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Nov. 21st 2014: Ashley Hupfl, Casey Seiler, Howie Hawkins, Joseph Morelle, Michael Saltsman

City & State’s Ashley Hupfl shares this week’s Winners and Losers.

Casey Seiler of the Times Union explains the evolving relationship between the Board of Elections and its Chief Enforcement Counsel Risa Sugarman.

Howie Hawkins looks at the future of the Green Party in New York.

Assembly Majority Leader Joseph Morelle (D – Rochester) weighs in on the storm response in Buffalo, President Obama’s immigration speech, and the possible special session.

Michael Saltsman, the Employment Policy Institute Executive Director, explains a report that shows raising New York’s tipped minimum wage could cost thousands of jobs.

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Nov. 20, 2014: AG Schneiderman, Sally Santangelo, Sen. Stewart-Cousins, James Tallon

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman speaks with Susan Arbetter about a major takedown of a Brooklyn-based gun trafficking ring, as well as his second term priorities.

Syracuse is one of the nation’s most segregated cities. CNY Fair Housing’s Executive Director Sally Santangelo explains a new report “Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing” that explores the city’s “hyper-segregation.”

Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins discusses the elections and what she hopes to see in the coming session.

Board of Regents member James Tallon looks at eliminating the G. E. A. and the controversy over field testing the Common Core.

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Schedule Change Tonight – Presidential Address

PBS will provide NewsHour coverage of the President’s Address on immigration live at 8 p.m. tonight. This will be carried on WCNY which will result in the regular schedule being pushed back a half-hour as follows:

8 p.m.    Presidential Address on Immigration
8:30 p.m. Cycle of Health
9 p.m.       Financial Fitness
9:30 p.m.  This Old House
10 p.m.     Ask This Old House
10:30 p.m. Father Brown
11:30 p.m. Charlie Rose
12:30 a.m. Tavis Smiley (midnight show)

The speech, which may be potentially 15-20 minutes in duration, is said to be about the president’s plans to overhaul immigration. Following the speech, PBS NEWSHOUR will provide analysis until the half-hour.

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Nov. 19, 2014: Richard Ravitch, Ryan Karben, Michael Rebell, Bruce Gyory

Former Lt. Gov. Richard Ravitch updates us on the Detroit bankruptcy. Ravitch will discuss the Motor City at a Rockefeller Institute event today.

Former Assemblyman Ryan Karben weighs in on fiscal monitor Hank Greenberg’s report on the East Ramapo School District.

Michael Rebell, the attorney who led the CFE case, and a professor at Columbia University’s Teachers College, discusses the New York County NYS Supreme Court’s decision to proceed with New Yorkers for Students’ Educational Rights (“NYSER”) litigation, despite the State’s appeal to dismiss it.

Manatt’s Bruce Gyory explains the power of telling thematic stories in campaigns.

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Featured News

Return to the Wild: The Chris McCandless Story airs Nov. 25 at 9 p.m. on WCNY

Twenty years ago, a young American hiker named Chris McCandless, the accomplished son of successful middle class parents, was found dead in an abandoned bus in the Alaskan wilderness and became the subject of the best-selling book and movie “Into the Wild.”

Now, PBS retraces Chris McCandless’ steps to try to piece together why he severed all ties with his past, burnt or gave away all his money, changed his name and headed into the Denali Wilderness. McCandless’ own letters, released for the first time, as well as new and surprising interviews, probe the mystery that still lies at the heart of a story that has become part of the American literary canon and compels so many to this day

Airs Tuesday, Nov. 25 at 9 p.m. on WCNY.



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Nov. 18, 2014: ATV laws, Sen. Griffo, Cayuga power-plant

A hot ticket item this coming session will be whether to change the weight limit to allow bigger All-terrain Vehicles on New York’s parks and trails. We’ll hear both sides of the argument:

  • First, J. R. Burke, State & Provincial Government Relations Manager for Polaris Industries, shares the benefits of increasing the weight limits.
  • Then, Bill Cooke, Director of Government Relations for Citizens Campaign for the Environment, explains the downsides to changing NY’s ATV laws.

Senator Joseph Griffo weighs in on the upcoming session, the GOP/IDC relationship, and the possible legislative pay raise.

Carol Chock of the Tompkins County Legislature and Linda Lavine of the Dryden Town Board explain the re-powering of the coal-burning Cayuga power-plant.

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Thinking Money airs Nov. 23 at 7 p.m. on WCNY

Learn about the psychology of financial decision making with a new program called Thinking Money.

The program leads viewers on an exploration of how and why people spend, save (or don’t), and think about money. The United States is heading into a retirement crisis, led by debt-ridden Baby Boomers whose diminishing savings will not match their increasing longevity. To help Americans address this challenge, host David Coyne — a Washington, D.C.-based actor and comedian — travels the country and meets original thinkers mixing economics with psychology. Their enlightening and often amusing experiments into financial behavior illuminate how both the human brain and the marketplace can trick people into spending money.

Airs Nov. 23 at 7 p.m. on WCNY.

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Nov. 17, 2014: Katherine Markert, Allison Steinberg, Barbara Smith

Governor Cuomo signed the Craft New York Act last week. Katherine Markert, an attorney at Harter Secrest & Emery and legal expert on the alcohol beverage industry, will explain the changes.

Allison Steinberg, the Director of Communications at Empire State Pride Agenda, discusses the state of LGBT equality in seven New York Cities. The Human Rights Campaign released a municipal equality index where the cities were rated.

Scholar-activist Barbara Smith is set to launch a new book, Ain’t Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Around: Forty Years of Movement Building with Barbara Smith.

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Jay Leno: The Mark Twain Prize for Comedy airs Nov. 23 at 8 p.m. on WCNY

The 17th Annual Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize, sponsored by Capital One®, focuses on the achievements of American comedic artists. The proceeds from the evening’s event are used to support the Kennedy Center’s programs, performances, and outreach. As the recipient of the 2014 Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, Mr. Leno will receive a copy of an 1884 bronze portrait bust of Mark Twain sculpted by Karl Gerhardt (1853-1940). The bust and images of it are courtesy of the Mark Twain House and Museum in Hartford, Conn.

Airs Nov. 23 at 8 p.m. on WCNY.


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Nov. 14th, 2014: Ashley Hupfl, Ken Lovett, Michael Gormley, John Kane, Robert Pollin

Ashley Hupfl of City & State shares this weeks Winners and Losers

Ken Lovett, Albany Bureau Chief for the NY Daily News, and Michael Gormley of Newsday join Susan for a reporter roundtable.

John Kane, “Let’s Talk Native” host, discusses Native American Heritage Month.

Prof. Robert Pollin, Department of Economics and Political Economy Research Institute at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, looks at green jobs and climate change.

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