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. 

Minimum Wage Hike Raises Larger Question

Jul 23, 2015
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

While supporters are declaring victory over New York’s new higher minimum wage for fast food workers, the action, by a state wage board, highlights a larger question: why are so many in the state dependent for their livelihoods on what are essentially entry level workforce jobs?

Rabbi Dan Ornstein: Losing the iPhone, Finding The I

Jul 23, 2015

The Vacation by Wendell Berry

Like any good poem, this one by the poet, Wendell Berry, employs a concrete  metaphor – a man who misses every moment of his vacation because he is too busy recording it – to examine a universal theme: how we absent ourselves from our own lives when we rush through them, disengaged, contracting them out to someone or something else.  Berry uses the word, “move”, with great rhythmic and symbolic effect.  We feel like we are on that speed boat with our vacationer, peering through his video lens at all the beauty which the film captures more accurately than our own minds.  However, for all the movement, there is nothing really moving about the experience:  the man’s camera is a pathetic emotional replacement for the man himself.  Berry also repeats deceptively simple phrases like “have it”, “having it”, “be there”, “would be” and “would not be”.  This turns the poem into a mournful tune about how technological devices are becoming our stand-ins for authentic living.

Meteorologist Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Jul 23, 2015

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Thursday, July 23, 2015.

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The University of Vermont Health Network-Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital in Plattsburgh announced the establishment of a new family medicine residency program today. As WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley reports, it’s supported by a million dollar grant.

New York Wage Board

A state Wage Board has voted to phase-in an increase in the minimum wage for fast food workers to $15 an hour, making New York the first state in the nation to increase the wage for a single segment of the work force.

Keith Strudler: Life’s Great Awards

Jul 22, 2015

Not all sports awards are created the same. For example, if you win, say, the most improved on your high school JV tennis team, that’s fine. But if you win the Super Bowl MVP award, that’s better. With the ubiquity of awards and requisite ceremonies, most people are rightfully judicious on which commendations to cherish, and which to simply accept. In other words, some go on your wall, while others straight to the basement, if the trash.

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Hundreds of mental health workers in western Massachusetts have gone on strike to protest a contract stalemate with a taxpayer-funded social service agency.

             Picket lines went up this morning at several offices of Clinical & Support Options ( CSO), one of the region’s leading providers of  emergency mental health interventions, violence prevention, substance abuse treatment, and other services to thousands of children and families.

Meteorologist Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Jul 22, 2015

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Wednesday, July 22, 2015.

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The Obama Administration has announced 27 communities, among them Springfield and Boston, Massachusetts, will be part of a pilot program to bring high speed broadband Internet access to people living in public housing.   Officials in Springfield are anxious to learn more details.

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An environmental advocacy organization is campaigning in Massachusetts to drum up public support for ending restrictions on a solar power incentive program.

Dozens of solar power projects in Massachusetts have stalled because limits have been reached on a program that compensates the owners of large solar arrays, according to an activist, a Co-op Power company executive, and a municipal official who spoke Tuesday on the steps of Springfield City Hall.

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