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March 03, 2018

Minutiae/Episode 10

Minutiae Episode 10 features the McDonald family in transition, from grieving the loss of Jason to adapting to new realities privately, with flashbacks in the beginning and end showing young Jason and Noemi sorting themselves out. All Minutiae episodes are recorded in Amsterdam, NY with talent from throughout the Capital region. Minutiae is a Jay Towne Production.

March 02, 2018

David Rocco/The Historians

Episode 204, Saturday, March 3, 2018, David Rocco recounts the life of U.S. Navy officer Dixie Kiefer.  Rocco and Don Keith are the authors of “The Indestructible Man: The True Story of World War II Hero Captain Dixie.”

February 25, 2018

The Historians/Paul Dixon

 The Historians-Episode 203-Paul Dixon discusses a children’s book series, “The Adventures of Papa Lemon’s Little Wanderers,” written by his cousin Lehman Riley and inspired by their African American grandfather.

February 23, 2018

Troy Mayor Patrick Madden

Troy Mayor Patrick Madden on Talk of The Town with Bob Cudmore on Magic590 WROW

Broadcast, Friday, February 23, 2018


February 19, 2018

Amsterdam Stories

Episode 202, February 16, 2018, Bob Cudmore discuss a proposal to use blighted city buildings as a resource for new construction.  Plus stories about World War II and the biography of Mary Van der Veer, an Amsterdam, N.Y., artist.

February 11, 2018

The Historians with Bob Cudmore

Episode 201, Sunday, February 11, 2018, Peter Betz, history columnist for the Leader Herald newspaper, has stories on the local impact of the 1918 influenza pandemic, some notorious Fulton County jail escapes, and the Airship Gelatin, funded by Johnstown’s Knox family.

February 09, 2018

Talk of The Town

Bob Cudmores guest on Talk of The Town, Rensselaer County Executive Steve McLaughlin on Magic 590 WROW.

February 04, 2018

Carol Kammen/Cornell

Episode 200-Carol Kammen from Ithaca talks about her experiences as Tompkins County historian.  Kammen is well-known in the New York State history community and also has done work on the history of Cornell University. Tompkins County History:

January 28, 2018

Larry Gooley/Dannemora

Episode 199-Adirondack author Larry Gooley talks about two books he was written about Dannemora Prison in Northern, New York.  His most recent book, “Dannemora’s Death House: The Crimes and Fates of 41 Killers Sentenced to Die in Clinton Prison’s Electric Chair.”

January 26, 2018

Chris Churchill/TU

Talk of The Town on The Historians. Bob Cudmore spoke with Times Union news columnist Chris Churchill. Talk of The Town is broadcast each Friday at 12:05pm on Magic590 WROW

January 21, 2018

The Historians/Bruce Dearstyne

Episode 198-Historian Dr. Bruce Dearstyne discusses his recent New York History Blog post on concerns about the status of history in New York State.
Bruce W. Dearstyne has published several books, including Railroads and Railroad Regulations in New York State, 1900–1913. He is co-author of New York: Yesterday and Today. He served as a program director at the New York State Archives and on the staff of the Office of State History.

January 14, 2018

Bob Cudmore/The Recordio

The Historians, Episode 197, Bob Cudmore discuss the Recordio, a consumer device that enabled people in the 1940s and 1950s to make their own 78 or 33 1/3 rpm records.  Bob also talks about the history of Woodworth Lake Scout Reservation in the southern Adirondacks.

January 07, 2018

Review2017/The Historians

Episode 196-Bob Cudmore tells four stories from Focus on History, his Daily Gazette column—Healey’s Park in Perth, the cannon at Amsterdam’s Fairview Cemetery, the beautiful power plant on the Mohawk River and Reid Hill/Amsterdam’s favorite teacher. Healey's Park. Link to LOST LANDMARKS OF UPSTATE NEW YORK

December 31, 2017

Jerry Snyder/HAL/Icons 2018

Bob Cudmore and Jerry Snyder from Histroic Amsterdam Leauge on  "The Historians" Episode 195, Jerry Snyder of Historic Amsterdam League discusses the group’s Amsterdam Icons Calendar for 2018 which focuses on city history in 1918.

December 24, 2017

Charley Valera

Episode 194-Charley Valera, My Father's War

December 17, 2017

Marta McDowell/Little House Books

Episode 193, Marta McDowell is author of “The World of Laura Ingalls Wilder: The Frontier Landscapes that Inspired the Little House Books.”  McDowell chronicles the life of the popular author and the landscapes where she lived.

December 11, 2017

Chris Churchill/Albany TU

Talk of The Town with Bob Cudmore on Magic590 WROW.

This weeks guest, Chris Churchill of the Albany Times Union

December 10, 2017

David Brooks/Schoharie Crossing

Episode 192-David Brooks describes unfulfilled plans to build a canal linking the Erie Canal with Johnstown, Gloversville and the Sacandaga Valley in the Adirondacks.  The story first appeared in New York History Blog.  Brooks is education coordinator at a state Erie Canal history site, Schoharie Crossing in Fort Hunter.

December 03, 2017

Mohawk Valley Memories

Episode 191-Actress and singer Renae Baker takes a look at the history of well known Christmas carols. For the past 20 years she has led a large troupe of holiday carolers from the New York City theater community. I S.m.i.l.e. in New York

November 26, 2017

Peter Russo/Schenectary Airport


Episode 190-General Electric did research work on jet engines in the 1940s at the Schenectady County Airport in Glenville.  Today the airport is home to the Empire State Aerosciences Museum. Volunteer Peter Russo describes the exhibits.

November 19, 2017

Dan Weaver/bifocials

Episode 189-Dan Weaver says a 1768 letter to colonial leader Sir William Johnson casts doubt on the claim by some historians that Ben Franklin may have invented bifocals.  Weaver is a columnist for the Amsterdam N.Y. Recorder, president of Historic Amsterdam League and a trustee of Old Fort Johnson, one of Sir William Johnson’s homes.

November 18, 2017

Minutiae/Episode 9

Minutiae-Episode 9

A Jay Towne Production

The story of Jason continues.

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November 12, 2017

Andrew Rowen/1492 Retold

Episode 188-Andrew Rowen, author of “Encounters Unforeseen: 1492 Retold.”  The book dramatizes the history of Christopher Columbus’s epic voyage and first encounters with Native Americans from a bicultural perspective.

November 05, 2017

Gus Kappler/Vietnam

Episode 187-Gus Kappler, M.D., recounts his service in Vietnam as described in his book, “Welcome Home from Vietnam Finally: A Vietnam Trauma Surgeon’s Memoir.”
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