Vox Pop is WAMC's live call-in talk program. Guests with expertise in areas ranging from Astronomy to George Washington speak with WAMC's hosts and answer questions posed by WAMC listeners.
Vox Pop is WAMC's live call-in talk program. Guests with expertise in areas ranging from Astronomy to George Washington speak with WAMC's hosts and answer questions posed by WAMC listeners.
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The Global Philosopher: Should Borders Matter?. Michael Sandel explores the philosophical justifications made for national borders. Using a pioneering state-of-the-art studio at the Harvard Business School, Professor Sandel is joined by 60 participants from over 30 countries in a truly global digital space. Is there any moral distinction between a political refugee and an economic migrant? If people have the right to exit a country, why not a right to enter? Do nations have the right to protect the affluence of their citizens? And is there such a thing as a 'national identity'? These are just some of the questions addressed by Professor Sandel in this first edition of The Global Philosopher.Audience producer: Louise ColettaProducer: David EdmondsEditor: Richard Knight(Image taken by Rose Lincoln)
#138 — The Edge of Humanity. In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Yuval Noah Harari about his new book “21 Lessons for the 21st Century.” They discuss the importance of meditation for his intellectual life, the primacy of stories, the need to revise our fundamental assumptions about human civilization, the threats to liberal democracy, a world without work, universal basic income, the virtues of nationalism, the implications of AI and automation, and other topics. You can support the Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at SamHarris.org/subscribe.
Episode 26: Living Long Enough to Live Forever. In Episode 6, Peter and Dan described how mindset plays a key role in living a long, healthy life, this time they share stories about how they each arrived at their ambitious longevity goals. In this episode: Peter talks about Ray Kurzweil’s belief that children born today will have the ability to have an indefinite lifespan. Dan describes his thoughts on attitude and why the future is something you must work toward. Peter puts into perspective the amazing times we are living in, citing how the human lifespan has doubled over the last century. Dan mentions his visit to Human Longevity Inc., for the full story, listen to Episode 21 here.
#17 Nick Littlehales - Improve your sleep. Nick is regarded as the leading elite sports sleep coach in world sport. A leading industry expert with over 30 years experience in the world of sleep, sleeping habits, and product design and over 15 years dedicated to elite athletes and professional sport. For more information about Nick visit sportsleepcoach.co.uk For more information about Mind Set Game connect with us on Facebook @mindsetgamepodcast. For more information about James Roberts (the host of the podcast), visit fitamputee.co.uk
Rank #1: 062 John Fischer, Rick Sicari and John Curtin | Cocktails. On this episode of Food Friday Leftovers we talk cocktails with John Fischer, professor at the Culinary Institute of America and Rick Sicari and John Curtin of The Albany Distilling Company. https://wamcpodcasts.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/Food-Friday-Leftovers-Episode-62-John-Fischer-Rick-Sicari-and-John-Curtin-Cocktails.mp3
Rank #2: 067 Bill Johnston | Wine. On this episode of Food Friday Leftovers, wine expert Bill Johnston joins the program to teach us some new techniques on opening wine, tasting wine and what styles go well with your Thanksgiving turkey dinner. https://wamcpodcasts.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/Food-Friday-Leftovers-Episode-67-Peter-Johnston-Wine.mp3
Rank #1: Jesse Feiler - Privacy Updates. Another month, another security breach and privacy is back in the news. Our tech-guru Jesse Feiler joins us to discuss a proposed Nation-wide Privacy Act. California Consumer Privacy Act goes into effect January 1, 2020, and the General Data Protection Regulation in the EU is already in effect. Joe and Jesse discuss some of the issues including the good/bad/terrific/evil (take your pick) idea of having a nation-wide privacy act in the US. Jesse Feiler is an author and developer who focuses on small business and nonprofits along with iOS technologies. He has recently added book publisher to his roles: his Champlain Arts business has published apps for a number of years, and has recently added books. Uta Hagen’s memoir “Sources” is back in print through ChamplainArts.com .
Rank #2: Book Picks - The Open Door Bookstore. This week's Book Picks from Lily Bartels at The Open Door Bookstore and Gift Gallery in Schenectady, NY. List: "Inland" by Téa Obreht "Chances Are..." by Richard Russo "The Saturday Night Ghost Club" by Craig Davidson "The Women of the Copper Country" by Mary Doria Russell "Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead" by Olga Tokarczuk "The Ghosts of Eden Park" by Karen Abbott
Rank #1: #1472: Jeffrey Epstein’s Death, Bernie Sanders’ Criticism And Chris Cuomo’s Reaction To Being Called Fredo. The Media Project is an inside look at media coverage of current events with WAMC’s CEO Alan Chartock, Times Union Editor Rex Smith, Barbara Lombardo, Journalism Professor at the University at Albany and former Executive Editor of The Saratogian and The (Troy) Record, and Daily Freeman Publisher Emeritus Ira Fusfeld On this week’s Media Project Alan, Barbara, Rex and Ira talk about the media coverage of Jeffrey Epstein’s death, Bernie Sanders criticizes the Washington Post, CNN’s Prime Time Host Chris Cuomo’s reaction to being called Fredo, and much more. (more…)
Rank #2: #1471: New York Times Headline, News Reporting, Overly Defensive Journalists. The Media Project is an inside look at media coverage of current events with WAMC’s CEO Alan Chartock, Times Union Editor Rex Smith, Judy Patrick, Former Editor of the Daily Gazette and Vice President for Editorial Development for the New York Press Association, and Barbara Lombardo, Journalism Professor at the University at Albany and former Executive Editor of The Saratogian and The (Troy) Record. On this week’s Media Project Alan, Judy, Rex, and Barbara talk about controversy over a New York Times headline, facts versus interpretation in reporting the news, whether journalists are overly defensive, and much more. (more…)
Rank #1: #1567: Emergency Contraception; Female Farmers; Love And Karma. On this week’s 51%, there’s an effort to make the morning after pill more widely available in one city; find out how female farmers are faring in New York; and hear stories of love and karma. (more…)
Rank #2: #1542: Bodybuilding As Mental Strength And A Women’s Sports Competition. On this week’s 51%, meet a woman whose bodybuilding is a source of both physical and mental strength; a college student launches a program to provide free sanitary products and a woman who was diagnosed with breast cancer talks about a treatment that saved her hair. (more…)
Rank #1: WAMC’s In Conversation With: Author Jesse Jarnow Of Wasn’t That A Time. WAMC’s Alan Chartock In Conversation with longtime Music Journalist Jesse Jarnow. Jesse is the author of the new book, Wasn’t That A Time: The Weavers, The Blacklist, and The Battle for the Soul of America. (more…)
Rank #2: Pamela Tatge, Director Of Jacob’s Pillow. WAMC’s Alan Chartock In Conversation with Pamela Tatge, Director of Jacob’s Pillow – an international dance festival and professional school and archive in The Berkshires in Western Massachusetts. (more…)
Rank #1: #1620: Ocean Vuong’s “On Earth, We’re Briefly Gorgeous”. Brilliant, heartbreaking, tender, and highly original – poet Ocean Vuong’s debut novel, “On Earth, We’re Briefly Gorgeous,” is a sweeping and shattering portrait of a family, and a testament to the redemptive power of storytelling written as a letter from a son to a mother who cannot read. (more…)
Rank #2: #1590 – Anne Lamott. What does hope look like? How do we find and hold onto it in the midst of personal turmoil, communal suffering, global chaos and the everyday challenges of being alive in this world? Best-selling author Anne Lamott looks to answer these questions and more in her new book, “Almost Everything: Notes on Hope.” (more…)
Rank #1: #1931: Democratic New York State Senator Liz Krueger. WAMC’s Alan Chartock speaks with Democratic New York State Senator Liz Krueger.
Rank #2: #1930: Nick Langworthy, The New Chairman Of The NYS GOP. WAMC’s Alan Chartock speaks with Nick Langworthy, the new Chairman of the New York State Republican Committee. (more…)
Rank #1: #1904: The Dream Act, The Reproductive Health Act, & A New Marijuana Policy. The Legislative Gazette is a weekly program about New York State Government and politics. On this week’s Gazette: the state legislature approves the Dream Act, our political observer Alan Chartock shares his thoughts on the passage of the Reproductive Health Act, and Westchester county has a new marijuana policy. (more…)
Rank #2: #1907: Amazon Cancels Plans For NYC Headquarters, Cuomo Meets With Trump and Municipal Leaders Deliver Message To State Lawmakers. The Legislative Gazette is a weekly program about New York State Government and politics. On this week’s Gazette: Amazon cancels its plan to build a second headquarters in New York City, our political observer Alan Chartock share his thoughts on Governor Cuomo’s meeting with President Trump, and Municipal leaders deliver a message to state lawmakers. (more…)
Rank #1: Jennifer Tomlinson, Colgate University – Activities With Your Partner. Which activities are best for a night out with your partner? Jennifer Tomlinson, assistant professor of psychology at Colgate University, explains how engagement in a shared activity can boost your relationship. My research program is designed to understand the ways in which relationship partners can encourage one another to seek out opportunities for personal growth, and how this can benefit relationships and health. I also seek to understand how partners can maintain healthy relationships by communicating positive regard and finding optimal levels of idealization (when one perceives a partner to view oneself slightly more positively than one sees oneself). Students in my lab will be exposed to a variety of research methods (including experimental, longitudinal, physiological, and observational) and consider relationship processes in both younger and older adults. Activities With Your Partner https://academicminute.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/07-19-19-Colgate-Activites-With-Your-Partner.mp3 Popular wisdom tells us that families who play together stay together. Previous research finds that couples who do “exciting” activities together have happier relationships than couples who do “pleasant” activities. But what kinds of things does that really mean? Engagement in a shared activity is called self-expansion. Other studies focused on shared activities that get your heart rate going – like rollerblading together or learning to paddle board. Such activities might help on a first date, but might not matter in ongoing relationships. We asked, “Is physical arousal truly necessary to gain benefits from shared activities?” Our instinct was that joint experiences that are both “fun and interesting” create a stronger bond than those that are simply strenuous. We designed four studies to find out. First, we had married couples and friend pairs do tasks designed to be either “fun and interesting” or “physically arousing.” Results showed that people’s perceptions of self-expansion, and not arousal, predicted both relationship and individual benefits. Meaning, what’s important is enjoying something together – no matter if it’s a board game or bungee jumping. Next, we wanted to see what people do in their everyday lives. We asked two large groups of people to think about the activities that they did in the past week with either their spouse or their closest friend. What mattered most? People’s perceptions of how much fun they had together—not their active heart rates. Across four studies, our research team showed that fun, self-expanding activities can solidify your relationship. They can help you grow as a person and to associate that growth with your activity partner. It doesn’t matter if the activity is physically demanding. So, when you’re planning your next date night, opt for activities that both you and your partner know you’ll enjoy – even if that involves sitting down and learning how to paint.
Rank #2: Travis Fox, Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY – Drones. Some stories in the news can give drones a bad reputation. Travis Fox, professor of journalism at the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism, explores how they are also used for good. Travis Fox is an aerial photographer and the Director of Visual Journalism at the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at the City University of New York (CUNY). An early adopter of drone technology, his work focuses on the details of low altitude aerial photography, a technique that is simultaneously intimate and vast. His project Natural Lines documents the tension between natural and man-made marks on the landscape. In The Pines, he explores the decay of a once-grand resort in upstate, NY. He is currently working on a project documenting the physical legacy of racism in America. In his role at the Newmark J-School he oversees the Photojournalism, Documentary, Broadcast and Web Video programs. He also teaches CUNY’s first Drone Journalism course. Before drones and academia, Fox was recognized for helping establish a new form of video storytelling on the Internet. His short films for the Washington Post were described by Studio 360’s Kurt Andersen as “ambitious, subtle, tough, and remarkably beautiful.” Legendary television producer Tom Bettag adds: “extraordinary, sensitive and insightful.” In the 10 years he spent at the Post, Fox covered every major conflict in the first decade of the 21st century. He was in Iraq during the invasion, had tours in Afghanistan as well as several reporting trips in Africa, Asia, Europe and South America. In 2006, Fox received the first Emmy Award presented to a web video producer. He was also the first and only person to win both the Editor of the Year and Videographer of the Year awards from the White House News Photographers Association. He has won dozens of National Press Photographers Association and Pictures of the Year International awards and has been nominated for a total of eight Emmys. After the Washington Post, Fox worked for FRONTLINE on PBS. In 2011 “Law and Disorder,” a film Fox co-produced, won a George Polk award. The piece, an investigation into the New Orleans police department in the chaotic days after Hurricane Katrina, was also nominated for an Emmy. In total Fox has worked on more than a dozen FRONTLINE films in various roles: Cinematographer, Writer, Producer, and Editor. Drones https://academicminute.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/05-29-19-CUNY-Drones.mp3 Drones have a bad rap. Reports of drones shut down Gatwick Airport and most recently slowed traffic at Newark Liberty Airport. And there are the countless news reports of drone peeping toms. Rarely do we hear about the positive uses of flying cameras. How they aid in search and rescue, how they are reducing construction costs by allowing faster, cheaper inspections and how they help journalists investigate stories. It’s the negative press that has prompted lawmakers to pass a slew of laws restricting drones. In Texas it’s now illegal to photograph certain things with a drone, but perfectly legal to do so with an airplane or helicopter. Drone pilots view this as overreach, suggesting that existing privacy laws are adequate. They also point to the fact that airspace is public and the FAA says it’s legal for drones to fly over private property just like it is for airlines. Property owners respond that airplanes and drones are different. Who would want an unknown camera hovering over your backyard when the kids are out playing? Many of the proposed laws introduce the notion of aerial trespass. For example, drones would be able to fly above private property like airplanes, but only above, say, 200 feet. Below 200 feet they’d need permission from owners. This might seem like an easy solution, but trying to visually identify the height of a drone from the ground is nearly impossible. And it could severely restrict journalists. For example, in 2012 the Columbia Packing Company, a Dallas Slaughterhouse was caught illegally dumping pig blood. It was a drone that first photographed the bright red creek behind the factory. The plant was shut down, but today and in the future, it’s the drone flight that might be ruled illegal.
Rank #1: #1508: “Can Generous Thinking Save The University?”. With all the social and political issues facing the country, can universities be a big part of the solution? Today on the Best of Our Knowledge, we’ll look at one road map to a solution that includes a lot of generous thinking (more…)
Rank #2: #1507: “How’s The Constitution Holding Up?”. The United States constitution has been written and argued about for over two centuries. And there are some who think a lot of those arguments are being put to the test as we speak. Today on the Best of Our Knowledge, a constitutional scholar tells us how he thinks the old document is doing. (more…)
Rank #1: A Green Way To Turn Blue. Indigo dye is what is used to color denim cloth and blue jeans. Historically, the dye came from a tropical plant most often found on the Indian subcontinent. Eventually, it became economically favorable to synthesize the dye instead and almost all of the 50,000 tons of the dye used annually is synthetic.The processes used to make synthetic indigo are efficient and inexpensive, but they often require toxic chemicals and create a lot of dangerous waste. Researchers at the Department of Energy’s Joint BioEnergy Institute have now developed an eco-friendly production platform for a blue pigment called indigoidine. It has a similarly vividly saturated blue hue as synthetic indigo.The researchers were investigating the ability of various fungal strains to express large enzymes known as NRPSs. They chose an NRPS that converts two amino acid molecules into indigoidine – a blue pigment – in order to make it easy to tell if the strain engineering had worked. Having the culture turn blue was an effective indicator.Their primary interest was not the pigment but when they saw just howblue the culture was for one particular fungus, they realized that the fungalstrain did not just produce indigoidine; it produced large amounts of it.Thus they have found a way to efficiently produce a blue pigment thatuses inexpensive, sustainable carbon sources instead of harsh chemicals. There is already a great deal of interestfrom the textile industry, where many companies are eager for more sustainablysourced pigments because customers are increasingly aware of the impacts ofconventional dyes.Thanks to a talented fungus called Rhodosporidium toruloides, there may now be a green way to turn blue.**********Web LinksBlue Pigment from Engineered Fungi Could Help Turn the Textile Industry GreenPhoto, posted March 7, 2006, courtesy of Willi Heidelbach via Flickr. Earth Wise is a production of WAMC Northeast Public Radio.
Rank #2: Fishers Helping To Clean The Oceans. Marine litter – particularly plastics – is a global, persistent, and increasing threat to the oceans. Much of it comes from discarded materials on shore that makes their way to the sea but waste from the fishing industry is a also a major contributor to the problem. Commercial fishers are acutely aware of the potential for marinelitter to damage and even destroy their livelihoods and are starting to try tobe part of the solution instead of just part of the problem.An initiative called Fishing for Litter, which has been operatingaround the British coastline since 2006, is an example.With hubs in Scotland and South West of England, FFL aims to reducethe amount of marine litter in the sea by physically removing it while alsohighlighting the importance of good waste management in the fishing fleet. Fishers have to assume responsibility fortheir own waste and dispose of it in a responsible manner. They also have a unique ability to accessremote and hard to reach marine litter caused by others.A survey of 120 commercial fishers revealed that they often found marine litter in their hauls and that keeping the sea and coasts clean was important to them. The responsibility for reducing marine litter does not belong to anysingle industry or organization. Itrequires a collective global change of behavior. The problem directly affects fishers, so theyare especially motivated to do something about it. They can make an important contribution toan issue that ultimately affects us all. Groups like Fishing for Litter are providing a model for behavior thatwe can only hope that others around the world can emulate.**********Web LinksFishers keen to help address the problem of marine litterPhoto, posted July 9, 2009, courtesy of Rennett Stowe via Flickr. Earth Wise is a production of WAMC Northeast Public Radio.
Rank #1: What Are Sanctuary Cities?. What do San Francisco, Chicago, and Albany, NY have in common? They’re sanctuary cities – among hundreds of other U.S. cities, states, and counties that have declared their support for immigrant populations, often by limiting their cooperation with Immigration and Customs Enforcement – otherwise known as ICE. Safe havens to some, crime-infested danger zones to others – sanctuary cities have become the topic of heated partisan debate. Particularly since President Donald Trump took office, promising to strip them of funding. (more…)
Rank #2: What Were Internment Camps?. President Donald Trump’s promise of a border wall has divided many on both sides of the issue. This summer, the Trump administration’s zero tolerance policy brought about the removal of thousands of migrant children from their parents to child detention centers across the United States. The move sent shockwaves throughout the country, but for many, it’s deja vu. https://wamcpodcasts.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/ee_internment.mp3 (more…)
Rank #1: The Story Behind 1969’s Woodstock Music Festival. Now regarded as one the most iconic cultural expressions of American society, the Woodstock festival of 1969 served to encapsulate the spirit of the 1960s counterculture movement. Despite Woodstock’s continued popularity 50 years after it was first held, the complexities that led to its creation and lasting social impacts are often overlooked. On this episode of A New York Minute In History, co-hosts Devin Lander and Lauren Roberts speak with author Mark Berger, Karen Quinn – the Senior Art Curator at the New York State Museum, art collector Arthur Anderson, and Wade Lawrence – the museum director of the Museum at Bethel Woods, about various aspects of Woodstock such as its lesser known origin story, its role as an emblem of counterculture, and it’s often-overlooked connection to the Woodstock Arts Colony. The episode also includes a compilation of archival WAMC interviews with some of the performers and organizers of the 1969 Woodstock festival. https://wamcpodcasts.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/WoodstockFinalPodcast.mp3 Woodstock Festival The idea of the now iconic Woodstock festival of 1969 was originally conceived by four men from New York City named Michael Lang, Artie Kornfeld, John Roberts, and Joel Rosenman. Lang and Kornfeld both held experience in the music industry with Lang having headed the Miami Pop Festival of 1968 and Kornfeld having served as the youngest vice president at Capitol Records. Roberts and Rosenman were wealthy New York entrepreneurs interested in making a new investment. When they combined forces, the idea was proposed to create a recording studio in Woodstock, NY under the name Woodstock Ventures. Mark Goff, public domainWoodstock, NY had been known as a popular center for artists long before the existence of Woodstock Ventures. The rural town was regarded as reflecting the “back-to-the-land” spirit that was becoming increasingly popular in the 1960s and attracted famous musicians, such as Bob Dylan and Van Morrison, seeking a peaceful place to create. In order for Woodstock Ventures to fund their recording studio, they decided to host a concert. Although the fundraiser would be named for the town of Woodstock, due to a series of issues faced by the organizers, the festival would actually take place more than 50 miles away. Finding a suitable location to host the festival proved to be one of the biggest challenges facing the promoters. Due to there being no suitable locations in the small town of Woodstock, the group began looking in neighboring areas. Although they were able to find several possible locations, Woodstock Ventures received pushback from local communities. At one point they tried to secure a spot in Saugerties, NY only to be refused a permit and later tried to host the event in Wallkill, NY but were denied once again. Fair UseThe group’s luck changed upon meeting Elliot Tiber. Tiber initially offered the land of his parent’s motel for the group to use, however, this was turned down as the site was deemed unacceptable for the large crowds expected. Tiber then suggested meeting with a real estate agent from the area as they would know of more suitable places nearby. This idea eventually connected Woodstock Ventures with Max Yasgur, the owner of a large dairy farm in Bethel, NY. Yasgur agreed to let his farm be used in exchange for a reported $50,000. Despite the event not being held in Woodstock, it continued to be advertised under the name of the town. Due to the festival’s official title being, “Woodstock Music and Art Fair presents: An Aquarian Exposition” which would be shortened and popularized by the media simply as “Woodstock.” Woodstock Arts Colony In certain circles, Woodstock was already iconic well before 1969. In 1902, The Byrdcliffe Arts Colony was founded near Woodstock by Jane Byrd McCall and Ralph Radcliffe Whitehead and became the first intentionally created year-round arts colony in the nation. Now the oldest arts and crafts colony in the United States, Byrdcliffe was originally formed in opposition to the popular industrialization movement of the early twentieth century and has continued to serve as a home for American counterculture. Byrdcliffe Arts Colony is located just outside the town of Woodstock on the side of Mount Guardian, surrounded by the Catskill Mountains. Its environment has attracted a variety of artists, writers, and musicians seeking to find inspiration in their surroundings. Many of the early events and people within the colony have inspired the actions of later generations. In 1915, the first Maverick Festival was put on by Hervey White, founder of the Maverick Community. The festival was a one-night event featuring music, dancing, and costumes. It became increasingly popular in the community and continued for several years before being shut down due to attracting too many people. It has often been regarded as a forerunner to the Woodstock Festival of 1969. In conjunction with the growing music scene of the colony, the creation of art also flourished. One of the most prominent artists was George Bellows who spent his first summer in the arts colony in 1920. Bellows belonged to the Ashcan school and often created realistic works, as opposed to more popular academic approaches of the time. In fact, the arts colony became known for encouraging diversity within artistic styles, leading to a wide range of creations produced there. Art collector Arthur Anderson recently donated 1500 objects from almost 200 artists who lived in the Byrdcliffe Arts Colony to the New York State Museums, “Historic Woodstock Art Colony Exhibit” which will be running from November 10, 2018 to December 31, 2019. Public DomainThanks to author Mark Berger, Karen Quinn of the New York State Museum, art collector Arthur Anderson, and Wade Lawrence of the Museum at Bethel Woods for their help with this episode. Sara Casazza, an intern at the New York State Museum, contributed to this episode. Music used in Episode 8 of A New York Minute In History includes “Begrudge” by Darby, “Hash Out” by Sunday at Slims and “Kid Kodi” by Skittle. The oral history of Woodstock drawn from WAMC interviews with Wavy Gravy, Graham Nash, Melanie, Michael Lang, Stephen Stills, Robbie Robertson of the Band, Richie Havens, Arlo Guthrie, Leslie West of Mountain and Pete Townshend of the Who included the following songs: “Going Up The Country” by Canned Heat, “With A Little Help From My Friends” by Joe Cocker, “For What It’s Worth” by Stephen Stills, “Freedom” by Richie Havens, “Coming Into Los Angeles” by Arlo Guthrie, “Blood of the Sun” by Mountain, “Lay Down” by Melanie and “Woodstock” by Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young. A New York Minute In History is a podcast about the history of New York and the unique tales of New Yorkers. It is hosted by Devin Lander, the New York State Historian. WAMC’s Jim Levulis is the producer. A New York Minute In History is a production of the New York State Museum, WAMC Northeast Public Radio and Archivist Media. Support for this podcast comes from the William G. Pomeroy Foundation®, which helps people celebrate their community’s history by providing grants for historic markers and plaques. Since 2006, the Foundation has expanded from one to six different signage grant programs, and funded over 875 signs across New York State and beyond … all the way to Alaska! With all these options, there’s never been a better time to apply. The Foundation’s programs in the Empire State include commemorating national women’s suffrage, historic canals, sites on the National Register of Historic Places, New York State’s history, and folklore and legends. Grants are available to 501(c)(3) organizations, nonprofit academic institutions, and municipalities. To apply for signage at no cost to you, or to learn more about the Foundation’s grant programs, visit WGPfoundation.org. This program is also funded in part by Humanities New York with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this podcast do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Rank #2: 100 Years Of New York’s Local Government Historians Law. One hundred years ago, on April 11, 1919, New York Governor Al Smith signed the “Historians Law.” The first law of its kind in the United States, the Historians Law allowed for every village, town, and city in the state to have an official historian to gather and preserve historical records. On this episode of A New York Minute In History, host and New York State Historian Devin Lander is joined by Clifton Park Historian John Scherer, Saratoga County Historian Lauren Roberts, and former Broome County Historian and past president of the Association of Public Historians of New York State Gerald Smith to discuss the role of local historians and the integral part they play in their communities. For those interested in learning more about the Historians Law, click here. (more…)
Rank #1: The Rose Ghost. Stories of ghosts and the afterlife were a popular obsession during the Victorian Era. This was particularly true for the residents of New York’s Hudson Valley. On this episode of Listen with the Lights On, we sat down with Gardiner Town Historian A.J. Shenkman, author of Wicked Ulster County, to discuss another supernatural Victorian Era legend from Ulster County. https://wamcpodcasts.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/LWTLO_Rose_Shenkman1.mp3 (more…)
Rank #2: An Orange County Christmas. Every year, during the first weekend in December, a small Hudson Valley town carries out an old tradition. We traveled to Rhinebeck, New York, to see it unfold. The annual Sinterklaas festival is a celebration that’s based the Dutch celebration of St. Nicholas Day. Dutch settlers brought it to the region over 300 years ago. Today it’s a colorful parade featuring costumes and puppets and paper lantern stars that draws crowds of thousands. https://wamcpodcasts.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/LWTLO_Sinterklaas-FINAL.mp3 After dodging roving Grumpuses and decorating crowns and branches along the quaint streets of Rhinebeck- the branches are a modern day twist on the birch rod St Nicholas used to carry – we ran into Master Storyteller Jonathan Kruk. And he was kind enough to bestow us with another seasonal tale. (more…)
Rank #1: [Noam Chomsky] The Decision That Has To Be Made. Noam Chomsky warns, “There has to be some kind of Green New Deal if we’re going to survive. The human species is facing questions which have never arisen before. Is organized human life going to survive in any recognizable form? We’re approaching the level of global warming of roughly 125,000 years ago, when sea levels were about 25 feet higher than they are now. You don’t have to have much of an imagination to know what that means. Well, shall we race towards it the way the Trump administration and the Republican Party wants us to do? Shall we do something about it, the way Sunrise Movement and Extinction Rebellion and Ocasio-Cortez want to do? That’s the decision that has to be made.”