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The Berkshires are now a part of the fictional world of Harry Potter thanks to author J.K. Rowling.The well-known author of the wizarding world on Tuesday released the second story in a series titled Magic in North America with a video on

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Jun 28, 2016

  Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Tuesday, June 28, 2016

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Hartford's annual July 4 festival and fireworks show have been canceled because the city and neighboring East Hartford cannot afford it.

  Colm Tóibín is one of Ireland’s foremost living novelists and journalists. His most recent novel is Nora Webster, which the Los Angeles Times said “may actually be a perfect work of fiction.”

He also wrote the novel, Brooklyn, which was made into a successful film nominated this year for an Oscar for Best Picture. 

Now that the Republican and Democratic nominees are all but assured, we’re turning our attention to their potential choices for vice president. And with two landmark Supreme Court rulings—one on political corruption and other on abortion, the stakes of this history-making presidential race are only getting higher. What do you think? Who will Trump and Clinton choose for a VP?

WRVO's Payne Horning On NY-22 Primary

Jun 28, 2016

Among the more closely watched primary races today in New York is the election for the GOP nomination for the 22nd House district, which includes portions of central New York, the Mohawk Valley, and the Southern Tier. There are three candidates: Assemblywoman Claudia Tenney, who ran two years ago but lost to the incumbent in the primary; Cazenovia business owner Steven Wells; and George Phillips, a teacher from Binghamton. Payne Horning is a reporter for public radio station WRVO in Oswego and has been watching the campaign.

A Massachusetts State Trooper, who was wounded in a shootout with a man wanted for killing a local police officer last month, says he is healing and anxious to return to work.  The trooper was identified publicly for the first time Monday and talked about the SWAT team raid during which he was shot. 

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Jun 28, 2016
Newschannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Tuesday, June 28, 2016.

Democratic and Republican voters in New York’s 19th Congressional District head to the polls today. Democrats are choosing between Zephyr Teachout and Will Yandik while Republicans may vote for John Faso or Andrew Heaney. The competitive seat is open as Republican Chris Gibson is not seeking re-election.

Everybody Behaves Badly
Everybody Behaves Badly

It’s hard to imagine now, but about 90 years ago, Ernest Hemingway was not yet a modern literary master. In fact, he hadn’t even published his first novel. Living in relatively poverty in what would come to be known as the Lost Generation-era Paris, the young husband and father was on the cusp of greatness — but he needed a story. He found one in the fiesta in Pamplona — one that came as a surprise to his cohorts who later found thinly-veiled fictionalized versions of themselves in the pages of The Sun Also Rises. These events are the subject of Lesley Blume’s compelling new book Everybody Behaves Badly: The True Story Behind Hemingway’s Masterpiece The Sun Also Rises.

  Feminism has hit the big time. Once a dirty word brushed away with a grimace, “feminist” has been rebranded as a shiny label sported by movie and pop stars, fashion designers, and multi-hyphenate powerhouses like Beyoncé. It drives advertising and marketing campaigns for everything from wireless plans to underwear to perfume, presenting what’s long been a movement for social justice as just another consumer choice in a vast market. Individual self-actualization is the goal, shopping more often than not the means, and celebrities the mouthpieces.

But what does it mean when social change becomes a brand identity? Feminism’s splashy arrival at the center of today’s media and pop-culture marketplace, after all, hasn’t offered solutions to the movement’s unfinished business.

Andi Zeisler, a founding editor of Bitch Media, draws on more than twenty years’ experience interpreting popular culture in this biting history of how feminism has been co-opted, watered down, and turned into a gyratory media trend in her new book, We Were Feminists Once: From Riot Grrrl to CoverGirl®, the Buying and Selling of a Political Movement.

  What will Great Britain do next?

In today’s Congressional Corner, Massachusetts Congressman Jim McGovern — a Democrat from the 2nd district — discusses the Brexit vote with WAMC’s Alan Chartock. 

Barrington Stage Company’s second St. Germain stage production of this season is Kimberly Akimbo by Pulitzer Prize winner, David Lindsay-Abaire.

Starring Debra Jo Rupp and set in the wilds of suburban New Jersey, Kimberly Akimbo is a hilarious and heartrending play about a teenager with a rare condition causing her body to age faster than normal.

When she and her family flee Secaucus under dubious circumstances, Kimberly is forced to reevaluate her life while contending with a hypochondriac mother, a rarely sober father, a scam-artist aunt, her own mortality and, most terrifying of all, the possibility of first love.

Debra Jo Rupp was last seen at Barrington Stage in Dr. Ruth: All the Way and will return to the St. Germain stage later this season to perform in Love Letters with Mark H. Dold. 

Jacqueline Kellachan from The Golden Notebook in Woodstock, NY joins us with this week's Book Picks.

The Girls: A Novel by Emma Cline
SweetBitter: A Novel by Stephanie
The Second Life of Nick Mason by Steve Hamilton
Joe Gould's Teeth by Jill Lepore
Robert Winthrop Chanler: Discovering The Fantastic edited by Vizcaya Museum and Garden/The Monacelli Press

"By The Book"with Marshall Karp, Joe Donohue and James Conrad - June 29, 7PM
The Mommy Group by Elizabeth Isadora Gold - July 2, 4PM
Sex Object by Jessica Valenti - July 3, 3PM


Jun 28, 2016

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

The former North Adams Regional Hospital is now known as the North Adams Campus of Berkshire Medical Center.
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North Adams city councilors will consider a resolution tonight calling on Berkshire Health Systems to provide in-patient opioid detox beds in the region.

NY's 18th Has A Republican Primary

Jun 28, 2016

In New York, one of the congressional Republican primaries is for a seat in the Hudson Valley. 

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses impact on New York State corruption convictions, Bharara on corruption, and primary contests around the state.

WAMC's David Guistina talks with Mike Spain of the Times Union about today's primaries across the state and three members of Congress calling on federal health agencies "to help educate and assist" residents exposed to PFOA.

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Morning Forecast

Jun 28, 2016
Newschannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano

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

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In baseball, in the American League, Texas beat the Yankees 9-6, Tampa Bay won against Boston 13-7, and it was Houston over the Angels 4-2.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo riding a motorcycle.
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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is trying to focus on positive actions in his public events in recent days as a federal investigation into his administration’s economic development programs continues.

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The Rockland County executive announced Monday that the county is suing a water company and two state agencies, saying ratepayers should not have to bear the cost of a desalination plant that was never built.

The Massachusetts State Trooper, who was wounded during the shootout last month with a man who had allegedly killed Auburn Police Officer Ron Tarentino earlier in the day, says he is looking forward to going back to work.


MGM Resorts International has suffered a setback in a bid to block development of a casino in Connecticut that would be a direct competitor to the $950 million casino the Las Vegas-based company is building in Springfield, Massachusetts.

Tomorrow, the public gets a first look at Albany's long-awaited "Complete Streets" design manual, which sets guidelines for the creation and installation of sidewalks, cycling infrastructure, crosswalks, road diets, traffic calming measures and more.

Not surprisingly, New York State’s political leadership has been crowing about the successes of the 2016 legislative session.  And there have been successes, as well as notable failures.  But in one key area, the governor and the legislature approved an important bill.  The bill requires that New York State schools will soon have to start testing for lead in drinking water.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Jun 27, 2016

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Monday, June 27, 2016.

City and state officials cut the ribbon on Pittsfield's Woodlawn Avenue Bridge Monday.
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State and city officials celebrated the opening of a bridge connecting major routes into Pittsfield on Monday. The new Woodlawn Avenue Bridge cuts across the city’s former General Electric site, connecting East Street and Tyler Street.

Joining us today is Dr. John Choi. Dr. Choi is a general surgeon on staff at Vassar Brothers Medical Center and Northern Dutchess Hospital, where he specializes in minimally invasive colorectal surgery.