New York Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie speaking to reporters this afternoon, following a private meeting with Assembly Democrats.
Karen DeWitt

New York lawmakers are considering whether to have a special session this month to vote on, among other things, a pay raise.

David Guistina

The 20-year old Albany man accused of firing a gun that resulted in a lockdown at Crossgates Mall last month has pleaded not guilty to attempted murder and other charges.

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Disdain for a Donald Trump presidency and the fear of the future it could bring brought a variety of activist groups together in Albany over the weekend. The "anti-KKK Presidency Rally" was held in Townsend Park.

Blair Horner: A Special Session?

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The talk of a special legislative session heated up last week.  State legislators – particularly those in the Assembly – were still smarting from the governor’s moves to kill their long-awaited pay increase.  In 2015, the governor and the legislature created a pay commission to establish whether lawmakers – and top ranking members of the executive branch – should get a pay hike, and if so how much.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

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Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Monday, December 5, 2016.


    The largest police department in western Massachusetts has opened an online portal to share real-time information about crime with the public. 

Dr. Orion Howard
Southwestern Vermont Medical Center

Joining us this afternoon for Medical Monday to discuss oncology and cancer are Doctors Orion Howard and Matthew Vernon of Southwestern Vermont Medical Center. 

Rob Edelman: Ida Lupino

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From the early 1930s through late 1970s, multi-talented British-born Ida Lupino acted onscreen and on television here in the U.S. She was at her best playing strong-willed, neurotic and cynical (but occasionally vulnerable) heroines in such films as HIGH SIERRA and THEY DRIVE BY NIGHT, both with Humphrey Bogart; THE LIGHT THAT FAILED, with Ronald Colman; and THE SEA WOLF, with Edward G. Robinson and John Garfield. And she is cast to perfection in ROAD HOUSE, released in 1948, which recently came to home entertainment from Kino Lorber.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

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Paul Caiano

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Monday, December 5, 2016.

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.

Donald Trump campaigns in Plattsburgh Friday.
Pat Bradley/WAMC

A new Siena Research Institute poll shows New Yorkers are evenly split about the future of the country under President-elect Donald Trump.

In his new novel, Into the Sun, Deni Ellis Béchard draws an unsentimental portrait of those who flock to warzones, indelibly capturing these journalists, mercenaries, idealists, and aid workers.

When a car explodes in a crowded part of Kabul ten years after 9/11, a Japanese-American journalist is shocked to discover that the passengers were acquaintances—three fellow ex-pats who had formed an unlikely love triangle.

Deni Eliss Bechard is the author of the novel Vandal Love, and Cures for Hunger, a memoir. His work has appeared in the LA TimesSalon, and Foreign Policy, and he has reported from Afghanistan, India, Rwanda, and Iraq.

Tara Clancy was raised in three wildly divergent homes: a converted boat shed in working class Queens, a geriatric commune of feisty, Brooklyn-born Italians, and a sprawling Hamptons estate she visited every other weekend.

This childhood triptych comes to life in her new memoir, The Clancys of Queens.

Hidden anger that comes out indirectly can undermine relationships between friends, family, and colleagues. When people feel compelled to conceal their true beliefs and emotions, there can be serious physical and psychological results for everyone involved.

In Overcoming Passive-Aggression, Revised Edition: How to Stop Hidden Anger from Spoiling Your Relationships, Career, and Happiness, Dr. Tim Murphy and Loriann Oberlin offer a clear definition of passive aggression and show readers not only how to end the behavior but also how to avoid falling victim to other people's hidden anger.

The Strand Magazine
The Strand Magazine

Much like the protagonists of the short stories that run in The Strand Magazine, managing editor Andrew Gulli likes a good literary mystery — and he has built a reputation as a man who can solve them. Periodically we check in Gulli after he has unearthed a new story from long-gone master. Today, he joins us to talk about “The Haunted Ceiling” by H.G. Wells, which runs in the latest issue.

Even as US spending on healthcare skyrockets, impoverished Americans continue to fall ill and die of preventable conditions. Although the majority of health outcomes are shaped by non-medical factors, public and private healthcare reform efforts have largely ignored the complex local circumstances that make it difficult for struggling men, women, and children to live healthier lives.

In Dying and Living in the Neighborhood, Dr. Prabhjot Singh argues that we must look beyond the walls of the hospital and into the neighborhoods where patients live and die to address the troubling rise in chronic disease.

12/5/16 Panel

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The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond.

Today's panelists are WAMC's Alan Chartock, Director of the Journalism Program at the University at Albany Rosemary Armao, and political consultant and lobbyist, Libby Post.

WAMC 90.3 FM Albany On Air

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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.



The head of the state Association of Chiefs of Police has written to Gov. Andrew Cuomo requesting that he approve expansion of ride-sharing services in upstate New York to combat drunk driving.

Snowmobiles in Finald
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The definition of a tree is at the heart of a lawsuit claiming new snowmobile trails being carved through the Adirondack forest violate the "forever wild" clause of New York's constitution.

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Morning Forecast

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Paul Caiano

Here's NewsChannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano's WAMC Regional Forecast:

Early morning snow, then rain and snow showers later this morning into the afternoon.  High near 40.

Total snowfall: 1-3" Most places. A dusting to 2" in the Lower Hudson Valley and Southern New England. Localized areas of 4" across parts of the Adirondacks and Green Mountains.

Becoming partly cloudy tonight.  Lows in the upper 20's.

Morning sunshine tomorrow.  Clouds will mix in during the day and increasse by evening  High in the upper 30's.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo
WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas

WAMC's David Guistina talks with Ken Lovett of the New York Daily News about New York State Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie now mulling passing a pay raise without the Governor, a possible presidential run for Cuomo, and ties between the former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver's top aide and Jared Kushner, a top advisor to President-elect Donald Trump.

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On Sunday, Tom Brady is now the NFL's leader in career wins by a quarterback with 201 as New England beat the Rams 26-10. For the game he threw for 269 yards and a touchdown. The Patriots, who are now 10-2, have won seven of their last eight.

Meanwhile Oakland topped Buffalo 38-24, Pittsburgh won against the Giants 24-14, Seattle blasted Carolina 40-7, Tampa Bay beat San Diego 28-21, Arizona bested Washington 31-23, Detroit beat New Orleans 28-13, Cincinnati topped Philadelphia 32-14, Chicago trumped San Francisco 26-6, Kansas City beat Atlanta 29-28, Green Bay won against Houston 21-13, Baltimore defeated Miami 38-6, and it was Denver over Jacksonville 20-10.

(Airs 12/4 & 12/5/16) The Media Project is an inside look at media coverage of current events with WAMC’s CEO Alan Chartock, Albany Times Union Editor Rex Smith, and Daily Freeman Publisher Emeritus Ira Fusfeld. On this week's show they talk about news outlets rethinking usage of the term ‘Alt-Right’, New York Governor Cuomo signing a Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) fix, a listener letter on bullying in America and the media’s responsibility, and much more.

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker is about to embark on the first international trade mission of his administration.

Hazardous chemicals linked to cancer and other illnesses have been found near three Vermont landfills.

The Rep/Douglas C. Liebig

“If you made a list of your favorite plays or musicals that might make you think of the holidays, it’s doubtful that the Lerner and Lowe musical, “Camelot” would make your top 10. Or, for that matter, the top 25.

Kingston’s mayor says there will be an amnesty period for parking citations.  He’s hoping those who participate also will donate food for local pantries. WAMC’s Allison Dunne has more.


The city council in Springfield, Massachusetts is scheduled to take a final vote Monday to create a civilian board to oversee the police department.