It’s a classic story of the American Dream. George Mitchell grew up in a working class family in Maine, experiencing firsthand the demoralizing effects of unemployment when his father was laid off from a lifelong job. But education was always a household priority, and Mitchell embraced every opportunity that came his way, eventually becoming the ranking Democrat in the Senate during the administrations of George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton.

Mitchell looks back at his adventures in law and politics in his memoir, The Negotiator.

Pat Bradley

U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont kicked off his campaign for the White House Tuesday in Burlington, where he began his political career as mayor. He is seeking the Democratic nomination. Here is his entire speech as provided by the campaign:

5/27/15 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, Associate Editor of The Times Union, Mike Spain, and political consultant and lobbyist, Libby Post.

Newschannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano

(5/27/15) Newschannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers his WAMC Regional Forecast.

(5/27/15) Daily Gazette Editor Judy Patrick talks with WAMC's David Guistina about a moderate drought in the region and its effect on farmers.

(5/27/15) Dr. Alan Chartock shares his morning commentary.

  A man who was a friend of the Hudson River, environmental advocate Jim Simpson has died.

Today's Sports News

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In NBA playoff action The Cleveland Cavaliers thrashed the Atlanta Hawks 118-88 and are in the NBA Finals for the first time in eight years after completing a four-game sweep in the Eastern Conference finals.

Houston is at Atlanta tonight at 9 on ESPN for Game 5 of the Western Conference Finals.


To the NHL where The New York Rangers have forced another Game 7 in the Stanley Cup playoffs by thumping the Lightning 7-3 at Tampa to stretch the Eastern Conference finals to the limit. Game 7 is Friday night in New York.

WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas

The Westchester County executive says he will expand training for the county's police departments and victim advocates as part of a battle against sexual violence on campuses.  Rob Astorino made the announcement Tuesday as part of a proposal to revamp a bill pending before the state Legislature.

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Pittsfield Mayor Dan Bianchi submitted a $145 million budget proposal for fiscal 2016 to the city council Tuesday night. The spending plan is up nearly three percent from the previous one.