Alan Chartock

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Dr. Alan Chartock is professor emeritus at the University at Albany. He hosts the weekly Capitol Connection series, heard on public radio stations around New York. The program for almost twelve years, highlighted interviews with Governor Mario Cuomo and now continues with conversations with state political leaders. Dr. Chartock also appears each week on The Media Project and the Roundtable and offers commentary on Morning Edition, weekdays at 7:37 am.

During his long tenure at WAMC/Northeast Public Radio, Alan Chartock has interviewed interesting people of every stripe. From Governors, Senators and top lawmakers, to newsmakers including World War II heroes and former UN weapons inspectors. Dr. Chartock has also had the chance for in-depth chats with artists, musicians, actors and directors...authors...you name it! 

Ways to Connect

Gun control is one of the most polarizing political issues.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Congresswoman-elect Claudia Tenney of New York’s 22nd district concludes her discussion with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses the morning fog, Donald Trump picked as Time Magazine's Person of the Year and the latest of Trump's picks to lead the White House.

Congresswoman-elect Claudia Tenney is leaving the state Assembly as she heads to the U.S. House.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Tenney continues her discussion with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses the Day of Infamy, Donald Trump and the state department, Bob Doyle and lobbying, and Cuomo v. DiNapoli.

Upstate New York’s 22nd House district has a new Congresswoman waiting in the wings. In today’s Congressional Corner, Republican representative-elect Claudia Tenney tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock how the transition is going so far.

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses the power outage that affected WAMC's 90.3 FM Albany frequency, people joining together against bullying and racism, and Ben Carson's role as the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, and "pizzagate."

Well, the die is cast. The election is over and now we have to live with the results until 2020. My best guess is that those who have differences with the incoming President will have to make adjustments. From where I'm sitting, WAMC is one such adjustment. We have a budget that hovers around $7,000,000. About $419,000 comes from the federal government. Because of you, I am not worried. Our fund drives are marvels. It has always been true that the rougher things are, the more we all end up pulling together. That really is the story of WAMC from Day One.

WAMC’s Political Observer Alan Chartock shares his thoughts on Trump talking with the leader of Taiwan, bypassing the state department and traditional foreign policy, Dakota Pipeline halted by the Feds, Part 1: The Scourge of Racial Bias in New York Prisons, and For Blacks Facing Parole, Signs of a Broken System.

  In this week’s Classical Music According to Yehuda, we continue to learn about female composers and begin a series of segments sharing the music of Thea Musgrave.

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses Donald Trump's pick for Defense Secretary and the campaign surrogates for Clinton and Trump in a post-election discussion.

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses President-elect Donald Trump's decision to keep U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara, whether Sarah Palin will be in charge of the VA, Linda McMahon in charge of small businesses in America, and the CIA warns Trump about tearing up the Iran deal.

New York’s senior Senator will be the head Democrat in the Senate.

In today’s Congressional Corner, New York Congressman Paul Tonko, a Democrat from the 20th district, tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock what that means for the party.

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses flag burning, Trump's pick for Secretary of the Treasury, and whether Rep. Nancy Pelosi will retain her Minority Leader seat.

Should House Democrats get a new leader?

In today’s Congressional Corner, New York Congressman Paul Tonko, a Democrat from the 20th district, tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock why he’s standing by Nancy Pelosi.

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses torture in modern America, Tom Price as Trump's pick for Secretary of Health and Human Services, lobbying in New York State, and ex-New York Governor David Paterson wants "courageous Democrat" to challenge New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio. 

Democrats will find themselves out of power in the new year.

In today’s Congressional Corner, New York Congressman Paul Tonko, a Democrat from the 20th district, tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock why he believes Donald Trump won the White House.

WAMC’s Political Observer Alan Chartock shares his thoughts on Thanksgiving gluttony, Rudy and Mitt top picks for Secretary of State (dividing Republicans), Hillary Clinton supporters calling for a vote recount in battleground states.

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses the incoming Trump administration and what might happen when political discussion takes a seat at the Thanksgiving table.

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses the alt-right, infrastructure, and President-elect Donald Trump's meeting with the New York Times.

New York’s Chuck Schumer got his Senate leadership position—but not in the majority.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Congressional Quarterly’s David Hawkings discusses the upper chamber with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses the massive pre-Thanksgiving snowfall, Trump's outline for the presidency, gerrymandering, and Trump's business investments abroad.

Comptroller DiNapoli.
Photo by Pat Bradley

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo released a 1,600-word statement last week outlining his priorities for various state-level ethics reforms for the upcoming legislative session that begins in January. This follows years of scandal at the state capitol in Albany, including a current investigation into the executive chamber. Part of Cuomo’s plan calls for new positions to oversee SUNY and CUNY contracts. That job used to belong to the New York state comptroller, Tom DiNapoli, who has had a testy relationship with the governor. DiNapoli is the guest on this week’s Capitol Connection with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

Republicans in Washington are in their strongest position in years.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Congressional Quarterly’s David Hawkings tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock how the House and Senate are shaping up.

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses the wintry conditions, alt-right actions and their ties to Donald Trump, and the recently settled Trump University fraud case. 

It’s a time of change in Washington.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Congressional Quarterly’s David Hawkings tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock what the Trump White House could mean for D.C.

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses Mitt Romney meeting with Donald Trump, possible cabinet choices, and Trump's appeal.

The election will have major impacts on the future of the Supreme Court.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Union College political science professor Brad Hays tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock what might happen next.

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses Donald Trump and "the tangled web" and bid-rigging in New York.

Hillary Clinton won the popular vote, but not the presidency.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Union College political science professor Brad Hays tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock why the Electoral College is probably here to stay.

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses Trump's position going forward in the White House and contention in Congress.

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