The path of the proposed Northeast Energy Direct pipeline
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Kinder Morgan formally withdrew its federal application for its Northeast Energy Direct natural gas pipeline Monday after announcing in April that it was suspending work on the $3.3 billion project.

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     A state legislator is planning to file a bill to make it easier to rid Massachusetts municipalities of blighted property.

           State Rep. Carlos Gonzalez of Springfield is crafting legislation that would set a 30-day deadline in Massachusetts to register the transfer of ownership of a property. 

       He said too often when there is a foreclosure, or distress sale, a new owner delays registering the deed. It makes it difficult for officials to find the rightful owner if the property is later abandoned.

Pittsfield Mayor Linda Tyer is joined by law enforcement, school and community leaders for a press conference in Pittsfield City Hall Monday.
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The mayor of Pittsfield and law enforcement leaders addressed a recent spate of gun incidents in the city Monday.

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A new coalition of community organizations, faith groups and labor unions says New York can address government corruption by tightening campaign finance rules while making it easier to vote.


An ambitious program to install solar panels at New York's public schools, already off to a slow start, has to recruit a new partner after the financial collapse of one of the nation's largest solar companies.

The Nassau town supervisor is calling for additional EPA testing for the manufacturing chemical PFOA at the Dewey Loeffel Superfund site in Rensselaer County.


A public art and beautification project began Monday in Springfield, Massachusetts.

Blair Horner: Higher Ed Shortfall Gets Response

May 23, 2016

The New York state budget approved in April contained some good news for public college students and their families: It added a $100 increase per full-time enrolled student (FTE) in community college base aid over that proposed by the governor—an increase over last year’s budget.  The new budget also restored the governor’s proposed cuts to some financial assistance programs.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

May 23, 2016

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Monday, May 23, 2016.

Tributes continue for a Massachusetts police officer shot and killed over the weekend during a traffic stop.

  Joining us on this Medical Monday is Dr. Prathima Kanumuri. She’s a board-certified breast cancer surgeon with Ellis Medicine in Schenectady, specializing in surgical treatment of both benign and malignant diseases of the breast. 

Rob Edelman: Elvis And Nixon

May 23, 2016

These days, biopics are all the rage. During one recent week, a number of films screening at the Spectrum, the local Albany art house, featured actors playing such diverse personalities as Ernest Hemingway, Miles Davis, Elvis Presley, and Richard Nixon.

Jason Caterina's Midday Forecast

May 23, 2016
Meteorologist Jason Caterina

Meteorologist Jason Caterina delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Monday, May 23, 2016.

One Wounded Soldier's Long Road Back

May 23, 2016

With Memorial Day a week away, many Americans are thinking of killed and wounded soldiers in their lives. Tens of thousands of soldiers have been badly hurt fighting in Afghanistan over the last 15 years. Western New England University’s Courtney Miller reports on one.

March Against Monsanto in Albany, NY calls attention to GMOs
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Activists protesting genetically modified foods gathered on the grounds outside the state capitol in Albany on Saturday in solidarity with the international "March Against Monsanto.”

Berkshire Scenic Railway Museum's Hoosac Valley Service
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After roughly four years of planning followed by on-the-ground work, scenic rail is ready to run in Northern Berkshire County.

  Mark Twain, the highest-paid writer in America in 1894, was also one of the nation’s worst investors.

The publishing company Twain owned was failing; his investment in a typesetting device was bleeding red ink. After losing hundreds of thousands of dollars back when a beer cost a nickel, he found himself neck-deep in debt. His heiress wife, Livy, took the setback hard - but Twain vowed to Livy he would pay back every penny. And so, just when the fifty-nine-year-old, bushy-browed icon imagined that he would be settling into literary lionhood, telling jokes at gilded dinners, he forced himself to mount the “platform” again, embarking on a round-the-world stand-up comedy tour. No author had ever done that. He cherry-picked his best stories—such as stealing his first watermelon and buying a bucking bronco—and spun them into a ninety-minute performance. Twain trekked across the American West and onward by ship to the faraway lands of Australia, New Zealand, Tasmania, India, Ceylon, and South Africa.

Richard Zacks' new book is Chasing the Last Laugh: Mark Twain's Raucous and Redemptive Round-the-World Comedy Tour

  Mark Zwonitzer is an author and award-winning documentary filmmaker. 

His new book The Statesman and the Storyteller, is a dual biography covering the last ten years of the lives of friends and contemporaries, writer Samuel Clemens (aka Mark Twain) and statesman John Hay (who served as secretary of state under presidents William McKinley and Theodore Roosevelt), The Statesman and the Storyteller not only provides an intimate look into the daily lives of these men but also creates an elucidating portrait of the United States on the verge of emerging as a world power.

  The U.S. Military Academy found itself in the headlines recently.

In today’s Congressional Corner, New York representative Sean Patrick Maloney tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock it’s much ado about nothing. 

  The Nest is a story about the power of family, the possibilities of friendship, the ways we depend upon one another and the ways we let one another down.

In her tender, entertaining, and deftly written debut, Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney brings a remarkable cast of characters to life to illuminate what money does to relationships, what happens to our ambitions over the course of time, and the fraught yet unbreakable ties we share with those we love.

  Daniel Shapiro, Ph.D., is founder and director of the Harvard International Negotiation Program and a world-renowned expert on conflict resolution. From advising leaders of war-torn countries to working with senior executives and families in crisis, Dan has helped thousands of organizations and individuals solve the problems that divide us. Drawing on these experiences and his practice-based research, he has developed a wealth of practical approaches to amplify influence and leadership—in business, in government, and in life.

His new book is Negotiating the Nonnegotiable: How to Resolve Your Most Emotionally Charged Conflicts.

5/23/16 Panel

May 23, 2016

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

A Massachusetts police officer was fatally shot Sunday by a suspect who was later killed in a shootout that left a state trooper wounded. 

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses the WAMC Locked Box, the U.S. arms ban ends in Vietnam, and the upcoming election in November.

Composite Image by Dave Lucas (WAMC)

WAMC's David Guistina talks with Ken Lovett of the New York Daily News about the Child Victims Act, emails in Cuomo's administration, and affordable housing.

Meteorologist Jason Caterina's Morning Forecast

May 23, 2016
Meteorologist Jason Caterina

TODAY:  Mostly sunny, chance for scattered afternoon shower or thunderstorm. Highs in the 70s to hear 80s.
TONIGHT:  Mostly cloudy, scattered showers with lows in the 40s to low and mid 50s.
TOMORROW:  Mostly cloudly, chance of showers with highs in the 60s to low 70s. 

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In the NBA playoffs, Oklahoma City bested Golden State 133-105 to take a 2-1 series lead.

(Airs 5/22 & 5/23/16) The Media Project is an inside look at media coverage of current events with WAMC’s CEO Alan Chartock, Albany Times Union Editor Rex Smith, and Daily Freeman Publisher Emeritus Ira Fusfeld. On this week's show they talk about a listener letter, The New York Times coverage of Donald Trump’s behavior with women through the years, whether reporting on the personal life of a Presidential candidate fair game, Fox News’ Megyn Kelly interviews Donald Trump in prime time, and much more.

The town supervisor of a Rensselaer County community that is home to a Federal Superfund site is asking the Environmental Protection Agency for additional testing for the chemical PFOA.


Economic indicators, including the just released unemployment rate for April, are generally positive for Massachusetts.  But, a panel of economists writing  in the economic journal MassBenchmarks warns the state’s economy is on precarious footing. 

WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Robert Nakosteen, an economics professor at UMass Amherst and executive editor of MassBenchmarks.