Most people in America enjoy the luxury of washing waste down the drain or flushing it away in a toilet. But once it leaves the home, office or school, where does it go? What happens to it? In the latest installment of our infrastructure series, WAMC’s Jim Levulis explores the complex wastewater treatment industry.

Some elected officials in Springfield, Massachusetts on Monday will be pushing for longer terms.

Strange Universe: 12/17/17

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This week, Bob discusses the history and future of the Andromeda Galaxy. 

The supervisor of a small town in western New York and his wife, the town clerk-elect, have been struck and killed by a car.

A medical marijuana dispensary may open in Williamstown, Massachusetts. 

Ralph Gardner Jr: Oh, Snow

Dec 16, 2017
Consider Bardwell Farm
Ralph Gardner Jr.

I did something last week anathema to my nature. I tried to avoid the snow.

It was traveling from south to north and I was heading from the Hudson Valley to Vermont. So I tried to get ahead of it.

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Lake George in the Southern Adirondacks, known for its crystal clear water, has been a summer destination for more than a century. But during 2017, the state-owned beach “Million Dollar Beach” was closed several times from June to August due to bacterial contamination. A team of local officials and advocates came together to solve the mystery of the pollution.

WAMC's Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard brings us this installment our series on infrastructure from the southern shore of Lake George.

Vermont Land Trust's Dummerston land site
Vermont Land Trust / Photo by Mike Barrett

A Vermont nonprofit environmental organization says 61 acres along Interstate 91 are being conserved as farmland.

The western Massachusetts city of Greenfield is the first in the state to sue opioid manufacturers and distributors.

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Lanesborough, Massachusetts is sticking with a single tax rate for residential and commercial properties in 2018. Taxes are going up across the board.

With changes coming to city hall, a proposed moratorium on recreational marijuana businesses in North Adams, Massachusetts is up in the air. Governor Charlie Baker signed a law this year allowing communities to opt out of recreational pot sales.

A Vermont man has been found not guilty on a charge that he sexually assaulted a woman in the bathroom of the state courthouse in Burlington just over two years ago.

Brad Campbell (left), Deanna Moran (center) and Tom Irwin (right)
Conservation Law Foundation

The Conservation Law Foundation, which has regional chapters in Vermont, New Hampshire and Massachusetts, held a year in review teleconference Thursday to discuss environmental issues in the age of President Trump.

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An artist has been selected as the next executive director of Downtown Pittsfield Inc. With 209 member organizations, the nonprofit works to promote downtown businesses and foster professional development. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief JD Allen spoke with Cheryl Mirer about her role in the county’s largest city. 

As municipalities finalize their 2018 budgets, one Albany County city is facing a potential double-digit tax increase. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports…

Troy Police Chief Retiring

Dec 15, 2017
Troy Police Chief John Tedesco
Troy Police Department

The police chief of Troy, New York is stepping down in December after 40 years with the department. John Tedesco has been the chief for seven years.

The New York state Capitol
WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas

With a projected multibillion dollar deficit and looming federal changes that could cost New York state billions of dollars more, the biggest obstacle in the upcoming 2018 legislative session will be balancing the state budget.

A group of western Massachusetts activists is home after participating in this year’s Nobel Peace Prize Conference in Oslo, Norway.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Dec 15, 2017

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Friday, December 15, 2017.


Chef Brian Arnoff of Kitchen Sink Food & Drink and Meyer's Olde Dutch joins Food Friday to detail his favorite Hanukkah dishes. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.

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MASS MoCA is growing out of its teenage years and into its expanded campus in North Adams, Massachusetts. WAMC has more on the recent announcement of the cultural destination’s winter and spring programing.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

As anyone who has sat in construction-related traffic jams knows, there are infrastructure projects of all sorts under way across New York.  Some of the largest are in the Hudson Valley. One high-profile project is above water, while another below the surface is one of the largest repair projects for its agency. In the latest installment of our seven-part infrastructure series, WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne takes a look up, down and across two projects with a combined price tag of around $5 billion.

1896 Telephone from Sweden.
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It's time for our listeners to phone it in!  Here are this week's highlights from the WAMC Listener Comment Line.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Dec 15, 2017
Paul Caiano

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Friday, December 15, 2017.

   The stage is being set for a fight in Massachusetts’ highest court over whether a question on raising taxes on the rich can appear on next year’s ballot.

This morning, we talk the with the head of the Food Pantries for the Capital District, Natasha Pernicka, about their new partnership with Field Goods.

Founder/President Donna Williams says Field Goods collects participants’ donations for fresh produce — grown at the 60 small farms in Field Goods’ network — and delivers the produce to The Food Pantries for the Capital District, a coalition of more than 60 food pantries in Albany, Rensselaer, Saratoga, and Schenectady Counties.

Zingerman's Bakehouse

Dec 15, 2017

This is the must-have baking book for bakers of all skill levels. Since 1992, Michigan's renowned artisanal bakery, Zingerman's Bakehouse in Ann Arbor, has fed a fan base across the United States and beyond with their chewy-sweet brownies and gingersnaps, famous sour cream coffee cake, and fragrant loaves of Jewish rye, challah, and sourdough. It's no wonder Zingerman's is a cultural and culinary institution. Now, for the first time, to celebrate their 25th anniversary, the Zingerman's bakers share 65 meticulously tested, carefully detailed recipes in a beautiful hardcover book featuring more than 50 color photographs and bountiful illustrations. Behind-the-scenes stories of the business enrich this collection of best-of-kind, delicious recipes for every "I can't believe I get to make this at home!" treat.

Frank Carollo, baker extraordinaire and co-owner of Zingerman's Bakehouse, joins us this morning. 

John Kerry, Michael Dukakis, Mitt Romney — Massachusetts presidential candidates haven’t fared well in recent history.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Tim Vercellotti of the Western New England University poll and professor of political science, wraps up his discussion with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

Based on unprecedented access to previously classified documents and dozens of interviews with key policymakers, here is the untold story of how George H. W. Bush faced a critical turning point of history—the end of the Cold War.

The end of the Cold War was the greatest shock to international affairs since World War II. In that perilous moment, Saddam Hussein chose to invade Kuwait, China cracked down on its own pro-democracy protesters, and regimes throughout Eastern Europe teetered between democratic change and new authoritarians. Not since FDR in 1945 had a U.S. president faced such opportunities and challenges.

As the presidential historian Jeffrey Engel reveals in this page-turning history, behind closed doors from the Oval Office to the Kremlin, George H. W. Bush rose to the occasion brilliantly. Distrusted by such key allies as Margaret Thatcher and dismissed as too cautious by the press, Bush had the experience and the wisdom to use personal, one-on-one diplomacy with world leaders. Bush knew when it was essential to rally a coalition to push Iraq out of Kuwait.

(Airs 12/15/17 @ 10 p.m.) The Legislative Gazette is a weekly program about New York State Government and politics. On this week’s Gazette: there’s now an official candidate running for Governor of NY in 2018, our political observer Alan Chartock will share his thoughts on the Republican Assembly Minority leaders decision to challenge Cuomo, and we’ll tell you about a program that helps children with life-threatening illness fulfill a dream.