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 Dr. Alan Chartock discusses the North Korea nuclear threat, President Trump's upcoming meeting with Vladimir Putin, and a republican condemnation of President Trump's tweets.

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses an upcoming interview with Congressman John Faso, a missile launch from North Korea and the national security and diplomatic consequences for the region, courts striking down an executive order to delay methane environmental regulations.

So the WAMC fund drive is over.

This time it took just nineteen hours to get it done and to put it to bed. The Berkshires sure did their part. There were moments when I was reading all the names of contributors on the air and I just couldn't keep up. It started a few weeks before the fund drive with our invitation to shorten the drive by putting money in the Locked Box. It was amazing how fast that money came in.

With Republicans in control of Washington, Democrats are apprehensive about the future of Social Security and Medicare.

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

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses President Donald Trump's behavior over the weekend and its potential impact on the next election cycle, the U.S. Senate's progress with a potential health care bill, the EPA's reversal of Obama-era regulations, and the President's upcoming meeting with Vladimir Putin. 

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses President Trump's upcoming meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, a potential subpoena from the House Intelligence Committee regarding tapes, recordings or memos of meetings between the president and former FBI Director James Comey and Trump's tweets about MSNBC's "Morning Joe" co-host Mika Brzezinski. 

Russia and the 2016 presidential election — it’s either a significant breach or “fake news.”

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

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses lawmakers appear to have a tentative deal on control over NYC schools, healthcare in the country, and sketch artists in the White House press briefings.

The parents of Sandy Hook found themselves back in the spotlight recently.

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

The shooting of Congressman Steve Scalise stunned the country.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Massachusetts Congressman Richard Neal continues his conversation with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

A programming note: this interview was recorded before the special House election in Georgia.

On Sunday, July 2nd at 7pm singer-songwriter Natalie Merchant will make her Tanglewood debut on the Koussevitzky Music Shed in Lenox, MA. Prior to that, on June 30th – she’ll play a concert at The Bardavon in Poughkeepsie, NY.

So to be perfectly clear: one of our favorite people is playing concerts at two of our favorite places!

Our dear Natalie began her career with the alternative-rock band 10,000 Maniacs in 1981.

Her recent solo-album is Paradise Is There: The New Tigerlily Recordings. The record a collection of all-new recordings revisiting Merchant's multi-platinum solo debut Tigerlily. There is also a new 10-CD Natalie Merchant Collection available this month.

Representatives from Food and Water Watch will join Natalie on this tour.

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses the GOP healthcare bill, Supreme Court agrees that parts of President Donald Trump's travel ban can go through, and the New York State Legislature having a possible special session.

Constituents like to see their representatives in the flesh.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Massachusetts Congressman Richard Neal continues his conversation with WAMC’s Alan Chartock. 

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses how U.S. Senators are viewing the GOP healthcare bill, retirement rumors for Supreme Court Judge Anthony Kennedy, and U.S. Preet Bharara's new media gig.

  In this week’s Classical Music According to Yehuda, Alan Chartock and Yehuda Hanani begin a series of conversations about quoting (sampling, borrowing) in music.

Berkshire County has lost a political leader.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Massachusetts Congressman Richard Neal speaks with WAMC’s Alan Chartock. 

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses the GOP healthcare bill, Obama's reaction to the plan, and whether there are tapes of former FBI Director James Comey and President Donald Trump.

This week, Dr. Alan Chartock talks with Times Union columnist Chris Churchill about current events around New York and the nation.

Congressman Paul Tonko
Congressman Paul Tonko

Advocates for the environment aren’t taking kindly to the White House’s budget proposal.

In today’s Congressional Corner, New York Congressman Paul Tonko, a Democrat from the 20th district, wraps up his discussion with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses President Donald Trump promising more on the campaign trail, healthcare overhaul, whether secret recordings of Trump and Comey actually exist, and the New York State Assembly adjourned before deciding on two separate bills, one to name the new Tappan Zee bridge after Mario Cuomo and the other over New York City schools control. 

Tony Award-winning jukebox musical, and epic night of rock 'n roll, Million Dollar Quartet brings you into the recording studio with icons, Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, and Jerry Lee Lewis. Based on a true story, set on December 4, 1956, Million Dollar Quartet follows the tale of these four legendary musicians, as they come together for one monumental night of music at Sun Records in Memphis.

The Berkshire Theatre Group is presenting Million Dollar Quartet at its Unicorn Theatre through July 15th.

Directed and with music direction by James Barry the musical includes classic tunes such as: "Blue Suede Shoes,” "Fever,” "Walk the Line,” "Sixteen Tons,” "Who Do You Love?,” "Great Balls of Fire,” "Folsom Prison Blues,” "Hound Dog,” and more.

We are joined by Brycen Katolinsky who plays Elvis Presley; Ben Nordstrom who plays The Father of Rock ‘n’ Roll and founder of Sun Records, Sam Phillips; and Christy Coco who plays aspiring singer and Elvis’s girlfriend Dayanne.  

Congressman Paul Tonko
Congressman Paul Tonko

The Capital Region’s Congressman is another year older.

In today’s Congressional Corner, New York Congressman Paul Tonko, a Democrat from the 20th district, continues his discussion with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses Republican victories in Georgia and South Carolina, Eric Holder vs. President Trump, and GOP healthcare vote. 

Congressman Paul Tonko
Congressman Paul Tonko

American politics has become so sour, it took the shooting of a member of Congress to renew calls for bipartisanship.

In today’s Congressional Corner, New York Congressman Paul Tonko, a Democrat from the 20th district, speaks with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses gerrymandering, the Russians condemning of the American military's downing of a Syrian warplane, and the death of Otto Warmbier, the American student detained in North Korea after allegedly trying to steal a propaganda poster.

Once-ascendant right-wing parties in Europe appear to be on the defensive.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Tim Vercellotti of the Western New England University poll and professor of political science, wraps up his discussion with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses another terrorist attack in London that struck Muslims after evening prayers, Trump's lawyer saying that the President isn't under investigation, and NBC's interview with InfoWars' Alex Jones. 

Democrats are eager for the next election.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Tim Vercellotti of the Western New England University poll and professor of political science, continues his discussion with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ testimony this week is still being digested by official Washington.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Tim Vercellotti of the Western New England University poll and professor of political science, speaks with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

Republicans’ policy agenda has stalled amid a raft of White House scandals.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Congressional Quarterly’s David Hawkings wraps up his conversation with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

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