(Airs 09/22 @ 6 p.m. & 09/23/19 @ 3 p.m.) The Media Project is an inside look at media coverage of current events with WAMC’s CEO Alan Chartock, Times Union Editor Rex Smith, Former Editor and Investigative Journalist, Rosemary Armao and Judy Patrick, Vice President for Editorial Development for the New York Press Association. On this week’s Media Project Alan, Rex, Judy and Rosemary talk about the botched Kavanaugh story in the New York Times, doing no harm versus minimizing harm, maintaining journalism in a free market, your letters and more.

Rep. Joe Kennedy III speaking in Pittsfield
Josh Landes / WAMC

Massachusetts U.S. Representative Joe Kennedy III is running for Senate. After his announcement in East Boston on Saturday, the Democrat launched a statewide tour that included a visit to Pittsfield Sunday morning.

Michael Cinquanti
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Michael Cinquanti is running for mayor of Amsterdam. A Democrat, Cinquanti is challening first-term Republican Mayor Michael Villa.

Greg Pollak's Midday Weather Forecast 9/22/19

5 hours ago
Greg Pollak
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NewsChannel 13 meteorologist Greg Pollak delivers the Regional Midday Weather Summary for Sunday, September 22, 2019.

Strange Universe 9/22/19

8 hours ago

People are acquiring strange new astronomy notions. Take the super moon, a newly coined term for when the moon comes closer than average. When that caught on a few years ago and the major media ran headlines, "Don't miss tonight's super moon!" confusion arose, because such a moon looks just like every other full moon.

Greg Pollak
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NewsChannel 13 Meteorologist Greg Pollak delivers the Regional Midday Weather Summary for Saturday, September 21st, 2019.

Michael Villa
Lucas Willard / WAMC

Amsterdam Mayor Michael Villa is running for a second term. The Republican is running on a platform that asks voters to consider changes in the Montgomery County city over the last four years. He’s highlighting improvements in city finances, investments in infrastructure, and the city’s receipt of a $10 million Downtown Revitalization Initiative grant from New York State. WAMC's Lucas Willard sat down with Villa, who started by speaking about how his administration has worked to fulfill a campaign promise: addressing neighborhood blight. 

Ralph Gardner Jr: Tennis, Anyone?

Sep 21, 2019

There’s the official, legal, annual, I don’t know what you call it calendar. The one that starts on January 1st. And then there’s my personal calendar. Call it the academic year calendar even though it’s years since I’ve been in school. That calendar starts on or about a week after Labor Day.

SUNY New Paltz Hosts Climate Solutions Summit

Sep 21, 2019

A climate solutions summit takes place Saturday at the State University of New York at New Paltz.

(Airs 9/20/19 @ 10 p.m.) The Legislative Gazette is a weekly program about New York State Government and politics. On this week’s Gazette: New York bans flavored e-cigarettes, our political observer Alan Chartock shares his thoughts on the possibility of an early end to the next legislative session, and the state comptroller releases his Smart Tech Report.

Karen DeWitt

Owners of clean energy power plants in New York say they’d like the same support from the state for their businesses that new ones get. Capitol Correspondent Karen DeWitt visited a historic 120-year-old hydroelectric dam, to find out what the energy producers say is needed.

Plattsburgh college and high school students and residents gather at Amity Plaza during Global Climate Strike
Pat Bradley/WAMC

High school and college students were joined by local residents outside the SUNY Plattsburgh student center to participate in the Global Climate Strike.

Hundreds of students, many holding placards bearing expressions like “There is no planet B” and “Listen to the cries of the world,” gathered outside the capitol.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Youth-led climate strikes and marches took place all over the world today, putting out the call to politicians and businesses to address climate change. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas was in Albany’s West Capitol Park.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Sep 20, 2019

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Friday, September 20, 2019.

As global climate strikes take place across the region today, another focus of climate change is an unaccounted-for source of greenhouse gas emissions. Hudson River sewage overflows are the culprit, and a new study suggests that stopping water pollution is an untapped strategy to mitigate climate change.

Josh Landes / WAMC

Students in Pittsfield, Massachusetts participated in Friday’s global climate strike.

Jim Levulis

Today on Food Friday we explore the wide and wonderful world of cheese with Brian Schlatter of Old Chatham Creamery in Old Chatham, NY and Joyce Henion Acorn Hill Farm in Kerhonkson, NY. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.


Cheryl Clapprood has been named Springfield’s permanent police commissioner. Clapprood, who has been on the force for four decades, has been acting commissioner since February following the abrupt resignation of John Barbieri.

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It's time to find out how our listeners feel about issues of the day. Here are this week's highlights from the WAMC Listener Comment Line. 

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Sep 20, 2019
Paul Caiano

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Friday, September 20, 2019. 

Jon Campbell

Business owners and city employees are gearing up for one of Albany’s signature events this weekend: LarkFest.

The Third Annual Shaker Your Plate Celebration at the Shaker Heritage Society is happening on Thursday September 26th.

The annual event is a celebration of the site of America’s first Shaker Settlement, and its purpose is threefold: to raise funds to protect the Shaker National Historic District from the threat of development, to celebrate the Church Family Site as a community center, and to honor our ever-growing corps of volunteers and supporters who see the potential of this site and lead the effort to preserve our local history.

The 1915 Shaker Heritage Barn will be the setting for a lovely evening with great food and a cooking demonstration from Sunhee’s Farm and Kitchen, artisan demonstrations, music and a silent auction.

We welcome Shaker Heritage Society of Albany, New York Executive Director Johanna Batman.

Activists Thursday converged on a state Public Service Commission meeting in Albany to urge the panel to take action on climate and energy affordability.
Sane Energy Project

Millions of people are participating in a climate strike today, walking out of schools, homes, and workplaces to bring awareness to the urgency of global climate change.

Alessandro Moreschi (c. 1900)

In this week’s Classical Music According to Yehuda, Alan Chartock and Yehuda Hanani begins a series of conversations about prodigies.

In this segment we hear Castrato Alessandro Moreschi () perform "Ave Maria."

The Spongebob Musical” National Tour sets sail at Proctors in Schenectady, New York on September 22 and will anchor there through September 28.

Conceived and directed by Tina Landau with a book by Kyle Jarrow, orchestrations by Tom Kitt, and choreography by Christopher Gattelli, “The Spongebob Musical” features songs by Sara Bareilles, Jonathan Coulton, The Flaming Lips, Lady Antebellum, John Legend, Panic! At The Disco, They Might Be Giants, David Bowie, Brian Eno - and more.

In the show, Nickelodeon’s popular right-angled aquatic invertebrate and his town of Bikini Bottom face catastrophe - until an unexpected hero rises to take center stage.

We are joined by the actors playing best friends SpongeBob SquarePants and Patrick Star: Lorenzo Pugliese and Beau Bradshaw.

Congressman Peter Welch

Vermont’s current D.C. delegation has been in place for more than a decade.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Vermont Representative Peter Welch continues his conversation with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

Three-time National Book Award Finalist Steve Sheinkin will be having a release party for his new book, “Born to Fly: The First Women's Air Race Across America” at the Northshire Bookstore in Saratoga Springs, New York on Tuesday, September 24 at 6 p.m.

"Born to Fly” is the story of the fearless women pilots who aimed for the skies and beyond. Just nine years after American women finally got the right to vote, a group of trailblazers soared to new heights in the 1929 Air Derby, the first women's air race across the U.S.

Josh Landes / WAMC

Great Barrington, Massachusetts artist Suzi Banks Baum has spent the past three years developing an arts residency in Armenia. She teaches women book binding techniques deeply tied to the country’s history and culture. As she fundraises to return for a new round of workshops next month, Banks Baum sat down with WAMC to talk about what initially drew her to Armenia, the women she works with, and the country’s long-held traditions around books.

9/20/19 Panel

Sep 20, 2019

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

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, investigative reporter Rosemary Armao, Senior Fellow and Visiting Professor at Bennington College, Founder of Beyond Plastics, former EPA regional administrator Judith Enck, Albany County District Attorney David Soares, author, poet, novelist, storyteller and scholar of Native American culture Joseph Bruchac.