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! 

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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. 

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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.

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses President Trump's inquisition into special counsel Robert Mueller, his questions about possible pardoning, and U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer.

The Boston Symphony Orchestra will present a number of piano-focused concerts this weekend at Tanglewood in Lenox, Massachusetts. WAMC’s Alan Chartock got a preview from the BSO’s Managing Director, Mark Volpe.

Democrats are looking forward to the next election.

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

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses Senator John McCain's cancer diagnosis, Trump's comments on Jeff Sessions recusing himself from the Russian interference investigation, and Trump's wishes to revive the GOP healthcare bill.

The administration says it wants to overhaul the tax code, but details are scarce.

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

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses the dangerous tickborne Powassan virus, an undisclosed meeting between President Trump and Vladimir Putin at the G20 summit, Trump's plans to "let Obamacare fail," and Cuomo's falling poll numbers across New York state.

The Trump campaign’s ties to Russia: a scandal that isn’t going away.

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

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses the shifting goal from replacing to simply repealing Obamacare, New York legislators fighting back, President Trump defending his son's meeting with a Russian lawyer, and Governor Cuomo's plunging support in light of the "summer of hell" for public transit in New York City. 

The White House budget proposal would mean drastic cuts to domestic spending.

In today’s Congressional Corner, WAMC’s Alan Chartock wraps up his conversation with Connecticut Representative Joe Courtney, a Democrat from the 2nd district.

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses President Trump's polling numbers, the delay on a GOP healthcare bill, local Governors pledging to abide by the Paris climate accords, and the lack of motivation for state legislation ethics reform.

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