WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses a new government study on climate change and the effects Americans are seeing now, Trump's polling numbers and vacation, and the number of solo press conferences the President has held.



Darren Daulton, the All-Star catcher who was the leader of the Philadelphia Phillies' NL championship team in 1993, has died. He was 55.

Police in an upstate New York city are investigating the fatal shooting of a man whose body was found in a driveway.

Officials say officers responded around 8:45 p.m. Monday to shots fired on Grove Street in the Saratoga County city of Mechanicville, on the Hudson River 15 miles north of Albany.

When officers arrived they found a man dead in a driveway between two homes. Police later identified him as 19-year-old David Feliciano. 

New York State Police investigators are assisting Mechanicville police with the investigation.

No arrests have been reported.

Meteorologist Jason Caterina's Morning Forecast

Aug 8, 2017
Meteorologist Jason Caterina

Meteorologist Jason Caterina's Morning Forecast:

Today: Patchy drizzle or spotty showers this morning then clearing skies, highs in the mid 70s

Tonight: Mostly clear and cool, lows in the low to mid 50s

Wednesday:  Sunny, warmer. highs in the low 80s

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WAMC's David Guistina talks with Mike Spain of the Times Union about lower sales tax revenue in Albany County, and housing development pushbacks around Saratoga lake in Stillwater, NY.

North Adams, Massachusetts wants to borrow funds to review and upgrade the city’s water infrastructure.

Facebook: Peter Oleskiewicz

Candidates for mayor of North Adams, Massachusetts had until the close of business today to get their nomination signatures and papers to city hall to be certified. Mayor Richard Alcombright is not seeking a fifth term. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief JD Allen spoke with Peter Oleskiewicz, who submitted his papers today to run for mayor.

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Environmentalists are encouraging people to attend a meeting in New York City this week about the Hudson River Superfund cleanup.


    Heating systems that use woodchips and pellets for fuel could quality for the same types of clean energy financial incentives as solar and wind in Massachusetts under controversial regulations drafted by the Baker administration. 

     A final public hearing on the proposed rules was held today in western Massachusetts.

Every year, the American Cancer Society reviews each of the 50 states’ cancer-fighting programs.  The report, How Do You Measure Up, was released last week and identified some good news and bad for New Yorkers.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Aug 7, 2017

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Monday, August 7, 2017.

Hilary Scott, BSO

The Boston Symphony Orchestra’s 80th anniversary performance at its Tanglewood summer home in Lenox on Saturday was punctuated by a strange request from cellist Yo-Yo Ma. 

The New York State Senate

New York State Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan is being praised across party lines for publicly admitting he has a substance abuse problem.

Dr. Lyda Rojas

Dr. Lyda Rojas, director of breast surgery at Caremount Medical Group and Putnam Hospital Center, joins Medical Monday today. WAMC's Alan Chartock hosts.

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Pittsfield, Massachusetts hosted a delegation from its Italian sister city on Friday in an effort to renew an international dialogue on tourism. 

Rob Edelman: Garfield’s Breaking Point

Aug 7, 2017

The career of one of the great, unsung Hollywood actors is being spotlighted this month with the DVD and Blu-Ray Criterion Collection release of one of his lesser-known, underrated films. The actor is John Garfield and the film, which dates from 1950, is THE BREAKING POINT.

New York state Senator John Flanagan
Karen DeWitt

A top ranking member of the New York state legislature issued a statement on Sunday announcing he had recently completed a program to treat an alcohol problem. In the statement, 56-year-old John Flanagan, the State Senate Majority Leader from Long Island, said alcohol had become a crutch to deal with the pressure of the leadership role he has held for two years.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Aug 7, 2017
Paul Caiano

NewsChannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Monday, August 7, 2017.

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Following the derailment of a train heading for Selkirk last week, the Albany County Executive is renewing concerns about shipping crude through the city.

Sarah LaDuke and Lonny Price
Joe Donahue

The third Main Stage production of the Williamstown Theatre Festival’s 2017 season is A Legendary Romance. Written by Timothy Prager and Geoff Morrow and starring Jeff McCarthy and Lora Lee Gayer, A Legendary Romance is directed by Emmy Award winner and Tony Award nominee, Lonny Price.

Price played Charley in the ill-fated original production of Merrily We Roll Along on Broadway -- an experience which he has lately translated into an acclaimed documentary film The Best Worst Thing That Ever Could Have Happened (which is now available to stream on Netflix).

He’s an award winning director who helmed the recent Broadway revival of Sunset Boulevard starring Glenn Close. Other directorial credits include Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill starring Audra McDonald -- which is running in London this summer -- and episodes of the television programs 2 Broke Girls and Desperate Housewives and the screen-via-stage favorites Great Performances and Live from Lincoln Center. He’s also a writer and was nominated for a Tony Award in 2001 for the book of A Class Act. As an actor he has a number of theatrical credits after Merrily and several films, including The Muppets Take Manhattan and Dirty Dancing.

Jeff McCarthy, Sarah LaDuke, Geoff Morrow, Cody Owen Stine
Photo: Joe Donahue / Artwork by Ligature Creative

  The new musical, A Legendary Romance is The Williamstown Theatre Festival’s third and final Main Stage show this season. The show will run in Williamstown August 3rd through the 20th.  

With a book by Timothy Prager and Music and lyrics by Geoff Morrow, A Legendary Romance is directed by Emmy Award winner and Tony Award nominee Lonny Price and stars Jeff McCarthy as Joseph Lindy - a filmmaker blacklisted by the House Un-American Activities Committee and struggling to restore his personal and professional legacy.

For a preview of the production, we were joined at The Linda by Jeff McCarthy who plays Joseph Lindy, Geoff Morrow, and, playing piano, Cody Owen Stine - Associate Music Director for A Legendary Romance and WTF’s Cabaret Director.

The administration says investigations into Russian meddling in the 2016 election are fake news.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Massachusetts Congressman Richard Neal, a Democrat from the first district, continues his discussion with WAMC’s Alan Chartock. 

Thousands of pregnant women pass through our nation’s jails every year. What happens to them as they carry their pregnancies in a space of punishment? In this time when the public safety net is frayed, incarceration has become a central and racialized strategy for managing the poor.

In her book Jailcare, Carolyn Sufrin explores how jail has, paradoxically, become a place where women can find care. Carolyn Sufrin is a medical anthropologist and an obstetrician-gynecologist at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

8/7/17 Panel

Aug 7, 2017

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

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, political consultant and lobbyist, Libby Post, Communications Consultant Theresa Bourgeois.

Senate Leader John Flanagan speaks at candidate Chris McGrath's headquarters on Long Island, where they asked for a recount.
Charles Lane/WSHU

New York state Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan has revealed that he recently completed an alcohol treatment program.

The Long Island Republican issued a statement Sunday after Newsday was set to report the news.

Dr. Alan Chartock's Morning Commentary

Aug 7, 2017

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses the increasing tension in Asia between China and North Korea, and New York Senator John Flanagan's statement about his recent alcoholism recovery.

Football Player Ladanian Tomlinson in 2006
Keith Allison, flickr


The Pro Football Hall of Fame has welcomed seven new members. They include running backs LaDainian Tomlinson and Terrell Davis, quarterback Kurt Warner, sackmaster Jason Taylor and kicker Morten Andersen.

The other inductees were Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, a contributor, and Seahawks safety Kenny Easley, a senior nominee.

Warner recalled his days as a grocery store employee just before signing with the Rams and winning two MVP awards and one Super Bowl. He mentioned how a Wheaties box with Dan Marino on the cover inspired him to find a way back into football.

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Morning Forecast

Aug 7, 2017
Paul Caiano

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

Some morning sun, then increasing clouds. Showers developing this afternoon, especially south of I-90.  Highs in the upper 60's and lower 70's.

Cloudy with showers tonight. Areas of fog.  Lows in the upper 50's to around 60.

Scattered showers early tomorrow, especially in the mountains. Then increasing sunshine, breezy and pleasant.  Highs in the mid to upper 70's.

Massachusetts U.S. Senator Ed Markey is holding a town hall in Springfield Monday.

(Airs 8/06 & 8/07/17)  The Media Project is an inside look at media coverage of current events with WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Albany Times Union Editor Rex Smith, and Cailin Brown, Chair of the Department of Communication at the College of St. Rose. On this week’s Media Project, Alan, Rex and Cailin talk about Anthony Scaramucci’s profane interview with the New Yorker, and what reporters consider on and off the record, Politico humiliates The Wall Street Journal by publishing its Trump transcript, press freedom groups tell Capitol Hill cops to stop interfering with photojournalists, and male and female journalists still aren’t paid the same.