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America's first Treasury Secretary/musical star Alexander Hamilton was back in the spotlight recently, but not for a flattering reason. New historical research from the Schuyler State Historic Site provides compelling evidence that this "Ten-dollar founding father without a father," whom historian Ron Chernow called an "uncompromising abolitionist," was in fact, a slave owner. Times Union columnist Paul Grondahl recently explored that research and talks about what it means for Hamilton's legacy.
Music and Lyrics
David Gordon runs the mobile lyricism program at the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Capital Area. Over the summer, he bought a beat-up RV and converted it into a recording studio decked out with subwoofers, a soundproof recording booth and neon lights.
Gordon’s goal was simple: to bring his lyricism program to the Capital Region kids who need it— particularly when the coronavirus pandemic hit. In this episode of The Eagle, Times Union reporter Massarah Mikati takes a peek inside the mobile studio.
The Elephant in the Room
A New York court is considering this week whether an elephant can be considered a person. The case involves the question of an elephant at the Bronx Zoo being granted legal personhood—which would subject her to habeas corpus and allow for removal to an elephant sanctuary. Reporter Robert Gavin has been following the case, and discusses the unique legal argument.
Also on this episode, Capitol Bureau reporter Amanda Fries has an update on the likelihood of State Senate Democrats gaining a supermajority
Drawing 'The Ickabog'
Twelve-year-old Isla Besha can pick up a copy of J.K. Rowling's new book, 'The Ickabog,' open it to a certain page, and find an illustration she had drawn on a whim while looking for something to do during the pandemic lockdown. The East Greenbush middle school student was one of a handful of children in North America chosen to illustrate Rowling's book, culled from more than 40,000 submissions. The Times Union's Kristi Gustafson Barlette had a chance to chat with Isla, and learn about her art.
The Day After Election Day
Election Day has come and gone, and Times Union Capitol Bureau reporters Amanda Fries, Edward McKinley and Chris Bragg offer a debrief of state-level election surprises, and as-yet undecided races.
Also on this episode, reporter Massarah Mikati visits a refugee family living in Albany to learn about the unique challenges their 8 children face as both new English learners and remote students.
NXIVM leader Keith Raniere was sentenced to 120 years in prison, doubling his lifetime and all but ensuring he will spend the rest of it behind bars. Times Union reporter Rob Gavin was in the federal courtroom for the sentencing this week, and recounts the experience.
Also on this episode, Managing Editor Brendan Lyons breaks the story of the arrest of a New York State Assembly aide who led a secret double life leading a violent biker gang.