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Kelly Walker

Morning Edition Host

Kelly Walker started his public radio career at WBAA in West Lafayette, Indiana in 1985 and has spent some time in just about every role public broadcasting has to offer. He has spent substantive time in programming and development at KWMU in St. Louis, WFIU in Bloomington, Indiana, and Troy Public Radio in Alabama before his arrival in Geneva, New York. In addition, his work has been heard on many other public radio stations as well as NPR. Kelly also produces The Sundilla Radio Hour, which airs Sundays at 1 p.m. on Finger Lakes Public Radio and is distributed to public radio stations all over the country through PRX.

Hobart and William Smith Colleges


Students arriving at Hobart and William Smith Colleges for the first time this week received advice from NPR’s Laura Sydell including a charge to take advantage of the Colleges’ study abroad program.

NPR


NPR’s Laura Sydell was the keynote speaker at Hobart and William Smith’s annual Convocation yesterday. The event marks the official beginning of the academic year. The keynote speaker’s remarks are generally directed to incoming first-year students. Sydell reflected on changes in the media landscape.

The Literacy Volunteers of Ontario Yates hosts their annual Behind the Wines fundraiser Wednesday night, August 30 to support the services they provide.

“LVOY is trying to get the point where everybody is reading better. They serve immigrant populations. They have a strong ESL program, but they also serve people who grew up here and never learned to read.”

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On Sunday, the president of the University of Texas at Austin ordered the removal of four statues of figures with ties to the Confederacy from a main area of campus. President Fenves had already removed a statue of Jefferson Davis from a prominent campus location 2015. Hobart and William Smith Colleges President Gregory Vincent was at UT Austin in 2015 and remembers that the move to evaluate the statues on campus began with students.

 

The Lipker Sisters


If you’ve ever seen the upstate New York group the Cool Club perform, it’s likely you saw them with a trio of musical sisters.

The Lipker Sisters perform in a style that is decades removed for their own lives. The eldest, Marilla Gonzalez, says that their love of all kinds of music is all part of growing up with all kinds of music.

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The Cornell Fruit and Vegetable Research Farm at the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station in Geneva is growing a patch of industrial hemp the size of a football field. Larry Smart is a professor in the Horticulture Section of the School of Integrative Plant Science at Cornell University.

The Smithsonian Air and Space Museum


People are flocking to the band that stretches across the United States where Monday’s total solar eclipse will be visible. The Finger Lakes are well outside of the part of the country that will achieve the total solar eclipse. That doesn’t mean we’re not in for a show. Leslie Hebb is an assistant professor of physics at Hobart and William Smith Colleges.

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The last time we spoke with Hobart and William Smith President Gregory Vincent, he was in his first week with the Colleges. Since that time, events off campus have given him reason the address the campus community via email over issues of affirmative action in higher education and larger issues of equality and justice after the events in Charlottesville. We asked President Vincent back into the studio to talk about those issues and to look ahead a bit to the upcoming start to his first academic year.

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This week marks the 48th anniversary of the Woodstock Music & Art Fair. On August 16, 1969, Country Joe McDonald took the stage for what would be one of his two appearances. Unlike a lot of his fellow musicians who perfored at Woodstock, Country Joe is still going strong. He just released a new album called 50, that’s been featured all summer on the program Stuck in the Psychedelic Era. The program’s host, The Hermit, also had a conversation with Country Joe.


Hobart and William Smith Colleges attorney Lou Guard was recently appointed to fill the remainder of Charlie Evangelista’s term on the Ontario County Board of Supervisors. Evangelista left the board after more than twenty years to become the Democratic commissioner for the county Board of Elections. It’s not the only change coming to Ontario County with elections around the corner. The Finger Lakes Times’ Mike Hibbard has been covering county politics and he joined us in studio.

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