“Revolution Song” looks back at struggle for freedom

November 22, 2017

Acclaimed author Russell Shorto braids together six different stories about the war for American independence in his new release "Revolution Song: A Story of American Freedom."

Shorto picks up the story about a decade after his last book about Colonial America "The Island at the Center of the World."

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White House Correspondent Ken Walsh on “Ultimate Insiders”

November 17, 2017

A picture tells a thousand words.  If that's the case President Obama's Chief White House Photographer told about two million a day. 

Pete Souza took around two thousand photos every workday covering the 44th president. Longtime White House Correspondent Ken Walsh's new book highlights Souza and the others who held his title in "Ultimate Insiders: White House Photographers and How They Shape History." He sat down with us recently before his presentation at the Franklin D. Roosevelt Library and Museum in Hyde Park.  From Lincoln to current President Donald Trump, Walsh explains the backstory that shaped some of the most iconic photos in American history.

Also, the Reporter's Roundtable discusses the governor’s recent fundraising trip to California and why members of the Congressional delegation from the state are calling him a “liar.”

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Election Day Recap

November 10, 2017

The Reporter's Roundtable discusses the huge wins that the Democrats pulled off around the country and in key county executive races in New York. Also, Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul sits down to discuss the 100th anniversary of Women’s Suffrage and the recent surge of sexual harassment charges making news nationwide.

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NYN Throwdown: Plattsburgh Grads Edition

November 9, 2017

Our latest NYN Throwdown features two graduates of SUNY Plattsburgh.  We won't reveal their class years but we can tell you that our Matt Ryan and Joe Spector of the USA Today Network ended up in an epic battle that is one for the history books. Why? Click to find out!

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A Dead-End Road out of the USA

November 3, 2017

President Trump's tough stance on immigration during the 2016 campaign stoked fear among those in the country illegally. After his victory in November, many have left or are in the process of leaving, fearing deportation. Plattsburgh Cares hopes to bring help to those passing through their North Country community. Also, a review of proposals you'll see on the ballot this Election Day.

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New SUNY Chancellor Discusses Challenges Ahead

October 27, 2017

You can't help but notice the resume of new SUNY Chancellor Kristina Johnson.

She is a former co-founder of a clean-energy infrastructure company, an Under Secretary of Energy at the U.S. Department of Energy, and provost at Johns Hopkins University.  This unique blend of academic, governmental, and entrepreneurial experience undoubtedly made her a strong candidate to take over for her predecessor Nancy Zimpher.   This week she joins us to detail why her background can help her in the new role, along with the challenges ahead for the 64 campus institution.

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North Country: Politics and the Economy

October 20, 2017

Though it's the least populated part of the state, there's never a shortage of stories coming out of the North Country.

Two of the three proposals on this year's ballot could have far-reaching effects inside the Adirondack Park. In a rare show of unity environmental groups are in support of Proposal 3, which we highlighted on a recent program and the Constitutional Convention question.  They fear a change to the latter could endanger Article XIV, the "forever wild" clause.

We'll discuss this along with other political and economic issues with longtime Mountain LakePBS Journalist Thom Hallock. 

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Should New York Have A Constitutional Convention?

October 13, 2017

Should New York State hold a Constitutional Convention?

The question has sparked a vigorous debate as voters prepare to tackle the issue this November.  Proposal 1, as it will be seen on the ballot, has united some strange bedfellows.  In an off-election year, it's been the focal point for many organizations from environmental groups to a slew of unions, mostly against the idea.

This week on the program we'll hear from four voices: two for and two against a convention.  Jerry Benjamin of SUNY New Paltz, Bill Samuels of Effective New York, Donna Lieberman of the New York Civil Liberties Union, and former Assemblyman Jerry Kremer recently held a discussion at the Times Union Media Center to debate the topic.

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Chris Gibson’s New Book on Revitalizing America

October 6, 2017

Former Hudson Valley Congressman and U.S. Army Colonel Chris Gibson was known for being one of the more moderate Republicans in Washington. After announcing he wouldn't seek reelection in 2016, he explored a run for governor. Now a professor at Williams College, the Kinderhook native has a book out called 'Rally Point: Five Tasks to Unite the Country and Revitalize the American Dream.'

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Proposal 3 | Forest Preserve Land Bank Amendment

September 29, 2017

There are three proposals on this year's ballot.  This week we focus on the one you've likely heard nothing about.

Proposal 3, officially known as the Forest Preserve Land Bank Amendment, would allow communities in the Adirondacks and Catskills to request state land for qualifying projects in exchange for the state adding 250 acres to the preserve. The measure would also allow for bike paths, sewer, electric, telephone, and broadband lines within the width of the road. It has broad support among conservation groups and county and town organizations.

What worries stakeholders the most is possibly being overshadowed by the Constitutional Convention vote (Proposal 1) and its place on the ballot (last item). This week we'll talk to some of them as they try to get the message out in the last six weeks before Election Day.

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