Monthly Archives: October, 2016


November 6, 2016: All Of Us Together

Published - October 31, 2016

  “I will never accept defeat.  I will continue to play music. I do not feel safe, but when people see me and say, ‘That is Negin Khpalwak’, that gives me energy.”  – Negin Khpalwak     Zenaida Romeu founded Camerata Romeu 23 years ago, with the desire to show the parity between men and women in her native Cuba.  She believes that women and men approach music differently.  With women, she says, “it’s more angelic, more comfortable.”  The ensemble hasn’t visited the United States in more than 15 years, but their hope is to return again soon. Halfway across

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Board Meeting Set for 11/22

Published - October 31, 2016

In accordance with open meetings law, WCNY provides reasonable notice to the public of its board meetings. The next WCNY Board Meeting will take place on Tuesday, November 22th , 2016 at 8 a.m. at the WCNY Broadcast and Education Center located at 415 W. Fayette St., Syracuse, N.Y. Interested parties wishing to attend should contact the Public Broadcasting Council of Central New York before 4 p.m. Monday, November 21, by calling (315) 453-2424. A December meeting will not be held due to the holidays.

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Oct. 31, 2016: ACA rate hikes, Asm. Kevin Cahill, Jessica Ottney Mahar, Robert Lowry

Published - October 31, 2016

We analyzed why Affordable Care Act rates are going up with Debra Sabatini Dwyer, PhD, an economics professor in the Department of Health Care Policy and Management at Stony Brook University. Asm. Kevin Cahill (D – Kingston) explained the continued efforts to bring ride-sharing to Upstate New York. Jessica Ottney Mahar, Director of Policy for the Nature Conservancy, discussed the approaching deadline before draft sea level rise projections expire. Superintendents say “something has to give” with school fiances. Robert Lowry, the Deputy Director for Advocacy Research and Communications with the New York State Council of School Superintendents, analyzed a new NYSCOSS school finance

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WCNY Public Media announces hiring of new Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Chris Geiger

Published - October 28, 2016

Chris Geiger will join WCNY Public Media in a newly created role of Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer on November 1, 2016. In this position, Geiger will work with President and CEO Robert Daino on a broad-based expansion of the company, developing new revenue-generating enterprises, expanding program production to the national level, and working toward creating a new, more entrepreneurial model for non-profit public broadcasting. Geiger was formerly the President and CEO of CNY Central WSTM TV. He returns to Syracuse after working as an Executive Consultant to Videa, a division of Cox Media Group in Atlanta GA,

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Oct. 28, 2016: Best-of Episode on Hoosick Falls, open government and Medicaid reforms

Published - October 28, 2016

Today we return to the very end of August when the State Senate held its hearing on the Hoosick Falls water crisis. The day after the hearings we spoke with the chair of the Senate Health Committee Kemp Hannon, as well as with the Region 2 EPA Administrator Judith Enck about why residents of Hoosick Falls weren’t told their drinking water was contaminated until months after the government knew. Many of the concerns that Robert Freeman, executive director of the Committee on Open Government, shared with us back in August have since become even bigger headaches for the Cuomo administration.

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Oct. 27, 2016: Sen. John DeFrancisco, Jim Heaney, Hemp production in NY

Published - October 27, 2016

Sen. John DeFrancisco (R – Syracuse) joined Susan for a conversation on reforming economic development and the battle for control of the State Senate. We had the latest on Buffalo’s lead testing plans with Jim Heaney, founder, editor and executive director of Investigative Post. Dan Telvock of Investigative Post has garnered several journalism awards for his ongoing reporting on the lead issue. And we explored the future of hemp production in New York with Asw. Donna Lupardo (D – Binghamton) and Daniel Dolgin, a partner at JD Farms.

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October 26, 2016: David John Pike, bass-baritone

Published - October 26, 2016

Bass-baritone David John Pike divides his time between Canada and Luxembourg.  This week, he will be back in Kingston, ON, for a concert of both pop and classical music, called “Your Songs.”  Take a listen as he tells mid-day host Diane Jones just how that program came o be, and the differences in how he approaches these works.  

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Oct. 26: 2016: Sen. Liz Krueger, Rich Honen, League of Women Voters, John Kaehny

Published - October 26, 2016

More on the short-term rental statute from Sen. Liz Krueger (D – Manhattan), who championed the legislation this past session. Then we spoke with Rich Honen, a partner at Phillips Lytle LLP who focuses his practice in corporate, finance and venture capital law and complex commercial litigation, about whether New York regulation, like the new Airbnb law, is hampering consumer-driven tech business across the state. The League of Women Voters has launched the 2016 Vote 411 electronic voter guide. We heard from the League’s Director of Program and Policy Jennifer Wilson and Legislative Director Barbara Bartoletti about the guide and

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SELECTING WINE FOR THE HOLIDAYS

Published - October 26, 2016

SELECTING WINE FOR THE HOLIDAYS BY HENRY STARK   Many of us wrestle with a conundrum at holiday time: if I’m the host, what wine should I serve with dinner, and if I’m a guest, what wine should I bring the host? Here are some suggestions to help you resolve these questions. Let’s start with the easiest. If it’s a special occasion, like celebrating the arrival of the New Year, a sparkling wine is always appropriate. French Champagne is certainly the most authentic and traditional, but not necessarily the cheapest. (To legally label a wine as “Champagne” it must come

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Oct. 25, 2016: Nicole Gelinas, PEF President Wayne Spence, EJ McMahon, Jermaine Bagnall-Graham

Published - October 25, 2016

Nicole Gelinas, a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute, contributing editor to City Journal and columnist at the NY Post, explained the new short-term rental statute Governor Cuomo signed in to law last week, as well as the lawsuit AirBnB filed in response. We discussed the new PEF contract with union President Wayne Spence. EJ McMahon, founder and research director of the Empire Center, offered his critique of the contract – or at least what we know of it. And we met Jermaine Bagnall-Graham, a Democratic candidate for State Senate running a tough race against long-time Republican incumbent Sen. James

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This Week on SciTech Now 11/03/16

Published - October 24, 2016

On the next edition of SciTech Now: We visit a central NY family farm that is using 21ST century technology to modernize a century old business. The HOURIGAN DAIRY FARM in ELBRIDGE uses tracking devices to see how their cows are feeling. Watch SciTech Now on Thursday at 8:30 p.m. on WCNY

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This Week on Cycle of Health, November 03

Published - October 24, 2016

Next on Cycle of Health: Armed with high-tech prosthetic limbs, meet a man taking hold of life’s simple pleasures – hunting, hard work, kindness and love. See why icing your injury may not be the solution – we’ll explain. Try the ancient art of Tai Chi. And, step in to one young woman’s shoes – as she manages her back pain with stretches, not surgery. Watch Cycle of Health on Thursday at 8 p.m. on WCNY

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Oct 21, 2016: Special Presentation of Connect: NY – Imagination to Reality

Published - October 24, 2016

This special presentation of Connect: NY – From Imagination to Reality, unpacks the merits and flaws of a Constitutional Convention. The program features Bruce Roter, the founder of the Museum of Political Corruption, as well as a panel, including Christopher Bopst, Chief Legal and Financial Officer at Sam-Son Logistics Inc Barbara Bartoletti, Legislative Director, League of Women Voters, NYS Henrik N. Dullea, Ph.D.,Vice President, University Relations Emeritus, Cornell Robert Bullock, Deputy Director for Operations, Rockefeller Institute of Government Dr. Peter Galie, Professor Emeritus, Canisius College

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Oct. 24, 2016: County Executive Mahoney, Zephyr Teachout, BraVa!

Published - October 24, 2016

Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney weighed in on economic development conflicts between the city and the county, pay raises and the presidential election. We spoke with Zephyr Teachout, a Fordham Law professor and Democratic candidate in the 19th Congressional District, about the future of agriculture and small business in the district. On Friday Nov. 4, the 2nd Annual BraVa! fundraiser will take place at the Arts Center of the Capital Region in Troy, NY. We hosted event organizers Marion Roach Smith, an author and teacher of memoir writing, and Malissa Pilette-McClenon, the Director of Development and Marketing at the YWCA

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October 30, 2016: Patchwork Quilt I

Published - October 24, 2016

  “Much like a patchwork quilt, inspiration that stirs and motivates me is made of many things.”  – Robert Reynolds   The quilter’s stash is never-ending.  Snips and pieces leftover from other projects, swatches they bought or traded because they simply had to have it.  Often these bits and scraps make their way into a patchwork quilt. On this episode of Feminine Fusion, you’ll hear a patchwork quilt of music. These are some works that didn’t quite fit into recent programs, but are worthy of sharing all the same.  Host Diane Jones is your guide.     “Patchwork Quilt I” Emma Lou Diemer: Peace Georgia Women’s

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