narrative structure of the film. We welcome filmmaker Andrei Zagdansky.
  • Alleged atrocities carried out by Russian forces in Ukraine have led to investigations of possible war crimes and global outrage. Moscow has claimed the accounts are false or staged. Among those following the developments is Dmitry Burshteyn, associate professor of psychology at Siena College in Loudonville, New York, who was born and raised in what is now Ukraine, leaving when he was 19.
  • Students at the State University of New York at Plattsburgh held a “Stand In For Ukraine” Thursday afternoon to show their support for the country and its citizens.
  • 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. For a portion of the program we are joined by Ukrainian Economics, Entrepreneurship and Sustainability student of Bennington College, Diana Chipak via Zoom in Ukraine.
  • As relief efforts ramp up in the U.S., WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard connected with two women in Kyiv via Skype on Thursday.
  • The Russian invasion of Ukraine, done for no other apparent reason than to satisfy Vladimir Putin’s autocratic ambitions, is shameful. It is not, however, surprising.
  • Albany Pro Musica will be presenting an amazing work sung in Russian, Rachmaninoff's "All-Night Vigil" on Sunday, March 6 at 3 p.m. at The Troy Savings Bank Music Hall. While long planned, the concert is now being presented as a statement in solidarity for the Ukrainian people. Rachmaninoff’s “All Night Vigil,” often referred to as “Vespers,” is one of the most celebrated choral works of all time and is beloved for its profound beauty and spirituality. The concert will open with wonderful Russian music for piano and violin, featuring guest violinist Elizabeth Pitcairn playing the famed “Red Mendelssohn” Stradivarius. We welcome Albany Pro Musica’s Artistic Director José Daniel Flores-Caraballo. He is a widely acclaimed conductor and musical director recognized for his artistry and integrity in stylistic performance of choral literature.
  • The city of Pittsfield, Massachusetts says it’s standing with the Ukrainian people as Russia continues its invasion of their country.
  • I’m filled with admiration for Biden’s handling of Ukraine. Yes I wish he could have prevented Russian aggression. But what he did was more important.