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Programming Notes: October 2015

A candid conversation about personal finance.

Well, the mums and foliage are giving us that last shock of color before we enter the winter doldrums and what better way to celebrate the turning of the seasons than getting out of our homes to enjoy it. And boy, do I have an event for you to come to – and the best part is that it’s FREE!

On Thursday, October 15th at 7PM, WAMC, in partnership with WMHT and NPR, will be hosting NPR Presents: Family Matters at the University at Albany’s recital hall. This is your chance to get the skinny on some import ant issues and ask your questions about the financial pressures you’re facing. And what’s an event without some awesome famous people in attendance? Our hosts for the evening are none other than NPR Morning Edition host David Greene, and NPR Business correspondent Yuki Noguchi.

Greene and Noguchi will be joined on stage by personal finance experts Louis Barajas, founder and chief wealth and business manager at LAB Financial Life Solutions and Michelle Singletary, nationally-syndicated personal finance columnist for the Washington Post, to help audience members gain greater confidence in their financial futures.

The panel will discuss and help you navigate topics such as first-time loans as a college student, or a new mortgage as a third-time home buyer and how both come with risks but also opportunities. This live (and lively) event will be driven by an audience ready to talk strategy, so come prepared with questions! We’ll be discussing things like accumulating debt and amassing wealth, saving for college, home ownership, retirement planning and even fitting in a midlife extravagance or two.

Now here’s a secret -- not only is the date of this fabulous event October 15th but it’s my birthday, too. I can’t think of a better way to begin a new year of my life than attending this event with our listeners. I know in my [cough] decade, I have a ton of financial matters that need tending to including huge student loans, a mortgage, and family planning, and I have no clue to get the latter with the former hanging over my head. So, I’ll ask the experts!

So please join me, NPR’s David Greene and Yuki Noguchi for this free event by signing up at www.nprpresents.org. It’s an evening not to be missed.

In on-air news, we’re thrilled to announce Latino USA is coming to WAMC-AM (1400 Albany) on Saturdays at 3PM. Latino USA is the foremost Latino voice in public media and the longest running Latino-centered program on radio. The program has a dedicated focus on America's Latino community, and gives voice to the New Mainstream by reporting stories about diversity, culture, civic dialogue and how people live and struggle with difference. Host Maria Hinojosa is the trusted guide through the stories and conversations.

On WAMC HD2, we’ve also added some new shows. Latino USA will join the line-up at 1PM on Saturdays, and on Sundays we have a bevy of new programs. It kicks off Sundays at 12PM with With Good Reason, where host Sarah McConnell takes listeners along as she examines a wide range of topics with leading scholars. 1PM brings us to Snap Judgment. On this dynamic one-hour show with host Glynn Washington, you can hear intriguing stories about extraordinary and defining events in people's lives. At 9PM we’ll hear Jazz Night in America. Hosted by multiple Grammy Award-winning musician Christian McBride, Jazz Night in America presents content from across the nation on multiple platforms, and we’ll hear storytelling around amazing concert performances including the artists, the venues, the fans, and the larger dynamics at play. Finally at 11PM, we welcome back Beale Street Caravan. Hosted by Pat Mitchell, each program presents seasoned veterans alongside up and coming artists recorded at festivals and venues throughout the United States.

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