Alan Chartock

President and CEO

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, higlighted 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! 

Ways To Connect

Oh brother! Oh sister!

Here comes the fund drive. We did amazingly well in run-up to the drive but now we all have to show our stuff. A lot of people put money into the locked box -- some because they want more regular programming and less on-air fund raising and some because they will be out of town.

  The major party presidential candidates are likely to raise more than a billion dollars.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Massachusetts Representative Jim McGovern tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that campaign finance reform is long overdue.

  Immigration reforms seems to have taken a backseat in Washington.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Massachusetts Representative Jim McGovern tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that the country needs it.

  The recent Amtrak derailment in Philadelphia renewed calls for an infrastructure overhaul.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Massachusetts Representative Jim McGovern tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that the House’s inaction is unacceptable.

One of the journalists most closely associated with Boston is heading west tonight to the Berkshires to deliver the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute’s annual Mona Sherman Memorial Lecture at the Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield.

As anyone who has turned on the radio at noon on Thanksgiving well knows by now, 50 years ago, a minor littering case in the Berkshires launched a chain of events that ended up a beloved song and movie: Alice’s Restaurant. Tonight, Arlo Guthrie will perform a concert at the Colonial Theater in Pittsfield that will be filmed by PBS for an upcoming special. Guthrie is also celebrating the anniversary with a nationwide tour. Guthrie discussed the song’s legacy with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

  How should communities protect themselves from volatile crude oil?

In today’s Congressional Corner, New York representative Paul Tonko tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that new Department of Transportation regulations are only a start.

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses the WAMC Locked Box, rail safety, and David Letterman's last show.

It may be hard to believe now, but 51 years ago, a presidential candidate's chances were severely damaged by divorce. In 1963, Nelson Rockefeller, then-governor of New York, married Margaretta Fitler Murphy, a socialite 18 years years his junior, who became known as Happy Rockefeller. Both the governor and his new wife were divorced, and there were tabloid accounts of an extramarital affair. Those reports all but ended Gov. Rockefeller's chances for the Republican presidential nomination in 1964. On WAMC's Capitol Connection this week, Alan Chartock spoke with New York State GOP chairman Ed Cox about Happy Rockefeller, who died yesterday at her home in Tarrytown at at the age of 88.

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses the WAMC Locked Box, income inequality, and California water use.

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