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WAMC Northeast Report

Weekdays, 3:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. & 6:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Northeast Report and Northeast Report Late Edition are two half-hour magazines of news and information, aired every weekday from 3:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. just before All Things Considered, and again from 6:05 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. just before Marketplace.

Northeast Report features reports from the award-winning WAMC News team, plus commentary, arts news and interviews, the latest weather forecast, and an afternoon business wrap-up. The program is hosted by WAMC's Associate News Director Jim Levulis. 

Stephen Gottlieb: Kleptocracy's Consequences

Sep 8, 2020

America, until recently, was one of the world’s cleanest places to do business. You didn’t have to pay people off to do what you wanted – indeed you couldn’t. Regulation was not about having a handout – it was about protecting the public. Public servants weren’t allowed to take anything for doing their jobs – from the president on down. Your job was your job. Taking anything was corrupt.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Sep 8, 2020

Meteoroglogist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Tuesday, September 8, 2020.


      More COVID-19 testing is going to be available this month in the largest city in western Massachusetts, as new challenges emerge to keeping the virus in check.

The Berkshire Eagle logo
The Berkshire Eagle

Berkshire County’s sole daily newspaper – The Berkshire Eagle – will reduce its print schedule from seven days to five days a week beginning early next month. The paper announced the change in its own pages, citing changing trends in the news industry for producers and consumers. WAMC spoke with Executive Editor Kevin Moran about the move, and the paper’s corresponding plans to increase digital operations.

Demonstrators rally for NYSNA workers outside Albany Medical Center, Labor Day 2020.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Nurses at Albany Medical Center have authorized a potential strike over their ongoing contract dispute with the hospital. 

Group of young children
Courtesy of Child Care Council of Dutchess and Putnam, Inc.

With so many K-12 school districts set to open after Labor Day, some county executives are trying to help figure out the childcare conundrum. Dutchess County has come up with a childcare scholarship.


A new report finds major household cleaning product makers are withholding ingredient information, putting consumers at a disadvantage.

SUNY Oneonta Residential Community Life
Facebook: SUNY Oneonta Residential Community Life

Friday was the first day of an unexpected move-out at SUNY Oneonta, where more than 500 students have tested positive for COVID-19 since the start of classes on August 24. The outbreak caused a two-week shutdown, followed by a move to all-virtual instruction this fall. WAMC's Jesse King spoke with resident assistants at the college, who have been under particular pressure during the outbreak. 

School bus
Pat Bradley/WAMC

As high-need school districts begin to see devastating impacts of a 20 percent cut in state aid due to the coronavirus pandemic, state lawmakers are trying to find ways to redirect funding to struggling schools.

What is socialism?   I watched the Republican convention and though the word was spoken often, the only thing I learned about it was that it is very bad. According to the speakers at the Republican Convention, if the United States became a socialist country, we would become like Stalin’s Russia, Castro’s Cuba, or Maduro’s Venezuela.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Sep 4, 2020

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Friday, September 4, 2020.

School bus
Pat Bradley/WAMC

Schools in Vermont open next Tuesday. Most are adopting hybrid operations, and schools and parents are in the final week of preparing for the new system. On Wednesday evening Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger hosted a forum on Reopening the Burlington School System to discuss the district’s readiness and take questions from residents.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Sep 3, 2020

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Thursday, September 3, 2020.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and President Donald Trump
WAMC composite photo

During the height of the coronavirus pandemic, President Donald Trump and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo momentarily put their political differences aside, meeting in person and speaking on the phone about the federal and state responses to COVID-19. But the relationship appears to be a thing of the past two months before Election Day.

Plattsburgh City Hall

During the most recent Plattsburgh Common Council meeting, councilors refused to renew a contract with the city school district to allow the police department to provide school resource officers. The move surprised both the school district and the police chief.

A pale red headed man speaks into two mics
Josh Landes / WAMC

After the Massachusetts primary, Berkshire County politicians are taking stock of their endorsements.

Keith Strudler: Are You Ready For Some Football?

Sep 2, 2020

Are you ready for some football? Normally that’s a hypothetical asked by an overly enthusiastic broadcaster to get frothy sports fans ready for the next game. But in this case, it’s actually a real question, like, are you actually ready to watch the sport of football in the era of Covid-19. Or in some cases, are you ready to play football where face masks are replaced with, well, facemasks, and giving anyone six feet of distance is a guaranteed way to get put on the bench.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Sep 2, 2020

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Wednesday, September 2, 2020.


     Senator Edward Markey beat back the Democratic primary challenge from U.S. Rep. Joseph Kennedy III in Massachusetts.

COVID-19 Diagram
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

A new poll finds New Yorkers are not optimistic about the fall, with the overwhelming majority saying they expect another COVID-19 outbreak in the coming months.

Vermont Statehouse
WAMC/Pat Bradley

At Vermont Governor Phil Scott’s COVID-19 briefing today, the key topics were the state’s plan to create an education hub program and a new coronavirus outbreak that the health department is investigating.

This is a picture of a teacher's classroom desk
Adobe Stock

Schools in New York are finalizing plans to partially reopen in a few weeks, and many colleges and universities have already begun classes. But those who work at the schools, including teachers and professors, say guidelines for when to wear masks need to be more comprehensive, to help prevent spread of the coronavirus.

SUNY Oneonta Campus
Jesse King / WAMC

SUNY Oneonta says 289 students have tested positive for COVID-19 since the start of classes last week. The outbreak forced the campus to halt in-person learning until at least September 13. For year-round residents of Oneonta, New York, the news is nerve-wracking – but not surprising. 

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Environmental activists say the clock is ticking for residents as the Albany County executive considers whether to sign a local clean air law.

Voters in Massachusetts are heading to the polls on what is the final day to cast a ballot in this year’s primary.   All eyes are likely on the heated race between incumbent Senator Ed Markey and his Democratic challenger, U.S. Rep. Joseph Kennedy III. 

Stephen Gottlieb: What About Those Demonstrations?

Sep 1, 2020

The Black Lives Matter movement is being waylaid by provocateurs and others who want to use the opportunity to loot stores or, as one hoodlum did, shoot people on camera and then, apparently craving notoriety, tried to give himself up to police who ignored him because he’s white and they were convinced all bad things are black.[1]

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Sep 1, 2020

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Tuesday, September 1, 2020.

Rail car on SABIC’s Selkirk property being doused by local fire departments on September 1 2020.
Jackie Orchard / WAMC

A number of state and law enforcement agencies are responding to a hazardous material leak in Albany County. 

Westchester County Executive George Latimer looks at shields installed in Bee-Line bus for COVID-19 prevention
Courtesy of the Office of Westchester County Executive George Latimer

The Westchester County executive delivered his weekly briefing Monday, and announced that the bus system will resume standard operation after Labor Day.

A tent with signs in front of a large brick complex
Josh Landes / WAMC

COVID-19 cases have been reported at two of Northern Berkshire County’s major cultural institutions: MASS MoCA in North Adams, Massachusetts and Williams College in Williamstown.