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, 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

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.

A plan to anchor oil barges on the Hudson has been scuttled for now.

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

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses President Donald Trump's new chief of staff John Kelly, North Korea launching a missile, and Vladimir Putin dismissing U.S. diplomats in Russia.

In many ways, the Trump administration is unprecedented in American politics.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Rutgers University political science professor Ross Baker concludes his conversation with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses the result of the late night healthcare bill push, communications director Anthony Scaramucci's foul language, and military officials response to Trump's ban on transgender individuals from the military.

(Originally Aired 3/9/17 @ 1 p.m.) WAMC’s Alan Chartock In Conversation about Alzheimer’s Disease with Neurologist Dr. Richard Holub, President of Neurological Associates of Albany, PC.

Keepin' On Keepin' On

Jul 27, 2017

In just a few days, my body will be 76 years old. That’s incredible. I don’t feel 76. People tell me I don’t look 76 but maybe they’re just flattering me. I suspect what’s keeping me going is a combination of three things: watching what I eat, exercising every day and most of all, loving my job. 

Young people can be the difference in every election.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Rutgers University political science professor Ross Baker tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock why today’s students impress him.

Next week marks Tanglewood on Parade at the summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. But there’s plenty on the schedule at the sprawling Berkshires venue first. WAMC’s Alan Chartock got details from Mark Volpe, the managing director of the BSO.

Republicans ran for years against the Affordable Care Act.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Rutgers University political science professor Ross Baker tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock why repealing it has proven so difficult.

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses Sen. John McCain's return to the Senate, the continuing investigations into Paul Manafort, and NY Governor Andrew Cuomo heading to Washington to meet with Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao.

North Korea has vexed the U.S for decades.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Vermont Representative Peter Welch wraps up his discussion with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses Trump's comments on Attorney General Jeff Sessions, and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's executive order on voter registration.

Donald Trump Jr.’s inbox is the latest front in the Russia investigation.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Vermont Representative Peter Welch continues his discussion with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses Trump's claim of complete power to pardon himself and his family, the politicalization of testimony and the Russia investigation, new White House communication director Anthony Scaramucci, and continued issues with MTA transit.

New York has 27 members of Congress. Vermont has one.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Vermont Representative Peter Welch speaks with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

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