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Maggie Mailer and book cover for "In a Pickle"
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Maggie Mailer is an American artist whose work explores the overlap between play and diplomacy, within the context of painting. Her work borrows freely from art history, and employs the genre of landscape painting as a stage set in which to observe parallels between the creative process and the impact of human activity on the actual landscape.

For her latest project, Maggie has illustrated Martinko's new book, "In A Pickle," a classic and modern tale about a clever young boy who fights school yard bullies with his mind instead of his fists.

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A Vermont health officials' report says rates of tobacco use and bullying continue to decrease for teens in the state.

NYS Assemblywoman Patricia Fahy, a Democrat of the 109th District
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A bipartisan group of New York state lawmakers is pushing for an anti-bullying measure that would require schools to tell parents when their child is being bullied, or if their son or daughter is bullying others.

Voice Theatre in Woodstock, NY creates new productions and explores relevant dimensions of classic works.

They join us to today to talk about their Spring Reading Series at the Golden Notebook on May 3, 10, and 17 at 7p.m. They will also tell us about the Voice Theatre refugee program with high school students and undocumented, unaccompanied refugee kids aged 12-17.

Shauna Kanter, Wally Carbonne and Maryanne DiPalma join us.

Singer Dominic James Leads Anti-Bullying Tour

May 1, 2016

  One out of every four students is bullied. That's according to the National Center for Educational Statistics. One country singer is traveling the United States trying to change that - by not only telling his story about being bullied as a child, but singing it - to anyone who will listen.

  For the past three years, Jon Ronson has travelled the world meeting recipients of high-profile public shamings. The shamed are people like us - people who, say, made a joke on social media that came out badly, or made a mistake at work. Once their transgression is revealed, collective outrage circles with the force of a hurricane and the next thing they know they're being torn apart by an angry mob, jeered at, demonized, sometimes even fired from their job.

Jon Ronson's book, So You've Been Publicly Shamed is now out in paperback.

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An anti-bullying presentation created in part by a local physical education teacher is gaining popularity across New York and the country. The program got a warm reception by middle school students in Fulton County this morning.

  When Emily-Anne Rigal was in elementary school, she was bullied for being overweight so severely that she had to transfer schools. But with this change came another unanticipated transformation: she went from being the bullied to the bully. The messages she had received (being fat = no good) compelled her to treat others poorly in an unconscious effort to make others feel bad about themselves too.

Inspired by her experiences, she founded the non-profit WeStopHate.org to help others share their experiences with bullying by posting videos to YouTube and help foster good “teen esteem.” In the process, her organization garnered nearly 1 million views and the support of Meryl Streep, Lady Gaga, Whitney Port, and Josie Loren, among others.

Her new book is: FLAWD: How to Stop Hating on Yourself, Others, and the Things That Make You Who You Are.

  In the new book: So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed, Jon Ronson investigates the world of public shaming, where social media has made everyone a vigilante and where a poorly phrased tweet or comment can catapult a person to Public Enemy No. 1 overnight.

Shaming moves with lighting speed and has a terrifyingly powerful effect, sometimes destroying a person’s entire life. Ronson follows up with those whose lives have been left in tatters, and questions those being most cruel in the anonymous internet playground, resulting in a powerful and very humane dispatch from the front line of the escalating war on human nature and its flaws.

Jon Ronson’s books include the New York Times bestsellers The Psychopath Test, Them: Adventures with Extremists and The Men Who Stare at Goats.

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There’s a new social media campaign in New York designed to educate teens, young adults, and others about teen dating violence. The campaign comes as Governor Andrew Cuomo has proclaimed February Teen Dating Violence Awareness/Prevention Month.

The social media campaign is a video by teens for teens.

Report Studied School Harassment Among LGBT Students

Nov 17, 2014

High school can be a tough time for many young people, but especially so for students who are gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender. A new survey indicates those students can still face harassment, both verbal and physical, in the halls of the nation's high schools. Wayne Bowmanchester is a board member of the Capital Region chapter of GLSEN, the gay, lesbian, straight education network. He says student attitudes were recently surveyed as part of a national effort.

A number of activities to raise funds and awareness to combat bullying will take place this week in Springfield, Massachusetts, where the suicide five years ago of an 11-year- old student focused national attention on bullying in schools.

The Carl Joseph Walker-Hoover Foundation has scheduled a series of events that began Wednesday with a mayoral designation of the second weekend in September as “Anti-Bullying Weekend” in the city of Springfield. 


A protest was held today outside a western Massachusetts high school to draw attention to alleged anti-Islamic bullying.

      About 50 people, most of them college students, stood in a steady rain on the sidewalk in front of West Springfield High School for about half-an-hour on Wednesday holding signs denouncing bullying and bigotry.  They were joined by three Muslim sisters who claim they’ve been harassed at school because of their religious beliefs.

  " I've been called terrorist, towel head in my class," said Najma Hussein.



Authorities are investigating a case of Video Bullying involving a suburban Albany school.

A New York congressman and state attorney general are pledging to push for coordinated federal and state response to allegations of religious discrimination and bullying in a school district in the Hudson Valley.

Cyberbullying is on the rise locally and nationally - many parents have lost young teens who chose to end their lives rather than face constant harassment on social media. But Albany County's groundbreaking law against Cyberbullying is being hauled before an appellate court, for a third time.

6/17/13 - Panel

Jun 17, 2013

  Today's panelists are WAMC's President and Political Observer, Alan Chartock and WAMC News Director, Ian Pickus. Joe Donahue moderates.

Topics include:
New Obama Poll
Apple Requests
Composting in NYC
Media Conflicts
Bullying Siblings

Susane Colasanti - Keep Holding On

Jan 22, 2013

As a teenager author Susane Colasanti was bullied by her peers and didn’t have anyone to turn to for help.

Since then she has decided to use her experiences as a base for her novel Keep Holding On, where we learn that it does get better, it’s ok to let your freak flag fly, and help is available if you mutter the courage to ask for help.

Tim Kremer - New York State School Boards Association

Aug 30, 2012

With the school year starting for students across New York State in the coming weeks, there are several new programs being implemented. WAMC's Brian Shields spoke with Tim Kremer of the New York State School Boards Association about the new policies, including teacher evaluations and anti-bullying programs.

BULLY, a new documentary whose title tells you all you need to know about its subject matter, has been earning reams of publicity– and deservedly so. For one thing, the Motion Picture Association of America, the organization charged with rating movies, originally slapped BULLY with an “R” rating. This designation would prevent countless young people who need to be educated about the effects of bullying from seeing this important film. (Happily, the MPAA has indeed changed the film’s rating to “PG-13.”)