Dr. Tony Cicoria

In this episode we meet Dr. Tony Cicoria of Oneonta. Lightning struck Dr. Cicoria, and he had a profound experience that led him (among other things) to learn to play the piano. http://youtu.be/LYZ-rw9rJ90

 

"Robert H. Jackson" by Gail Jarrow

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From the 1930s through the 50s one of the most noted persons in America’s legal community was Robert H. Jackson (1892-1954). He was a “country lawyer” who was not afraid to take on unpopular cases, a loyal Democrat from a corner of New York that tended Republican, a friend of Franklin Delano Roosevelt from FDR’s days in the New York State Senate. (The manuscript of his memoir of the Roosevelt Administration, “That Man”, was discovered and published in 2003). Jackson’s career would take him from a small town in the Southern Tier to Washington, DC, where he served as Solicitor General of the United States, U.S. Attorney General and an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court. http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/national/local-national-723890.mp3

 

Jackson may be remembered best today as the chief American prosecutor at the Nuremberg war crimes trials that brought justice to the leaders of the Nazi regime at the conclusion of World War Two.

"Baseball's Greatest Hit" by Andy Strasberg, Bob Thompson & Tim Wiles

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Football games feature marching bands and cheerleaders. Fans may sing their school’s fight song, but there is no famous football song that everyone can sing together. Basketball has a driving rhythm, but has anyone ever written a hit song about scoring a three-pointer? Only baseball, America’s “national pastime”, has an anthem of its own – a song that is said to follow just “The Star Spangled Banner” and “Happy Birthday to You” in familiarity to Americans. The song may even be one of the reasons that baseball prevails as the national pastime, and this year we can sing happy birthday to “Take Me Out to the Ball Game”.

"Henry for President" by Hank Nichols

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The 20th century was a time of unparalleled innovation and discovery, with great progress in science and technology, especially the practice of medicine. So it was both shocking and humbling when, in the final quarter of the century, the world had to face up to the fact that there was a new disease ravaging populations, Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS), that had no known cure. The human race may have seen tremendous progress but human nature hadn’t kept up. There was still misunderstanding and often irrational fear about AIDS and its victims, especially since the disease was spreading most viciously among gay men and intravenous drug users. http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/national/local-national-761049.mp3

An early response to the AIDS crisis was the improved monitoring of this nation’s blood supply (it was once common to find commercial blood banks operating in Skid Row sections of cities, drawing blood from down-and-out donors for five dollars a pint).

"No Turning Back: My Summer with Daddy King" by Gurdon Brewster

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When I finished the passage, I let the Bible fall to my side with my finger firmly planted in Luke, chapter 6, and said quietly, “Blessed are the poor.” All of a sudden, a small man sitting just in front of me, not eight feet away, called out, “Yes, brother, preach to me!” I jumped. This was immediately followed by another, who said, “Amen, brother,” and soon a chorus of “Amen,” “Yes, Lord,” and “Preach to me” filled the room, before I had said anything. Did I blush?

"The Other Side of Time" by Robert Titus

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Your view of the Catskill Mountains really depends on where you stand. New Yorkers downstate are likely to think of country roads and resorts and memories of the “Borscht Belt”. Further west in the Southern Tier the Catskills looms as a portion of the Appalachian Range that seems to affect the weather in complex and not always beneficial ways. To those who live right in the Catskill Region its inaccessibility may contribute to its tremendous charm. http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/wskg/local-wskg-677998.mp3

 

But to Dr. Robert Titus, professor and chair of the department of geology at Hartwick College in Oneonta, the Catskills is both four and a half billion years of geological activity and the everyday discovery of traces of that past.

"Life After Work" by Walter vom Saal and Arthur Dauria

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“…we need to start using different ways to talk about retirement that do not carry negative images of only termination and loss. Unfortunately the word “retirement” in our culture does carry with it the image of stopping everything productive and doing nothing meaningful with one’s life.” –from “Life After Work”

“To retire” has many meanings, including the nightly descent into darkness and unconsciousness. But even a good night’s sleep carries with it the promise of awakening to a bright new day. To retire from work portends a time of termination, during which one’s career skills – often honed over many years – are suddenly disregarded as formerly fulfilling times are replaced by boredom.