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Kids’ Almanac (July 28-Aug. 4)

Stargaze to music, design a game, make wampum, ID butterflies, skate for diversity or see kids sort out racial strife   “This is the real secret of life: to be completely engaged with…

Inquiring Minds to host The Fermented Man

Derek Dellinger, brewmeister at the Kent Falls Brewing Company in Connecticut, followed a growing interest in the process of fermentation all the way off the deep end, to a conclusion that a human…

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Kids’ Almanac (July 21-28)

Make a music video, check out chalk art or be a summer-camper-for-a-day   “You’re indescribable. We writers spend our lives trying to conjure you from every angle. We get close enough to keep…

Chances are… Of lotteries and global destruction

A caller on last week’s Vox Pop show on WAMC worried about Nibiru. That’s the planet supposedly on a collision course with Earth. Like other wacky conspiracies making the rounds, this one insists that…

Hudson Valley Food Truck Festival in Saugerties

For a place beyond the suburbs of a major urban center, the Hudson Valley has a remarkable food culture. With the Culinary Institute of America, an abundance of farmers’ markets and restaurants hidden…

Secrets of the Juno spacecraft

Last week the space headlines were all about Jupiter. A billion-dollar spacecraft named Juno successfully fired its engine and went into orbit around the giant planet. NASA released its usual hype: that this mission may…

Brother Victor and the Monastery Vinegar Festival

Brother Victor-Antoine d’Avila-Latourrette is a Benedictine monk who co-founded the Our Lady of the Resurrection Monastery in Lagrangeville nearly 40 years ago. Not long after, while poring over old monastic documents, he came…

Kids’ Almanac (July 14-21)

Don a costume for Saugerties Comic Con, drum & dance at “A day in Africa” or paint a mural in Woodstock   “Contact light.” – Buzz Aldrin, first words uttered from the surface…

Kids’ Almanac: Take the Chef Challenge, be a balloonatic & pass the pierogies

“Do what we can, summer will have its flies.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson   FRIDAY, JULY 8 Dutchess County Hot Air Balloon Festival Whether you go up, up and away in your beautiful…

Farpoint on the Fourth: Our planet at its slowest

Earth reaches its farpoint on the Fourth of July. This is aphelion, when we are 94 million miles from old Sol. This three-percent increase in our distance since January yields a seven-percent reduction in solar brightness. It…

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