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, 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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Congressional Corner
10:50 am
Wed January 23, 2013

Congressional Corner with Brad Hays - Part 1

  Massachusetts Senator John Kerry’s confirmation hearings are scheduled for tomorrow. In today’s Congressional Corner, Union College political science professor Brad Hays tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that he expects Kerry to head to Foggy Bottom without issue.

The Roundtable - Question of the Day
9:00 am
Tue January 22, 2013

Question of the Day - President Obama's second term?

Yesterday in his second inaugural address, President Obama emphasized some of his priorities.

What are your hopes for President Obama's second term?

Politics
10:30 pm
Fri January 18, 2013

The Capitol Connection #1303

Comptroller DiNapoli
Credit Courtesy NYS OSC

Host Alan Chartock is joined by New York state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli, a Democrat who has held office since 2007 after two decades in the Assembly. They discuss firearm investments in the state pension fund, political spending by corporations, and the Tappan Zee project.

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Arts & Culture
11:35 am
Fri January 18, 2013

Classical Music According to Yehuda #106

Credit funzine.hu

In this week’s “Classical Music According to Yehuda,” Alan Chartock and Yehuda Hanani discuss what makes some art offensive to certain groups.

The Roundtable
11:12 am
Fri January 18, 2013

Samuel Shem - The Spirit of the Place at Hudson Opera House, January 26

Alan is joined by Dr. Stephen Bergman, who writes under the pen name Samuel Shem. A novelist, playwright, and essayist, Bergman is a graduate of Harvard and Harvard Medical School and was a Rhodes Scholar. The launch of his paperback The Spirit of the Place will be held at the Hudson Opera House on January 26. 

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Congressional Corner
10:50 am
Fri January 18, 2013

Congressional Corner with Bill Owens - Part 3

  In today’s Congressional Corner, New York Representative Bill Owens — a Democrat from the 21st district — tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock about his upcoming work on a new committee, Appropriations.

WAMC Speakers Corner
1:00 pm
Thu January 17, 2013

Alan Chartock...In Conversation with Anne Banks and Ted Dobson

A scene of the drunk driving crash that killed Moira Banks-Dobson in February 2012.
Credit Berkshire Record

Alan is joined by Anne Banks and Ted Dobson, whose daughter, Moira Banks-Dobson of Sheffield, Mass., was killed by a drunk driver who had six previous convictions in February of 2012. Her death has led her parents to push for various reforms in the months since. There's more information about their efforts and their daughter's life at moiramemorial.org.

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Politics
11:57 am
Thu January 17, 2013

DiNapoli explains frozen gun investments in pension fund

Comptroller Tom DiNapoli
Credit Courtesy NYS OSC

Just two days after New York legislators passed first-in-the-nation gun law reforms in response to the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings, the state’s chief financial officer says pension fund investments in firearm companies have been frozen. Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli spoke on WAMC’s Capitol Connection program.

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Congressional Corner
10:50 am
Thu January 17, 2013

Congressional Corner with Bill Owens - Part 2

  New York appears to be leading the way on gun reform in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook massacre. In today’s Congressional Corner, New York Representative Bill Owens — a Democrat from the21st district — tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that several steps must be implemented to get a handle on gun violence.

The Roundtable - Question of the Day
9:20 am
Thu January 17, 2013

Question of the Day - Happiness

What does happiness - being happy - mean to you? How do you define it?

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