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For almost four decades, New York State Public Radio’s Karen DeWitt has brought the latest news from the Capitol in Albany to the airwaves. She’s been there for six governors, countless legislative power shifts (including two coups), and all the political maneuvers and scandals that unfolded along the way. She’s on the brink of retirement, and join…
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For more than three decades, Colin Mochrie has been out of his comfort zone, and he has loved every minute of it. The “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” star says that’s the key to being good at improv comedy. Mochrie and fellow “Whose Line” alum Brad Sherwood are traveling the continent with their unscripted stage show “Asking for Trouble,” and they’ll be…
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A time-traveling DeLorean takes center stage in "Back to the Future: The Musical," coming to Proctors in Schenectady in June. But screenwriter Bob Gale is the wind beneath its wings. His iconic franchise, co-written with filmmaker Robert Zemeckis, continues to delight audiences almost 40 years after the first movie premiered. Gale joins us on this …
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Since the 1960s, Interstate 787 has separated the city of Albany from its Hudson River waterfront. What if the massive elevated highway, with all its noodley ramps, moved underground? Or what if it became a ground-level parkway with traffic lights and crosswalks? Those are two of the proposals the New York State Department of Transportation is floa…
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Sprinkling sodium chloride on roads and highways during winter months has long been an effective way to avoid hazardous driving conditions. But ongoing research out of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is showing that while road salts are essential for human safety, excessive use of them is profoundly affecting freshwater flora and fauna living near…
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This year’s New York state budget is done and dusted. Capital reporter Dan Clark gives us the highlights of the $237 billion behemoth, which includes tools to crack down on illegal cannabis and new plans to spur housing development. Also in this episode, we’ll talk with playwright Matthew Spangler, who wrote a stage adaptation of Khaled Hosseini’s …
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There are few things that unite generations of people raised in the Capital Region more than Secrets, the iconic all-ages nightclub at Guptill’s Rollerskating Arena. The memorable radio spots advertising the wa-wa-water cannons and lack of dress code live rent-free in the minds of those who came of age in the last four decades of its existence. Sec…
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Bruce Springsteen and the E Street band are playing the MVP Arena next week, after more than a year of postponements and delays. The resident Times Union Springsteen superfans, editor-in-chief Casey Seiler and city desk editor Mike Goodwin, sat down to talk about why tickets were so expensive, why it was delayed, and what they are looking forward t…
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When Caitlin Clark was taking a shot against LSU at the end of Iowa’s Elite Eight game in Albany, Rebecca Lobo was taking a shot at Albany. During the ESPN broadcast, the former WNBA and UConn star joked that there was nothing to do in New York’s Capital City. The hometown crowd was not thrilled with her remarks and took to social media en masse to…
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Parts of New York state are smack in the path of totality of the coming eclipse on April 8, and anyone who views it is in for a once-in-a-lifetime experience, according to Siena College Dudley Astronomer Mindy Townsend. On this episode of "The Eagle," Townsend goes over what we can expect to see during the eclipse (Hint: it will get dark!) and how …
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New York's capital is set to play host to Sweet 16 and Elite Eight games in the women's NCAA championship tournament at the end of March. It's highly likely that will bring Iowa Hawkeyes superstar and Division I point record holder Caitlin Clark to town. Tickets for the games she's slated to play are already in high demand, with an expected 14,000 …
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The Hudson River is only about a quarter of a mile wide between Albany and Rensselaer counties, yet some people who live west of the river banks look at the area to the east as another country, rather than just a different county. On this episode of “The Eagle,” Kristi Gustafson Barlette talks about the strange stigma about Rensselaer County, and w…
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The Academy Awards are coming up this weekend and we turn to our resident movie expert, features writer C.J. Lais, for his top picks to take home the Oscars. Also on this episode, we'll take a deep dive into our latest investigative project. Reporter Emilie Munson talks about why serious police crashes in New York state have sharply increased in re…
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Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter David Nail has had chart-topping hits, played the Grand Ole Opry, and made a name for himself on Music Row. Yet he says he does not consider himself a typical country music star. He’s also been very open about his struggles with depression in recent years. Nail joins us on this episode of “The Eagle” to talk about…
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Pinky and The Brain hatched their first plot to take over the world in 1993 on an episode of the hit animated series “Animaniacs.” In 30 years, cartoon mice have yet to achieve global domination, but they did take over “The Eagle” this week. Emmy-winning voiceover artists Rob Paulsen and Maurice LaMarche join us on this episode to talk about their …
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A large snowstorm that hit the northeastern United States this week was forecast to pummel upstate New York. While parts of the Hudson Valley were affected, the Capital Region was completely spared. On this episode, we asked National Weather Service meteorologist Brian Frugis why the forecast changed so drastically and whether the groundhog’s predi…
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When 35-year-old Ben Fruchter went looking for his birth family a few months ago, he discovered a startling truth about his origins: He’d been snatched from his parents in Chile as an infant in a forced adoption under the brutal regime of dictator Gen. Augusto Pinochet. On this episode of “The Eagle,” we’ll learn more about Fruchter’s story, and hi…
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With the terminal fate of Albany’s crumbling Central Warehouse sealed, officials in Albany have begun the complicated process of figuring out how to raze it. A hefty price tag, combined with complex structural logistics and asbestos mitigation, make it an arduous task that could take years. On this episode of “The Eagle,” reporter Steve Hughes goes…
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When Delphine Sosu accepted an offer to play DII soccer for the College of Saint Rose, it was a dream come true. But when traveled to Albany from Africa to join the team, the life she was hoping for turned quickly into a nightmare. Arriving days before the school announced it was closing, she was facing an impossible situation, with her future very…
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On Jan. 14, 1950, West Point cadet Richard Cox walked off campus and disappeared. More than seven decades later, that vanishing has become one of the Hudson Valley’s biggest mysteries. Author David Levine joins us on this episode of “The Eagle” to discuss the case. Also on this episode, a new chapter in the story we’ve told about Jaliek Rainwalker,…
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New York Gov. Kathy Hochul delivered her third State of the State address this week, where she made promises to address a range of issues including mental health, housing and infrastructure. Yet reactions to the speech from lawmakers and observers focused heavily on what was omitted. Months after declaring a state of emergency over the influx of mi…
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The family of the 9-year-old girl who was abducted in Saratoga County in October hasn’t spoken publicly since she was found alive and her alleged abductor was arrested and charged. But now, they’re hoping what they’ve learned about the investigation can help other victims. Jené Sena, the girl’s aunt, joins us on this episode of “The Eagle.” Also on…
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In 1993, an activist group calling themselves the Barbie Liberation Organization swapped out the voice boxes of talking Barbie and G.I. Joe toys and snuck them into stores for unsuspecting customers. Their aim was to publicly challenge the social norms they believed the toys represented. Thirty years later they are at it again. Spurred by the succe…
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There has been no shortage of controversy around Lululemon in the last decade. When employees of the Lululemon store in Crossgates Mall told Kristi Gustafson Barlette she couldn't bring her young children into the dressing room with her, she wanted to know whether this was company policy. On this episode of "The Eagle," Kristi joins us to talk abou…
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Singer-songwriter Judy Collins has been performing and making music for nearly seven decades. The 84-year-old Grammy winner with 55 albums under her belt is coming to Saratoga Springs to perform this month, and she joins us on this episode of "The Eagle" to talk about the show, her career, and the key to longevity. Also on this episode, education r…
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Capital Region-based grocery chain Price Chopper/Market 32 picked up the locations of the five Shoprite stores that closed just before Thanksgiving. On this episode of "The Eagle," we'll talk about the question of what will become of those facilities, and explore the dynamics of the regional grocery store landscape. Also on this episode, we'll get …
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According to a recent study by Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, a quarter of the country’s newspapers have shuttered since 2005. And in less than two years, they are predicting that total will creep up to a third. They’re calling it a “crisis for our democracy,” where news deserts are growing and leaving communities with limit…
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When electric violinist Mia Asano and bagpiper Ally Duncan first met in person, they had an instant connection. Both classically trained musicians, they became fast best friends, bonding over a love Celtic music, niche instruments and Squishmallows. They went viral on TikTok as a musical duo within hours of meeting, and a little more than a year la…
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“Dancing with the Stars” alum-turned-judge and ballroom dance champion Derek Hough is back on stage with a live dance tour that’s coming to the Palace Theater in Albany on Nov. 10. He joins us on this episode of “The Eagle” to talk about learning new styles of dance, touring and dancing with his wife, and balancing it all with his DWTS schedule. Le…
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For the last decade and a half, the Black-led Collage Dance Collective has been redefining perceptions of traditional ballet, using the classical dance style to tell new stories from communities of color. Collage is headed to Proctors Theater in Schenectady next month, and Executive Director Marcellus Harper joins us on this episode of "The Eagle."…
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Can you play Pink Floyd's "Another Brick in the Wall (Part I)" using only your brain (and a little help from AI)? It may be muffled and distorted, but scientists recreated the 1979 song using the brain signals of 29 patients at Albany Medical Center. It's a feat, they say, that offers new insight into human brain activity. On this episode of "The E…
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A high-profile murder case in New York’s Capital Region concluded with the conviction of Jacob L. Klein, who was found guilty last week of killing physician assistant Philip Rabadi in 2022. We’ll go through the testimony and what’s now known about this grisly and tragic story. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices…
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All Paul Reiser ever wanted to do was standup comedy. Though his acting resume is longer than a CVS receipt — his latest projects include the hit series “Stranger Things,” “The Boys, and “The Kominsky Method” — he says there’s no greater thrill than grabbing a mic and joking about the routines of his daily life. He joins us on this episode of “The …
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When a rumor that the Grammy-winning superstar was buying a house in upstate New York took off on Facebook, we had to get to the bottom of it. Also on this episode, comedian and “The Daily Show” senior correspondent Michael Kosta answers a few rapid fire questions, and we’ll have the latest in the somewhat unusual murder trial of Jacob Klein in Alb…
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Boy band crooner and reality TV star Nick Lachey wants to bring back baggy jeans and Pop-Tarts, but he’s OK ditching the cargo shorts. He joined us on “The Eagle” this week to talk about bringing back '90s trends, rumors about a boy band Super Bowl halftime show, and more while in town to perform with 98 Degrees on the pop quartet’s 25th-anniversar…
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In the late 1950s and early 1960s, a group of transgender women found a safe space to explore their identities at a house in a remote part of the Catskills. On this episode of “The Eagle,” we’ll take a look back at Casa Susanna, and a new documentary that chronicles a forgotten piece of New York’s LGBTQ+ history. Also on this episode, we’ll discuss…
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The first time Cracker frontman David Lowery played Albany, it was the winter of 1986 and temperatures were below freezing. Since then, he has rocked New York's capital city during warmer weather, and will be returning once more July 12 to play the Empire State Plaza. On this episode of "The Eagle," Lowery joins us to talk about life, music and pla…
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The rumor that a 98-year-old time capsule was buried beneath the Albany statue of Philip Schuyler is true. City officials took down the statue last week, making good on a 3-year-old promise to do so following calls for the likeness of the former owner of enslaved people to be removed after the death of George Floyd. After Schuyler’s statue was haul…
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Marijuana and hemp are very similar plants. In fact, they are the same species. Telling them apart visually can be very difficult, especially for investigators at a crime scene. But if you take a closer look — a much closer look — at the molecular level, they are very different. One has a psychoactive component (THC) that keeps it federally illegal…
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Former limo company operator Nauman Hussain was given the maximum prison sentence this week for second-degree manslaughter in the deaths of 20 people who perished when a limousine crashed violently in Schoharie in 2018. For the families of the victims, this day was a long time coming, after almost five years of anguish. On this episode of "The Eagl…
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As one of the original 13 colonies, as well as the port of entry for millions of immigrants in the last 150 years, New York state has been an epicenter for genealogical research. But genealogists are now saying the state is making their jobs more difficult, with increased restrictions on what documents one can obtain for research purposes, and inte…
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It hasn't been the smoothest start to a season for the Albany Empire arena football team, who have dominated their league for two years running. Since former NFL star wide receiver Antonio Brown came to town and assumed leadership of the squad, the coach was fired (and rehired), players were suspended after an incident on the team bus, there have b…
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Ten years ago, a Schenectady man and three of his young children died in a horrific house fire in Hamilton Hill. A 5-year-old child named Sa'fyre Terry miraculously survived the blaze, albeit with severe, disfiguring burns. She would go on to make national headlines two years later, when her aunt's social media post asking for Christmas cards on be…
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Five years after a limousine with faulty brakes violently crashed in a small upstate county, killing 20 people, the owner of the limo company go to trial. Nauman Hussain faces up to 15 years in prison on 20 counts of manslaughter. On this episode of “The Eagle,” reporter Larry Rulison goes over what we can expect to see in court next week when jury…
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One of the biggest names in fashion, Isaac Mizrahi has dressed countless A-list celebs for the runway and red carpet. Now, it's his turn to step into the spotlight. The designer and entertainer is touring the country performing a cabaret-style show featuring song and stories. He will be in Saratoga Springs this week, and sat down to chat with us on…
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The ruins of the Kenwood Academy campus in Albany have left investigators few clues as to how the March 23 fire started. They say they believe it was the result of human action, but cannot say if it was accidental or intentional. Meanwhile, ownership of the property—and a $2 million insurance payout—remains unclear. On this episode of "The Eagle," …
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"Witness" and "Outta the Muck" have strong ties to the Capital Region, and both are part of the New York State Writer's Institute Albany Film Festival. One tackles the controversial 2006 convictions of Yassin Aref and Mohammed Hossein in a terrorism sting, and the other profiles a central Florida city where the land is fertile and football is a way…
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The 845 area code has long been a hallmark of Hudson Valley pride and identity. But as of this week, there's a new number in town: 329. And as Alexandra Zissu reported recently, many people have big feelings about the addition of a second area code for the region. On this episode of "The Eagle," we'll sort through those feelings, and why many peopl…
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It has been 20 years, but the Big Dance is back in New York’s Capital City. Games in the first two rounds of the men’s NCAA Division I basketball championships are set to play at the MVP Arena, a spectacle that will draw thousands to downtown Albany. On this episode of “The Eagle,” Times Union editor Casey Seller talks about the tournament and the …
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