WAMC Northeast Report

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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 feature reports from WAMC News bureau chiefs...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 24 years as senior news anchor, host and reporter. 

State lawmakers are expecting passage of a bill that would help establish a regional visitor center for the upper Hudson and Hoosic river valleys.

Where does Hillary Clinton stand on the various issues related to Social Security?    Does she agree with former President Bush that Social Security is going bankrupt or with former Texas Governor Rick Perry that it is a “Ponzi scheme”?   [I have commented on this issue before but just to re-iterate – a Ponzi scheme is a situation where a fraudster sells future profits of an organization that actually has no revenue stream other than the “income” from selling share to the next round of buyers.   In other words, I sell you something for $1000 and promise a 20% return.  The only way I get that money to you is to sell two other people something for $1000.  Now I have $2000 and I give you $1200 and keep the $800 for myself.   Then I have to find four people to sell “shares” for $1000 each, give, the two new people $2400 and keep the $1600 for myself.  It works until I run out of people to sell to or until someone figures out that there’s no way my organization is truly “earning” the money I claim.   Social Security is nothing like that.  It has a guaranteed revenue stream from the payroll tax.]

Meteorologist Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

May 1, 2015

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Friday, May 1, 2015.

NYS Senator Wants Anti-Overdose Drug Available OTC

Apr 30, 2015
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A New York state senator from the Hudson Valley is asking the health commissioner to allow Narcan, the drug used to counteract heroin overdoses, to be sold without a prescription. Another state senator says there needs to be more training to administer the drug first.

State Senator David Carlucci, an Independent Democrat, has penned a letter to Health Commissioner Howard Zucker, with a request concerning Naloxone, commonly called Narcan, a drug used to counter an opioid overdose.

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Responders from about 10 regional agencies spent part of Wednesday and most of today battling a brush fire as large as 189 acres in the northern Berkshires.

Bill Owens: Drought Versus Abundance

Apr 30, 2015

News stories over the past several weeks have raised awareness of extremely serious drought over the southwestern United States; with particularly dire forecasts for California.  NASA scientists and other experts predict that the condition will persist over decades, and that larger sections of the country will be affected. The northeast, however, will also likely experience more moisture.  Hopefully, it won’t all fall as snow along the northeast coast!

Meteorologist Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Apr 30, 2015

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Thursday, April 30, 2015.


Three productions seen on stages in the Berkshires in the past few years were nominated for The American Theatre Wing’s Tony Awards this week.

Keith Strudler: Good Money After Bad (Boxer)

Apr 29, 2015

When I began gainful employment, one of the first things I had to do was set up my 401-K, which felt odd for someone hoping to afford rent next month. I vividly remember being given several investment options, from highly aggressive to conservative, which I assumed meant it wouldn’t go into a pyramid scheme. But one of the options was based more on emotional health than long-term wealth. It was, for lack of better terminology, a socially conscious investment plan. Essentially, your retirement dollars would only be invested in corporations that take a moral high ground. I’m not exactly sure what that criterion was, but I’d say, for example, Philip Morris wasn’t on the list.

Meteorologist Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Apr 29, 2015

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Wednesday, April 29, 2015.