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  To outsiders, Florida seems baffling. It's a state where the voters went for Barack Obama twice, yet elected a Tea Party candidate as governor. Florida is touted as a care-free paradise, yet it's also known for its perils - alligators, sinkholes, pythons, hurricanes, and sharks, to name a few. It attracts 90 million visitors a year, some drawn by its impressive natural beauty, others bewitched by its man-made fantasies.

Craig Pittman's Oh, Florida! explores those contradictions and shows how they fit together to make this the most interesting state. It is the first book to explore the reasons why Florida is so wild and weird - and why that's okay. Florida couldn't be Florida without that sense of the unpredictable, unexpected, and unusual lurking behind every palm tree.

  Ever since Donald Trump entered the presidential race—in a press conference attended by paid actors, in which he slandered Mexican immigrants—he has dominated headlines, becoming the unrestrained id at the center of one of the most bizarre and alarming elections in American history.

It was not always so. In 1996, longtime New Yorker writer Mark Singer was conscripted by his editor to profile Donald Trump. At that time Trump was a mere Manhattan-centric megalomaniac, a failing casino operator mired in his second divorce and (he claimed) recovering from the bankruptcy proceedings that prompted him to inventory the contents of his Trump Tower home. 

In Trump and Me, Singer revisits the profile and recounts how its publication lodged inside its subject’s head as an enduring irritant—and how Singer (“A TOTAL LOSER!” according to Trump) cheerfully continued to bait him.

  In our Ideas Matter segment we take time just about every week to check in with the state humanities councils in our 7-state region.

Today, we will learn about the political impact of millennials and about a public lecture happening in August in Charlemont, MA, on the profound demographic transformation happening today, as characterized by the Millennial and Boomer generations.

We are joined today by Pam Porter, of The Charlemont Forum, and by Paul Taylor, who is the former Executive Vice President of the Pew Research Institute and the author of The Next America: Boomers, Millennials and the Looming Generational Showdown Paul will be speaking at the Charlemont Forum in Charlemont, MA, on Wednesday, August 10th. 

  In this most unusual election year, some voters say they have no one to back.

In today’s Congressional Corner, New York Representative Chris Gibson — a Republican from the 19th district — tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock why he’s still looking for a candidate. 

  Why is America living in an age of profound economic inequality? Why, despite the desperate need to address climate change, have even modest environmental efforts been defeated again and again? Why have protections for employees been decimated? Why do hedge-fund billionaires pay a far lower tax rate than middle-class workers?

The conventional answer is that a popular uprising against “big government” led to the ascendancy of a broad-based conservative movement. But Jane Mayer shows in her book, Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right, a network of exceedingly wealthy people with extreme libertarian views bankrolled a systematic, step-by-step plan to fundamentally alter the American political system.

  Reeling from the Great Depression, the United States and Germany elected two new leaders of diametrically opposing ideologies. In 1932, Franklin Roosevelt won the presidency and Adolf Hitler became chancellor.

Author and historian David Pietrusza will discuss his new book - 1932: The Rise of Hitler and FDR–Two Tales of Politics, Betrayal, and Unlikely Destiny.

  Countless books have been written about the civil rights movement, but far less attention has been paid to what happened after the dramatic passage of the Voting Rights Act in 1965 and the turbulent forces it unleashed.

Ari Berman is a political correspondent for The Nation and an investigative journalism Fellow at the Nation Institute. His writing has also appeared in The New York Times and Rolling Stone, and he is a frequent commentator on MSNBC and NPR.

In his book, Give Us the Ballot: The Modern Struggle for Voting Rights in America, he charts both the transformation of American democracy under the VRA and the counterrevolution that has sought to limit voting rights, from 1965 to the present day.

  Gary Hart is an American politician and a former Colorado senator, serving in Congress from 1975 to 1987.

His new book, The Republic of Conscience, is a meditation on the growing gap between the founding principles of the United States Constitution and our current political landscape.

Most of the pre-campaign talk has surrounded old names in politics: Bush and Clinton.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Tim Vercellotti, director of the Western New England University poll and professor of political science, tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that some other candidates still have a shot.

She’s not even an official candidate yet, but Hillary Clinton is facing her first major campaign crisis.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Tim Vercellotti, director of the Western New England University poll and professor of political science, tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that the former Secretary of State has been behind the curve. The two spoke before Clinton's Tuesday afternoon press conference.

  With the election in the rearview mirror, it’s time to look ahead to the incoming class.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Rutgers University political science professor Ross Baker tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock the electorate appears to be conflicted.

This past Election Day, all three statewide incumbents were easily re-elected, the Assembly’s Democratic majority got bigger, but consistent with the overall Republican political tsunami seen across the nation, the Republicans took back control of the state Senate and picked up some New York Congressional seats.

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Polls have closed around Vermont in a mid-term election that appears to have drawn light turnout in many parts of the state.

    Barack Obama has been a dirty word for many Democrats this election season.

In today’s Congressional Corner, New York representative Paul Tonko tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that his party should embrace the president.

    Election Day is just two months away.

In today’s Congressional Corner, New York representative Nita Lowey tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock she’s hopeful Democrats will perform well this fall.

  Election Day is three months away. 

In today’s Congressional Corner, Connecticut representative Joe Courtney tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that a Republican takeover of the Senate would be bad news.

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    In today’s Congressional Corner, Sean Eldridge — a Democratic candidate for New York’s 19th district seat — discusses foreign policy with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

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    Election Day is nearing.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Sean Eldridge — a Democratic candidate for New York’s 19th district seat — tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that he is optimistic about the race.

    Many Congresspeople say ousted Majority Leader Eric Cantor didn’t spend enough time back home.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Connecticut Representative Elizabeth Esty tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that time in the district is vital.

7/8/14 Panel

Jul 8, 2014

  Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Times Union Associate Editor Mike Spain and Political Consultant Libby Post.

Topics include:
Pope meets with Abused
Afghan Vote Fraud
Pot Legalization
Abortion Buffer Zones
Chicago Killings
TU Stories

    Immigration reform is still stalled in the House, and now it’s almost election season.

In today’s Congressional Corner, New York representative Paul Tonko tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that major reforms are needed.

    Immigration reform may be a victim of election year politics.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Vermont representative Peter Welch tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that Speaker Boehner should let the House vote yay or nay.

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    With elections looming, progress in the House could stall.

In today’s Congressional Corner, New York Representative Bill Owens tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that Washington has plenty left to do this year.

4/21/14 Panel

Apr 21, 2014

    

  Today's panelists are WAMC's Alan Chartock, newsman Ray Graf, and political consultant, Libby Post.

Topics include:
Afghan Runoff
Ukraine Fatal Clash
Boston Marathon
Sherpa Strike
Army Hairstyle Ban

4/7/14 Panel

Apr 7, 2014

    

  Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, University at Albany Journalism Professor and Investigative Reporter, Rosemary Armao and political consultant Libby Post.

Topics include:
China on Cyberattacks
Afghan Voting
Missing Airline
Jeb Bush Strategy
U.S. House Budget Proposal Dismisses Role of IMLS
Mickey Rooney

    Stop me if you’ve heard this before: Massachusetts is gearing up for another Senate election.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Tim Vercellotti, director of the Western New England University poll and professor of political science, tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that Ed Markey likely will be reelected to a full term.

    Republican Nan Hayworth, a one-term Congresswoman who lost her reelection bid in 2012, is trying to get back to Washington.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Hayworth tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that immigration reform needs to happen for the good of the country.

    Republican Nan Hayworth, a one-term Congresswoman who lost her reelection bid in 2012, is trying to get back to Washington. But will she support Speaker John Boehner if she does?

That’s the subject of today’s Congressional Corner conversation between WAMC’s Alan Chartock and Hayworth, who is challenging Democrat Sean Patrick Maloney of the 18th district.

    It’s time for another election cycle.

In today’s Congressional Corner, New York representative Sean Patrick Maloney tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that there’s too much money in politics.

  2014 begins with a rare budget agreement in Washington, but the next election cycle is already here.

In today’s Congressional Corner, New York Representative Chris Gibson — a Republican from the 19th district — tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that his bipartisanship should be a benefit.

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