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! 

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Capital Region News
1:43 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

Albany Mayoral Forum On Sustainability

Candidates gather at the Albany Mayoral Forum on Sustainability
Tom Wall

WAMC and the New York League of Conservation Voters Education Fund hosted a mayoral forum at The Linda on July 2, bringing together five candidates for office: Corey Ellis, Kathy Sheehan, Joseph Sullivan, Jesse Calhoun, and Marlon Anderson.

The forum was moderated by Alan Chartock and NYLCVEF President Marcia Bystryn.

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The Roundtable
11:45 am
Mon July 1, 2013

FDR Presidential Library and Museum - John and Gloria Golden

    John and Gloria Golden are long-time residents of Hyde Park – their personal history is fascinatingly wrapped in the history of the community and with FDR and First Lady, Eleanor.

Gloria is the daughter of Reverend Gordon L. Kidd who was Rector of St. James Episcopal Church in Hyde Park, NY from 1946 to 1966 and she worked for The Roosevelt Library.

John Golden is the Owner of Golden & Golden Construction, Hyde Park, NY - his uncle, Henry Golden was a chauffeur who wrecked FDR’s car and his grandfather tended horses at the Vanderbilt farm. John and Gloria Golden join us now to share more of their story.

The Roundtable
11:35 am
Mon July 1, 2013

FDR Presidential Library and Museum - Mary Kay Vrba and Sarah Olson

    A presidential library is a pretty good “get” for a community in terms of creating a reason for people to visit. But the location we broadcast from this morning isn’t the only attraction in the Hyde Park area.

Here to tell us about some other Dutchess County spots – and to fill us in on the impact of having the FDR Museum and Library here, are Mary Kay Vrba, Executive Director of Dutchess County Tourism and Sarah Olson the National Park Service’s Superintendent of the Roosevelt-Vanderbilt National Historic Sites.

The Roundtable
11:25 am
Mon July 1, 2013

FDR Presidential Library and Museum - NY State Senator Terry Gipson

    Terry Gipson is a Democratic member of the New York State Senate, representing the 41st district of the state.

Gipson was elected to the Senate in 2012. He is also a local business owner and homeowner in Rhinebeck, NY and he is the first Democrat elected to the seat since FDR.

The Roundtable
11:10 am
Mon July 1, 2013

FDR Presidential Library and Museum - Joseph Persico

    All American presidents are commanders in chief by law. Not all have performed as such in practice. In his new book, in Roosevelt’s Centurions, distinguished historian Joseph Persico reveals how, during World War II, Franklin Roosevelt seized the levers of wartime power like no president since Abraham Lincoln during the Civil War.

Prior to beginning his career as a historian and biographer, Joseph Persico was chief speechwriter for New York governor and later U.S. vice president, Nelson A. Rockefeller. He has written 13-books, including many about FDR and the Roosevelt era – including: Roosevelt’s Secret War: FDR and World War II Espionage and Franklin and Lucy: FDR and the Remarkable Women in His Life.

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The Roundtable
10:45 am
Mon July 1, 2013

FDR Presidential Library and Museum - Arik Mathison and Luke Interrante

    Presidential Libraries and Museums don’t just renovate themselves. Neither is the job of updating a building and preserving historical context something that just anyone can handle - or should attempt.

A full-scale renovation of the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum began in May 2010. With the exception of two wings added in 1972 in honor of Mrs. Roosevelt, it is the first renovation of the Roosevelt Library since it was opened to the public on June 30, 1941. Joe - The project consisted of two phases over three years with a budget of $35 million in federal funding. The renovation brings the Library’s archives and museum up to the National Archives’s standards for the preservation of historic collections, while carefully preserving the building’s historic appearance.

Luke Interrante, Project Manager from KCCM Construction and Arik Mathison, the project directing architect from EYP Architecture & Engineering join us to tell us more.

The Roundtable
10:35 am
Mon July 1, 2013

FDR Presidential Library and Museum - Carolyn D. Palmer

    Carolyn D. Palmer has created new sculptures of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt which are on display in the renovated lobby of the FDR Presidential Library and Museum.

These beautiful new sculptures — commissioned through private donations and donated to the Library — can be touched by the public and will help the Roosevelt Library fulfill its commitment to accessibility for all its visitors. If you can’t see the first couple’s features – with these sculptures, you can feel them in bronze.

  Master sculptor, Carolyn D. Palmer graduated cum laude from Nazareth College in Rochester, New York. She went on to study privately throughout Spain, France, Italy and the United States. Her sculptures are displayed in both public venues and private collections. A larger-than-life Thomas Jefferson graces the Jefferson Center Lobby in Syracuse, New York. Her Dr. Zef Oroshi, smoking his famous pipe, resides in a prominent Hartsdale, New York Cathedral. And her Wright Brothers were acquired by the Sanford, Orlando airport. Palmer was chosen by Mayor Christopher Doherty of Scranton, Pennsylvania to create life size bronzes of Vice President Joseph Biden, and the late Governor Robert P. Casey for a historic park in Scranton.

The Roundtable
10:10 am
Mon July 1, 2013

FDR Presidential Library and Museum - David Roosevelt

    David Roosevelt is the grandson of Franklin Delano and Eleanor Roosevelt, and son of the late Elliott Roosevelt. A native of Fort Worth, Texas, David’s career has spanned more than 35years, during which time he served in senior management positions in the investment and financial services industry, and philanthropy.

He was twice appointed as a Federal Commissioner on the Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorial Commission in Washington, DC, once by President George Bush in 1991 and again by President Clinton in 1993.

He is the author of the biography, Grandmere: A Personal History of Eleanor Roosevelt. David spent a significant portion of his youth with Eleanor and says his book was a non-scholarly, intimate look at his grandmother and her life, and his days with her.

The Roundtable
9:35 am
Mon July 1, 2013

FDR Presidential Library and Museum - Douglas Brinkley

FDR Sphinx Sculpture (MO 1941.12.40)

  The Roosevelt Library remains the premier research center in the world for study and research on the 32nd President of the United States. It contains more than 17-million pages of documents. The library is a critical historical resource and educational destination used by scholars, researchers and historians.

Historian Douglas Brinkley is a scholar, author, and sought-after news commentator. He is a professor of history and Baker Institute Fellow at Rice University and has written books on Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy, Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan. His new book is on FDR and why we are lucky enough to have him join us this morning.

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The Roundtable
9:20 am
Mon July 1, 2013

FDR Presidential Library and Museum - Lynn Bassanese and Herman Eberhardt

FDR's Fireside Chat microphone

    While the renovation of the museum is an amazing achievement, it is important to realize the revitalization also includes new and exciting permanent museum exhibits.

These exhibits tell the story of the Roosevelt Presidency beginning in the depths of the Great Depression and continuing through the New Deal and WWII with an emphasis on both Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt’s relationship with the American people.

Lynn Bassanese, Director of the FDR Presidential Library and Museum and Museum Curator, Herman Eberhardt join us.

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