WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses the house passing the GOP tax reform bill, whether or not it will pass the senate, and the military coup in Zimbabwe.

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Jose Altuve is the 2017 American League MVP. The Houston Astros infielder beat out New York Yankees slugger Aaron Judge for the award by a wide margin.

The 5-foot-6 Altuve drew 27 of the 30 first-place votes in balloting by members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America.

Altuve batted a major league-best .346. He hit 24 home runs with 81 RBIs, scored 112 times, stole 32 bases and showed a sharp glove at second base.

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WAMC's David Guistina talks with Samantha Wood of the Berkshire Eagles about the Museum art sale, a rescinded Walmart plan, and the death of a Berkshire Eagle reporter.

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Morning Forecast

Nov 17, 2017
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Here's NewsChannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano's WAMC Regional Forecast:

Mostly sunny, breezy and cool today.  Highs in the lower 40s.

Clear this evening, then increasing clouds overnight.  Lows in the lower 20s.

Thickening clouds tomorrow morning with rain developing during the afternoon.  High in the mid 40s.

A new homeless shelter has opened for the winter in Vermont's capital city.

Vermont Republican Governor Phil Scott says he doesn't believe the U.S. Justice Department has done its homework by asking the state if it is complying with a federal law that requires the sharing of information about immigration enforcement.

Westchester County Exec Drops Indian Point Lawsuits

Nov 16, 2017
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Fresh off his re-election loss to Democratic state Senator George Latimer, Republican Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino is dropping his two lawsuits over the closing of Indian Point nuclear power plant.

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A new report on poverty issued by United Way takes a fresh look at who is living in poverty in the U.S.  The ALICE report was the focus of a forum at Mountain Lake PBS in Plattsburgh this week.

Jessica Wisneski of Citizen Action, speaks out against the house tax bill at a protest at the NY state Capitol Thursday
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Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo is slamming the tax overhaul plan passed by the U.S. House of Representatives Thursday, saying it will be “poison” to New York.

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Saratoga County Sheriff’s Deputy John Brown died suddenly while on a training run Sunday. He was 45.  Services are being held throughout the day Friday.   WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard spoke with Sheriff Michael Zurlo about the loss of his deputy.  

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Nov 16, 2017

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Thursday, November 16, 2017.

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Thanksgiving is next week, and summer in the Berkshires is all but a distant memory. But the Boston Symphony Orchestra released its plans today for the 2018 season at its summer home in Lenox. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief JD Allen spoke with Tanglewood Director Tony Fogg, who says it’s a year to celebrate.

(Airs 11/16/17 @ 3 p.m.) WAMC's Alan Chartock speaks with Ken Lovett, Albany Bureau Chief for the New York Daily News.


Is your vehicle ready for winter? Joining us today to answer your automotive questions is Gordon Fricke – owner and operator of Barber and Fricke Automotive Inc. – an independent repair, auto body, towing and used car facility in Hoosick Falls, New York. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.

(Airs 11/16/17 @ 1p.m.) – Today features an encore Power of Words. WAMC's Alan Chartock and Lou Cannon, Reagan biographer, columnist, and award-winning reporter set the scene and provide context and analysis of President Ronald Reagan's Inaugural Address. In addition, listeners will have an opportunity to actually hear the speech as it was delivered on January 20th, 1981.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Nov 16, 2017
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Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Thursday, November 16, 2017.

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Author, rock music aficionado, Western Massachusetts historian, and 31-year Berkshire Eagle journalist Derek Gentile is being remembered warmly this week after he died Sunday. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief JD Allen spoke with Berkshire Eagle Executive Editor Kevin Moran about Gentile’s work and impact on the community.

Listener Essay - Breaking News

Nov 16, 2017

Elisabeth Grace is a retired clinical social worker with English and Scottish roots, who shares her home in Columbia County with a demanding blue-eyed cat and a newcomer, a little brown dog named Lilah.

Breaking News

Making a lemon meringue pie from scratch is labor intensive. I need a special occasion to embark on it, like a Thanksgiving dinner or a significant birthday, so when I was invited to the party planned to celebrate two special birthdays one day last summer, I asked one of the two hostesses, wife of one of the birthday boys, if such a pie would be acceptable. “One of my favorites!” she responded enthusiastically.

The red and white checquered cook-book fell open at page 311, as if I made lemon meringue pies every day. I scanned the ingredients, checked what I was missing and went to the supermarket the following day to buy frozen pie-shells (I'm not a purist) and pick out three perfect lemons.

Leon Polk Smith (American, 1906-96) untitled, 1968 paper on red Japanese paper, 35 ¾ x 25 in. Leon Polk Smith Foundation, 1968 D.053

In the first-ever museum exhibition of drawings and collages by a pioneer of geometric abstraction, The Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute Museum of Art is presenting "Geometry in Motion: Leon Polk Smith Works on Paper," on view through the end of the year.

This exhibition examines Smith’s (1906-96) characteristic pieces from the 1940s, as he entered his artistic maturity, through the 1990s, when he was ever-prolific and undiminished by time.

Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art Mary Murray joins us.

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Hunger Free Vermont

Hunger Free Vermont is a statewide group that has worked since 1993 to end hunger and increase access to nutritious food.  For the past nine years it has been led by Marissa Parisi, who expanded its scope statewide and broadened its focus from childhood hunger to all ages.  Parisi will leave her current position in December to helm RiseVT.  She is excited about the new challenge.

CT Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman

Connecticut Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman says she is not planning to run for governor in 2018. Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, a fellow Democrat, has already announced he will not seek a third term.


The next group of leaders in the City of Glens Falls has been chosen. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports Democrats and Republicans are pledging cooperation.

The off-year election results have Democrats hopeful for 2018.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Senior editor of Congressional Quarterly and Roll Call David Hawkings continues his conversation with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

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Opponents of Kinder Morgan’s natural gas pipeline expansion into Western Massachusetts have sent a formal complaint to Governor Charlie Baker. The activists are claiming negligence.

Shawn Stone joins us to talk about what he's seen lately and what cultural events are coming up this week in our region.

Seen: "Murder on the Orient Express"

Upcoming: The Olate Dogs - Cohoes Music Hall, Cohoes, Thursday 11/16, 7 PM
Performing Artists in Residence Chamber Music Concert (Mendelssohn, Shostakovich, Schumann) The Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, Friday 11/17, 7 PM
Laura Luna - EMPAC Studio 2, Troy, Friday 11/17, 7:30 PM
David Crosby & Friends: Sky Trails Tour - The Egg, Albany, Friday 11/17, 8 PM
"The Thing/The Thing" - Capitol Theatre, Rome, Saturday 11/18, 2:30 and 7 PM
Albany Symphony Orchestra: The Rite of Spring (Stravinsky, Dukas, Del Tredici) - Palace Theatre, Albany, Saturday 11/18, 7:30 PM
Ashley Bathgate - "Cello: Bach Unwound" - The Egg, Albany, Saturday 11/18, 7:30 PM
Arlo Guthrie Family Show - Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington, Saturday 11/18, 8 PM
Saint Motel - Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park, Saturday 11/18, 8 PM
Amythyst Kiah - Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs, Sunday 11/19, 7 PM

New movies: "Lady Bird," "Justice League," "Wonder," "The Star"


Early next year, during the dead of winter, the first heads of fresh lettuce are expected to be harvested at a new greenhouse built on what was once dangerously polluted land in western Massachusetts.

11/16/17 Panel

Nov 16, 2017

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

Today's panelists are: WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Professor of Political Science at Siena College Vera Ecarius-Kelly, Communications Consultant Theresa Bourgeois, and Investigative Journalist, Rosemary Armao.

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses the sale of artworks from the Berkshire Museum, GOP vote on tax proposal, senate review of the President's nuclear power, and Roy Moore.


Tim Hardaway Jr. scored seven of his 26 points over the final 33 seconds as the Knicks downed the Jazz 106-101. Kristaps Porzingis had 22 points and Courtney Lee added 19 for New York, which trailed by 10 late in the third quarter before posting its third comeback win in eight days.

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WAMC's David Guistina talks with Jim Kevlin of Hometown Oneonta about a Cooperstown native, R.B. Schlather directing an opera about Susan B. Anthony.