View-Master

In 1939, a new instrument for displaying photographs was introduced to the world. Viewing black and white stereographic images had been around for decades, but inventor William Gruber and his partners found a unique way to utilize a newly introduced color slide film process called Kodachrome.  
Mounting 7 pairs of pictures on a single disk, allowing two slides to be viewed simultaneously, one with each eye, created the illusion of three-dimensional depth perception. They called it the View-Master and rolled it out at the Worlds Fair in New York. It became an instant sensation.

The Binghamton University Orchestra presents "From the New World"

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Conductors Heather Worden and Timothy Perry talk with WSKG’s Bill Snyder about the Binghamton University Orchestra’s concert “From the New World”.  Antonin Dvorak’ s final symphony took shape during his stay in the United States when he listened to Negro spirituals and Native American music. http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/wskg/local-wskg-1037708.mp3

 

Photograph courtesy NoblePiranah via Flickr

Jonathan Biggers presents "Ho, Ho, Ho!" at United Presbyterian Church

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Organist Jonathan Biggers talks with WSKG’s Bill Snyder about his holiday concert at United Presbyterian Church. The First Friday event includes music by Tchaikovsky, J.S. Bach, Olivier Messiaen and there’s even a sing-along. http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/wskg/local-wskg-1037709.mp3

Photograph courtesy Aidan-Sally via Flickr

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Binghamton University Students Protest Police Brutality

Protests continued Thursday in cities across the country, a day after a Staten Island grand jury decided not to indict NYPD officer Daniel Pantaleo. Pantaleo was captured on video using a chokehold to arrest Eric Garner, leading to the 43-year-old unarmed black man’s death. At Binghamton University, about 100 students gathered to demonstrate against police brutality. They observed a four-and-a-half-minute silence. The length of the silence was the same amount of time that the body of Michael Brown, another unarmed black man whose death at the hands of police led to a grand jury declining to indict, lay in the street.

December 4, 2014 | Verdi's Falstaff; The Gibson Brothers; opera singer Jenni Bank

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The Binghamton University Voice Department presents scenes from Verdi’s Falstaff and Douglas Moore’s The Ballad of Baby Doe. We hear from the bluegrass band the Gibson Brothers

Binghamton native Jenni Bank talks about her burgeoning opera career. https://youtu.be/g9g2p7o1U9Q

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SUNY Implements Sexual Assault Policy

High-profile campus sexual assault cases are forcing colleges and universities across the country to reconsider how they deal with sexual violence. Now New York’s public university system is the latest to update its sexual assault policies. “Yes means yes” is about to become the rule on SUNY campuses. Affirmative consent for sexual activity is one of the main points in SUNY’s new sexual assault policy. SUNY Broome President Kevin E. Drumm says the affirmative consent part of the policy makes an unwritten rule explicit.

Emmanuel Sikora & Friends

Emmanuel Sikora is a native and current resident of Cortland, New York. He attended Queens College (CUNY) between 2009/12, earning a Bachelor of Arts with a Concentration in Composition from the Aaron Copland School of Music. In the summer of 2012 he went to Berlin for six weeks to study composition with Samuel Adler. That fall he began his graduate work at Binghamton University, earning a Masters in Music Composition with a Certificate in College Teaching in the summer of 2014. http://youtu.be/s_3Spqk88tk

He is currently the organist at Saint Mary of the Assumption in Binghamton.

Sim Redmond Band

Since their inception The Sim Redmond Band has been steadily forging new ground in roots music. Traveling around the globe in some of the most beautiful venues in the U.S. and Japan, the world has taken notice. With 6 tours of Japan under their belt, they are a unique blend of roots-rock, Afro-Carribean, and reggae music. http://youtu.be/-Fb4emIOrN4

Regents Chancellor Wants To Send Unused Charters Downstate

Charter school advocates are pushing to raise New York’s cap on the number of charters it grants. Their focus is on New York City, which has almost reached its limit. While there are more than 100 unused charters in New York, New York City has 25 left. But, during an appearance on The Capitol Pressroom, Regents Chancellor Merryl Tisch said those unused charters outside the city could solve the problem without raising the cap. “I would like to say that I see an easy pattern here for taking the unused charters and moving them to districts like New York City which want to use those charters,” said Tisch.

The Blind Spots

This all original, female-fronted, five-piece moxy rock band from Ithaca, NY is driving hard at bigger things and has been busy building an airtight justification for all the buzz surrounding it, both in its hometown and throughout the region. The Blind Spots performed live on WSKG’s Expressions on November 6th, 2014.