Amy Stewart is the author of six books including the best sellers, The Drunken Botanists and Wicked Plants, all were non-fiction; she now has written a novel. Girl Waits with Gun is the story of Constance Kopp a woman who doesn't quite fit the mold, she towers over most men, has no interest in marriage or domestic affairs, and has kept mostly to her remote farm ever since a remote farm sent her household out of the country fifteen years ago. It is a true story she is writing about, but it is a fictional tale.   

The Export-Import bank lapse is being blamed for hundreds of lost jobs.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Massachusetts Representative Richard Neal tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock he’s mystified by House Republicans. 

  Stewart Copeland, former drummer for the rock band The Police, will be in Woodstock this weekend to participate in the Woodstock Film Festival.

Copeland will take part in a question-and-answer session following the film, 1 Giant Leap II: What About Me? The film is co-directed by Duncan Bridgeman and Jamie Catto. Copeland and Bridgeman will take part in the q-and-a session after a screening of the film at the Woodstock Playhouse. He will also participate in the BMI Music for Film panel discussion Oct. 3.

Copeland, bass player and vocalist Sting and guitarist Andy Summers sold millions of records while in The Police.

10/1/15 Panel

Oct 1, 2015

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

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses the WAMC Locked Box, Russia bombing Syria, possible Biden run for president, and the Pope.

Ulster County Executive Michael Hein’s proposed 2016 county budget carries a 1.1 percent property tax cut, cuts county spending by $4.5 million over last year and includes no reduction in services or layoffs.

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Morning Forecast

Oct 1, 2015
Newschannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano

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

Cloudy and humid Morning clouds, then increasing sunshine, breezy and cool.  Highs near 60.

Clear north, more clouds south tonight.  Lows in the upper 30's and lower 40's.

A mix of sun and clouds tomorrow.  Chance of showers closer to the coast.  Highs in the mid to upper 50's.


The longest postseason drought in baseball is over -- the Toronto Blue Jays have clinched their first AL East championship in 22 years. In a double header, Toronto humiliated Baltimore 15-2 in the first, then Baltimore swung back and bested Toronto 8-1, and Boston topped the Yankees 9-5 in 11 innings.

So, if you were with us last week, you heard the story of Riverview High School. The school was a pseudonym for an academically successful but racially divided school in the Midwest. Today, it’s a story of a different school…Mission High, a real school in the San Francisco Bay area that by all the metrics used to measure schools today is failing. But after spending a lot of time at the school, a reporter found out there was more to Mission High than met the eye. Today on the Best Of Our Knowledge, we’ll hear from that reporter who spent four years at Mission High.

A study has found that a disproportionate number of racial minorities are held in jail while they await trial, and those who are granted bail face amounts up to four times higher than white defendants in some Massachusetts counties.