The plaudits for President Trump’s first speech to a joint session of Congress were short-lived.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Massachusetts Congressman Jim McGovern, a Democrat from the second district, concludes his discussion with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

In his popular new TED Talk "What reality are you creating for yourself?," former Saved by the Bell teen star-turned-entrepreneur Isaac Lidsky recalls how the sales person he waved to in the store was really a mannequin, and how he reached down to wash his hands and realized it was a urinal and not a sink.

He learned of his diagnosis at thirteen: a degenerative eye disease that would lead to his blindness by age 25. After initially believing his blindness signaled the end of his independence and achievement, Lidsky found other pathways of perception, turning his life around with his Eyes Wide Open philosophy.

He graduated from Harvard Law School, worked as a law clerk under the guidance of Sandra Day O’Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and eventually became an entrepreneur.

His new book is Eyes Wide Open: Overcoming Obstacles And Recognizing Opportunities In A World That Can't See Clearly, where Isaac Lidsky probes the many facets of perception, detailing the neuroscience of sight and drawing on his own experience to show how our perception shapes—and often limits—our reality. 

3/15/17 Panel

Mar 15, 2017

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

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Communications Specialist Theresa Bourgeois, Associate Editor of the Times Union, Mike Spain, and corporate attorney, Rich Honen.

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The University of Massachusetts is responding to a lawsuit filed by a woman who alleges she was held against her will by members of the men's basketball staff.

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses yesterday's massive snow storm, President Donald Trump's 2005 taxes, and suggested changes to the health care bill.

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WAMC's David Gusitina talks with Judy Patrick of the Daily Gazette about yesterday's massive snow storm that shut down parts of interstate highways and delayed emergency vehicles attending to fires.

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Morning Forecast

Mar 15, 2017
Newschannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano

Mostly cloudy, windy and cold with snow showers and blowing snow today.  Highs in the mid 20's.

Mostly cloudy and breezy tonight. A few snow showers. Lows in the teens.

A mix of sun and clouds, windy and cold tomorrow.  Highs in the upper 20's.


Tonight Syracuse men’s basketball takes on University of North Carolina at Greensboro in the National Invitation Tournament at 7 p.m.

Diminutive point guard Junior Robinson scored 23 points, including the go-ahead jumper with 1:27 to play, and Mount St. Mary's held on for a 67-66 victory over New Orleans in the opening game of the First Four. Robinson, the smallest player in Division I at 5-foot-5, carried the Mountaineers (20-15) to only their second NCAA Tournament win. They'll head to Buffalo to play defending national champion and top overall seed Villanova in the East Regional on Thursday.

Vermont Attorney General T.J. Donovan is supporting Hawaii's lawsuit against President Donald Trump's revised travel ban.

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City regulators have approved a proposed redevelopment of the Burlington Town Center mall.

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Tuesday’s winter storm hit harder than expected in some areas of New York, including in parts of the Hudson Valley. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo added various travel bans throughout the day.

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Authorities continue advising people to stay off the roads as a Nor'easter pummels the Northeast. Blizzard warnings remain in effect.

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Officials from the AARP recently discussed their concerns about the GOP health care overhaul proposal known as the American Health Care Act.  The group opposes the legislation and calls some of its provisions an age tax.

At the end of Mark Twain’s masterwork, Huckleberry Finn declares that he plans to “light out for the Territory” to avoid getting “sivilized.”

For 130-plus years, readers have been left guessing about the adventures in the West. But now, Huck is back, thanks to prize-winning novelist Robert Coover. His novel is Huck Out West.

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With a major storm hitting the majority of WAMC’s listening area, we want to hear about your snow storm experiences. What is the worst you’ve experienced? What are your strategies for riding out the storm?  WAMC’s Ray Graf hosts, joined by WAMC’s Alan Chartock. 

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The biggest city in the Berkshires is among the municipalities in the Northeast digging out from a blizzard today. Pittsfield Mayor Linda Tyer tells WAMC's Ian Pickus that city offices closed at noon and a snow emergency, which includes a parking ban except for North Street, is in effect until Wednesday at 7 a.m.

Storm Hits Hard In The Hudson Valley

Mar 14, 2017
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More than half a foot of snow had fallen in portions of the Hudson Valley by about 8:30 this morning. The forecast calls for some two-to-three feet to blanket the region. The Nor’easter was predicted days ago, and its severity has most offices closed, transportation ground to a halt, and states of emergency in effect. Metro-North Railroad suspended service at noon. 

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The biggest snowfall in years is coming down, part of a powerful blizzard hammering the East Coast. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports on the storm's impact in the Albany area.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Mar 14, 2017
Newschannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Tuesday, March 14, 2017.

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The Adirondack Park Agency is reviewing classification options for the recently obtained Boreas Ponds tract in the central Adirondacks.  Many expected the agency’s board to consider final classification during its March meeting and then make a final decision in April. But the board did not discuss the Boreas Ponds classification, spurring further debate over use of the lands near the High Peaks of the Adirondacks.

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     The Massachusetts Gaming Commission has launched a new advertising campaign to promote a program that will be used eventually inside all the state’s casinos to reduce problem gambling.

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Fish & Game restaurant in Hudson, New York, is a leader in the local foods movement. Its core approach—engaging intimately with nature both wild and domestic, building relationships with farmers, and exploring the joys of fermentation—is one of interest to anyone, anywhere, who yearns to cook and eat better food.

Project 258: Making Dinner at Fish & Game presents an enticing selection of seasonal recipes, profiles of key producers who supply the restaurant, and a fascinating, beautifully illustrated look at the processes—both intellectual and culinary—behind the food at Fish & Game.

Chef Zakary Pelaccio and artist Peter Barrett join us to tell us more.

  Giovanni Boivin from The Book Loft in Great Barrington, MA joins us with this week's Book Picks list.

Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman
2084: The End of the World by Boualem Sansal
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
Gilded Cage by James Vic
100 Plants to Feed the Bees by the Xerces Society
Forever, or a Long, Long Time by Caela Carter

The new head of the EPA doesn’t believe carbon dioxide is warming the planet.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Massachusetts Congressman Jim McGovern, a Democrat from the second district, continues his discussion with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

Elliot Ackerman is the author of the critically acclaimed novel Green on Blue, is based out of Istanbul, where he has covered the Syrian Civil War since 2013. His writings have appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The New Republic, and The New York Times Magazine, among other publications, and his stories have been included in The Best American Short Stories. He is both a former White House Fellow and Marine, and served five tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan where he received the Silver Star, the Bronze Star for Valor, and the Purple Heart.

In his new novel, Dark at the Crossing, Haris Abadi is a man in search of a cause. An Arab American with a conflicted past, he is now in Turkey, attempting to cross into Syria and join the fight against Bashar al-Assad's regime.

But he is robbed before he can make it, and is taken in by Amir, a charismatic Syrian refugee and former revolutionary, and Amir's wife, Daphne, a sophisticated beauty haunted by grief. As it becomes clear that Daphne is also desperate to return to Syria, Haris's choices become ever more wrenching: Whose side is he really on? Is he a true radical or simply an idealist? 

3/14/17 Panel

Mar 14, 2017

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

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Times Union Associate Editor Mike Spain and Douglas T. Hickey Chair in Business and Associate Professor of Economics at Siena College, Aaron Pacitti.

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses the GOP's health care plan, government shutdown, and the White House walking back talk of wiretapping and Kellyanne Conway's microwave tweet.

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WAMC's David Guistina talks with Mike Spain of the Times Union about the winter storm and the elimination of a teacher literacy exam.


In the NBA, Chicago beat Charlotte 115-109, Toronto bested Dallas 100-78, Minnesota topped Washington 119-104, San Antonio defeated Atlanta 107-99, Memphis won against Milwaukee 113-93, Utah beat the Clippers 114-108, Sacramento topped Orlando 120-115, and it was Denver over the Lakers 129-101.

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Morning Forecast

Mar 14, 2017

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

Heavy snow today. Windy with blowing and drifting snow.  Highs in the mid 20's.

Snow, becoming lighter and more intermittent tonight. Windy with blowing and drifting snow. Lows in the teens.

Snowfall accumulation in most places will be in the 14-24 inch range by sunrise tomorrow.
16 to 30 inches in the Catskills, Taconics Mid and Lower Hudson Valley and all of Interior Southern New England. 10-18 inches closer to the Canadian Border and west of Utica.

Mostly cloudy, windy and cold with snow showers and blowing snow tomorrow.  Highs in the mid 20's.