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.
The NXIVM Kitchen Sink
The now-convicted NXIVM ringleader Keith Raniere is in federal prison. High-ranking members of his inner circle still await sentencing. And a faction of former members remain loyal to him as he attempts to appeal.
The ongoing NXIVM saga is the focus of Vancouver-based investigative reporter Sarah Berman's new book, “Don’t Call it a Cult.” On this episode, Berman talks to Rob Gavin about the book.
Also, sportswriter Tim Wilkin gives us a dispatch from Pimlico ahead of the Preakness Stakes.
Appropriation vs. Appreciation
When does cooking cross the line from culinary appreciation to appropriation of another culture's cuisine? On this episode, hear a diverse panel of restaurateurs and culture observers discuss this contentious issue, and how it affects the Capital Region food scene.
Also on this episode, Shrishti Mathew reports on anxiety within the local Indian community as it watches a COVID-19 outbreak ravage India from afar. And singer-songwriter Michael Jerling remembers his friend, local music icon Tony Markellis.
My Brother's Keeper
What if Cain were on trial in a modern-day courtroom for the murder of his brother, Abel? Rabbi Dan Ornstein explores this biblical scenario in a new novel "Cain v. Abel: A Jewish Courtroom Drama." We talk to the Albany-based Jewish leader about his book, and his thoughts on a rise in anti-Semitism worldwide.
Also, Kristi Gustafson Barlette opens up about her struggle with vaccine hesitancy, Editor Casey Seiler discusses the week's top news, and C.J. Lais reacts to last week's Oscars.
A Long Week
It began with a clash in Albany's South End between civil rights protesters and police that resulted in damage to a police station, the use of pepper spray and injury to a protester.
Midweek, the murder conviction of ex-Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin brought cautious optimism to activists around the region.
By week's end, tensions flared again as Albany police forced protestors from a six-day sit-in.
On this episode of the Eagle, we’re going to take you through what happened this week
A Race Against Time
When the Capital City Rescue Mission in Albany was told they had a few dozen coronavirus vaccines at their disposal to use for the homeless, it was a race against time to get as many shots in arms as possible before the doses expired. Reporter Eduardo Medina talks about following Mission staff on their quest.
Also, Casey Seiler discusses a clash between protesters and police in Albany, Claire Bryan takes a deep dive into CDC guidelines for the fully vaccinated, and Azra Haqqie talks about Rama
In Her Own Words
The woman at the center of the most serious allegation of sexual misconduct against Gov. Andrew Cuomo told her story this week to Times Union Capitol Bureau Managing Editor Brendan Lyons. On this episode of The Eagle, Lyons shares what he learned from that conversation.
Also on this episode, reporter Massarah Mikati discusses a lawsuit by civil rights groups against an ICE detention center in Western New York. Reporter Steve Barnes provides an outlook on live entertainment in the Capital Region.