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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The Roundtable
10:50 am
Fri June 21, 2013

2013 Solid Sound Festival - MASS MoCA Events

Solid Sound is without a doubt a very busy time here at MASS MoCA - but the people who work at this contemporary art museum and presenting arts venue aren't ones to rest on their laurels. MASS MoCA hosts concerts, comedy shows, dance - and more - all year long. They present the Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival in July and August and the FreshGrass Bluegrass Festival in September.

They present more than their fair share of one-off events, too - as well as providing space for residencies and workshops. Here now to tell us more are Performing Arts Curator, Rachel Chanoff and Performing Arts Director, Sue Killam. 

The Roundtable
10:35 am
Fri June 21, 2013

2013 Solid Sound Festival - Storey Publishing

 Storey Publishing has been helping readers practice creative self-reliance for 30 years. They are a longtime creative tenant on campus at MASS MoCA and will be hosting a variety of other lifestyle workshops, activities and demonstrations throughout the Solid Sound Festival.

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Arts & Culture
10:10 am
Fri June 21, 2013

2013 Solid Sound Festival - Jeff and Spencer Tweedy

Jeff Tweedy playing Solid Sound in 2011
Credit Rich Orris

The Solid Sound Festival is curated by the rock band Wilco. So it stands to reason we’d have a member of the band on our show today - and we do! Jeff Tweedy joins us to talk about Solid Sound and other Wilco goings-on.

Then, after a quick break, his son Spencer joins us, too! Spencer is the drummer for The Blisters - the band is playing this Sunday at the festival. They’ve been together for 10 years and put out an album on their website earlier this month. The album is called “Finally, Bored” - but we have a sneaking suspicion that Spencer is anything but. (The kid is busy is what we're saying.)

Arts & Culture
9:35 am
Fri June 21, 2013

2013 Solid Sound Festival - Jason Middlebrook and Susan Cross

Jason Middlebrook I’ve Been Drawing Cliffs My Whole Life, 2013 Acrylic and spray paint on maple 93.625 x 41 x 1.375 Courtesy the artist and DODGEgallery, New York
Credit Karen Pearson/Mass MoCA

    One of the MASS MoCA's current exhibitions is Jason Middlebrook: My Landscape. The pieces contained include new works from Jason’s series of painted hardwood planks begun in 2008 and will debut an awe-inspiring, hanging mobile that functions like a fountain within the gallery.

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Arts & Culture
9:35 am
Fri June 21, 2013

2013 Solid Sound Festival - DownStreet Art

Downstreet Art kicked of their 6th season last night with a celebration in downtown North Adams, MA.

Presented by Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts’ and Berkshire Cultural Resource Center, DownStreet Art provides North Adams with a summer of creative events. The public arts festival will run through Oct. 31.

This summer’s events, which are free and open to the public, will include gallery openings, a dance party on Main Street, a wandering light show, a community reading of Frederick Douglas’s famous Fourth of July address, new murals in the downtown, and musical performances.

We are joined by Leslie Ferrin, Director Ferrin Contemporary and on the DownStreet Art Curatorial Committee; Melanie Mowinski, Artist, Founder Press Gallery, Art Professor MCLA; and Jonathan Secor, Director MCLA Berkshire Cultural Resource Center, which runs DownStreet Art.

The Roundtable
9:10 am
Fri June 21, 2013

2013 Solid Sound Festival - Joe Thompson and Alex Crothers

  This is the third Solid Sound - and our third time broadcasting at MASS MoCA from the festival. (We’ve taken the museum over two other times, but who’s counting? … It’s us. We are counting.)

We’re set up in fine fashion in The Knuckle at MASS MoCA - just outside of the Sol LeWitt galleries and within leaping distance of many of the other attractions and stages on campus. But we won’t leap - we’ll politely walk around - this place is about to be full of enthusiastic music and art fans and we wouldn’t want to leap onto any of them.

Joining us to tell us about some of what goes into making this festival purr are Joe Thompson, Director of MASS MoCA and Alex Crothers, promoter for Higher Ground Music.

Congressional Corner
10:50 am
Wed June 19, 2013

Congressional Corner with Bill Owens

  We have entered a new era in domestic surveillance.

In today’s Congressional Corner, New York Representative Bill Owens tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that there must be a balance between national security intelligence and privacy.

Congressional Corner
10:50 am
Tue June 18, 2013

Congressional Corner with Bill Owens

  Syria becomes more complicated by the day.

In today’s Congressional Corner, New York Representative Bill Owens tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that doesn’t want the U.S. going at it alone.

Congressional Corner
10:50 am
Mon June 17, 2013

Congressional Corner with Chris Gibson

  American interventions have consumed billions of dollars and cost thousands of lives over the past decade.

In today’s Congressional Corner, New York Representative Chris Gibson — a Republican from the 19th district — tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that there is another way.

The Roundtable
10:50 am
Fri June 14, 2013

Congressional Corner with Chris Gibson

  The sequester has been the law of the land since March.

In today’s Congressional Corner, New York Representative Chris Gibson — a Republican from the 19th district — tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that the budget cuts are not to his liking.

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