Office of NYS Senator David Carlucci

Leaders of New York’s Democratic Party recently asked the breakaway Independent Democratic Conference in the state Senate to reunite with the mainstream Democrats. Governor Andrew Cuomo is now backing reunification, which likely would not occur until at least after the budget session. WAMC’s Allison Dunne spoke with one of the IDC’s eight members.

(Airs 12/7/17)  In honor of the anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor, we present an encore airing of  WAMC's Pearl Harbor Over The Radio Documentary. Our Alan Chartock In Conversation with Historian and Professor Ivan Steen about what people heard the day of the attack on Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941, over their radios.

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Williamstown, Massachusetts has reimagined its town hall with the help of a Williams College student with an eye for detail. 

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Dec 7, 2017
Paul Caiano

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Thursday, December 7, 2017.

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

The Albany Police Department, Capital Region Crime Stoppers and SEFCU have teamed up to launch a program enabling people with tips about crimes to share information with authorities anonymously — with the possibility of a cash reward.

Robert Lacey is the historical consultant to the Netflix series "The Crown," having worked previously with Peter Morgan on his Oscar-winning movie "The Queen."

As a renowned British historian and the author of numerous international bestsellers, including "Majesty," his pioneering biography of Queen Elizabeth II, Robert has been writing about the Queen and her extraordinary life for more than 40 years.

Season 2 of "The Crown" will be on Netflix on 12/8. Lacey's new book is "The Crown: The Official Companion, Volume 1: Elizabeth II, Winston Churchill, and the Making of a Young Queen (1947-1955)."

Carina Driscoll
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Over the past week,  two candidates have announced campaigns to challenge two-term incumbent Democratic Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger in the election on Town Meeting Day in March.  On Monday, former city councilor and state legislator Carina Driscoll announced she will run as an Independent.  The lifelong Burlington resident, who is the stepdaughter of Senator Bernie Sanders, hopes to run a grassroots campaign that brings people together to build a new vision for the city.

Lucas Willard / WAMC

Supporters of the DREAM Act held a national day of action on Wednesday. Advocates rallied in Washington D.C. while other, smaller demonstrations in support of immigrants brought to the United States as children went on in communities across the country. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard attended one such gathering in Saratoga Springs.

The musical She Loves Me originally opened on Broadway in 1963 with a star-studded cast that included Barbara Cook, Daniel Massey, and Jack Cassidy that went on to inspire such films as The Shop Around the CornerIn the Good Ole Summertime, and You’ve Got Mail.

She Loves Me is now running at theRep in Albany through Christmas Eve. It tells the tale of two bickering coworkers, Georg Nowack (Michael McCorry Rose) and Amalia Balash (Julia Burrows), who have a secret: Each is exchanging letters to a potential mate found through a lonely-hearts club. 

Michael McCorry Rose and Julia Burrows join us this morning. 

Senator Chris Murphy

It has been five years since Sandy Hook.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Connecticut U.S. Senator Chris Murphy wraps up his conversation with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

*This series was recorded before any Senate tax overhaul vote or final budget*

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: The Man Who Invented Christmas, Justice League

Interwoven - Albany Public Library/Pine Hills Branch, opening reception Friday 12/8, 6-8 PM, on view through March 2018

A Christmas Carol - Home Made Theater, Spa Little Theater, Saratoga Springs, opens Friday 12/8, 7:30 PM through Dec. 16

Reelin’ in the Years: The Music of Steely Dan - Van Dyck Lounge, Schenectady, Friday 12/8, 7 and 9 PM

Sam Green and Kronos Quartet: Work-in-Progress Film with Live Music - MASS MoCA, North Adams, Mass., Friday 12/8, 8 PM

Action Bronson: Blue Chips 7000 Tour - Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park, Friday 12/8, 8 PM

Albany Berkshire Ballet’s The Nutcracker - The Egg, Albany, Saturday 12/9, 1:30 and 5:30 PM

Trevor Noah - Palace Theatre, Albany, Saturday 12/9, 7 PM

Blind Boys of Alabama Christmas Show - Cohoes Music Hall, Cohoes, Saturday 12/9, 8 PM and Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington, Mass., Sunday 12/10, 7 PM

Lady Moon & The Eclipse - Helsinki Hudson, Hudson, Saturday 12/9, 9 PM

Albany Symphony Orchestra: 1786, Mozart’s Miraculous Year - Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy, Saturday 12/9 at 7:30 PM & Sunday 12/10 at 3 PM

New movies: The Disaster Artist, Jumanji: Welcome To the Jungle, Just Getting Started

Rockland Legislators Approve County Budget

Dec 7, 2017

The Rockland County Legislature this week voted to adopt the 2018 amended county budget.

General Electric Company has announced it will cut 12,000 jobs in its power division, blaming falling demand for coal and other fossil fuels. Although the cuts are worldwide, the news hits close to home.

12/7/17 Panel

Dec 7, 2017

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

Joining us for the discussion: WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Professor of Political Science at Siena College Vera Eccarius-Kelly, Daily Freeman Publisher Emeritus Ira Fusfeld and Communications Consultant Theresa Bourgeois.

Dr. Alan Chartock discusses Trump's designation of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, the house vote on a concealed carry gun law, and Democrats potential for 2018 elections.

Karen DeWitt

New York faces fiscal challenges in 2018, but that has not stopped groups from asking for more money in the new state budget, including agencies that provide care to people with disabilities.


The defending NBA champs will be spending a few games without their two-time NBA most valuable player.

Warriors guard Stephen Curry will miss a minimum of two weeks after an MRI exam revealed a sprained right ankle. Curry was injured while scoring 31 points in Monday's win at New Orleans.

Curry is averaging 26.3 points, 6.6 assists and 5.1 rebounds per game this season.

Golden State says its leading scorer will be re-evaluated in two weeks.


WAMC's David Guistina talks with Jim Kevlin about an upcoming forum with Dr. Jerry Benjamin regarding appointing a county manager or county executive to Otsego county.

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Morning Forecast

Dec 7, 2017
Paul Caiano

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

A mix of sun and clouds today.  Highs near 40.

Partly cloudy tonight.  Lows in the mid 20s.

A mix of sun and clouds tomorrow.  Highs in the upper 30s.

Since the end of the Civil War to the current trend of charter schools and vouchers, the American education system has been under pressure to integrate and provide and equal school experience for all.  And for a while it was working.

Today on the Best of Our Knowledge, we’ll talk to the head of American Studies at Cornell University about segregation, privatization and what she sees as the current crisis in public education in the US.

We’ll also spend an academic minute seeing if liberal education can bring leadership to the country.

Great Barrington Town Hall

Great Barrington, Massachusetts has received state funds allocated from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to help prevent water pollution. 

The Essex County, New York Board of Supervisors has approved its 2018 budget.  The fiscal blueprint is the last of a five-year plan designed to bring the county under the tax cap and stabilize the fund balance.

Eddie Sporn

A working group has been brainstorming ideas about how to establish seasonal weekend passenger rail service from the Berkshires to New York City. Reestablishing the long-dormant route has been a talking point for residents and public officials alike for many years. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief JD Allen spoke with Eddie Sporn, a consultant for the Berkshire Flyer Working Group.


  A new gaming school began accepting registrations for classes today from people who hope to get jobs in the soon-to-open MGM Springfield casino.

Massachusetts Fire Marshall's office

The fire chief of a western Massachusetts town collapsed and died late Tuesday night while fighting a house fire.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Dec 6, 2017

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Wednesday, December 6, 2017.


After some Election Day confusion, Gloversville will keep its incumbent mayor for another four years after all. But the mayor is not promising a better relationship with the local Republican Party, which he has left.

Sugar Shack Alliance

Twelve protestors arrested for trying to stop Kinder Morgan’s natural gas pipeline expansion into Western Massachusetts are due in court Thursday on criminal charges. 

Westchester County-Elect Ramps Up Transition Process

Dec 6, 2017
Courtesy of George Latimer

Westchester County Executive-elect George Latimer has named additional transition team members and announced public hearings to gather information in six areas.

Crime Scene Tape
Alan Cleaver/Flickr

Authorities today identified the person whose body was found Saturday in a wooded area in Delmar, New York as 70-year-old Ruth Talmon of Schenectady County.