On NPR's new weekly one-hour program It's Been a Minute, host Sam Sanders talks with journalists, newsmakers, and listeners about news, popular culture, and the Internet. Think of it as an irreverent, casual space for listeners who don't know how to process the pace of current events, but can't think about anything else.

The Orange Head to N.C. to Attack the Wolfpack

Sep 29, 2017

In their first ACC game of the season, the Syracuse Orange (2-2, 0-0) will play their second away game of the season tomorrow as they face No. 1 rank ACC team, the North Carolina State Wolfpack (3-1, 1-0) in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Syracuse is coming off a hard-fought 35-26 loss to LSU last weekend. After a disappointing 14-3 offensive performance going into halftime, SU’s offense came together late in the game. Unfortunately for the Orange, the No. 25 Tigers were able to hold on for a win in Death Valley.

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Onondaga County lawmakers moved a little closer Friday to approving next year’s county budget.  The Ways and Means committee approved a number of mostly minor changes to the county executive’s $1.3 billion  spending plan.

"She brought over a good, solid budget.  There were absolutely no hatchets or chainsaws; it was literally a scalpel to trim a little here and there to address some of our priorities."

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The Spanish Action League of Syracuse is reorganizing its leadership to deal with Syracuse’s top ranking with the highest concentration of Hispanics living in poverty.  The League is now pursuing new partnerships with human service agencies and organizations.  Co-President Ramon Rivera says the organization has developed a new five point plan to meet their needs.

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American Gold Star Mothers here in Central New York were recognized on Thursday at the Onondaga County War Memorial with a new exhibit in their honor.  The Mothers offer support to one another as they carry on the memory of their sons or daughters who died while serving in the U.S. Armed Forces.  A ceremony was held before the grand unveiling of the life-like display of a Mother dressed in a white uniform.  State President Carrie Farley describes how she lost her son Derek in August of 2010.

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New York’s Democratic lawmakers are vowing to fight  President Trump’s  tax overhaul proposal, perhaps even in court.  Meanwhile, a think tank’s analysis finds some middle class New Yorkers could actually save a small amount of money under the income tax portion of the plan.  

Governor Cuomo said the tax overhaul plan and  the proposal to eliminate state and local tax deductions from federal income taxes would  be “devastating” to New York.

It is a tax increase plan,” Cuomo said on Long Island Thursday. “Period”.

Cuomo said he might sue.

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The World Canals Conference wrapped up in Syracuse Thursday with a look toward the future.  People came from all over the world with an interest in canals, but SUNY ESF student Meghan Medwid says here in Central New York, it’s not always on the top of people’s minds.

"Sometimes the Erie Canal is sort of an afterthought or it's not used as much as it could be.  We can try to do something more with what we have, as well."

Madison County Planner Sarah Krisch says residents might take it for granted.  

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The drone testing program out of Griffiss airport in Rome has an important new partner.  NASA has agreed to gather information on testing and submit it to the FAA to help shape new regulations.  Governor Andrew Cuomo paid a visit Thursday to announce the "groundbreaking" agreement.  He says it's one of many key elements to launching the first-in-the-nation 50-mile Unmanned Traffic Management Corridor between Rome and Syracuse. 


For the most of us we use the telephone every single day, perhaps more than we even realize. They're mobile, light weight and can function as miniature computer at times. But, it wasn't always that way.

This week on Science on the Radio Dr. Marvin Druger discusses the telephone. From its invention to widespread use and finally to where we are today.

Hear Science on the Radio each Wednesday Night at 8:35 on WAER.

The four candidates for Syracuse mayor acknowledge the city's future hinges on the city school district on many levels, from reducing poverty to attracting families. But they each have different perceptions on how schools are performing. Republican Laura Lavine is calling for mayoral control of the district. The career educator and administrator says it's what voters ask about the most.