From renowned social critic, energy expert, and bestselling author James Howard Kunstler,The Harrows of Spring is a moving and gripping novel that completes the story of the quaint upstate New York town of Union Grove, thrown into a future world that in many ways resembles the nineteenth century.

In Union Grove, early spring is a challenging season, known as the “six weeks want,” a time when fresh food is scarce and the winter stores are dwindling. The town is struggling in particular this year as the Hudson River trade route to Albany has been halted by the local plantation tycoon Stephen Bullock, who has deemed it too resource-intensive and is now striving for self-sufficiency.

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  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 uncertainties facing Cuba’s young people in 2016, and about a public lecture happening next week in Charlemont, Massachusetts on Cuban immigration and on the recent rapprochement between the U.S. and Cuba.

Peter Purdy of the Charlemont Forum joins us this morning. Also here is Carlos Eire, the T. Lawrason Riggs Professor of Religion and History at Yale University and the author of Learning to Die in Miami: Confessions of a Refugee Boy. Carlos will be speaking at The Charlemont Forum in Charlemont, MA, on Wednesday, June 22nd. The speech is entitled: “Migration, Resistance or Reform: Cuba’s Uncertain Future." 

  Many House Democrats broke ranks with the White House over trade.

In today’s Congressional Corner, New York representative Paul Tonko tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock about what he calls “NAFTA on steroids.”

  Another trade deal has divided Washington.

In today’s Congressional Corner, New York representative Paul Tonko tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that he opposes the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

New Hampshire Governor's office

New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan is leading a trade mission to Turkey in hopes of spurring trade with the Granite State. She discussed the trip on a conference call this week.

5/27/14 Panel

May 27, 2014


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

Topics include:
Ukraine Post-Vote
CIA oops
Trade Recognition
California Shooting
Amazon v. Hachette
VA Groups

  Trade between Canada and the U.S. is vital to both countries. 

In today’s Congressional Corner, New York Representative Bill Owens tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that he is working to make the trading process between the nations smoother.