(Airs 09/13/18 @ 3 p.m.) WAMC's Alan Chartock speaks with Ken Lovett, Albany Bureau Chief for the NY Daily News.


        Following a successful opening, the first resort casino in Massachusetts has been given a permanent license to operate by state regulators.

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Today on Vox Pop, songwriter Reggie Harris joins novelist and storyteller Barbara Chepaitis to answer your questions about songwriting and more. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.

(09/13/18 @ 1 p.m.) WAMC’s Alan Chartock In Conversation with Rick Winston, Professor and Author of the book Red Scare in the Green Mountains: Vermont in the McCarthy Era 1946-1960.

Keith Wofford

The four-way primary among Democrats running to succeed Eric Schneiderman and Barbara Underwood as attorney general has been getting a lot of attention on this primary day. The winner will face a general election matchup with Keith Wofford, as well as Green Party hopeful Michael Sussman. Originally from Buffalo, Wofford has taken a leave of absence from a New York City law firm to run. The Republican tells WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley that  he decided to run because there hasn’t been enough focus from state officials on the working and middle class — not to mention eliminating corruption.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Sep 13, 2018
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Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Thursday, September 13, 2018.


An Albany Catholic girls school has embarked on a major fundraising initiative.

Next month marks the 60th anniversary of one of Earth’s greatest contributors to technological advancement: NASA. Although NASA was initially created for competition in the Cold War, it has since provided insight into the origins of the universe, laid the foundations for inventions like modern cell phones, improved international diplomacy, delivered images that are ingrained in popular culture, and facilitated many more scientific, social, political, and technological advancements we take for granted every day.

Wayne Kramer's memoir
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There have been a lot of highs and a lot of lows in Wayne Kramer’s life — and he spends time on both in his raw new autobiography: The Hard Stuff: Dope, Crime, the MC5 & My Life Of Impossibilities. The founder of the short-lived but influential rock group the MC5 is one of Rolling Stone’s 100 greatest guitarists. He has released several solo albums and worked on scores for films and TV.

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The Department of Motor Vehicles is moving out of downtown Albany.

On a summer day in New York Jonathan Santlofer discovers his wife, Joy, gasping for breath on their living room couch. After a frenzied 911 call, an ambulance race across Manhattan, and hours pacing in a hospital waiting room, a doctor finally delivers the fateful news.

Consumed by grief, Jonathan desperately tries to pursue life as he always had--writing, social engagements, and working on his art--but finds it nearly impossible to admit his deep feelings of loss to anyone, not even his to beloved daughter, Doria, or to himself.

Jonathan Santlofer is a writer and artist. His debut novel, "The Death Artist," was an international bestseller, translated into seventeen languages, and is currently in development for screen adaptation. His fourth novel, "Anatomy of Fear," won the Nero Award for best novel of 2009. His short stories have appeared in numerous anthologies. He is also the creator and editor of several anthologies including "It Occurs to Me That I Am America," a collection of original stories and art. His paintings and drawings are included in many public and private collections.

Jonathan will be a featured speaker at the Albany Book Festival on Saturday, September 29th @ 1-1:15. His talk is titled “How We Grieve.” And then on Sunday, September 30, Yaddo Presents Jonathan Santlofer at the Northshire Bookstore in Saratoga Springs at 5 p.m.

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Styrofoam is now banned at restaurants throughout Albany County.

9/13/18 Panel

Sep 13, 2018

The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond.

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Political Consultant Libby Post, Siena College Professor of Comparative Politics, Vera Eccarius-Kelly and Joseph Bruchac - author, poet, novelist, storyteller and scholar of Native American culture.

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WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock shares his thoughts on today's primary races in New York state. Dr. Chartock also discusses a New York Times editorial about voting laws affecting voter turnout.

Thursday’s primary elections in New York feature a number of state senate and assembly races in the Hudson Valley.

WAMC's David Guistina speaks with Jim Kevlin, Editor and Publisher of Hometown Oneonta, The Freeman's Journal and, about today's primary race for Otsego County sheriff.

Paul Caiano

Here's NewsChannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano's WAMC Regional Forecast:     

Mostly cloudy and milder with a few scattered showers and possibly a thunderstorm today.  Highs near 80.

Cuomo, Nixon Face Off As Primary Day Arrives

Sep 13, 2018
File: Governor Andrew Cuomo at Norsk Titanium in Plattsburgh
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Thursday is primary day in New York, and the hottest race is between Democratic incumbent governor Andrew Cuomo and challenger, actor and education advocate Cynthia Nixon.

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The Boston Red Sox have their first 100-win season since their 1946 American League pennant run.

David Price combined with two relievers on a four-hitter as the Red Sox picked up their third straight win, 1-0 over the Blue Jays. Price is 15-6 with a 3.42 after limiting Toronto to three hits and no walks with seven strikeouts over seven innings.

Aaron Sanchez was almost as effective, but he also uncorked a wild pitch that scored Rafael Devers in the fifth inning.

Craig Kimbrel worked the ninth for his 39th save, helping Boston improve to a major league-best 100-46. The Red Sox take on the Blue Jays Thursday at 7:00 p.m.

#1460: "White Kids"

Sep 13, 2018

There’s very little doubt that white privilege is a thing, how much of a thing is the big question. While some parents say they are raising color-blind children, they could be ignoring opportunities to teach tolerance.

Today on the Best of Our Knowledge, we’ll hear from a sociologist whose long term study is the topic of the new book called White Kids.

Then we’ll hear from a consumer advocate about toxic chemicals found in some common back to school items. And we’ll spend an Academic Minute finding toxins in the dirt in the backyard.

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Voters have decided to close a  local elementary school in Vermont rather than face a merger with the neighboring school district.

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Officials say the Burlington International Airport, which struggled after the recession, is seeing a 12-percent increase in passengers this year.

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A Berkshire County group that represents the region’s businesses is celebrating local economic leaders Thursday night.

Burlington Police Department statement disagreeing with State's Attorney
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In late February, an argument outside a downtown bar in Burlington, Vermont led to a shooting that seriously injured a bystander. The Chittenden County State’s Attorney recently opted not to file charges against one of the men, prompting criticism from the city’s police chief and mayor.

The Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics facility on McCaffrey Street in Hoosick Falls
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UPDATE 9/13/18:

The communications office for NCEH/ATSDR tells WAMC "the communities for this project have not been selected at this time."

A spokesman for the New York State Department of Health tells WAMC it has reached out to ATSDR seeking clarification on the communities included in the study and has spoke to the mayor of Hoosick Falls about the issue. 

A spokesman for the office of Senator Kirsten Gillibrand says the senator is "still looking into the proposal, but she is supportive of any proposal that can help communities affected by PFOA get more information on health impacts."

The federal government has proposed studying communities affected by PFAS contamination – like many in the Northeast. But residents of one community that is not on the list say the study is too short-sighted.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Sep 12, 2018

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Wednesday, September 12, 2018.

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Two more artworks from the Berkshire Museum’s collection went up for auction Wednesday. WAMC’s Josh Landes has more.


    Officials in Springfield, Massachusetts say they have a three-phase plan to outfit the city’s police officers with body-worn cameras. 

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On this week’s 51%, we hear about veterans running for Congress, with focus on a particular woman; and meet a military spouse whose company focuses on other military spouses. Plus, we jump into the world of women’s wrestling. I’m Allison Dunne and this is 51%.

Jumaane Williams campaigns in Albany 9/11/18.
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The Democratic primary for lieutenant governor of New York is turning out to be closer — according to the polls, anyway — than the governor’s race.  New York City Councilmember Jumaane Williams is challenging incumbent Kathy Hochul for the post Thursday.