(Airs 11/23/17 @ 1 p.m.) An encore 2015 In Conversation interview with WAMC's Alan Chartock and Folk Icon Arlo Guthrie at the Mahawie Theatre in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. Alan and Arlo talk about the movie Alice's Restaurant.

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

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Newschannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the midday weather summary for Nov. 23, 2017.

Former Congressman Maurice Hinchey
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Former Hudson Valley Congressman and New York state Assemblyman Maurice Hinchey died Wednesday at 79 after a public battle with a degenerative brain disease. Known as an environmental champion, Hinchey, a Democrat, served in the Assembly from 1975 until he was elected to Congress in 1992. He remained in the House until 2013, and helped inaugurate WAMC's popular Congressional Corner series, a daily segment that still runs today. WAMC's President and CEO Dr. Alan Chartock called Hinchey a "true friend," and shared his remembrances of the lawmaker with WAMC's Ian Pickus.

Spirit of Springfield

The Macy’s Parade in New York is not the only one featuring big balloons this Thanksgiving weekend.    Springfield has a parade Friday.

Dr. Alan Chartock discusses the death of former New York Congressman Maurice Hinchey.


Today’s Thanksgiving Day Matchups:

Minnesota Vikings at Detroit Lions 12:30 p.m.

Los Angeles Chargers at Dallas Cowboys 4:30 p.m.

New York Giants at Washington Redskins 8:30 p.m.

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Abundant crops of acorns, beech nuts and berries are providing wildlife across parts of the Northeast with an unusually bountiful Thanksgiving feast.

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Two Connecticut congressmen say they've received word that homeowners with crumbling foundations will soon be able to seek federal tax relief.

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Morning Forecast

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

Sunshine followed by increasing clouds today. Highs in the upper 30s.

Mostly cloudy tonight. Lows in the mid to upper 20s.

A mix of sun and clouds tomorrow.  Highs in the mid 40s.

If you want to learn how to be a better doctor or scientist you should go talk to a pilot. Next time on The Best of Our Knowledge, we’ll do that…talk to a pilot who is also a scientist about how medicine should take a page from aviation’s book.

We’ll also spend an academic minute trying to get baby boomers back to college.

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State lawmakers from Berkshire County are optimistic about expanding broadband internet in the region after the Massachusetts House passed a $45 million broadband and capital bond bill. 

Former NY Congressman Maurice Hinchey Dies

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Former Congressman Hinchey
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Former New York Congressman Maurice Hinchey has died.

Jay Peak

The owner of Vermont's Jay Peak ski resort has reached a tentative settlement with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in a fraud case.

Congresswoman Elise Stefanik meets with Canadian dignitaries and business leaders in Montreal
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Northern New York Congresswoman Elise Stefanik was in Montreal Monday to talk with members of the Quebec and North Country Chambers of Commerce about NAFTA and cross-border trade.

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It’s been a year since a Sheffield, Massachusetts resident opened a Montessori school in South Africa. 

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

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Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Wednesday, November 22, 2017.

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The legal dispute over the controversial plan to sell art to fund an expansion and endowment at the Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield, Massachusetts is moving to a higher court in Boston. 


MGM is ramping up its plans to hire thousands of people to work in the $960 million resort casino complex that is scheduled to open in western Massachusetts next fall.

#1478: Meet The First Woman Who Coached In The NFL

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On this week’s 51%, we’re in the thick of football season and we hear from the first woman to coach in the NFL, plus we learn about an artificial pancreas from a woman who is an expert in type 1 diabetes.  I’m Allison Dunne and this is 51%.


We welcome back our esteemed panel of experts to respond to your scientific inquiries. Barbara Brabetz, Jim Pickett and Ed Stander make up our panel. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.

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Hudson Valley Community College in Troy, NY will soon have its seventh president. The State University of New York Board of Trustees recently announced the appointment of Dr. Roger Ramsammy to lead the school which was established in 1953.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Nov 22, 2017
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Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Wednesday, November 22, 2017.

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The Senate version of the federal tax overhaul repeals the mandate requiring Americans to buy health insurance. State Representative Tricia Farley-Bouvier, a Pittsfield Democrat, says 1.4 million women in Massachusetts could lose affordable contraception if the Republican-controlled Congress continues to chip away at the Affordable Care Act. Republican Governor Charlie Baker on Monday signed a bill ensuring no-cost contraceptives in Massachusetts – regardless of federal changes to the health care law. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief JD Allen spoke with Farley-Bouvier about the law.

Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple, St. Peter's & Albany Memorial CEO Virginia Golden, Albany County DA David Soares and Pastor Charlie Muller.
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Officials hope Albany's  "Gifts for Guns Buy Back Program" will take more guns out of the local community.

Chris Matthews is the host of MSNBC’s Hardball. He is the author of "Jack Kennedy - Elusive Hero" and now Bobby Kennedy: A Raging Spirit.

With his bestselling biography Jack Kennedy, Chris Matthews shared a new look of one of America’s most beloved Presidents and the patriotic spirit that defined him. Now, with Bobby Kennedy, Matthews returns with a gripping, in-depth, behind-the-scenes portrait of one of the great figures of the American twentieth century.

Overlooked by his father, and overshadowed by his war-hero brother, Bobby Kennedy was the perpetual underdog. When he had the chance to become a naval officer like Jack, Bobby turned it down, choosing instead to join the Navy as a common sailor. It was a life changing experience that led him to connect with voters from all walks of life: young or old, black or white, rich or poor.

Senator Bernie Sanders holds student meeting on opioids and addiction at Burlington High School
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Vermont Independent Senator Bernie Sanders held a student town meeting at Burlington High School late last week to discuss the addiction and opioid crisis.

Our tech guru Jesse Feiler joins us this morning and has brought a special guest to discuss his latest project.

Jesse is an app developer, author, and consultant specializing in small business and nonprofit organizations. He is the author of the new book: “Learn Computer Science with Swift.” His most recent apps are “CyberContinuity,” a free app to learn about your vulnerabilities

His brand new book is “The Nonprofit Risk Book: Finding and Managing Risk in Nonprofits and NGOs” written with Gail Nayowith. 

Small Business Saturday

Nov 22, 2017

We did Book Picks yesterday, but wanted to give a double dose this week to talk about Small Business Saturday and give you some more book picks as well.

Amy Lane of Open Door Bookstore and Gift Gallery on Jay Street in Schenectady, NY joins us.

Congressman Peter Welch

Should one person have the power to drop a nuclear bomb?

In today’s Congressional Corner, Vermont Representative Peter Welch wraps up his conversation with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

Ward Horton, Jack DiFalco, Michael Urie, Mercedes Ruehl in "Torch Song" at Second Stage Theater
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  “Torch Song Trilogy” is a collection of three plays by Harvey Fierstein rendered in three acts: “International Stud,” “Fugue in a Nursery,” and “Widows and Children First!” The story centers on Arnold Beckoff, a Jewish homosexual, drag queen, and torch singer who lives in New York City in the late 1970s and early 1980s. In its original incarnation, the trilogy was first produced in those same decades with its Broadway production opening in June of 1982 and running until May of 1985. The show earned Tony Awards for Best Play and Best Actor in a Play for Fierstein.

Fierstein has recently adapted his work into a shorter version entitled “Torch Song” which is running at Second Stage Theatre on 43rd Street in New York City through December 9. The production, directed by Moisés Kaufman, features Jack DiFalco, Roxanna Hope Radja, Michael Rosen, Mercedes Ruehl, Michael Urie, and our guest, Ward Horton.


Horton is best known for playing Dr. Scott Strauss on CBS’ “Pure Genius” and was the male lead in the horror film “Annabelle.” He plays Ed in “Torch Song.”