The Capitol Connection

Thursdays 3:00PM, Saturdays at 5:30PM

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. 

WAMC's Alan Chartock interviews Zephyr Teachout, Associate Professor of Law at Fordham University, progressive Democrat and announced candidate for Governor. 

WAMC's Alan Chartock interviews Karen Magee, President of the New York State United Teachers Union.

WAMC's Alan Chartock interviews New York State Comptroller Thomas Dinapoli.

(Airs 5/30 & 5/31) WAMC's Alan Chartock speaks with Albany Times Union Editorial Page Editor Jay Jochnowitz.

(Airs 5/22 & 5/24) WAMC's Alan Chartock speaks with New York State School Boards Association Executive Director Tim Kremer.

(Airs 5/15 & 5/17) WAMC's Alan Chartock speaks with New York State Education Commissioner Dr. John King, Jr.

Host Alan Chartock is joined by Ken Lovett, Albany bureau chief for the New York Daily News. They discuss the end of the Moreland Commission, corruption in government, and Joe Bruno’s second trial.

(Airs 5/1 & 5/3) WAMC's Alan Chartock speaks with Karen Scharff, Co-Chair of the Working Families Party and Executive Director of Citizens Action.

WAMC's Alan Chartock speaks with Westchester County Executive and Republican Candidate for Governor Rob Astorino.

Office of the Westchester County Executive

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has more than $30 million in his campaign fund, and a recent poll shows him with a 30-point-lead over his likely Republican opponent, Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, but the Republican says if the past is any indication, he can win the gubernatorial race this year. On WAMC’s Capitol Connection program this week, Astorino says he faced similar long odds when he won the county executive race in the heavily Democratic Westchester County.