A scene from the Bright Nights at Forest Park light display
Spirit of Springfield

The largest holiday-themed light show in the Northeast opens to the public for a 21st season tonight in Springfield, Massachusetts.

Bright Nights at Forest Park has more than 650,000 lights along a three-mile drive through the city’s largest park.  It draws tens of thousands of visitors, including many tour groups. 

Bright Nights is a collaboration of Spirit of Springfield, a private non-profit organization, and the city’s Department of Parks and Recreation. 

WAMC’s Paul Tuthill spoke with Spirit of Springfield President Judy Matt.

New York is taking steps to accomplish Gov. Andrew Cuomo's goal of generating half of the state's electricity from renewable sources by 2030.
WAMC photo illustration by Dave Lucas

Governor Andrew Cuomo's goal of generating half of New York’s electricity from renewable sources by 2030 has apparently caused some re-thinking on how to accomplish that goal.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

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Newschannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Wednesday, November 25, 2015.

Albany has been the subject of many headlines in recent weeks, with its past leaders in the midst of high-profile corruption trials. But the New York state Legislature is on recess until January, so members are working in their districts.  115th  Assembly district Republican Janet Duprey attended a recent forum on the heroin and drug addiction crisis in the North Country.  A member of the Assembly Minority Task Force on Heroin Addiction & Community Response, she told WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley that some progress is being made drafting legislation to deal with the statewide addiction crisis.

In his new book The Age of Clinton: America In The 1990s, historian Gil Troy, asks us to look past our prejudices about William Jefferson Clinton's Presidency and instead focus on the way in which his time in office shaped the culture of the 1990's. The book also of course sheds light on Hillary Clinton's Political career as we approach the 2016 Presidential Election.

  Whether we’re ready or not -- the holiday season is upon us. Time for family visits, parties with friends and co-workers, and attempts at general merriment. These are also the weeks and months when the best films of the year start showing up on movie theater screens.

Tim Federle’s newest mixology book combines those two interests: cocktails and movies. Gone with the Gin: Cocktails with a Hollywood Twist follows Federle’s Tequila Mockingbird: Cocktails with a Literary Twist and Hickory Daiquiri Dock: Cocktails with a Nursery Rhyme Twist.

Federle is also the author of the best-selling Better Nate Than Ever and Five Six Seven Nate. His kids book is called Tommy Can’t Stop. Before he was an author he was a dancer, performing on Broadway in Gypsy, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, The Little Mermaid, and Billy Elliot: The Musical.

This is a picture of Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey speaking.

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey is taking action against student debt relief companies that she says are preying on vulnerable people.

  The Paris attacks horrified the world.

In today’s Congressional Corner, New York representative Sean Patrick Maloney tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that the U.S. strategy against ISIS must be sharpened. 

WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas

After meeting with Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan, Dontay Ivy’s family is dissatisfied with her initial response to their list of demands.

photo of Sarah McLachlan

  Three time Grammy winning folk-pop singer and songwriter Sarah McLachlan is best known for her emotional ballads, including "I Will Remember You," "Sweet Surrender," "Adia" , "Possession", "Building a Mystery" and "Angel."

She founded the concert festival Lilith Fair, and has sold over 40 million albums worldwide. She will perform at UPAC in Kingston, NY on Sunday, November 29th.