On sabbatical from teaching literature to undergraduates, and wanting to educate a different kind of student, Mikita Brottman starts a book club with a group of convicts from the Jessup Correctional Institution in Maryland.

Caleb Carr, bestselling author of The Alienist and The Angel of Darkness, has created a contemporary psychological thriller haunted by the shadowy hands of established power. His new novel is Surrender, New York.

Carr is an American novelist and military historian. He has worked at the Council on Foreign Relations, Foreign Affairs Quarterly, MHQ: The Quarterly Journal of Military History, and taught military history, including World Military History, the History of American Intelligence, and Insurgency/Counterinsurgency, at Bard College. We talk with him about his new novel on The Book Show this week and discuss current affairs with him in this interview.

8/29/16 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, Political Consultant Libby Post, and Director of the Journalism Program at the University at Albany Rosemary Armao.

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses the Little League World Series, a stop de Blasio line on the election ballot, and Trump being used to help state Democrats win control of the Senate.

New York’s affordable housing agency is now reportedly under the microscope. The Homes and Community Renewal agency is among the state agencies that have been subpoenaed by U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara of the Southern District. 

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WAMC's David Gusitina talks with Ken Lovett of the New York Daily News about state Democrats using Trump to win the Senate, Uber in upstate New York, Bernie Sanders and the Working Families Party.

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Morning Forecast

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

Mostly cloudy early this morning, then increasing sunshine with lower humidity this afternoon.  Highs in the lower to mid 80's.

Mostly clear tonight. Lows in the upper 50's.

A mix of sun and clouds tomorrow.  Highs in the lower to mid 80's.


An arm of the European Union is expected to weigh in on a request from Sweden to deem American lobsters an invasive species in much of Europe.

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Ryan Harlost led Endwell, New York, to the Little League World Series title, striking out eight and limiting South Korea to five hits in six innings in a 2-1 victory Sunday.

Teachers in the second largest public school district in Massachusetts will be back in the classroom today working without a current contract. 

(Airs 8/28 & 8/29) The Media Project is an inside look at media coverage of current events with Albany Times Union Editor Rex Smith, Daily Gazette Editor Judy Patrick, and Paul Conti, Assistant Professor in the Communications Department at The College of Saint Rose. On this week's show they talk about covering Donald Trump, Melania Trump suing the Media, frustrations for Journalists using the Freedom of Information Law (FOIL), a letter on press freedom rankings and much more.

(Airs 8/28/16) The Legislative Gazette is a weekly program about New York State Government and politics. On this week's Gazette: A look inside a recent Assembly hearing on the Governor’s economic development programs, a conversation about the relationship between the Governor the Mayor of New York City between our political observer Alan Chartock and Daily News Albany Bureau Chief Ken Lovett, and our Pat Bradley speaks with 21st district house Republican Elise Stefanik.

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Haunted Montreal

While there are common threads in lore throughout the world, nearly every country and culture has its own distinct tales. In the United Kingdom for example, many stories revolve around mystical creatures in the rolling hills and mists that are characteristic of the landscape. In the United States, we talk a lot about Bigfoot, who allegedly roams our forests and mountains.

In Canada, snow and winter imagery play a large role in legends there. On this episode of Listen with the Lights On, we explore a French Canadian tale from Montreal.

Strange Universe: 08/26/2016

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This week Bob discusses Nikola Tesla.

When students head back to school Monday in the second largest school district in Massachusetts, basic supplies will include school-issued laptop computers.

Two hikers in Albany County came across a dead body Friday.

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A longshot has won the marquee race at Saratoga Race Course in the fastest time in history.


It's state fair time, and the largest agricultural fair in the Northeast, The Big E, is marking its centennial this year.

The 100th edition opens September 16th at the Eastern States Exposition in West Springfield, Massachusetts.   

WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Eugene Cassidy, the CEO of the Big E.

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Escorted by motorcycle riders with the Patriot Guard, the remains of a WWII marine killed in the Pacific more than 70 years ago finally arrived home Friday.


Nathan Littauer Hospital in Gloversville says nurses represented by the New York State Nurses Association planning to strike next week will be locked out. The union that represents 112 nurses at the Fulton County facility is planning a strike to begin September 1st until September 6th.

The testing of Washington Lake and Silver Stream near the Stewart Airport Air National Guard base has given the state Department of Environmental Conservation enough proof to declare the area a Superfund site because of PFOS contamination, believed to have originated from the Guard base.

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Pedestrian safety has been priority one for Cohoes Mayor Shawn Morse in the weeks since a teenage girl was struck and killed trying to cross 787.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

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Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Friday, August 26, 2016.

       Drivers using Massachusetts-issued E-ZPass transponders will get a small discount when all-electronic tolling begins later this year on the state turnpike.

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A new center is being formed in Vermont to study the sound impact industrial wind turbines have on the surrounding area.  But an advocacy group claims such studies would be biased, pointing to the sponsoring group’s anti-wind stance.

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  Our region boasts some of the finest chefs in the country. And we want to get to know as many of them as possible here on Food Friday. Today we are on with Chef Nicholas Armstrong. He’s the culinary mind behind Rascals steakhouse in Albany. He is particularly skilled at the art of plating and presenting food. 

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

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Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Friday, August 26, 2016.

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An ethics bill New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says will increase accountability and transparency was signed into law Wednesday. But good-government groups say the measure is just a band-aid on chronic corruption in Albany.

  Mary Martin was one of the greatest stars of her day. Growing up in Texas, she was married early to Benjamin Hagman and gave birth to her first child, Larry Hagman. She was divorced even more quickly. Martin left little Larry with her parents and took off for Hollywood. She didn't make a dent in the movie industry and was lured to New York where she found herself auditioning for Cole Porter. Six years later, she became the Toast of Broadway when she starred in South Pacific. After that, she flew as Peter Pan, yodeled in The Sound of Music, took Hello, Dolly! on the road and shared a four-poster with Robert Preston in I Do! I Do!.

Her personal life was just as interesting and it's all covered in David Kaufman's book, Some Enchanted Evenings: The Glittering Life and Times of Mary Martin.

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      Federal funding has been approved and if all goes according to plan a bike sharing program will debut next summer in four municipalities in western Massachusetts. 

     The Pioneer Valley Planning Commission is coordinating the project. 

     WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with chief planner Christopher Curtis.