Alan Chartock

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Dr. Alan Chartock is professor emeritus at the University at Albany. He hosts the weekly Capitol Connection series, heard on public radio stations around New York. The program for almost twelve years, highlighted interviews with Governor Mario Cuomo and now continues with conversations with state political leaders. Dr. Chartock also appears each week on The Media Project and the Roundtable and offers commentary on Morning Edition, weekdays at 7:37 am.

During his long tenure at WAMC/Northeast Public Radio, Alan Chartock has interviewed interesting people of every stripe. From Governors, Senators and top lawmakers, to newsmakers including World War II heroes and former UN weapons inspectors. Dr. Chartock has also had the chance for in-depth chats with artists, musicians, actors and directors...authors...you name it! 

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WAMC's political observer Dr. Alan Chartock discusses the crash of the destroyer USS John S. McCain, President Trump's Afghanistan strategy, anti-racism rallies across the U.S. over the weekend and today's solar eclipse.

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses last night's Democratic mayoral debate, the terror attack in Barcelona, and the ousting of former Republican gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino from the Buffalo school board.

The three Democratic candidates for mayor.
Patrick Garrett

WAMC Northeast Public Radio and WNYT News Channel teamed up to host the first debate among Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan, Common Council President Carolyn McLaughlin and Common Councilor Frank Commisso, Jr. in their Democratic primary campaign for mayor on Thursday at The Linda. The full audio is above. The debate was hosted by Dr. Alan Chartock; panelists included WAMC's Ian Pickus and WNYT's Benita Zahn.

Sydney Schanberg at work in Cambodia.
Dith Pran

(Airs 8/17/17 @ 1 p.m.) WAMC’s Alan Chartock in a 2010 encore conversation with the late Pulitzer Prize winning Journalist Syndey Schanberg and Actor Sam Waterston about the Killing Fields, the movie inspired by Schanberg’s coverage of the civil war in Cambodia during the 1970s. Schanberg was portrayed by the actor Sam Waterston, who earned an Academy Award nomination for the performance. In 2010, the two came together for an interview with WAMC's Alan Chartock, discussing Schanberg's book "Beyond The Killing Fields" and their lives before, during and after the war (and the movie it inspired).

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses President Trump's rhetoric following the events in Charlottesville, Virginia, a witness coming forward in the Russia investigation, and an assurance by South Korea that there will be no war between the U.S. and North Korea.

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses President Donald Trump's comments to reporters yesterday at Trump tower, suggesting that counter protestors in Charlottesville on Saturday were equally responsible for the violence that took place.

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses President Trump's delayed response to the events over the weekend in Charlottesville, VA, heightened tensions within the Democratic party in the New York state senate and Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

Seiji Ozawa Hall at Tanglewood
Sarah LaDuke

With the dog days of summer here, it’s another busy weekend at Tanglewood, the Berkshires summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. For an update on what’s on the schedule, WAMC’s Alan Chartock spoke with BSO Managing Director Mark Volpe. 

The future of America’s social safety net is murky.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Connecticut Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty, a Democrat from the fifth district, wraps up her discussion with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses escalating tension and rhetoric between President Donald Trump and North Korea, and Trump's comments regarding Russia's dismissal of U.S. diplomats and Mitch McConnell's failure to pass a healthcare bill.

In the end, Republicans left the Affordable Care Act in place – for now.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Connecticut Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty, a Democrat from the fifth district, continues her discussion with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses threats from North Korea to fire nuclear missiles, developments in the investigation into collusion with the Trump campaign and the Russian government, comments about race by State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins.

Is bipartisanship still possible in Washington?

In today’s Congressional Corner, Connecticut Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty, a Democrat from the fifth district, speaks with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses President Donald Trump's threats to unleash "fire and fury" upon North Korea, and Cynthia Nixon's comments on a possible run for Governor.

One the architects of the Northern Ireland peace process died recently.

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

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.

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. 

Senator John McCain’s crucial vote halted the latest health care repeal bill.

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

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses the development of a grand jury in the Russia collusion investigation, and the impacts this may have on Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

It’s been a rocky road for two neighboring Congressmen.

In today’s Congressional Corner, New York representative Sean Patrick Maloney, a Democrat from the 18th district, wraps up his discussion with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses President Donald Trump's polling numbers, a new proposed immigration restrictions bill, and pushback from Russia after sanctions are signed into law.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions was one of President Trump’s earliest supporters. Now the president calls him “beleaguered.”

In today’s Congressional Corner, New York representative Sean Patrick Maloney, a Democrat from the 18th district, continues his discussion with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses the state of national healthcare, and President Donald Trump's comments on a campaign meeting with a Russian lawyer.

Seiji Ozawa Hall at Tanglewood
Sarah LaDuke

Bramwell Tovey is the Grammy and Juno award-winning Music Director of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. As a guest conductor he works internationally with some of the world’s most prestigious orchestras.

During 2015/16 his guest appearances include the New York Philharmonic, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Cleveland and Philadelphia Orchestras, the Boston, Chicago, Montreal, Melbourne and Sydney Symphonies.

Bramwell Tovey will conduct Copland's Concerto for Piano and Orchestra, with soloist Garrick Ohlsson, on Tanglewood on Parade tonight.

The Carriage House at Tanglewood
Sarah LaDuke

Charles Dutoit is one of the most successful conductors working today. But, 58-years ago, he was here attending the Tanglewood Music Center.

Since that time, he has been very close to Tanglewood and the BSO. He made his conducting debut here in 1981 and has returned most years since, annually since 2002, and last year was named the Koussevitzky Artist, an honorary title given by the BSO in recognition of his commitment to the 2016 Tanglewood season and longtime contributions to the BSO and other orchestras around the world.

Tonight, he will be conducting Hary Janos Suite by Zoltan Kodaly .

James Burton at Symphony Hall in Boston.
Michael Blanchard

There is a new face here on the Tanglewood campus. James Burton joined the team earlier this year as the next Conductor of the Tanglewood Festival Chorus. In addition, Burton takes on the newly established title of BSO Choral Director, a role in which he will explore new opportunities to enhance the orchestra's choral activities. 

Burton is only the second conductor to be appointed director of the TFC since its founding in 1970; he follows in the footsteps of John Oliver, founder and director of the Tanglewood Festival Chorus, and who currently holds the title Founder and Conductor Laureate. He joined us last time and we begged him to come back. 

   Today's Book Picks come from Matt Tannenbaum from The Bookstore in Lenox.

List:
Toscanini: Musician of Conscience by Harvey Sachs
The Noise of Time: A Novel by Julian Barnes
Edith Wharton's Lenox by Cornelia Brooke Gilder
The Violins of Saint-Jacques: A Tale of the Antilles by Patrick Leigh Fermor
Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil deGrasse Tyson
The Nest by Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney

Likely the final piece that William Shakespeare penned alone, The Tempest tells the story of Prospero, a betrayed duke and magician bent on justice and revenge until he sees, through his daughter Miranda, the power of love and forgiveness. The events of the story unfold amidst the elements of the island, a perfect fit for a Berkshire evening in the open air of the Roman Garden Theatre.

Shakespeare & Company Artistic Director Allyn Burrows directs The Tempest and it marks the inaugural production in the new Roman Garden Theatre. Here to tell us more are company members Nigel Gore, Tamara Hickey and Josh Aaron McCabe. 

View at Tanglewood
Sarah LaDuke

Moritz Gnann became the new assistant conductor of the Boston Symphony Orchestra in fall 2015. He made his successful Tanglewood debut with the BSO conducting Mahler's First Symphony. His November 2016 concerts mark his subscription series debut. In addition to his activities in Boston, Gnann continues to appear as a guest conductor with Deutsche Oper Berlin.

In tonight's Tanglewood on Parade gala concert in The Shed, he will be conducting Mendelssohn’s Overture, The Hebrides (Fingal's Cave)

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses news that President Donald Trump dictated his son's statement on a meeting with a Russian lawyer, the ousting of Anthony Scaramucci, and President Trump's comments at a police rally last week.

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