Wed April 21, 2004
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Extended Feature Interview: Michael Doyle

Oswego, NY – Forestport was just another town on the Erie Canal until three successive canal breaks at the end of the 19th century put it on the map. In his new book "The Forestport Breaks," author Michael Doyle retraces the way political patronage and corruption shaped the Erie Canal. Doyle told WRVO's Skye Rohde that the investigation into the Forestport canal breaks uncovered what prosecutors called the largest conspiracy in the history of New York State.


Mon April 19, 2004
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Syracuse Arts Scene

Syracuse, NY – Central New York's manufacturing industry may be declining, but its arts scene is thriving. With more than 90 arts organizations in the area, and a number of new projects and renovations, there are plenty of galleries, exhibits and performances to choose from. But a push by local artists to build upon existing resources and fill the gaps in further strengthening the region's cultural offerings. WRVO's Skye Rohde has this report.


Thu April 8, 2004
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Hannibal, NY – Hunting is an integral part of life in much of upstate New York, whether for pleasure or for food. But for some people, the joy of hunting is more the chase than the kill. Alan Scott, a falconer who lives in Hannibal, is one of them. WRVO's Skye Rohde went hawking with Scott and his two birds last month and has this report.


Fri April 2, 2004
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10th Anniversary of Heidi Allen's Disappearance

Oswego, NY – On April 3, 1994, 19 year old Heidi Allen disappeared during her shift at the D&W convenience store in New Haven.

Allen opened the store at 6 a.m. At 7:53, a customer flagged down a passing patrol car to report that no one was there. What happened in that 2 hour span remains a mystery.

WRVO's Elizabeth Christensen spoke with Oswgeo County sheriff Ruell Todd, who was one of the first people on the scene.


Fri April 2, 2004
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Paper Snowboard

Syracuse, NY – Thirteen students from Syracuse University and SUNY's College of Environmental Science and Forestry are in Colorado this weekend to test out their paper snowboard. Yes, that's right. They've spent 8 months building a snowboard out of paper for a national competition called the Energy Challenge Design Competition. WRVO's Skye Rohde has this report.


Wed March 31, 2004
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Feature Interview: Zarb Commission

Oswego, NY – WRVO's Chris Ulanowski talks to Matt Jacobs, the vice president of NEA New York, about reforming school aid and Governor Pataki's Zarb commission.


Fri March 26, 2004
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Three Mile Island : 25 Years Later

Oswego, NY – March 28 marks the 25th anniversary of the nuclear accident at Three Mile Island.

The nuclear energy industry, regulators, and even critics maintain the plants are safer now that they were in 1979, thanks to more stringent safety measures.

But WRVO's Elizabeth Christensen reports that, while the plants may be safer, public information about them is becoming harder and harder to get.


Tue March 23, 2004
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Pete Renne, Revisited

Constantia, NY – Preparing for losing your job is a bit like dealing with the death of a loved one. It's emotionally and physically exhausting. Pete Renne understands this all too well. He produces compressor crank cases at Carrier Corporation, where he's worked for 25 years. He's also one of 1,200 employees who will lose their jobs after Carrier closes its DeWitt manufacturing facilities next month.

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Wed March 17, 2004
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Inside the Snowplow

Oswego, NY – Winter is nearly over in upstate New York. It was almost a record-setting season for snowfall...but not quite. For several weeks in Oswego County, it seemed the snow would never stop. WRVO's Skye Rohde rode along with one of winter's first responders, a highway plow operator, and has this account of her stint as his "wingman."


Wed March 17, 2004
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Air Filters: Smoke and Mirrors?

New York State – WRVO's Elizabeth Christensen speaks with former EPA scientist and second-hand smoke expert James Repace.

Repace says about a proposal to amend New York State's Indoor Clean Air Act to allow smoking in bars with state-of-the-art air filtration systems will harm public health.


Thu March 11, 2004
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Hip-Hop in Syracuse Schools

Syracuse, NY – More than 2,700 students attended the Syracuse Hip-Hop Summit at the Carrier Dome Wednesday morning. The summit was the culmination of a flurry of hip-hop related school lessons. It also caused controversy over whether hip-hop music belongs in the classroom in the first place. WRVO's Skye Rohde has this report.


Thu March 4, 2004
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Gay Marriage and other issues facing New Yorkers -

Syracuse NY –
State Senator John Defrancisco doesn't believe the State Legislature will address the issue of same-sex marriage. WRVO's Chris Ulanowski asked the GOP lawmaker and trial lawyer for his interpretation if whether New York law on the matter is clear. Senator Defrancisco also discusses efforts to raise NY's minimum wage and his support for a major economic development project in Syracuse, NY.


Tue February 24, 2004
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Gay Marriage

Oswego NY –

The Nation's largest statewide Gay and Lesbian organization was quick to condemn President Bush's call on Tuesday for a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage. Empire State Pride Agenda Executive Director Alan Van Capell spoke with WRVO's Chris Ulanowski.


Tue February 24, 2004
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Feature Interview: Catholic Church Controversy

Oswego, NY – Over a dozen Catholic priests in the Syracuse area have been accused of sexually abusing parishoners.

WRVO's Elizabeth Christensen spoke to Joe O'Brien, a private investigator who's been helping the alleged victims navigate the secretive inner-world of the Catholic Church.


Mon February 23, 2004
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Semester-in-Cuba Program

Havana, Cuba – At a time when the Bush administration continues to toughen its stance against Cuba and American travel to the island, an upstate college has created a study abroad program there. It's one of just five semester-in-Cuba programs offered by American universities. WRVO's Skye Rohde spoke with the program's coordinators, as well as with some of the students after they arrived in Havana.


Wed February 18, 2004
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Impeachment call for NY Gov, Pataki

Oswego, NY – New York stands to gain millions of dollars in revenue if it collected taxes on cigarettes and gasoline sold by Native American vendors to non-indians.
Governor Pataki has failed to act -- citing his preference for a negotiated settlement. Frustrated by years of inaction, a citizens group is taking a new tact -- Upstate Citizens for Equality is calling for the impeachment of Governor Pataki. U-C-E President Scott Peterman described the reasons why to WRVO's Chris Ulanowski.


Tue February 17, 2004
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Feature Interview: "The Passion of the Christ"

Hamilton, NY – There's a lot of controversy surrounding the soon-to-be-released Mel Gibson film "The Passion of the Christ."

WRVO's Elizabeth Christensen speaks to Steve Humphries Brooks, a Hamilton College professor who teaches a class called "The Celluloid Savior" and is an expert on the portrayal of Christ on film.


Wed February 11, 2004
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Feature Interview: Ralph Nader

Clinton, NY – WRVO's Elizabeth Christensen speaks with consumer advocate and former presidential candidate Ralph Nader.

Nader recently spoke at Hamilton College about politics and the environment.


Fri February 6, 2004
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Leaving Carrier

Constantia, NY – The Carrier Corporation's announcement last October that it was eliminating 1,200 jobs in Syracuse was a blow to both the region and the company's employees. Many workers who have spent decades at Carrier face uncertain futures once the company's Syracuse manufacturing operation shuts down for good in April. WRVO's Skye Rohde has this glimpse into the life of Pete Renne, who is one of these men.


Fri February 6, 2004
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2nd Annual Auburn Crow Shoot This Weekend

Auburn, NY – Auburn's second official crow shoot happens this weekend.

As WRVO's Elizabeth Christensen reports, there's more controversy surrounding this year's contest.


Thu February 5, 2004
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Jobless Benefits Expire

Syracuse, NY – An estimated 375,000 people will lose their unemployment benefits in the first half of 2004. That's according to a study by the Center on Budget and Policies.
Isaac Shapiro, who authored the study, says the ending of the Temporary Extended Unemployment Compensation Program will mean hard times for many across the country, especially in New York.
He spoke with WRVO's Elizabeth Christensen.
-- A full copy of the report can be found at:


Mon February 2, 2004
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SUNY Students on Snow

Oswego, NY – Students living on campus at the State University of New York at Oswego may not have driveways to shovel, but they're still being forced to shift their routines according to the whims of the weather. WRVO's Skye Rohde spoke with some students on campus on January 30.


Thu January 29, 2004
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Meth Production in Jefferson County

Watertown, NY – Arrests and seizures related to methamphetamine use have risen dramatically in Jefferson County, and law enforcement officers say they're facing a dangerous epidemic. The county sheriff is even suggesting toughening state laws to prosecute people caught with components used to make meth. WRVO's Skye Rohde has this report.


Thu January 29, 2004
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Author Tim Green discusses his new novel.

Syracuse, NY –
Best-selling author Tin Green is out with his ninth novel. It's a suspense-thriller titled "The First 48" published by Warner Books.

It's about a has-been lawyer, whose daughter, an investigative journalist, is about to expose a corrupt U-S Senator, only to disappear before the story breaks.

As Green explains to WRVO's Chris Ulanowski, he borrowed a concept from police work that says if a missing person or hostage is not found in 48 hours, he or she will never be found alive.


Fri January 23, 2004
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Solvay Stories

Solvay, NY – The village of Solvay is its own small world, defined by its industrial past but often dwarfed by its neighbor, Syracuse. A new collection of stories about the village, compiled by Solvay native Judith LaManna Rivette, is now in its second printing. WRVO's Skye Rohde spoke with Rivette and some of the book's contributors and created this sound portrait.


Wed January 21, 2004
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Iowa Caucus News Coverage Trumps Reality TV

Syracuse, NY – The stage is set for next week's New Hampshire Presidential Primary. And, if Monday night's news coverage of the Iowa Caucus is any indicator, it could be another exciting night for news consumers, according to Syracuse University Professor of Television and Popular Culture, Robert Thompson. As Thompson explains to WRVO's Chris Ulanowski, the caucus coverage was a "rip-roaring" drama that trumped Reality Television.


Fri January 16, 2004
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Angus MacDonald, Unsung Hero

Syracuse, NY – At age 91, Angus MacDonald has decades of activism under his belt. He's been a member of the Syracuse Peace Council since the 1930s, demonstrating -- and being arrested -- in anti-war protests and calling attention to the School of the Americas.

A committee at Syracuse University chose MacDonald as one of four recipients of its 2004 Unsung Heroes Award. The award honors community members who reflect the values of Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Tue January 13, 2004
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Healthy Lifestyles Family Clinic

Syracuse, NY – University Hospital's clinic for overweight children has a new location on Harrison Street in Syracuse. The Healthy Lifestyles Family Clinic, which has been open since May 2003, helps children ages 2 to 18 to adopt healthy eating habits. The clinic's director, Dr. Denise Woodall-Ruff, told WRVO's Skye Rohde that the clinic addresses a growing problem in the region.


Thu January 8, 2004
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Food Safety and Nutrition

Oswego, NY – The issues of food safety and nutrition will be foremost on the mind of Assemblyman Felix Ortiz in the 2004 Legislative session.
The Brooklyn Democrat is chair of the Assembly Task Force on Food, Farm and Nutrition Policy. Three-years ago, he held public hearings on food-related diseases like Mad Cow Disease. WRVO's Chris Ulanowski spoke with Assemblyman Ortiz earlier this week. (interview)
Ortiz also says funding to fight obesity might have to come from a "fat tax" on junk food.


Tue January 6, 2004
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The Casket Store's Jingle

Auburn, NY – Controversy is brewing in Auburn over a radio and television advertisement for a local store. John Hurd, owner of The Casket Store, decided three months ago to use an adaptation of a children's song to promote his business. But Hurd told WRVO's Skye Rohde that not everybody was happy about that.