Today's Book Picks list comes from Aubrey Restifo of The Northshire Bookstore.

Maresi (The Red Abbey Chronicles) by Maria Turtschaninoff
Dan vs. Nature by Don Calame
Caraval by Stephanie Garber (out 1/31/17)
Going Wild by Lisa McMann
The Evil Wizard Smallbone by Delia Sherman
Du Iz Tak? by Carson Ellis
Pancakes!: An Interactive Recipe Book (Cook in a Book) by Lotta Nieminen
Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth


Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey is holding a post-election town hall in Springfield tomorrow evening.

Western Massachusetts is getting some clout in the House of Representatives.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Tim Vercellotti of the Western New England University poll and professor of political science continues his discussion with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

War Against War by Michael Kazin is about the Americans who tried to stop their nation from fighting in one of history’s most destructive wars and then were hounded by the government when they refused to back down.

The book brings us into the ranks of the largest, most diverse, and most sophisticated peace coalition up to that point in US history.

Michael Kazin is professor of history at Georgetown University and has been co-editor of Dissent since 2009.

1/17/17 Panel

Jan 17, 2017

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

Today's panelists are WAMC's Alan Chartock, Associate Editor of the Times Union Mike Spain, and Director of the Journalism Program at the University at Albany Rosemary Armao.

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses the WAMC Locked Box, Trump's inauguration, and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's budget plan.

WAMC's David Guistina talks with Mike Spain of the Times Union about Frontier Town turning into a "Gateway to the Adirondacks" and fallout from the indictment of SUNY Poly President Alain Kaloyeros.

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Morning Forecast

Jan 17, 2017
Paul Caiano

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

Light snow, sleet and freezing rain moving in this morning.  Northern New York and New England will see snow into the afternoon while a transition to rain will occur to the south. Along and near I-90 the transition will be slower and freezing rain will hold on a bit longer before the transition to rain.  Highs in the mid 30's.

Cloudy with more snow, sleet and rain tonight. Also pockets of freezing rain. Areas of fog  Lows in the lower 30's.

Cloudy with scattered rain and snow showers tomorrow.  Highs in the upper 30's.


In the NHL, Buffalo beat Dallas 4-1, the Islanders shut out Boston 4-0, Detroit blanked Montreal 1-0, San Jose topped Winnipeg 5-2, Tampa Bay won against Los Angeles 2-1, Pittsburgh edged Washington in overtime 8-7, and it was Edmonton over Arizona 3-1.

Lake Champlain (file photo)
Pat Bradley/WAMC

Vermont's state treasurer says property owners could be on the hook for $25 million a year for a water cleanup initiative.

Vermont snowplow plowing country road in winter in Woodstock
Mark Goebel/Flickr

Vermont has a new way to help drivers in winter that tell them where snow plows have been.

Open Clip Art/Public Domain

A refugee resettlement program in the Hudson Valley is on schedule to welcome its first families this month. Church World Service has found office space in Poughkeepsie and volunteers in the region are ready to lend a hand.

Photo of Vermont Statehouse in winter
Pat Bradley/WAMC

A Vermont legislative committee will hold a public hearing on the governor's budget adjustment proposal.

Cuomo's Budget Due Tuesday

Jan 16, 2017
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo
WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is due to release his budget on January 17th. Revenues are down, and the repeal of Obamacare could cost the state billions of dollars.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Jan 16, 2017

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Monday, January 16, 2017.

A rendering shows the view at night of the 9/11 memorial planned in Riverfront Park in Springfield, Ma.
Spirit of Springfield

After years of delay and false starts, plans have been unveiled in Springfield, Massachusetts for a permanent 9/11 memorial that will include a piece of steel from the destroyed World Trade Center.

Dr. Richard Holub
Courtesy of Neurological Associates of Albany

Joining us this afternoon for Medical Monday to discuss Alzheimer’s disease treatment and research is Dr. Richard Holub of the Neurological Associates of Albany. Dr. Holub is a member of the American Academy of Neurology. He has been engaged in Alzheimer’s research for more than 30 years and has contributed to the development of all five drugs approved by the FDA for the treatment of the disease.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

Days before President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration, two organizations held an assembly in Beacon this weekend to kick off the formation of the Hudson Valley Hate Free Zone. 

Carolyn McLaughlin
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

With Mayor Kathy Sheehan in the last year of her first four-year term, another Democrat sees the political climate in Albany as ripe for change. Albany Common Council President Carolyn McLaughlin has announced she'll run against the incumbent and believes she has answers to some of the problems the city is facing. McLaughlin sat down with WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas to discuss her platform.

Jason Caterina's Midday Forecast

Jan 16, 2017

Meteorologist Jason Caterina delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Monday, January 16, 2017.


       A developer is being sought to purchase and restore one of the most unique buildings in western Massachusetts.  Historic preservationists are offering a financial incentive from a pot of casino money.

Questions help us break down barriers, discover secrets, solve puzzles, and imagine new ways of doing things. But few of us know how to question in a methodical way. Emmy-award-winning journalist and media expert Frank Sesno aims to change that. 

His new book is Ask More: The Power of Questions to Open Doors, Uncover Solutions, and Spark Change.

The Women’s March on Washington is a grassroots effort comprised of dozens of independent coordinators at the state level. The effort is helmed by four national co-chairs and a national coordinating committee who are working around the clock to pull it all together.

Sister Marches and other solidarity events are taking place all over the country – and the world -- and we’ll learn about one in The Berkshires today.

A steering committee including Kristen van Ginhoven, co-founder and Artistic Director of WAM Theatre, and community members Jayne Benjulian, Lynn Festa and Mary Lincoln, are organizing a free event this Saturday from 10 am-2 pm at The Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield, MA.

Jayne Benjulian and Kristen van Ginhoven join us to tell us more.

Elizabeth Warren is seeking another Senate term from Massachusetts.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Tim Vercellotti of the Western New England University poll and professor of political science speaks with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

Willard Spiegelman is the Hughes Professor of English at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. From 1984 until 2016, he was also the editor in chief of Southwest Review. He has written many books and essays about English and American poetry. For more than a quarter century he has been a regular contributor to the Leisure & Arts pages of The Wall Street Journal.

Drawing on more than six decades' worth of lessons from his storied career as a writer and professor, Willard Spiegelman reflects with candid humor and sophistication on growing old.Senior Moments is a series of discrete essays that, when taken together, constitute the life of a man who, despite Western cultural notions of aging as something to be denied, overcome, and resisted, has continued to relish the simplest of pleasures: reading, looking at art, talking, and indulging in occasional fits of nostalgia while also welcoming what inevitably lies ahead.

1/16/17 Panel

Jan 16, 2017

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

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Director of the Journalism Program at the University at Albany Rosemary Armao, and political consultant and lobbyist, Libby Post.

Boston's archbishop has been appointed to a top Vatican office that handles cases of clergy sex abuse.

Governor Andrew Cuomo
Office of Governor Andrew Cuomo

WAMC's Jim Levulis talks with Ken Lovett of the New York Daily News about "Cuomo's plan" for a paved recreational trail across New York, Republican's on Senate GOP Majority Leader John Flanagan as a possible gubernatorial candidate, and New York politicians who might create problems by butting heads with soon-to-be President Donald Trump. 

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses the WAMC Locked Box, Trump, Obama's legacy, and MLK Jr. Day.


In the NFL, Green Bay beat Dallas 34-31 and it was Pittsburgh over Kansas City 18-16. On Saturday, Atlanta topped Seattle 36-20 and New England bested Houston 34-16. Green Bay next sees Atlanta in the NFC Championship in Georgia at 3:05 p.m. Sunday. The AFC Championship features Pittsburgh and New England in Foxborough at 6:40 p.m.