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

People with good minds can be very passionate. Take the case of the current Presidential election cycle. We hear from people of all political persuasions who are quite sure that we are being blatantly unfair, usually about Bernie Sanders or Hillary Clinton. Now don’t get me wrong – when the Massachusetts primary rolled around I voted for Bernie. I had announced that I would because I believe that journalists have a responsibility to let their audiences know where they are coming from. I have interviewed both Bernie and Hillary on the air so I am very surprised at some of the vitriol we have heard about the station’s alleged “position” (we never take sides) in favor of Hillary. I try to be fair on our daily Roundtable panel. I have explained that I think Bernie is right on the major issues. I have also explained that I believed Hillary would capture more of the centrist voters and be more electable.

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses the investigation into Cuomo and the White House Correspondents Dinner.

  In this week's Classical Music According to Yehuda​, Alan Chartock and Yehuda Hanani continue their exploration of Jewish music, sharing a performance of Ravel's Kaddish from the DECCA album, Ravel: The Complete Edition

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses opinions of Ted Cruz in American politics, protests in California outside a Donald Trump rally, and Massachusetts' residents get to pick their delegates to go to the GOP convention.

GOP Chair Ed Cox
GOP Chair Ed Cox

Host Dr. Alan Chartock is joined by Ed Cox, chairman of the New York State Republican Party.

  Michael Dukakis, John Kerry, Mitt Romney -- could Massachusetts get another Bay Stater on a presidential ticket?

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

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses NYS Attorney General Eric Schneiderman suing the Rensselaer County DA's office, Cruz naming Fiorina as his VP running mate, and the future of Bernie Sanders.

GOP Chair Ed Cox
GOP Chair Ed Cox

New York State Republican Party Chairman Ed Cox is this week's guest on the Capitol Connection. Here is a preview of what the chairman and WAMC's Alan Chartock discussed:

On New York's presidential primary:

  It gets less press than debate over Middle East security needs, but seapower remains a focus of U.S. defense.

In today’s Congressional Corner, WAMC’s Alan Chartock speaks with Connecticut representative Joe Courtney about the need for advanced submarines.

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses the road to the general election and Bernie Sanders' chances of supporting Hillary Clinton as the nominee.

  Voters in the Nutmeg State head to the primary polls on Tuesday.

In today’s Congressional Corner, WAMC’s Alan Chartock speaks with Connecticut representative Joe Courtney, who supports Hillary Clinton for president.

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses the fourth Super Tuesday primary, agreements crumbling between Cruz and Kasich, and North Carolina voter ID laws.

  In today’s Congressional Corner, WAMC’s Alan Chartock speaks with Connecticut representative Joe Courtney.

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses primary state's ahead of the next Super Tuesday, Cruz's chances in the Northeast, and Bernie Sanders.

  In this week’s Classical Music According to Yehuda - Alan Chartock and Yehuda Hanani continue their exploration of Jewish music, sharing a recording of Hebrew Melody by Joseph Achron.

  Women are making inroads in business, but still have a long way to go.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Connecticut Representative Elizabeth Esty tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock about her latest work on this issue. 

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses Trump "toning down his act," Cruz's chances, and the possibility of an all-female ticket.

  January 20th, 2017. That’s the earliest Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell thinks the next Supreme Court justice should be named.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Connecticut Representative Elizabeth Esty tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock about her new “SCOTUS” bill. 

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses the suspension of the Kinder Morgan pipeline, a look into voter registration's in New York City, and Donald Trump's new softer side.

  Years after Newtown, Congress has yet to act on major gun reform.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Connecticut Representative Elizabeth Esty tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock she thinks grassroots action is needed. 

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses last night's primary in New York and the former seats for Silver and Skelos.

  In today’s Congressional Corner, New York Representative Chris Gibson — a Republican from the 19th district — concludes his conversation with WAMC’s Alan Chartock. 

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses Bernie v. Hillary in today's New York primary, the race for Sen. Skelos' old seat, and the impeachment of the Brazilian president.

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses all the campaign stops in the Capital Region prior to Tuesday's primary, Brazil's leadership, and the issue of immigration.

In this week’s Classical Music According to Yehuda - Alan Chartock and Yehuda Hanani continue their exploration of Jewish music, sharing a recording of "Rozo D’Shabbos" from Cantor Pinchik Sings (vinyl - Menorah records)

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Yehuda Hanani’s Close Encounters with Music series in Great Barrington, MA will feature a program of Jewish Music entitled Fiddler OFF The Roof this Sunday, April 17th at 3pm.

  New York Congressman Chris Gibson is exploring his first statewide run.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Gibson — a Republican from the 19th district — tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock what he thinks is ailing Albany. 

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses an event on PCBs and GE at the Linda, the #DemDebate last night, and Jackie Robinson.

  The Capital Region has been getting a rare glimpse of the presidential candidates.

In today’s Congressional Corner, New York Representative Chris Gibson — a Republican from the 19th district — tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that he’s unsatisfied with Tuesday’s ballot options. 

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses Megyn Kelly meeting with Donald Trump and the upcoming Democratic debate.

  In today’s Congressional Corner, WAMC’s Alan Chartock continues his conversation with former Deputy Solicitor General of the U.S. Philip Lacovara. 

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