How often do you use the Erie Canal? Do you visit for recreation? Do you use it to transport massive tanks for beer fermentation? Okay, maybe not the latter. But hey: it's the Erie Canal Bicentennial, which gives us a good reason to do two things.
First, we have a frank discussion about the future of the canal -- who will use it, and how. Second, we explore the history. Wrapped up in this bicentennial is a series of events, which we also discuss. Our guests:
Brian Stratton, director of the NYS Canal Corporation
Beth Teall, chair of Cornhill Navigation
Scott Winner, executive director of the Fairport Perinton Partnership for a Better Community
Heidi McPherson, president of the College at Brockport
The economic impact of the Erie Canal; what a nuclear conflict would've meant to the U.S. a half century ago.
Are you a user of that length of waterway, the Erie Canal? Maybe you’re a cyclist, a dog walker or a boat owner, or maybe you’re business depends on it? Someone’s finally got around to measuring the economic benefit of the historic waterway which now has a today-dollar value, and it might surprise you. Fran Gotcsik, director of programs and policy for Parks and Trails New York chats with us about the stats.
Then we head into the Nuclear Vault…a repository of formerly classified national security documents curated by the National Security Archive at George Washington University. This week, newly released documents provide surprising insights into what nuclear conflict would have meant to the U.S. half a century ago. We chat with the Archive's senior analyst, Dr. William Burr.