Monthly Archives: November, 2016


Nov. 30, 2016: Sen. John DeFrancisco, Asw. Barbara Lifton, Rachel Barnhart, Bruce Gyory

Published - November 30, 2016

Sen. John DeFrancisco (R – Syracuse) explained why he is a staunch advocate of greater oversight for state economic development spending. Asw. Barbara Lifton (D – Ithaca) has written to Attorney General Loretta Lynch requesting an audit of the national election results. The Assemblywoman joined Susan to explain why accountability in elections is so vital. We met Rachel Barnhart, who left her television journalism job in Rochester to run in the Democratic Assembly primary against incumbent Harry Bronson. What followed was a cold lesson in bare-knuckle, small ball politics, and raw sexism; much of which Barnhart details in her new

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Susan Arbetter at SUNYCON

Published - November 29, 2016

The annual SUNYCON symposium, this year titled “Degrees of Influence: The Forces Shaping the Future of Higher Education” convened October 27 and 28 at the Times Center in New York City. The 2-day summit featured a cadre of higher education experts and national figures including NPR’s Terry Gross; Muriel Howard, President, American Association of State Colleges and Universities; William “Brit” Kirwan, Chancellor Emeritus, University System of Maryland; Ben Casselman for FiveThirtyEight; and Rehema Ellis, Chief Education Correspondent, NBC News. The conference focused on a few key questions:  Can higher education learn from its critics to better adapt itself to a

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Nov. 29, 2016: ESSA accountability rules, Tim Kremer, Standing Rock Sioux

Published - November 29, 2016

We analyzed the final Every Student Succeeds Act Accountability Rules. Our guests include: Karen Magee, President of NYSUT Bob Lowry, Deputy Director for Advocacy, Research and Communications; New York State Council of School Superintendents Bianca Tanis, NYS Allies for Public Education; Special education teacher, Ulster County parent of two children Susan Ochshorn, founder of ECE PolicyWorks We spoke with Tim Kremer, executive director of the New York State School Boards Association, about the effectiveness of community schools that provide an array of services on school grounds. Onondaga Attorney Joe Heath shared more on the history of Standing Rock Sioux treaties

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November 28, 2016: Syracuse City Ballet – The Nutcracker

Published - November 28, 2016

    Kathleen Rathbun, founder and artistic director of the Syracuse City Ballet, visited the Classic FM studios to chat about this weekend’s performances of The Nutcracker Ballet.  She and mid-day host Diane Jones talked about some of updates she has incorporated into this year’s performance, including the addition of brother Fritz in Clara’s adventures, and the addition of the Spanish dance.  We also talked about the Outreach efforts of SCB – did you know this year over 3,500 school children will experience “The Children’s Nutcracker,” a one-hour abbreviated presentation that introduces them to the ballet? For more information and

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This Week on Cycle of Health, 12/01/16

Published - November 28, 2016

On the next Cycle of Health: It’s the battle of the sexes – when it comes to good health. Does our gender make a difference when it comes to disease? Meet a man and a woman, both facing cancer, with emotion, strategy, friendship and focus. See if gender stereotypes hold true at a prostate cancer support group. We get an unique look at how millennials manage love, sex and STIs. And, technology and treatment aid both sexes in recovery – but how? Watch Cycle of Health on Thursday at 8 p.m. on WCNY

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Nov. 28, 2016: Ken Lovett, Tom Stebbins, Bill Samuels, Helmut Norpoth

Published - November 28, 2016

Ken Lovett, the Albany Bureau Chief for the NY Daily News, updated us on the grand jury indictments against former Cuomo aide Joe Percoco, former SUNY Polytechnic President Alain Kaloyeros and six others. He also explained the impending oversight fight between Comptroller DiNapoli and Gov. Cuomo. A new report from Governing Magazine shows that New York City paid out more in lawsuits in 2016 than 19 other cities’ totals combined. Tom Stebbins, executive director of the Lawsuit Reform Alliance of New York, discussed some of the roots of high liability in New York and the municipal budget consequences. On Nov.

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Nov. 25, 2016 Best-of Episode

Published - November 25, 2016

Georgia Asciutto, Executive Director of the Conference of Big 5 School Districts, discussed proposed new standards for ELL students. The bottom line is districts need more resources to adequately support students learning English. Andrew Kalloch of the Airbnb New York policy team had more on the Airbnb lawsuit against new state short-term rental policy. We analyzed the effectiveness of public/private partnerships with Mike Elmendorf, President & CEO of The Associated General Contractors of New York State. And according to Investigative Post reporting, Buffalo may be tempting a Ferguson by lagging behind in police training. Jim Heaney, Founder, Editor and Executive

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This Week on SciTech Now 12/01/16

Published - November 25, 2016

On the next edition of SciTech Now: Meet the coders who are hacking hip hop. Designing a smart pill for the body. Orchids, the great manipulators? And finally, engineering hope for people with mobility loss. Watch SciTech Now on Thursday at 8:30 p.m. on WCNY

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Nov. 23, 2016: Special Presentation of Connect: NY – Race, Policing and Respect

Published - November 23, 2016

A special presentation of WCNY’s Connect NY: Race, policing and respect. Studies show black men are disproportionately subject to excessive and deadly police force. Unfortunately, like so many communities across the country, the City of Syracuse has witnessed this tragedy first-hand. How can we foster both safety and mutual respect between communities of color and the police at a time when mistrust is so deeply felt on both sides? Our panel includes: Chief Frank Fowler, Chief of the Syracuse City Police Department Sam Rowser, Executive Director – OnPoint for College Stephanie Miner, Mayor of the City of Syracuse Jens David

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This Week on SciTech Now 11/24/16

Published - November 22, 2016

On the next edition of SciTech Now: When it rains, it blooms. Election technology beyond the voting booth, clues about ancient life in an asteroid crash site, and finally, the micro-biome of the human under arm. Watch SciTech Now on Thursday at 8:30 p.m. on WCNY

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Nov. 22, 2016: One-year anniversary of Hoosick Falls water crisis announcement

Published - November 22, 2016

This week marks a grim 1-year anniversary. It’s been one year since PFOA contamination in Hoosick Falls became public. We spoke with EANY’s Liz Moran and residents about how the state is doing. Investigative Post reporting by Charlotte Keith found LPCiminelli, a company already under fire for how it won the SolarCity contract, benefited from a second Buffalo Billion deal. Jim Heaney, founder, editor and executive director of Investigative Post, joined Susan to explain how Ciminelli’s state contract to build space for Albany Molecular Research Inc., had striking parallels to the SolarCity deal. Original air-date 11/17/16 A coalition of government

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This Week on Cycle of Health, November 24

Published - November 21, 2016

WCNY brings you new seasons of Cycle of Health, and SciTech Now Thursday nights. Join host Susan Kennedy for the new season of Cycle of Health. She and Dr. Rich O’Neill discover new stories of well being from across Central New York. It all starts at 8 p.m. Thursdays, followed at 8:30 by the new SciTech Now. Host Hari Srenavasun takes you to the edge of innovation and the new frontiers of science. Cycle of Health at 8pm. SciTech Now at 8:30. Tis the season for season premiers on WCNY.

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November 27, 2016: Dedicated To

Published - November 21, 2016

“Appreciation is a wonderful thing.  It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well.”  – Voltaire   One doesn’t need to be a musician to be inspirational.  On this episode of Feminine Fusion, we hear from composers who looked to the women in their lives for inspiration, and dedicated works to them.  It’s music from Bach and Beethoven, to Locklair and Beeler.   “Dedicated To” Johann Sebastian Bach:  Keyboard Partita in a minor, BWV 827 Glenn Gould, piano “The Glenn Gould Edition – Bach: Partitas, Preludes & Fugues” Sony 42402 Dan Locklair:  The Breakers Pound Elaine Funaro, harpsichord

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WCNY and ACME Mystery Co. announce live murder mystery dinner theater schedule at WCNY Studios

Published - November 21, 2016

WCNY and ACME Mystery Co. announce live murder mystery dinner theater schedule at WCNY Studios   WCNYLive and ACME Mystery Co. present an exciting multimedia murder mystery 2016-2017 season schedule. The dinner/lunch theater event invites guests to solve a funny, yet serious mystery inside WCNY’s TV Studios. At every seat, guests will find out what role they will play with the actors and actresses performing. Guests will also be given a clue to exchange with other tables to acquire information needed to solve the mystery. For tickets, menu, and more information, visit wcny.org/liveatwcny. My Dead Lady Nov. 13 at 1

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