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Take a look inside the newsroom of the oldest and largest newspaper in New York's Capital Region. Each week, we'll explore the paper's top stories in-depth, and talk to the award-winning journalists who report them.

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Take a look inside the newsroom of the oldest and largest newspaper in New York's Capital Region. Each week, we'll explore the paper's top stories in-depth, and talk to the award-winning journalists who report them.

    Tiptoe Through the Tulips

    Tiptoe Through the Tulips

    There are few annual traditions more beloved in Albany than the annual blossoming of hundreds of thousands of tulips in Washington Park each May. Tulip blooms are dazzlingly vibrant but short-lived, lasting mere weeks. But they are perennial plants, and there is gardening work to be done once they wilt and fade that will ensure they return next year. On this episode of "The Eagle," Albany City Gardener Jena Commerford shares tips for tending tulips.
    Also on this episode, education reporter Kathleen Moore discusses the results of local school board elections that saw a record voter turnout this week.

    • 31 min
    An Exorcism in Cobleskill

    An Exorcism in Cobleskill

    Last year, 26-year-old Max Ledwidge jumped to his death at the Grand Canyon. His suicide was the climax of a mental unraveling that began as the pandemic took hold. The former software sales executive left his job in Boston and embarked on a cross-country spiritual odyssey that led him to the sleepy college town of Cobleskill, where a little-known religious order decided Ledwidge needed to undergo an exorcism.
    On this episode of "The Eagle," Times Union Editor Casey Seiler and investigative reporter Chris Bragg delve into this strange and tragic tale.
    Also on this episode, we talk to filmmaker John Holser, whose new documentary attempts to solve the century-old cold case murder in Rensselaer County that inspired the plot of "Twin Peaks."

    • 35 min
    The Undoing of Roe v. Wade?

    The Undoing of Roe v. Wade?

    Early this week, Politico published an alleged draft of a Supreme Court decision written by Justice Samuel Alito that overturns Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 ruling that legalized abortion nationwide.
    On this episode of "The Eagle," Times Union Editor Casey Seiler and health reporter Rachel Silberstein check in with Albany Law Professor and Constitutional Law Expert Vin Bonventre to discuss the implication of this news. 

    • 18 min
    Murder in New Scotland

    Murder in New Scotland

    Trigger warning: This episode contains descriptions of events and situations that may be distressing. Please listen with care.
    The gruesome slaying of a beloved physician assistant in his suburban Albany home has shocked many in the Capital Region. While the man accused of the murder has been charged, the motive for committing such a brutal act is still unclear.
    On this episode of “The Eagle,” Managing Editor Brendan Lyons goes through what we know about the investigation, and what happens next in the case. 
    Also on this episode, are you thinking of buying a home? We’ll take a look at how the rise in inflation and interest rates is affecting the market here in the Capital Region.

    • 40 min
    Beer History

    Beer History

    The history of beer and brewing is often very much intertwined with that of the human race. For thousands of years, people have been talking politics over a few pints (or similar liquid volume). 
    That is especially true of the Capital Region, where there was nearly as much politicking in pubs as there was in the halls of city and state government in the early 20th century.
    On this episode of “The Eagle,” Albany Ale Project co-founder Craig Gravina and Maeve McEneny Johnson of Discover Albany discuss what was going on in the worlds of beer and Albany politics in the year 1905, and how the twain met.
    Also on this episode, we’ll reveal some of this year’s Best of the Capital Region winners, including Best Donuts and Best Hikes.

    • 30 min
    Birth Justice

    Birth Justice

    When tennis superstar Serena Williams opened up about the harrowing experience of giving birth to her daughter in 2017, it put a spotlight on an alarming disparity: Black women in the U.S. are three times more likely to die of a pregnancy-related cause than white women. Last year, the White House officially recognized April 11 to 17 as Black Maternal Health Week.
    In the Capital Region, a coalition of midwives, doulas and healthcare advocates are working to improve outcomes for Black mothers by seeking birth justice. On this episode of “The Eagle,” we talk to doula Shia Overby about their work.
    Also on this episode, Times Union Editor Casey Seiler discusses the resignation of New York Lt. Gov. Brian Benjamin amid allegations of corruption, the fate of Albany’s Central Warehouse, and the dozens of cats and kittens dumped after hours at a local animal shelter.

    • 24 min

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