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On Saturday, July 13, Little Falls will welcome thousands of visitors for food and fun at the city’s fifth annual Cheese Festival. The event will run the length of Main Street from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Featuring over 80 New York-based food vendors, the festival has quickly become New York State’s premier gathering of cheesemakers.

The event will feature over 120 different types of cheeses, spanning a variety of hard cheeses, goat cheeses, spreadable cheeses, yogurts, cheese curds and more, with many of the vendors bringing new products to the festival this year. To complement those cheeses, numerous New York-based gourmet food and craft beverage vendors will also be attending, offering everything from bread, wine, and cider to honey, mead, and pickles.

To tell us more, we welcome Suzie Jones of Jones Family Farm, Sharon Tomaselli of the Cooperstown Cheese Company, and Marge Randles of Argyle Cheese Farmer.

The Upper Hudson Maple Producers Association’s 2019 Maple Open House Weekends are this coming weekend and next. Events include demonstrations, samples, and free tours of area sugarhouses. Maple Weekends happens at locations all across New York State.

Here to tell us more are marketing manager for the Upper Hudson Maple Producers Association Mary Jeanne Packer – she lives on Mapleland Farms in Washington County.

We are also joined by Vernon “DJ” Duesler IV. DJ is a 4th generation maple syrup farmer from in Fulton County. DJ operates Mud Road Sugarhouse and Ben Mady is here from Maple Leaf Sugaring.

Daphne Jordan speaks at her campaign kickoff event in Troy
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A New York State Senator from the Capital Region is calling for a study that would examine whether New York should be split into two separate entities.

It is 18 months after the signing of the Declaration of Independence, and some 12,000 members of America’s beleaguered Continental Army stagger into a small Pennsylvania encampment 23 miles northwest of British-occupied Philadelphia. The starving and half-naked force is reeling from a string of demoralizing defeats at the hands of King George III’s army, and are barely equipped to survive the coming winter. Their commander in chief, the focused and forceful George Washington, is at the lowest ebb of his military career. The Continental Congress is in exile and the American Revolution appears to be lost. Yet a spark remains.

"Valley Forge" is the story of how that metamorphosis occurred. Bob Drury and Tom Clavin, the team behind such bestsellers as "The Heart of Everything That Is," "The Last Stand of Fox Company," and "Halsey’s Typhoon," show us how this miracle was accomplished despite thousands of American soldiers succumbing to disease, starvation, and the elements.

Congressman Paul Tonko
Congressman Paul Tonko

The Capital Region’s Congressman is going back to Washington.
In today’s Congressional Corner, Paul Tonko, a Democrat from the 20th district, speaks with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

Democrat Max Rose has defeated U.S. Rep. Dan Donovan, unseating the only Republican member of New York City's congressional delegation.

New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand
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Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand, of New York, has defeated Republican challenger Chele Farley to win re-election to the U.S. Senate.

Craft beer is on the rise across the country, and New York has been near the center of the revolution. With now over 400 breweries across the state, New York is currently ranked 4th in the country for number of craft breweries. But craft beer is not about mass production; it is about passionate locals employing artisan skills to infuse the values of their community into flavorful and memorable brews.

In each half hour episode of the new PBS show, "Brewed in New York," hosts Matt and Maya travel to a different tourism region of the state, visiting craft breweries and learning how the unique geography, agriculture, and character of the region influences each brewery’s individual story and craft.

Daniel Swinton and Leanne Robinson-Maine are both producers and writers on the show -- which starts airing on WMHT on September 9.

Set over the course of one week in June of 1939, the new novel The World of Tomorrow by Brendan Mathews is a story about siblings, the joys of music, love (mutual and unrequited), and the meaning of home.

It is a New York novel, but also one of the world, of big dreams and big love and what it means to be willing to pay any price for your family. 

This episode was recorded at The Mount in Lenox, Massachusettes. 

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A central New York dairy farmer says seven federal immigration officers came onto his property without permission, arrested a Guatemalan worker without producing a warrant and handcuffed the farmer when he video-recorded their actions.

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Authorities in upstate New York say a man blew his house up in an attempted suicide.

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New York state will spend $18.5 million on efforts to disrupt gang recruitment on Long Island.

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Officials in New York are warning hospital emergency rooms about a new form of synthetic marijuana laced with rat poison that is linked to cases of uncontrolled bleeding.

Roz Chast has published more than a thousand cartoons in The New Yorker since 1978. Her frantic and disheveled characters have become icons of American humor. Her new book is "Going Into Town: A Love Letter to New York" – a graphic ode/guide/thank-you note to Manhattan.

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A package of state legislation aimed at fighting Lyme and tick-borne diseases is being introduced ahead of the 2018 session by Senator Susan Serino (R, Hyde Park), chairwoman of the Senate’s Lyme Task Force.

She teamed up with Senator Kemp Hannon (R, Garden City), chairman of the Senate’s Health Committee, to introduce four bills that they hope will better address the diseases.

Adam Gopnik’s new memoir, At the Strangers’ Gate: Arrivals in New York, is a memoir that captures the romance of New York City in the 1980’s.

The book is essentially a prequel to Adam’s bestseller, Paris to the Moon, and documents his early adventures in the 1980’s in NYC with his wife. 

During the 10 years that took America from glittering heights to the depths of economic devastation, New York State transformed the nation. The exhibition Roaring into the Future: New York 1925-35, on view through October 9 at Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute Museum of Art, is a pioneering exploration celebrating the Empire State as the driving force behind the creation of 20th-century modernism.

From Buffalo to Brooklyn, artists, designers, and manufacturers generated avant-garde art, fashion, technology, and music that resulted in the century’s most important artistic revolution. MWPAI President Anna D'Ambrosio joins us. 

5/2/17 Panel

May 2, 2017

    The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond.

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Director of the Journalism Program at the University at Albany Rosemary Armao, and Communications Specialist Theresa Bourgeois and -- for the first half of the conversation -- Israel’s Consul General in New York, Ambassador Dani Dayan.

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Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced the creation of a New York-Israel Commission to strengthen economic and cultural ties between the Empire State and Jewish state.

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One of the Lake Champlain ferry crossings between Vermont and New York is closed due to high winds.

The public focus on policymaking at the state Capitol has taken a backseat to the actions of the Trump Administration.  Almost from the minute the new President was inaugurated, his nonstop, frantic pace has captured the nation’s attention.

Some longtime residents think the calling Albany, Smalbany is a cheap shot. Others embrace it. Like our next guest.

With new and updated entries on everything from food, shopping, and the arts to people, history, and places to visit, The Smalbanac 2.0 is a wry, affectionate, and practical guide to New York State’s capital city and surrounding area.

Packed with information, the guide is perfect not only for visitors, new students, and those relocating to the area but also for long-term residents who want to get out of their comfort zones and explore the many hidden and some not-so-hidden treasures the area has to offer.

A local artist and writer, Christine Garretson-Persans has worked at The Albany Heritage Area Visitors Center since 2004. 

In today’s Congressional Corner, Massachusetts Congressman Jim McGovern, a Democrat from the second district, concludes his discussion with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

Fidel is gone and the future of Cuba is an open question.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Massachusetts Congressman Jim McGovern, a Democrat from the second district, continues his discussion with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

  In the summer of 1978, residents of Love Canal, a suburban development in Niagara Falls, NY, began protesting against the leaking toxic waste dump in their midst-a sixteen-acre site containing 100,000 barrels of chemical waste that anchored their neighborhood. Initially seeking evacuation, area activists soon found that they were engaged in a far larger battle over the meaning of America's industrial past and its environmental future. The Love Canal protest movement inaugurated the era of grassroots environmentalism, spawning new anti-toxics laws and new models of ecological protest.

Historian Richard S. Newman examines the Love Canal crisis through the area's broader landscape, detailing the way this ever-contentious region has been used, altered, and understood from the colonial era to the present day. 

Georgia By Dawn Tripp

Mar 1, 2016

  In 1916, Georgia O’Keeffe is a young, unknown art teacher when she travels to New York to meet Stieglitz, the famed photographer and art dealer, who has discovered O’Keeffe’s work and exhibits it in his gallery. Their connection is instantaneous. O’Keeffe is quickly drawn into Stieglitz’s sophisticated world, becoming his mistress, protégé, and muse, as their attraction deepens into an intense and tempestuous relationship and his photographs of her, both clothed and nude, create a sensation. 

Winner of the Massachusetts Book Award for fiction, Dawn Tripp is the author of the novels Moon Tide, The Season of Open Water, and Game of Secrets, a Boston Globe bestseller.

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The New York State Division of Veterans’ Affairs unveiled its new mobile app to help the state’s 900,000 vets connect to important state and federal programs.

  Retiring Congressman Chris Gibson of Kinderhook is meeting with the press in just a few minutes to discuss his exploratory committee to run for governor of New York in 2018.

But the Republican talked with WAMC’s Alan Chartock on the Congressional Corner first. 

Congresswoman Nita Lowey
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  It’s one of the most important pieces of infrastructure for millions of New Yorkers.

In today’s Congressional Corner, New York representative Nita Lowey tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock about progress on the new New York bridge.

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  New York and Connecticut are battling over G.E.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Connecticut Senator Chris Murphy tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that he’s working hard to keep the company in the Nutmeg State.

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