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A WAMC encore airing of the Power of Words. WAMC’s Alan Chartock In Conversation with the late, best-selling author Joseph Persico. The pair discuss President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s Day of Infamy speech after the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941.

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An encore Power of Words -- WAMC's Alan Chartock and Historian Dr. Richard Pfau discuss President Harry Truman's Truman Doctrine speech. In addition, listeners will have an opportunity to actually hear the speech as it was delivered on March 12th, 1947.

WAMC’s Dr. Alan Chartock speaks with WAMC’s David Guistina about a Washington Post, NPR story that reveals a military whistleblower told federal officials that hours before law enforcement in Washington D.C. forcibly cleared protesters from Lafayette Square in early June, federal officials began to stockpile ammunition and seek devices that could emit deafening sounds and make anyone within range feel like their skin is on fire.

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WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses the holiday gift wishlists of President Donald Trump, Sen. Chuck Schumer, Speaker Nancy Pelosi, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, and more. 

Job One

Nov 26, 2019

As I write this the impeachment process continues.

To many of the people who are WAMC listeners the Trump presidency represents a turning point in American history. Are we like the Holy Roman Empire doomed after so much power and promise? Is this point in our history that proves to be crucial to the future? To those who believe that Trump is a dangerous demagogue it is so important that every piece of information be out there. Believe me it will count. There are those who think that in a time of extraordinary  privilege for some that those on top are determined not to let go of their advantage. The question, of course, is whether Donald Trump, as Nancy Pelosi asserts, is a crook. This is when Americans have to be tuned in and decide whether Trump is worthy or whether he should be thrown out.

A new poll shows while New Yorkers would prefer Kirsten Gillibrand over Bill de Blasio in a 2020 presidential run, they're not keen on Andrew Cuomo staying on as governor for a fourth term.

Here We Go!

May 31, 2019

On June 3rd we go once more unto the breach. That’s the beginning of our summer fund drive when, once more, we begin what we have always referred to as “The Great Schlep Forward.” Since the election of Donald Trump to the presidency, the amount of time it takes to make a million dollars has been sliced by a great deal. Sometimes we do it in a day. I have assumed that from Day One of Trump, WAMC has been the main, if not only, place on the radio dial to hear about the latest tragedy and trauma confronting our country. Our Roundtable Panel has gained a huge following, becoming the go-to place for so many people each morning as we discuss the news of the day. We know that tens of thousands of people are listening. As I meet people in the street or read their mail, they tell me that they are addicted to WAMC and the Panel.

(Airs 5/30/19 @ 1 p.m.) WAMC's Alan Chartock In Conversation with Julianne Boyd, Co-Founder and Artistic Director of Barrington Stage Company.

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo speaks with WAMC's Alan Chartock on The Roundtable April 23, 2019.

And That's The News

Mar 1, 2019

The news is coming so fast that most of us can hardly keep up.

Of course, WAMC played the remarkable House Oversight Committee (Michael Cohen) hearings in their entirety. I listened as much as I could and I came away pretty shell shocked. There is nothing like hearing this stuff for ourselves, unfiltered.

In 1979 I took over the leadership of WAMC. We’ve had a lot of great fund dives. Each was known for something special that happened in that drive. One time a nasty guy called up and pledged twenty five cents with the notation “This is what you station is worth.” It was really great. The wonderful audience added a quarter to every pledge that was made throughout the drive. One can only wonder what the creep was thinking. That’s what you call comeuppance.

Every year, I offer my fearless predictions for the coming months. The rules, as always, are simple. Sometimes I really don’t want something to happen so I predict an event in the hope of putting the triple whammy on it in order to prevent it from occurring. Sometimes I do want it to happen so I predict it will, and sometimes I really believe that it will happen. It is always your job to try to figure out which is which. This year I will look back on last year’s remarkable predictions to see how we did. Here goes:  

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock weighs in on several high-profile politicians who figure to be in the 2019 conversation.

WAMC political observer Dr. Alan Chartock discusses the federal government shutdown, its odd timing during the holidays, and the possibility of a 2019 New Hampshire presidential primary.

The Media Project

The Media Project is an inside look at media coverage of current events with WAMC’s CEO Alan Chartock, Albany Times Union Editor Rex Smith and Daily Freeman Publisher Emeritus Ira Fusfeld. On this week’s Media Project Alan, Rex and Ira talk about CNN winning their lawsuit against the President, returning a White House press pass to Jim Acosta, a late-breaking listener letter and much more.

The Capitol Connection – WAMC’s Alan Chartock sits down with Blair Horner, Executive Director of the New York Public Interest Research Group.

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses Julian Assange, Donald Trump and the Mueller report, Saudi Arabia's public prosectuor seeking the death penalty for against five suspects for the murder of Jamal Khashoggi, the shocking number of people missing in California due to the Camp Fire, and a man interrupting a performance of "Fiddler on the Roof" to yell "Heil Hitler! Heil Trump!"

Dr. Alan Chartock discusses the Pittsburgh massacre at the Tree of Life synagogue. He also covers the remainder of German Chancellor Angela Merkel's term.

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WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses the 40th anniversary of the Legislative Gazette, the WAMC Locked Box, Senator Jeff Flake on the Kavanaugh hearings, impact of a confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, and Matt Damon's portrayl of Brett Kavanaugh on SNL.

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WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses the hearings of Judge Brett Kavanaugh, Roe V. Wade, reports from inside the White House, and Cynthia Nixon on the Capitol Connection this week.

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WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discussses Attorney General Jeff Sessions' response to President Trump and the vocabulary of the president.

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WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses the live broadcast from Tanglewood, a Pentagon report that says China is likely training pilots for strikes against the U.S., and Governor Andrew Cuomo being offered a bus ticket to go to Canada from NYS Republicans. 

A special edition of The Roundtable Panel with a live audience at The Linda featuring regular panelist Malcolm Nance to discuss his comprehensive analysis of Vladimir Putin and Russia's master plan to destroy democracy in the age of Donald Trump.

Malcolm Nance’s new book is "The Plot to Destroy Democracy" which reveals the dramatic story of how blackmail, espionage, assassination, and psychological warfare were used by Vladimir Putin and his spy agencies to steal the 2016 U.S. election--and attempted to bring about the fall of NATO, the European Union, and western democracy.

Career U.S. Intelligence officer Malcolm Nance examines how Russia has used cyber warfare, political propaganda, and manipulation of our perception of reality (and will do so again) to weaponize American news, traditional media, social media, and the workings of the internet to attack and break apart democratic institutions from within, and what we can expect to come should we fail to stop their next attack.

Malcolm Nance is author of the New York Times bestseller "The Plot to Hack America." He is a globally recognized Intelligence community member and a counter-terrorism analyst for NBC News and MSNBC and our regular panelist.

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WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses the Fourth of July protest at the Statue of Liberty. Dr. Chartock also shares his thoughts on the Trump administration's push for race-blind admission policies at colleges and univeristies.

Things That Cannot Be Denied

Jun 30, 2018

There is no better reason to support WAMC than the turmoil that surrounds this country as you read this. No matter what you may think of the current president, there are some things that cannot be denied. The first is that he has declared war on the free press in this country. The New York Times is the “failing New York Times” and the press in general is the “enemy of the people.” It’s right out of Henrik Ibsen. As Casey Stengel, the great Yankee and Mets manager put it, “You could look it up.” The second is that early in his campaign, Trump made it clear that at least one anti-Trump demonstrator at one of his early rallies should be led out and beaten up and that he, Trump, would pay for the beater-upper’s defense. This is exactly the kind of thing that we saw during the rise of Nazi Germany. Then, when people do whatever they can to put a stop to this type of bullying and Trump sanctioned violence, Trump and his minions argue that they are the offended. Think of a second grader turning to his teacher and whining, “Teacher, Tommy hit me.” 


WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses Thursday's shooting at the Capital Gazette in Annapolis, Maryland. Dr. Chartock also shares his thoughts on the upcoming U.S.-Russia summit in Finland on July 16.

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WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses the WAMC Locked Box, WAMC's live debate among New York's 19th Democratic candidates, trade wars, and Italy's president clearing the path for populists to take power. 

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WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses the WAMC Locked Box, the debate this afternoon among Democratic candidates for New York's 19th Congressional District, and the FBI official who is suspicious of the reason behind the firing of James Comey.

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WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses the WAMC Locked Box, U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders now considering another run for president, a decline in stock markets around the world, and Roseanne Barr's racist comments on Twitter leading ABC to cancel the reboot of her show.

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WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses the WAMC Locked Box, the death of New York Assemblyman Herman "Denny" Farrell, and President Donald Trump's attempts to restart North Korean negotiations.