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A symbolic, low-rider bicycle at the "Beat Nation" exhibit in Montreal. Photo: David Sommerstein
A symbolic, low-rider bicycle at the "Beat Nation" exhibit in Montreal. Photo: David Sommerstein

The Eight O'clock Hour, 12/19/13

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David Sommerstein checks out a new art sensation in Montreal, which fuses hip hop, indigenous culture, and street smarts. A bankrupt energy company is suing the Cuomo administration over the long delayed decision on whether to allow hydrofracking in New York. The governor's had a hand in a $150-million deal that will see a coal-fired power plant on Lake Erie converted to burn natural gas. A proposal to build a new pipeline from Binghamton to Syracuse has been scaled back due to a lack of interest. Today in Natural Selections: what makes bird feathers are so iridescent? And more holiday music: Todd Moe speaks with Drew Benwar, the music director of the Northern Adirondack Vocal Ensemble.

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