Ralph Gardner Jr: Student Of The Seasons

2 hours ago
Callery Pear petals littering a driveway
Ralph Gardner, Jr

As someone who’s been visiting the Hudson Valley since the 1960’s, and religiously since the late Seventies when my grandparents passed away and I assumed management of the house where we live today, here’s a small insight from an old-timer: when it comes to nature no two years are alike. 


A new director has been picked for the second-largest public housing authority in Massachusetts.

Paul Caiano

NewsChannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the regional midday weather summary for Saturday, May 26, 2018.


Massachusetts casino regulators are weighing a request from MGM to serve alcohol until 4 a.m. on the gambling floor of the soon-to-open Springfield casino.

JD Allen / WAMC News

Massachusetts State Representative Tricia Farley-Bouvier says she’s secured funding for a Pittsfield revitalization project.

Clearwater Sails To Raise Money For Legal Battle

6 hours ago
Courtesy of Clearwater

The Hudson River Sloop Clearwater is slated to set sail Saturday in the name of renewable energy.

(Airs 5/25/18) The Legislative Gazette is a weekly program about New York State Government and politics. On this week’s Gazette: the state legislature chooses acting attorney general Barbara Underwood to fill out former Attorney General Schneiderman’s term, our political observer Alan Chartock shares his thoughts on the GOP and Democratic conventions held this week, and New York and Vermont partner in a Border to Border law enforcement campaign.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

Ulster County is set to construct a restorative justice center. On Thursday, county legislators unanimously approved the funding requested, but not before discussion about the cost. The center is part of the county’s response to New York’s Raise the Age law, which takes effect October 1.

Andrew Pallotta: Fix The Broken Teacher Evaluation System

23 hours ago

New York’s teacher evaluation system is broken – and now is the time to fix it.

Parents and educators remain angry and frustrated.  They are demanding an end to the state’s flawed evaluation system – a system which over-emphasizes standardized testing and which misuses tests to rank and sort teachers.  They want more local control, and a return to the days when schools could focus on teaching and learning … not endless test preparation.

Rep. Tonko kicks off weeklong spotlight on mental health in Albany
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

New York Congressman Paul Tonko visited Albany Friday morning to kick off a weeklong spotlight on mental health.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

23 hours ago

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Friday, May 25, 2018.

Josh Landes

A business owner who received international infamy for two sexual assaults in the 1980s has brought his skydiving company to North Adams, Massachusetts.


      Details have been announced about a free shuttle bus that will debut later this year with the opening of the MGM Springfield casino.

New York Attorney General Race Takes Shape

May 25, 2018
The state capitol in Albany
Dave Lucas / WAMC

Democrats and Republicans in New York have picked their choices to fill the open seat for state attorney general, following the resignation of Eric Schneiderman over a domestic violence scandal.

WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas

Global Partners this week withdrew its application to install a crude oil heating facility at the Port of Albany. Although the decision is good news for residents of the city's South End, tenants of the Ezra Prentice homes are still battling other environmental issues.

Facebook: Phoenician Mediterranean Palace

Rindala Rahal, executive chef of Phoenician Mediterranean Palace, joins Food Friday to discuss Mediterranean-Lebanese cooking. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.

#1505: What Will It Take?

May 25, 2018

On this week’s 51%, what will it take to empower a new generation of women leaders and a Hmong-American smashes stereotypes through her writing. I’m Allison Dunne and this is 51%.

A national summit on PFAS chemicals was held in Washington, D.C. this week. Convened by Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt, the two-day event sought input on pollution including PFOA and PFOS, which have been discovered in several communities in our region.

Rogovoy Report 5/25/18

May 25, 2018

The cultural highlights in our region this weekend include chamber music, New Orleans dance music, Jamaican dance music, theater, and a whole lot more.

Artwork from a radio-related World War II propaganda poster for the United States
Public Domain / WikiMedia Commons

Now we turn the microphone over to our listeners.  Here are this week's highlights from the WAMC Listener Comment Line.

Plattsburgh Common Council meeting 5-24-18
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The Plattsburgh Common Council held its regular weekly meeting Thursday evening. Councilors approved and then forwarded a five-year budget plan to the mayor. But they once again delayed action on a Code of Conduct.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

May 25, 2018
Paul Caiano

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Friday, May 25, 2018.

Katy Tur and book cover for "Unbelievable"

OLLI, the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Berkshire Community College's 2018 Mona Sherman Memorial Speaker will be Katy Tur. Tur is an NBC journalist and New York Times bestselling author of "Unbelievable: My Front-Row Seat to the Craziest Campaign in American History."

Katy Tur will speak at 6pm at The Mahaiwe in Great Barrington, Massachusetts directly following OLLI's 2018 Annual Meeting, which begins at 4:30pm. Both events are free and open to the public but have reached capacity. There is a standby list.

The 13th Annual Berkshire International Film Festival will showcase 80 of the latest in independent feature, documentary, short and family films. The festival runs from May 31 to June 3 in Great Barrington, MA and June 1 to 3 in Pittsfield, MA.

Kelley Vickery is the Artistic Director and Founder of BIFF and she joins us with a preview of this year’s festival.

Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty

Before election season, Congress has plenty to do.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Connecticut Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty, a Democrat from the fifth district, wraps up her discussion with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

City of Northampton

A Memorial Day parade marks a milestone in western Massachusetts this year. 

Clearwater’s Great Hudson River Revival celebrates its 40th Anniversary this year. Revival is the country’s oldest and largest music and environmental festival, bringing together major musical acts and Clearwater’s own brand of green activism for a unique weekend every June. Clearwater Festival 2018, which takes place on June 16 and 17, on the banks of the Hudson River at beautiful Croton Point Park, Croton-On-Hudson, NY has an amazing line-up.

A number of Clearwater’s favorite artists will be returning this year including: The Mavericks, Ani DiFranco, Tom Paxton & The DonJuans, Tom Chapin, The Mammals (featuring Mike + Ruthy), Jay Ungar and Molly Mason, Dan Zanes, The Nields, The Kennedys and Dance Troupe The Vanaver Caravan. Artists the Festival will welcome for the first time this year include: Jeff Tweedy, They Might Be Giants, multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Rhiannon Giddens and bluegrass greats Hot Rize.

To tell us more we welcome Judith Enck and Betsy Garthwaite - President of Hudson River Sloop Clearwater's Board of Directors.

5/25/18 Panel

May 25, 2018

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

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Former EPA Regional Administrator Judith Enck, Betsy Garthwaite, President of Hudson River Sloop Clearwater's Board of Directors and counter-terrorism expert Malcolm Nance.

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock the WAMC Locked Box, the cancellation of a summit with North Korean Leader Kim Jong-un, and the future of the Democratic Party in New York state.

Governor Andrew Cuomo
Office of Governor Andrew Cuomo

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo called in past Democratic Party stalwarts Hillary Clinton and Joe Biden to endorse him, as he received the overwhelming support of delegates at the state Democratic Convention on Long Island Thursday.