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The Syracuse Parks Department is marking 100 years of operation, and WAER News has embarked on a series profiling just some of the city’s abundant green spaces.  This week, we head to the heart of the northside for a walk through Schiller Park.

For Paul Grella, it only made sense to be a founding member of the friends of Schiller Park in 2010.

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Many Central New Yorkers may not know that the first cohort of New York State Troopers trained in their own back yard 100 years ago this month.  WAER News caught up with a pair of retired troopers to find out why 232 recruits trained at what is now the Cavalry Club in Manlius in 1917.  

Ted Palmer and Kenneth Kotwas say the push for a state-wide police force came from two prominent women from Westchester County, Moyka Newell and Katherine Mayo, following an acquaintance’s murder.

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President Trump’s decision to back out of the Paris Climate Agreement has been making waves throughout the country and Central New York.  Strong supporters for the agreement want Congressmember John Katko to take their voices of opposition back to Washington.  Coordinator for New Yorkers for Clean Power, Renee Vogelsang  says  the U.S. is one of only three countries excluded from the agreement.

This week on Pop Life, Joe Lee and Bob Thompson discuss the art form that is late night television. Highlighting all the big names from the classic Johnny Carson to the emerging talents of Stephen Colbert and Jimmy Fallon.  They’ll also examine how politics is dominating the agenda of so many shows including SNL.

And Finally, you’ll get your weekly dose of binge worthy television with this week’s invitation to binge.

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A new report from the Workers' Center of Central New York shows  that undocumented Mexican and Central American workers at dozens of upstate dairy farms face grueling work schedules and dangerous working conditions.  The study's release coincides with the beginning of National Dairy Month, and is called "Milked: Immigrant Dairy Farmworkers in New York State."  Report co-author Gretchen Purser is an Assistant professor of sociology at Syracuse University’s Maxwell School.

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Governor Cuomo says he’ll sign an executive order committing the state to meet the Paris accord standards, calling President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the agreement “reckless” and “irresponsible”. ​ And the governor says he’s joining with the governors of the states of California and Washington to form a coalition of states that are committed to upholding the Paris Accord. New York State has already begun a plan to get 50 percent of the state’s energy from renewable sources, like wind and solar, by 2030. But it is not without some controversy.


This week on Science on the Radio Dr. Marvin Druger discusses Mosquitoes. These little insects are capable of not only robbing you of some blood but also passing on various diseases. Dr. Druger explains the history of the mosquito and how they came to carry those diseases.

You can hear Science on the Radio every Wednesday Night at 8:30 PM on WAER.

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Dozens of seniors from their 60’s to their 90’s converged at Upstate’s Oasis center on Carrier Circle Wednesday to show off their singing skills or to try their hands at drumming.  The activities were part of an open house to celebrate National Senior Health and Fitness Day as well as the 15th anniversary of Oasis.  Director Cynthia Woods says they’re trying to keep seniors engaged and healthy…

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Millions of dollars in renovations at Green Lakes State Park are moving ahead and are expected to pay economic and ecological benefits.  State Parks Commissioner Rose Harvey reviewed what’s been done and what’s still ahead Wednesday. 

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The Syracuse Parks Department is marking 100 years of operation, and WAER News has embarked on a series that will take you to just some of the city’s many green spaces.  This week, WAER's Scott Willis takes a short walk from our studios to Thornden Park, where he met up with Miranda Hine.  She's founding member and co-president of the Thornden Park Association.

Hine says she instantly connected with the park when she moved to Syracuse in the early 1980’s and bought a house that backed up to Thornden.