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 name it! 

Ways to Connect

Gustav Mahler
Moritz Nähr

  In this week’s Classical Music According to Yehuda, Alan Chartock and Yehuda Hanani continue their series of conversations about quoting, sampling, borrowing in music.

Republicans in the Senate are struggling to come together on healthcare.

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

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses the overturning of former New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver's corruption conviction, Thursday's meeting between President Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron and the GOP's latest health care proposal.

Host Alan Chartock is joined by Jimmy Vielkind, Albany Bureau Chief for Politico NY. They discuss Governor Andrew Cuomo’s upcoming reelection campaign, the relationship between New York and the federal government, and the apparent end of the Christie-Cuomo partnership.

More is coming out about the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia by the day.

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

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses President Trump's trip to Europe, and Governor Andrew Cuomo's polling numbers dipping below 50 percent approval as a result of the issues with the MTA.

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses Donald Trump Jr.'s meeting with a Russian lawyer who promised him damaging information on Hilary Clinton, and Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell's renewed push for a health care bill.

John Faso
John Faso

What will the health care overhaul mean for localities?

In today’s Congressional Corner, New York Republican John Faso of the 19th district speaks wraps up his discussion WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses probes into the Trump campaign's possible collusion with Russia, Gov. Andrew Cuomo's handling of the MTA derailments and lateness, and Chris Christie's negative comments about Hilary Clinton on New York radio.

John Faso
John Faso

Millions of people would lose their health care under the bill being considered by the Senate.

In today’s Congressional Corner, New York Republican John Faso of the 19th district speaks continues his discussion WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses a New York Times report claiming Donald Trump Jr., was promised damaging information about Hillary Clinton before agreeing to meet with a Kremlin-connected Russian lawyer during the 2016 campaign, according to three advisers to the White House briefed on the meeting and two others with knowledge of it. 

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. 

Tamara Hickey and Thomas Brazzle in Cymbeline at Shakespeare & Company
Stratton McCrady /

We're at Tanglewood this morning and just a few miles away through the Berkshire beauty of Lenox lives another cultural gem, Shakespeare & Company.

Cymbeline is a rarely performed story of intrigue and deception in the face of steely resolve with wild plot twists, mistaken identities, and a heart-rending quest for love.

We are joined now by Tamara Hickey who plays Imogen in Cymbeline; Allyn Burrows, artistic director, at Shakespeare & Company; and Tina Packer, Founding Artistic Director of Shakespeare & Company and Director of Cymbeline. The production also marks a personal milestone for Packer, who, after opening her production of Cymbeline, will have directed all 37 plays in the Shakespeare canon.

Dawn Upshaw
Brooke Irish

There will be a Centennial Tribute to Ella Fitzgerald on Sunday night at 8PM at Tanglewood’s Seiji Ozawa Hall. The Tanglewood Music Center Vocal Concert will feature mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe, Pianist Lee Musiker, musicians of the Boston Pops, TMC Vocal Fellows and our next guest - Dawn Upshaw.

Dawn Upshaw is the Artistic Director of Bard College’s Conservatory of Music as well as the Charles Franklin Kellogg and Grace Ramsey Kellogg Professor of the Arts and Humanities.

She has been at Bard since 2004. The winner of three Grammy Awards; she is featured on more than 50 recordings. She is also the first singer to be named a “Perspectives” Artist by Carnegie Hall. 

Seiji Ozawa Hall at Tanglewood
Sarah LaDuke

As you walk along Tanglewood’s meandering paths, it’s easy to miss a series of small wooden shacks nestled amongst the pine trees -- until you hear the sweet music emanating from within. It’s here that the Tanglewood Music Center Fellows hone their craft and learn from the masters.

For decades, talented young musicians from around the country and around the globe have been coming to the Berkshires to study with some of the best musicians in the world.  Today we’re joined by Ellen Highstein – the Director of the Tanglewood Music Center.

Andris Nelsons
Marco Borggreve

Andris Nelsons is Music Director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and is the designated Gewandhauskapellmeister of the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig. He made his Boston Symphony debut in March 2011, leading Mahler’s Symphony no. 9 at Carnegie Hall.

In summer 2012, Nelsons made his debut in Tanglewood, and in 2013 at Boston Symphony Hall. And began his tenure as Music Director of the BSO in the 2014/15 season and after one year his contract was extended through the 2021/22 season.

In summer 2015 and spring 2016, the BSO and Nelsons embarked on their first European tours, receiving widespread critical acclaim. It’s Summer 2017 now and Nelsons is back at Tanglewood with The BSO.

As the season begins at Tanglewood, we speak to a man who not only is keeping the plates spinning here, he also has an eye on Boston and is even working on programming for future years here at Tanglewood.

Tony Fogg has been Artistic Administrator of the Boston Symphony Orchestra since 1994 and assists the Music Director in the planning and selection of all BSO concerts and repertoire.

A pianist by training, he is one of our favorites to chat with and it is a great pleasure to welcome Tony back to our Tanglewood Roundtable.

The Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra kicks off its 2017 season under the direction of Andris Nelsons this coming Monday - July 10th. The performance features Swedish trumpeter Håkan Hardenberger, one of Mr. Nelsons' closest artistic collaborators, and Thom Rolfs, BSO principal trumpet and a former TMC Fellow.

Highlighting the program are two concertos written for Hardenberger by acclaimed English composer Mark-Anthony Turnage. Hardenberger is soloist in the 2004 concerto From the Wreckage, an emotional journey transporting listeners from a spiky introduction to the calm plateau of its final resolution.

Hardenberger is joined by Thom Rolfs for Turnage's 1995 double trumpet concerto Dispelling the Fears. Mark-Anthony Turnage's music has been performed frequently at Tanglewood since he was a TMC Fellow in 1983.

We begin our remote broadcast from Tanglewood with an abbreviated RT Panel and welcome our man from The Berkshire Eagle, Kevin Moran and Managing Director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Mark Volpe.

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses this morning's roundtable in the Berkshires, upcoming meeting between President Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin, a hacking at a U.S. nuclear facility, and Governor Cuomo's pressure to improve public transit before his reelection.

John Faso
John Faso

Halfway through 2017, 2018 is looming large.

In today’s Congressional Corner, New York Republican John Faso of the 19th district speaks with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses the North Korea nuclear threat, President Trump's upcoming meeting with Vladimir Putin, and a republican condemnation of President Trump's tweets.

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses an upcoming interview with Congressman John Faso, a missile launch from North Korea and the national security and diplomatic consequences for the region, courts striking down an executive order to delay methane environmental regulations.

So the WAMC fund drive is over.

This time it took just nineteen hours to get it done and to put it to bed. The Berkshires sure did their part. There were moments when I was reading all the names of contributors on the air and I just couldn't keep up. It started a few weeks before the fund drive with our invitation to shorten the drive by putting money in the Locked Box. It was amazing how fast that money came in.

With Republicans in control of Washington, Democrats are apprehensive about the future of Social Security and Medicare.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Connecticut Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty, a Democrat from the fifth district, wraps up her conversation with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses President Donald Trump's behavior over the weekend and its potential impact on the next election cycle, the U.S. Senate's progress with a potential health care bill, the EPA's reversal of Obama-era regulations, and the President's upcoming meeting with Vladimir Putin. 

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses President Trump's upcoming meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, a potential subpoena from the House Intelligence Committee regarding tapes, recordings or memos of meetings between the president and former FBI Director James Comey and Trump's tweets about MSNBC's "Morning Joe" co-host Mika Brzezinski. 

Russia and the 2016 presidential election — it’s either a significant breach or “fake news.”

In today’s Congressional Corner, Connecticut Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty, a Democrat from the fifth district, continues her conversation with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses lawmakers appear to have a tentative deal on control over NYC schools, healthcare in the country, and sketch artists in the White House press briefings.

The parents of Sandy Hook found themselves back in the spotlight recently.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Connecticut Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty, a Democrat from the fifth district, speaks with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.