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Chang-rae Lee’s new novel “My Year Abroad” is the story about a young American life transformed by an unusual Asian adventure, and about the human capacity for pleasure, pain, and connection.  

The Wellness Trace app can be used to check the cleanliness of surfaces at Albany International Airport
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Officials have unveiled new technology they say will help travelers keep peace of mind during the pandemic at Albany International Airport.

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has issued new travel guidance ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday.

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If you're planning a winter getaway or a summer vacation, this is the show for you. Jean Gagnon, president of Plaza Travel Center in Latham, New York, joins Vox Pop to answer your travel questions. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.

When the first edition of "Atlas Obscura" was released in 2016, it instantly became a national bestseller, taking readers off the beaten path to discover the strange and marvelous hidden wonders that exist all around us.

Now completely revised and updated throughout, the second edition of this beloved travel book takes readers to even more of the most unusual, curious, bizarre, and mysterious places on earth.

Dylan Thuras is the cofounder and creative director of AtlasObscura.com. He is also the coauthor of the New York Times bestseller "Atlas Obscura Explorer’s Guide for the World’s Most Adventurous Kid." Dylan has reported for NPR’s All Things Considered and spoken at conferences, including SXSW and The New Yorker Festival, about the changing nature of exploration.

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If you're looking to plan a fall getaway, Jean Gagnon, president of Plaza Travel Center in Latham, New York, joins Vox Pop to answer your travel questions. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.

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If you're looking to plan a weekend getaway or lenghty vacation, Jean Gagnon, president of Plaza Travel Center in Latham, New York, joins Vox Pop to answer your travel questions. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.

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Berkshire Eagle reporter and community engagement editor Jenn Smith, who is also a regular contributor to WAMC’s Roundtable panel, has won a travel fellowship with Atlas Obscura. The 37-year-old, who lives in North Adams, Massachusetts, will return to her native India and write about her experiences there for the travel-focused organization. 

Frances Mayes has spent thirty years splitting her time between her native United States and adopted home in Tuscany and writing bestselling books, including the classic, “Under the Tuscan Sun.”

In her latest, “See You In the Piazza,” she and her husband hit the road to explore the country afresh from north to south, eating and drinking their way through. 

This an Off the Shelf edition of The Book Show recorded remotely with a live audience in an event presented by Northshire Bookstore

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The summer travel season is upon us. Whether you're skipping town for a wedding, vacation or just to get away, Jean Gagnon, president of Plaza Travel Center in Latham, New York, joins Vox Pop to answer your travel questions. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.

Hudson Hall in Hudson, New York is presenting a reading and panel discussion to celebrate the publication of Hudson and Brooklyn-based artist and author Daniel Rothbart’s "Seeing Naples: Reports from the Shadow of Vesuvius."

The book of travel writing is inspired by Rothbart’s experiences as a Fulbright scholar in Naples during the early 1990’s, and combines personal narrative with stories from the city’s history, ancient and modern, that speak to Neapolitan values and culture.

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Today on Vox Pop, Jean Gagnon, president of Plaza Travel Center in Latham, New York, joins the program to answer your travel questions. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.

"In Putin’s Footsteps: Searching for the Soul of an Empire Across Russia's Eleven Time Zones" is Nina Khrushcheva and Jeffrey Tayler’s unique combination of travelogue, current affairs, and history, showing how Russia’s dimensions have shaped its identity and culture through the decades.

With exclusive insider status as Nikita Khrushchev’s great grand-daughter, and an ex-pat living and reporting on Russia and the Soviet Union since 1993, Nina Khrushcheva and Jeffrey Tayler offer a poignant exploration of the largest country on earth through their recreation of Vladimir Putin’s fabled New Year’s Eve speech planned across all eleven time zones.

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Today on Vox Pop, Jean Gagnon, president of Plaza Travel Center in Latham, New York, joins the program to answer your travel questions. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.

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With the holiday season upon us and winter vacations on the horizon for some, we discuss travel today on Vox Pop. Jean Gagnon, president of Plaza Travel Center in Latham, NY, joins the program to answer your questions. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.

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Are you looking to sneak in one more trip before the end of summer or are you already looking ahead to holiday travel? Regardless of your plans, travel agents Andrea Schwartz and Jean Gagnon join Vox Pop to answer your questions. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.

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Are you planning a vacation or a weekend getaway? Travel planner Andrea Schwartz is in the studio to answer your questions. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.

Andrea Schwartz at the bottom of the Grand Canyon
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Planning a vacation or a weekend getaway? Travel planner Andrea Schwartz is in the studio to answer your questions. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.

Andrea Schwartz at the bottom of the Grand Canyon
Andrea Schwartz

Planning a vacation or a weekend getaway? Travel planner Andrea Schwartz is in the studio to answer your questions. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.

Dubbed by the New Yorker as "one of America's very best singer-songwriters," Dar Williams has made her career not in stadiums, but touring America's small towns. She has played their venues, composed in their coffee shops, and drunk in their bars. She has seen these communities struggle, but also seen them thrive in the face of postindustrial identity crises.

In her book, What I Found in a Thousand Towns: A Traveling Musician's Guide to Rebuilding America's Communities—One Coffee Shop, Dog Run, and Open-Mike Night at a Time, Williams muses on why some towns flourish while others fail, examining elements from the significance of history and nature to the uniting power of public spaces and food. Drawing on her own travels and the work of urban theorists, Williams offers real solutions to rebuild declining communities.

Andrea Schwartz at the bottom of the Grand Canyon
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Planning a vacation or a weekend getaway? Travel planner Andrea Schwartz is in the studio to answer your questions. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.

Andrea Schwartz at the bottom of the Grand Canyon
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We are in the midst of the summer travel season. Veteran travel planner Andrea Schwartz is in the studio to answer your travel questions. WAMC's Brian Shields hosts.

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  The Chase Brock Experience is a Brooklyn-based contemporary dance company founded by choreographer Chase Brock. CBE has premiered 29 dances (to music from Beethoven to David Yazbek to Nellie McKay) and six commissioned scores (from composers like Joshua Rosenblum and Michael John LaChiusa.)

The dance company has been in residence at Catskill Mountain Foundation and will perform at Orpheum Film & Performing Arts Center in Tannersville, NY this Saturday at 7:30pm.

Chase Brock joins us now. In addition to choreographing for his own company, Brock as provided his talents and expertise to various Broadway, Off-Broadway, regional and international productions including Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark; Disney’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame; and HBO’s Last Week Tonight with John Oliver.

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Looking for a summer getaway? We’ll be discussing travel today, with veteran travel planner Andrea Schwartz. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.

The Airbnb Story

May 5, 2017

Fortune editor Leigh Gallagher explores the success of Airbnb along with the more controversial side of its story. Regulators want to curb its rapid expansion; hotel industry leaders wrestle with the disruption it has caused them; and residents and customers alike struggle with the unintended consequences of opening up private homes for public consumption.

Gallagher's book is ​The Airbnb Story: How Three Ordinary Guys Disrupted an Industry, Made Billions ... and Created Plenty of Controversy.

Photograph of a portion of Tanja Hollander's "Are You Really My Friend?" at MASS MoCA
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  How often do you get a friend request on Facebook from someone whose name you don’t recognize? You have mutual friends. You check those names -- and then you aren’t sure exactly who some of those people are either - or how you know them. Imagine telling someone 15 years ago that you have friends you don’t know -- and not in that “a stranger is a just a friend you haven’t met yet” optimistic way.

Tanja Hollander’s new exhibition Are You Really My Friend? is currently on view at MASS MoCA in North Adams, MA. The show explores, through portraits and paraphernalia, what friendship means to Tanja and what friendship means today - in the age of social media and easy surface relationships. She set out to connect with and photograph her 626 Facebook friends.

I spoke with Tanja and curator Denise Markonish at the museum recently and began by asking Tanja when and where she had the idea for the project.

Lisa Dickey traveled across the whole of Russia three times - in 1995, 2005 and 2015 - making friends in eleven different cities, then coming back again and again to see how their lives had changed. Like the acclaimed British documentary series Seven Up!, she traces the ups and downs of ordinary people’s lives, in the process painting a deeply nuanced portrait of modern Russia.

Her book is Bears in the Streets: Three Journeys across a Changing Russia.

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Want to get away and enjoy a respite from the cold and snow? Or are you of the mind that now is the time to get out and enjoy the fresh powder with skiing, snowboarding or another outdoor activity? We’ll be discussing travel today, with veteran travel planner Andrea Schwartz.

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. 

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We welcome back custom travel planner Andrea Schwartz to help you satisfy your wanderlust. Andrea is an expert on American and Canadian national parks. Ray Graf hosts. 

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