News & Politics

Chronogram publishes sections covering local, national, and environmental news, including columns from Larry Beinhart, Brian Mahoney, and Jason Stern. From the Hudson Valley and beyond, check out our take on news and politics.

General News & Politics

While You Were Sleeping

The Gist of What You May Have Missed
Evil cats, fake fish, the death penalty hits an all-time low, and more you may have missed in the news recently.

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Larry Beinhart's Body Politic: The Rich, Entrepreneurs, & Political Promises

Larry Beinhart on why the rich just can't be trusted with money.

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While You Were Sleeping

The Gist of What You May Have Missed
Humans and primates may not be the only animals to express altruistic behavior. Humpback whales around the globe have been rescuing animals from killer whale hunts.

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Editor's Note

Editor's Note: Letter to Adeline*

Editor Brian Mahoney's letter of life advice to his newborn niece.

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Editor's Note: The Great Thing is the Earth Itself

Editor Brian Mahoney's thoughts on hiking the Catskills in relation to time,self, and beauty.

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Editor's Note: To Come

Frank Spinelli Documented the RNC
In September, we will run a photo essay with Spinelli's images. Unfortunately, they arrived too late for this month.

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While You Were Sleeping for June 2016

The Mister Softee jingle inventor Lee Waas died on April 19 at age 94.

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National News & Politics

Despite being a local publication, Chronogram has four features addressing issues of national importance. In Chronogram’s While You Were Sleeping section, we recap national and international news stories that may have passed you by, focusing on the weird and wacky. Every month we also feature columns from Chronogram publisher Jason Stern, editor Brian Mahoney, and Body Politic columnist Larry Beinhart. Beinhart focuses on hard news, routinely writing left-leaning opinion pieces on the top stories of the month. Mahoney touches on similar issues in his Editor’s Note columns, frequently tying current events to literature and the arts. Stern’s column addresses more philosophical issues, asking questions like, “Does power corrupt?” and “What does it mean to lead a successful life?”

Local News & Politics

Chronogram features extensive coverage of the Hudson Valley’s local news, focusing on the people, stories, and events shaping politics in our area. The Community Notebook section includes event descriptions, investigative pieces, and Local Luminary features. Local Luminary stories contain interviews with major figures in our community, including educators, politicians, and those in the arts.

Environmental Issues

Chronogram has several sections detailing issues involving the Hudson Valley’s ecology. Being at the very center of our valley, the Hudson River has naturally also been the center of our area’s environmental movement. Led by Pete Seeger and the Clearwater organization, there has been great progress in cleaning the river once, and too often still, considered a garbage dump. The debate over whether New York should practice hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, has also been a top environmental concern over recent year. As governor Cuomo continues to decide on whether to allow the practice, a recurring segment, Frack Watch, monitors the debate.