The Capitol Connection

Thursdays 3:00 p.m., Saturdays at 5:30 a.m.

Maybe you voted for them and maybe you didn't, but either way, what they do and how they think affects you. Each week on The Capitol Connection, you can keep yourself abreast of political developments and gain a little insight into how New York State's politicians think when you listen in as political scientist Dr. Alan Chartock holds conversations with members from the Assembly and Senate, and other political movers and shakers.

Provocative topics, tough questions, spontaneity, and a casual low-key format make The Capitol Connection one of WAMC's most listened-to offerings. Tune in Thursdays at 3 PM, Saturdays at 5:30 AM. and Tuesdays at 6:30 PM on HD2 on WAMC Northeast Public Radio. The program is also carried on stations across New York State. Check your local listings for the time and frequency. 

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(Airs 7/21/16) Host Dr. Alan Chartock is joined by John Faso, Former New York State Assembly Minority Leader and Republican Candidate for the 19th Congressional District seat.

(Airs 7/14/16) Host Dr. Alan Chartock is joined by Ken Lovett, Albany Bureau Chief for the New York Daily News.

(Airs 7/7/16) Host Dr. Alan Chartock is joined by Casey Seiler, State Editor and Capitol Bureau Chief for the Albany Times Union. 

(Airs 6/30 & 7/2/16) Host Dr. Alan Chartock is joined by Chisun Lee Senior Counsel in the Democracy Program at the Brennan Center for Justice, where she works on campaign finance reform and voting rights, and is the lead author of a new report that examines secret money in the political process.

(Airs 6/23/16) Host Dr. Alan Chartock is joined by Rick Karlin, Capitol Bureau reporter and blogger for the Albany Times Union.

(Airs 6/16 & 6/18/16) Host Dr. Alan Chartock is joined by Ken Lovett, Albany Bureau Chief for the New York Daily News.

Blair Horner
Blair Horner

(Airs 6/10/16) Host Dr. Alan Chartock is joined by Blair Horner, Executive Director of the New York Public Interest Research Group (NYPIRG).

Leader Brian Kolb and Alan Chartock
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Alan Chartock is joined by New York State Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb.

Alan Chartock is joined by Ken Lovett of the New York Daily News.

(Airs 5/19 & 5/21) Host Dr. Alan Chartock is joined by Yancey Roy, Albany Bureau Chief for Newsday.

Jimmy Vielkind
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

(Airs 5/12 & 5/14/16) Host Dr. Alan Chartock is joined by Jimmy Vielkind, Albany Bureau Chief for Politico, New York.

(Airs 5/5 & 5/7) Host Dr. Alan Chartock is joined by Ken Lovett, Albany Bureau Chief for the New York Daily News.

GOP Chair Ed Cox
GOP Chair Ed Cox

Host Dr. Alan Chartock is joined by Ed Cox, chairman of the New York State Republican Party.

GOP Chair Ed Cox
GOP Chair Ed Cox

New York State Republican Party Chairman Ed Cox is this week's guest on the Capitol Connection. Here is a preview of what the chairman and WAMC's Alan Chartock discussed:

On New York's presidential primary:

(Airs 4/21/16) Host Dr. Alan Chartock is joined by Ken Lovett, Albany Bureau Chief for the New York Daily News.

(Airs 4/4 & 4/6/16) Host Dr. Alan Chartock is joined by Casey Seiler, Capital Bureau Chief for the Albany Times Union.

Blair Horner
C.W. McKeen / The Post - Standard, 2006

(Airs 4/7/16) Host Dr. Alan Chartock is joined by Blair Horner, Executive Director of the New York Public Interest Research Group (NYPIRG).

(Airs 3/31/16) Host Dr. Alan Chartock is joined by Ken Lovett, Albany Bureau Chief for the New York Daily News.

(Airs 3/24/16) Host Dr. Alan Chartock is joined by Nancy Zimpher, Chancellor of the State University of New York.

(Airs 3/17 & 3/19/16) WAMC's Alan Chartock speaks with Billy Easton, Executive Director for the Alliance for Quality Education.

(Airs 3/10/16) WAMC's Alan Chartock speaks with New York State Republican Assemblyman Jim Tedisco.

Blair Horner
C.W. McKeen / The Post - Standard, 2006

(Airs 3/3/16) Host Dr. Alan Chartock is joined by Blair Horner, Executive Director of the New York Public Interest Research Group (NYPIRG).

GOP Chair Ed Cox
GOP Chair Ed Cox

(Airs 2/25/16) Host Dr. Alan Chartock is joined by Ed Cox, Chairman of the New York State Republican Committee.

(2/18 & 2/20/16) Host Dr. Alan Chartock is joined by Ken Lovett, Albany Bureau Chief for the New York Daily News.

(Airs 2/11 & 2/13) Host Dr. Alan Chartock is joined by US Attorney Preet Bharara from the Southern District of New York.

Critical Of Corruption, Bharara Addresses WAMC Audience In Rare Albany Stop
Joe Donahue

In a rare visit to Albany on Monday, U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara of New York's Southern District appealed to honest politicians and others in state government to call out corruption when they see it. The address and interview with WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock was co-sponsored by four good-government groups: Citizens Union, Common Cause New York, the League of Women Voters and the New York Public Interest Research Group. Bharara spearheaded the convictions of former state Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and former Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos on federal corruption charges last year.

(Airs 2/4/16) Host Dr. Alan Chartock is joined by Ken Lovett, Albany Bureau Chief for the New York Daily News.

(Airs 1/28 & 1/30/16) WAMC's Alan Chartock talks with Yancey Roy, Albany Bureau Chief for Newsday.

Blair Horner
Blair Horner

(Airs 1/21 & 1/23/15) Host Dr. Alan Chartock is joined by Blair Horner, Executive Director of the New York Public Interest Research Group (NYPIRG).

(Airs 1/14/16) WAMC's Alan Chartock is joined by Casey Seiler, State Editor for the Albany Times Union.

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