Author, historian and Pulitzer Prize-winner Doris Kearns Goodwin’s latest work is “Leadership: In Turbulent Times.” Goodwin explores questions of natural leadership ability versus developed ability; the relationship between ambition and adversity on leadership growth; and how leaders both perceive themselves and are perceived by others.

Photograph of the Earth taken on December 7, 1972, by the crew of the Apollo 17
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Today on Vox Pop, we discuss climate change with climate scientist Dr. Mathias Vuille of the University at Albany and former Exxon Mobil executive Lou Allstadt. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Oct 9, 2018
Paul Caiano

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Tuesday, October 9, 2018.

After decades covering war and disaster, bestselling author and acclaimed satirist P. J. O’Rourke takes on his scariest subjects yet: business, investment, finance, and the political chicanery behind them in his new book, "None of My Business."

P.J. began writing funny things in 1960s “underground” newspapers, became editor-in-chief of National Lampoon, then spent 20 years reporting for Rolling Stone and The Atlantic Monthly as the world’s only trouble-spot humorist, going to wars, riots, rebellions, and other “Holidays in Hell” in more than 40 countries. He’s written 16 books on subjects as diverse as politics and cars and etiquette and economics. And he is a regular panelist on NPR’s "Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me."

Those gathered at the vigil heard words of scripture from the Reverend Kent McHeard.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Many of the victims killed in Saturday’s limo crash in Schoharie had close ties to Amsterdam, New York, about 25 miles away. Monday night, the city came together for a candlelight vigil and memorial service honoring the 20 people killed.

    This week's Book Picks come from Connie Brooks and Kate Reid of Battenkill Books in Cambridge, NY.

“The Library Book” by Susan Orleans
“Diary of a Bookseller” by Shaun Bythell
“Clockmaker’s Daughter” by Kate Morton
“Bitter Orange” by Claire Fuller
"A House that Once Was" by Julie Fogliano illustrated by Lane Smith
"A Home in the Barn" by Margaret Wise Brown illustrated Jerry Pinkney
"Bridge of Clay" by Markus Zusak

If Democrats retake the House, what will they prioritize?
In today’s Congressional Corner, New York representative Sean Patrick Maloney, a Democrat from the 18th district, continues his conversation with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

When a letter that was never meant to be seen by anyone other than its author draws anxious high school senior, Evan Hansen, into a family’s grief over the loss of their son, he is given the chance of a lifetime: to belong.

The stage musical, “Dear Evan Hansen,” was nominated for nine Tony Awards in 2017 - and won six, including Best New Musical. The popular and moving show continues to run on Broadway, the National Tour began just last week in Denver, Colorado, and today, Little Brown has published a novelization of the story of inclusion, perspective, family, young romance, and viral content.

Benj Pasek and Justin Paul are the songwriting team behind “Dear Evan Hansen.” They also wrote the songs and lyrics for “A Christmas Story: The Musical,” and the films “La La Land” and “The Greatest Showman.” Playwright Steven Levenson wrote the book for “Dear Evan Hansen” - his latest play, “Days of Rage” begins previews off-Broadway at 2ndStage tonight. Levensen, Pasek, and Paul have entrusted actor, musician, and writer Val Emmich to pen the novel.

10/9/18 Panel

Oct 9, 2018

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

Today's Panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Associate Editor of the Times Union Mike Spain, political consultant Libby Post, and Tetherless World Professor of Computer, Web and Cognitive Sciences at RPI Jim Hendler.

Alan Chartock

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock shares his thoughts on newly appointed Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. Dr. Chartock also discusses the Mueller investigation.

Mike Spain

WAMC's David Guistina speaks with Mike Spain, Associate Editor of The Times Union, about the investigation into Saturday's limo crash in Schoharie, N.Y.

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Morning Forecast

Oct 9, 2018
Paul Caiano

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

Cloudy with areas of fog and drizzle in the early morning hours today, then partly sunny, warmer and more humid in the afternoon.  Highs in the upper 70s to around 80.

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Brock Holt made major league playoff history while helping the Boston Red Sox blow out the Yankees to take a 2-1 lead in the American League Division Series.

The Red Sox infielder became the first player to hit for a cycle in a postseason game, going 4-for-6 with five RBIs and three runs scored in a 16-1 laugher in the Bronx. Holt completed the feat by belting a two-run homer in the ninth off catcher Austin Romine, who was asked to get the last three outs.

Holt also hit a two-run triple and Andrew Benintendi laced a three-run double while the Red Sox scored seven times in the fourth to chase loser Luis Severino and take a 10-0 lead.

The Vermont Agency of Natural Resources is seeking proposals for a new electric school bus and transit bus pilot program that will be funded with money from the state's share of a settlement with Volkswagen after the automaker was found to have cheated on motor vehicle emission standards.

A student holds a candle during an October 10, 2016 vigil for 5 teenagers killed in a wrong-way crash
Pat Bradley/WAMC

There is a new pavilion to commemorate the lives of five Vermont teenagers who were killed in a wrong-way crash on Interstate 89 two years ago.

Commander of New York State Police Troop G Major Robert Patnaude speaks to reporters
Lucas Willard / WAMC

A criminal investigation is now underway following the limousine crash in Schoharie, New York that killed 20 people.

Mark Dunlea
Facebook: Mark Dunlea for State Comptroller

The Green Party candidate for New York comptroller, Mark Dunlea, says he isn’t in the race to win, but rather to highlight one key issue – combating climate change.

Josh Landes / WAMC

For the first time in its history, the public schools of Pittsfield, Massachusetts are celebrating Indigenous Peoples’ Day in place of Columbus Day today. Not everyone in town welcomes the change.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Oct 8, 2018

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Monday, October 8, 2018.

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Several members of the Albany County Legislature gathered with civic leaders Monday in Albany's South End following controversial remarks by a Board of Elections official about the community.

Dr. Alexandra Paul
Albany Medical Center

Dr. Alexandra Paul, an endovascular neurosurgeon at Albany Medical Center, joins Medical Monday to discuss cerebrovascular health including issues such as stroke, aneurysm and tumors. WAMC's Alan Chartock hosts.

Courtesy of the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies

Forest soils are absorbing less methane. And a recent study says this could, in part, explain rising atmospheric levels of the greenhouse gas. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne spoke with Peter Groffman, co-author of the study and senior research fellow at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies.

New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand
Jesse King / WAMC

New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Republican challenger Chele Farley are set to debate at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs ahead of November’s midterm elections. The debate, which both campaigns agreed to last month, is set for October 21 at 7 p.m. at the college’s Helen Filene Ladd Concert Hall. 

U.S. Supreme Court

How will Brett Kavanaugh rule as a member of the U.S. Supreme Court? That question is being considered by conservatives and liberals alike. 

The State Of Massachusetts

A Western Massachusetts state senator has been tapped to lead a commission on public school transportation.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Oct 8, 2018
Newschannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Monday, October 8, 2018.

The official seal of the National Transportation Safety Board
National Transpotation Safety Board

More details continue to emerge after 20 people were killed Saturday afternoon in a limousine accident in the rural upstate New York Town of Schoharie.

Author Ben Fountain's, "Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk" won the National Book Critics Circle Award and was a finalist for the National Book Award. The book was then adapted for the screen by three-time Oscar winner, Ang Lee. 

The latest book from Ben Fountain is titled, "Beautiful Country Burn Again: Democracy, Rebellion, and Revolution". Fountain writes, "twice before in history the United States has been faced with a crisis so severe it was forced to reinvent itself to survive. First slavery, second the Great Depression and now where we are politically."

"Beautiful Country Burn Again" is a sequence of essays that excavate the past while laying bare the political upheavel of 2016.Fountain argues that the United States may be facing a third such crisis one that will require a burning of the old order as America attempts to remake itself. Joining us today is Ben Fountain.

Award-winning author and writer for the Virginian-Pilot, Earl Swift spent much of the last two years on Tangier Island off the coast of Virginia.  After immersing himself in the culture, Swift is able to give a strong voice to the important issues facing the unique people living on Tangier.

Swift's new book, "Chesapeake Requiem: A Year With The Watermen Of The Vanishing Tangier Island" recounts his experiences as well as the dire environmental reality challenging the island. Swift brings light to the serious and pressing threat climate change will have on the island and the effect on the crab ecosystem. Joining us today is Earl Swift.

September’s primary is behind us, and now November looms.
In today’s Congressional Corner, New York representative Sean Patrick Maloney, a Democrat from the 18th district, speaks with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.