Monthly Archives: July, 2016


July 29, 2016: Ashley Hupfl, Keshia Clukey, Jeanne Zaino, Ph.D., Jonathan Gradess, Susan Zimet

Published - July 29, 2016

Ashley Hupfl of City & State had this week’s Winners and Losers. Keshia Clukey, an education reporter with Politico New York, discussed Secretary of Education John King’s indication that there will be penalties for school districts with high opt-out rates. Jeanne Zaino, Ph.D., a professor of political science at Iona College, analyzed the Democratic National Convention and Hillary Clinton’s acceptance speech. Susan Zimet, the executive director of the Hunger Action Network of NYS, explained the income limit increase for those who can access food stamps and this weekend’s Empty Bowl fundraiser. It may soon be easier for low-income earners to

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The Anatomy Of Wine Tasting

Published - July 28, 2016

Your server pours a small amount of wine in your glass, you swish it around, taste it, and have an immediate sensory experience. The complexities involved in this seemingly simple process are really interesting, so let me use this column to explain. Let’s start with a crucial physiological fact: Each of us has 10,000,000 olfactory receptors for the sense of smell, but only about one hundredth as many taste buds. Much of what we “taste” is based on aromas we detect. When tasting wine, sniff the wine and take a small amount into your mouth and swirl it around. The

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July 28, 2016: Larry Levy, Mayor Tertinek, Jim Heaney, Wayne Winegarden

Published - July 28, 2016

We heard the latest from Philadelphia. Larry Levy, Hofstra University’s Executive Dean at the National Center for Suburban Studies at Hofstra, joined Susan. Mayor Christian Tertinek of Sodus Point, NY provided a critique of Plan 2014, a set of guidelines that would address governmental oversight of the water levels of Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River. Jim Heaney, founder, editor and executive director of Investigative Post, explained risky investments and low payoffs in the Buffalo Billion. Could an abundance of state regulations of the domestic natural gas and oil industry inhibit economic growth? A new study from the Pacific

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This Week on Insight, July 29

Published - July 28, 2016

On the next Insight: An abandoned lot on Syracuse’s south side is the surprising location where a Tiny Home for Good has been built. It gives the homeless in Syracuse a much needed, economical and efficient place to stay. The initiative that was started by 2012 Lemoyne college graduate Andrew Lunetta has just finished the organization’s first two person home. We sit down with Andrew to learn the passion behind his work, and how it will help solve homelessness in the Syracuse area. Watch Friday at 9 p.m. on World

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July 27, 2016: Asm. Brindisi, Asm. Gottfried, Bill Hammond, Bruce Gyory

Published - July 27, 2016

Susan speaks with Utica Asm. Anthony Brindisi, who joined her from Philadelphia. Asm. Richard Gottfried (D – Manhattan), the Chair of the Assembly Health Committee, discussed his plan for a single payer health plan in New York and the possibility of a public option in the Democratic National platform. The Empire Center released a report saying that the Asm. Gottfried’s healthcare plan will cost taxpayers billions and open the door for additional corruption in Albany. We spoke with report author Bill Hammond. Bruce Gyory of Manatt, Phelps and Phillips weighed in on the second night of the DNC in Philadelphia.

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This Week on Cycle of Health, July 28

Published - July 27, 2016

Next on Cycle of Health: Family, friends & financial aid help one single mom fight breast cancer – Now, she pays it forward to others in need. Modern technology highlights the hot spots for endometrial cancer. Meet a cake-baking woman who’s sweet on her health after surgery. Step by step – a former couch potato runs his way to better health, better eating & a better life – tips we all can use, one bite at a time. Watch Cycle of Health on Thursday at 8 p.m. on World

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July 21, 2016: Rising Stars Alumni

Published - July 26, 2016

Every year, the Cazenovia Counterpoint Festival of Music and Arts presents two “Rising Stars” afternoon concerts, showcasing up and coming musicians from Central New York.  This year, three former Rising Stars returned to Cazenovia for an evening concert.  Two of those alumni, tenor Dominick Corbacio and violinist Shelby Dems, stopped by the Classic FM studios to talk about their music and the excitement of revisiting some of their original Rising Stars music, now with a more secure and mature perspective. (Diane notes: “I must apologize!  I was having so much fun catching up with Dominick and Shelby that I started the

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July 26, 2016: Leader Stewart-Cousins, Yancey Roy, Conor Bambrick, Peter Bauer

Published - July 26, 2016

Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins joined Susan from the DNC in Philadelphia. Yancey Roy, the Albany Bureau Chief for Newsday, recapped last night’s DNC speeches. We discussed LIPA’s delayed vote on the proposed off-shore wind farm with Conor Bambrick, the Air and Energy Program Director at the Environmental Advocates of New York. A New York Appellate Court has approved a temporary restraining order against cutting trees in New York’s forest preserve. Peter Bauer, the executive director of Protect the Adirondacks, explained the order.

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This Week on SciTech Now, July 28

Published - July 26, 2016

On the next edition of SciTech Now: The cloud of bacteria that surrounds each of us. The truth about the great pacific garbage patch. Teachers pushing video games in the classroom and immersing students in STEM. Watch SciTech Now on Thursday at 8:30 p.m. on World

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July 25, 2016: County Executive Rob Astorino, Jeanne Zaino, Ph.D., Ed Gorman, Tom Cavanagh and Michael Carey

Published - July 25, 2016

Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino weighed in on the Republican National Convention, New York’s economy and his thoughts on running for governor again in 2018.   Jeanne Zaino, Ph.D., a Professor of Political Science at Iona College, previewed the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.   Attorney Ed Gorman, a partner at Sternberg & Gorman, explained what the new statute of limitations law will mean for residents of Hoosick Falls and Petersburgh.   Today Tom Cavanagh will be starting a civil rights walk for the disabled from the Justice Center Abuse Hotline in Delmar to Washington D.C.  Tom and Michael Carey,

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July 14, 2016: The Cast of Cabaret

Published - July 22, 2016

Willkommen, bienvenue, welcome!  It’s the 50th Anniversary of Kander & Ebb’s “Cabaret,” and host Diane Jones welcomed cast members from the Syracuse Summer Theatre at the Oncenter production to the WCNY studios to sing and chat about this inaugural production.  Garrett Heater (artistic director, production director, and “Emcee”), CJ Roche (“Cliff”), and Kit Kat Klub dancers Cassie Angerosa, Chelsea Colton, and Lauren Puente, sang for us, accompanied by music director Bridget Moriarty.  (More information for this production available on Facebook)

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July 1, 2016: Aaron Wunsch & Julia Bruskin with SkanFest

Published - July 22, 2016

Co-artistic directors Julia Bruskin and Aaron Wunsch joined host Diane Jones in the WCNY Studios to chat about the upcoming Skaneateles Festival, and to play some wonderful live music as well!  More information about the Skaneateles Festival can be found here.

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June 21, 2016: Dr. Mark Bowick and Dr. Andrew Waggoner

Published - July 22, 2016

What happens when Art and Science intersect? Find out, as Dr. Mark Bowick, Director of the Soft Matter Program at Syracuse University, and Dr. Andrew Waggoner, Chairman of the Composition Department at the SU Setnor School of Music, collaborate. “Hexacorda Mollia” received its premiere during a 4-day international conference on Soft Matter, hosted by Syracuse University.

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June 17, 2016: Linda Chesis

Published - July 22, 2016

Linda Chesis, flutist and founder of the Cooperstown Chamber Music Festival, visited by phone to talk about her weekend concert, and give listeners a hint of the summer festival that is just around the corner.

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