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. 

Audrey Kupferberg: Grace And Frankie

May 15, 2015

In the opening episode of GRACE AND FRANKIE, one of Netflix’s most touted new series, one of the characters talks about “a very exciting chapter we’re opening in the book of life.”  From this and other lines of dialog, one would never think to attribute the life change to seventy year olds.  But seventy-somethings they are!  GRACE AND FRANKIE is a story that focuses on two women who have been living an affluent California lifestyle for forty years-- forty years of unremarkable married life. 

Meteorologist Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

May 15, 2015

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Friday, May 15, 2015.

Bill Owens: 2nd Circuit Gets It Right

May 14, 2015

The Decision last week by the 2nd Circuit finding that the interpretation of the Patriot Act by NSA and the FISA Court was without the statutory basis with regard to mega data collection is the right outcome for our fundamental freedoms.

Meteorologist Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

May 14, 2015

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Thursday, May 15, 2015.

Electricity prices should fall in western Massachusetts this summer.  The region’s two major investor-owned electric utility companies have filed plans with the state’s regulatory board to cut rates. Also, there should be no concerns about power shortages this summer.

Eversource, formerly known as Western Massachusetts Electric Company, announced this week a plan to cut rates by more than 31 percent. The company said the average customer, using 500 kilowatt-hours a month, can expect to save $22 a month.

Keith Strudler: David Blatt's Bad Call

May 13, 2015

These should be good times for Cleveland Cavaliers head coach David Blatt. In his first year coaching in the NBA, after over 20 years mentoring European squads, including a four stint as head coach of a solid Maccabi Tel Aviv team that won the Euroleague title in 2014, Blatt now coaches a Cleveland team that leads the Chicago Bulls 3 games to 2 in the Eastern Conference Semifinals. He’s got the most dominant player in the game in LeBron James and a roster that looks like the NBA all-star game. Generally speaking most first year NBA coaches get players that seem better fit for the YMCA men’s rec league. But, thanks to good timing and better luck, Blatt won the coaching lottery, perhaps in contrast to, say, Derek Fisher, who was handed a Knicks squad only more deficient in effort than it was in talent.

Meteorologist Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

May 13, 2015

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Wednesday, May 13, 2015.


A bipartisan group of New York state legislators are calling for passage of a bill that would "rein in" the State Liquor Authority.  A local liquor store is at the center of the story.

It is the one of the largest annual festivals in the North Country and the largest sailing race on Lake Champlain. Officials met Monday to announce preliminary plans for this summer’s Mayor’s Cup events in Plattsburgh.


A growing number of cities and towns in Massachusetts are being recognized for the support provided to wounded military veterans and their families.

Springfield was named a Purple Heart City during a ceremony Tuesday attended by about a dozen veterans, including several Purple Heart recipients, which culminated with the raising of a Purple Heart flag over the esplanade at City Hall.

Mayor Domenic Sarno said he was proud to accept the designation on behalf of all the city’s veterans.

"This is in honor of our veterans," he said.