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! 

Ways to Connect

  It’s one of the toughest public policy questions: how can we improve mental health services and outcomes?

That’s the topic of today’s Congressional Corner with Connecticut Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty, a Democrat from the fifth district, and WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

  At the site of one of America’s worst days, new hope is springing.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Connecticut Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty, a Democrat from the fifth district, tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock about the new Sandy Hook Elementary School.

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses foreign policy issues facing Clinton and Trump, climate change, and presidential campaigning.

  He’s not a Democrat. He’s not a Republican. So what does Martin Babinec, who’s running for New York’s 22nd House district seat, believe?

That’s the subject of today’s Congressional Corner with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses Trump University and "bridgegate."

  Can a third-party candidate really go to Congress this year?

In today’s Congressional Corner, independent candidate Martin Babinec, who is seeking the 22nd district seat, continues his conversation with WAMC’s Alan Chartock. 

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses supplying for incoming storms, Clinton's appeal to minority voters, and more.

  Upstate New York’s 22nd House district is getting a new representative.

In today’s Congressional Corner, independent candidate Martin Babinec tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock why he’s running.

  Money in politics — it’s widely cited as one of democracy’s biggest ills.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Massachusetts Congressman Jim McGovern, a Democrat from the second district, concludes his discussion with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses new evidence for an older earth, the Affordable Healthcare Act, and a new presidential poll.

What It's All About

Sep 1, 2016

It’s hard to believe that September is already upon us. It has been a sensational summer, not just because of the natural beauty of the great northeast, the glorious weather (mostly) and all of the incredible cultural events that take place throughout the region. I think you’ll agree that this has been THE most extraordinary run-up to any election, possibly ever. I was recently reading the trade newspaper that comes to all of us public broadcasters. We already know that the number of people listening to public radio has increased dramatically with the election in sight and I figure it’s probably in large part due to the, “What will they do next?!?” factor. Well, rest assured, I promise you that whatever they do next, we’ll be talking about it on WAMC. It’s already been quite the roller coaster ride and together, we’ve watched it all unfold, from the earliest primaries to the latest polling data. As a collective family, we might not agree on everything, but looking back on our morning Roundtable discussions, I think civility has been the word of the day. Of course, sometimes passions flare and people get excited but that’s what makes it interesting and real. The amount of feedback we’ve gotten assures us that you are listening and that’s what it’s all about.

  Could Nancy Pelosi wield the gavel once more?

In today’s Congressional Corner, Massachusetts Congressman Jim McGovern, a Democrat from the second district, tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that the Democrats just might retake the House.

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses the Berkshire Ramblers, North Korean sleepers, Apple's back taxes to Ireland, and New York state's PFOA hearings.

  With less than 70 days to go in the election, debate is sure to ramp up this fall.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Massachusetts Congressman Jim McGovern, a Democrat from the second district, tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock why he keeps having nightmares.

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses New York state's Senate hearings on PFOA in municipal water supplies, subpoenas from Preet Bharara, and Colin Kaepernick.

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses the Little League World Series, a stop de Blasio line on the election ballot, and Trump being used to help state Democrats win control of the Senate.

  In this week’s Classical Music According to Yehuda, Alan Chartock and Yeuda Hanani continue their conversation about female composers, hearing "Sicilienne" by Maria Theresa von Paradis performed by The Castle String Quartet.

  Can the Republicans keep control of Congress?

In today’s Congressional Corner, Tim Vercellotti of the Western New England University poll and professor of political science, tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that the Democrats are charging hard.

  Does a bloody sock qualify you for the U.S. Senate?

In today’s Congressional Corner, Tim Vercellotti of the Western New England University poll and professor of political science, tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock about Elizabeth Warren’s possible opponent in 2018.

  So far, 2016 has been a highly unusual election.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Tim Vercellotti of the Western New England University poll and professor of political science, tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock pollsters have their hands full this cycle.

  Political junkies spend the days before November poring over the latest polls.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Tim Vercellotti of the Western New England University poll and professor of political science, tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that respondents should be discerning.

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses epi pens, Hillary Clinton's emails, and Trump's campaign staff on Muslims being US citizens.

  The Zika virus continues to spread.

In today’s Congressional Corner, New York Congressman Paul Tonko, a Democrat from the 20th district, tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that more federal funding is needed to counteract Zika.

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses the state of immigration and Donald Trump and Ken Lovett's newest column.

  In this week’s Classical Music According to Yehuda, Alan Chartock and Yeuda Hanani continue their conversation about female composers, discussing Marianna Martines hearing the first and third movements from her Sonata per Cembalo in G Major performed by Nicoleta Paraschivescu.

The whole House of Representatives is on the ballot in November.

In today’s Congressional Corner, New York Congressman Paul Tonko, a Democrat from the 20th district, tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock why he always runs like he’s losing.

  A Republican hasn’t carried New York in three decades.

In today’s Congressional Corner, New York Congressman Paul Tonko, a Democrat from the 20th district, tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock why he doesn’t think that’ll change anytime soon.

  Former two-term Hudson Valley Congressman John Hall has been out of office since losing the 2010 election, but he’s stayed busy.

Today, Hall speaks with WAMC’s Alan Chartock in their first Congressional Corner segment in six years.

This is a segment from an hour-long interview about Hall’s new memoir (Still The One: A Rock'n'Roll Journey to Congress and Back) which airs Thursday 8/18 at 1 p.m.

WAMC's Political Observer Dr. Alan Chartock sits down with WAMC's David Guistina to talk about Donald Trump calling  for the "extreme vetting" of immigrants, Vice President Joe Biden joins Democratic Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton at a Scranton campaign rally, an Albany Judge resigns, and much more.

  Retiring Utica-area Congressman Richard Hanna was the first House Republican to announce he is voting for Hillary Clinton. He’s also said he won’t endorse the Republican running to replace him in Congress.

In today’s Congressional Corner, WAMC’s Alan Chartock speaks with that Republican —state Assemblywoman Claudia Tenney.

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