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: 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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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Women’s Equality Act saw some successes in the legislature in 2015, after the most controversial of the measures, an abortion rights provision, was separated out from the rest of the items.

Stephen Gottlieb: Future Oriented Diplomacy Toward Iran

Jul 22, 2015

We did something that infuriated Iranians in 1953 by organizing a coup removing their democratically selected Prime Minister. They did something that properly infuriated us in 1979 by taking our embassy staff hostage. George Bush announced that Iran was part of the Axis of Evil. So now is the die cast? Are we doomed to permanent enmity? Trapped in stereotypes and hatred, too many see no way to a better future except by deepening the conflict with every kind of force.

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New details have emerged about the daring prison escape that captivated our region for nearly a month. New York Times reporter William Rashbaum has published a comprehensive look at how convicted murderers David Sweat and Richard Matt broke out of Clinton Correctional Facility June 6, leading to a massive 23-day manhunt that ended with Matt shot dead and Sweat wounded and in custody. Rashbaum is a senior writer with the Times.

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In 2011 New York passed a law imposing a limit on increases in the property tax.  The cap for 2016 will be less than 1 percent and some officials worry that could severely restrict local services.


Last week, a Siena Research Institute poll reported that 90 percent of New Yorkers thought that government corruption is a serious problem.  When 90 percent of New Yorkers agree on anything, it’s amazing.  So you’d expect that elected officials would get the message and respond.

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