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Frank Dees, on a mission to protect athletes

4/18/2019
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Frank Dees and his older brother, Ricky, were both on their high school football team. One week, in 1964, the team played two games. In Tuesday’s game, Ricky made a tackle on a hard hit, and told Frank afterward that his head hurt. At Saturday’s game, Ricky got another blow to the head — and died. Ricky’s number, 54, was retired. Frank shared his story with The Enterprise in 2012 when the newspaper was editorializing on the need for local high schools to adopt a testing program that provides...

Duration:00:38:39

Frank Dees, On A Mission To Prevent Concussions — April 18, 2019

4/18/2019
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Frank Dees and his older brother, Ricky, were both on their high school football team. One week, in 1964, the team played two games. In Tuesday’s game, Ricky made a tackle on a hard hit, and told Frank afterward that his head hurt. At Saturday’s game, Ricky got another blow to the head — and died. Ricky’s number, 54, was retired. Frank shared his story with The Enterprise in 2012 when the newspaper was editorializing on the need for local high schools to adopt a testing program that provides...

Duration:00:38:39

Eric Brown, wildlife rehabilitation and raising bobcats

4/11/2019
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Eric Brown and his wife, Linda, also a wildlife rehabilitator, have housed everything from owls and hawks to raccoons and foxes on the Duanesburg farm he inherited from his grandfather. Brown tells in this week’s podcast how he grew particularly fond of four coyotes that were taken from their mother’s uterus after she was shot; he calls them princesses. Nine months ago, three bobcat kittens were brought to him from Altamont Orchards after their mother disappeared. The feisty bobcats are now...

Duration:00:35:58

James Meade And "The Transcendental Meditation Connection" — April 4, 2019

4/4/2019
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James Meade, after graduating from Guilderland High School, Hamilton College, and Northwestern University — with a Ph.D. in English — wrote several novels, all rejected by publishers. He thinks it’s important not to self-publish but to write for money, and built a career writing nonfiction books, over 30 of them, including five in the well-known Dummies series. His favorite book is “The Answer to Cancer: Is Never Giving It a Chance to Start,” which he wrote with Hari Sharma, M.D. The two...

Duration:00:31:24

Abby Maslin, talks about her recently published book, "Love You Hard." -- March 28, 2019

3/28/2019
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Abby Maslin, a former Helderberg Hiltons resident, talks about her new book, "Love You Hard."

Duration:00:18:38

Tim O'Shea, on music and the "edge of emotion" — March 21, 2019

3/21/2019
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Tim O’Shea, a musician from Killarney in southwest Ireland, says he doesn’t charge to play at weddings or funerals but, rather, is honored to be the soundtrack for the parts of a person’s life on the edge of emotions. O’Shea, along with his bodhrán, an Irish drum, and guitar, his form of the harp, was brought to The Enterprise by his cousin, Dennis Sullivan, who writes our monthly “Field notes” column.

Duration:00:42:29

Lisa Dougherty, working in a new era of genealogy — March 14, 2019

3/14/2019
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Lisa Dougherty first became interested in genealogy as a teenager in the 1970s when she helped her father find relatives in Ireland. She pursued genealogy again as an adult when, after her father died, her mother gave her a folder with the papers they had assembled. Back then, records were obtained the old-fashioned way, by writing letters and receiving documents. The internet along with genetic testing has revolutionized genealogy. Now, says Dougherty, many more are interested in finding...

Duration:00:34:03

Sonal Swain, studying the special-education system in the U.S. and India -- March 7, 2018

3/7/2019
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Sonal Swain, a senior at Guilderland High School, is studying the difference, and the reasoning, behind the special-education system in the United States and India.

Duration:00:26:40

David McDonald, using a sense of place to create a film — Feb. 28, 2019

2/28/2019
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David McDonald, a filmmaker who lives in Hudson, has written a screenplay about Ella Fitzgerald’s early life. Her mother died when she was 15. The elegant Queen of Jazz, he says, was then abused by her mother’s boyfriend and ended up living on the streets of Harlem where she took a job as a lookout for a bordello. After her arrest, she suffered abuse at the Training School for Girls in Hudson and escaped back to Harlem, winning an Amateur Night competition at Harlem’s Apollo Theater, which...

Duration:00:46:03

Joan McGrath, award-winning business teacher -- Feb. 21, 2019

2/21/2019
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Joan McGrath, an award-winning business teacher from Guilderland High School, draws on her 15 years working for KeyCorp to guide her students in real-world lessons.

Duration:00:35:41

Vic DiSanto and the joys of raising sled dogs — Feb. 14, 2019

2/14/2019
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Vic DiSanto lay in a hospital bed with a painful back injury when he received a visit from a therapy dog, which lifted his spirits. He decided to adopt a dog from the Mohawk Hudson Humane Society. When DiSanto worked as overseer of the John Brown Farm Historic Site in the Adirondacks, he took a ride on Mirror Lake with John Houghton’s Thunder Mountain dog sled team and now is a musher himself. He tells of the history and joys of sled-pulling dogs in this week’s podcast with Mountie, one of...

Duration:00:20:58

Anna Capuano, a Guilderland High senior, talks about women in engineering -- Feb. 7, 2019

2/7/2019
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Anna Capuano, a Guilderland High School senior, discusses E4G2, engineering for girls and guys, a club she started at her school.

Duration:00:22:24

Theresa Schillaci, Tackling Child Trafficking In Albany County — Jan. 31, 2019

1/31/2019
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Theresa A. Schillaci, who coordinates the Safe Harbour program for the Albany County Department of Children, Youth and Families, speaks in the week’s Enterprise podcast about child sex trafficking in our midst. According to data from Safe Harbour reported in 2017 by 25 counties statewide — the safety next is to be extended eventually to all 62 counties, Schillaci says — 2,366 youth were identified as trafficked or at risk. Kids in middle school — aged 11, 12, and 13 — are particularly...

Duration:00:27:17

Cormac DeBarra, Celtic harper -- Jan. 24, 2018

1/24/2019
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Cormac DeBarra, a Celtic harper, talks about the music that has taken him all over the world.

Duration:00:38:48

Ken Harris, executive director of the Albany Guardian Society -- Jan. 24, 2018

1/24/2019
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Ken Harris, executive director of the charitable Albany Guardian Society, discusses his work and the worldwide village movement.

Duration:00:24:37

Don Rittner, exploring both personal and local history — Jan. 17, 2019

1/17/2019
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Don Rittner, who teaches, has made a film, and written many books — including one underway about the Altamont Fair — says you can't understand where you are if you don't know where you've been. He believes history is important and has helped build a replica of a 1600s Dutch ship, the Onrust; served as the city of Albany's archaeologist; and a half-century ago pushed for the preservation of the Pine Bush.

Duration:00:35:34

A Year In Review for The Enterprise — Jan. 3, 2019

1/3/2019
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Enterprise reporters Elizabeth Floyd Mair, H. Rose Schneider, and Sean Mulkerrin talk with editor Melissa Hale-Spencer about local news in 2018. Reporters reviewed their favorite stories they covered, ranging from a fatally-ill child's wish for a backyard to dairy farming in the Hilltowns.

Duration:00:40:48

Bill Frake, sketching vignettes from World War II — Dec. 27, 2018

12/27/2018
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Bill Frake, sketching vignettes from World War II — Dec. 27, 2018 by The Altamont Enterprise & Albany County Post

Duration:00:42:41

Ed Ackroyd and the aftereffects of war — Dec. 20, 2018

12/20/2018
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Ed Ackroyd left Berne-Knox-Westerlo’s high school when he was 17 to join the military. He enjoyed seeing the world until he was sent to Vietnam in 1969 and 1970. He got a Purple Heart after shrapnel wounded his leg, from which he recovered, but has spent a lifetime plagued with the effects of Agent Orange — skin inflammation, cancer, a heart attack. He’s also spent a lifetime advocating for veterans, pushing for recognition and for tax breaks. Seen here, he presents a Hometown Heroes banner...

Duration:00:38:30

Sujatha Sarath, discusses teaching Indian dance -- Dec. 13, 2018

12/13/2018
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Sujatha Sarath discusses teaching Indian dance.

Duration:00:30:43