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The Capitol Pressroom with Susan Arbetter
Thu, 03/21/2013 - 11:00am

The Governor and legislative leaders came to an agreement on the budget on Wednesday evening.  Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb weighs in on the spending plan’s pros and cons from his perspective.

Dryden Town Supervisor Mary Ann Sumner and attorney Deborah Goldberg of Earthjustice discuss oral arguments in the precedent-setting case of Norse v. Dryden which are scheduled for today in a mid-level appellate court.

As lawmakers continue to discuss restorations in the budget for people with developmental disabilities, Albany Law School’s Government Law Center and Civil Rights and Disabilities Law Clinic will commemorate the 40th anniversary of Willowbrook.   On Friday, state officials, attorneys, advocates, and provider agency executives will examine the history and impact of the case at Albany Law School. Today on the radio, we will be joined by Professor Bridgit Burke as well as the two event co-chairs, Patricia Martinelli and Paul Kietzman.

The Capitol Pressroom with Susan Arbetter
Wed, 03/20/2013 - 11:00am

Chair of Senate Finance John DeFrancisco updates us on budget talks.

Bishop Howard Hubbard discusses this week's Catholic Conference meetings with legislative leaders and Governor Andrew Cuomo.

As a counterpoint we meet members of the group Clergy for Choice.

And more...

The Capitol Pressroom with Susan Arbetter
Mon, 03/18/2013 - 11:00am

Just like newspapers, television news has cut staff and viewers have noticed.  According to a Pew Research Center report released today, there’s evidence that quality issues – namely, a lack of quality – is contributing to this trend.  Larry Levy, the Executive Dean at the National Center for suburban studies at Hofstra & former Chief Political Columnist for Newsday shares his thoughts on the link between a thriving press and democracy.

Leaders met for 3 and a half hours on Sunday without an agreement on some key issues, but they’re close according to some news reports.  Yancey Roy Newsday’s Albany Bureau Chief will update us on budget negotiations.

The Buffalo News reported last week, “Benjamin M. Wassell, 32, of Silver Creek, was accused of twice selling weapons now prohibited under the New York Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act, according to State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.”  We hear reaction from Tom King of the NY Rifle & Pistol Association, as well as an update on the lawsuit filed against the state.

The Business Council is lobbying hard against an extension of a utility tax in the state budget.  BCNY Vice President of Government Affairs Ken Pokalski joins us.

The Capitol Pressroom with Susan Arbetter

The budgetary 8 ball says “All Signs Point to Yes”.  The Governor and legislative leaders are “negotiating the negotiations”.   We will have the latest.

Governor Cuomo is facing new pressures as he enters into the second half of his first term.  UAlbany adjunct professor of political science and former advisor to the 2nd floor Bruce Gyory weighs in.

Syracuse area Democrat Assemblyman Al Stirpe was again elected in November after a 2 year hiatus thanks to losing the same seat to a Republican in 2010.  He’s passionate and he shows it, yes he does.

John Coppola, executive director of the New York Association of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Providers argues for more funding for services to fight addiction.

The Capitol Pressroom with Susan Arbetter
Wed, 03/13/2013 - 11:00am

First- Senator Joe Griffo who updates us on budget negotiations; plus, we discuss a bill he’s sponsoring that will limit mandates.

Tim Kremer, Executive Director of the New York State School Boards Association, says his membership is between a rock (less state aid) and a hard place (sky-rocketing costs) and mandate relief couldn’t come soon enough.

Advocates for people with development disabilities are fighting to restore aid to the budget that had to be cut when the federal government determined the state was overcharging for care.

Senator Cecelia Tkaczyk joins us to talk about OPWDD funding restoration as well as the Community Mental Health Reinvestment Act. She and her colleagues are hoping the Senate leadership will provide $5 million in funding.

Ben Golden of the NY State Chapter of the ARC and Rhonda Frederick, Chair of the Developmental Disabilities Alliance WNY continue the conversation about aid restorations for OPWDD.

Advocates for a hike in the minimum wage are amping up their push to see the hike now rather than later.

And Karen Moreau Executive Director of the New York State Petroleum Council responds to the Governor’s criticism of a strategy employed by pro-fracking organizations.

Alternative Radio
Thu, 02/21/2013 - 1:00pm
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What many rulers fear is real democracy.

This is Chomsky speaking a few weeks ago before a huge crowd in Istanbul, Turkey.

Noam Chomsky, the legendary MIT professor, has been a leading voice for peace and social justice for more than 40 years. Edward Said called him: "one of the most significant challengers of unjust power and delusions; he goes against every assumption about American altruism and humanitarianism." "The New Statesman" describes him as, "The conscience of the American people." He is the author of scores of books, including  "Hopes & Prospects, Occupy, How The World Works, and Power Systems with David Barsamian.


Schedule for upcoming Alternative Radio programs- broadcast Wednesdays at 1pm and 7pm on WSKG, and at 1pm on WSQX:

Feb 20/21 Noam Chomsky - The Threat of Democracy (lecture)

Feb 27/28 Jane Rhodes - Framing the Black Panthers (lecture)

Mar 6/7 Chris Hedges - Corporate Coup d'Etat

Mar 13/14 Howard Zinn - Against War

Mar 20/21 Christopher de Bellaigue - Iran

Mar 27/28 Pankaj Mishra - India & Kashmir: Breaking the Silence

Fri, 01/18/2013 - 11:00am

Today on the Capitol Press room:

Winners & Losers…Reporters Gormley and Stashenko…Dean Penelope Andrews of Albany Law.

After weighing, mulling, and chewing on several options for this week’s Winners & Losers, City & State Managing Editor Jon Lentz joins us with his picks. 

A week into the session and the Governor has already passed a sweeping gun control package and nominated a Court of Appeals judge.   AP Capitol Editor Michael Gormley & the NY Law Journal’s Joel Stashenko join us with our weekly reporter roundtable.

Environmental group the Clean Air Coalition won a round in court in western NY against Tonawonda Coke.  Erin Heaney will have details.

The new Dean of the Albany Law School, Penelope Andrews drops by to discuss the challenges for legal education, her new job and her book From Capetown to Kabul


Listen to archives of previous shows here

From Deutsche Welle
Tue, 12/04/2012 - 1:00pm
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"The State We're In" is no longer available for broadcast. In hopes of continuing world news is the weekly program WorldLink.

WordLink is Deutsche Welle's weekly news magazine providing the personal stories from behind the headlines. 

As climate change talks continue in Doha, we take an audio journey along an oil pipleline from the Caspian sea to Germany Life in the protective shadow of Iron Dome, Israel's state of the art rocket defence shield And Catalonian nationalism: Existential crisis or economic opportunism? We'll be finding out. All these stories and more, coming up on WorldLInk. View the website here.

WSKG Local Election Coverage
Thu, 10/25/2012 - 7:00pm
Chris Waits

On October 25th, the League of Women Voters will host the Broome County Executive Debate between Debbie Preston and Tarik Abdelazim at Broome Community College.

WSKG will air the debate on WSQX at 91.5FM in Binghamton and at 90.7 in Corning (livestream). We will also livetweet the event via the WSKG Election Coverage 2012 hub; use #WSKGelection to follow and chat with us.

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Sat, 08/25/2012 - 9:00am

While maintaining the civility and fairness that are the hallmarks of public radio, On The Media tackles sticky issues with a frankness and transparency that has built trust with listeners.

It has won Edward R. Murrow Awards for feature reporting and investigative reporting, the National Press Club's Arthur Rowse Award for Press Criticism and a Peabody Award for its body of work.

This week:
A year after the Libyan uprising against Gadhafi, a Libyan-American who helped coordinate information during the uprising goes to Tripoli to meet the people behind the revolution. Plus, a look at Al-Jazeera's coverage of the Syrian uprising, which one critic says is undermining the outlet’s credibility.

On WSKG Monday 8/27 at 1pm

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