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. 

Keith Strudler: Basketballs And Ping Pong Balls

May 20, 2015

Yesterday was a good day for the Minnesota Timberwolves. Those days have been few and far between as of late, since they’ve just wrapped up a league worst 16-66 record for the year. But while the final four remaining NBA squads play in the conference championships, the T-Wolves may have had last night’s best result, even better than the league leading Golden State Warriors, who took a 1-0 series lead against the Houston Rockets.

Meteorologist Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

May 20, 2015

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Wednesday, May 20, 2015.

Her name was Margaretta Fitler Murphy, but New Yorkers came to know her as Happy Rockefeller. The widow of former New York Governor and Vice President Nelson Rockefeller died Tuesday at her home in Tarrytown. She was 88. Dr. Alan Miller, the past vice chair of the WAMC Board of Trustees, was a good friend of the Rockefellers.

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Most of us take bridges for granted, but experts warn that by and large, the nation’s bridges and other infrastructure is in bad shape. WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley has more on a new report on rural roads and bridges.

Stephen Gottlieb: Canadian Comparative Religion Case

May 19, 2015

I’d like to tell you about a recent decision of the Supreme Court of Canada regarding religious education.[1] Quebec has a “mandatory core curriculum” which includes a Program on Ethics and Religious Culture, to teach “about the beliefs and ethics of different world religions from a neutral and objective perspective” as the Court described it. It “requires teachers to be objective and impartial” and “to foster awareness of diverse values, beliefs and cultures.” The court decided that freedom of religion required Quebec to allow a Catholic school, to teach about Catholicism from a Catholic perspective, but the Court held that the school nevertheless needed to present other faiths in a neutral way, a position that the school largely accepted.

Meteorologist Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

May 19, 2015

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Tuesday, May 19, 2015.


More than 14 million people in the United States gained health insurance through the Affordable Care Act, but a new study has found a serious flaw: sky-high deductibles that actually make it cheaper to go to the emergency room than schedule a visit with a physician. 

Families USA, a group that advocates on behalf of the health care law, says that while the Affordable Care Act is an historic success in expanding health coverage, simply having health insurance is no guarantee that consumers can afford to pay for health care.

When Senator Skelos was arrested for alleged corruption on May 4th, a clock started ticking.  In previous arrests, Governor Cuomo would weigh in with a raft of ethics changes within a couple of weeks.  When former Assembly Speaker Silver was arrested on January 22nd, the governor waited until the Assembly sorted itself out and then gave a major speech to advance ethics measures on February 2nd – ten days later.

Meteorologist Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

May 18, 2015

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Monday, May 18, 2015.

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Vermont House and Senate negotiators have reached a compromise agreement on an education bill that would require some Vermont school districts to consolidate in order to expand student offerings while saving taxpayer money.