Albany, NY – Derek Bok, retired president of Harvard, draws upon a great deal of empirical evidence in his new book "Our Underachieving Colleges: A Candid Look at How Much Students Learn and Why They Should Be Learning More." In this interview, Bok explains how some of the most important skills educators say are needed in the 21st century are no longer being adequately taught in America's colleges and universities.
Albany, NY – New York State Governor George Pataki is shaving more than $2 billion off of the budget lawmakers passed at the end of March. $1.4 billion dollars of the stricken items are those the governor has deemed unconstitutional-claiming lawmakers defied Court of Appeals rulings that prohibit them from changing the language in the governor's budget.
WAMC's Capital District Bureau Chief Jessica Bloustein reports.
Plattsburgh, NY – The cost of living in New York State's northernmost city has inched above the national average. Local economic development specialists say that means the region's economy is moving in the right direction. WAMC's North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley has more.
BOSTON, MA – Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney today signed into law the landmark health care bill that will guarantee health insurance to nearly all of the state's residents-but not before vetoing some of its key provisions. WAMC's Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Dan Bobkoff reports.
Albany, NY – For an extended poll question, we're asking, "Is the U.S. engaged in a new kind of war." We're joined by Harvard Law School Professor David Kennedy.
David Kennedy is Manley O. Hudson Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, and the author of "The Dark Sides of Virtue: Reassessing International Humanitarianism" and "Of War and Law" both published by Princeton Press.
Montpelier, vt – The sheriff of Windham County, Vermont is being investigated for allegedly spending thousands of dollars of public funds for personal matters. WAMC's Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Dan Bobkoff has that story.
Pittsfield, MA – The state of Massachusetts has now agreed to set up PCB testing for a Pittsfield, Massachusetts Elementary school community. The tests are expected to be available in the coming week. Details from WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief, Carrie Saldo
Kingston, NY – As some lawmakers and residents in Ulster County move forward with plans to set-up a Guardian Angels Chapter, the issue of background checks has come to the forefront. WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Deborah Runcie has more.