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OLLI, the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Berkshire Community College's 2018 Mona Sherman Memorial Speaker will be Katy Tur. Tur is an NBC journalist and New York Times bestselling author of "Unbelievable: My Front-Row Seat to the Craziest Campaign in American History."

Katy Tur will speak at 6pm at The Mahaiwe in Great Barrington, Massachusetts directly following OLLI's 2018 Annual Meeting, which begins at 4:30pm. Both events are free and open to the public but have reached capacity. There is a standby list.

Ian Bremmer is the president and founder of Eurasia Group, the leading global political risk research and consulting firm.

Those who championed globalization once promised a world of winners, one in which free trade would lift all the world's boats, and extremes of left and right would give way to universally embraced liberal values. The past few years have shattered this fantasy, as those who've paid the price for globalism's gains have turned to populist and nationalist politicians to express fury at the political, media, and corporate elites they blame for their losses.

In his new book, "Us vs. Them: The Failure of Globalism," Bremmer writes that globalism creates plenty of both winners and losers, and those who've missed out want to set things right.

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses Friday's school shooting in Texas. Dr. Chartock also shares his thoughts on President Trump's claims that the FBI and DOJ "infiltrated or surveilled" his campaign for "political purposes." Trump is expected to make an announcement demanding a formal investigation Monday.

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses President Trump's attorney, Rudy Giuliani, who says special procescuters can not indict the president unless he is impeached. Dr. Chartock also shares his thoughts on former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's comments on the integrity of this White House.

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock shares his thoughts on the rising tensions in Syria between Israel and Iran.  Dr. Chartock also discusses President Trump's planned summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un on June 12 in Singapore.  

Activists representing various groups including Capital Area Against Mass Incarceration demonstrated against a speech by former Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke
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Activists rallied Wednesday outside the Albany Capital Center, protesting a controversial former sheriff's appearance there.

WAMC's Dr. Chartock discusses President Trump's decision to withdraw the U.S. from the Iran nuclear deal.  Dr. Chartock also shares his thoughts on possible New York state attorney general appointees, which the legislature has the power to decide.

Amy Siskind is a national spokesperson, writer and expert on helping women and girls advance and succeed. A former Wall Street executive, she's President and Co-founder of The New Agenda, a national organization working on issues including economic independence and advancement, gender representation and bias, and campus sexual assault. She is a frequent source for the national press, including The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, and The New York Times.

In the immediate aftermath of Donald Trump's election as president, Siskind began compiling a list of actions taken by the Trump regime that pose a threat to our democratic norms. Under the headline: “Experts in authoritarianism advise to keep a list of things subtly changing around you, so you'll remember” Siskind's “Weekly List” began as a project she shared with friends, but it soon went viral and now has more than half a million viewers every week. Compiled in one volume for the first time, "The List" is a first draft history and a comprehensive accounting of Donald Trump's first year.

WAMC's Alan Chartock shares his thoughts on the nationwide May Day rallies being held by U.S. immigrants today. Dr. Chartock also discusses the New York Times article listing questions Special Counsel Robert Mueller wants to ask President Trump.  

Ralph Nader has launched three major presidential campaigns and founded over 100 civic organizations that have affected auto safety, tax reform, atomic-power regulation, occupational safety, the tobacco industry, clean air and water, food and drug safety, access to health care, civil rights, open government, citizen access to justice, and much more.

He will be at The Rowe Center in Rowe, MA May 18-20 presenting a talk entitled "Trump, Empire, the Military Budget, the Draining of America, and What You Can Do About It ‑‑ Now!"

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses White House physician Ronny Jackson, who will not be returning to his position after withdrawing his nomination for Secretary of Veterans Affairs. Dr. Chartock also shares his thoughts on President Trump's visit to Michigan over the weekend.

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock shares his thoughts on French President Emmanuel Macron's visit to the United States.  Dr. Chartock also discusses President Donald Trump's new personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani, who reportedly met with special counsel Robert Mueller this week.

The war of words between President Trump and James Comey is ramping up.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Tim Vercellotti of the Western New England University poll and professor of political science, wraps up his conversation with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

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In mid-March, President Donald Trump told an audience in Detroit that he would roll back vehicle emissions standards established by President Barack Obama’s executive order on fuel mandates. This week Trump made good on his promise.

Steve Almond is the author of eight books of fiction and non-fiction, including the New York Times Bestsellers "Candyfreak" and "Against Football." His short stories have been anthologized widely, in the Best American Short Stories, The Pushcart Prize, Best American Erotica, and Best American Mysteries series.

Like a lot of Americans, Almond spent the weeks after the 2016 election lying awake, in a state of dread and bewilderment. The problem wasn’t just the election, but the fact that nobody could explain, in any sort of coherent way, why America had elected a cruel, corrupt, and incompetent man to the Presidency.

"Bad Stories: What the Hell Just Happened to Our Country" is Almond’s effort to make sense of our historical moment.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo
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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is condemning President Donald Trump's latest ban on transgender troops.

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The recent call between President Trump and Vladimir Putin has come under scrutiny.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Connecticut U.S. Senator Chris Murphy continues his conversation with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

Jorge Ramos, an Emmy award-winning journalist, Univision’s longtime anchorman and widely considered the “voice of the voiceless” within the Latino community, was forcefully removed from an Iowa press conference in 2015 by then-candidate Donald Trump after trying to ask about his plans on immigration.

His new book is "Stranger: The Challenge of a Latino Immigrant in the Trump Era."

For more than a year now, journalists Michael Isikoff and David Corn have been devoted to covering the Trump campaign's ties to Russia.

Isikoff was the first reporter to reveal that there was a U.S. intelligence investigation into Russian ties to a figure in the Trump campaign: Carter Page. Corn was the first to reveal the existence of the infamous Russia dossier, the unverified collection of reports alleging connections between the Trump campaign and Russia compiled by former British intelligence officer Christopher Steele.

Now, in their new book, "Russian Roulette: The Inside Story of Putin's War on America and the Election of Donald Trump," the two men attempt to put all the pieces of the story together. The book chronicles and explores this bizarre scandal, explains the stakes, and answers one of the biggest questions in American politics: How and why did a foreign government infiltrate the country's political process and gain influence in Washington?

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Congressman Paul Tonko

Kim and Trump in the same room?

In today’s Congressional Corner, New York Congressman Paul Tonko, a Democrat from the 20th district, continues his discussion with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

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A bill to provide paid sick days for employees in Albany County is scheduled to be introduced at tonight’s County Legislature meeting.

SNAP Eligibility is based principally on income and household size. Those who apply must be 150 percent below the federal poverty level, which stands at about $2,500 for a family of three.
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As President Donald Trump ponders a 30-percent cut to the nutrition program's budget, a new study finds the maximum SNAP benefit does not cover the cost of an average meal in all of New York's 62 counties.

Lanny J. Davis is a lawyer who served as special counsel to President Bill Clinton and was a spokesperson for the president and the White House on matters concerning campaign finance and other legal issues.

In his new book, "The Unmaking Of The President 2016: How FBI Director James Comey Cost Hillary Clinton The Presidency," Davis puts forth his case for Donald Trump’s impeachment by showing how the actions of the FBI and Director James Comey in the months leading up to the 2016 election interfered with a fair, uncorrupt election.

Lanny Davis says his abuse of power since becoming president justifies initiating a serious investigation to impeach him or remove him for mental impairment under the 25th Amendment.

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Advocates for DACA recipients, DREAMers, rallied in Albany today —  one day after the state Assembly passed "The DREAM Act" for the eighth year in a row.

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New York Congressman Paul Tonko is hoping to build on a brief conversation with the president this week as part of the ongoing battle against opioids.

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Earlier today, New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand previewed President Trump’s State of the Union Address.

President Trump has historically low approval ratings, but Republicans are sticking by his side.

In today’s Congressional Corner, CQ’s David Hawkings wraps up his conversation with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

It's safe to say that no journalist knows Donald Trump better than David Cay Johnston, who has been following him since 1988.

Johnston's new book, "It's Even Worse Than You Think: What the Trump Administration Is Doing to America" goes inside the administration to show how the federal agencies that touch the lives of all Americans are being undermined.

Allan Lichtman is a political historian and Distinguished Professor of History at American University. Lichtman predicts that an impeachment investigation will be launched and lays out the factors that, he believes, will lead to Trump’s removal from office.

From Robert Mueller’s Russia inquiry, to President Trump’s foreign policy moves and conflicts of interest– not to mention his Twitter account – Lichtman warns that Trump’s rogue presidency is approaching a critical mass of violations that could trigger his impeachment – but only if the American people demand it. 

Lichtman’s new book, “The Case for Impeachment,” contains new material assessing how Trump’s first year in office has strengthened the case for his impeachment, and explaining exactly how he could be removed from office. 

The new book, "The Destruction of Hillary Clinton" looks to answer the question many have been asking: How did an extraordinarily well-qualified, experienced, and admired candidate - whose victory would have been as historic as Barack Obama's - come to be seen as a tool of the establishment, a chronic liar, and a talentless politician?

In her narrative of the 2016 campaign year and the events that led up to it, Susan Bordo unpacks the Rights' assault on Clinton and her reputation, the way the left provoked suspicion and indifference among the youth vote, the inescapable presence of James Comey, questions about Russian influence, and the media's malpractice in covering the candidate.

Susan Bordo is a media critic, cultural historian, and feminist scholar. She is Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies at the University of Kentucky.

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