WAMC Northeast Report

Weekdays, 3:30PM - 4PM and 6PM - 6:30PM

Northeast Report and Northeast Report - Late Edition are two half hour magazines of news and information, aired every weekday from 3:30PM-4:00PM just before All Things Considered, and again from 6:05PM - 6:30PM just before Marketplace.

Northeast Report features reports from the award-winning WAMC News team, plus commentary, arts news and interviews, the latest weather forecast, and an afternoon business wrap-up. The program is hosted by WAMC Senior Correspondent Brian Shields who has been with WAMC for 25 years as senior news anchor, host and reporter. 

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A key progressive third party in New York splintered Friday, as two major unions withdrew from the Working Families Party. Those still in the WFP say it makes it more likely that the activist groups remaining in the party will endorse Cynthia Nixon over Governor Andrew Cuomo in a party meeting on Saturday, as Cuomo announced that he is dropping out.

NRC, NYS Discuss A Repair At Indian Point

Apr 13, 2018
WAMC, Allison Dunne

Safety at the soon-to-be shuttered Indian Point nuclear power plant in Westchester County was the subject of a public conference call Thursday with officials from New York state and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. At issue was a repair at one of the reactors. The NRC had approved the method of repair and says there is no safety significance. But the state wants a written safety evaluation after raising questions about the method and longevity of the repair.

Paul Caiano's Evening Forecast

Apr 13, 2018
Paul Caiano

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the evening weather forecast for Friday, April 13, 2018.

Greg Haymes
Times Union

Greg Haymes of Nippertown is back with his April music selections.

Courtesy of the Town of Germantown

An Amtrak proposal to install fencing and gates near the Hudson River at sites in Columbia and Dutchess Counties is drawing opposition and a call for public hearings. Amtrak contends the fencing would keep out trespassers and enhance safety, while opponents say the fencing would limit access to the river and impact revitalization plans.

Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger
Burlington VT Mayor's Office

On Town Meeting Day in March, Burlington voters approved a resolution asking that the Air Force cancel the planned basing of F-35 fighter jets and find another mission for the National Guard base.  A few weeks later, the city council voted to forward the resolution to the Secretary of the Air Force with additional questions.  But Wednesday, the city’s mayor announced he will not sign the council‘s resolution.

BSO Tanglewood Festival Chorus Founder Dead At 78

Apr 12, 2018
Boston Symphony Orchestra

The founder of the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s Tanglewood Festival Chorus has died.

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Albany County held its annual crime victim "Ceremony of Remembrance" today.

Bob Goepfert Reviews "Blithe Spirit" At Cap Rep

Apr 12, 2018
Brenny Rabine (Ruth Condomine), Gary Lindemann (Charles Condomine) and Yvonne Perry (Elvira) in Blithe Spirit at Capital Repertory Theatre, April 6–May 6
Kate Penn

ALBANY-   Blithe Spirit is one of Noel Coward’s most durable comedies.  Since it was first produced in 1941, it has been performed constantly.  Capital Repertory Theatre in Albany is keeping the torch alive with a pleasing production that continues through May 6.  

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Apr 12, 2018

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Thursday, April 12, 2018. 

WAMC Elizabeth Hill

The Preservation League of New York State has released its annual list of the seven “most threatened” historical sites.

Picture of marijuana plant
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service/Wikimedia Commons Public Domain

Democratic candidate for governor Cynthia Nixon has outlined her plans for legalizing marijuana in New York in a video, saying the state lags far behind some other states. Governor Andrew Cuomo, also a Democrat, says he’s studying the issue.

Keith Strudler: Nothing To Cheer About

Apr 11, 2018

So a few years ago, I was at a wedding in Dallas at one of those mega hotels. The kind of place where if you get on the wrong elevator, you might end up in Fort Worth. And besides the people there for the wedding, the entire rest of the hotel was booked for people competing in a high school cheerleading competition. At one point in an elevator, I was having some small talk with one of the parents, and she looked at me and said, “you’re not here for the cheerleading competition, are you?” There were about 200 ways she’d know that, starting with my somewhat unkempt appearance, which stood in stark contrast to the finely tuned and dressed competitors – and their families. Throughout the course of the weekend, I don’t think I saw a single hair out of place or one mismatched outfit.  As that parent reminded me, cheerleading has a distinct culture.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Apr 11, 2018

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Wednesday, April 11, 2018.

Pittsfield Celebrates A Snowy Free Cone Day

Apr 11, 2018
Josh Landes

The citizens of Pittsfield celebrated an unorthodox — and unofficial — city holiday on Tuesday.

Troy Mayor Patrick Madden
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

A significant parking overhaul in the city of Troy is set to begin next month.

Stephen Gottlieb: Impeachment For Corruption

Apr 10, 2018

We’ve discussed how impeachment organizes the disparate issues surrounding Donald Trump. We’ve focused on the poor political prospects of presidents who faced impeachment and the poor prospects of those presidents’ parties. We’ve examined the history of the constitutional language, especially “high Crimes and Misdemeanors.” We found that a major purpose of the language was to enable Congress to stop corruption in its tracks. Corruption of public officials was a major target of impeachments in both England and America, leading to our constitutional text.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Apr 10, 2018

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Tuesday, April 10, 2018.

Josh Landes

The Williamstown Community Chest celebrated 91 years of giving earlier this month.

Letter Asks DEC To Revoke Or Suspend CPV Permit

Apr 9, 2018
WAMC, Allison Dunne

Three elected officials and environmental group Riverkeeper have asked the New York state Department of Environmental Conservation to suspend or revoke an essential permit for a power plant nearing its final stages before operation. The call comes following the March conviction of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s former top aide Joseph Percoco on bribery charges that involved state business with two companies, including the power plant.

Last week, the Trump Administration moved to roll back the nation’s auto emission and fuel economy standards.  The current regulations are aimed at cutting tailpipe emissions of carbon dioxide, a major contributor to global warming.  The Trump Administration also demanded that California, which has its own state-based, more stringent auto emission standards, must follow the federal decision or face legal challenge. 

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Apr 9, 2018

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Monday, April 9, 2018.


An Ulster County legislator has proposed a countywide ban on conversion therapy for minors. If the bill is enacted, Ulster would become the second county outside New York City with such a ban. The effort comes as several states and municipalities consider the prohibition.

Berkshire Pride To Hold Trans Solidarity Rally

Apr 6, 2018

A Trans Solidarity Rally is set for Saturday in downtown Pittsfield.

So the Department of Commerce has decided to add a question about citizenship to the Census short form. A number of states have either sued or threatened to sue arguing that this is in contradiction to the whole point of the census as stated explicitly in the Constitution.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Apr 6, 2018

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Friday, April 6, 2018.


Some closure has been reached in the case involving a March 2015 fire in Schenectady that left four dead and dozens homeless.

Lucas Willard / WAMC

Congresswoman Elise Stefanik of New York’s 21st District held a town hall meeting Thursday in northern Saratoga County. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports the Republican seeking a third term tried to distinguish herself from her party.

Cynthia Nixon

Actor and Democratic candidate for New York governor Cynthia Nixon says the loss of Hillary Clinton and the victory of Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential election was a key factor in her decision to run for governor. But, in an interview with public radio, she says that’s not the only reason she’s running. Governor Andrew Cuomo, meanwhile, says he has the better record.

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A top court in Massachusetts has given the Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield a clear path to sell art from its collection to financially stabilize the institution.