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Alan Chartock is the president and chief executive officer of WAMC/Northeast Public Radio, a National Public Radio affiliate, a position he has held since 1981. He was professor of political science at SUNY New Paltz and was a professor emeritus of communications at the State University of New York; and executive publisher and project director for the Legislative Gazette, a weekly newspaper staffed by college intern reporters covering New York state government.

Articles by Alan Chartock

Alan Chartock: Me and Andrew

Tuesday, 24 Mar 2020 - I suspect that the reason why Andrew gives public radio the honor of his presence (I mean that) is because his father did so for many, many years.

Alan Chartock: I Publius

Saturday, 21 Mar 2020 - I have been washing my hands so many times each day that I am amazed there is any skin left on them.

I Publius: Dangerous limbs

Saturday, 14 Mar 2020 - Put another way, you don’t have to take down the trees, but you do have to make sure that they don’t kill anyone.

Alan Chartock: Passing the coronavirus buck

Tuesday, 10 Mar 2020 - This all proves that when something as dangerous as COVID-19 comes along, politics begin to resemble an octopus with tentacles reaching all over the place.

Alan Chartock: What to do about Bernie

Tuesday, 3 Mar 2020 - I truly understand why so many Democrats favor Bernie. Their hatred of Donald Trump is so great that they are reaching for the strongest antidote they can find.

Alan Chartock: I Publius

Saturday, 22 Feb 2020 - "You know what, Murray? When businesses begin to fail at the macro level, they begin to ‘save’ by cutting the small stuff."

Alan Chartock: I Publius

Saturday, 15 Feb 2020 - On the other hand, I have always wondered what it must be like to live a few feet from the railroad tracks, as so many people do, when the train comes through.

Alan Chartock: Betting on pot and wagering

Tuesday, 11 Feb 2020 - Now it looks like the door is opening for sports betting at upstate casinos. When all else fails to bring economic vitality to upstate, bring on the betting.

Alan Chartock: I Publius

Saturday, 8 Feb 2020 - I have been delighted to see him all around the Berkshires and I have heard from many people about his accessibility when they need help.

Alan Chartock: I Publius

Saturday, 1 Feb 2020 - You can hardly find a parking space now. More pot dispensaries will make an already bad problem even worse.

Alan Chartock: On being Jewish

Tuesday, 28 Jan 2020 - In truth, some Jews run counter to the mythology. Nevertheless, there are some cultural norms that exist among Jews.

Alan Chartock: I Publius

Saturday, 25 Jan 2020 - If she goes soft on someone who commits a crime by not following the norms of being DA, she leaves herself in a tough spot when it comes to re-election.

Alan Chartock: I Publius

Saturday, 18 Jan 2020 - There is a lot of money in the Berkshires and it is a mark of the good people who live here that they are willing to give some of what they have to help others.

Alan Chartock: New York experiments with bail reform

Tuesday, 14 Jan 2020 - Now the legislature has passed, and the governor has signed, a law that instructs judges, in the cases of crimes that do not involve actual violence, to free the accused without imposing bail.

Alan Chartock: I Publius

Saturday, 11 Jan 2020 - On New Year’s Day, I predicted that Joe Kennedy would win. Frankly, I don’t see how he can’t.

Alan Chartock: I Publius

Saturday, 4 Jan 2020 - One of the most interesting concepts that has been advanced holds that, sooner or later, newspapers will adopt the public radio model and offer memberships in the paper.

I Publius: A conversation with Murray

Saturday, 28 Dec 2019 - “Sure enough, maybe because of your prompting, the previous gloom and doom turned to a more optimistic plan. I’m proud of you, Pops. I think you made it happen.” Murray, the world’s smartest dog

Alan Chartock: I Publius

Saturday, 21 Dec 2019 - Term limits have been proposed at every level of government, particularly when people allege or suspect abuse of office.

Alan Chartock: Onward with impeachment

Tuesday, 17 Dec 2019 - Trump has basically argued that he is above the law. His attorney general supports that view. That’s the way dictatorships begin.

Alan Chartock: I Publius. Times’ critic dead wrong about BSO

Saturday, 14 Dec 2019 - The attack by the New York newspaper is an insult to all of us who live equidistant from Boston or New York City but who know down to our shoes and socks that nothing in my hometown New York City can kiss our behinds when it comes to our Tanglewood and the best orchestra in the world.

Alan Chartock: Saving Fire Island

Tuesday, 10 Dec 2019 - As I predicated so many years ago in my science project, the Island is in grave danger. Each major storm brings with it real trouble.