Your guide to the November midterm election in New York

This November, voters across the U.S. will participate in the midterm election. New Yorkers will have a chance to vote in contests for state executive offices, the U.S. House and Senate, the state Legislature, and more. We’ve answered some key questions about the elections.

A tale of two bridges

Downtown Binghamton will be packed with people enjoying ten hours of music as the city sponsors Blues on the Bridge.  Music Coordinator Don Wilkins joins us to talk about the twenty year anniversary, and the logistics of gathering 14 bands for the celebration.  

Photo credit: Blues on the Bridge

Polio declared a disaster in New York as virus spreads

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul says the declaration increases the availability of resources to deal with the disease, which has now been confirmed in wastewater samples in Nassau County in addition to previously turning up in Rockland, Orange and Sullivan counties and New York City.

A story of ambition, addiction, and the power of second chances

Off The Page from WSKG · Episode 17 – Journalist Keri Blakinger on her memoir “Corrections in Ink”
 
We may call it shu, or segregation, or medical observation, but whatever words we use are a shorthand for the truth: a coded way of saying you are nothing and now you have nothing. Your world is only a tangle of dreams and realities, drifting through the sterile air of nine by six coffin. ~from CORRECTIONS IN INK, by Keri Blakinger
Keri Blakinger is the author of CORRECTIONS IN INK, a memoir that details her life from being a figure skating competitor with an eating disorder, to her life as an addict. In 2010, while she was attending Cornell University, she was arrested for drug possession and spent the next two years incarcerated: first, in the Tompkins County jail, and then serving a sentence in upstate New York. After she was released, she finished her degree and went on to become a journalist.

Music on the lawn at Hyde Hall

Historic Hyde Hall in Glimmerglass State Park hosts a concert by folk duo Robin and Linda Williams on August 20 at 6:30pm on the South Lawn.  We hear from Robin Williams about Linda and his long career, their travels, and how they used the COVID shutdown as an opportunity to write and record more music.  

Photo credit:  Hyde Hall

Music for violin and guitar in Stamford

If you are regular listener to Performance Today, you are probably familiar with violinist Danbi Um and guitarist Jiji.  They are performing together for the Friends of Music of Stamford, NY. We hear about how they started playing together and how they rehearse while living on opposite coasts.  

Photo credit: Friends of Music of Stamford, NY

A legend of the Jazz Age in her own words — and songs

Ada “Bricktop” Smith may not be a familiar name today, but during the Jazz Age she seemed to know everyone, was always in the right place at the right time, and made things happen.  We hear from Gabrielle Lee, who portrays Bricktop in a one-woman show with the Franklin Stage Company. Director Rodney Hudson is also with us to tell about Bricktop’s international career.  

Photo credit: Franklin Stage Company

Broome County confirms first case of monkeypox

Broome County detected its first case of monkeypox. Health officials say it was only a matter of time. The risk of exposure remains low and there is no cause for panic.

An artist who wore his heart — and his politics — on his sleeve

The Munson Williams Proctor Arts Institute presents an exhibit of work by beloved artist Norman Rockwell.  We hear from curator Stephen Harrison about these illustrations that remain forever fresh and exciting, and we hear some surprising facts about this well-known figure, whose sense of humor and humanity remain undimmed by time.  

Photo credit: Munson Williams Proctor Arts Institute: New Kids in the Neighborhood, 1967, Norman Rockwell (American, 1894–1978), Norman Rockwell Museum Collection. Licensed by Norman Rockwell Family Agency.