Paul Caiano

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

Mostly cloudy this morning with scattered showers from I-84 south. More sun, especially north of I-90 this afternoon . Highs in the 70s.

#1443: "Women In STEM"

May 17, 2018
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There has been a big push in schools across the country to emphasize STEM: Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. And girls are being encouraged to enter these fields more than ever. But what happens when those girls become women?

Today on the Best of Our Knowledge, a look at the challenges women face working in the STEM fields. We’ll also learn about a different kind of STEM occupation…sound engineering, go back in time to take another look at time travel, and spend an academic minute with the shrinking number of international adoptions.

Vermont Statehouse 2018
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Will Vermont lawmakers return for a special session next week? At his weekly press conference this afternoon, Vermont Governor Phil Scott discussed his move to call legislators back to Montpelier May 23rd. The Republican is promising to veto the-just passed state budget and property tax bill.

Cynthia Nixon
Karen DeWitt

When Democratic candidate for New York governor Cynthia Nixon called for a state Moreland Act Commission to investigate government corruption Tuesday, she was not the first to do so. Her opponent, Governor Andrew Cuomo, also requested and created a Moreland Commission to look at potential illegal activities in state government, but he disbanded it as part of a budget deal several months later.

Keith Strudler: Gambling On Sports

May 16, 2018

Just to be clear, I do not particularly enjoy betting on sports. There’s a lot of reasons for that, including the fact that once you have money on a game, you tend to worry more about finance than athleticism. Also, I tend to be really risk averse when it comes to money. For me, the anguish of losing $50 is way more pronounced than the joy of winning $100.

A long-running municipal labor dispute has finally be settled in the largest city in western Massachusetts. 

#1503: PCOS, Publishing, Poetry

May 16, 2018

On this week’s 51%, learn more about a chronic disorder called PCOS, meet a publisher who talks about the type of writing that catches her eye, and listen to poetry from former and current poet laureates. I’m Allison Dunne and this is 51%.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

May 16, 2018

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Wednesday, May 16, 2018.


     Massachusetts officials have begun to weigh the pros and cons of legalized sports betting, along with the “hows” and “wheres.”    There are a lot of ramifications following Monday’s major decision by the Supreme Court that gave states the green light to consider legalizing waging on sports.

Windsor Elects New Selectman To 3 Year Term

May 16, 2018
Susan Edwards

Windsor, Massachusetts elected a new Selectman this week. 

Schumer says the “do not call” registry isn’t working because scammers have been able to work around safeguards.
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U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer says consumers should have the ability to block robocalls on landlines and mobile phones.

WAMC Elizabeth Hill

Hoping to keep almost a decade of success going, the University at Albany has introduced its 12th women’s basketball coach.

Bluetick Coonhound
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It’s our Pets & Vets program this afternoon, and here to take your calls is Dr. Carrie O’Loughlin of Delmar Animal Hospital in Delmar, New York. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.

Vermont Senate Pro Tem Tim Ashe
Vermont Legislature

Saturday night, the Vermont Legislature adjourned despite Governor Phil Scott’s promise to veto the just-passed budget and property tax bills.  Late Tuesday the governor sent a letter to the House Speaker and Senate Pro Tem notifying them that a special session would begin next Wednesday, May 23rd.  During a conversation earlier Tuesday, Senate Pro Tem Tim Ashe, a Progressive/Democrat, expressed strong disagreement with the governor’s recent actions.

Storm Leaves Destruction In The Hudson Valley

May 16, 2018

Following Tuesday’s severe weather in the Hudson Valley, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo toured storm damage in Putnam County and delivered a recovery update Wednesday. And he spoke about two deaths in Orange County.

A nonprofit North Adams gallery held an affordable art auction Tuesday night.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

May 16, 2018
Paul Caiano

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Wednesday, May 16, 2018.

Keith Hernandez is a former National League MVP, batting champion, two-time World Series champ, and a beloved New York Met — both on the field and in the broadcast booth. As we found out this spring, he's also pretty good on Twitter. His new book is called “I’m Keith Hernandez,” an account of his early years before the ’82 Cards and the ’86 Mets.  We talked about Hernandez’s childhood, the 2018 Mets, and how the sport is changing. 

Lucy Cooke is an award-winning filmmaker who has written, produced, and directed several popular documentary series for the BBC, PBS, Discovery, and National Geographic. Her first book, "A Little Book of Sloth," was a New York Times bestseller. She hold an MA in zoology from the University of Oxford.

In her new book, "The Truth About Animals: Stoned Sloths, Lovelorn Hippos, and Other Tales from the Wild Side of Wildlife," she takes the reader on a worldwide journey to meet everyone from a Colombian hippo castrator to a Chinese panda porn peddler, all to lay bare the secret (and often hilarious) habits of the animal kingdom.

The First American Volunteer Group of the Chinese Air Force, better known as The Flying Tigers, was composed of pilots from the United States Army Air Corps, Navy, and Marine Corps, recruited under secret presidential authority. Following the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941, they were the first Americans to directly engage with the Japanese, and their exploits became the stuff of legend. 

New York Democrats have a decision to make.

In today’s Congressional Corner, New York representative Sean Patrick Maloney of the 18th district wraps up his conversation with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

      An attorney from eastern Massachusetts, who has ties to Amherst, is going to run for the State Senate seat once held by Stan Rosenberg.

5/16/18 Panel

May 16, 2018


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

Today's panelists are: WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Corporate Attorney Rich Honen, Communications Consultant Joe Bonilla, and Chairman of Capital District Latinos Dan Irizarry.

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses the possibility of North Korea calling off the planned summit with President Trump. Dr. Chartock also shares his thoughts on former U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara, who is weighing an independent bid for New York state attorney general.

Miles Reed

WAMC's David Guistina speaks with Miles Reed, Editor of The Daily Gazette, about the region's school budget results.  The pair also discuss a Schenectady police officer who was charged with DWI over the weekend.

Paul Caiano

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

A mix of sun and clouds today with lower humidity.  Highs in the lower 70s.



Jaylen Brown scored 23 points and the Boston Celtics withstood a 42-point night by LeBron James to beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 107-94 Tuesday night and take a 2-0 lead in the Eastern Conference finals.


Nevada and five other states are filing new lawsuits accusing a Connecticut-based pharmaceutical company of using deceptive marketing to boost drug sales that fueled opioid overdose deaths.

VT Gov. Phil Scott
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Republican Gov. Phil Scott says he plans to call lawmakers back to the Statehouse next week to prevent what he says is an unnecessary property tax increase on Vermonters.

NY Acting Attorney General Barbara Underwood
Karen DeWitt

The New York Legislature began interviewing candidates Tuesday to replace Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, who resigned over a domestic violence scandal. Up first was the Acting Attorney General Barbara Underwood, who is the favorite to win the appointment.