Last time we discussed the difficulty of getting the Court to overrule Citizens United. Because of that, several constitutional amendments have been proposed as joint resolutions and introduced in Congress in order to undo Citizens United and overrule the idea that a corporation is a legal person. After studying them, however, it became clear they have been so sloppily drafted that no one could tell you what they would do.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Jul 19, 2016

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Tuesday, July 19, 2016.

Courtesy of the Rockland County executive's office

A crane collapsed across lanes of traffic at the Tappan Zee Bridge around noon Tuesday. The bridge spans Rockland and Westchester Counties and the collapse happened on the Rockland side. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne spoke with Rockland County Executive Ed Day this afternoon.



     The city of Springfield today renamed a downtown street in honor of the man credited with saving AHL hockey in western Massachusetts time and time again. 

Russell Banks’ works include the novels Continental Drift, Cloudsplitter, The Sweet Hereafter, and Affliction.

His latest, Voyager: Travel Writings, is a collection of travel essays spanning the globe from the Caribbean to Scotland to the Himalayas.

Rep. Chris Collins
Karen DeWitt

The New York State delegation has mixed reactions to charges that Melania Trump plagiarized Michelle Obama’s 2008 convention speech at the Republican National Convention.

Republican National Convention

We’re in the second day of what has been a heated Republican National Convention in Cleveland. Will the Republican party unite behind Donald Trump and his newly minted running mate Indiana Governor Mike Pence? Or will it tear itself apart? 

Earlier this year, Capital Region community, business, education and government leaders announced the University at Albany’s $60 million plan to transform the century-old former Albany High School building into a home for its new College of Engineering and Applied Sciences.  On Monday, many of those leaders gathered once again at the old school to share with the public their plans to conduct a joint study to look at "improving connections to downtown campus."


   Early voting is coming to Massachusetts for the first time, despite Governor Charlie Baker’s veto of $1.2 million to pay for the new program. 

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Jul 19, 2016
Newschannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Tuesday, July 19, 2016.

DeWitt: Day Two Of RNC Under Way

Jul 19, 2016
Donald Trump at the Flynn Theatre
Pat Bradley/WAMC

Day two of the Republican National Convention is under way is Cleveland, and tonight a rising star in New York Republican circles, who is from the Capital Region, will deliver a nominating speech. WAMC's Capitol Correspondent Karen DeWitt says the New York delegation has been front and center so far in Ohio.

  In his new book, Invisible Influence: The Hidden Forces that Shape Behavior, Jonah Berger explores the subtle, secret influences that affect the decisions we make—from what we buy, to the careers we choose, to what we eat.

Without our realizing it, other people’s behavior has a huge influence on everything we do at every moment of our lives, from the mundane to the momentous occasion. Even strangers have a startling impact on our judgments and decisions: our attitudes toward a welfare policy shift if we’re told it is supported by Democrats versus Republicans (even though the policy is the same in both cases).

  To outsiders, Florida seems baffling. It's a state where the voters went for Barack Obama twice, yet elected a Tea Party candidate as governor. Florida is touted as a care-free paradise, yet it's also known for its perils - alligators, sinkholes, pythons, hurricanes, and sharks, to name a few. It attracts 90 million visitors a year, some drawn by its impressive natural beauty, others bewitched by its man-made fantasies.

Craig Pittman's Oh, Florida! explores those contradictions and shows how they fit together to make this the most interesting state. It is the first book to explore the reasons why Florida is so wild and weird - and why that's okay. Florida couldn't be Florida without that sense of the unpredictable, unexpected, and unusual lurking behind every palm tree.


This week's Book Picks come to us from Emily Crowe at The Odyssey Bookshop in South Hadley, MA.

Return by Aaron Becker
Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
Speak by Louisa Hall
Church of Marvels by Leslie Parry
Murder on the Quai by Cara Black
Girl in the Afternoon by Serena Burdick
Grief is the Thing with Feathers by Max Porter

  The Northeast has several competitive House districts, which is unusual.

In today’s Congressional Corner, New York representative Sean Patrick Maloney tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that that fact makes him work even harder for his constituents. 

After 17 seasons the Williamstown Film Festival is calling it quits. The nonprofit’s board of directors recently voted to close the Festival because of financial pressures, time constraints and the emergence of the affiliated Images Cinema as an event programmer.

  Spencertown Academy Arts Center is presenting the new exhibit: “Mysterious and Unexpected: The Merger of Art and Science.” There will be an opening reception on Saturday, July 23rd from 4-6PM and the show will remain on display through August 14th.

Curator Barbara Lax Kranz says the exhibit displays the work of six artists who incorporate science to create their art. We will meet two of the featured artists this morning.

Often inspired by current issues in science, Carrie Crane’s recent work uses the tools of Knowledge Visualization (graphs, maps, and diagrams) to address issues of ambiguity and subjectivity in visual communication.

Karen Schoolman is an abstract painter, a student of botanical illustration, and a physician. A packet of 50-year-old x-rays of her mother’s leg inspired her current artwork.

  PBS NewsHour's Judy Woodruff and Gwen Ifill along with NPR host Rachel Martin are anchoring the special coverage from the GOP National Convention in Cleveland each evening from 8-11 here on WAMC. 

PBS NewsHour Correspondent Lisa Desjarsins joins us from Cleveland to discuss the national political conventions and what the conventions say about the candidates seeking the presidency.

7/19/16 Panel

Jul 19, 2016

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

2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland
Karen DeWitt

WAMC's David Guistina talks with Casey Seiler of the Times Union about the first day of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. 

Twiiter: @RepRichardNeal

Congressman Richard Neal is spending much of Tuesday in the westernmost portion of his district. The Democrat will bring attention to Massachusetts’ heroin and opioid crisis.

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Morning Forecast

Jul 19, 2016
Newschannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano

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

Mostly sunny, breezy and cooler today with lower humidity.  Highs near 80.

Mostly clear tonight.  Lows in the mid 50's.

Mostly sunny tomorrow.  Highs in the lower 80's.

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses coverage of the Republican National Convention including accusations of plagarism and Rudy Giuliani. 


In baseball, in the American League, the Yankees beat Baltimore 2-1, Detroit edged Minnesota 1-0, Kansas City won against Cleveland 7-3, the Angels defeated Texas 9-5, Oakland topped Houston 7-4, and it was Seattle over the White Sox 4-3. The Red Sox had a day off and will open a two-game series at Fenway against San Francisco.

Rainbow Gathering welcome home sign

The U.S. Forest Service says the cleanup is continuing after the annual Rainbow Gathering that was held this year in the Green Mountain National Forest in the town of Mount Tabor.

Vermont Statehouse
Photo by Pat Bradley

The five major party candidates for Vermont governor will be discussing Vermont's economic future in the time of climate change during a forum Tuesday evening.

Vermont Secretary of State Jim Condos
photo provided

Vermont Secretary of State Jim Condos was elected Treasurer of the National Association of Secretaries of State during its 2016 conference last weekend.

Congressman Richard Neal meets with Great Barrington Fire Chief Charles Burger Monday.
Jim Levulis / WAMC

Congressman Richard Neal was in Great Barrington today to celebrate a federal grant upgrading the town’s firefighting equipment.

exterior of the Dunbar Community Center

The city of Springfield has made an offer to buy a financially-struggling community center that has been an urban oasis for inner-city youth for decades.