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David Nightingale: Douglass

Jul 26, 2020
Frederick Douglass
National Archives and Records Administration - Public Domain

I became interested in Frederick Douglass after seeing his unsmiling and magnificent likeness on a US postage stamp in 1967. Now, I follow up.

NewsChannel 13 Meteorologist Reid Kisselback's Regional Midday Weather Summary for Sunday, July 26th.

The seal of the the city of North Adams, Massachusetts
North Adams

Three North Adams, Massachusetts city councilors will present a motion to censure a colleague after he described Black Lives Matter as a terrorist organization and diminished the threat of COVID-19 last week.

Strange Universe 7/26/20

Jul 26, 2020

Is the moon out of fashion? Well, beginners in astronomy are usually disappointed by the full moon, which looks boring because the sun then shines straight down like a flash camera to erase all shadows and highlights. But all moon phases are not created equal. The year's best moon for observers is happening these nights. That's when it suddenly explodes with breathtaking detail for anyone with binoculars or a small telescope and the phase responsible for these sudden riches is the first quarter.

Officials from the Biden for President campaign have tapped a group of New York veterans to launch an organizing group aimed at engaging the more than 830,000 veterans and their families in the state to support Joe Biden for President. A Hudson Valley county executive is one who helped with the launch.

Ralph Gardner Jr: It's Corn Season!

Jul 25, 2020
field of corn, ready for harvest
United Soybean Board / Wikimedia Commons

There’s a lot of grim news out there. But here’s some good news. Some very good news: it’s corn season again.

NewsChannel 13 Meteorologist Reid Kisselback's forecast for Saturday, July 25th. 

This is a photo of Massachusetts Congressman Richard Neal
JD Allen / WAMC News

Western Massachusetts Congressman Richard Neal has announced $8.7 million in federal funding for Holyoke Medical Center. The Democratic Chair of the influential House Ways and Means Committee visited the hospital Saturday morning to announce the funding that comes from the Department of Health and Human Services COVID Fund.

Like many professional sports organizations, the Premier Lacrosse League is adjusting to the COVID-19 pandemic. While the league’s 2019 inaugural season involved teams touring the country playing games, including a stop in Albany last August, the PLL is instead holding a two-week fanless tournament near Salt Lake City starting Saturday. 

Senate Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, at right, speaks at a rally for survivors of childhood sexual abuse Monday.
Karen DeWitt

In August, the New York State Legislature will hold hearings on Governor Andrew Cuomo’s policy on nursing homes during the COVID-19 crisis, including a controversial March 25th directive that required the homes to readmit residents who were in the hospital with COVID-19. Karen DeWitt spoke with Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, who says she’s keeping an open mind. 

COVID-19 was first identified in December 2019 in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China and has now been detected in 37 locations across the globe, including in the U.S., according to the CDC.
Composite Image by Dave Lucas (WAMC /

The Clinton County Health Department says three people who attended a party in northern New York have tested positive for COVID-19.

(Airs 07/24/20 @ 10 p.m.) The Legislative Gazette is a weekly program about New York State Government and politics. On this week’s Gazette: Three attorneys general announce their lawsuit against the Trump Administration for rolling back protections under the Affordable Care Act. , our political observer Alan Chartock shares his thoughts on the sentencing of former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, and we’ll take you to a roundtable discussion with Congresswoman Elise Stefanik about the closure of the U.S. Canadian border.

Burlington Electric headquarters
Pat Bradley/WAMC

With high temperatures in the forecast, the Burlington, Vermont Electric Department has issued a peak alert for Monday and is asking customers to reduce energy usage.

Vermont Governor Phil Scott
Pat Bradley/WAMC

Vermont Governor Phil Scott has announced that all people will be required to wear masks or cloth face coverings in public places in the state.

USCIS Furloughs Delayed

Jul 24, 2020

Vermont’s senior U.S. Senator announced Friday that planned U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services furloughs have been postponed.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Jul 24, 2020
Meteorologist Garett Argianas
Meteorologist Garett Argianas

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Friday, July 24, 2020.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo speaking March 25, 2020.

Governor Andrew Cuomo says he’ll take legal action against the federal government, after the Justice Department admitted in court papers Thursday that it was untruthful in its rationale for banning New Yorkers’ access to the Trusted Traveler Program.

Courtesy of the Office of Congressman Antonio Delgado

Democratic Congressman Antonio Delgado is one of the many voices from New York’s delegation calling for the U.S. Senate to include direct aid for state and local governments in the next coronavirus relief package. Delgado, from the 19th District, spoke with WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne.

Massachusetts Issues New Traveler Rules

Jul 24, 2020

Hoping to prevent a surge in COVID-19 cases in Massachusetts, Governor Charlie Baker has announced new travel rules that go into effect on August 1.

Author, community organizer and grain expert Amy Halloran is in the studio today for Food Friday to answer your questions about all things grain, from breads to gluten-free baking, to pancakes and cookies. WAMC's Jackie Orchard hosts.

map of Saranac River from Lake Champlain to Imperial Dam
NYS Department of Environmental Conservation

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has released its final plan to refurbish a dam on the Saranac River near Plattsburgh.

Jim Levulis / WAMC

Here are the highlights of this week's WAMC listener comment line. You can add your thoughts at 1-800-695-9170.

Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Jul 24, 2020
Paul Caiano

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Friday, July 24, 2020.

Andrea Harrington stands at a podium in a law library flanked by law enforcement officials (file photo)
Josh Landes / WAMC

Berkshire County District Attorney Andrea Harrington opposes a clause in the police reform bill before the Massachusetts House.

Among the extraordinary group of early Americans who became known as the Founding Fathers, James Monroe may be the least recognized - but with the remarkable range of his service to the nation, and his extraordinary skill in shepherding the young nation through one of its most perilous periods, he and his achievements find new resonance and relevance in our own time.

Now, drawing on newly available primary sources, acclaimed biographer and historian Tim McGrath presents the first biography of the fifth president in more than a decade. The name of the book is "James Monroe: A Life."

John Lloyd Young
Photograph by Alex Hoerner

John Lloyd Young shot to fame portraying Frankie Valli, but this weekend he’ll be using a technology to reach fans that was unfathomable in the 1960s. Young, a 1993 graduate of Plattsburgh High School, will perform a live-stream concert from The Space in Las Vegas on Saturday at 9 p.m. Eastern. Young is a Grammy and Tony winner who starred in “Jersey Boys” on Broadway and in Clint Eastwood’s film adaption, among other screen credits.

The joint statement from the Massachusetts Sheriffs' Association and the Massachusetts Black and Latino Caucus.
The Massachusetts Black and Latino Legislative Caucus and The Massachusetts Sheriffs’ Association

The Massachusetts Sheriffs’ Association has released a joint statement with the state legislature’s Black and Latino Caucus calling for reforms aimed at ending systemic racism among law enforcement. From establishing a Use of Force Review Board and banning chokeholds to enhancing training on de-escalation and racial bias, the document calls for a collaborative approach to pursuing racial justice. WAMC spoke with caucus chair Carlos Gonzalez, the Democratic State Representative from the 10th Hampden district, about the statement.

The seal of the the city of North Adams, Massachusetts
North Adams

The Black Lives Matter organization in North Adams, Massachusetts says it will protest city council meetings until a member who called the movement a terrorist organization steps down.


      The attorney for suspended Holyoke Soldiers’ Home Superintendent Bennett Walsh Thursday asserted he is being wrongly blamed for the deadly COVID-19 outbreak at the state-run long term care facility.

A uniformed officer stands in front of the American flag
Pittsfield Police Department

As three police reform bills make their way through the Massachusetts legislature, state law enforcement officials have voiced their dissatisfaction with the process. On Tuesday, chiefs from around the commonwealth gathered in Framingham to decry efforts to instate more oversight over police and dial back their legal protections. WAMC spoke with Pittsfield Police Chief Michael Wynn about his opposition to the current reform efforts, and his thoughts on the idea that law enforcement is under attack in America.